FriendFeed is all the rage. I am trying it of course. I am not so interested in Lifestreaming as having many sites information all in one place. It is an aggregator. Aggregation is a time saver. Really that is what Google Reader is all about. A feed reader is just aggregating content. The inline commenting in FriendFeed is very cool. The new conversation aspect is cool. The post back to twitter is cool too. FriendFeed is a cool site and must for now. I like FriendFeed.
But everyday I read another article about how to deal with information glut. Today I read an article about the lack of new content. Scoble mentioned how blogging had changed since last year. The point is that new content is hard to find.
What’s next? I dunno but it will be called by some catch phrase buzz word. Not sure what it will be called and I know it does not matter. What’s next for feed reading and for information processing? Not sure who has the answer. One would think it would be Google. Not a bunch of former Googlers. In any case I am tired of the baby steps but such is life.
I am confident that 5 years from now progress will win out and we will read and disseminate what is important to us and leave the rest.
This directly has to do with what I call 10 minute time. I have a half written post about 10 minute time saved as a draft. In a nutshell I want to spend 10 minutes and read what is important and interesting to me. I only want to spend 10 minutes. My life is not the web. The web is great and I hope the future will hold the answer to this information overload.
By the way this post is not new content either just an observation to be recorded on this day.
So I have a USB bluetooth headset. I am a coder. I sit at at a desk all day with the headphones on. The headphones are Bluetooth. I have a USB adapter for the computer. I listen to my MP3s on the computer all day everyday. Up till now I switch headphones to listen to my MP3. But, no longer. Now I am using one bluetooth set of headphones. But only one set. I took a simple male to male 1/8 inch audio cable and hooked one end into my MP3 playerand the other end into my computer’s MIC jack. This dell PC has a MIC jack on the front of the PC. I could have easily used the AUX (line in) on the sound card in the back but the front MIC jack was just convenient. Then in Windows it was just a matter of enabling (unmuting) the MIC in Volume control in Control panel. I pop on my headphones and I am good to go. The added benefit is I can play the MP3 player and the MUSIC from the computer at the same time and control each volume independently. Why would you want to do this you may ask? Well I listen to instrumental music most of the time. I like classical film scores. John Williams, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, etc. Anyway I can listen to a great podcast as I code and still have the classical music as background to the Podcast. Acutally this can be very entertaining. I recently have been listening to the latest TWIT and BOL with the Lord of Rings soundtrack behind them. But to each there own.
I am intrigued today over Robert Scoble’s latest posting. He interviewed 2 guys from Microsoft about a new product they are developing. He was amazed and even shed a tear during the demo. No details but it should be released by the end of February. Scoble promised to have a vid up on his new site FastCompany.TV by March 3.
I am not a Microsoft hater and never have been. If the product is that dramatic as Scoble seems to indicate good for Microsoft. Despite their faults they have been innovative over the years. Sometimes that is forgotten. Scoble points out that a small team created this “mystery project.”
Innovation is exciting and the prospect of something new is intriguing. Scoble has built my anticipation and I will now daily search Google News for any details.
“How to Fossilize Your Hamster” – So I was @ B&N yesterday looking for a gift. I had found what I was looking for and was heading toward the registers when I saw this book. Is that a great gift idea or what? If you can’t read the tag-line on the photo it says, “And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist.“