Archive for April, 2008

Regression
April 29, 2008

Many people move from a free domain like wordpress.com, or blogspot.com, to their own domain. Now, I do the opposite. Strange, but with a reason.

I realize that my “problem” with my lack of blogging, for a year or so, is simply because blogging is not very important to me anymore. Is it just a phase, or a break? I don’t know.

But for now, I think my personal domain – paraz.com at the moment – is better used pointing to something that represents me better than my blog.

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Tech Update
April 17, 2008

Unfortunately, I can’t post the best and most interesting tech I’m up to, since it’s work related and I can’t share a single clue as to what I’m up to. Really secret stuff.

Instead, let me tell you about the tech stuff I do in my own time:

  • Beta testing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron
  • Using kvm Kernel Virtualization, and comparing it with VMware. Soon going to try Virtualbox
  • Trying OSX86 on different PC’s. Already got it working on my Acer 4710Z laptop, but in my desire to achieve the proper 1280×800 resolution instead of 1024×768, I trashed it and the graphics system no longer starts. Will try to fix it still.
  • Trying to get back into open source development, especially in Java. Still frustrated that I – and Pinoys – use a lot of open source but don’t give back.
  • Planning further PC upgrades. Will probably add another hard drive to my desktop for a RAID0 setup. Might get a “branded” case like a Lian Li.
  • Reading a lot on my Safari Books account. Read some tech classics. Read a .NET programming book – but haven’t gotten started. Reading EJB3, just in case I need it. Reading about the Linux kernel details, so that I know what I’m working with under the hood.
  • Thinking about how to earn from Adsense and online ads again – without spending too much time on it. It’s not really passive income if you spend too much time working on it and thinking about it.

The Global Conversation
April 17, 2008

I’ve been thinking how to restart this blog – or if it is possible at all. Should I just give up?

On the other hand, I’ve been busy twittering. It’s easy to blame Twitter for the lack of blogging output. But, I actually post a lot online. Much of it is in forums and email. The difference? There is a conversation.

In contrast, the blog is more of “post an idea” – like an essay, or article. In the past I thought I would be able to keep up blogging article-style. I failed.
I need to make this blog conversational, to make it alive.

How do people keep the blog conversations running? One way is through comments. Another is by continuing the conversations on other blogs. I do read a lot of other blogs (well, mostly tech/industry) but I don’t form an idea strong and coherent enough to post a complete article in response.

I should get there. I must join this blog with the global conversation.

Twitter 1, Blog 0
April 11, 2008

So I haven’t been posting. But I sure have been tweeting! Well at least I release early, release often – what’s on my mind. But the concept of Twitter as Blog Draft didn’t work for me.