Friday, October 30, 2009

Week 5 of #feedbackfriday so far so good

So I am actually surprised I made it this far. There is such a thin line between success and failure. I am not sure which side I am on, but time will answer that question. If you are one of the few that have gotten feedback from me, please let me know what you think. I am only fueled by feedback. Remember feedbackfriday works both ways.


If you want feedback you know the drill. Just do the following:

  1. Leave your Twitter handle
  2. Let me know if you want feedback in a DM or @reply
  3. Come back to this blog with the link sent with your feedback and tell me how I did.

It's that simple! I hope to see you next week.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

#GTKWW (Get to know Wesley Wednesday) 10/28/09

So let's talk about God.

In past conversations with my mom I would sometimes say that I was lucky,  or luckily it worked out. She was always quick to correct me and say that it wasn't luck, but instead God's will. Let me share with you a little story and you tell me if it was luck, or God's will.

It was the summer of 1999. I was a co-op for Centaur Technology in charge of stress testing CPUs in development. Basically I wrote test plans and executed them. At the time I thought my boss was a real hard ass. Don't get me wrong, he may have been, but I won't say that conclusively. I would write my test plan and run it past him. He would give me no feedback other than it wasn't good enough. That would happen weekly. I swear that he just wanted a clone of himself. I digress. So at the same time I was the president of the Texas chapter of Delta Upsilon. That summer was the annual leadership retreat where all the presidents from all the chapters around the world gather in one city. That city was Denver, Colorado.

Me being the poor college student I made the decision to drive from Austin to Denver by myself. I know it's 17 hours, but I had to go. I cleared it with my boss, left on Friday, and told him that I would get back in town the following Monday a week later. He was cool with it, so I was off. It took me two days to get there. The first day I got a flat. Not really a big deal. I had a spare, and it only took me 15 minutes to get it switched out. I drove till I got sleepy then got a room at a cheap motel. I woke up early the next morning and made it there with no issues.

The week was awesome. I meet a lot of cool people, saw a real western band, and swapped shirts with the Toronto chapter president. Denver was very beautiful and the mountains were awesome. I almost didn't want to leave, but I had a job to get back to. Turns out that the guys from UT Pan Am where heading my direction, so we decided to caravan down together. We left that Sunday and started our journey back to Texas. I think it was around 3 pm.

After about 10 hours or so we hit a little snag. I got another flat tire. Since I already used my spare I was screwed right? Wrong. There happen to be a 24 hour emergency tire repair place not too far from where we were. It took over an hour but I was fixed up and we got back on the road.

Side note: I was driving a 1984 Mazda B2000 pickup and AJ, the president of the UT Pan AM chapter was driving a Ford Probe. He also had a passenger and a week of clothes each. Picture that for a minute, you'll need that visual later.

About 3 hours later after the tire chances I start to have engine trouble. The max speed I can hit is 50 MPH. I could get up to 58 MPH if going downhill. I call the guys on my cell and tell them the situation. They were so cool about it and kept pace with me. In 20 minutes my speed was down to 45 MPH, then 40, then 30. I pulled into a gas station and opened the hood. I had no idea what I was looking at. There was no smoke or odor, so I got back in and tried it again. It didn't start back up. Waited 20 more minutes, still no go. We had to leave the truck behind. I told the clerk at the counter the situation, left my name and number, moved all my stuff into the Probe, and left Amarillo for Austin.

We got to Austin about 5pm. AJ dove the whole way himself. After a short nap at the frat house they continued the journey down to the valley.




This Part I, I will continue this story next week. You won't believe what I had to go through to get my truck back.

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Interview with Socialware Founders « Dachis Group Collaboratory | Social Business Design

This is the next big thing. Just letting you know.

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Meet WikiReader | Wikipedia to Go

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Monday, October 26, 2009

World's Smallest Working Model Train Layout

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Dallas cops fine drivers for 'not speaking English' • The Register

Red-faced Dallas police chief David Kunkle has apologised to the local Hispanic community after it was revealed that his officers had fined 38 drivers for the novel offence of having an inadequate command of the English language.

Among those who fell foul of the language police was 48-year-old Ernestina Valdez Mondragón, pulled on 2 October for making an illegal U-turn. Rookie cop Gary Bromley slapped her with a fine for the manoeuvre and not carrying her driving licence, and then topped it off by handing her a ticket for "not speaking English".

Mondragón, orginally from Mexico but resident in the US for 30 years, told the Houston Chronicle (in Spanish): "He asked me if I knew English. I told him I only speak a little, and he understood."

She added: "I felt humiliated, sad."

It was later revelealed that around a half-dozen officers had fined mainly Hispanics for the same deficiency. Kunkle said: "We don't have abilities to determine proficiency in any language, and we shouldn't be doing it in the first place. I apologize to the Spanish-speaking Hispanic community."

