Back From Hiatus (Hopefully)

After a long break, I am hopefully back to blogging somewhat regularly again. I needed to take some serious time off to re-balance my priorities in life, and to get a solid grasp on all of the things I need to do on a daily basis.

At least at the start, I’m not planning to try to blog every 2 or 3 days the way I had been doing; but I am hoping to post a new article once each week.

I apologize to anyone that actually reads my blog posts. I didn’t initially intention to disappear for quite so long.

What is Going on at Microsoft?

I am not really a fanboy of any company (other than Sega), but I do appreciate when a company does something well. For Microsoft, there have been a few bright spots over the last few years (even if they haven’t all been commercially profitable). Among those, I’d include the Zune as the best portable media player (note, I didn’t say “handheld entertainment device”, as the Zune and the ZuneHD were basically designed to do one thing, and do it extremely well); the Xbox 360 as quite possibly the best modern gaming console (though I do love my Wii, the Kinect kind of tipped the playing field slightly in Microsoft’s favor – or so I’ve been told; I don’t own a 360, yet); and Windows Phone 7 has, as much as Android and Apple fanboys would hate to admit, somewhat revolutionized the mobile touch interface.

Do I expect to see whole-hog clones of the WP7 Metro UI, the way we did with iOS? Absolutely not; but I do suspect that we’ll see subtle changes to touch interfaces over the next year or so as a result of the way the Windows Phone OS works.

All of that said, I can’t help but wonder what the Xbox team was thinking when it came up with the pricing structure for Microsoft Points or when they integrated Netflix into the Xbox ecosystem.

Listening While Coding

One of my Twitter friends retweeted a link to a post of the “Top 5 Coding Albums Of All Time” earlier (with his own comment that he’s more of an Op Ivy type of guy), and it got me thinking. What would my top 5 coding albums of all time look like? I’m not really sure how to answer that question (I’ve never been very good at creating “top 5” or “top 10” lists, because I am never able to shave things down to such a small number), but I do know that none of the five listed on that blog post would be on my list.

The Evolution of the Sneaker Net

Since I got my new netbook, I’ve been thinking a lot about the somewhat cyclical nature of computing. Today, I was thinking about the fact that, when computers first started out, the majority of peripherals were external devices. Then, towers got larger, components got smaller and everyone started packing all kinds of internal peripheral devices into their computers. At one point in time, it looked almost as though external peripherals (optical drives, hard drives, disk drives, modems, equalizers and all kinds of other crazy stuff) would disappear forever.

Dell Mini 1012 – My New Toy

It is with great sadness that I share the fact that there are now more Dell computers in our house than HP computers; but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity I had over the weekend. I was able to pick up a brand new Dell Mini 1012 for a good price. I’ve been wanting a netbook to carry around for quite a while; but just hadn’t found the right one for the right price.

Brizzly Gets Some Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve logged into Brizzly, having been using Pip.io recently to manage my personal Twitter account. Today, though, I needed to monitor both of my Twitter accounts for part of the day, so I decided to pop in to Brizzly to do so.

I was a bit surprised when I logged in. The interface has an entirely new look. Everything is still basically in the same place as it was before, but the color scheme is drastically different than it was the last time I visited Brizzly. In fact, there are now four themes available within Brizzly, allowing you to sort of personalize your experience.

It seems that this change, among others, was made a little over a week ago.

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