January 31, 2006
Man it’s hard being me. What are you talking about? Being me: it’s damn hard. Are you poor? Kinda. School loans be damned! Are you homeless? Not hardly. Hungry? Nope, just ate a big plate of Pasta. Then what’s the problem? Well I’m Black. That comes with it’s own set of problems straight from birth. But more specifically, I’m a Black Geek. Being a geek really just compounds the problems that are already apparent in being a Black man in America. Does that mean that I don’t want to be Black anymore? Of course not. I couldn’t change my culture even if I wanted to and trust: I DON”T WANT TO. But being a Black geek means something more entirely that just being Black. For one, a geek is not your average gadget person that just wants what ever happens to be the cool object of the moment. We eat, sleep and shit technology. When you’re thinking about how to pay for those Manolo Blahnik boots you saw, I’m thinking about how I can get my hands on the new Apple Mac Book Pro. While you’re thinking about working out so you can try out for the basketball team, I’m trying to figure out why the code for my software program won’t compile correctly. When you refer to a foreign language, it’s usually French or Spanish, but when I refer to a foreign language it’s usually (X)HTML, CSS or Objective C. You’re inspiration is Oprah Winfrey or Michael Jordan. My inspirations are Benjamin Banneker, Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Jobs. I’m the type of guy that gets giddy whenever a new piece of technology hits the market. Case in point: I found a new Web Application today called feedlounge.
feedlounge is a web based RSS reader like NewsGator or Bloglines. But what makes feedlounge so different is that it is the first Web Application created that looks and behaves like a native desktop application created by Apple. On top of that, the basic package for feedlounge only costs $5 USD per month. Seriously? $5? What’s fuckin’ with that? Nothing right now, but it’s just goes to show what we can do with technology. The lines between the Desktop and the Internet are slowly becoming one singularity.
Ok, forget all this technobabel that you’re throwing around. What are you really saying? That it’s damn hard to be me. Why? Because when you meet a person like me you choose to distance yourself from me based on our differences instead of getting to know me based on our commonalities. You see, even though I’m a geek, I’m no different than you. I love Italian, Brazilian and Moroccan foods just like you. I appreciate Yves Saint-Laurent accessories just like you. I was pissed when the Steelers made it into the Super Bowl just like you. I was amazed that Kobe could drop 81 points in a single game just like you. I miss Aaliyah just like you. I am human just like you. So the next time you meet a Black geek like me take some time to get to know them. You just might be pleasantly surprised…..
January 31, 2006
While I am in school currently for Computer Programming, a lot of the knowledge that I have attained has been largely self-taught. Lately, I found myself wanting to explore more programming options than just (X)HTML and CSS. Due to the large problems that I’ve had lately with Web Applications like Bloglines and Newsgator, I think that I want to get into developing Web Applications myself. I originally started down this path with Macromedia’s Flash program and learning ActionScript. But with the recent merger between Macromedia and Adobe I am starting to question Adobe’s dedication to the continued development of Flash/ActionScript. Therefor, I have started researching new options in Web Application development and the frameworks that they offer.
Now there is Struts, developed by the Apache Foundation as a loose cousin to Jave Web Apps. You also have Spring and Zope. In addition, you have the newer frameworks of Django, Dojo and Mochkit. But the one that I keep hearing more and more of is Ruby On Rails.
Now I haven’t even begun to start learning the code or playing around with it yet, but there are some good examples of what developers are doing with the frameworks now. And I also found an article which gives a down-to-earth explanation of the technology. Anyone interested in going beyond basic (X)HTML and CSS programming should give it a read. In the meantime, I’ve gotta get back to getting the hang of this Object Oriented thing…..
January 22, 2006
Ok, finally got my home/mobile office set-up all synchronized. Remember when I said that I had problems getting Ecto to work with Blogger? Never could get it to work. So I broke down and (happily) picked up MarsEdit. If you use a Mac and you blog regularly, I definitely recommend picking this and NetNewsWire up. Perfect combination, plus it synched up with my Blogger account the first time out, so it gets a double toast of vodka and O.J. from me. Like I said before, on the Laptop I have FeedDemon and w.blogger holding me down and the glue is….Bloglines. Huh? I thought you said you were using NewsGator? Well I was, but the guys at Ranchero haven’t added syncing with NewsGator accounts yet, so I’m using Bloglines. It’s cool, I hear in the forums that NewsGator syncing will be one of the new features that they’ll work on for NetNewsWire once they get done traveling across Europe (just playing guys…).
Over at the SVN blog there are some great articles about companies who are only in the game to eventually sell out to other companies. Make sure you go and check it out!
I found a great site where you can mod your iBook;I know I’m probably late in finding out about this site, but I wanted to pass it on anyway. Hope they’re still around in a couple months when I pick up my iBook……. Well, I guess that it’s for now. L8tr!
January 20, 2006
Drunkenbatman has posted a really interesting article in which he explains what Jabber is. For those that don’t know what Jabber is or if you just want to know why a man would call himself Drukenbatman, you can read up on it HERE.