Saturday, December 13, 2008

Nifty iPhone Apps

Here's what I've installed. I've only done the free ones because I don't know if I'll keep the phone or not.

  • Photobucket - upload to your albums straight from the phone
  • AT&T Easy WiFi - Free WiFi at Starbucks
  • PageOnce - All of your accounts in one place. Like Mint, with more stuff.
  • RingCentral - Pay for GrandCentral App
  • Melodis Dialer - A voice dialing solution, no bluetooth though
  • Twitterific - tweet from this app
  • Google Earth
  • Google
  • Lightsaber - I wouldn't be where I am with out George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry
  • Shazam - This captures a song in the background and tells you what it is. Worked great in a crowded bar.
  • Files Lite - Theoretically I can transfer files between my computer and iPhone, but it seems that I need a network instead of an ad-hoc connection.
  • Free RSS - RSS reader, as good as any
  • 1 Password - All your passwords are belong to us
  • Trak - if the iPhone ever leaves my sight, I can track it
  • Yellowpages
What I'd like to see:
  • OpenOffice or some office document manipulation
  • Windows Live Search
  • Data transfer between iPhones
  • Wireless data transfer

OMG, I'm a fanboi...

I can't believe this. I bought an iPhone. I really can't believe it.

I'm a sellout.

I always said it was over-hyped and that my WM phone did more. Turns out it does, but I've had it a whole day now and I really like it. Like most Apple products, it's easy to use and expensive. But just about anyone can pick this thing up and figure it out. You don't even need to know your email settings. It doesn't sync between Firefox and Thunderbird with Lightning, which sucks. So I have to go through another step to keep everything synced, but I'm used to doing things the hard way, I've been using Windows for more than 15 years. Okay, so here's what is different for me:
  • No editing Office Docs (viewing is fine)
  • No copy and paste
  • No bluetooth voice dial (this may be a deal breaker)
  • iPhone apps are more in vogue than WM apps, so there are some pretty neat ones out there
  • Multiple screens in Safari (kinda like tabbed browsing)
  • You really can't do anything with it unless Apple says so (I'm not jailbreaking it yet)
  • No landscape texting
  • Seems like you could break the screen easily, not built for wear and tear
  • AT&T doesn't offer insurance for it
  • No wireless/bluetooth transfer between computer and device (infact, the only thing the bluetooth does is connect to a headset, no voice dial, no audio playback, no syncing with other devices - what is this, 2003?)
  • I'm having better luck with it accessing my Groupwise webmail - the lack of accessibility is the company's fault, but iPhone handles it better
  • I'm having trouble finding a solution for Google Calendar sync for multiple calendars
More to come. I'll post some of the free apps I've found and some things I've learned to do. I've only had it a day and I'm already the expert compared to everyone else I know with one.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Petland uses Puppy Mills

After an eight-month investigation, the Humane Society of the United States accused Petland, the national pet store chain, of selling dogs bred under appalling conditions at puppy mills around the country.

Shame on them!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Smarties are chocolate?

Really? In Canada, Smarties are chocolate.

Product tampering

WTF? No Free Money?

Check this out

So they're going to give all the over-borrowed homeowners help but not the credit card carriers? (Hey, I'm not saying it's right, but as long as they're giving money away I'd actually like some.)

OMFG! Gawker you bastards!

Gawker has decided to sell off, the one true outlet for disgruntled consumers everywhere. Over the years, Ben Popken and the gang have taught us to protect our identities, not show a receipt at best buy, always open our boxes before leaving the store, fight debt collectors, and really it just all around kicked ass.

I've met great commenters there (Rectilinear Propogation, Wormfather is Wormfather, and many others, I never made you my friends, but I followed you...)

I have a geek crush on Ben, I can't let him be unemployed...

Really, people. If you've never seen consumerist, check it out, and then send your discontent to:


Monday, May 21, 2007

Our Zlio store!

We want to take the time to welcome you to our store. It's got all kinds of neat stuff like perfume, Texas A&M stuff, iPods, gaming systems, and other can't-live-without goodies.

Go to Our Store today!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Introduction to CSS

I found a great tutorial on CSS at the HTML Source file that defines all the values that those piles of tags would have done, and then have all your pages checking this file and formatting your pages accordingly. You can therefore leave out most of the formatting tags in HTML and use only nice structural elements (like headings, paragraphs and links) — separating structure and presentation.


Monday, May 14, 2007

15 Coolest Firefox Tricks Ever


Everybody’s favorite open-source browser, Firefox, is great right out of the box. And by adding some of the awesome extensions available out there, the browser just gets better and better.


But look under the hood, and there are a bunch of hidden

(and some not-so-secret) tips and tricks available that will crank Firefox up and pimp your browser. Make it faster, cooler, more efficient. Get to be a Jedi master with the following cool Firefox tricks.

1) More screen space. Make your icons small. Go to View - Toolbars - Customize and check the “Use small icons” box.

2) Smart keywords. If there’s a search you use a lot (let’s say’s people search), this is an awesome tool that not many people use. Right-click on the search box, select “Add a Keyword for this search”, give the keyword a name and an easy-to-type and easy-to-remember shortcut name (let’s say “actor”) and save it. Now, when you want to do an actor search, go to Firefox’s address bar, type “actor” and the name of the actor and press return. Instant search! You can do this with any search box.

3) Keyboard shortcuts. This is where you become a real Jedi. It just takes a little while to learn these, but once you do, your browsing will be super fast. Here are some of the most common (and my personal favs):

  • Spacebar (page down)
  • Shift-Spacebar (page up)
  • Ctrl+F (find)
  • Alt-N (find next)
  • Ctrl+D (bookmark page)
  • Ctrl+T (new tab)
  • Ctrl+K (go to search box)
  • Ctrl+L (go to address bar)
  • Ctrl+= (increase text size)
  • Ctrl+- (decrease text size)
  • Ctrl-W (close tab)
  • F5 (reload)
  • Alt-Home (go to home page)

4) Auto-complete. This is another keyboard shortcut, but it’s not commonly known and very useful. Go to the address bar (Control-L) and type the name of the site without the “www” or the “.com”. Let’s say “google”. Then press Control-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the “www” and the “.com” and take you there - like magic! For .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Control-Shift-Enter.

5) Tab navigation. Instead of using the mouse to select different tabs that you have open, use the keyboard. Here are the shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)
  • Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)
  • Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)

6) Mouse shortcuts. Sometimes you’re already using your mouse and it’s easier to use a mouse shortcut than to go back to the keyboard. Master these cool ones:

  • Middle click on link (opens in new tab)
  • Shift-scroll down (previous page)
  • Shift-scroll up (next page)
  • Ctrl-scroll up (decrease text size)
  • Ctrl-scroll down (increase text size)
  • Middle click on a tab (closes tab)

7) Delete items from address bar history. Firefox’s ability to automatically show previous URLs you’ve visited, as you type, in the address bar’s drop-down history menu is very cool. But sometimes you just don’t want those URLs to show up (I won’t ask why). Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you’ve visited with those letters in them. Use the down-arrow to go down to an address you want to delete, and press the Delete key to make it disappear.

8) User chrome. If you really want to trick out your Firefox, you’ll want to create a UserChrome.css file and customize your browser. It’s a bit complicated to get into here, but check out this tutorial.

9) Create a user.js file. Another way to customize Firefox, creating a user.js file can really speed up your browsing. You’ll need to create a text file named user.js in your profile folder (see this to find out where the profile folder is) and see this example user.js file that you can modify. Created by, this example explains some of the things you can do in its comments.

10) about:config. The true power user’s tool, about.config isn’t something to mess with if you don’t know what a setting does. You can get to the main configuration screen by putting about:config in the browser’s address bar. See Mozillazine’s about:config tips and screenshots.

11) Add a keyword for a bookmark
. Go to your bookmarks much faster by giving them keywords. Right-click the bookmark and then select Properties. Put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark.

12) Speed up Firefox. If you have a broadband connection (and most of us do), you can use pipelining to speed up your page loads. This allows Firefox to load multiple things on a page at once, instead of one at a time (by default, it’s optimized for dialup connections). Here’s how:

  • Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Type “network.http” in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):
  • Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
  • Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
  • Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
  • Also, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

13) Limit RAM usage. If Firefox takes up too much memory on your computer, you can limit the amount of RAM it is allowed to us. Again, go to about:config, filter “browser.cache” and select “browser.cache.disk.capacity”. It’s set to 50000, but you can lower it, depending on how much memory you have. Try 15000 if you have between 512MB and 1GB ram.

14) Reduce RAM usage further for when Firefox is minimized. This setting will move Firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, taking up much less memory. And there is no noticeable difference in speed when you restore Firefox, so it’s definitely worth a go. Again, go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select New-> Boolean. Name it “config.trim_on_minimize” and set it to TRUE. You have to restart Firefox for these settings to take effect.

15) Move or remove the close tab button. Do you accidentally click on the close button of Firefox’s tabs? You can move them or remove them, again through about:config. Edit the preference for “browser.tabs.closeButtons”. Here are the meanings of each value:

  • 0: Display a close button on the active tab only
  • 1:(Default) Display close buttons on all tabs
  • 2:Don’t display any close buttons
  • 3:Display a single close button at the end of the tab bar (Firefox 1.x behavior)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Generator Blog

The evil genuises at the The Generator Blog have created some wonderfully creative ways to waste time. Go check it out.
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