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January 7, 2017

My Uber Journey Journal Entry – New Year 2017

Filed under: UBER Journey — alaboutnothing @ 1:35 am
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uber_logoWell folks, we saw a article that said the Uber will be giving about 15 million rides over New Years Eve and we made sure we were part of it.  It proved to be an interesting experience and we even did some research prior.  We found the between 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM we were taking party goers to the various parties through out this area.  Then we took a few hours off and started driving again at around 1:00 AM.  All of these trips were taking many happy and one fairly “woozy” passenger home from the parties.  As usual we met some awesome folks and had some great conversations.

New Years Day Revelation —  I don’t know if it was because this was the first day of a new year, but it seems that two Prius drivers broke out of the normal slow speed syndrome and decided to live on the wild side.  I was on I-280 doing about 5 MPH over the 65 MPH speed limit when a Silver Prius passed me like I was standing still.  I was stunned when I realized when had just happened.  I figured that it would never happen again, so I gave a chuckle and drove on.  Then later, I was on the Dumbarton Bridge doing the posted 55 MPH when a Blue Prius passed me doing about 65 mph.  Now we were double stunned.  We thought maybe 2017 marked the start of some secret rule that the Prius community should start speeding, but that came to and end when I had to swerve around a Prius doing 45 MPH in the 55 MPH zone.  Still an amazing start to 2017 we must say.

Google Alert – We had a passenger (Denali) today that we picked up at Facebook and it turns out that Denali just had completed an interview and was seriously looking for a new position.  We asked Denali if Google was on the list and Denali said that she was waiting for Google to get back to her, but late next week she was going to an interview down in Venice Beach.  So to GOOGLE we say “Hey! Denali is a Northern California Native and is well qualified based on my conversation I think Denali would fit nicely in the Google community.  We can’t let a So Cal company steal Northern California techie talent.”  It’s now on you Google, don’t blow this.

Driver-less Car Conversation – The driver-less car conversation goes on and now the question has arisen that if all the cars are built identical then they will all perform the same.  We thought a great test would be to take some of these vehicles to a drag strip and race them against each other.  If they are all in fact the same, then the final race result will always be a tie.

New Uber Driver Alert – Hey Nigel get it done!

We have nothing else to report at this time, but we will be posting the Google result on the Denali interview later this week.  We are in the middle of starting a Twitter movement to get Starbuck’s or any other coffee café to give San Francisco Uber drivers a discount.  (Peet’s Coffee are you listening?)


June 10, 2009

Social Network Sites

Filed under: General Nothing — alaboutnothing @ 7:33 am
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 The trend these days seems to be Social Networks and keeping in touch with you friends.  These networks are popping up all over the web.  The popularity of “My-Space” seems to be the driving force and many “copy-cats” are showing up.  I have been to “My-Space” maybe twice, I am not looking for what they offer however many people are. 
My preference is “Facebook” for keeping in touch with friends and family.  It provides just what I want to know about what’s going on with my friends and I can be selective about whom I choose as a friend or family.  They also have hundreds of “applets” to play around with if you choose to spend hours online.  I am not one of those folks.  Just give me the latest news and I am off-line.

 In the last few months the “hot” network seems to be “Twitter”.  If you watch the “Ellen” Show and if she does not mention “Twitter” at least once, it’s a rerun.  I was watching her show a few weeks ago and she must have mentioned “Twitter” at least fifteen times.  So I went and opened a “Twiiter” Account and found that it was nothing like “Facebook”. I was expecting some kind of fancy version of “Facebook” and, based on what I saw, it was disappointing.  Just the other day I read a news blurb about “Twitter” and it said that “Twitter” has millions of accounts, but very few people actually use it.”  Ellen has mentioned on her show that she has over a million “friends” on “Twitter” and that is probably what “Twitter” is for, promotion.  If your famous and have a huge following and your ego tells you that your fans want to know everything about you, then you go “twitter” what your doing every minute of the day.

 Just the other day a friend of mine sent me an invite to “FriendFeed”, which turned out to be a clone of “Twitter”.  I had never heard of this site but after accepting the invitation I found it to be exactly like “Twitter”.  Nothing like “Facebook” and boring.

 For keeping in touch with business associates I use “Linkedin”.  It’s straight forward and I like being able to use the “groups” feature.  The “groups” feature lets me know exactly where to go when I am looking for someone I wish to contact.  I like keeping things simple and I don’t want to waste any time looking all over the place or doing searches.  This fits my business needs perfectly. There are probably more features that I don’t use, but I really don’t want to spend my day searching for those features.

  One thing I have noticed for all of these sites and a few others that I have not mentioned is there is something missing.  I have a good idea what it is, but until I do more research, I am going to keep it to myself.  Something else I noticed is none of these sites are what I would call “user friendly” unless you choose to watch a video for two hours on all the features.  About one minute after watching the video you will probably forget 97% of what you just saw and have to watch it again, this time taking extensive notes.

My take on all these type of sites is they are just an “Instant Message” (AOL) in conference call mode.  You type the message and the other people hooked in know that you just burped.

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