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Reuters Off Reuters Off

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Meeting adopts cluster bomb ban, debates loopholes http://tinyurl.com/4a9dhf

reuters tweet 5/30/2008 ~12:40pm

Meeting adopts cluster bomb ban, debates loopholes http://tinyurl.com/4a9dhf

reuters tweet 5/30/2008 ~10:00am

OK, Reuters has finally convinced me to turn my cell phone off to its tweets. I got the news the first time; I don’t need to get hit with it again. Cluster-bombing twitter for news delivery is the same spamlike methodology that had me turning BreakingNewsOn off in favor of Reuters, which now only seems to be learning the same bad habits. Sure, Reuters’ tweets at least have more meat to them than MSN‘s SMS alerts’ nonsense, but I really don’t care to chew the same meat twice, at least not on my cell phone.

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30 May 2008 at 12:52 pm

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Turning BreakingNewsOn Off

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Death toll from China’s 7.9 earthquake rises to at least 7,751 in three provinces; 10,400 injured; at least 1,100 still trapped in rubble.

Death toll from China’s 7.9 earthquake rises to at least 8,633 in three provinces; 10,400 injured; at least 1,100 still trapped in rubble.

two successive worthless messages from more than a dozen

I’ll give them this: BreakingNewsOn gives better quality in their news feeds than the brainless headlines that MSN’s SMS service farts out. But no no no, flooding my cell phone with every new headcount from China’s earthquake today is not an alert service. If anyone seriously wants that level of coverage, then BreakingNewsOn should maybe create two separate feeds: one true “alert” feed, which would have given an alert upon the original announcement of the quake, at most followed up no sooner than 12 hours later with an initial casualty assessment; and a second feed they could label “news spam” with a straight face. But after the lack of discipline they’re shown us today, I’m turning them off.

Leaving me the Reuters alerts (true to the concept, only one single China quake alert so far, while managing to summarize many of the other top news stories that BreakingNewsOn has ignored in its indulgence over one single obsession-of-the-day) as my cell phone news source.

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Written by macheide

12 May 2008 at 4:58 pm

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In a WordPress Minute

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in a wordpress minute

I admit it: I was stupid enough to waste half an hour refreshing this every other minute before realizing their minutes are what we call days. But I do learn quickly: next time, first time I get this, I’ll not return until the next day. If then, even.

Customer Service Lesson #1: Say you’ll be back in an hour, so your customers don’t waste that hour counting every minute, and they’ll be back in an hour, even if it takes you a few minutes past that.  Say you’ll be back in a minute when you know you won’t be, and eventually they’ll just stop coming back at all.

Eh, but maybe I’m not giving WordPress enough credit. They probably were back every minute to post a new message saying they’d be back in another minute, don’t you think?

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Written by macheide

10 May 2008 at 9:50 pm

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Possibly a Renouncement

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Starting with this post, I will no longer waste my time with WordPress tags. Instead, I’m going to have to waste precious time going back through all my past posts to remove tags that WordPress has rendered useless.

Which might be the beginning of the complete end of WordPress for me. I suppose I could always go with using the software on a host of my own; but if I ever get back to that point, I swear I’m going to just “roll my own,” the way I used to a decade ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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9 May 2008 at 9:09 am

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MSN SMS Not Entertaining

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msn sms not entertaining

One of these days when I have nothing better to waste time on, I’ll spit out a little venom on how incredibly brainless MSN’s SMS alerts are. For this morning, though, I’ll only finally waste a few minutes on at least finally stopping the idiocy from spamming my cell phone. I’ll miss my daily laugh-at-Microsoft hits a little, truth be told, but will just have to find some other silliness to keep myself occupied.

But rather than just discontinue the entire MSN SMS alert flow off completely at the stem of it all – the basic election to receive any alert at all – let me first come over here to verify something that had been annoying the hell out of me. Tell me what I’m missing: does this screenshot have “Entertainment” selected? I didn’t think so. So then, why do I get the stupidest SMS alerts of the entire batch – the MSNBC Entertainment ones – more regularly than any of the others?

So, right after this screenshot I unselected everything. Now watch. Until I turn the whole damn thing off, I’ll probably still keep getting those numbskull Entertainment alerts. I know, in its own ways the Google SMS system is as bad if not worse. But if MSN SMS alerts are even a small illustration of how Microsoft thinks it might mount any competition with Google, perhaps they should just offer to let themselves be bought out by Yahoo!

