September 2009 - Posts

Brizzly, a Twitter web client – It does Twitter better than Twitter does Twitter
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 4:38 PM

 


Doing Twitter better than Twitter does Twitter is probably the best way to describe what Brizzly is. It looks like twitter but it has features only found in Twitter desktop and iPhone applications. Features like groups and saved searches are just a few that come to mind. It will allow you to tweet photos right from the interface, which is something you still can’t do at twitter.com. Brizzly also allows you to use multiple accounts with a single Brizzly account.

Brizzly will expand all the tiny urls so that you can see where they go before clicking. Brizzly will also show you photos and videos inline with the tweet so you don’t even have to click the like to see the picture or video. This can help protect you from going somewhere you don’t want to go and it’s nice not have to click photo links to see the photo.

If you want a Brizzly invite code all you have to do is go to their website and request one or do a twitter search for brizzly invite code and find a link for a code. This is what I did and it work out very well for me.

Brizzly’s Website

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Dropbox iPhone App Finally Here
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 3:11 PM

Dropbox a cloud file storage and syncing website that has just released their iPhone application. The application allows you to view your files and share them with anyone right from your iPhone. This proves, in my eyes at least, that Dropbox is useful and integrated.

Dropbox is a great way to share and store files. You can make folders in Dropbox that are synced with all your other computers. You can even share folders with other users so that everyone that the folder is shared with can contribute to the contents.

My family has a folder on my Dropbox account that we all share. I drop photos and videos in the folder and they are instantly shared with the rest of the family. A very handy little tool when you live miles away from your family.

Now that Drobox has an iPhone application you can now view your files right from the iphone. Lifehacker had an interesting suggestion and that was to use Dropbox and the iphone app as way of storing and viewing recipes. A very good idea especially if everyone could add to your list of recipes.

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How to Get Xbox Live Push Notifications on Your iPhone – Mac OS X
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 4:37 PM


To the best of my knowledge there is not an application for the iphone that will give you push notifications for Xbox live friends and messages. If I’m wrong let me know but there is a way to make this happen. With the help of three applications you can get notifications of your friends signing on to Xbox Live and new messages. What you will need is Friendz, Growl and, Prowl for iphone.  

Install Growl and Friendz on your Mac. I use Friendz because it’s the only app that works well with Snow Leopard. You can then install Prowl on your iphone and follow these instructions to get prowl working with Growl. Once you have finished that you can choose the prowl setting for the notification you want to go to the iphone. Friendz can also control which friends send notifications. If you hit command + I you can choose to send notifications for that person. This way it will notify you when your good friends sign on and not when just anyone signs on.  

You have to have your computer on and the application running to get the notifications, which is less than ideal but it's the only way I know of to get these type of notifications. 

 

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TwoUp and SizeUp - Window Organization Mac OS X
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 3:38 PM

 


If your like me and have a big enough screen that you can put windows side by side you can work in two different windows at the same time. I often times will have Word open and have a browser open at the same time. I need to look at the browser to refer to the story and need to write in Word. You can take the windows and move them so they split the screen’s space or you could let TwoUp do it for you.

TwoUp uses a keyboard shortcut to send a window to the left, right, bottom, or top half of the screen. So all you have to do is select your window hit the shortcut that sends it to that part of the screen. Do the same thing to the other Window and you have two windows perfectly placed side by side, either vertical or horizontal.

TwoUp only resizes windows to 50% of the screen. If you want more options you can get SizeUp, which includes the ability to use multiple screens, support for spaces, and resize windows to quarter screen size among other things. SizeUp is not free it’s a “Name Your price” kind of deal. The minimum is $4.99

 



TwoUp and SizeUp @ irradiatedsoftware.com


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Facebook Notification Application MAC OS X
Monday, September 28, 2009 2:19 PM

 



The Facebook notification application allows you to see what is happening on your Facebook profile right from your desktop. It is a great way to stay informed of what is going on with your account and a quick and easy way to update your status as well. It’s is made by Facebook so you know it’s not filled with junk and you can download it here.

The best feature of the application in my opinion is that fact you can setup a shortcut keys to update your status. That and combine that with growl notifications and you have yourself a class A Facebook Notification program. If you have an iphone you can take it one step further and get prowl for your iphone. This will allow you to receive your Facebook notifications on your iphone.


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Tweetboard – Inline Twitter Conversation on your Website
Monday, September 28, 2009 1:19 PM

 



Tweetboard is a JavaScript application that runs on your website that allows your viewers to see your twitter conversations and reply to them in a forum thread fashion. This is great for visitors that don’t have Twitter because they can view your conversations right from your website.

