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11.30.2009

Technology Tapas: Tapas Menu

http://njsllearning.blogspot.com/2009/03/tapas-menu_3920.html
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Fumbling with Foursquare

I keep hearing how cool/revolutionary/hip this "Foursquare" thing is, so I figured I'd give it a try.

Perhaps part of my problem is that I've got a Blackberry which, for some reason, doesn't yet have a Foursquare client. It works fine from its web browser, I'm told, but... this doesn't make much sense to me.

Question: Does the Foursquare client for other smart-phones have some sort of geo-location feature (using cell towers or such)? Because, when using the web browser on the Blackberry, all it does is narrow my options down to the "Twin Cities" (which, if you don't know, is pretty big).

I'm 0 for 3 in the Foursquare locations I've searched for, and the search process seems really awkward. When it finds something, the results seem random; that's probably because the locations are manually entered by other Foursquare members, but it seems to lead to a mess.

For instance, this morning, I was at the Holiday station in Eagan. There are three Holidays in Eagan, in fact, but none of them appeared in Foursquare search. What did turn up was permutations of "Holiday Gas," "Holiday Station Store," etc. -- some with locations in their title and some without, some with complete addresses and some without.

What I want is an app that behaves like your contacts on your phone: Based on cell-tower location, a list of known sites is populated, and as you type parts of the name ("Holiday" or "gas") it would narrow down the list.

Plus, I'd like some sort of "scrubbing" of the data on the back-end, so that duplicate entries are matched and removed.

Is that something that other incarnations of Foursquare do and I'm just suffering on a bad client, or is what I'm dreaming of just way too complicated for today's technology?

Word Spy - mindcasting

I really like this definition. I'm not sure my mind is so coherent as to differentiate "mindcasting" from "lifecasting" -- the two blend together in my world -- but I think this is worthy of some thought:

http://www.wordspy.com/words/mindcasting.asp

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"Jesus, thank you for coming anyway"

Every so often I'm struck by a turn of a phrase that probably didn't seem very profound to most people, but happened to really cut straight to my heart.

The first sentence of this Sunday's closing prayer did it for me:

"Jesus, thank you for coming anyway."

If the Bible is true -- or if even "the majority of the words of a rabbi named Yeshua who lived about 2000 years ago" were true -- then 1) we live out our lives in the midst of a remarkable spiritual plane that goes almost totally unnoticed, and 2) it's amazing that God would choose to interject himself into that ignorant and ungrateful world.

And that's not an indictment by "me" against "them;" I'm as ignorant of and ungrateful for God's workings as the next guy is. I don't live in a state of unceasing prayer. My life isn't focused on "advancing the Kingdom." I hope (and am fairly confident) that I'm not actively undermining God and His work by my actions, but an honest self-assessment does make me wonder what the right definition of "Lordship" is... and how I measure up to it.

And then whenever I get too concerned about whether I measure up to God -- news flash: I don't -- I remember the perspective captured so succinctly in that prayer. "Jesus, thank you for coming anyway."

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11.29.2009

What are missionaries called to do?

This is just a shadow of an age-old question, but I'm still pondering it at the moment: the Great Commission has us go our and teach "everything" that Jesus has commanded us. But Jesus' teachings weren't merely Paul's "Romans Road" -- He called us to be "good people" and do "good things".

I don't think missionaries are teaching the opposite... but is the emphasis on "saving faith in Jesus," or is it on being the good Law-abiding Jew that He was?

Yes, I know some works-oriented heresies lurk there... but it's still important to ask the question, isn't it?

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Investment, as defined by God

One thing that always bothered me about the "Parable of the Talents" stems from the fact that I think of "investment" in the modern-day context of "put some money into the stock market and hope it doesn't disappear."  In that sense, the servant who buried his money seems pretty reasonable -- he took a conservative but prudent step and made sure that none of his master's principal was lost.

It was Joel Osteen, of all people, who gave a message that altered my perspective.  He described "talents" (the 2000-year-old monetary word) in the context of our skills or "talents" that God has given us and expects us to use.

In that sense, the master in Jesus' account was exactly right: the only way to waste/abuse/lose a talent is to not put it to use.

For me, that's a much more liberating view than to see God as someone who expects you to metaphorically "play the stock market" and come out ahead, punishing you if you have bad luck and lose some of His investment.

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11.26.2009

Pairing YouTube with other website content?

Here's something I'm pondering in my spare time -- and I'm hoping that some of my web geek friends can pitch in with some suggestions.

The background: I love the 1980s. And 1990s. And nothing captures the spirit of those times like commercials and TV news clips. Thanks to my pack-rat tendencies and the miracle of home DVD burning, I've been able to go through my ancient VHS tape archive and put clips up for all to see on YouTube.

But I also own the BigHair.TV domain (where nothing sits at the moment) and I'm hoping to build out a site that features (but isn't limited to) that video content. For instance, I'd love to track down some of the old TV personalities for "Where Are They Now?" interviews... but if it's written rather than video, it would need to be posted somewhere other than YouTube.

But, I don't want to be manually "maintaining a blog" -- I don't want to have to post something to the YouTube channel, then go to the blog and write a post about it. Somehow, I want the YouTube content to be pulled into the site automatically (though, admittedly, I don't really know what "the site" would look like at this point).

I can't be the only person thinking about this kind of thing -- a web site whose main (but not only) content lives on YouTube. How would you build something like that?

11.25.2009

Any help with the Exchange Web Services edition of Entourage 2008?

For Mac users who are trying to get their e-mail from a Microsoft Exchange server, the new (new-ish) Exchange Web Services of Entourage (Entourage EWS) held a lot of promise.

And it works great... as long as you don't need your calendar or contacts.

