A new post, but not here

I just posted a new post over on Tumblr about just being able to buy professional tools doesn’t make you a pro. There’s no real reason I posted it over there than over here, but that may become more common. Years ago I made the move from Blogspot to WordPress, and while I don’t want to ‘move’ everything again, WordPress has just become ‘too much’ for me. In these days of posting quick messages to twitter, I rarely even feel like blogging anymore. WordPress has now morphed into what more feels like a great CMS, which just isn’t what I am looking for.

So as a note, if you still follow me here, you may also want to keep an eye out for me on Tumblr, as well as Twitter.

Moving away from Flickr, and moving to MobileMe and Facebook

I know it has been forever since I have posted much here. And of course with it being the beginning of the year, I would love to make a resolution to post here more – but that would just be stupid. There are a lot of things that are on my mind that I would like to share, so hopefully I can make more time to share more here.

But I did want to make a post about how I am moving away from Flickr. There is nothing wrong with Flickr (other than its owned by yahoo), but I no longer feel like paying for a Pro membership, and want to try using MobileMe and Facebook more.

In the years that I have had a Flickr account, I really don’t use the social aspect of it. I love knowing how many views my photos are getting, and having streams of photos from others, but I really don’t spend much time on the site. After moving to MobileMe for mail, contacts, and more – I decided to start using the gallery feature as well too.

And for the social aspect of my photos – many of the people that would comment on my photos don’t have a Flickr account, and I usually connect with them on Facebook anyways.

My plan for now is this: Everything is going to be posted to MobileMe. If I think it would be useful to be posted on Facebook as well – then I will.

You can find my MobileMe gallery at http://gallery.me.com/jmlumpkin .

You can find my Facebook photos at http://www.facebook.com/jmlumpkin?sk=photos.

iMac 27″ – fixing a slow boot up time

Im pretty sure on the default system image and setup of these machines – someone forgot to set the default boot drive. Every time you install the OS or image an OS on to the drive – you have to ‘Bless’ the main drive. If you don’t, this can cause slow boot ups, especially if you have other drives attached, since the boot loader must search the disks for valid boot disks before moving on.

Under System Preferences, select ‘Startup Disk’, then ‘Macintosh HD’ (or whatever your default boot volume is), and hit restart. Thats it!

This is a super easy fix, and easily cut my 1.5 minute boot time into about 25 seconds.

Over the mountains and through the woods…

It’s been almost 10 years since I last mad a trip to my grandmas house in Meadows of Dan, VA. We used to go there quite a few times when we were kids, but every time we recently tried to visit up there, something would come up. My wife had never been there (and we have been together for almost 11 years)!

Well that changed last weekend when my wife and I went up there with my dad and his wife, as well as taking one of our close friends. The drive to and from wasn’t bad at all, with the weather being near perfect in VA right now. It was quite interesting to see how things had changed over the years. Many more stores than I remember, so many more things to do, and even the drive was more enjoyable.

We ended up visiting quite a few places, including:

I posted a bunch of pictures over on Flickr from various parts of the trip.

Social Media Stress

I’ve had this post ready to go in various iterations over the last year or so, never really ready to post it, and continuously changing it. This is mostly due to the ongoing changes I’ve seen in social media – and more specifically how they relate to me. But a trend I have started seeing become more ‘popular’ made me decide to finally post about this – the cool thing is to actually leave social networking!

A lot of the various social media blogs (and even those that aren’t, because anything talking about this topic is link bait and easy ad revenue) have started writing numerous posts on how to delete your accounts, how relaxing it can be to not want to check Twitter obsessively. But I bet you – over half of those users ended up coming back to various social media sites, probably because they couldn’t actually kick the habit. But if you have gotten this far – I really feel like you are looking at this all wrong.

