There are specific iPad applications that are key to my productivity day in and day out, and the “qualities” they need to have if I am to use them has evolved over time. Looking back over the ways in which they have changed in the last year or so, I realized that there is a specific pattern to those applicationsRead more
Video: Apigee Shows How To Use The API Console to Add FourSquare Check-Ins to Your Own Application
We’ve covered Apigee before. They make it easy to integrate application programming interfaces, or APIs, into your own application. So, what does that mean? If you want to create your own application that can take advantage of FourSquare location-based check-ins, integrate PayPal forRead more
For me, genealogy has been as much a passion as it was a hobby; my maternal grandmother and my uncle started researching their Meador and Bridwell lines years ago, and when I became an adult I picked up where they had left off, expanding the search for my father’s family, the Lipsetts and Hublers, as well. Over the years IRead more
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With so many devices being able to replay video these days, converting and encoding is a skill that should be known. Most devices now include software to handle this task for you but sometimes it just doesn’t encode the way you want it to or simply cannot convert from the file type you have. Years ago
Kobo has been all over smartphones for some time, but their “desktop” offerings have been browser-based. Kobo has finally released a dedicated desktop application for Macs and PCs, so you don’t have to worry about juggling Firefox tabs to read a book. This puts them on closer footing to Amazon and B&N, who both offer feature-rich desktop programs as companionsRead more
Anyone who is a parent knows the struggle of keeping your wonderful kiddos on top of their chores. As the father of two young and arguably crazy boys, it seems that we could spend the entire day cleaning up their messes. There are many strategies to getting the younglings to take care of their chores and I think I have
Simplifying one’s desktop.
For me it’s an ongoing, ever-changing process. I’m constantly tinkering with new applications for my iMac, trying for that seemingly unobtainable perfect set up. One of the biggest issues I struggle with is managing multiple windows. I generally use five or six “main” applications on a daily basis. These usually consist of Safari, Apple Mail, Tweetie, Net
In case I haven’t bored you enough by mentioning it, I do a lot of travel. Three-four times per month, I fly between my family in Austin, and my job in Sunnyvale in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m not complaining–at least I’ve got a job!–but it does leave me with a lot of time on my own waiting. Waiting
I reviewed SplashID earlier this year and it remains a staple on my devices and computers. If you’re an Android user of SplashID, then you’re in luck because SplashData just released an update to both the desktop and handheld versions of the software. The updates include several nice features that add more customization options and URL launching. Some of these
Over the past few years Google has released some amazing free apps and they continue to get better every day. Google just released an update (ver 5.2) to their popular desktop application Google Earth. The 3D spinning Earth model has found its way to thousands if not millions of desktops and can be used for a variety of tasks and
I first gave the Kylo Web Browser a try when I was reviewing the Hillcrest Loop last year. I enjoyed how it made my internet browsing experience on a large TV screen so much better, even from across the room. In fact I liked it so much that when I put the Lenovo A70z into service as a family media
According to Yahoo news computers in a host of companies, hospitals and schools around the world got were brought down, re-booting themselves over and over again on Wednesday after an antivirus program identified a normal Windows file as a virus.
McAfee Inc. confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus program for corporate
Google docs is a pretty solid online based documents suite that offers a robust feature set. Recently Google added free and paid storage to this suite, and is continually adding new services and features to their MS Office alternative. Yesterday Google announced the new Google Docs foundation, including a new preview of the new Google Docs editor, Spreadsheet editor, and
If you need a program that makes quick and easy work of converting all your media to your mobile device, then doubleTwist might be the answer your looking for. The public beta client is currently available for PC and Mac, and it requires a free account to use. doubleTwist will convert and sync all of your music, videos, and pictures
Intel announced their “AppUp” app store back in January during CES. The store was available for only US and Canada consumers but now has expanded to 27 European countries and now supports Moblin, WinXP, and Windows 7 starter addition. The requirements state that the apps are only designed for Netbooks running on Intel’s Atom processor. The store is still in
From The Neat Company….. “The NeatDesk is a high-speed desktop scanner and digital filing system that will quickly turn all the paper on your desk into organized, digital files. More than just a great scanner, NeatDesk also includes patented NeatWorks software to identify and extract key information from your paper files, then automatically organizes it in the easy to use
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By trade, I’m a technical writer. A lot of technical writers are interested in the arcana and history of writing. Some folks are fascinated by books–their history, how they’re made, how their distributed, and on and on. Some people go more for the technical side–what kind of eBook readers are there out there? How many
I used a mac exclusively for many years, until I picked up my Toshiba netbook last summer. It was my first experience using a non-work issued PC since college, and while I knew to install a few free anti-virus and spyware utilities, I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about security. Since then, I’ve started using my netbook far
Anyone who has kids is scared to think about when their kids go on the internet. If you have a netbook, you might also not have a optical drive for installing software. The PeeWee Kit can help as it ships a internet security suite and many kid safe educational software for Windows XP , Vista or Windows 7. Software includes:
When I still regularly used a Windows Mobile device, PhatNotes by PhatWare was typically one of the first programs that I installed on a new device. I now use an iPhone much of the time rather than Windows Mobile. I’ve tried several notes programs for the iPhone, and while many of them are quite good, none have quite hit the
There has been a buzz building about the new Sherlock Holmes movie due out on Christmas Day. So what happens when Twitter application TweetDeck combines with the promoti0nal power of Warner Bros? You get the TweetDeck Telegram Co. The promotional version has black-and-white icons and a couple period images, etc to make users think they are in the 19thRead more
Recently I was preparing to take a business trip over a weekend for a conference, and figured it would be a nice opportunity to watch a couple of DVD’s that the rest of the family didn’t have any interest in seeing yet again – Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Ran’ and The Marx Brothers’ ‘Night at the Opera’. My assumption was that IRead more
One of my first favorite ‘free’ Internet programs was Claria’s “Gator”. What I naively found out later is, so far as I’m concerned, Gator essentially invented the Spyware industry.
It originally allowed you to store passwords to all your websites so that rather than remember them, you could allow it to fill them in automatically. However, over time they
I know rollouts can be challenging. I mean, just look at how nervous AT&T was prior to the much-delayed MMS launch yesterday. Well, it looks like Evernote’s rollout of the 3.5 Beta desktop client for Windows has been causing the company, and some of their most hardcore users, some grief.
Turns out my timing was “perfect”. The Fujitsu P1630 came
It is always nice when you see an application you have used in Beta reaches a Version 1 release. Such is the case with Postbox.
The cross-platform works with Windows and OSx and promises…
Faster, Smarter, and More Organized, Postbox is a Better Way to Manage Email.
It offers some great features including: powerful, flexible search, various content views so