Archive for August, 2011


Poke confirmation

Aug 15, 2011 by Steve Belt in General

Why is it that Facebook needs you to confirm that you are about to poke someone?  There’s no confirmation for liking something.  There’s no confirmation for updating someone’s wall.  There’s no confirmation for adding a photo to your library.  But for some reason, Facebook thinks that you may have accidentally chosen to poke someone, and that this life altering event requires a confirmation.

Really Facebook?  Really?  Enough with the annoying confirmation pop-up!

New Gadget Idea

Aug 13, 2011 by Steve Belt in General

Ok, I’m not much of an inventor, but I had an idea for a gadget today while roaming the aisles at the local Fry’s Electronics.  What I was looking for, and didn’t find, was a combination iPod dock, memory card reader, and USB hub.  You can get a memory card reader and USB hub as a single device, but not with iPod dock as well.  Since iPod/iPad/iPhone are now so prevalent, it seems only logical to put all of these together.  And ideally, in a USB 3.0 spec.

Anyway, I’m not going any further with this idea than what you see here, but if anyone has the means to take this idea to fruition, let me know…all I’ll ask for is a free sample.  FYI, the images above are from some old defunct devices that kinda/sorta do what I want.  But none of these devices has been updated to current technology, so they won’t work with iPhone 4, modern memory cards, or USB 3.0.  Yeah…so not much use these days.

Now Pondering

Aug 09, 2011 by Steve Belt in Blogging

Beer along Mission Bay, San Diego

Very few people reading this will NOT know Jay Thompson, but on the off chance you don’t and don’t read The Phoenix Real Estate Guy, then you probably don’t know that Jay, after 6 years blogging on TPREG, recently created his own personal blog, Now Pondering.

My Side Door is exactly that for me.  It’s my personal blog.  The place I can share things personal to me, about me, things that I’m thinking about for the future, etc.  And I’ve had this blog since August 2007, so that’s 4 years now.  Dang, has it really been that long?  Anyway, it’s occurred to me more and more recently, that I’m not writing much (well, really not writing at all), and that it’s about time I started making the time to write here.  It’s good for the soul.

For content, I’ve always wanted this blog to have a focus on photos, which is why I chose the theme I chose.  Sunday morning, while listening to NPR on my way into Echo, there was a story about old snapshots taken in the 50’s and how families used to take down the  box from the closet and look at the old snapshots, reminisce, and then possibly note who/when/where.  This too is another thing I need to get back to.  The last 2 years, I’ve taken way too many photos that I never share.  They are just sitting in a memory card somewhere.  Will I remember who/what/when/where that photo came from?  Not if I don’t start making those notes now.

And so here it is.  I’m throwing down my own gauntlet.  Blogging and I shall become friends once again.  Talk with you again soon.