One (almost laughable) issue I have personally seen is various friends of mine on Facebook actually complaining about information overload, and trimming their friends, somewhat making them seem some elitist because ‘they have too many friendships or to popular’. And these aren’t people ‘into social media’ – they are the ‘OMG I can play with my virtual farm and ‘like’ Adam Lambert on here!’ type of users. I mostly find this funny – because those people really are doing nothing more than trying to inflate their ego, probably because they have nothing better to do. Doing this – trimming your connections on a social network, or heck, even in real life – is normal, and one thing that makes these sites dynamic and interesting to me. No one is telling you who you have to be friends with. But ‘bragging’ about it really is just being egotistical.

Which gets me back to my point – if you are having to think about this (or having to ‘brag’ about it) – you honestly are doing it wrong. We should be embracing the connectivity to other people, not annoying ourselves that we probably wouldn’t relate to outside of social media.

TechCrunch (who I really can’t stand) actually posted a great post about this today, saying “If you have social media fatigue, you’re doing it wrong“. I have felt this way for a while (not fatigued, but the gist of the actual post – it shouldn’t matter). If im tired of listening to someone complain or talk themselves up continuously, its pretty easy to rid my life of it. I shouldn’t be reading my twitter feed and keep on saying ‘man, this person is annoying’. I shouldn’t care about their feelings – for two reasons: 1) Theres a pretty huge chance they don’t care about mine, and 2) if they really get upset because someone stopped following them, they honestly need to get a life.

I have had very similar experiences to what is mentioned in this post – just general communication that either helped me or someone I know:

  • Impromptu meetings to get to know someone new (be it at a concert, outing, etc). If I am at something with others, we probably share similar interests
  • Met new clients to do some side work for, helping both me and them
  • Answering a programing, computer, local area, or automobile related question someone I follow has
  • Learned a new method (be it in programing, photography, or anything) that someone I followed shared a link to.
  • Met awesome people who I may not have met otherwise

I know writing this post is actually almost calling myself out on the topic I actually am speaking on – and I’m not trying to do that. I could easily tell you how I cut about 1/3 of the people I follow on twitter and started removing some people from Facebook. But this cleanup isn’t even social media related – I have been deleting tons of music and photos I have built up over the years – to make things easier. I removed about half of my RSS feeds (which I will write about soon) to stop wasting my time reading the same old thing. We generate so much media today that it’s nearly impossible to comprehend it all, and most of it I am sure is not needed.

I use all these technologies – Social Media, RSS, Blogs, etc – to learn and share. Outside of that – social media gives us the benefit of meeting new people and even connecting differently to people we know. But if it’s getting you down – you really need to first decide what you planned on getting out of it – before removing yourself completely and blaming others for it.

Remember – when you are consuming media (be it articles, blogs, or even less than 140 character blurbs on Twitter) – you are the one that put yourself in that place.

Going Rogue

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We recently bought a new car (well, crossover) a few weeks ago for the wife. Her old car (the blue Dodge Stratus Coupe on the left in this photo, with more photos on Flickr) is paid off in few months and was starting to show its age. I only drive less than 2 miles to work, where she drives 30 each way. We decided that one car payment would be much more enjoyable, plus there were some amazing deals going on currently as well.

So we picked up a 2010 Nissan Rogue SL and traded in my 2006 Nissan Sentra SE. My trade (plus two coupons) made us break even on our trade, and 0% financing for the life of the loan made us nearly break even on car payments of my Sentra! We actually test drove one of these Rogues during the ‘Cash For Clunkers’ program – and were not all that impressed. But after running the numbers and comparing quite a few of our options, plus test driving these again – we were blown away. For being a smaller CUV, it is actually more comfortable and has more room (at least feels like it) than the Nissan Altima we were also looking at. And while I originally thought you got more for your money with the Altima, the deals going on with the Rogues actually made them a better deal.

We finally got to take it back to the dealer today to get the spoiler installed (which they threw in for free), plus get it detailed. Since everything was finally complete, I took a few moments to take a few pictures of the new car, and posted them on Flickr.