Klout and Lone Star 3

Klout and Lone Star 3

Originally uploaded by HowardGr

I got this as part of a package via a Klout.com Promotion with the Fox TV Show Lone Star. I’m supposed to do a Party for viewing before the launch of the show next week. Unfortunately, due to Yom Kippur I’m not sure we’ll be able to host a party this weekend. But we’ll enjoy the Popcorn and let you know what we think of it.

In Memory

One more time, for all my campers at America’s Camp, and all my friends who work there with me:

In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We will remember them.

In the opening buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We will remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We will remember them.

When we are lost and are sick of heart,
We remember them.

When we have Joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live,
For they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

Help me find a Videographer for America’s Camp!

Some of you may know I attend America’s Camp every year. It is a camp for kids who lost their parents on 9-11. But it is not a grief camp – it is a wonderful place, filled with positive energy. The kids have been changed for the better having had the camp. It is truly a life-changing experience. And one of the ways we capture that experience is with a yearly DVD that captures the moments we shared at camp.

In previous years, a super team has helped us take videos, and we’ve had a professional edit done to create DVDs for all campers. This year, our videographer can’t attend, and our backup has fallen through. So I’m turning to my social media friends to help me find a substitute.

The assignment: Spend a little more than a week in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts taking video shots of kids doing activities, and doing evening events. Capture the video and put together a rough cut for the last night of camp. When not capturing video, there’s a fantastic staff and great kids to meet and interact with.  You can bring your own video equipment. This is not a flipcam assignment – (sorry Flip and Kodak types) – we’re expecting corporate or wedding level equipment, ability to shoot inside a bunk (lower light) and experience at parties, events, etc.

Note: You’ll have to have some references, and you’ll need a doctor’s approval on your physical and a background check (all camp staff has this).

The tough part? We start arriving at camp this Sunday! The 15th. August. Now! We’ll take you as long as we can have you, but the assignment is through the 23rd at night – camp ends on the 24th.

We’ll feed you and give you a bunk, bedding, and lots of snacks. Power, some net access, but don’t expect your phone to ring – we’re in the countryside! We’ll pay for your bus ticket or gas to get you to camp from a reasonable distance away. But there’s no compensation – we’re all volunteers at camp.

If you can do this assignment or know someone who can  – please contact Howard Greenstein ASAP – tweet @howardgr or email publichoward via Gmail.

Thanks so much for helping me recruit for this wonderful camp.

My Droid Incredible Low on Disk Space – Not

I’ve had this issue 3 times now. The phone reports “Low on space: Phone storage space is getting low.” The first time I had to Hard Reset the phone – on the advice of both Verizon and the HTC call center (where I waited on hold for 30 minutes). Second time, I removed some apps, and the problem went away. But now, at time 3, I started letting my fingers search the net for the issue.

Here’s what Christopher Dawson at ZD had to say:

Is your Droid Incredible low on disk space? | ZDNet

Of course not. It has 8GB of internal storage and you’re geeky enough to have a Droid, so you certainly aren’t out of internal storage. If you’re like me, though, you’re still receiving an error message telling you that you are “Low on space: Phone storage space is getting low.” Here’s the problem, though: HTC has no idea that this issue exists, let alone that it’s essentially bricking Incredibles.

Android Central had a discussion on the low disk space issue that blames HTC mail, but I don’t use that, I use Gmail. Android Forums on HTC also note a problem but there aren’t that may posts on that site. The Incredible forum suggests getting a new unit.

The problem I’m having, and haven’t seen this yet for anyone else, is that my contacts database reports it’s 90MB. That would be a lot of friends. I’ve tried to ensure that my phone doesn’t connect Facebook and Twitter contacts with my address book, but apparently something is making the database huge. Maybe this is the cause of the memory issue, but who knows. The phone reports over 650MB of phone Memory free (Phone Memory, not Internal Phone Storage – that has 480MB free, just in case I’m confused about where stuff happens). I suspect that HTC Sense is trying to link everything and it is taking up a lot of “working memory.”

Verizon tech support level 1 didn’t know my issue – I think they basically got it, but knew enough to pass me to level 2. Person at level 2 support suggested that “If it were me, I’d get a new device.” So, that’s in the works now.

I’m calling on HTC to at least acknowledge the issue, and provide a fix.

UPDATE: Yesterday the problem got worse and worse, until the phone would crash when I tried to use the “phone” application. Yes, I could not use my phone as a phone. I rebooted by removing the battery, set it up as a diskdrive, copied all my photos off the phone, and hard reset it to factory settings, losing my apps and everything. Even thought the VZ people told me the android market would remember all my purchased and free apps, it really didn’t. It did let me reinstall my purchased game, but many of the other utilities I had downloaded I now have to find again, once the new unit arrives tomorrow.

My phone turned into a brick, I am convinced, because the contacts file was >100MB when the phone finally wouldn’t work as a phone, that some HTC Sense thing trying to merge all my contacts with Facebook and Twitter account info and bring in all pictures is what did this to it.

I am going to try to avoid all these ‘connect the accounts’ things when I reinstall the new phone.

2nd Update: Verizon sent me a phone that was already imprinted with someone else’s phone number (no info on the phone), and it could not be switched to my number. So they are again going to send me another phone, and they’re paying the expedited shipping. But, uhg, how frustrating. 
Update from ZD Net: Chris Dawson thinks he’s solved this issue. I’d concur that it is related to the HTC Sense apps.

Promoting Personal vs. Professional sites and posts

I'm Blogging This
Image by Michael Heilemann via Flickr

I have a question for those of you who maintain more than one blog, as I do.

As many of you know:

  • I write regularly for Inc.com on the Start-Up Toolkit blog.
  • I have with the Harbrooke Group blog for my business.
  • This blog is for personal observations, and more for friends, though it is open to all.

I was recently talking with a client who also blogs for a major magazine as well as having a blog for her business, and we were exploring the ins and outs of when to link to which blog. We were discussing this issue, and I suggested we put our collective questions out to my audience.

Here are our questions:

  1. If we’re writing about a topic we’ve covered on both our own personal blog and the magazine’s blog, when is it okay to reference one of our personal blogs on our magazine blog? Is that too self-promotional?
  2. If we’re able to cross post items to both our own blog and the magazine at the same time (I’m not – I have to wait, per my contract), do we promote the magazine version or our site’s version on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.? What’s the difference, if you’ve got the exact same content?

The core issue here: as the web changes, do we still need to promote our  ‘home base’  even though people can find us from anywhere (our blog, magazine, Facebook, Linkedin, or wherever)?

Another caveat is that when we interview someone for our magazine blogs, they’re more interested in a link to the magazine’s site because of the visibility. However, the advantages of our own sites are that we can provide more material and different angles than we can fit on our magazine blogs.

There’s the idea of a “platform” here – a place to gather an audience outside of the magazine site – potentially for advertising, potentially for showing an audience to a publisher. (I may yet write a book one day.) Are we losing those opportunities if we point all the traffic to the magazine blog?

I tell my clients – “put stuff out there to be shared – as long as people know it came from you, who cares where they find it?” This is usually in the context of things like YouTube videos or other digital assets. Does the same hold for blogging?  Can we just put our stuff out there knowing people will know who we are in 2010?

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