He concluded: "Any citations that were paid, we're going to reimburse the people who paid the citation."

The Houston Chronicle notes that "latinos" make up 44 per cent of Dallas's million-plus inhabitants, of which 45 per cent speak a language other than English. ®

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

I was interviewed about #FeedBackFriday - Dave Barger on Blog Talk Radio

I lucky enough to be interviewed by @lalunablanca and his crew. You can tell I need to polish my speaking skills. Time to re-join toastmasters.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Week 4 of #feedbackfriday is behind me

And then there was one...


I am down to one person signed up for #feedbackfriday. This is now getting extremely easy to manage :). Seriously though, if you want feedback, let me know. Also if you have friends that need help please send them a link to this blog and have them sign up. If you have gotten feedback from me this past week, please leave a comment below.


If you want feedback you know the drill. Just do the following:

  1. Leave your Twitter handle
  2. Let me know if you want feedback in a DM or @reply
  3. Come back to this blog with the link sent with your feedback and tell me how I did.

It's that simple! See you next week.


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

You’ve Got Windows 7, Now What? | Free Choices | Useful AMD Fusion Applications « AMD at Home

So you’ve got Windows 7, now what? The first thing I did when I installed Windows 7 was install the latest ATI Catalyst™ Drivers and download some of the useful, free software from AMD that helps me get the most out of my hardware. I have written about Fusion Media Explorer before, but we have just added some cool features to celebrate the Windows 7 launch. Also, we have a Fusion Utility for Desktop and Fusion Utility for Mobile that help you better balance performance and energy consumption so you can get the most out of your PC.* I talked to AMD’s Wesley Faulkner, on our Fusion applications team to get the latest.


Setting up Fusion Media Explorer Explorer to view photos of Facebook friends.

Wesley, we have written about Fusion Media Explorer but I understand we have some new features including integration with Facebook. How does that work? It’s simple really. Facebook provides software tools that help integrate it into other applications. We have used these tools to add a really cool new feature to Fusion Media Explorer, the ability to see and navigate the photos from your friend’s Facebook pages as well as an easy to use Facebook upload feature.

So we can see photos from all of our friends without navigating to each one? Yes, and you can do a lot more. Since you now have access to all of your friend’s pictures at once, you can do some pretty neat things. You can sort all pictures by date or name. So you can have James’ pictures show up next to John’s, or see everyone’s September’s pictures next to October’s. We also allow for searching on top of that. If you only want to see pictures from birthday parties, it can be as simple as typing that into our search box. If I know that Selena goes to Hawaii every year with my other friends Tristan, Chris, and Lisa, I can now see all of her Hawaii pictures from all her albums in total. All I have to do is use the sort drop-down and select to order by date, then type in “Selena” in the search box. Now I can see every picture in a nice timeline. Or I can see all the Hawaii pictures from all my friends, including Selena, Tristan, Chris and Lisa, by simply searching for the word “Hawaii” in the search box. I just couldn’t do that before.

I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this feature and its’ great to see it in action. In addition, the latest version of Fusion Media Explorer has a refined, 3D interface for browsing your photo, video, and music library and it looks stunning.


 Browsing music and video with many useful views with Fusion Media Explorer

If you want to download Fusion Media Explorer with Facebook integration, you can get it here.  Another tool is Fusion Utility for Mobility which is designed to extend your laptop’s battery life. Wesley, how can Fusion Utility for Mobility save battery life? Computers are really smart, but they can’t read our minds. We use our laptops in many different environments and with different applications. It is more of a Swiss Army Knife than a Samurai sword. Fusion Utility for Mobility makes it easier to turn off the stuff you don’t need for the task at hand. If you are on an airplane and you want to watch a movie, you probably don’t need Windows Update trying to find an internet connection. It’s the same with a Power Point presentation. Do you really need to defragment your hard drive at the same time? These are simple choices that are obvious to you and me but aren’t to your PC. This tool from AMD helps take some of that control and puts it back in your hands.

With Fusion Utility for Mobility, you can help maximize your battery life just by using the tool to shut down functionality you don’t need at the time. It’s easy to use and you can download it here. Extending these capabilities, we also provide Fusion Utility for Desktop which allows you to increase performance and save energy.

Tell me how Fusion Utility for Desktops is different from the Mobile utility? Fusion Utility for Desktops is geared for performance and power savings. With supported hardware we can really boost the muscle of a machine. We can improve the performance of your processor and graphics card on top of shutting down what you’re not using to create a lean, mean workhorse. This enables games to run faster. Songs can rip quicker. Video can encode in less time. When you’re done, it is just as easy to bring your system back to a normal state. It saves time, power, wear and tear.

