The 2.1.2 update was just approved and is now available in the App Store.
New in Instapaper Pro:
Tumblr and Twitter sharing now work offline. Posts are submitted when you regain an internet connection.
Tumblr sharing can now optionally post as a draft or queued post.
Tumblr’s “(via Instapaper)” attribution is now optional.
Fixed Birdfeed sharing.
If you haven’t yet installed Instapaper on your iPhone or iPod Touch, why not give it a try? Learn more.
How come, Instapaper, an iPhone app to save and read later long articles, is becoming even better at sharing and posting on Tumblr then the official Tumblr iPhone app? Since Tumblrette (the original Tumblr iPhone app developed by Jeff Rock) has been acquired by Tumblr, no improvement has been done. I don’t even remember having updated the app since I installed it 7 months ago!
It is the same developer (Marco Arment) behind Instapaper and Tumblr. I understand that they are two completely separated projects (one personal and one professional) and that the priorities for both can be fully different, but it will be nice to see some improvement in the official Tumblr iPhone app, specially for re-editing and reblogging posts. It is just a pain right now. And what about all the offline posting feature that is now in Instapaper?. So cool.
Marco wrote a good post about what you should know about your laptop battery.
It is false to believe that you need to empty your battery and charge it back regularly to extend its life. And this is true for all the lithium-polymer batteries used in any modern laptops these days.
To extend your battery life, you should plugged your laptop much as possible and run it on battery for a while at least once per month. It’s pretty difficult to own a laptop and not do this!
Here’s how lithium-ion batteries behave:
Due to their chemistry, their capacity slowly diminishes with age. Laptop batteries usually lose most of their useful capacity 2-3 years after manufacture (not initial use).
If you use the laptop on battery power a lot, the battery lifespan will be shortened. This “wearing out” effect is much less severe than with older battery technologies, but is still present. This is why you should plug it in if it’s convenient.
When plugged in, the battery is not in use. The laptop’s power circuitry bypasses the battery unless it’s needed.
Apple recommends that you run it on battery for a while at least once per month. The recommendation for monthly battery usage isn’t just for capacity preservation: it’s mostly so the charge indicator can maintain accuracy as the battery’s capacity decreases naturally over its lifespan.
In conclusion: You shouldn’t technically leave your laptop plugged in all the time, but you certainly don’t need to deep-cycle it “a few times a week”.
The Firefox address bar auto-suggest feature is very useful, but sometime it gets to crowned with many URLs.
You may want to start fresh by cleaning it all using the Clear Recent History functionality in the Tools menu. Select Browsing & Download History and set the time range to: Everything.
You may want to be more granular and delete an individual entry from the History in Firefox. Just highlight the URL (either in the History sidebar or in the address bar drop-down) and press Shift+Delete. Gone, it’s that easy!
I always thought that productivity lied also in little details, like knowing the most useful keyboard shortcuts for your most used app.
Here’s for Mail.app in OS X, knowing Command+R for Reply, Command+Shift+R for Reply All, and Command+Shift+D to Send your mail, may save you a good 30 minutes in your day while making the application more responsive to your desires.
I like the single promo page for their book, sweet and simple. Maybe the text about the book can be revised to make it more simple and interesting to read as being more descriptive of the book (some snapshots of the book pages may also help), but overall it is very good. The live Twitter feed adds to the hype.
Just heard today that HBO is preparing another series on World War II called The Pacific. It is similar, although unrelated, to Band of Brothers. Whereas Band of Brothers focused on United States Army’s involvement in the European Theater of Operations, the new series will be about the United States Marine Corps’s actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations. It will still be produce by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the same who brought us Band of Brothers.
For me, Band of Brothers is the best TV series that has been created so far. Nothing, but nothing, can go beyond that. Even Dexter is not a match. I can’t wait to see this one with a budget of $150 millions.
You probably tought like me that high jump olympic track and field discipline has been unchanged for centuries. That the jumpers have always been using the back-first technique. But no! A single man, Richard “Dick” Fosbury, has changed everything at the Mexico City Olympic in 1968 by setting a new Olympic record and winning the gold medal.
Before him, every athletes, no exception, were using the face toward technique named the “straddle method”. But for Fosbury, even as hard as he tried, the straddle never works for him, so he developed his own technique. Today his technique is called the “Fosbury Flop” and it is used by 98% of the high jump athletes.
His story is fascinating. I’m encouraging you reading it.
If Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk can be considered the God DJs of the electronic world, Deadmau5 (pronounce “dead mouse”) is probably Jesus. At least to my ears. I should probably devote an entire post to Deadmau5, and probably will.
The original track of Finished Symphony was released on the debut album Wide Angle by British breakbeat trance producers Hybrid. Later Hybrid released some EP remixes of Finished Symphony and Deadmau5 was one of them. It is probably the most notorious and popular remix of the original track (that I personally find it boring as hell). You can listen to the original Finished Symphony on Songza.
In the mean time enjoy this near perfection jewel remix.
I’ve decided to begin to talk about music on this blog. Not intensively as others can do it, but sometime by suggesting something to listen.
But first you need to know about how I perceived music. Many will say that I don’t like music. Where it’s true that I can enjoy peace and quietness for months, its not true that I don’t like music. I’m just extremely picky to the sounds I like and enter in my ears.
I’m attracted to harmonic and melodious sounds. I have a repulsion to any songs or tracks that don’t complied to my definition of harmony. I rarely listen to the lyric in a song, even after many plays. I hear the words, but I mostly never connect them together to understand the sentence and even less to make a sense of the all song. At first the song has to be melodious to my ears and then, maybe, after many plays, I will listen/understand what the singer is saying and what the song is about.
For that reason I don’t listen much to tracks with lyrics, I’m more attracted to electronic, house, trance. The only big exception is with French songs, I listen and make sense of the words (I admit not at the first play, but mostly at the third and subsequent ones). But as with all the others songs, the voices have to be in harmony with the music. If by any means the lead voice singer is singing to loud or shout continuously over the music, the song is certainly out of my collection. I’m not compelled by any sense of integrity of an album. I don’t listen to the songs necessary in the order of the album and if a song is out of my standard, there is a good chance that it is already out of my iTunes library. I rate all my songs (I know this is a pain, certainly the first time you do it for all your music collection) and all the songs under 3 stars are out of my system.
I can listen to an album over and over for months while commuting if the sound to my ears is harmonic. For this reason I will certainly never miss space on my 8 gig iPhone. I don’t care about old or modern, new trends, popular songs or new emergent artists. If an artist is good to my ear, the music is in near perfect harmony with his/her voice, there is a good chance that I like it.
So you will rarely caught me listening to rock, hard rock, jazz, rap, Whitney Houston (the singer I hate the most), but will almost go in trance while listening to electronic. I also rarely spend time trying to discover new artists, I rarely spend time reading, browsing about music, period. Suggestions come to me from friends or simply by bumping into them in a party, store, event (with the help of Shazam and my iPhone).
So this is my relation with music. It may sounds strange and weird for some, and maybe (but I doubt) normal for others, but It’s been like that from the first time I’ve begun to listen to music and I don’t see the day it will change.
Stay tune for some suggestions or simply a snapshot of tunes that I like (I don’t use Last.FM). And if you don’t like them, just a little note that I don’t care, I do ;)
“The World is brighter. I can now smell colors and taste imagination. I went to the faucet for a glass of water and was surprised with wine. I had an erection for five hours. I consulted my doctor and he told me it was caused by awesomeness. I gave my wife six orgasms by sending her a text message. My hair has shimmer, body and zero slit ends. A cop pulled me over and gave me $175 for driving perfectly. And five minutes ago, Barak Obama called to say that he was appointing me Minister of the Liquor Cabinet.”—A good day in So in, so out…
“Originally, we weren’t exactly sure how to market the Touch. Was it an iPhone without the phone? Was it a pocket computer? What happened was, what customers told us was, they started to see it as a game machine, (we) started to market it that way, and it just took off. And now what we really see is it’s the lowest-cost way to the App Store, and that’s the big draw. So what we were focused on is just reducing the price to $199. We don’t need to add new stuff. We need to get the price down where everyone can afford it.”
Even Apple’s top-level executives weren’t sure what the iPod Touch was good for. The amazing thing is that by simply changing its’ marketing direction they gave a redundant device new life.
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Last Friday I upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. As wrote Marco Arment, you don’t really notice a difference, as almost nothing in the UI changed except for some enhancement in the Dock and Exposé. Everything is under the hood. The engineers at Apple spend all their time boosting the motor. Nothing we didn’t expect, as Apple already briefed us on their OS preview page. So no big changes (that you may want to upgrade in a rush) and no disappointment here.
The thing I really notice is that everything seems to be more responsive and quicker. The sleep and wake-up have certainly been improved.
On the other hand I have big problem with iPhoto (my screen goes erratic while being in full screen edit mode - and i’m not alone and there is no known fix for now). All the enhancement on the graphic side in Snow Leopard probably didn’t help. Plus iPhoto and iMovie are still running in 32-bit. An upgrade is probably on its way, but I can’t stand it for now. I may just use Picasa in the mean time.
Interesting interview with Ryan Kwanten who plays Jason Stackhouse, the town Casanova, in Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV Series True Blood.
The interview is for a Men’s health and muscle magazines, so expect some questions around that, but it’s still very interesting.
I’ve been interested in Ryan since his amazing role and actor performance in True Blood. I cannot think of any other character in the series more funny and entertaining than him. Even the ones who have the lead roles are boring in comparison.