Friday, February 14, 2014
I've been traveling around Australia for over a month now. Mainly we've been staying at hotels where we have some sort of status, Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton, etc., and the WiFi has been free.
This week I'm staying where they outsource the WiFi to Tomizone, which is fine, but they only let you use one device at a time, even though I've paid $60 for my 9 days. I'm using a Nexus 5 lately so I've been using the N5 on the WiFi and then tethering to my Mac over bluetooth. This works but seems a bit flakey. Occasionally the Mac can't connect and I have to turn the N5 bluetooth on and back off. Luckily Android also supports USB Tethering. Great, but of course the Mac doesn't support that out of the box. A quick search lead me to HoRNDIS by Joshua Wise. It works like a charm. Extra bonus, my N5 is always charging while I'm using the Mac.
Thanks to Mactip for the great Android Mac USB Tethering howto guide.
Next step, turn on internet sharing and get my Kindle and Nexus 7 on the net through the Mac via WiFi!
Posted by Adam Beguelin at 8:19 PM
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wakatipu 75 km
Tahoe 35 km
Tahoe 501 meters
Wakatipu 280 meters
Tahoe 1,897 meters
Wakatipu 310 meters
Tahoe 191 square miles
Wakatipu 112 square miles
Posted by Adam Beguelin at 1:28 AM
Monday, January 27, 2014
Giant Clam on the Great Barrier Reef
Originally uploaded by albertwmui
Had a great experience diving the Great Barrier Reef today. Lots of amazing wildlife, but the most amazing new thing I saw was the Giant Clam. These things are pretty cool. They have a similar lifespan to humans!
I went on the Silver Sonic and would recommend them highly. The divemasters were very good and the crew was super nice and helpful. They warned us a few times about the high winds today and gave us the opportunity to reschedule. I didn't have the luxury of changing the date, so I went for it. Man, was it rough. About half the passengers lost their breakfast on the way out. I took some of the complementary ginger tablets and that did the trick on the way out. On the way back, after eating a bit too much for lunch, it was a real challenge to hold down my lunch, but I barely made it.
We did three dives, two of them drift dives where you drift along the reef and meet the boat at the other end. Besides clams, I saw a medium sized shark, a turtle, and tons of interesting coral, fish, and mollusks. The divemaster would occasionally point out things we might have missed or hand us some creature that is safe to handle, like a starfish or sea cucumber.
Even though it was rough getting out and back from Port Douglas, it was worth it for me. I'm not sure the snorkelers on the trip would agree though.
Posted by Adam Beguelin at 12:02 AM
Monday, January 6, 2014
It's on the back, in the upper left hand corner. I found this information on the Global Entry site in this PDF file.
I was just filling out my profile on American Airlines, hoping that I'll get TSA Pre check next time I fly American.
Posted by Adam Beguelin at 7:55 AM
Monday, November 11, 2013
Fast forward to 2013 and I'm trying again. After reading APE where +Guy Kawasaki recommends contacting reviewers on Amazon and inviting them to review your book, it got me thinking. Could I leverage the same group of folks to get them to review the Sensr.net webcam recording service? How could I find reviewers on Amazon that might be interested in reviewing or blogging about Sensr.net?
Camera Product ReviewsIt's all about the camera models. To use Sensr.net you need to have a webcam, IP camera, or network security camera. In fact that's how we get most of our users today. They are trying to figure out how to use their Foscam or Dlink camera to FTP images or setup the firewall. They Google "Foscam FTP" and end up on our site.
The Amazon reviews are a great place to find folks who know what an IP camera is to begin with. The Foscam FI8910W has 3,488 reviews right now. To put that into persepective, the Sensr.net site has fewer than 20 thousand registered emails at this point.
So how can we leverage these product reviews to spread the word about Sensr.net? My idea was to pick camera models that are popular on Sensr.net and then go through the reviews and create a list of folks who have reviewed the cameras. My friend Erbil Karaman suggested to me that to effectively use a VA, you must create a script of what you want them to do. I pretended I was the VA and created a Google spreadsheet with the information I want to track and practiced going through the reviews while filling out the spreadsheet. It seemed pretty simple. Now to find some VAs.
The oDesk ExperienceAfter listening to a recent Gweek podcast where +Kevin Kelly discusses hiring virtual assistants to help with his new book Cool Tools, I was inspired to go hire some VAs. I decided to use oDesk for this, mainly because I already had an account there, but this was my first time actually posting a job. It went very smoothly. Within an hour I had verified my account, created a job posting, and folks around the world were applying.
I decided to choose a few different VAs from different parts of the world to see how they would compare. So far I've hired three VAs and each one is working on a different camera model that I care about. I'm paying between $1.17 and $3.33 per hour and definitely seeing a difference in the quality of work. You get what you pay for.
When this is all said and done, I should have a hundred or so folks who seem to care about IP cameras. At that point, I need to figure out how to contact them. I'll probably try sending a personal email, tell them about Sensr.net, and see if they are interested in updating their review on Amazon to include a few words about how our service works with the camera that they reviewed.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Please leave a comment if you have other suggestions on how to use VAs or the data that they are collecting.