How do profiles work with Fusion Utility for Desktops? Profiles are either task oriented, like surf the web; or mode-specific, like max performance. Included with the application you will find some of the most popular tasks and mode profiles. If they don’t suit your need you can always create your own. Profiles are simple to create and use. Just check what you want to turn on or off, and you’re done.


Usage Profile Configuration with AMD Fusion Utility for Desktops.

Thanks Wesley. You can download the Fusion Utility for Desktop here. I am using Fusion Utility for Desktops to control my settings for gaming and general use and I think it’s very useful!

If you haven’t thought of it already, you can also go and download the brand new ATI Catalyst 9.10 display drivers for Windows 7. The ATI Catalyst drivers are designed to help you get the most from ATI Radeon graphics, and there is a great blog on the new ATI Catalyst 9.10 drivers here.

And if you are reading all of this and thinking you need a new PC running Windows 7, I suggest you visit a retail shop and check out the new notebooks touting Vision technology from AMD, and AMD-based desktops at retail or online. Or if you need a holiday do-it-yourself project, you may want to build a custom desktop or a home theater PC, and we have great videos that can help you through the process.

This is the second in a three part series.

<<– Read Part 1 of the series So You’ve Got Windows 7, Now What?

* These utilities may disable security/antivirus software, or adversely affect your system. Review accompanying documentation carefully before installing.

Simon Solotko is a Senior Advanced Marketing Manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Core Conversation #1: Feedback Friday | Social Media Expedition

Core Conversation #1: Feedback Friday

Posted on 16 October 2009 by LunaWeb

You may have seen our post earlier today – you may even have listened in, but if you didn’t, we’ve been using the call-in podcasting tool, BlogTalkRadio to create a weekly participatory podcast.

In this week’s edition, we batted around the idea of repositioning Twitter’s constant trending topic, Follow Friday, usually branded #FollowFriday or #FF, as Feedback Friday, or #FeedbackFriday.

The idea is simply that if you’re unsure about whether you’re using Twitter – or any other social networking service – to its fullest potential, you can put word out there that you’re open to feedback.

During today’s conversation, we talked about a lot of Twitter habits that both die hard and need to die, like oversharing, overtweeting, and overmentioning.

Download the podcast here, stream it below, or subscribe in iTunes.

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I haven't listen to this yet, but I wonder if this #feedbackfriday is the same as mine.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Can you still call it #feedbackfriday if you do it on a Sunday?

The answer is YES! Why, you might ask? Because I make the rules here. A few notes. I had to change my feedback delivery because my standby,,  was down at the time if writing. I hope it is up next week because the formatting was so much better.

I am very sorry for the delay, but if you follow me on Facebook you probably already know why. I am remodeling the floors in out house and it took way too much of my time, and we are still not done. Dust is everywhere and there is cleaning to be done. All of that just slowed me down, but I am still here for you!

So you know the drill. Leave your comments below if you want me to critic your twitter account. Make sure you leave your handle and let me know if you want your feedback in an @ reply of DM. You have to follow me if you want it in a DM, just fyi.

The only thing I ask in return is your evaluation of my evaluation here on this blog in the comments below. Thanks for your support.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

#GTKWW (Get to know Wesley Wednesday) 10/14/09

I'm not much of a drinker. Well until last year wasn't a drinker at all. Let me tell you why.

I have always been strong willed. When I set my mind to something I usually stick with it. I am also not one to cave under peer pressure.

When I left for college I vowed not to start drinking till I was of legal age. Even when I pledged Delta Upsilon, and was constantly surrounded by alcohol, I didn't give in. Then the time came, my 21st birthday, and no one took me out. Then the day after came, then the next week, then the next month. All that time passed and no one took me out. It wasn't like it was a secret I wanted to go out, it just never happened. After that big gap formed I then felt that I had to wait for something big to happen before I took my first drink.

Well that time came last year, when I got married. My new bride and I locked arms and we shared a glass of champagne. The joke I always say is that it just seemed right to start drinking when I got married.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Why small time followers are awesome

Some people on twitter are only focused on the big fish. People with tons of followers. I say to those people, slow your roll. Here are some fun facts that might make you think twice about ignoring the little guy.


  • People that have fewer followers often, thenmslves, follow fewer people.
  • They are more likely to see everything you tweet.
  • They get more value from your engagment with them.
  • They are more likely to retweet, and click links you send out.
  • They could be newer to Twitter and your impact on them can have a lasting impression.


So please keep in mind that every follower is valuable, no matter how big or how small they are.


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Friday, October 9, 2009

Another #feedbackfriday Done

I was very late this week with getting my feedbacks out, but I got it done. It was a lot easier this week than the last. I hope that trend continues.

What I learned form last week is that I can deal with rejection. I also can deal with praise.  What I can not deal with is silence. That is something I really need to work on. I spent hours working on my first #feedbackfriday and got less than a 50% response. If the information that I gave out wasn't useful, just say that. If it was marginally useful, just say that.

