WordCamp Birmingham: Blogging Birmingham, AL

Well I was not quite sure what to expect. I ran into an extremely nice group of people of many persuasions, geeks, bloggers, social media gurus, and more. André Natta the Founder, editor, and publisher of The Birmingham Terminal Put on a first class conference with speakers from all over the Southeast. As he said this was the First Wordcamp in the Southeast.

I for one learned a lot, I’m finally on Twitter with a purpose. I am contemplating total overhaul of my site layouts and approach, and I hope I made s few new friends.

Twitter client of choice seems to be Tweetdeck, the first Adobe Air app I’m finding a use for.  Good viral marketing on their part. Thanks to Joey Gibson and Mitch Canter as well as André for the patient intros to a clueless one. The hints That Donna Fontenot provided were very helpful. I know I have not got all the great contributors here , and that is why I provided the link to the main site. but again thanks folks hope to see you again soon.

Version Control?

I’ve been looking into if and how I ought to set some sort of version control up and if so what is my easiest method that will allow for growth? I found a good comparison of version control systems here, at smashing mag. But I don’t feel up to speed enough to fully evaluate the alternatives presented, or for that matter am I ready to undertake this complexity, now? I found a good intro to SVN at Peter Gecko Here. But even that article gave me pause, and I posted a similar question there.

I’m a lone and very basic developer with no current experience with version control systems. A friend recommended SVN but I’ve barely gotten my hands around Eclipse and Mysql. which are the current backbone of my development environment. I am using the Brit, Eclipse based, report writer against MySql databases.(I’m on windows, XP and vista with Freeware only) I’ve looked at the Svn documentation, but am very wary of adding that complexity into the environment I barely understand. I’d like to continue to set up an environment that can grow, (languages and tools) as I do. I only have so much bandwidth for learning!

What advice does this much smarter crowd have to offer???

Free Jott Replacement

Well I loved Jott but not quite enough. My needs are very modest. I keep my exercise journal using it and Evernote. (keeps me focused on staying with the program) and I like to be able to note if I have and upcoming meeting or Dr. appt. as well as To do’s, being able to send e-mail and text to a few people is nice.

I understand that Jott has to make money and I don’t begrudge the fact, But for the time being I now have the same services via Reqall and Dial2do. I use Dial2do to send to Evernote, and remenber the milk as well as e-mail notes to myself or others, much as Jott used to. It also handles text sms for me. It can’t do Google Calendar appts. however, so I just programmed Reqall into my phone and use that for that purpose only. Reqall does require a bit of set up to handle the Google calendar interface. As follows:

From Reqall tech support:

Instead of clicking directly on the “Subscribe” icon, please right-click on the icon.

Then:

-> Click on “copy link location” for Firefox/”Copy shortcut” for IE/”Copy Link” for Safari.
-> Login to your Google calendar.
-> Click on “Add” and then “Add by URL”.
-> Paste the copied reQall iCal feed url in “Public Calendar Address:” field and click “Add”.
-> That then subscribes you to the unique url that represents your personal feed.

Google calendar processes and supports only Events. reQall treats your To-do as an event, only when it begins with “Meet” or “Meeting”.

Example:
(i) “Meet John on Sep 26th at 11:00 a.m. “.
(ii) “Meeting with John on September 26th at 11:00 a.m. “.

Current issue with Synchronization:

reQall sends the updates almost instantaneously. One thing that is happening with Google is that the feeds aren’t getting updated on a frequent basis.

Google says “Currently, calendar feeds are automatically updated by Google Calendar every few hours.”

According to our testers they’ve seen the updates take more than 4 hours.

Google actually says it could take 24 hours:

Reqall does not allow sending E-mails or Text it does have some other neat features that I’ll be exploring over time. But for now I’ll miss Jott but for the time being I’m still free, until these new services start to charge..