I'm really getting tired of Citibank[^] looking after my best interests. This is the 4th or 5th time now that they've placed my account on hold because of "suspicious" charges. They also don't seem to think I'm capable of understanding big words.
"This letter is to inform you that we believe your account has been compromised (placed in jeopardy)..."
If I didn't know what compromised meant, they think I'm going to understand jeopardy? The gist of the problem is that I travel a lot, and so my charges come up in weird places, but their fraud sensors are just ridiculous. Each time I call them to reactivate my account (and I just love when I have to use the phone to make things happen), I ask them if there's some way they can loosen up the flags on my account, but no luck so far.
I'm back in (CP) office this morning for a bit, but then it's back to VSLive! Toronto where I spent the day yesterday. I gave a talk on Datagrids (what else?) and Gridviews in Whidbey. I think it went ok, but I felt very disorganized, having procrastinated a lot of my prep time until the last minute So I can do better on that next time, but all in all, I think it went pretty well. I also met a lot of people at the show who said that they love CodeProject, so it was fun to meet people that are enjoying the site.
For me at least, I live about 10 minutes from the conference center where VSLive is being held, so this one was a no-brainer I do also speak at some of the international Tech Ed events, so email your local Tech Ed organizer and request me as a speaker :p Also 2 CP employees do work in India, Nish and Smitha.
Bianca[^] and I just got back from a lunchtime run to Staples[^] (office supply store, for those living in countries that don't have them). We needed some extra styluses for her Palm and some label maker tape. Staples keeps both of these items in locked cabinets, where you have find an employee, tell them what you want, and get them to unlock the cabinet. Now I guess I can understand this for the expensive products, like the Palms themselves, and maybe even the label makers (which were NOT under lock and key), but the label tape? And the styluses? I just don't get it. Annoying.
Update: I just got my "Staples Dividend card" and appparently the Staples motto is, "That was easy." No, it wasn't.
That's a good point, I guess there's really no need to point you to a site that you're already on.
So I'm trying to figure out what I should put in there if anything. For now I guess I'll go with no signature...
Update: I've decided to take a page from the Michael Butler book and put my blog link in my signature. Not really appropriate here since you're already at my blog, but we only get to have one signature right now, and I think a blog link makes sense for when I'm posting in the Lounge.
Marcie Robillard (Datagrid Girl) wrote: Update: I've decided to take a page from the Michael Butler book and put my blog link in my signature. Not really appropriate here since you're already at my blog, but we only get to have one signature right now, and I think a blog link makes sense for when I'm posting in the Lounge.
Which reminds me of another suggestion. Can we have the "make clickety" functionality for when we create our signatures. I found it a pain in the ass to build one manually when I updated my sig, especially given the small size of the input box.
There has been a lot of discussion around the web over the last few months about blogs as "echo chambers". Robert Scoble, who is one of the most active Microsoft bloggers in case you're not aware, made a good post about this "echo chamber" idea this week: http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2004/04/19.html#a7239[^]
Robert instead calls it a "passion chamber". He says that by blogging, we reach the most passionate, and assumably most influential members of the group we're communicating with. In his case (and mine), that group is developers. He also emphasizes the point this week that blogging has to be conversational (two-way). For instance, blogs that don't allow comments tend to be very one-sided. (Fortunately if you're blogging at CodeProject, you don't have that problem as all of your blogs automatically allow comments).
Thanks for the links Robillard, interesting stuff. I certainly sympathise with the "passionate people" idea, apathy really gets to me in a big way.
But lastly, what don't I have? Distribution! Millions of people read the words of the folks above. How many read my words? My distribution is measured in the thousands.
But he reads 10 other blogs who pick up on the same stories/memes/ideas/passions as he does. They each have 10 others and so on. So invdividually a blogger has no power but en masse the power is huge. And all together it creates an even larger "passion chamber" which reverberates with peoples thrusts and paries on the topics they are passionate about.
We do already compete with journalists by bubbling popular memes to the top through the power of a thousand bloggers distributed about the globe.
Christopher Duncan quoted: "...that would require my explaining Einstein's Fear of Relatives"
It looks like most of the feedback so far on the new CodeProject blogs so far has been positive, so that's great. One request I've heard so far is "Give us the ability to turn off the RSS feed for our blogs". This only Day 1 of bloggingness and CodeProject, so don't worry, there will be many more features to come
How to give us feedback:
1) Blog it! We're watching (1984, Big Brother anyone??) your blogs now, so if you post a comment there about CodeProject or CodeProject Blogs on your Blog (I think I really prefer the term "web log" to "blog", what do you think?), then we will see it.
2) If you prefer to give your feedback privately, send a private email to Chris or myself. My email address is Marcie @ CodeProject .com
3) Post in the Suggestions Forum. Another great place, we'll definitely see it there too.
4) Post in the Lounge. I expect this might be the most common for a while, but it's a little hard (for me at least) to keep up with all the posts in there, so this might not be the most effective choice.
5) Post a comment right here! I'm kind of the self-appointed "Blog Evangelist" now for this blog project, so I'd totally welcome any feedback right here.
I have an "other" blog at http://weblogs.asp.net/datagridgirl, but I'm very excited to have a new blog at CodeProject, where I work and live the Developer Community aspects of my life. (You mean there's more to life than Developer Community? Nah.)
Going forward, I'm trying to think of what I should post here versus my "other" blog, and I guess the key point I should figure out first is, what's the difference between the audiences? Here's what I think it is, but if I'm wrong, please leave a comment. The "audience" for my weblogs.asp.net blog is mainly ASP.NET community people and Microsoft employees. Those are the other two groups that also blog there, and judging by who leaves me comments and sends me emails from my blogs, that seems to be who is represented.
Here in the CodeProject blogs, I think the readership will be more general development community people, many of whom are not using ASP.NET, and who may, frankly, have no interest in ASP.NET. So I think I'll continue to post my random ASP.NET and Datagrid notes on my weblogs.asp.net blog. I might try to post some ASP.NET Community News types of items here though. CodeProject "internal" type stuff, like our progress on the rewrite of the site from ASP to ASP.NET, will go here. I want to keep posting CodeProject "external" type stuff on my other blog, things like "here's what we're doing at CodeProject". Some things will inevitably end up in both blogs, though I don't want to end up as too much of a "cross-blogger", as there may be a few people that follow both blogs.