I feel dirty

It’s been a while since my last entry.  I
don’t feel like a bad blogger.  While
I’d love to keep on a more regular schedule, and it’s still my goal to do so, there
are a number of things that have kept me from doing so over the last 20 or so days.

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First, I don’t really feel the need to comment on every little new story or minor
technology event like some people.  I
believe that unless there is something meaningful you can add readers will probably
know your opinion from reading your previous entries. 


Second, there have been some outages on the gotdotnet blogging servers that have been
accompanied with the threat of “If you blog we’ll most likely lose your entries and
any comments.”  As a tester this statement
is equivalent to “If you blog your new entries will be lost and most likely we’ll
lose your past entries as well.  Yes,
I’m fairly paranoid. 


Third has been my dedication towards finishing several long standing projects around
my house that have been dragging on forever.  While
my progress there has been phenomenal it has taken time away from my blogging, Xboxing,
and other recreational activities.  My
goal has been to finish these projects as quickly as possible so that I can get back
to my recreational time.  The positive
side effect is that I’ve decided I watched too much TV to get things done so I’ve
started drastically cutting down my “Season pass” lists on Ultimate TV to include
less… junk TV.  It’s amazing what you
can do with these few extra precious hours a week.  


Now it’s time to violate my first statement:


My, and other GDN bloggers will most likely have their blogs moved soon.  The
GDN people are offering us space on the www.asp.net bloging
site.   I’m not really thrilled about
this.  I think it’s a mistake to limit
Microsoft bloggers to the ASP.NET site.   I
don’t generally write about ASP.NET and would be of little benefit to the community
there.  Nothing against the site, it’s
just not where I think most GDN bloggers content belongs. Ideally there would just
be a blogs.msdn.com site.  The sooner
we can set that up the better.  I haven’t
decided if I’ll make the move to ASP.NET or find an alternative solution for blog
hosting, but IMO there has been a community of bloggers/readers developed on this
site and mixing this and the ASP.NET community is not the correct solution.   


Another project of mine has been digitizing all of my CDs.  I
started the process with windows media player, but their song organization schema
has yet to impress me.  I switched to
Itunes and have been better off since.  The
importing goes faster (insert CD, it imports, then the CD is ejected with a loud chime
waiting for me to come back and put in the next one). I also don’t have to pay extra
for an MP3 encoder.  The smart playlists
are awesome for generating playlists with an over 30gb collection. I just wish I could
make some more advanced SQL style queries such as a “One hit wonders” playlists where
it throws any song where there is just one song in my collection from that artist
into a playlist. Hell, I’ve even purchased music for my Ipod from Itunes.  It’s
been great for collecting those “one hit wonders”, but I don’t think I would use it
to purchase whole CD’s yet.  I’m just
not ready to buy into
that fully yet.  Someday I hope
there are some standards adopted so that music lovers are not tied down onto a device/platform
as they are today. Sure, I could buy the inferior Naptser player, but then it would
be bulkier and limit me to WMA.  But that’s
not the case yet and IMO there is not a good enough Microsoft focused solution for
me as a consumer so I feel dirty.   However,
if anyone in the windows media team has some cool devices for me to provide them with
feedback on I’d love the opportunity.  J


I bitch too much,


Comments (4)

  1. steven says:

    Josh, you’re only "limited" if you stay with gdn. There are plenty of other weblogging packages and hosters out here. You could even get ledgard.com or something 😉

  2. Aaron says:

    At least you post more often than Gretchen… 😉

  3. Gretchen says:

    grrrr . . .


  4. Joku says:

    Did you notice what happened to Archives? Previously you got nice short summaries of the posts, now you get MB’s of full posts when clicking the archive (provided the blogger was very verbal). I’d really love if that could be fixed asap all over the blogs.msdn as the summaries or just plain titles were more easy to look at.

    Of course if there was RSS feed that would push all the articles in archives to your RSS reader that would also solve it, albeit at some bandwidth cost to MS.