Below is a video showing my first attempt at the Softlayer Server challenge… I didn’t place in the top ten the first time but the second time I placed in 8th placed out of hundreds of people who did the challenge… Were talking gurus (Guys that eat and breath servers) from Google, Facebook and Rackspace and somehow I placed in 8th 😛
Archives for July 2011
I spent the entire last week networking at OSCON 2011 (Open Source Convention) in addition to running the Ubuntu Booth. One of the excellent networking opportunities I had was to sit down for about fifteen minutes with two engineers from Netflix who happen to use Ubuntu personally and when I called Netflix out for not having a solution to make Netflix Instant work on all Linux systems they told me that in fact Netflix has some engineers working on a proprietary client for Linux that should be available in the next 12 months.
The engineers from Netflix were hardcore Linux users themselves and advocates of Open Source and shared my frustration that Netflix had not made headway a lot sooner. They indicated that although work is underway it is not a priority project which is why it may take up to 12 months.
For obvious reasons (non-disclosure agreements etc.) I cannot divulge the Netflix employees names but I’m happy they did even tell me of this excellent progress they are making and how internally they are standing up for the Linux community.
Klout & MetroMint sent me a free MetroMint variety pack for being influencer and honestly I was at first a bit skeptical as to whether Klout could provide any solid benefit over other WOM companies (BzzAgent, Edelmen) but the thing I like about Klout is they hook you up with rewards for doing what you do best which is being influential on a topic or perhaps many topics.
They don’t try to force you to push their partners products in exchange for free stuff but instead leave it up to you to decide whether you wan’t to give praise or shame to any perk you receive. I was thinking to myself when this water arrived how me getting it for free could be good for MetroMint and then it clicked in my head that because I know other influential people and have such a decent reach that when I do finally quench my thirst any feedback I give will also result in sharing the tale of how I got free designer water.
Notably this week I am going to two large technology events so I will probably bring some MetroMint with me since it is after all hot in the U.S. right now and if the circumstances are right perhaps MetroMint might get some good karma or influence as a result?
One thing I think Klout should work on is adding more and more data into their algorithm because right now they are limited to four social networks to guage their Klout scores but what if they sampled Google Analytics data or could tap into Disqus, LiveFyre and many more Social Networks to get a even bigger piece of the influence pie.
I would love to hear any feedback you have on Klout? I know plenty of my friends and readers got free Spotify accounts through Klout.
The Portland City Council recently unanimously passed an ordinance to ban plastic bags within city limits.
The City and supporters of the ban purported that by banning plastic bags they would be doing the environment a big favor but there are flaws in the assumption that banning plastic bags for purposes of groceries will do anything to reduce pollution.
In fact assuming consumers in Portland start opting for paper bags which will be offered for free by grocers then pollution will increase signficantly considering that:
If you live in America then you know Spotify is now available…. I just got a Free Premium Account courtesy of the people at Klout and I wanted to show you what the Spotify client looks like on Ubuntu:
One thing I wan’t to note is that their repository is having some issues so the only way I was able to install was to grab the .deb file and install it myself. Thje interface is still a bit buggy but this is a preview edition so I imagine they are still trying to fix many problems with the GUI…. Now wouldn’t a command line version be nice?
I’m really happy to hear the news of Izea going Public because Ted Murphy and his team have worked hard and developing one of the biggest names in Social Media. Another thing I’m happy about is that I got to wear one of their shirts before they made it big… In fact I own two Izea t-shirts.
Congrats to the Izea Team!