Monday, September 27, 2010

Google Music in Gmail Chat?

Curious little bug in my Gmail.  When using the labs feature that shows an Android icon for friends who are on chat on Android phones...their name disappears.

The curious part:  hover your mouse over the name, and an "Invited" and a beamed note appears on the right...smells like a social music service is coming.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

IE9 Beta - Battle of the "chrome"

Before Google's Chrome browser was released, "chrome" meant something different.  In browsers, it meant the borders and widgets around the web page itself.

I've heard a lot of chest thumping by Microsoft regarding how much IE9 gets out of the way.  So, I did a comparison of the chrome myself in the picture below.  Check out the red line I drew.

From left-to-right, the browsers are:

Guess what?  They're right.  Not only is more of the page visible, but also the title of the page and other controls have disappeared.  I am a dedicated Chrome user at the moment, but I may have to rethink my loyalty.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Import and Manage Your Photos

Here’s what to consider when choosing the right system for your personal photos.
This isn’t everything, but a good sample.
Three techniques:
Overall It stinks, but this is how most people do it today. Complicated and not adaptable, but if you can set it up then you can get the best of both worlds. Where most people will end up in the long run, but requires faith in Internet-based services.
Store Computer
Memory Card
External Hard Drive
Picasa + Picasaweb (pricing)
Live Mesh + Skydrive (25gb)
Windows Home Server
Backup Mozy
Apple Time Capsule
Network attached storage
Amazon S3 connectors
Local archive
Share Email attachments
Burn and mail a CD
Upload then share: Facebook, Flickr, Kodak Gallery
Windows Live Spaces
Links, anywhere
Edit Adobe Photoshop
Apple iPhoto
Windows Live Photo Gallery
Photoshop Express
Import Camera import software
Windows import tool
Same as Traditional Eye-fi card
Print Home printer
…local photo guy
Best of both worlds Picasa: Walgreens, Shutterfly, American Greetings
Flickr: Snapfish
…or download and upload to Costco, etc.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Amazon Down

Wow, you don't see that very often.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Facebook Ultimatum

Summed up in a few words on Mark's blog post today....

Monday, May 17, 2010

Google Announces Android TV?

I just peeked at the Google I/O conference gotta love those "TBA" spots.  Is it last minute scheduling?  A time buffer?  In my humble's Google TV!  Coming soon to a set-top box near you.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Does this scare the heck out of anybody else?

I want to take part in the social web and all of that, but after the comments at the F8 Conference yesterday I'm starting to think I should hold off for a year or two!

Monday, April 19, 2010

HP Slate Pics Leak - Unintentional iPad Marketing Ensues

I just saw via Engadget that the blog posted some previously unseen photos of the upcoming HP Slate.   They call it "slow", and it clearly is chunky.

The iPad has fallen out of fashion recently, with members of the tech elite reboxing and returning their iPads. I myself never bought one, in anticipation of ChromeOS, Andriod and Windows tablets coming out later in 2010.  I thought I had successfully overcome the Apple marketing machine with rational thought and patient enthusiasm.

Alas, Apple appears to have a secret weapon...crappy tablets from other vendors.   Perhaps when the tech elite have unboxed and re-boxed these tablets, they will return to the notion of a nicely-built-though-limited utility tablet...the iPad.

Monday, March 8, 2010

How to Add Individual Folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar

The Problem with "Pinning": When dragging a file folder onto the taskbar, Windows 7 doesn't leave that individual folder where you dragged it. Instead, it just adds it as a site in the Windows Explorer shortcut. If you want individual folders for quick and easy access, here's how...

Open Windows Explorer and create a folder anywhere you want.  I called mine Example. 
Within Example, I've added the folders I want to have on my taskbar (called 123 and Pics as examples). If the folders you want to add to your taskbar already exist somewhere else, no problem - just add a shortcut by right-clicking > New > Shortcut and selecting the folder you want to add.

Right-click anywhere on your taskbar (on the empty space) and you should see the following menu.  Click on Toolbars > New toolbar...

  • Navigate to the folder you created earlier and select it. 

There is some residual formatting work to be done.

  • Right-click on the taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar.  Now you should be able to give your toolbar more room by clicking on the little bumps next to the title and dragging it to the left. 

  • Right-click on your toolbar and uncheck Show title, which saves us some precious space. 

  • Right-click on your toolbar again and select View > Large Icons

AND YOUR DONE!  This leaves your taskbar a little taller than it used to be (primarily because we are keeping the option Show Text selected).  If you want to undo this whole process, simply right-click anywhere on the taskbar > go to Toolbars > uncheck the folder you just added.   Personally, I love having my most frequently accessed folders right at my fingertips.  Also, if later on I want to change which folders appear on my taskbar, all I have to do is change the shortcuts in my Example folder.