The New Vanity Search

From time to time, everyone is prone to perform a vanity search or two. Because I have a somewhat generic name (currently, Adam ranks at #72, Carter is #40), web searching always returns an interesting variety of results. Movie stars, a character in a British television series, an Elvis impersonator, and I all share the name “Adam Carter.” But what about adding a slight twist to your typical vanity search?

Rather than using my real name, I decided to do a search on one of my most commonly used Internet pseudo-names. Surprisingly, what came back was almost all me. In fact, the only non-me entry was for an entry in “Urban Dictionary” that, unsurprisingly, was not very flattering. Perhaps I angered this person and this was his or her revenge. Anyway, this ordeal got me thinking.

Unlike most others of my generation, I prefer to keep my online activity private from unknown onlookers. For example, I don’t use my real name for Facebook and Twitter. Yet, since the early days of the Internet, I’ve continually used the same pseudo-name for many of my activities. In some cases, my real name is even tied to my pseudo-name (oops!). Searching on this pseudo-name will provide you with several forum posts, lists of games that I’ve played, and even coding projects that I’ve been affiliated with. When I think about it, searching my pseudo-name provides a better picture of my life than my real name! Maybe I should start protecting my pseudo-name as much as I do for my real name.

For anyone that reads this, what does doing a vanity search on your Internet pseudo-name return?

–Adam

iPhone Image Size Mystery

In my last post about attending a concert, I made a small remark about the surprisingly small image size of files uploaded from my iPhone via the WordPress plugin.  After a little more sleuthing, I’ve discovered the following:

  1. Images uploaded via the WordPress plugin are automatically resized to 640×480
  2. Images sent via the mail application are automatically resized to 800×600
  3. Images downloaded via USB link from the iPhone are copied at 1600×1200

As far as I can tell, the only way to obtain full-quality images from your iPhone is by connecting it directly to a computer.  To me, this is quite bothersome as I rarely (once per week?) sync my iPhone.  I’d much rather have the ability to send my images via email or just upload them directly to my website.  I can understand the reasoning behind the resizing, but it would be nice if there was a “upload hi-res” option or something.

–Adam

A Great iPhone Use Case

Over the weekend, a Flex longtime friend currently in Africa working with the peace corps managed to secure an Internet connection Madness and Disposal send me an instant message.  After about an hour of talking with him on my desktop PC, my daily life began to beckon: I was getting hungry and various household tasks were nagging at me.  Pharmacist

Prior to a few weeks ago, this would have been a show stopper.  However, wholesale mlb jerseys now being equipped with my fancy iPhone, event I simply turned on the phone, launched the mobile AIM application, and presto! wholesale nba jerseys — I’m no longer tethered to my machine.  With wholesale nba jerseys the help of the iPhone, I was able to eat, do chores, and maintain a conversation.  Now, I realize that mobile AIM is not exclusive to the iPhone, but it nonetheless illustrates IIS, a perfect use case for the device.