Some people hate puns, others (like me) love ’em. If you’re the former, here are some pun-itive highlights from Wikipedia:
I went from Firefox to Chrome/Chromium full-time a couple of years ago because of Chrome’s built-in sync feature. And then I started using Chrome on my Android, which was fabulously fast and in sync, too. The end-user in me was happy.
As part of my “Can I Live Without Google Products?” experiment which I did a few weeks ago, I switched over to Firefox from Chrome for a full 2 weeks. Then I realised Firefox now had sync — which I could run on my own server (if I were so inclined).
If you lose sleep because you constantly jerk awake, you will become fatigued and may develop anxiety or worry about falling asleep. The more worried and tired you are, the more likely you are to jerk awake. The more you jerk awake, the more sleep you lose.
›› A very rude-sounding infinite loop of Hypnic Jerks
After more than three months, my ‘blogging’ experiment with Google+ is unequivocally over. It is a well executed product that has been clearly thought through. So good, even the preeminent social network of today cherry-picked some of the clever bits and implemented it themselves.
My experiment failed partially because chronicling random output in a rigid, general-use system is not for obsessive tinkerers and visual tweakers. No inline URLs, no adjusting font-sizes, no inline CSS… Not that everyone is clamouring for those features, but not everyone is a nerd who designs for the intarwebz.
More importantly, my already fragile trust in The Tools Of The Cloud got a big reality check with Google Reader getting shuttered. Over the years, I got lazy and outsourced a lot of my tools to The Cloud. The Reader shutdown brought me running back to my own servers.
So I am going back to journalling, posting, pasting, pinning, bookmarking and sharing as much as I possibly can from my own site. With software that I can hack to do my bidding. On a server that I pay for and have control over. And, from time to time, post nerdy things on Google+, share family photos on Facebook and watch trolls get hurt on Twitter.
Honestly, it feels great to back tinkering with stuff.
Yes, things have been awfully quiet around here for the past two months. In that time while juggling work, I squeezed in a holiday at an awesome resort nearby and have been actively posting stuff on Google+. The idea of using Google+ as a blogging platform isn’t new but I’ve been figuring out if it would work for me.
The Good Parts
It’s easy to post from the desktop and mobile. I can do life stream-like things with check-ins and photos with location information (although location information for non-place check-ins is mysteriously broken in the API for now).
The Not-So-Hot Parts
Google+ has no built-in RSS feeds and I can’t do proper inline links there — I wish they had fully implemented Markdown. It’s actually a reflection of the new kind of social web that we have now. I’m sure there are more drawbacks when compared to traditional online journaling (i.e handrolled HTML or WordPress or Textile or whatever) but Google+ (or Twitter or FB or anything else social) isn’t what traditional used to be.
Whatever I post on G+ will also be available at dullneon.com/googlenotes — it’s an evolving mirror of what I post publicly on Google+. And the current RSS feed will very soon get redirected automagically (and I hope to share my feeble, pathetic PHP source code for everyone to laugh at). All the content here stays — permanent links have to, you know, stay permanent.
See you on the other side, friends.