I haven't blogged much this week because I've been neck deep in meetings and phone calls and emails and you name it.
But I haven't completely missed all the news -- new Google OS, the cyber attacks, etc. -- that is, when I'm not waiting for my Firefox browser on the Mac to try and catch up with the rest of the world (is anybody else seeing that performance slowdown? It's enough to make me want to go to the Opera!)
Me, I just yawned at Google's OS.
So now they have an Android and a Chrome? Maybe they can have the two meet in the middle and make an R2D2.
It could just be me, but it all feels so very 1991, OS2 Warp v. Windows 3.0-ish and...well, we know how that one turned out.
I'm all for computing in the cloud, but myself, I've just noticed way too many times how unconnected I am.
Like, oh, somewhere 35,000 feet above the Pacific, or in an IBM conference room somewhere in the Czech Republic where I can't get online...so, my point being, good luck with all that. When you're connected to the cloud, it's great. When you're not, you feel lost and alone and...well, unconnected.
My Acer NetBook, which is loaded with both XP and the Ubuntu notebook shell...well, let's just say the dust on top isn't yet quite an inch thick, and I was excited about being able to use it while traveling, because it's so much lighter.
Though the computer itself is fine, I keep finding myself needing files back on my MacBookPro, and no amount of cloud is worth the wait it would take to try and keep all those PowerPoints and Word docs synched up.
Life's too short, and I've got golf courses to play.
Speaking of which, I had an iPod story I wanted to share, one which nicely reveals the power of crowdsourcing in the age of Twitter and Facebook.
I was doing my laundry a couple of weeks back when I realized I was cleaning not only my clothes but also my nearly four year-old iPod nano.
When I pulled the Turbo nano out of the washing machine, I could see that it kind of looked inside the nano screen how it looks when you're looking into the actual washing machine -- very wet and soapy.
So, based on some urban myths I'd heard, I put it out on the deck to bake in the hot Austin sun for a couple of days, being careful not to turn it on, so that the water would evaporate, which it did.
But when I eventually tried to recharge the battery, it didn't take, so I went ahead and ordered a new iPod Shuffle online.
The Shuffle, I learned, is smaller than a USB drive, and has a nice clip you can put on your shirt while jogging, so I'm perfectly happy to have made the upgrade.
But when I mentioned that the nano was dead in the water, so to speak, via Twitter (and, hence, to my Facebook status), I was blown away by how much feedback and suggestions I received.
One of my old bosses out in San Fran told me to put that sucker into a bag of dry rice and let it sit for a couple of days.
Others told me to put it out in the sun.
And so on.
Though I'm obviously an evangelist for the effectiveness and opportunity presented by the social media, it's crowdsourcing moments like that which serve as a big shot of adrenalin.
Who says the watercooler is dead?
If anything, the watercooler has been replaced by one of those massive water towers, the likes of which helped provide water for my hometown of Denton when I was growing up.
I just have to make sure I keep my new iPod Shuffle far, far away from it. : )