Twitter synergies…

You know, it’s kind of sad.

I’ve got this perfectly good website here, and I haven’t been updating it. Instead, I’ve been spending more time updating my Twitter. I don’t know why that is; I guess I just like the quick-and-easy format of doing status updates. I was doing status updates on my Facebook page, and then when I realized I could link my Facebook status updates to my Twitter, I switched over to that. It helps that I have two quick methods of updating my Twitter: TwitterFox for my web browser, and Twitterrific for my iPhone. What I’m going to end up doing, though, to make the site a little less static is put the Twitter feed in via a sidebar. Of course, the fact that this WordPress theme doesn’t support sidebars means I need to find a new theme. I’ve found one; the problem is that I need to create a new header image, as the new theme requires a larger image size. Oh, well. Hopefully I can get some help on that, and have the new theme up relatively quickly.

On another tech front, I have to admit to a bit of disappointment. At the house, if I have to do work on the company network, what I’ll frequently do is take my work laptop and set it on my desk next to my main PC’s monitor. However, it’s usually a bit inconvenient for me to reach over to use the laptop keyboard and touchpad, and there’s not really enough room on here for a second keyboard and mouse. I managed to find a piece of software called Synergy, which allows one to use one keyboard and mouse on multiple machines. You move the mouse off one screen, and it appears on the next. Just what I was looking for, right? Well, the problem is that the machines need to be able to communicate via TCP/IP for it to work. Normally that’s not a problem at all, except for the fact that when my laptop connects to the corporate VPN, the VPN profile automatically disables all communication to computers on the local network. So, in other words… I can only use Synergy when it’s not on the corporate VPN, and 99% of the time when the laptop is booted up here, it’s on the corporate VPN. Thus, it’s useless to me. I wish there was something I could do about it, but I’ll just have to grin and bear it.

Ah, well. We’ll see how things go on either front. For now, though, I’m just proceeding as I have been and hope things change where I can implement either improvement I’m looking into. :-)

4 thoughts on “Twitter synergies…

  1. I’ve been wanting to start my blog up again for a very long time… just never seem to get around to it. But I had an idea which may or may not be retarded that I think I’m going to try. You may or may not have noticed (by way of my 18 billion posts to it each day) but I’m hopelessly addicted to Facebook. What I may try is syndicating Facebook Notes and Facebook Links on my site, with my design up front. I could even use Facebook Connect to let FB users comment (or Like, or whatever) on articles directly from my site, and it’d all be reflected on my facebook page. I dunno if I’ll actually do this yet, but it seems like it’d be a pretty cool approach that would require very little effort. We’ll see.

    1. I had briefly considered linking my site to my Facebook, but to be perfectly honest I’m happy leaving the Facebook stuff on Facebook. I’m just making the Twitter feed available because it’s kind of an “over-arching” feed that’s also posting in my Facebook as well.

      I had even briefly considered using LoudTwitter, but that just annoys me.

      I should have something up in the next week or so. Nothing spectacular, but we’ll see how it goes.

  2. What’s your idea for the new header? I’m notoriously unreliable about this kind of stuff but things haven’t been crazy lately so I could probably give you a hand if you needed it.

    1. The idea (if you hadn’t already seen in my Facebook when talking to Howell’s sister) was to have a cathedral at night, surrounded by cyberpunk elements (maybe a large video screen or two, or cell towers, with a surrounding cityscape) drawn in the style of Akira or Ghost in the Shell.

      The thing is, though, I get so little traffic on my server (usually 25-30 MB daily across all sites) that it’s really not worth the time or effort to implement. It’s a nice idea, but seeing as my site’s hardly popular or well-read, it seems kind of pointless to go to the trouble. Howell’s agreed to look at the original header to see if he can adapt it to the new theme. We’ll see how it goes. :-)

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