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29 Giu/10

Froyo Over-The-Air Updates Hit Nexus Ones This Week

Froyo Over-The-Air Updates Hit Nexus Ones This Week

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you’ve got a Nexus One and have been patiently waiting for the OTA update to Android 2.2, this week’s your week. Google says you’ll get a notification by the end of the week for the update to 2.2. My sources tell me you’ll get it even if you manually installed Froyo, as the official OTA version is a different build number. Here’s the good stuff you get in Froyo; no word yet on other handsets. (adsbygoogle...

15 Giu/10

Earthquakes and Android Development

Earthquakes and Android Development

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); While last night’s southern California earthquake shook up the Padres game, I was standing in a doorway downloading an Android app. Twitter was down, the news didn’t have anything yet, but I remembered Reto Meier, a Googler who did an Android talk at I/O had demo’ed an earthquake detection app. It’s called Earthquake!, and it’s got some very useful features, especially when you’re worried...

25 Mag/10

Hilary Mason: How to Replace Yourself with a Very Small Shell Script

Hilary Mason: How to Replace Yourself with a Very Small Shell Script

Just stumbled upon a YouTube clip of one of the best Ignite presentations I’ve seen, by Hilary Mason, a computer scientist at Bit.ly. Mason wrote a series of scripts that auto-respond to email with particular content, and auto-nag folks she’s emailed but hasn’t gotten a response from yet. Hit the play button to hear more. She says once the code’s fit for sharing she’ll put it up on GitHub. Cannot wait. Continua a leggere – Original Link: Hilary Mason:...




21 Mag/10

Better Gmail 2 and Better Flickr Updated

Better Gmail 2 and Better Flickr Updated

Released a few fix-it updates to the Better Gmail 2 and Better Flickr Firefox extensions this week, which you can get by pressing the “Find Updates” button in your extensions dialog box. Better Gmail 2 version 1.2 plays catch-up with Google’s latest changes to Gmail: Hide Spam Count now works, and I swapped out Folders4Gmail (which no longer works) with Label Links, a script that does something similar to the Labs version of Nested Labels. Also replaced the CPU-hogging...

17 Mag/10

Online Privacy: Check Yourself (Before You Wreck Yourself)

Online Privacy: Check Yourself (Before You Wreck Yourself)

Maintaining your privacy online isn’t as simple as Pirillo puts it, but his tweet made me laugh, because it’s such an important point. Awareness and prudence are more critical than any piece of software or privacy setting when it comes to protecting your personal data. Over at Fast Company this week, I took a stab at the most important things you can do to protect your privacy online. It’s common sense, worthy of repetition. Online Privacy: Check Yourself (Before You...

13 Mag/10

Introducing Todo.txt Touch: An Experimental Android App

Introducing Todo.txt Touch: An Experimental Android App

Yesterday’s post generated some interest in an Android application that manages a todo.txt file, and I’ve got an itch to try my hand at a mobile app. So, I’ve just created a skeleton Java-based Android app called Todo.txt Touch. The source code is located on GitHub, and it literally does nothing right now, except list some faux tasks from an XML file. Goal is to get the app to read a todo.txt from Dropbox (and eventually, other configurable cloud sources), sort and...

29 Apr/10

Steve Jobs on Flash

Steve Jobs on Flash

Steve Jobs’ open letter “Thoughts on Flash” is a win for the open web, and a logical and well-articulated discussion of why Apple won’t allow Flash on the iPhone and iPad. Hooray. But. While Jobs says he refuses to put his products “at the mercy” of a third party, that’s exactly what Apple asks of all its iPhone app developers, to take the chance that Apple won’t distribute their work for arbitrary reasons (they might “confuse”...

6 Apr/10

My Interview on The Pipeline

My Interview on The Pipeline

Almost every interview I do these days for podcasts or magazines involves the inevitable question: “What are your best productivity tricks?” That’s why it was so refreshing to do an interview with Dan Benjamin on his excellent show, The Pipeline, and never have to answer that question. Instead Dan wanted to chat about my progression from a day coder and no-name night blogger back in 2001 to a “pro blogger,” about what made Lifehacker a success (hint: it’s...

29 Mar/10

New in Better Gmail 2: Hide Buzz Count and Audio Notification

New in Better Gmail 2: Hide Buzz Count and Audio Notification

Mozilla just approved my latest update to the Better Gmail 2 Firefox extension, which now includes the ability to hide your unread Buzz count, and enable an audio notification when you receive new mail. Thanks to Victor Zhang for creating the Hide Buzz Count script and Yansky for Gmail Sound Notify, and for giving me permission to include them in Better Gmail 2. Press play below to hear the new mail notification sound. If you’ve already got the extension installed, click on the...

