VeloNews.com - the descent of a website into uselessness

Four+ years ago, I saw my first copy of VeloNews on the news stand at Belmont Cycleworks. It was full of shiny pictures of the pro peleton, all the high-end bike porn I could consume. I was in love.

I ordered my first subscription to the magazine almost immediately.

Verizon FIOS - Motorola DCT700 ReplayTV

I have no idea whether anybody anywhere needs this blog post. It's obscure.

But Google indexes EVERYTHING. So here you go - hopefully, somewhere needs this.

I just got FIOS (giving up my Comcast in the process). I also own (happily, and sadly) a ReplayTV model 5000. And I needed to get the ReplayTV to work with the FIOS setup.

Migrated to Acquia Hosting. Time to blog again

Well, I've been silent for a while (a) because I'm not a prolific blogger (though I've become a prolific Tweeter @batsonjay ), and (b) because I've been wanting to migrate my site to Acquia Hosting. As Acquia's Founder, I thought I better use our products. Until now, this blog had been hosted at a third-party hosting company.

One solution to the "consumer credit crisis"

The mainstream media says there's another financial crisis looming: Consumer Credit. The claim is that consumers are way over-extended, and that people buy too much stuff on credit.

So, one way to handle this is to do for credit cards sleeves what tobacco health warnings did on cigarette packaging. Thanks to Francis Luu for the idea.

All your content belong to us. Now.

This gives me pause. Does it you?

I was trying to access a designer-oriented website called Computerlove. It was down. (Various programming errors.) For the heck of it, I Googled the site to double-check the URL. Yup - still down when I clicked through from Google.

Then I succumbed to the urge of simply looking at the Cached page on Google. Google had a fresh page from only a couple of hours previously!

ComputerLoveCached

Does the fact that Google has a copy of all the content they crawl -- all your content that is as current as this strike any of you as slightly troubling? I sure hope their "Do no evil" mantra holds true over time.

Velogogo

I'm a big fan of Velogogo. Sox, its curator, works as a UX person at Vimeo.

I was looking a little more deeply into him, watching his videos on Vimeo. Ok, I'll admit it: I'm an immature, lame adolescent at heart. I got joy from this short video. I want one.

baa humbug! the anal jelly bean dispenser from Soxiam on Vimeo.

History in the making: Acquia article in Boston Globe

Today in the Boston Globe there's an article in the business section about Acquia. It's gratifying to see our company start to get visibility outside the close-knit Drupal community. I just wanted to take a moment to expand on it a bit.

Boston globe

Thanks, Universal

I'm an unabashed fan of Professional Cycling. The big European races thrill me to no end. I love talking about them, participating as a full-fledged tifosi from the US.

It's hard for us here in the US to truly get "full race" coverage in video. We either have to buy a subscription to cycling.tv (not cheap), which in my experience has been about as painful to use as tearing a bandage off 8-hour-old road rash. This year's Giro d'Italia was nearly a casualty of cycling not being a big-enough sport here in the US to get us good coverage. Nearly.

Via velogogo.com

Note the bamboo frame. Was this fixie rider after the lightweight, the stiffness, or the green-ness? I think none of the above; even with baskets (vs. clips), those shoes aren't shoes to ride in. She had to be just a model for the photo shoot. We'll never know....

But a hot skinny chick on a bamboo bike? I just had to blog about that. ;-)

Thanks velogogo.com. (Great "blog" you should subscribe to.)

Marten Mickos departure expected IMHO

Looks like Marten Mickos, one-time CEO of MySQL is leaving Sun. Matt Asay talked to Mickos, and had a sense that they key motivating factor was "(Mickos') frustration at Sun's bureaucracy."

I have no doubt this was a strong contributing factor. I've had my own experiences with Sun over the years, and while I love the technology they produce (which apparently enough other people like to keep them a big company), the business side of Sun can be maddening. Getting something done with Sun is typically a big exercise in patience.

But in contrast to Matt, I don't think the bureaucracy was really it. Though I only know Marten through very casual, infrequent conversations, two things show up for me:

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