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Written by macheide

4 May 2008 at 8:11 am

Posted in PrtSc, reprobate

Google Makes a Mess of SMS

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Google Makes a Mess of SMS

At the right is Google‘s illustration of how your cell phone might look if at the appropriate moment you were to send “score red sox” to Google SMS. Nice, eh? If you can’t make it to City of Palms Park, you can still be in the know enough to catch the action virtually up to the minute: cross-league opponent Pittsburgh failed to score in the top of the 8th, leaving them only 3 more outs to catch Boston. Not only that, but Google SMS promises to be so good, you’ll even get the scoop on Boston’s previous outing: a Grapefruit League scoreless tie. *smirk*

At the left, promise becomes reality as I try to get an update on the Houston Rockets’ current winning streak, extended to 16 on Wednesday night (March 5) in a 117-99 home victory over the Pacers and to 17 last night (March 6) in a 113-98 road win over the Mavs. So where’s Google with this? Still back on Sunday’s 15th win in the streak. Even a smirk doesn’t quite go far enough on that screen.

Rant about twitter like I did recently, and at least we can offer them the “growing pains” excuse. Still doesn’t mean I won’t go off hunting for a better moblogging solution that will permanently displace my temporary affair with twittering, but at least one can maybe shrug it off and wish them well on growing out of it.

For Google? There is no excuse. None whatsoever. Only a very strong word of advice: don’t use Google SMS. Look elsewhere for alerts (and not to MSN – I’ll get around to their particular brand of SMS mess shortly), and don’t waste time coming back around to see if they’re still stuck on March 2 or not.

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Written by macheide

7 March 2008 at 5:53 pm

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Not Quite That Foolish

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Heading back up to the treadmill.

macheïde at twitter

That finally came through twitter about 11:30pm. Now as we all know, I am pretty much a noodlenoggin, but No! I am not quite that stupid, to be heading back on up to the treadmill just before midnight with a blister the size of Texas on my sole.

No, but I am becoming increasingly disenchanted with twitter. Charming, how the service can be used for intriguingly diverse ways to interact with others. But identify the core function twitter is supposed to provide, then identify the key aspects of that core function, then quickly it becomes clear that it just isn’t happening at twitter. Maybe eventually it will, but potential users usually won’t keep checking back in to find out. If twitter can’t keep their servers operating smoothly for more than a day or two without a major interruption, they may as well resign themselves to the mediocre blah existence of sites like ADASTWjournal (aka LiveJournal), perhaps just barely widely enough known to have its share of traffic, but never really capturing or controlling its own corner of the Internet market.

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Written by macheide

6 March 2008 at 11:36 pm

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Dead Meat

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This single shot over at blogger was mine, but I can’t even recall what e-mail I used for it, so it is probably way beyond recovery. Not that I ever had any interest in using blogger – I just wanted the name reserved from use by any other, and now I can’t even get to it myself.

Give it a little more time, and all my pages at ADASTWjournal (aka LiveJournal) will look the same.

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Written by macheide

1 February 2008 at 11:39 am

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Rest of My Rest

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One Last Sip of JoeJust finished clearing out the last of the dream records I had stupidly been storing over at ADASTWjournal (aka LiveJournal), now safely here under oneirra. Also pulled down another 100 pix from my galleries there – only about 4500 (counting private and friends-only ones) to go on that end of my belated departure. Then I still have further piles of old journal traffic to transfer. If I’m going to be this laid up with flu/cold, at least I can get some of this junk out of the way.

But I need a shower and maybe a little fresh air. So one last sip of coffee, and I’ll be away from Delly’s screen for a little spell.

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26 January 2008 at 3:29 pm

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Something In My Eye

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Something In My EyeSlow morning in the middle of a 3-day weekend, since Monday is a federal holiday. There’s a little work I plan to push through during the weekend, but it hasn’t been pushed yet.

I’m still shredding old files over at ADASTWjournal (aka LiveJournal), not planning on leaving any content behind at all. I’m currently working on burning out the photo galleries – in the past day, I’ve brought the count of public photographs under macheide’s galleries down from 4700 to 4400. Since I want records of everything, comments included, and since ADASTWjournal never heard its customer’s pleas for archiving tools, packing up to leave is not the matter of just hitting a button that reasonably competent technology would expect to have.

But all is fine. There’s nothing, really nothing, in my eye.

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20 January 2008 at 9:27 am

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Soon, Soon

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I’m shredding stuff back over at ADASTWJournal (aka LiveJournal), where I’ve wasted at least two more years than I ought to have, back to before the previous post I made here.

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Written by macheide

19 January 2008 at 5:00 pm

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Thanks, Jake

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I’d wanted WordPress before, but hadn’t been by in a while. Thanks to Jake Jarvis for taking me back. With no regrets to ADASTWjournal (aka LiveJournal), which has wasted so terribly much potential over-complicating the essentials while strangling the unnecessary. Unsure as yet exactly how I’ll pull this all together, but we’re far more likely to have the heart here than there.

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Written by macheide

4 January 2006 at 1:25 pm

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