I’m Back!

Hey Everyone,

     I’m sorry for being gone for so long. I know I only have one reader, but I want to start writing again just for you. I know who you are too. Anyways I’m back and ready to go again. I will be posting my first story on monday. See yA then. Actually I’ll see you tomorrow at church, but thats besides the point, kinda. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

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iPod touch

Hey Everyone,

    I got my iPod touch today! I’m so happy! I have been waiting to get it for months now. I was trying to sell my old iPod. I wasn’t sure whether or not to get it now (you know, new iPhone). I didn’t want them to update the touch a few weeks after I buy it. But, my family is going on vacation before WWDC, so I really wanted it before then. Most of the awesome features of the touch require wifi. We don’t have wifi yet, so I can’t really say how cool this thing is. I am in love already though because I can start watching all my podcast again. I haven’t been able to do that recently because I was having to watch them on my computer, and you can only watch Cranky Geeks for so long sitting at a desk. Um… I’m going to post a few pictures of me unboxing it. The pictures were taken on my brother’s macbook because we don’t have batteries for our camera right now. I say that to explain the crappy resolution. Anyways here they are, or more correctly here it is. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

A new theme

Hey Everyone,

    I’m sorry for not being around recently. I was on a camping trip with my youth group. I am back now though. I was also not paying very much attention to the blog before the camping trip, but I am back on a gaming freeze. I have a great new idea for the blog. I want to spend as much time as possible getting the news out about the new blog concept. 

    Here’s what it will be. Twitter has been a big part of my life recently. I have been using twitter a lot. I don’t even have that many followers. (only 3 lol) But, the blog is going to be a blog written by me “@benwillis” (my twitter name) and all of my followers on twitter. You can continue to just come on the blog as normal, but I will be inviting my twitter followers to post on the blog. This should help get more post on the blog, and get me more followers on twitter.

    Twitter is such a fun thing to use, and I want it to be part of the blog. I also am looking for something to set us apart from all the other tech blogs. If I just post and post about normals tech things that everyone else does, I will never get an audience. I have to create a sense of community. I have to have something that people look at and say, Wow why has no one thought of that.

    Once again I would like to say that I will not be kicking anyone off the blog or anything like that. I will just be inviting more people from twitter. 

    I will be going to walmart to pick up my iPod touch tomorrow, hopefully. I will do a full post about that after I get it all set up.

    I have been gone for a few days with no access to a computer, but I don’t think anything major happened in the tech world that I missed. I have read up on all the rumors on Mac Rumors, and I think the only thing big that happened was Microsoft gave the lets just be friends talk to Yahoo. Ok, I’m going to go spread the word on twitter. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

An older generation

Hey Everyone,
     Right now I’m watching my parent play the Wii together. It’s a very odd moment. A few years ago my parents would never have even imagined doing something like that. They never even considered getting a computer until we finally convinced them we could use it for school. They are playing bowling, and my mom is whooping my dad. The Wii is truly a revolutionary device. It has the ability to bring old and young together. Tech savvy or not people like the Wii.

     We also got a new TV on which to play our Wii. It is a small 19″ tv, but we don’t use it for anything but the Wii. We don’t watch any TV at all, well just the news. The great thing about it is it is HD (720p) and we are now ready for the February 17th switch to DTV. It has a great picture compared to our old analog television.
      There is a tech community on the internet which fully embraces everything tech. We read about geeky tech stuff, we lust after geeky stuff, we write about. But then there is another niche of people all together. They don’t want to read and write about this stuff, but they want to enjoy it. This is the group of people that will begin to close the digital divide. As more people begin to experience technology in things like the Wii and the iPhone. They will crave more and it will become a normal part of everyones lives.

