Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Automated list generated by your mentions

So if you've been on twitter at all in the last few months you will by now be familiar with the lists function.  Lists are great in that they allow you to create a list of people (who you don't need to be following) with like interests.  Then more recently I found a great service called listwatcher.  If you follow @listwatcher you will be alerted by DM (Direct Message) of any changes to lists that have you as a member - rename of the list, drop from the list, if you are added to any list.

I have found listwatcher to be helpful in that it monitors the lists I'm on or put on for me.  Hence when I was informed that I had been put on a list called "hotnsassy" I immediately checked it out and found to my relief that it was a list that consisted of social media types.

More recently, I was informed that I had been removed from a list called "conversationlist" (the misspelling is on purpose) maintained by a tweep I frequently converse with @yonitdm.  So I checked it out and found that the list was auto generated by something called conversationlist.com.  The list is regenerated depending on your settings and interactions everyday.  Here is what they say on their website:
To be a little more specific, a "conversationlist" is a Twitter list of the people that you talk to (and about) on Twitter. The list is automatically updated daily, so that it always reflects the people that you are paying attention to right now. If you @reply (or @mention) someone, they're added to your list. If you stop talking to that person, they drop off your list.
I created one of these myself, or actually the website did it for me, based on the settings I am still tweaking.  So if you are anything like me and have a toolbox of twitter related stuff, here's another tool to add.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Styrofoam as an Art Form - Turning a cup inside out

I was just reading Diana Adams' Blog on artwork with a foam cup and a sharpie and was reminded of when I used to be very bored and would sit and very very carefully turn a styrofoam cup inside out.  It wasn't easy, and unfortunately I don't have any pictures, but it was time consuming.

I told my daughter about this the other night and she insisted I was kidding (which I do a lot) and that it was impossible.  Even after her mother confirmed the truth of what I was saying she still insisted it was impossible.  I guess it's time to do it again, except I no longer have time to kill and cups to waste.

I did find these references (now I know I'm not crazy):

Vimeo video of how to turn a styrofoam cup inside out
YouTube video
Blog for when you're bored

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Grisoft's AVG 9 - My experience updated

AVG Internet SecurityImage via Wikipedia
Not long ago I wrote a blog on my disastrous update to AVG 9.0 from 8.5 (paid version).  Since then I have come to a conclusion about the software in question.  Even though I provided a number of different logs and information to the AVG support group, they said they couldn't help me with my problem unless I reinstalled AVG and sent them the minidump log from another BSOD.  That's all well and good for them, but I can't afford to keep blue screening my work computer so that they can solve their software problems. 

I decided that as good as AVG 9 looked (and thank goodness it is less of a resource hog than 8.5), I could do without it and immediately replaced it with 2 other pieces of software.

When Grisoft gets AVG 9 in better shape I will revisit it as a antivirus/firewall alternative.

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