I just want to thank my wonderful wife, Aileen, for all the preparations she did on my special day. Grocery, cooking, pampering… everything! She always makes me feel very special without even trying. I adore her for all that she is and everything she does.
Thank you also to my two loving kids, Ralph and Isabella, who really know how to make their daddy very happy regardless if it’s my birthday or not.
Who needs presents when I’ve got the best of the lot right here with me everyday of my life? I love you guys! I am blessed.
I was invited by TweetDeck to test out their latest “User Stream Preview” version. This beta application uses Twitter’s latest User Stream API, which isn’t generally available yet for everyone.
What can I say… everything about it is just AWESOME! Talk about REAL real-time!
Here is how TweetDeck explains the new “User Stream” API:
Twitter recently announced a “developer preview” of their User Streams API. This preview version of their API is not generally available yet, but is currently being tested by some of the biggest users of the Twitter API, including TweetDeck of course. The User Streams API works differently to the original, poll-based API in that apps no longer have to check for updates on a regular interval. Instead, an app will open what is, in theory (but almost certainly not literally), a big pipe from Twitter to the app. Then, when a friend of yours hits Send on his latest tweet, that tweet gets pushed straight down the big pipe and lands in your Twitter client instantly.
That’s real “Real Time”.
And its not only tweets that get the supercharged treatment. Other actions that are relevant to you are also brought immediately to your attention. For example, if someone follows you – WOOSH, it’s there. If someone favorites one of your tweets – BAM, straight into your Mentions. Oh and discovering new people to follow is made a lot easier with the addition of an option to see @replies from your friends to other people that you don’t follow. This is a big change from the standard behavior where you only see replies to people that you actually follow.
If you love Twitter, you’ll simply go gaga over this new preview version. Wanna try it out for yourself? Visit TweetDeck’s User Stream Preview signup page located at: http://www.tweetdeck.com/api/stream_whitelist/
There are other apps testing out this new API such as Seesmic which has opened their User Stream preview app for everyone… but personally, TweetDeck’s interface and usability is way way better. Check out Seesmic’s own version here.
Are you on Twitter?
Of course you are! Duh! Who isn’t?!
Then again… maybe some of you aren’t… or maybe haven’t even heard of Twitter yet (which begs me to ask, “What rock did you crawl out from under?!).
Anyways, for all you “tweeps”… you can follow me on Twitter by adding: @chuckdreyfus
Hope you find my 140 character ramblings interesting… and if you do, make sure to say hi.
I’m pretty much online most of the time… except for the times I’m not. :P
It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a blog… I used to have my own personal blog over at “www.chuckiedreyfus.com” but apparently, there’s been a domain squatter holding on to it ever since it expired. (Don’t ask me why or how it expired… Hehe… doesn’t matter anymore.)
Oh well, this is my home now. Welcome to my new and improved blog (short dramatic music here)! A new home for a new address in the world wide web.
Forgive me if it’ll take a while for my fingers (and brain) to really get the hang of blogging again. It’s been a good 4 years (I think) since my last serious clickety-clack on the keyboard. There may be times when I’ll have long spells in-between blog entries… but I’ll try my best for that not to happen.
As always, I’ll be speaking my mind… I hope my rants, raves and ramblings will be entertaining enough for you guys to keep coming back.
Well, that’s it for now. Am still in the middle of configuring the settings of my blog…
Catcha later! :)
Earlier this evening, I came from the hospital where my grandfather was admitted. He was in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and was pretty much in bad shape when I came to see him. Most of his immediate family were there to get word on his condition… some offered prayers and made sure the doctors were tending to him competently.
You see, my grandfather has been suffering from Cancer for quite some time now… Cancer… the Big C (as some would call it). What’s interesting to note, however, was that my grandfather was still talkative and in high spirits just last week when he was also admitted to the hospital but for a different reason… (hernia surgery).
Now he’s back in the same hospital… but this time, doctors say he might not be able to leave that place anymore. His entire body just isn’t responding to any of the medications that are being given to him anymore. He was given a plasma treatment which he so desperately needs to recover but was ordered by doctors to immediately suspend treatment since his body couldn’t take it any longer and was just damaging his heart all the more. His kidneys have already shut down just yesterday and has completely deteriorated. His dialysis costs roughly P50,000.00 (equivalent to about $1,250.00) per session.