August 2007 - Posts

26 August 2007
Switching From Microsoft To Logitech Input Devices
I've been a longtime user and fan of Microsoft input devices (keyboard/mouse)...pretty much ever since I made the move from Mac to Windows 9 years ago. That era is coming to an end as I'm transitioning over to Logitech hardware in my home office. Whereas Microsoft is all business with a touch of flash and a lot of comfort, Logitech is more about expanded functionality with a lot of flair. In the workplace, I'm sticking with the Microsoft Natural line of products since I do about 10x as much typing and mousing (I do write code for a living after all), plus looks don't really matter. Logitech's latest offerings are pretty damn slick though: I've moved to the MX Revolution wireless mouse (which is rechargeable...earns mucho bonus points), and I haven't quite settled on the specific keyboard since unfortunately all of their good ones are sold as a keyboard/mouse combo, so I'll have to pay extra just to get the keyboard I want. More than likely it will be MX 3200... Read More...
14 August 2007
A Couple Of New Music Recommendations: Mew, Muse, and Cold War Kids
In my never ending quest to find new (indie rock) music, I've stumbled across a couple more troupes that I really dig, all of them via The Dive which comes on at the most ungodly hour imaginable (usually around 3am Sunday mornings). By no means are any of them new...they've been making music for years, but only recently have they made it onto my daily playlists. They are: Cold War Kids : Good edgy sounds, slightly dancey and energetic. ' Hang me out to dry ' is the hit single from their latest album, Robbers and Cowards . An all around fun band, good party music. Mew : Of all the places in the world for a progressive rock band to hail from, Denmark is certainly not on my radar for internationally acclaimed indie rock music. But from Denmark they doth hail, and their music is deep and melodic. Their lead singer has one of the most unique voices I've ever'll either love it or hate it (think Geddy Lee except with more overtones). 'Am I Wry? No'... Read More...
05 August 2007
Community Server Developers Conference, New Themes Released
Telligent has announced the first ever Community Server Developers Conference ...there was one last year, but it was not an official Telligent sanctioned event and unfortunately I was not able to make it. This year I am definitely planning on dropping in to help represent the CS MVP's. From the announcement: We are very happy to announce the first official Community Server Developers Conference (CSDC) will be held on the weekend of October 20th and 21st. Over the next couple of weeks we will be working on the final agenda and session list, but you can expect topics to cover everything from tips and tricks on extending Community Server, the new web service API, and the newly announced Community Server 2008 . Registration is just $99 if you register before September 5th . Feel free to drop me a line here if you're going to attend, and also let me know where a good place to stay in Dallas is located. This should be a fantastic event, if nothing else just to rub shoulders with some... Read More...