Archive for June, 2007|Monthly archive page

Stating the Obvious

According to this report from the BBC; a PhD student at Berkeley has investigated the differences between the makeup of the user-base at Facebook and MySpace.

“Broadly, Ms Boyd found Facebook users tend to be white and come from families who are keen for children to get the most out of school and go on to college. “

I don’t have the time to read the paper, but can anyone suggest this is surprising? It wasn’t so long ago that Facebook was only for College and University students; this limitation on the initial population of Facebook would clearly have an impact on those attracted to that network. 

Social proof at it’s finest.

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Virtual PC 2004/2007 vs VMWare

I recently started using Virtual PC 2004 when MS released the Orcas CTP (the next version of Visual Studio) as a virtual machine. For reasons I’ll go into at a later post, I needed access to an Ubuntu install to look at some technologies. Seemed natural to try installing Ubuntu on Virtual PC but I recalled a colleague at work trying to get Ubuntu working on Virtual PC without much success. I ran into the similar problems; the Ubuntu install on Virtual PC 2004 was an absolute dog. I checked for a new service pack on my MSDN sub and saw that Virtual PC 2007 has now been released. Installed and had a very similar look and feel. Unsurprisingly, it was the same dog like performance during installation so much so that I decided to give VMWare a whirl. It was a breeze to get Ubuntu running.

I’m a little disappointed that neither incarnation of Virtual PC could get the job done.  But, what really ****** me off is that when I try to load up my official Orcas CTP, 2007 will not let me add it. Unless I’m missing something, it would appear that Virtual PC 2004 machines in a saved state don’t play nice with Virtual PC 2007. What is with that?

PS. Why is VMWare Fusion Mac only? -I appreciate they’re addressing the threat Parallels presents. But I’d like to see a similar product for Windows – yes I know I can run cygwin for linux tools, but it’s not the same thing.

Footprint

My on-line footprint consists of the following:

  • My profile on Linked-in – I’ve had a profile on Linked-in for a year or so. For a business focused network – I don’t think I’ve contributed to or received many benefits because of my membership, although my expectations for the immediate future were zero.
  • My Facebook account – I can find people going to the same events as me, I can find people with similar interests to me, and I can keep in touch with friends and family.
  • A couple of diggs 37 items dugg since I bothered registering. Digg is a nice site for finding news stories, but I find myself returning less these days and I put that down to Google reader.
  • An article and a few comments on Slashdot – looks like my account has been deleted.
  • Membership of forums – mainly sports and technology related.
  • Flickr – photo’s for friends and family around the globe. I like Flickr, but it is a pain to tag 300 freaking photos every month. Although some people will no doubt say if I can’t be bothered to tag it I shouldn’t post it to Flickr. I wish Yahoo/Flickr would solve that problem for me. Based on a small training set of say 20-30 photos; mechanical turk or otherwise it’d make me a happy punter.
  • My 11 month old son’s blog – someone has to type his babbles for the rest of the family…
  • Comments on others blogs – occasional comments on technical blogs like Jeffery Palermo and Scott Hanselman.
  • My tumblelog – my link blog available here and in RSS. A few months ago I read an excellent article about tumblelogs and tumblr. After about 30 seconds I had my low maintenance tumblelog up and running.
  • My shared items on Google reader –  available here and in RSS. Google Reader is my third most visited site after Google and gmail. Google Reader is excellent (but sucks on my Blackberry); I’m able to take RSS feeds from the sites I would visit every week and have new content from these sites pushed to one place. Not only that, I’m then able to share the items that I think are interesting with other RSS savvy people. I’m also able to consume their shared items – it’s solid gold.

What’s missing from the list? 

  • MySpace account – I missed the whole MySpace thing; partly because I was living under a rock and partly because none of my friends were using it and partly due to my age. (I’ll talk more about MySpace another day)
  • A blog – aha!

Why now? It’s clear that much of my footprint is a residual affect of completing another goal; as discussed with digg and Google reader I’m reading the work of others and approving it for others; with linked-in I’m building a trusted business network that others can see, with facebook my friends know once I found a new hot TV show.This blog is an effort to address what I perceive to be an imbalance – this is a conscious contribution to my footprint.