Archive for January, 2013

Android App List

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Here’s a list of must-have applications for your Android device.  While there are a lot of other apps you may enjoy, you might consider this list as mandatory installs.

  • Dropbox – take your files with you everywhere
  • Evernote – go paperless and get super organized
  • Netflix – entertainment
  • Pandora – find new music and listen to your favorite tunes
  • Amazon Kindle – buy your books on Amazon and read them on any device or OS.  Not all companies offer you so much flexibility.
  • Skype – keep connected with your friends and family with free video calls
  • KeyPassDroid – keep track of all your other accounts.  You need Dropbox for this, too
  • Lookout – secure your device and make it ready to find in case you lose it
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Notifications for Long Processes

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Tired of manually monitoring long processes during your daily grind at work?  How many times have you launched a build and headed off to the water-cooler, only to find that it stopped a minute into the one hour build _after_ you came back?  Ever forget about a big job because you were so caught up in lots of other little jobs?  These types of things can really stall progress on big tasks.

Check out a tool called jnotify if you want help with these types of issues.  In short, it notifies you when a process completes.  Notifications can be SMS messages from your Google Voice account, Email messages via SMTP, or a Growl Notification.  You can start your jobs using jnotify, or point the tool at any existing process for monitoring.  It can even monitor processes on remote hosts using SSH.  Visit the bitbucket page for more info or to get a copy.  If you spend much time at a terminal you’ll thank yourself.

Jnotify is a work in progress.  Watch it for updates or contribute if it doesn’t do everything you need.  It’s OpenSource!  Find the jnotify repository in this link.

What Could You Print with a 3D Printer?

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Check out The Fun Side of 3D Printing for a slideshow of “fun” things to print.

Included are examples of:

  • Cool guitar
  • Scale buildings
  • Prosthetics
  • Action figures.  Halo anyone?
  • Airplanes and cars
  • Shoes
  • A crappy bicycle
  • Furniture
  • Chocolate

3D Print Buildings

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Frequency Illusion

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Ever noticed when you buy a new car a lot more people seem to be driving the same thing?  Have you ever discovered something about yourself, only to realize that you have it in common with a ton of other people?  Why do things we once hardly noticed suddenly become so obvious and/or frequent once we realize they apply to us?  It seems to be a common phenomenon some refer to as Frequency Illusion.  Now you have a name for it!


Emacs tip #1 – Cursor Movement

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Why learn Emacs cursor movement keys?

  • Keep your fingers on home row for greater speed and less fatigue.
  • Enjoy richer navigation than by using built-in keyboard commands.
  • Use the bindings in a lot more places than just Emacs.

Observers may be amazed how the cursor flies around as an accomplished Emacs user is at the keyboard.  Many people aren’t aware they can move the cursor so dramatically with so little hand movement.  Non-programmer types may have no idea they can do things like move the cursor forward or backward a word at a time.

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Mountain Tweaks

January 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Modify some annoying behaviors in Lion Mountain (MacOS) with a free util called Mountain Tweaks.

I use it to:
  • Show the library folder within home.
  • Get rid of the leather look on ical and contacts.
  • Show hidden files.
  • Get rid of iCloud as default place to save.  Great for quick notes in textedit.

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