Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Upload any document to Google Docs (Now ready)

It looks like Dropbox has it's hands full now that Google is in the file storage business starting today.  If you have a Gmail account, you already have a Google Docs account.

You can upload files up to 100 MB each with a total free storage of 1 GB and the ability to purchase more at these rates:
  • 20 GB - $5/yr
  • 80 GB - $20/yr
  • 200 GB - $50/yr
  • 400 GB - $100/yr
 What's really nice about this new set up is that you don't have to convert your documents to Google Docs, you can keep them in their native format.  From Docs help:

You can simply store the uploaded file in Google Docs, or convert it to Google Docs format so you can later edit it online. To store the file without converting it, make sure you deselect the option to convert the file. If you'd like to convert your document, presentation or spreadsheet to Google Docs format, you don't need to take any extra steps.
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It's your voice... as a band.

If you don't know about the IBM 305 RAMAC, then you must watch this video.  If you do know about it - you already know that it was truly an amazing machine and it cost $160,000 in 1956.  Oh, it had 5 a megabyte disk.

Today I hold in my hand a 14 gigabyte iPhone that costs about $200.00.  To compare:
-The iPhone has 14,000 MB more storage than the IBM RAMAC
-The iPhone costs .1% (POINT ONE) percent of the IBM RAMAC cost (in 1956 dollars)

You wonder why people are nuts over the iPhone and Andriod?  Because you can do this with it in your hand (not that you would want to necessarily) - but that you could:

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Brett Favre sings.... wait for it.... PANTS ON THE GROUND.

In case you have no idea what the hell this means, it's from American Idol:

Have you got into my Super Bowl pool yet? Check it out. Proceeds are going to Haiti victims.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Go here, now. (NSFW)

This is my favorite blog on the planet right now.  (after about 25 others, but still)

It's not safe for work, the weak hearted, people who don't like swearing, open Facebook profiles, or people from Easton.  Go ahead, I'll still be here when you're done.  Scooty.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

How I'm getting free Twitter push notifications on my iPhone


I've been asking around for a few months about having "@replys" pushed to my iPhone from Twitter and the only thing I could find for free was Echofon (but that was only when the other person also used it).  I wasn't all that impressed with Echofon and now exclusively use Twitteriffic.

However a few days ago, I read an article on TechCrunch that talked about Boxcar push notifications and BAM, it's free and it works perfectly.

Download Boxcar from the app store and make sure to set up Twitter as the only service.  See, the first service is free - the rest (Gmail, Facebook) range from $0.99 to $1.99.  Once you set up twitter, you will start to get the same push notifications you see above.

As you can see here, you can also select your Twitter Timeline, Mentions, DM's, and RT's to be pushed to you.  All for free.  Other settings include sounds, badges, and Private Alerts.  Private Alerts just let you know you have a notification without the detail.


Let me know if you were able to get this set up and what you think about it.

I (re) introduce you to... The Awkward Pause® - A Video Project

What is the Awkward Pause? It's the pause that occurs when you tell someone to pose for a picture but you are just recording a little movie while they wait for you to take the photo.  Is it good for you? No. Does it taste good? Oh, yes.

Why don't you contribute too?  Click here.

Some of my beautiful work: 

This one has the F bomb in it! (NSFW)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Foursquare vs. Gowalla, who wins?

I have been a big fan of location/GPS based apps since I got my iPhone a few months back and I strongly believe the next big trend will involve location whether it's through Twitter, Facebook, or a third party - location brings the internet and social media to the next dimension. It also brings more advertising options so we can expect the big players to want a piece of this action. (ala Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Two mobile players I'll compare today are Foursquare and Gowalla.

Foursquare marks your stops by "checking-in" at venues and getting points and badges along the way. If you have the most check ins at a location, you are the mayor. The service works by simply firing it up on your iPhone and pressing "Check-in here". When you do, it can ping Twitter or Facebook with your location and a map plus any notes or tips you have added. When another user is already checked in at that location - Foursquare knows this and tells you so like that or like this.

Here are the negatives with Foursquare as I see them in Lehigh Valley:

I do not live in a "Foursquare city". I am always getting messages saying "we'll just pretend you are in Philly." Um, let's not pretend, we're in Philly because we're in the Lehigh Valley, mkay? This feature actually succeeds to alienate new users. This has already turned off new/ potential users and they've "checked out" on Foursquare. Yes, I'm talkin' to you @Mike0616, and you @poppet77.

The second issue is that there are hardly any venues existing in FS when I check in. I get that the new restaurant won't be there right away, but adding a venue in FS is a PITA because in order to do it properly, you need to get an exact address and 99% of the time, I have to look it up.

The last issue I have with FS, is the terrible job it does when I ask it to look up a location that I know is there. I tried to check in at a local mall that I know is on FS and it couldn't find it by GPS OR by searching "mall" near me. Come on!

Foursquare Score: 7/10

Gowalla has very similar features to Foursquare, except as @mandreano noted, it has a better interface. The design, colors, usability (@Usabilityarts - you with me?), icons, and layout are all superior to it's competitor.

Gowalla is used to "Check In" at a locations and can ping Twitter and Facebook (if you have geolocation turned on in Twitter settings it will include that in your tweet). When a location is not in Gowalla you can easily add it using GPS address (read: not typing out the address). When you create a location, you become the Creator and Founder of a Spot.

In the Nearby Spots section, you will see spots created by other GW users with a check mark next to those you've visited. You can visit the Nearby Spots or search by category where GW displays a map (that can be enlarged) of the location with your GPS displayed as well. Cool.

Other features include trips (ala tours) and a friend section to see what your buddy's are up to. For those of you without iPhones, you can use Gowalla at

Gowalla Score 9/10

UPDATE 1/8/10, looks like Foursquare woke up and decided it would fix almost all the issues I didn't like. Oh boy - we got a fight on our hands!