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A recent comment on an old post about the iPhone calendar application got me thinking: should I revisit posting blog entries? I had stopped about a year ago, mainly because I didn’t think I was adding anything useful to the conversation. Plus, I’m ridiculously busy at work (I’ve changed jobs since my last post) and my family life continues to get busier and busier. How do I squeeze in blogging among Facebook and Twitter updates? One of me is both excited and scared about returning to longer-form blog postings after focusing on status updates and tweets. While I like the exercise of 140 chars, having the opportunity to craft more substantive posts, especially with the scope of my new job, seems attractive. Stay tuned!

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I’m going to start posting here again. If only to let Google be my brain for a while.

Frasier Spears, via Jim Correia, has a great post about when photos get deleted. He’s got a good methodology that seems inline with my very informal practice. Basically, I never delete any photos of the kids unless something went horribly wrong (which does happen when I decide to manually futz with my Digital Rebel XT’s settings).

I have such a hard time deleting digital representations of people that I love. A couple of years after my grandmother passed away I saw her information in my address book. I was doing housekeeping and cleaning out old contacts. But how do you erase the information of someone who was so dear to you? Sounds like an insanely irrational process, since her address book entry was just a record of some data and had nothing do with why she was so special. However, it was a reminder of her. I need to think about her more often and make sure I tell my kid what a fantastic grandmother I had. If she’s not there, will I somehow forget?

It’s the same type of feeling with photos of my kids. Even though my son may have had his eyes half open or my daughter was looking at anything but the camera, it captures them in a moment time that’s completely unposed, normal and banal. But those are the moments that life is largely composed of. My own childhood has a paucity of photos, primarily because taking photos in the ’70s was a disaster compared to today. Flashbulbs that only worked once. Cartridges of crappy film. Instant camera prints that faded unless hermetically sealed. Plus, you had this extensive process of actually dropping the film off at the Fotomat and then having to remember to pick it up later. Silliness.

The flip side is that my kids will have thousands, if not tens of thousands of photos to review at some point. My only hope is that consumer-grade image recognition and processing software is introduced to facilitate more automatic and inference-based tagging, sorting and grading of photos.

Twitter just hasn’t found its way into my heart. I may be that in my extensively multi-tasked existence, Twitter was just one thing too many to think about. Hell, I can’t even update my blog on a useful basis. I want to like using Twitter since I like the concepts behind Twitter. But my ability to time slice is outweighed by my desire to focus and Twitter on my periphery is just too much right now. I’ll keep Twitterific in case I change my mind, but for now it’s being marked as noexec.

I’m selling my Samsung SyncMaster 930b LCD display.

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With the new iMac, I don’t need a secondary display and need the desk space back! It’s in great condition and works great with both Macs and PCs. The only thing I don’t have is the original box. I’m posting it on other sites, but wanted to see if it gets picked up here. It can be yours for $125.

Almost ten years after the first iMac was introduced, I finally bought one of the new aluminum 20-inch 2.4GHz variety. I only had a few minutes to set it up last night (luckily, that’s generally all you need for a Mac) but my first impressions match those of countless reviews elsewhere. It’s gorgeous looking, wicked fast and the screen is great. It will take me a bit to get used to the glossy screen though. Keep in mind that the machine this is replacing is a first generation 1.42GHz Mac mini with 512MB of RAM. Trying to run the iLife apps on that machine was an exercise in pain and I had no desire to attempt to install RAM when the primary tooling required is a putty knife. The new keyboard took about 0.5 seconds to get used to — I definitely like it. I’ll be adding another 1GB of RAM (2GB should be fine for my needs) this week and moving over the last of my files and whatnot. Anyone want a Mac mini on the cheap?

I have a full day of meetings tomorrow and am absolutely committed to using the phrase “dinosaurs with jetpacks” in one of them. Brilliant.

Update: I’m so depressed. I used the phrase and no one so much as blinked. Sigh. So much for being a l33t hipster.

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