That's quite a limitation... and I don't think it's supposed to be that broken.

Any suggestions?

Here's the situation: If a contact or calendar item is "born" in Entourage EWS, it syncs to the Exchange server just fine. And if you delete that item from another client -- from Outlook Web Access (OWA) or Outlook 2007 on Windows, then it disappears from Entourage EWS on the Mac.

But if you create a calendar item on something other than Entourage, it never makes its way into Entourage.

That's bad.

You can watch Entourage EWS "poll through" all your calendar and contact items -- it says it's downloading them, but they never actually appear anywhere.

I turned on logging and see a lot of the following in the huge resulting log file:

m:GetItemResponseMessage ResponseClass="Error"
m:MessageText
An internal server error occurred. The operation failed.
/m:MessageText
m:ResponseCode
ErrorInternalServerError
/m:ResponseCode
m:DescriptiveLinkKey
0
/m:DescriptiveLinkKey
m:Items /
/m:GetItemResponseMessage

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[ 689611us, d 0us]
Entourage Exchange Web Services: Engine
[Exchange folder Calendar]: Reading remote record 722
[ 689611us, d 0us]
Entourage Exchange Web Services: CSyncEngine::
FetchRemoteRecords Continuing from recoverable error

On and on and on it goes.

So, obviously, there's some sort of error cropping up as it tries to read these calendar (and contact) items. Is anyone seeing the same kind of behaior on their Entourage EWS?

Or, put differently, has anyone actually gotten Entourage EWS to work with calendar and contacts?


Entertaining 419 email

This one acts as if it were a follow-up to a previously answered scam... I think. It's a bit hard for me to parse it. Maybe if I wanted the millions, I'd pay more attention?

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----- Original Message -----
From: Luke Ugo
Sent: Wed Nov 25 03:46:01 2009
Subject: My Gratification

Attn:My Good Friend

I am remembering you in keeping to my personal belief that one good turn it is said,deserves another.It is strictly on this premise I made out amount of US$1,500,000.00 in an ATM CARD for you and kept it with my personal assistant back home shortly before I travelled out of the country.

I was able to pull through with another foreigner,the transaction for which you previously extended your cooperation to me even though it did quite work out then due to circumstance beyond us.

Be guided therefore to get in touch with my personal assistant along with your full names and address ASAP via his below given information so that he can release the ATM Card to you as per my standing instruction:-

Name:- Sir. Lumuh Emmanuel
Email:- emmanuel_lumuh@yahoo.com

Do inform me once you received it. All the same, thanks and God bless.

Faithfully yours,
Chief.Luke G.A.Ugo

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Americans love "free" and "no money down"

The sender of this email would like to share an episode of a podcast with you:
Podcast Title: APM: Future Tense
Episode: Why free phones are expensive
Media URL:
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Podcast feed URL:
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You can copy and paste the above podcast url into PodTrapper directly on your blackberry via the 'Add Podcasts->Enter urls' menu item.
For more information on listening to podcasts on your BlackBerry visit
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To listen to this episode on your PC click or copy and paste the Media URL above into your browser.
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11.24.2009

Another Blogger RSS hiccup?

Yes, it's been ages since I've posted anything here -- sorry!

A quick update which will be meaningless when examined decades from now... but which makes for a slightly pertinent question at the moment: Did anyone see all of my old posts re-populate the RSS feed a few days ago? When looked at from my Yahoo! feeds page, it says that everything I've written in the past year was written "5 days ago"... which it wasn't.

Odd...

11.16.2009

The Rise of the 'Homepreneur' - BusinessWeek

http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/oct2009/sb20091023_263258.htm?ca...
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11.13.2009

Podcast episode link from PodTrapper user

The sender of this email would like to share an episode of a podcast with you:
Podcast Title: Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena
Episode: Skeptoid #176: Network Marketing
Media URL:
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Podcast feed URL:
http://skeptoid.com/podcast.xml

You can copy and paste the above podcast url into PodTrapper directly on your blackberry via the 'Add Podcasts->Enter urls' menu item.
For more information on listening to podcasts on your BlackBerry visit
http://www.versatilemonkey.com/

To listen to this episode on your PC click or copy and paste the Media URL above into your browser.
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11.09.2009

eXe

http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/exe/wiki
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Features - Mahara ePortfolio System

http://mahara.org/features
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Epsilen Home

http://www.epsilen.com/LandingSite/Home.aspx
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11.06.2009

Tweet from: @GardnerCampbell

From: @GardnerCampbell
Sent: Nov 6, 2009 10:00a

Indicatorsproject.wordpress.com research on comparative uses of LMS @djplaner #educause09


sent via TweetDeck

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/GardnerCampbell/status/5481717597
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11.05.2009

Colleges to Try 'Crowdsourcing' Their IT Help Desks - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-to-Try/48982/?sid=at&utm_source=at&utm_...
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Fw: What is Lspace?

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----- Original Message -----
From: Evans, Kelly M.
To: Larson, Eric M.
Sent: Thu Nov 05 10:11:02 2009
Subject: What is Lspace?

http://www.lspace.org/about/whatis-lspace.html
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11.04.2009

Creating GTD Action Lists for Students - ProfHacker.com

http://www.profhacker.com/2009/11/03/creating-gtd-action-lists-for-students/
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11.03.2009

But "crapware" on PCs drives the prices down well below Macs

The sender of this email would like to share an episode of a podcast with you:
Podcast Title: APM: Future Tense
Episode: Microsoft markets crud-free computers
Media URL:
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Podcast feed URL:
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You can copy and paste the above podcast url into PodTrapper directly on your blackberry via the 'Add Podcasts->Enter urls' menu item.
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To listen to this episode on your PC click or copy and paste the Media URL above into your browser.
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