Flickr's 300,000,000th photo was uploaded last week, Alan actually let me know, which is funny because we met on Flickr back when it was a Flash chat environment with shoe-boxes. He guided me through the site and got me using it and I remember thinking people from FP were going to flock to it. It was a bit of fun, though I didn't really use it that much as I didn't have time.

Here's the first image I uploaded, file number 3430. Back when it wasn't photo focused. They didn't get so concerned about copyrights until Yahoo bought them, then stories of people's images getting removed started coming out so I hid this image. I just un-hid it as I'm told they don't really make a fuss until there's too much traffic going at it and flags get raised.

Here are the real early ones, though, Caterina's (#88) and Cal's (#74)—appropriately it's a test image.

I love Flickr and use it every day. You can see my own photo stream is a more accurate history of my life than this blog. In fact, I announced our engagement on Flickr before anywhere else. I didn't even think twice about doing this. And when people find out that's how the message was delivered to most of my friends they're a little bit surprised. It seems completely normal to me.

Link: Anil Dash: The Starting Line is not the Finish Line.

Anil has a great point here. Something I know (I won't even say think) many people without development experience don't understand.

I'm glad I understand it though.

I've given up completely on the Zune and am giving it away. There are a number of reasons why I decided to stop using it: being a Mac user, not wanting to boot into Bootcamp just to use it, unable to easily get movies onto the device (I never actually did get one on there, it'd fail every time), plus it was pretty damn big.

This isn't to say I don't think people should buy it. I could imagine being a Windows user and wanting that bigger screen, and possibly the ability to share songs with a friend. Plus it's a new device to hack away at. I mean, iPod security seems to be all sewn up, but there are already tales of hacking the Zune to rip files and stuff. If I was a Windows developer I'd be on that device trying to build the next iPodRip or something.

One thing though, I bought an original XBox and was less than thrilled with it. It seemed dated from the day I bought it. The games mostly sucked and the HD was pretty much just a giant memory card. Games don't need giant memory cards.

Fast forward a few years and the XBox 360º is an outstanding product. XBoxLive is nicely integrated. We buy TV shows in an iTunes-like fashion and get to see them in HD. The friend features are light years ahead of anything you can realistically buy (yes, the PS3 has those features, good luck getting your hands on a PS3 any time soon).

You can't count MS out. They fail (spectacularly) and have enough money to come right back. I can't wait to see what they do with the Zune 2...and I'm not even sure if I won't own one when they do get it right.

Amber and I are sitting on the couch eating dinner. She's got some PC Vampire game running on her Mac with Bootcamp. I've got Gears of War paused and my shoulder is still a little sore from bowling a 214 game on Wii Sports (woo!). We've spent a perfectly beautiful SF day playing games and ordering food. I was just about to get back into this level when I felt compelled to record this moment someplace.

DSC00104.JPG I proposed to her on Thursday and she accepted. Not long after I asked I snapped this photo because I liked the composition of her ring and her Chucks. It's such an accurate of representation of where we are right now--excited about our new Wii, living in San Francisco, hanging out on the couch on a Saturday night, looking forward to spending our lives together.

My future wife just stabbed some vampire in the heart, and I think that's wonderful.