Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Last night I had the opportunity to attend a party sponsored by Automattic, creators of Wordpress.com, and Hostgator.com, one of my employers. I made it just in time even fighting through the heavy South by Southwest tourist traffic . It’s said usually 100,000 people show up in Austin for SXSW. Honestly, I really just wanted a WordPress SXSW t-shirt and to have a good time with my Hostgator coworkers. Mission accomplished. It’s a shame I had to come back to work the next day because the weather hasn’t been better and Austin may be one of my favorite places I have ever visited so far.
The party was awesome and I want to thank everyone who made it possible. Everyone there was very friendly and it was more than cool to be at a who’s who of the best open source content management software out there. Which this site is powered by. Next time I’ll finally make it to a SXSW show so I don’t miss out on great indie music like the Octopus Project, who appeared there last year. I’ll make sure not to under dress either.
Other developments include me moving all of my sites over to my own self-managed VPS. Now I have root access and can finally start experimenting with live streamcasts among other technologies not permissible on shared hosting.
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
So it’s quite a productive start to the new year. When I am not working on a computer or coding I am usually surfing the web looking for the next big idea, news, or whatever else may be entertaining.
I am also making sure to forage all I can from the web to start compiling the two resource blogs I just created. While on my journey I did come across one gem, pearl rather, that is proving to be quite an indispensable for organizing my interests on the web.
I was just using folders and bookmarks to index the various sites I visit for reference, however Peartrees offers a flash interactive mind mapping interface that is pretty intuitive and easy to use. I have already mapped out most of my top web interests. It is a very strange concept to grasp at first, but I think the French based outfit is on to something with this.
In their own words …
“Pearltrees lets you organize the web your way! Use Pearltrees to keep at hand the contents you find everyday on the web, to discover new contents from people who share your interests, to drive them through your own web… And contribute to the first human-powered organization of the Web.”
Not only is your map available in html and includes blogging-like capabilities for each of your pearls, but they offer a Firefox extension that I can use to easily add sites that I find interest in. Alltogether, I find it very valuable for compiling the resources I have encountered for my productivity here at digital-cole.com. It also is open source, of which I am a big fan of. Something you’d know by visiting my account!