Archive for December, 2011

No I Don’t Have A Facebook Account

I don’t have a Facebook account. I’ve not had one for over a year now. OK, I have one that I use for work (no really!) but it’s completely hidden and I don’t have any friends on it.

It’s really starting to nark me off how websites don’t allow you to use them to their full extent because I don’t have a Facebook account. Take Spotify for example. I’d be more than happy to pay the £9.99 a month for Spotify Premium. But I can’t use it because you need a Facebook account to even register nowadays.

It was really brought to ahead tonight with an email from the website formally known as 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo. It’s an awesome website that sends you emails to tell you were you checked in on Foursquare a year ago. Sounds silly, but it’s sometimes fun to see what you were up to. A bit like Photojojo, which sends you twice monthly emails with photos that you posted on Flickr a year ago (I’m not posting on Flickr so much anymore as I just take a photo and upload it to Twitter). But I digress. Anyway, so I got an email saying that they’ve changed their name to Timehop and are now including stuff like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. So, I clicked on the site to move my data over and they suggest that now I have to wait they can support me.

It’s not like they don’t already have details on me from Foursquare, and I’d be more than happy to signup with Twitter instead, but it kinda makes me feel like a second class web citizen (is that the right phrase?).

Anyway, it just made me think about how many sites don’t let you sign up without Facebook. I understand why. There’s a huge wealth of data available from people who link these web apps to Facebook, and it means that you the user doesn’t need to fill out more stuff again, but come on guys! Not everyone wants to sign their data and privacy away to Facebook.

And it’s not like I’m a person who isn’t all over the web. Just google my name. And it’s not difficult to get in touch with me. Hell I have my phone number on my CV which is online and easy to search. I just don’t like the idea of having everything in one place. I like the share my online love.

So, to those people who are creating new web apps that you need a Facebook account to use, think of the 6,040,507,000 people in the world who don’t have Facebook accounts and give us a way to use your site, give you our money and do it without having to use Facebook.

It’s Christmas (shopping) Time

So I was planning on doing all my Christmas shopping online this year. So far it hasn’t happened. I’m still planning on getting some things from Amazon (18th is apparently the last day with guaranteed delivery before Christmas) but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have to venture into London this weekend. Which I’m really not looking forward to.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go in London that won’t have a mass of other people (and tourists) doing the same?

How did I miss Pinterest?

I’ve always prided myself at being the one person among my friends and colleagues who knew of things before everyone else. But one site that seems to have escaped my attention is Pinterest. How did I miss this? It’s got all the things that I usually pick up on: social, bookmarks, the works.

Unfortunately it’s on invite only at the moment. I’ve signed up for an invite. Does anyone know how long it takes?

One film that they HAVE to make

Thundercats. @codingbadger tweeted tonight the Thundercats theme and it got me thinking.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Thundercats. I watched it as a small boy, and I’ve watched it again as an adult and I still love it. All the characters are awesome. It’s one of those cartoons that gives a definite message (especially since they actually have a slot at the end of the program to spell it out, like so many other cartoons of the 80s did).

There is a fake trailer on Youtube (bonus points if you can name all the movies used in it) that must have taken AGES to make (apparently the creator photoshopped each individual frame), but nothing would beat an actual film being made.

Surely I can dream, can’t I?

You must watch this

The extended trailer (link to iTunes) of what I think will be THE film of the year, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The film is of course based on the first novel from the hugely popular Millenium series by the late author, Stieg Larsson. If you haven’t seen the original Swedish films, I suggest you do. They are truly excellent. Although there are a few bits that do not stick to the original books, they are definitely worth seeing.

When I heard that the films were being Americanised, I was concerned, but having watched the 8 minute long trailer I think David Fincher (director of amongst other films Fight Club and The Social Network) has so far done an excellent job.

If anyone is interested the release date is the 26th December. And I can’t bloody wait.


Moving away from WordPress

So yes, as the title says above, I’m trying to move away from WordPress. Not that WordPress isn’t any good. I just want a nicer way of creating a blog, I can’t be bothered to keep a server up and running and I wanted to try something different. So I’m using Jekyll combined with Github’s Pages way of doing things. It means that I’m not hosting anything, pages are fairly simple to create and update and they all use Markdown which I quite like.

Creating new pages on the move could be a bit of a pain in the backside, but I’m going to see if I can come up with a solution using the Dropbox API or something similar.

I’m using the basic layout that a few people use to start with, based on Tom Preston-Werner’s blog but I’m hoping to get something a bit different done. Maybe over Christmas.

I’m also going to add disqus at some point. Not that many people actually comment, but I’d certainly feel better about it.