Non-twitter visitors will not go to twitter and try and follow what you have been saying and what other people have been replying back. But with Tweetboard they can see what you have written and also see the nested replies as well. It’s a format that is familiar to most Internet users unlike Twitter which is confusing to people who don’t use it.

Tweetboard also allows you to show your fellow twitter users your tweets without having to leave your webpage. They can use their twitter profile to reply to your tweets right from your webpage. This save people time and makes for a great feature of a website.

Tweetboard is in Alpha testing right now but you can request an invite but tweet a phrase for more details go here.



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Ben Heck’s one-handed Xbox 360 controller
Friday, September 25, 2009 12:11 PM

 



Been Heck a world-renowned video game hacker has made his very own one-handed Xbox controller. Now it doesn’t have that polished and professional look like we are use to but Ben but it’s a quick and dirty mod that works.

I think this is a great idea. I always try and play with one hand but it never seems to work out that well. With this setup however with some practice I could eat a sandwich and play Left 4 Dead at the same time.

I wonder if there would be a market for such a controller.  There has to be people out there that only have one hand that like to play video game?

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iPhoto2Twitter – That makes sense doesn’t it?
Thursday, September 24, 2009 5:36 PM

 


I but you can guess what iphoto2Twitter does! That’s right it lets you tweet your iphoto photos right to twitter. On my desktop if I want to tweet a photo that’s on my computer I have to export it from iphoto and then upload it to one of those Twitter service. It’s actually easier to tweet photos from my phone than it is to tweet them from my Desktop.

iPhoto2Twitter will allow you to tweet your photos right from the export menu. Select the photo you want to Tweet, click export and select the iPhoto2Twitter. All you have to do then is write your message and what size you want the image to be. There you have it couldn’t be simpler, unless all you had to do was think about tweeting a photo and it got sent that would be really cool.



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Camerabag iPhone App Goes to Your Desktop
Thursday, September 24, 2009 5:26 PM


The popular iPhone application Camerabag has come out with a desktop application. Camerabag is a popular photo application for the iphone that allows you to apply filters to your photos to make them look like they were taken with a film camera. They have effects like Magazine, Helga, mono, instant(which is like a Polaroid), and many others. The effects look really nice and can make any image look like it was shot with an old style camera or unique film camera.

Most companies are struggling to get their Desktop apps to the app store but Nevercenter did the opposite. They just released a $19 desktop app that is like supped up version of the iPhone application. You can apply several different filters to your full size photos to achieve the look you were going for. You can apply multiple filters to the same photos and customize how it looks. You can even add custom borders to fit the personality of the image. The program is super easy to use and operate and is worth the money if you decide to buy it.

Camerbag $19 NeverCenter


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Anyclip a Search Engine for Movie Clips
Thursday, September 24, 2009 12:24 PM

 

 



I found a great website today called Anyclip. It allows you to search movies for specific movie lines or scenes. You can also search for actors and movies. It’s a great way to discover what lines came from what movies. I know I have had arguments with people arguing over what line a movie came from and this is a great way to solve that type of debate.

Oddly enough it will also show clips where your search appears in text on the clip. I assume that the text was a part of the closed caption, because it’s typically text that was meant for the movie watcher to see and read. For example I typed in “cheesy poofs” and it showed a scene from South Park where the words were not said but the bag of cheesy poofs was shown.

Anyclip will also find your search in music playing during the clip. I have found some searches that are a little broad will result in unusual results. So it's good to be as specific as possible.

Anyclip is in beta right now so you can go to anyclip.com and apply for the beta. I applied and got my invitation about 10 minutes later.

 

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Enable and Change Default Boot Selection Screen in Ubuntu
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 4:46 PM

I have a little Netbook and I am dual booting Windows and Linux Ubuntu, more specifically Jolicloud ubuntu. So I installed it and everything was fine except for Ubuntu is now controlling the default system that boots and I couldn’t get into Windows partition.

So the solution to the problem is to Modify a file called menu.lst that can be found in the boot>>grub folder. But you can’t do that without root permissions. So I know there is probably a way to do this with a Terminal command but this is how I accomplished changing the default boot on Ubuntu without a terminal command.
The first thing you need to do is create a password for the root and then enable the root login. I found a site that explained that, here is what he said to do.

Firstly you should set the root password. Login to ubuntu with the user which you created during installation. Go to System> Administration> Users and Groups. Select root. Click on Properties. Set the root password.

Secondly
enable the root login. Click on System> Administration> Login Window. Click on Security tab. Check “Allow local administrator login“. Click on OK.