    This wasn’t a long post, but there is so much content on the web I’m sure you guys won’t mind having a few extra minutes trimmed off your reading time. I also don’t have anything else to say about this, and I want to join my family in playing Wii.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

Coming Soon

Hey Everyone,
Very sorry for no recent post. This post will not be long. I had a very busy weekend and only spent about 15 minutes on the computer all weekend. Yesterday I caught everything up on my sisters blog. Today I want to catch up on this blog. I really spent too much time playing games yesterday. I swear to not play games today. I have too much work to do for both blogs. I probably played Urban Terror for 4 hours yesterday. That game is too addicting and I won’t be playing it for a while. I really must go, but I promise to post later today after school.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

Creative Design

Hey Everyone,

    I am a creative geek. I’ve never been attracted to the really geeky geek stuff. I don’t write my own programs or use linux. I like to create things, art, graphics, etc.. You really can’t tell from how geekhangout looks though. This is because I have two blogs. I run a blog for my sister, and her friends. I have to make sure that blog looks good and the content is fresh. It is very hard to keep up a blog. But, when you throw in another blog on top of that things get crazy. Things get even crazier when you only have one computer. Right now I’m competing with someone for computer time. I have to be very quick at updating things, so I don’t cut someone short on computer time. I have virtually eliminated gaming from my schedule, and I’m still running short.

    I say all that to try to explain the plain looking theme of geekhangout. I really want it to look better, and I’m working hard to make it that way. But yesterday a thought came to my mind. I could use some of the graphics and such from my sisters blog on geekhangout. Everyday on that blog I post a new header image. It usually corresponds to what day it is. For instance today is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Bet you didn’t know that. The header usually reflects whatever day it is. I can just switch around some text and use it on gho. I have started doing this today with the Shrimp header.

    I use a free program called Seashore to do all my graphical design. I like it because it’s free, and easy to use. I would like to have a more advanced program, but don’t have the money. Someday (when my dad finally lets me have a job) I plan on buying a macbook pro and photoshop. Anyhoo, Seashore allows me to make pretty good looking headers. 

    Be sure to come back tomorrow for an article on being a healthy geek. And feel free to send in your articles anytime for me to post on the blog.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

Dilbert

Hey Everyone,

     A few years ago when my family got our first computer I started reading the comics online. Some of my favorite comics are Foxtrot, Babyblues, Pearls Before Swine, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, and Dilbert. This post is about Dilbert.

     Many of the websites for these comic strips are great. But, Then you have some that aren’t so great. I like a comic site that showcases the comic strip on the main page. I also enjoy quick load times since if I was reading these in the paper there would be no load time. I don’t appreciate it when a site uses flash or java or something to display the strip. But I also don’t want a lot of ads or links. 

    Dilbert, one of my most favorite strips, has recently redone their website. The site is in a beta stage, and is currently breaks some of my comic strip viewing rules. The strip itself comes up last when you load the site, but I love Dilbert so much that this doesn’t matter to me. 

    Some of the really cool features of the site are Animations. Animations are exactly what they sound like. They are short animated comics strips that give you a better idea of the personality behind the characters.

    Another cool feature is Mashups. Mashups is simply user generated punch lines for the strips that Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) makes. You can add your punch line and let other people see it.

    I’m sure the people behind Dilbert are not opposed to adding even more cool new features that no other strip has. This is a new field of creator/viewer  interaction that I have never seen before. It shows that Web 2.0 is reaching to every limb of the web. The interaction between people on the web has made sites so much more functional. It gives reason for the web that didn’t exist before. Some day things like this will be very common place. Technology will no longer be something that people don’t understand or think is for business. Sites like Facebook, Myspace, and services like iTunes, eBay are making even the most technologically ignorant people comfortable with technology. As we push forward you have to think, Where will we be in 5 years, 10 years, 25 years. When simple things like interaction on the web become standard parts of everyones lives there will be little standing in the way of technological progress. As the digital divide closes research and development will accelerate at frightening speeds. The ordinary person will become entrapped in a world of fiber and code. That is why interaction between people online must become as personal as possible.

    Well I hope I didn’t bore you. It’s saturday, and I don’t anticipate posting tomorrow, but I hope to be back on monday.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis