November 2009 - Posts

Posterious – Makes for Better Email Posting to Wordpress and about a dozen other sites!
Monday, November 30, 2009 1:40 PM


I love Wordpress and have been using it for several years now. The features are great and the CMS is second to none. The only think I wish I could do is send emails to my blog for posting. I know Wordpress has that feature but it doesn't work that well. You can't send it photos and video and it's not that intuitive. You also have to visit a special Url to get Wordpress to go and get your email posts, which is lame. So I found a solution to this by using Posterous.

Posterous is a Blog engine that allows you to post to it by simply sending it an email. I wrote a post about it last week and now I am in love with it. It allows you to send pictures, audio, video and other files to the blog and Posterous will embed them for you. You can then setup posterous to automatically update your Wordpress blog, Twitter, Facebook, flickr, Picasa, Youtube, Vimeo, Tumblr, Blogger, Xanga, and others. It will post photos and video to your other accounts so you don't have to post the same picture or video more than once.

You can even control where a post goes by changing the email you send it to. If you send a post to post@posterous.com it goes to all your websites. If you sent it to facebook@posterous.com for example it will only go to Facebook. You can even combine addresses like facebook+twitter@posterous.com and it will send it to only those services.  

This make posting blogs from my iPhone really easy. It also makes posting content to my Wordpress blog a snap. Posterous also has a docklet that allows you to post content without leaving a webpage. You can select text, photos, and video and it will post the content with your comments to your blog with the appropriate credit links.

These features makes it a much better email Wordpress posting solution, not to mention all the other websites it can post to as well. There are several other websites out there that will post to several other sites but Posterous is the best I have seen so far.  

Checkout my Posterous Blog

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Swype a new keyboard input method. How fast can you type on your phone?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 12:06 PM


Swype is a new input method for your cell phone. Instead of typing each letter all you have to do is draw lines from one letter to another. The application figures out what word you are trying to type based on the line. You can go right through the other letters it doesn't matter.

Gizmodo wrote a story on this input method and they were saying that they don't know how legitimate the speeds gains are because the video did come from the swype camp. I have to agree with that. The guy on the right with the iphone is a pretty slow iphone typer, and the Swype guy's fingers are moving a lot faster.  

The new input method will be featured on the Verizon's Samsung Omnia II, which will be here sometimes next month. Should be interesting to see how well it works and if it will be well received.

That brings me to a question for the readers. Do prefer a physical keyboards or a virtual one? I prefer to have a virtual one. The keyboard on my iPhone works very well and I think it is pretty fast.


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Backupify - Backup your Online Content
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:13 AM

 

 

Nowadays everyone has all kinds of content that they post to the web. That content is stored on someone else's server so people can access it. What happens if something goes wrong on their servers and they loose your content ? We have learned from the Sidekick incident, where all the mobile data was lost, that the cloud is not aways the best place to store your data.

So what is the solution? Back it up! Thats right back it up with an online website called Backupify. With Backupify you can backup your stored content from your favorite websites. Backupify will backup Twitter, Wordpress, Facebook, Delicious, Basecamp, Google Docs, Gmail, Zoho, Flckr, and Photobucket .

Once you setup an account Backupify it will automatically backup your online content for you. Unfortunately the service is not free. You can backup your Twitter account for free with 10Mb of space, but the paid plans play out like this.


You might be thinking well what if Backupify looses my content? Well I guess that is possible but it is unlikely that you will have two services go down on the same day. So if Backupify was to loose your data you could just back it up once again.

Backupify Website VIA Lifehacker

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Apple to Offer Black Friday Deals - What is up for grabs?
Monday, November 23, 2009 1:55 PM

Apple has officially announced that they are going to be offering deals the day after Thanksgiving November 27, 2009. Apple's Black Friday deals have not been officially been started yet. Websites have been speculating that Apple will have some of the best deals they have ever had. The only thing the Apple teaser ad tells you is that their will be deals and free shipping. This of course does not stop people from talking and trying to find the leaked holiday deals.

Here are the deals according to BGR! “iMacs starting at $1098, iPod nanos starting at $138, iPod touch starting at $178, MacBook Pros starting at $1098, Apple TVs starting at $208, Airport Express starting at $88, Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard going for $64 each.” This is for Black Friday only mind you and this is also just a rumor. BGR had already made a Black Friday prediction and this is their second one so don't hold your breath. It is also worth mentioning that the black friday deals are only for the online Apple store.


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Facebook becoming more and more like Twitter
Monday, November 23, 2009 12:28 PM

Facebook has been trying to become more and more like twitter as it evolves it's status updates into a internal Twitter like service. The first step for Facebook was to get rid of the required “john is” statement  before every post. This allows your updates to be about anything not just what you're up to. This made Facebook more like Twitter and was the first step in duplicating the service internally.

 



Facebook made the next step a couple months ago by adding the ability to mention people in a status update. I am not sure if a lot of people know about this but Facebook has the ability to “@mention” people in a status update. So if you want to mention your friend John in a status update you can hit the @ sign and start to type his name. Facebook will find your friend and you can select his name from the drop down. Your friends name will be linked to his profile in the update. The update will also appear on their profile. The @mention scheme is something that Twitter has been built on from the beginning. It is a way of informing someone you are talking to them and not just talking to the masses.      

Facebook has not officially released this next feature, but it allows you to respond to a update by email.  This is something that Twitter does via SMS. When you get a tweet to your phone you can reply to it via SMS. Facebook has been testing out the email reply feature with a small set of people. It will slowly be released to more people in the future.

I just thought it was interesting the way Facebook has been trying to copy Twitter and create their own Twitter like application inside Facebook. I don't mind that they are coping Twitter I think it's great. Facebook apparently was going to try and buy twitter but I guess they decided to create their own and also integrate with Twitter for current Twitter users.

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Chrome OS – The First Look!
Friday, November 20, 2009 1:03 PM

 



The Google has released a working version of the Chrome OS ready for you to try. You can download it and install it on a virtual machine to try it out. Lifehacker has a good article and a link to the image if you are so inclined. The question is what is the Chromo OS and what has it set out to accomplish?

The Chromo OS is what people like to call a Stateless or Cloud OS. Meaning that nothing you do on the OS is stored on the computer. So there are no document files or pictures folders rather you go to a website that has all your photos and perhaps Google docs to get our documents. So it's a whole new way of thinking about computing.

If all you do on your computer is use the internet and some word processing who says you need a traditional OS to do that? You can do all that on the internet with a lightweight OS that only does the web. So the Google Chrome OS is really just an advanced Web browser that is designed to run applications in tabs.

You might be wondering well why don't I just use a web browser on my computer then? Well you could except the Chrome OS is going to be faster than a regular browser running on a normal OS. It's going to be able to take advantage of multi core processors and  graphics chips to make things run smoother and faster. It will be able to use all your system's resources and power to run your web apps which should show an increase in performance.

The Chrome OS is going to be targeted at netbooks initially. They are the prime targets since they don't have a lot of computing power to do much more than web browsing and traditional office apps. I don't think the Chrome OS will get much farther than that. I would hazard a guess that they could at some point find their way onto tablets when we start to see them in the market in a big way. I don't see people using the Chrome OS a primary system. I would duel boot the Chrome OS with a regular system if the OS is fast enough and offers something really unique.

 

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Wish your Magic Mouse was a Little Bit More Magical? MouseWizard Makes it so!
Thursday, November 19, 2009 2:08 PM



The Magic Mouse has been a success for many reasons, but some people have been wishing for a little bit more magic from their mouse. A $2.50 application can deliver 4 new gestures that might just satisfy your Magic Mouse greed.

MouseWizard will allow for a fourth click, which can be customized to activate expose, dashboard, or spotlight. It's achieved by clicking both the left and right sides of the mouse at the same time. MouseWizard creates a middle click that can also be customized in the same way as the fourth button can. This gesture is achieved by clicking with two fingers in the center of the mouse. The zoom and shrink function allows you to zoom in and out just like you would on a iphone. This gesture works just like the iphone with a pinching or stretching motion. The last gesture that MouseWizard creates for you is a way to sleep you computer by clicking with your whole hand on the mouse.

The zoom and shrink gesture is by far the coolest feature. I think the feature should have been included in the original drivers. In fact I was surprised to find out that it wasn't included. No matter  MouseWizard has you covers as you increase your productivity by increasing the capability of your Magic Mouse.

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Boy gets Xbox Taken Away by Parents so he Calls 911
Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:41 PM

 According to the Daily Herald a 15 year-old boy in Buffalo Grove, IL called 911 when his parents took away his Xbox 360 as punishment. The call was a 911 hangup, but of course they tracked the call and send a police car over to the house. The boy asked the officer if his parents had the legal right to take away his  Xbox. The police office informed the boy that he should listen to his parents.

Some kids are just spoiled rotten. This kid has an Xbox that he most likely didn't pay for himself and his parents provide for him and all he wants to know is if it's legal for parents to take things away from him. What is the world coming to? One day it really will be illegal for parents to do anything to their kids. All forms of punishments will be eliminated.

Oh well for now I guess we can laugh about it for now!

 

 

 

 

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Cat Paint for iPhone - Add a cat to your pictures to make them awesome!
Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:44 AM

 

 

Have you ever thought that a photo was missing something, but couldn't quite put your finger on it. Well, how about a nice little kitty in your picture! Big or small the new Cat Paint app for the iPhone will let you put one cat or thousands in a photo! You know to give your photos that little touch of awesome.

 Am I kidding? No it's a real app and I think I am going to go get it right now for $.99 at the App Store

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Camera Phone Photography, a new look at Photography
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 12:47 PM

 

 



People get caught up in how many pixels their digital camera has and when it comes right down to it it doesn't really matter. The photographer is what makes a good photo, and to steal the slogan of thebestcamera.com “The Best Camera Is The One That's With You”. So you see whatever camera you have on you is better than no camera.

Photography purists would turn their nose up at notion that taking pictures with a phone and applying heavy filters to them is really photography. And in some ways they are right, but why do we have to have this solid definition of what photography is. I think that anytime you take a photo be it a film camera, digital SLR, point and shoot, or a camera phone it's photography and art. There are always ways to make your camera phone pictures interesting and fun. Most people always have their phone on them so why not take pictures of anything interesting you see?

The camera phone mind set has started a new trend of camera phone photography. It sounds kind of dumb, but as camera phones get better camera's built-in it becomes a real possibility. Some of my favorite pictures I have taken have been from my iPhone, because I was able to capture the moment just like it was without the “oh wait let me get the camera.” The iphone is a great mobile camera because it has decent resolution and has software that you can get to edit and apply filters.

There are several applications to edit your photos on the iphone. One that is growing on me is the “Best Camera” app. It's simple and allows you to apply and remove simple filters. You can then share your picture with facebook, twitter, email, and thebestcamera.com website. It's a great app and is worth the $2.99.



Okay so sure the guy that is behind the app is also selling a book but who cares. The application works well and has a really cool iphone photography community behind it.

Even if you don't have an iphone I would encourage you to take pictures with your camera phone. You can get them on to your computer and edit them and start your own collection of camera phone photos.

 Here are some that I took on my iPhone and edited with the Best Camera App. 

 

 
 
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Japan Self-Defense Force Sunglasses - Super durrible for people who are hard on glasses!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 10:46 AM

 

 

The japan Self-Defense Force Sunglasses are officially endorsed by the Japanese military and are super strong and durable. According to the Japan Trend Shop, Who sells them, "The lens will not fracture even if struck at 171km/h (106mph) by a 6.55mm (0.3") diameter object, nor do they shatter if a 500g shaft of iron is dropped on them from 1.27m!." If you know anything about physics this is highly unusual. They can't actually stop a speeding bullet but I think you get the point.

 So for those of you out there that often find yourself stepping on or dropping your glasses these might just be for you. The ultimate in indestructible sunglasses.

 VIA Dvice

 

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Cut My Pic is Easy and Convenient – Try it Out
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3:20 PM



Cut my Pic is a website that allows people to crop and apply drop shadows to pictures. What's the big deal? Well nothing really it's just annoying sometimes to have to startup an application to crop a photo. Cut my pic will crop your photo and if wanted will add rounded edges or apply drop shadows. You can then save the image back to your computer or send it to a friend.

Little websites like these are nice for bloggers or mothers that don't know how to use other applications on their computers. It works well and will save you time importing and exporting an image from a desktop application. Try it out for yourself it's pretty handy.

Cut My Pic

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Posterous - A new look at Blog Posting
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3:14 PM

 



I found an interesting website today called Posterous. Posterous allows you to make a Blog without signing up and allows you to post to it simply by emailing post@posterous.com. You can post text, URLs, images, music, audio, and other file types to your email and Posterous posts it for you. It's a great idea for people who want a blog but don't want to deal with all the hassles of CMS systems. This would be perfect for your mother or grandmother, all she would have to do is email the post@posterous.com and she is done. It creates a URL for you that is home to all your posts. You can however signup and get a “yourname.posterous.com” which I would recommend so you can edit and change your posts.

Posterous is a nice clean blog interface and is great for people who don't want to deal with all the confusing controls. I have to say however that even though they make it easy to post blogs the CMS behind ii isn't a whole lot easier than Blogger or Wordpress. But if you are the kind of person that will never touch it anyways then you don't have to worry about it anyways.

Checkout my Posterous Blog I made for fun! 

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Google Voice Acquires VoIP Service Gizmo5 – Oh Boy what is in store for us now?
Monday, November 16, 2009 5:10 PM

 



Okay so everyone has been talking for the last couple of days about the fact that Google has acquired Gizmo5. Of course everyone is assuming that they are going to add the VoIP service that gizmo5 offers to Google Voice. Giving Google Voice it's own VoIP service like Skype, and since Gizmo5 has a lot of the same services as Skype. This integration would allow you to have an integrated Google Voice desktop application that you could take your calls on.

I wrote a post about how to forward your Google Voice number to your Skype username using Gizmo5 and Opensky. Well you can't really do that anymore because they have stopped gizmo5 registration after the Google acquisition. I have a feeling however that this is what Google is trying to accomplish with Gizmo5 anyways. I think they are going to integrate it so people can easily forward calls to their Google Voice/Gizmo5 client or others like Skype.

Seems like a great idea, the thing that would bring it home for me would be a iphone app that had push notifications of incoming calls. That way you could use Google Voice without using any of your minutes, which would be awesome if you were running a little low on those pesky minutes. Of course they have to get through Apple for an app like that to make it through the approval process; so we will see what happens.

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Skip the Shake – The Flu Fighting Wristband
Monday, November 16, 2009 12:38 PM

 



Skip the Shake is a yet another company that is trying to sell you a colored rubber band that is supposed to show your support for something. Skip the Shake is part of a movement to stop shaking peoples hands to prevent the Flu from spreading. I see their point but at the same time its utterly stupid.  They do realize that the Flu or H1N1 can live on a surface for up to 2 – 8 hours according to flu.gov. This means when you go to work and touch the door knob you just shook hands with everyone who went through that door in the last 2 – 8 hours. So I don't see how not shaking a persons's hand is going to make you heather or prevent the flu.

We might was well where gloves and a masks if you really want to prevent the spread of the flu. I don't think not shaking people's hands is going to do the trick. I think this company is making these bracelets to make a quick buck. It's not like they are donating the profits to some kind of Flu fund or anything. They just want to start a no hand shake movement to sell a lot of blue rubber bands. Shame on you and your blue rubber bands. I would refuse to shake your hand, Mr. Skip the Shake company, but not because I am afraid of the swine flu. ;) eewwwww burn.

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