Web Services Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “State of the Union” re: which web apps/services I’m currently using. I know it’s been keeping you guys up at night, so here goes…

Ning: Duh 🙂 In all honesty though, our product has been getting better and better with each release, and our latest release adds even more nifty features for starting/pimping out your own social network.

iGoogle: Still my start page, mostly due to its simplicity. I always debate about switching to Netvibes though. We’ll see.

Gmail: I’ve been using a Gmail/.Mac combo to pump mail to my iPhone, while I wait (hopefully not in vain) for Gmail to add IMAP support.

Google Reader: My day-to-day feed reader, however I’ve had to set up a mirror Bloglines account since the Google Reader team hasn’t yet set up a proper iPhone version (c’mon guys, there’s even a Wii version…let’s get this done).

Blogger: Though it’s totally not “cool” to use Blogger (over MT or WordPress), I like to keep it real.

Twitter: These days I’m far more likely to update via Twitter than do a proper blog post.

Pownce: Pretty handy for sharing files, and will become even cooler once their API is released soon and more third-party apps crop up.

Ta-da Lists: I’ve ditched Backpack for the simplicity (and cool iPhone version) of 37signals’ free product.

del.icio.us: Still cool (after all these years).

Facebook: Digital cocaine, despite the serious current lock-in issues.

MySpace: No thanks. Still have to log in once in a while though to check on certain friends.

LinkedIn: Still get a fairly constant stream of requests, though I have yet to actually use it for anything work-related.

Flickr: No-brainer.

YouTube: I’m not one of those guys that lives on YouTube, but I’ve definitely been using it a lot more since it’s also on the AppleTV and iPhone.

Last.fm: Simple and easy.

20-Year Personal Console Timeline

A brief history of my experiences with Nintendo consoles (not counting portables or non-Nintendo products):

NES (1986ish)
I wasn’t old enough to have a way to buy one myself, and I watched in bitter jealousy as friend after friend received the magic box. I finally got one on my birthday, and jumped around like a madman for several minutes before having my dad hook it up to the TV and losing myself in the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt combo pack.

SNES (1991)
I remember saving my allowance for months in a little envelope that I pinned to the bulletin board in my room. I even decorated the envelope with pictures of Mario and Yoshi. Yeah. When it came out, I was flat-out blown away by Super Mario World and Pilotwings.

Nintendo 64 (1996)
I waited in line outside Toys ‘R Us and raced past kids to grab the pickup ticket. Shameful. I also recall Devin playing Mario 64 in my dorm room for like 10-hour stretches. And Mario Kart 64 goes without saying.

GameCube (2002-2003ish)
I was late to the GameCube party because I was recently married, busy working and thought I was too old for it. Big mistake. Zelda: Wind Waker ended up giving us hours of entertainment, and Donkey Konga is still an Owen/Stew favorite.

Wii (2006)
God-willing, the boys and I will be able to score a Wii on release day (this Sunday). I’ve got the potential stores lined up and a gameplan in place. Bring it.

Media Weather Report

It’s been a while since I did a useless post chronicling my current media interests. Here we go…

Games:

I haven’t had much of a chance to play the ol’ DS recently, however thanks to some brotherly fighting and some spoiling from Dad, there are now FOUR DS handhelds in the Casa de Ford (as well as a lot of PictoChatting that involves drawing pictures of poop).

I called EBGames this morning to reserve a Wii and they laughed in my face. Evidently they sold out in about five minutes. Seems to be the case all over the country.

Sites/Software:

I’ve been super busy with the day job at Ning, and have been using our three new products extensively…even going as far as to switch my personal stuff from Flickr to House of Kyle Photos, and from YouTube/Google Video to House of Kyle Videos. In feed reader news, after testing it out for a week, I’ve officially switched from Bloglines to Google Reader (as the new version is amazing).

Software-wise, I’m using SuperDuper to back up to an external drive, as it allows me to immediately boot from an exact copy of my MacBook Pro should the internal drive crap out (this was prompted by some ominous clicking sounds which have since gone away).

Movies:

Who the hell has the time (or interest) for movies anymore?

TV:

Dave was complaining about the lack of good stuff this fall season, but I disagree. While Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars have been a little stagnant so far (I have faith they’ll pick up again), I’ve been digging the latest seasons of Nip/TuckBattlestar GalacticaLostPrison BreakWeedsThe OfficeDesperate HousewivesHow I Met Your MotherBoston Legal and South Park.

New show-wise, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Ugly Betty are far and away the two best, but I’m also a fan of HeroesDexter and 30 Rock.

UPDATE: Duh, forgot about music. I’ve been hardcore into ’70s Elton John recently. Not quite sure why. The new Beck album too. My Last.fm page prob knows more than I do, anyway.