Facebook User Interface Revision and Revolt

One of my guides for creating a slick FB profile recently made PC World’s list of 10 tips for Facebook Power Users (Tip #5).  That coverage sort of endorsed me as a thought leader in tweaking Facebook.  The user interface and design of Facebook is only of interest to me because I enjoy the service so much and like sharing my experience with it.

As you might guess I’ve been following the redesign of Facebook pretty closely. My pal Bryan just posted a link to another great PC World article on Facebook “caving” to user concerns in the redesign. The article contains a good summary but also some important links worth checking out:

  • Facebook’s Director of Product, Chris Cox official reaction (blog entry)
  • Techcrunch shames Facebook for caving to users.
  • The idea that while 2 million users complained about the redesign, yet that is only 1% of the userbase is highlighted here.

The main changes they will be making in the near term to satisfy complaints are: Continue reading Facebook User Interface Revision and Revolt

My Remarks at the 2009 Babson Entrepreneurial Energy Expo

Yesterday our graduate student energy club produced its annual energy conference. I have many thoughts and good feelings about how the event went. A summary would be ‘smashing success.’

I could not communicate enough to those I spoke with how proud I was of the team of students involved in creating such a professional experience.

Here is a copy of the remarks I made at Babson Energy and Environmental Club’s Entrepreneurial Energy Expo (E3).  Most of the speech was presenting energy club’s Green Stewardship Awards.

pdf awards e3BEEC Green Stewardship Awards

Nothing To Worry About

I just returned from an week-long trip in Norway with a handful of Babson MBA visiting students at ITNU in and looking at  renewable energy businesses.  It was a  great time, and I hope to blog about it soon.

For now I wanted to push down my last post about gmail being down with something suitably awesome.  Just before leaving for Norway, my pal Rob Teel tipped me off to a new music video from Peter Bjorn and John titled, “Nothing to Worry About.”

PB&J are not Norge, rather Swedish but I like this tune and more people should see this.

A comment by “Joe” on Booooom.com described it thus:  “These guys are in their element, and they put alot of their money into it, but they feel relax and have no worries when they are doing their thing.

Others would call them crazy for their lifestyle but it’s what they want and like th lyrics says: aint got nothing to worry about.”

I don’t think I can put it much better than that. This serves as the song of the month for March.

My Gmail Account is Down (I am not alone)

I noticed gmail was not working and on a whim searched the news for “gmail down.” It seems I am afflicted by the same  temporary service interruption that others have been seeing.  Things were working fine until about 10 minutes ago.

I consider myself a gmail power user and recently chose to upgrade my account with a $20 / year payment for 10 gigs of additional storage.  I route a number of accounts to my primary gmail account and use it throughougt the day, almost every day.  So it was a no-brainer to pour some money into more cloud storage.  However, it is worth noting: paid or unpaid my account went down like the rest.

Since it is 1:30am, I’m not really upset about the outage–but article linked above does point out the important idea of forwarding copies of all mail you receive from gmail to a second, different cloud storage provider.

I shudder at the idea of using Yahoo or Hotmail even as a backup.  Simply seeing these domains in people’s primary email addresses gathers up some initial judgment about the person’s basic computer saviness.

Email is like electric power.  You expect it to be cheap and ubiquotous.  For the rare times that there is a brownout in your neighborhood, it does make sense to look at having a full backup of mail destined for your gmail on a different service provider.

I just checked and gmail is working again for me.  Back to it.  I’ll spend some more time thinking about a backup cloud for my gmails.

January Song of the Month: Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat

Mando Diao - Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat
Mando Diao - Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat

I was going to skip January, but then remembered this Mando Diao tune Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat.

This track begins at what sounds like a rail station and rips right into a piano driven frenzy.  Later on the song breaks down and then comes back together.

The lyrics are a lock often ending with the call for the blue lining, white trench coat:

“I’ve got my Armageddon boots, brown shades and brand new leather suit. Blue lining, blue lining, blue lining, white trench coat.

and

“I’m burning, like a combat zone, so sharp my senses cutting stone Blue lining, blue lining blue lining white trench coat”

This LP went on sale mid February, but for some reason is not available on Amazon.com or iTunes.

Listen to the track

February Song of the Month

I’m selecting a song from Vetiver’s  Tight Knit record (official release 3/4/09) for the February song of the month.

The album as a whole is quite good. I like the upbeat spring-day-type songs like Everyday and More of This.

The tune that gets my commendations is Another Reason To Go, which has a funky keyboard and horn backing.