I apologize to those that may feel that I am coming off a tad bit harsh. I will also understand if this turns out to sabotage my own #feedbackfriday movement, but I must be honest with myself, and to you, my readers. I vowed to do this as long as it is useful, and I stand by my word. Please leave your feedback below in the comments. I pray for over 50% response rate this week. If you want to sign up for #feedbackfriday for this coming week please list your twitter handle and if you would like feedback as a DM or @reply. Remember that you have to follow me to receive a DM from me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and letting me vent a little.

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Expect 22.8% performance boost from next week's Firefox 3.6 beta | Software News - Betanews

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Porter Novelli Celebrates 9 Years In Austin! |

Porter Novelli Celebrates 9 Years In Austin!

Last night, an eclectic mix of tech professionals, social media mavens, and past SXSW speakers converged at J. Black's Feel Good Lounge to celebrate Porter Novelli's ninth anniversary as one of the premiere public relations firms in Austin.

Amongst the digerati present were Omar Gallaga, aka Digital Savant; social chameleon Wesley Faulkner; Stacey Zuniga, founder of UnWired Nation and 2008 SXSW speaker; and Thom Singer, author of three books on the power of business relationships and longtime SXSW Interactive presenter.

Also spotted was a close friend of Porter Novelli Austin, Matt Allen. Matt is known as the Ice Cream Man because he drives an old ice cream truck (named Bessie) around the country giving away free ice cream to children of all ages. A good time was had by all, and we were happy to see Porter Novelli Austin
get one more candle on its birthday cake!

Contributed by Tammy Lynn Gilmore.




I had a great time. I can't wait for the 10th anniversary!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

#GTKWW (Get to know Wesley Wednesday) 10/07/09

My parents got a divorce when I was 16. When my mom moved out my sister moved out with her. I stayed with my dad so I could still catch the bus to go to school. It just seemed easier to stay behind. My mom has always been my primary care taker, and let me tell you a little story to tell you why.

Not too long after the physical separation I spent a lot more time with the neighborhood kids. We mostly hung out at the park down the street. So for some strange reason we decided to do back flips off the swings. We each tried to top each other by swinging higher and higher before flipped off. Me not wanting to be one upped I had to go the highest of them all. I did a one and a half. That means I landed in a way that looked I was doing push-ups. Well I landed so hard I broke my left arm. I knew it immediately because I broke my right arm when I was little and knew what it felt like. I say good-bye to my friends and walk home. My dad is nowhere to be found. Keep in mind that this was before many people had cell phones. I laid on the couch and passed out from the pain. My gets home about 5 hours later, around 10pm. He then asked me why I was on the couch. I told him that I think I broke my arm. He says, "Oh", and leaves the room. The next day he wakes up and sees me still on the couch, and asks "Why are yous still on the couch?". I tell him again, "I think I broke my arm". He says, "Ok, let me take you to the hospital".

We then go to the hospital and yes, indeed, I did break my arm. There wasn't a drop of emotion in that whole exchange. A month later my mom was granted full custody of my person.


If you have any questions that you want answer in a future #GTKWW please leave them in the comments below.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

The first installment of #feedbackfriday is out!

I'm so excited! It's like my first child is being born.Now I have sent out all the feedback to everyone that signed up. If I missed you feel free to sign up for next Friday. This go around took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I only went back through the last 5-10 days of tweets depending on how much was there. I kept the feedback short on purpose, because I hate to type. That's why I like twitter. 

So now it's time to see if this baby is ugly or not. For those that got your eval today please leave your comments below. You don't have to go into great detail, just let me know if it was helpful or not. Don't just say "I liked it!" because you think I'm a nice guy or anything. Since I don't have a Yelp page this is the only way to let others know if I am a quack or not. If you want to tell me over twitter also, that's great, but please do it here for everyone to see permanently and forever.

If this doesn't add benefit there is no reason for me to waste your time. I will keep this up as long as needed.

Here is a little Q&A for those that did get feedback from me, and those that would like to:

Q: Did you proof read my feedback? It kind of makes sense, but man your grammar sucks.

A: Nope!


Q: I tottal already do what you said I needed to do. What gives?

A: I could go through ALL of  you history due to time. Take it as a sign you're doing it right then.


Q:Great feedback! Can I hire you?

A: I have a job, but thanks!


Q: Will you be doing this again?

A: Yes. Just sign up using the rules from the first post, but put your comments in this post instead.


Q: Where is the first post?

A: Forgot that, sorry. Here:


Q: I got my #feedbackfriday this week. Will I get one next week too?

A: Only if you sign up again, but new comers get preference.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Keep F***ing That Chicken: Ernie Anastos, News Anchor, Curses On Air (VIDEO)

Please click through to the site. Ernie Anastos seems to make a lot of funny mistakes.

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