So this is pretty neat, the software guys at Chumby have the Virtual Chumby up and working! This means I can show people what is playing on the chumby by my bed right now on a webpage. Or for that matter, if I cared about keeping that private, I can configure a custom public widget mix and display it. But I kind of like the idea, at least for now, of showing people what’s on my chumby.
Every fifteen seconds or so, the widget on the chumby screen will rotate to a new one. I have only a few widgets in my mix right now…Woot, Slashdot, Digg, Google news, flickr, I-5/805 merge traffic cam, and our “Alpha” prototype myspace widget, but there are many more widgets available. I think this is a neat way to share a chumby with someone who might not have one (which is unfortunately the default case until we offer them for sale next year).
My widget mix isn’t the most exciting but, I like it. I don’t have a flickr account, so I just point my flickr widget at the random “everybody” photos, nor do I have a myspace account, so I’m just using the default “chumby” test account. Ironically, I am one of the slowest adopters for new technologies…it took me forever to switch over to using WordPress for a blog from just emacs and straight HTML. I used to be a gadget freak, getting the latest and greatest of every gadget, but now I just have a small set of carefully chosen and well-worn gadgets that I tote around at all times. Maybe someday I should write a blog post about the contents of my laptop bag…it’d be a fun one to write, if people can tolerate me standing on a soapbox for a long while!