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Google Store View

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My favorite camera store, B&H Photo Video, is one of the first businesses participating in having virtual tours of their stores via Google’s Street View technology.

If you look up B&H Photo Video on Google Maps, you can step inside.

via Wired.com

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Photography, Science and Technology | , , , | 2 Comments

Sync Google Calendar Colors and iOS

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(image courtesy of Lifehacker)

FINALLY, a solution to an annoying problem that has plagued me ever since Google Mobile Sync was born is here: Calendar color synchronization between Google Calendars and my iPhone’s calendar. My OCD itched so badly that I would end up changing my Google Calendar colors to match the seemingly random vomit that my iPhone’s calendar would choose.

In a nutshell, don’t use Google Mobile Sync for your calendar. Use CalDAV instead.

Out of the nutshell:

  1. On your iOS device: Go to Settings –> Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Under Accounts: Select your Google Mobile Sync account (mine was creatively named “Google”)
  3. Switch your “Calendars” to the “OFF” position. It will prompt you to make sure you aren’t smoking crack, but since you *are* smoking crack… the healthy, vegan kind… go for it.
  4. Click on “Add Account…”
  5. Select Other.
  6. Select Add CalDAV Account.
  7. Enter your account information:
    1. In the Server field, enter [ google.com ]
    2. In the Username field, enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
    3. In the Password field, enter your Google Account or Google Apps password.
    4. In the Description field, enter the name you’d like to appear on the account (I named mine “Google Calendars”… creative, I know)
  8. Select Next at the top of your screen.
  9. Go to https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect (on any browser) and select the calendars you want to sync. Alternatively, Google Apps users can go to https://www.google.com/calendar/hosted/your_domain/iphoneselect (of course, replace “your_domain” with your… uh… domain).
  10. Click Save

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this earlier. Enjoy!

via Lifehacker

via Google Mobile Help (CalDAV instructions)

October 22, 2010 Posted by | How-To, Rants, Software | , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The Real Life Social Network

The Real Life Social Network

The picture above sums up one of the issues of online social networks today: We have multiple social circles in our offline (read: real) lives, yet when we join a large social networking platform like Facebook, all those circles become one large circle. As wonderfully cute and adorable as my kids are, I know that only a small subset of my Facebook friends really care to see the photos and videos I post.

In the case study above, Debbie had no idea that the comments she posted on photos posted by her college friends who own a gay bar were viewable by the 10-year-old kids in her swimming class.

Another great analogy is the wedding reception. For any of you who’ve gone through the pain of coming up with a seating arrangement for a wedding reception, you’ll understand. Why is it painful? All of your disparate social circles will be in the same room. How do you group them? That situation, to a degree, is what a large social networking platform is: all of your friends from all circles in your life in a large room milling about with you on a pedestal using a bullhorn to make announcements about what is going on in your life.

If you have a moment, I highly suggest checking out this study that was done by the fine folks at Google on social networking. It approaches social networking from a user experience design perspective, but I think the points that are brought to light are beneficial to any user of an online social networking platform.

Nice find, Emilio!

via The Real Life Social Network v2

July 13, 2010 Posted by | General, Philosophy, Science and Technology | , , , , | Comments Off

namebench – Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility

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Of the myriad number of ways to “speed up” your internet connection, one way is to find a DNS server that performs best for you.

namebench is a handy little open-source utility that will do all the dirty work for you. It comes in linux, os x and windows flavors. There’s even a command-line version.

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via Google Code via Smarterware

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , , , | 3 Comments

What is a Web Browser?

Anybody who has spent any amount of time playing the role of “family tech support guy” can appreciate this.

Luckily, Jason Toff at Google decided to act on this tedious endeavor by creating a website that defines and explains what a web browser is.

I’m forwarding this to my parents right now.

via The Official Google Blog

October 6, 2009 Posted by | How-To, Software | , , | Comments Off

A Different Use For Google SketchUp

Besides making 3D models of your house or your cat, you can be like Roche Limit and make a music video.

via BoingBoing

July 17, 2009 Posted by | Music, Software, Video | , , , , | Comments Off

Google Chrome OS

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If you are hearing about Google’s foray into the operating system war for the first time, then I humbly thank you for being a follower of Morning Cup O’ Joe. When Google broke the news on its blog last night, the entire web was abuzz.

As a friend of mine pointed out, Google’s business model is about gathering information on you, profiling essentially, in order to build an accurate marketing model. Knowing this, would you still use the Google Chrome OS?

via The Official Google Blog

July 8, 2009 Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , | 2 Comments

Gmail Out of Beta

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It only took how many years now?

Thanks for the tip, Dan!

via SFGate.com

July 7, 2009 Posted by | News, Software | , , | Comments Off

Twitter Plugin for Pidgin

Twitter for Pidgin

Twitter evolved from being an SMS mailing list to an ubiquitous, constantly evolving social network platform.  Some use it as a microblog, summing up a day’s or hour’s (or minute’s even) experience in 140 characters. Some use it as an easy way to update your Facebook Status. I see it as a never-ending conversation with “hundreds of your closest friends.”

With the microblog-purple project at code.google.com, you can now install a Twitter plugin for Pidgin and/or Adium.  I’ve been using the Pidgin plugin for 10 minutes and I already love it. It really feeds the “conversational” mental model I have of Twitter.

The plugin provides all of your basic Twitter interface needs (e.g. replying, retweeting, favorite-ing) but what’s noticeably missing is a “direct message” link and the ability to view direct messages sent to you.  The former is easily circumvented by just using the normal Twitter convention of prefixing a “d” before a username, but the latter doesn’t seem to have any workable solution.

All in all, though, I’m sold on this plugin (until the next best thing comes along).

via microblog-purple via Google Code

May 19, 2009 Posted by | Linux, Mac, Software, Windows | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Google Voice

Voicemail transcription is freakily awesome.

Voicemail transcription is freakily awesome.

Google has unleashed upon us its rebranding of GrandCentral with neato features like Voicemail transcription.

When I logged into my GrandCentral account, I was given the option to keep GrandCentral or to upgrade to Google Voice. I’ve futzed around with the interface a little and am very impressed by its Gmail-like feel. I also tested out the free SMS capability and it works like a charm. :)

Check out Adam Pash’s screenshot tour over at Lifehacker.

via Lifehacker

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Software | , , , , | 1 Comment

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