Here’s a list of free file hosting services that I put together today. Do you still find free file hosting services to be useful? I find that people typically email files to themselves. There’s a 20 MB limit on file attachments in Gmail, whereas most file hosting services offer 50 MB free – and some as much as 100 MB.
Persistence means to never stop trying. You cannot stop. Make a mistake, do something. Some people plan it out, decide they can’t get past a certain roadblock, and they stop and drop.
You must always remember that necessity is the mother of invention, and that when people have to come up with an idea, they will. Preparation means opportunity. When in doubt, just do it. Don’t be afraid of failure. Continue reading
Here’s an idea I have for a site, but I just don’t have the time and passion necessary to build it.
It’s for my domain Brainlogger.com and could be called something to the effect of “Brainlogger.” Here’s what it does…
“I think there are very few people who have the capacity to see the future. So it can be difficult when you are talking about something where nothing about it exists yet.” James Currier, Founder, Tickle.
I hand my iPhone to a friend and invite her to try the web browser, Safari. What’s the first site she visits?
Facebook, of course.
When I was at the movie theatre, and I wanted to tell people where I was, what was my only choice?
Facebook, of course.
Unfortunately, the Facebook interface is not iPhone Safari compatible. I couldn’t set my status, either from the Home page or my Profile.
Luckily, I was able to set my status by using Facebook mobile and sending an SMS message to Facebook’s phone number. But this is a hack at best, when really I should be getting a much richer experience on the iPhone. Additionally, I only get 200 SMS messages a month, so I need to be careful how much I use it.
So it was good news when I saw that Facebook was finally going to be optimized for the iPhone:
Considering the incredible popularity of my previous post on the 6th Harry Potter book, I knew I had to post something about the 7th when I read an interesting story about its delivery at Kottke.org. Essentially, Amazon.com offered guaranteed release-date delivery:
If you qualified for guaranteed Release-Date Delivery, in the unlikely event that you don’t receive it on Saturday, July 21, we’ll refund the cost of the book. … All copies that qualified for Release-Date Delivery should be delivered by 7:00 p.m. in your time zone.
But when UPS didn’t make the deadline, they added an excuse to the tracking site:
They claimed that they attempted to make a delivery, but nobody was home. I wonder how many people bought the excuse and blamed themselves! Fortunately, Amazon.com did honor their refund promise. Presumably the people who received the book late get to keep the copy they got, so I wonder how much this is costing them. I guess it wasn’t too widespread, and mostly occurred in far away places scattered around the US.
Here’s the neat box they shipped in. Kind of makes me wish I’d gotten it.
I heard about the Palm Foleo on one of Lao Laporte’s podcasts, so I looked up Palm and checked it out. It’s very intriguing. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look.
The Palm Foleo is basically a very small laptop. The appealing thing to me is that it runs Linux. I love small laptops. It’s a market I’ve always felt has been underappreciated and missed by most companies. When I first heard about the Toshiba Libretto nearly 10 years ago, I was hooked. I never actually got one, but I read lots about it and drooled over it for weeks. I hunted for a cheap one on eBay and visited pretty much every single website about the mini-laptop.
The point is that I like to travel and I like to take my computer with me. In that sense, Palm is absolutely right.
Since Steve Jobs first announced it, I’ve been excited about the iPhone. My old Nokia is fine, but it scrolls my address book extremely slowly, the camera’s quality is very low at 640×480, and it has only 2 MB of memory. Compare that with the low-end iPhone: fast address book scrolling, high-quality camera at 2 megapixels, and 4 GB memory. I’ve read tons of reviews, watched lots of videos, read the tech specs and did some minimal research on what launch day would be like.
So come Friday, June 29, I decided that if I’d had a good day, I’d walk over to the Apple Store, Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, and pick up an iPhone. At 6 PM, I searched online to see what the release was like. I couldn’t find any reports on the Santa Monica Apple Store, so at 7 PM, I decided to go out and walk down to the store.
A look at Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, on the day of the iPhone launch.
Today I read three interesting articles in Popular Science. The first is about new cameras with face detection. The second, setting up your own cell phone tower for your home. And finally, making predictions profitable is the most accurate way to forecast the future. These are all interesting topics to me because they’re ideas I’ve had or seen before, but I didn’t know things have come so far.
Predicting the future by making it profitable.