26 Mar/10

The Power Users Guide to Google Apps at Maximum PC

The Power Users Guide to Google Apps at Maximum PC

My Maximum PC magazine cover story, The Power Users Guide to Google Apps, is now available online. In it, I pick my favorite advanced features in Google Maps, Calendar, Docs, Wave, Reader, Alerts, Profiles, Chrome, Search, Picasa, and Gmail–and trust me, there are a lot of them. Continua a leggere – Original Link: The Power Users Guide to Google Apps at Maximum PC Technorati Tags: apps-at-maximum, coding, Facebook, gina-trapani, guide, popular-posts, power, writing

26 Mar/10

Latest Videos: Productive Procrastination and Eating Your Frog

Latest Videos: Productive Procrastination and Eating Your Frog

My two latest videos over at Fast Company deal with how to get things done even when your lizard brain is completely against you. First, a bit on how to procrastinate productively; second, how to get your most important work done first thing, before you start procrastinating. The topics are very much related. Once you’ve let yourself dread something long enough, you get stuck in a cycle of procrastination that makes you feel like crap. But my big secret is this: some of my best...

24 Mar/10

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by Coding Something Meaningful

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by Coding Something Meaningful

It’s Ada Lovelace Day and I haven’t had time to write up something profound about women in tech, because, well, I’ve been too busy coding. Appropriate, no? I’ve been jamming on ThinkTank, a new webapp that will help the White House crowdsource ideas for our country’s scientific and technological goals. It’s also one of the youngest, pluckiest, up-and-coming woman-friendly open source projects around. My partner at Expert Labs Anil Dash explains why: Besides...

11 Mar/10

Four Google Apps Marketplace Apps Worth Trying

Four Google Apps Marketplace Apps Worth Trying

For my latest column at Fast Company, I took a spin through the just-launched Google Apps Marketplace and found four apps worth hooking up to your domain. (One of my picks, TripIt, does a smart job of merging your existing account with your Google Apps account, too–the model for how any service that plugs into Google Apps should work.) Here’s the full story. Continua a leggere – Original Link: Four Google Apps Marketplace Apps Worth Trying Technorati Tags: digital,...

10 Mar/10

This Week in Google Video Podcast Now in iTunes

This Week in Google Video Podcast Now in iTunes

I’ve been a slacker posting up the YouTube videos of each week’s This Week in Google episode, so I’m getting back to it. This past week was particularly fun for me because Jeff, Leo, and I were joined by Kevin Purdy, my colleague from Lifehacker who shares my enthusiasm for Android. The TWiT folks also tell me that TWiG video is now available in the iTunes Store as well; here are the feed links for TWiG video both large and small. Continua a leggere – Original...

24 Feb/10

My Projects Twitter List

My Projects Twitter List

Recently someone asked me how many Twitter accounts I have. The answer is four. Four! Yes, I tweet. A lot. For different projects and purposes. If you care, here’s a Twitter list of all my accounts. Continua a leggere – Original Link: My Projects Twitter List Technorati Tags: digital, Facebook, gina-trapani, laptop, Links, my-projects-twitter-list, popular-posts, Windows, work, writing

3 Feb/10

It’s the Software, Stupid

It’s the Software, Stupid

“In hardware you can’t build a computer that’s twice as good as anyone else’s anymore. But you can do it in software.” —Steve Jobs in a 1994 Rolling Stone interview [via] Continua a leggere – Original Link: It’s the Software, Stupid Technorati Tags: digital, Facebook, hackers, Java, people, popular-posts, quotes, steve jobs, three-folders, Windows

27 Gen/10

Android and Me Interview

Android and Me Interview

Thanks a million to Eric Weiss at Android and Me–one of my favorite blogs for keeping up on Android news and tips–for interviewing me about my own Android habit, space travel, cloud comforters, third-party ROMs, and my favorite gadgets. Continua a leggere – Original Link: Android and Me Interview Technorati Tags: book, gina-trapani, ipad-first-impressions, Java, laptop, News, popular-posts, Windows, work

13 Gen/10

“But Is There Internet on a Submarine…?”

“But Is There Internet on a Submarine…?”

Apparently the U.S. Navy is on the social media bandwagon, because this Friday they’re taking a gaggle of San Diego tech bloggers–myself included–out for a day trip on a Los Angeles class nuclear submarine. This thing is the length of a frakkin’ football field, descends between 650-950 feet under the sea, and comes equipped with a few Tomahawk cruise missiles. The nerd in me is very excited about seeing a sub in action, the claustrophobe in me is terrified, the...

11 Gen/10

The Uncelebrated Engineer

The Uncelebrated Engineer

“We live in an engineered world. Every second of each day is mediated by some product created by a team of engineers. Your clothes are made on machines that are astonishing to watch in action. A humming infrastructure feeds power, water, and data into our homes. No matter what sort of transportation we use, from the bicycle to spaceship, it is the product of an obscure group of engineers. This Christmas season electronics flew off the shelves. How many teenagers ever stop to think...

29 Dic/09

Introducing ThinkTank

Introducing ThinkTank

The application formerly known as Twitalytic is now called ThinkTank, and I’m carving out some time in the New Year to grow it into something good. Here are a few details on my plans for the app; more to come on this in 2010. Continua a leggere – Original Link: Introducing ThinkTank Technorati Tags: Facebook, introducing-thinktank, Java, life, people, plans, popular-posts, project, search, twitalytic, Windows, work, youtube