Everything is done. Now logout and log in with your root account.   “


After you are done with that you can log out and log in as the root. Username root and use the password you entered earlier. Once you are logged in open the file system and go to boot>>grub and find the menu.lst file and open it. One of the First paragraphs will mention “Default Num” This is where you want to change the default system to boot. They are numbered starting from 0. So when you look at the Boot menu the first entry is 0 and the next one is 1 and so one. On my system Windows was the sixth entry on the boot list so that makes it number 5. Where it said “default 0” I deleted the 0 and put a 5.

If you look at the paragraph below it that number controls how long it waits to boot the default system. Mine was set to 1 second, which explained why I could not boot into anything else other than the default; I changed it to 30 to give me plenty of time to choose. If you are not sure what number your desired OS is you can just change the timer to give you enough time to figure it out.

Save the document and your done. Now you can restart the computer and when it reboots it should wait longer to auto boot and have your desired OS selected already. I am a Noob when it comes to Ubuntu but it’s starting to grow on me. 

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Push Mail for Gmail on iPhone! Yes, It’s about Time!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 2:45 PM


You can now reconfigure your iphone to get push mail through your Gmail account. Some people might be asking but I thought iphone already had push. Yes it does, but not for Gmail. Before you had to set a fetching schedule for Gmail to fetch you’re mail, every hours, every 30 minutes, etc. But now your mail will get to your iphone in real time. Isn’t that great? Yes it is, and that’s not all. It will also allow you to sync your contacts and Calendar events, how cool is that!

With a new program Google has started called Google Sync you can setup your gmail account through the Microsoft exchange setup that will be able to sync all your information from your Gmail account. I would show you how to set it up but This Google site does a good job explaining it already.

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Starbucks Releases Two New iPhone Apps
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 2:05 PM

 

 



Starbucks had been working with Apple for a while, first with the iTunes store, and now with the app store. In true Starbucks style they didn’t just make one app they had to have two. They could really be put together but hey who doesn’t have room for one more app? Am I right?

The first one is basically a store locator. It allows you to locate Starbucks stores that are close to you but also ones that meet the criteria like is it going to be open when you get there. There are several 3rd party applications out there that do this right now but I am sure that the official Starbucks app will do a lot better.

The second app will allow you to view your Starbucks card balance and add money to it. Starbucks has also been testing the capability to use the iPhone to pay for orders as well. In the Seattle area stores are equipped with a scanner that can read the barcode displayed on the iphone’s screen. The barcode is used to identify the card number and pay for the order. A Pretty awesome idea if I do say so myself.

Over all it’s good to see Starbucks in the App store and I think it’s great to see them trying to hit that market. The Starbucks card iphone app payment is only available in Seattle because there are a large amount of people that drink Starbucks and have Apple products making it a great test market

 


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Left 4 Dead Update September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 12:22 AM

 

 

There was an update to Left 4 Dead today. It has a couple of changes, but the biggest change was to the HUD, heads up display, for the versus infected. There is now a count down timer letting you know how long you have before you can attach again. I also noticed that when you are in a room and the game is about to start there is a sound effect connected to the count down. 

 The update also brought the end to the Power Shot. A glitch that allowed to shoot an entire clip of ammo at once. I glitched that I loved and now it is gone. I guess I have to get used to using the auto shotgun again. 

This update is of course a precursor to the New Crash Course DCL level that should be coming out September 23, 2009. I hope it does. It was mentioned as part of a Game with Fame event so hopefully everyone will get to play it on the 23rd.

Update September 23, 2009

Okay so the DLC Crash Course Level is not going to come out until September 29th, which is next Tuesday. I can't believe I have to wait another week.  Oh well such is life.

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Twitpocalypse – It’s Like Y2K but for Twitter
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:25 PM

 

Y2Twitter

So Twitter is going through some more growing pains and even though it will not affect the Twitter website, application that use the Twitter API might have problems. Twitter has begun to run out of Id numbers for each post to twitter. A 32 bit number is 10 digits long. So I assume the most tweets that could be posted would be 9,999,999,999. So Twitter is bumping up the post ids to a 64 bit system, which is 19 digits long, 9,999,999,999,999,999,999. Twitter applications that do not support 64 bit post id numbers will not work when Twitter makes the Switch. The Switch is scheduled for tomorrow.

I just thought this was interesting. I don’t think it will make the news but I thought it was funny how similar the situation was to the Y2K crisis. It will probably not be that big of a deal just like Y2K wasn’t a big deal.

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