I am currently trying to organize FaceBook to make it a more manageable tool. left unmodified, you pretty much get an unending stream of conscience from the entity known as “Your Friends”. The first thing I did was remove everyone from my news feed except those who consistently post interesting content, unsurprisingly, that was about 10% of my friends list. I then clicked on the Friends link on the side bar where I can manage lists. I took advantage of the pre-made lists for Close Friends, Acquaintances, Family and then I added a Work list.
- Family: Everyone I am related to either by blood or marriage.
- Close Friends: Anyone not related with whom I have a life long bond with.
- Work: Everyone with whom my relationship is primarily professional.
- Acquaintances: Pretty much everyone else who did not fit into any of the above categories.
I then added everyone on my Work list to my Restricted list, this keeps those people from seeing posts unless I specifically allow them to see it. This keeps me from having to edit myself, or worry about SFW content or an off color statement affecting my career. And of course when the next culling comes, the Work and Acquaintances pools gives me a short list for the UN-friending.
Since I built my own motion activated surveillance system I have come back to re-visit the Gargoyle project. Gargoyle One can be seen here;
It was built using a Dell Mini 9 stuffed into a backpack and a webcam. I have made many modifications since then. I replaced the backpack with a fishing vest (Lots of accessible pockets) and the Mini 9 was replaced with a Raspberry Pi. The mistake I made with the first one, was I wanted it all and it was just not going to happen with the hardware I had access to and the limitation of size. So I narrowed down scope of the project, all this rig is suppose to do is record and save input and then provide a way to display the data. I have no need to access a desktop or use it surf the web, I have a smartphone for that. the first thing I gave up on was trying to capture video and went for a continuous stream of pictures, about 2 per second. this lowered the CPU and disk space requirements. A 320×240 jpeg takes up less than 10kb, a 640×480 jpeg takes less than 30kb so I can easily store thousands of these pictures on the 32GB SD card in the RPi. Any decent resolution of video is going take up far mare drive space then the equivalent time span of pictures. The ultimate test of this is going to be Comic Con in October. Rather than walk around carrying my cell phone asking for pictures, I can just walk around and absorb information automatically. I will need to test it in crowds of people beforehand however, to make sure my idea works in reality or if I just end up with thousands of blurry pictures.
I think Facebook has deemed me a threat and is defending itself against me. I am trying to delete all my old posts and unnecessary photos. Just when I think I have them all deleted, I come back 20 minutes later and BANG!, there are 5 posts I seemingly missed. Either Facebook is hiding posts from me or it is not deleting my posts and it is playing mind games with me. My personal theory is it is trying to make the process so difficult that I will eventually give up and not try again.
PezWitch is ahead of her time in many ways. One of those way is she has been waiting for eBooks since probably the 70′s.Back in 1998 or 1999 a small little known company came out with the Rocket Ebook. The Rocket was a good first try, it was heavy and its battery life was way too short, especially when using the back light, but it worked and it was what PezWitch had been waiting for. Unfortunately the company was bought out a year later and the new owners were opposed to the idea of free content like Project Gutenberg. PezWitch abandoned her Rocket and I bought her a Hiebook (Pictured to the left), which failed on several levels. The first of which, there was no content available for it beyond Project Gutenberg and an extremely small library of books you could purchase for it. Its Windows driver was bad and the software used to transfer books to the device was slow, clunky to use and unstable, it did not take long for PezWitch to loose interest in this device. There were several other attempts at making an eReader, but she remained uninterested for several years, until 2009 when I had been hearing good things about the Amazon Kindle and decided to give one to PezWitch for her birthday and see how she liked it.
The Kindle is what she had been waiting for, it was easy to use, stored a massive number of books, was easy on the eyes and best of all had a 3G network connection so she could buy eBooks any time, anywhere, Amazon had produced a great product for a reasonable price. A couple of months later I bought one for myself. In the last year, PezWitch’s original Kindle died and we bought her another one, a few weeks later I sat on mine and cracked the screen. We bought a tool set and I transferred the screen from her dead Kindle to mine and I was up and running again. Well a several of weeks ago mine died as well and our house was robbed and PezWitch’s replacement Kindle was one of the items stolen. So we have bought two new Kindles in the last two weeks.
The other day PezWitch found her Hiebook, I was a bit surprised by how heavy it is and how little memory it had. There was an old 64MB SmartMedia card in it and I laughed at how ridiculously small it was. Of course at the time we were probably excited about how huge it was. We lost the charger and the data cable for it, fortunately in my parts box, I had a USB power cable that worked nicely to charge it up again. She was about half way through “Case of the Vanishing Beauty” by Richard S. Prather, I am guessing it was not all that good of a book. While the battery did charge, it seems to be loosing its charge very quickly, so I imagine the battery is bad. I also tried to update the time and date, butthe device would not take the changes. A hard reset of the device did not fix it, so I am thinking the firmware is broken in some way as well. Ah well, it was not like I was going to use it for anything anyway.