Assorted items for July 14, 2010

Some interesting things to share:

  • I’m recording an interview about uncluttering for Renew You that should be available this Friday through next Tuesday. Renew You 2010 was a conference that occurred earlier this summer, and every few weeks the organizer of the conference sends out links to new interviews to conference attendees and people who register for the mailing list. The interviews are targeted toward women, but the information I’ll be giving is applicable for anyone. The e-mail list is free, but there are pay-to-listen areas of the site that have some cost associated with them. You shouldn’t have to pay anything to hear my piece on uncluttering. The interview should be about an hour long, so sign up if you’re interested in hearing my talk.
  • TV business kisses HDMI goodbye” on the THINQ site leaves me with mixed feelings. I’m glad multiple manufacturers are coming together and establishing a standard cable, but it means we will all have to buy new cables. Not sure it’s simplifying anything.
  • Author Harlan Ellison decided to purge and auction off the majority of his book collection, including a signed birthday present from Neil Gaiman. The following link includes a profane word or two, but is still an interesting read about uncluttering your bookshelves: “The Great Ellison Book Purge” on the AV Club.
  • Have many errands to run at once? Lorie Marrero recommends the “optimal route planner” Route4me to determine the shortest route to take.
  • The website FreelanceSwitch offers terrific project management advice in its post “The Swiss Cheese Method of Project Scheduling.” The article is geared toward freelance programmers, but is applicable to anyone budgeting her time.

6 Comments for “Assorted items for July 14, 2010”

  1. posted by Christopher Meyers on

    Actually, in that article on the new standardized video cable it makes it pretty clear you can just use your old Cat5e. This is a huge win.

    And IMHO a standard is always a win. Not to mention you can probably expect converters/adapters for people who need interoperability.

  2. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Christopher — I don’t have any Cat5e in the house, either 🙁

  3. posted by Christopher Meyers on

    @Erin Fair enough, but most households have probably tossed more Cat5e than they’ve used. The cables are cheap, ubiquitous, and universal.

    Not like those pesky hdmi unitaskers. 😉

  4. posted by Angelo on

    I, for one, am glad to see HDMI go. The only value it had was in consolidating two cables into one. It’s a perfect example of what happens when you get computer engineers, instead of broadcast engineers, to work on a new A/V standard.

  5. posted by Karen on

    HDMI was a horrible standard — I’d rather have two cables that would stay put than one that came loose whenever I bumped the DVD player. And yeah, I’m not looking forward to buying new cables, but I don’t do it that often.

    In fact, the only thing that particularly bugs me about it is that I don’t know where to recycle old cables. There’s probably a fair amount of copper shifting data around my home, and between this and the shift to Cat5e, most of it’s obsolete.

  6. posted by klutzgrrl on

    aaarrggh! the Harlan Ellison book purge has been and gone…. *sob* …. so many wonderful books! *sob*

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