Return to Twitter

26. February 2008 15:36

Due to the persistence of Keith Elder, he has managed to convince several of the speakers at Alabama Code Camp to either sign up for Twitter or start using it again.  Some of the suckers that fell into the trap include Robert Cain (Arcane Code), Todd Miranda, and Doug Turnure

Several months ago, I signed up for Twitter and managed to stick with it for a little while, but it became too much effort.  One of the biggest gripes that I had with it was the limited abilities to send updates.  At the time, you were restricted to the web site or text messages from your phone.  Personally, I'm not a huge fan of text messaging, especially when I'm sitting at the computer.  There was supposedly an IM interface, but it never worked.

Fast forward to present day and it appears as though their web site has been greatly improved.  Twitter has opened up some web services that have enabled a number of custom clients to be created.  Keith was a big advocate of Witty, which is a WPF smart client.  (What a shocker...Keith evangelizing a smart client application).  After getting it downloaded and setup, I have to admit that it is quite nice.  The application has that smooth WPF look and it appears to be fairly responsive.

So, I have made my return to Twitter.  For the last couple of days, I have been sending periodic updates.  Admittedly, I can feel it becoming somewhat addictive.  When there is a moron at the office causing the day to suck tremendously, it provides a nice little outlet to let everyone know about it.  If you are interested in following stalking me, here is the link to my twitter feed: http://twitter.com/jeff_barnes.

Microsoft Surface Announced

31. May 2007 07:13

I have tried to avoid regurgitating information that has already been circulating the blogosphere.  However, I am going to break that rule today because the topic is just too damn cool!  Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new product known as Surface.  If you haven't heard about it, do yourself a favor and visit the site right now!  I mean now!  Stop reading this and go do it, but be sure to watch the videos!

All I can say is WOW! 

I read where Scott Guthrie mentioned another very interesting tidbit of information.  Surface actually uses WPF and the .NET Framework to deliver the table UI experience.  How awesome is that?

It is a very cool concept, and some of the videos on the site really drive home the potential of what this thing can do.  I had read about this concept in the past, but I had no idea it was this close to actually being marketable.  At any rate, I really see a lot of possibilities for the product.  Imagine sitting down to play a game with your friends by interacting with the coffee table!  Sign me up!

Here is an article on Popular Mechanics that covers more information about the design of the device.

Signed up for Twitter

22. May 2007 10:00

Last week, Keith Elder mentioned that he signed up for a Twitter account.  After reading a few of his updates, I decided to give it a try.  So, I signed up for an account as well.

I have been signed up for four days and managed to post four updates.  It is an intriguing concept, but I can easily see how it becomes more work than fun.  For now, I will continue giving it a try, but I'm not sure it will last long term. 

If it sounds interesting, I would encourage you to sign up and give it a try.  Feel free to add me on your friends.  My handle is jeff_barnes.

Email2Face: Putting a Face with an Email Address

9. March 2007 11:00

I stumbled across a cool site today via Community Credit: http://www.email2face.com.

Basically, this site allows you to upload a photo that gets associated to your email address.  In doing so, people that communicate with you a lot via email can use the site to search for your photo via email address.  It is a pretty cool concept.  I can't believe I never heard about the site considering it was launched around a year ago. 

The process is quite simple.  Upload a photo for your email address.  In order to create the best looking image possible, be sure it is sized to 200 pixels wide.  Otherwise, their upload process will automatically resize it, which could potentially reduce the image quality.  After the image is uploaded, you will receive an email with a link to verify the image. 

If this sounds interesting to you, go check it out.

About Me

I'm a passionate software developer and advocate of the Microsoft .NET platform.  In my opinion, software development is a craft that necessitates a conscious effort to continually improve your skills rather than falling into the trap of complacency.  I was also awarded as a Microsoft MVP in Connected Systems in 2008, 2009, and 2010.


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