Saturday, September 29, 2007

Long distance love in the age of blogging

My best friend is in Bangalore or BLR as he's been writing it lately. It's been less than a week and we've been talking a bunch - sometimes more than we do when we're in the same city.

The technology has drastically changed since my college boyfriend moved to Japan just under a decade ago. Back in the old days, int'l phone calls were very expensive. Skype didn't exist and eyeball cams were really rare, let alone built-in cameras like the ones on the Macs. I've been using my computer to broadcast the living room via Skype and Y! messenger. I saw the inside of the Singapore airport from Ash's computer. I showed off my new haircut today using Skype.

The world is getting smaller and smaller.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

From the "Why is this News?" file

CNET has an article up this morning about a former MSFT employee's blog post stating that he's considering the switch to LinuxMCE to avoid DRM issues with Windows Media Player.

Why is this news?

If I write a blog post saying that I'm considering eating an apple for breakfast instead of my usual banana, will CNET cover that?

Sometimes the right-click journalism thing goes a little too far. For this hard-hitting investigative bit of reporting, the journalist read a blog post and then wrote a story that recapped the blog post. That's metablogging. That's not reporting. Just wanted to clarify.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Geeky girlz

So, a few months ago I found out about a cool conference going on right here in Mountain View, CA - really close to the Mozilla offices. It's called She's Geeky: A Women's Tech (un)conference.

I've been working at Mozilla for almost 6 months now. I often get asked about what it's like to be a woman in a largely male office. It's actually quite funny. I started my career working in the IT department, wearing jeans to work and crawling under desks to sort out cables. Then I started working in a PR firm and started wearing skirts and suits and calling the IT guy whenever things broke. Now I wear jeans, crawl under my desk and still manage to bug the IT guy a fair amount.

Anyway, I think this should be an interesting event and look forward to connecting with other women in open source.

She's Geeky: A Women's Tech (un)Conference
October 22-23 in Mountain View, CA