Thursday, December 30, 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Honey Baked Ham Recipes Brunch to Entrees

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hands-On With

Camera+ for iPhone, Take 2

Our favorite iPhone camera app just got a boatload of new features after its four-month exile from the App Store.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

This would be more than a "minor upgrade"

In the PCWorld article, How the Grinch Stole the iPad, they make mention of a "very minor upgrade" to the iPad. Below is their write up. I have to assume this is their prediction for what will be included in the update. I changed this to a bullet list, but the words remain the same. 

If the rumors hold up, we're looking at a veryminor upgrade to the iPad. Expect a 
• thinner body, 
• front-facing camera for FaceTime video chat, 
• back-facing camera, 
• USB port and maybe the 
• iPhone 4's Retina display. 

I'm not sure what the writers at PCWorld are smoking these days, but how is that a "minor upgrade"?  Two cameras and a USB port, plus a Retina Display?  Seems pretty substantial to me. 

Didn't the addition of just 1 camera and the Retina display make the iPhone 4 the hottest phone around?

Just Sayin'

The original article:

No matter how you feel about #wikileaks, getting this app could negatively impact your US Clearance.

WikiLeaks On iPhone? There Is An App For That ! 

There is now a new app available on the App Store which gives you full access to WikiLeaks' old and new archives. Dubbed as WikiLeaks App, it delivers recent and old updates along with tweets, all presented in a nice and clean interface. The app allows you to check on the latest WikiLeaks updates from Twitter or the organization's website. The tweets and the website are formatted for both iPhone and ...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Good Riddance.

From: Barack Obama <>
Date: December 18, 2010 5:51:26 PM EST

Friend --

Moments ago, the Senate voted to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed.

Gay and lesbian service members -- brave Americans who enable our freedoms -- will no longer have to hide who they are.

The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.

This victory belongs to you. Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.

Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement. Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.

This victory also belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right.

Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment.

Will you join me in thanking them by adding your name to Organizing for America's letter?

I will make sure these messages are delivered -- you can also add a comment about what the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means to you.

As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because it weakens our national security and military readiness. It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness.

But this victory is also personal.

I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.

But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me -- many I will never meet, and can never thank.

I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security. I know it is the right thing to do.

But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another -- the DREAM Act. I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue.

Today, I'm proud that we took these fights on.

Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal possible:

Thank you,


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

23 Devices my iPhone has replaced

I started thinking about what a converged device the iPhone is and compiled this impressive list of devices I used to carry that are now replaced by my iPhone.  This is an unprecedented level of convergence if you ask me.  A quick informal tally shows that the iPhone is replacing $2700.00 dollars worth of equipment and several pounds worth of gear.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Must try this -

Get The Contact Details For Everyone In The Room With This iPhone App 

Sharing contact information can be a pain, but the My Name Is E iPhone app makes the whole process terrifyingly simple by allowing people to share contact information with anyone in physical proximity. ...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Good advice -

When ITunes and IPhones Disagree 

Is iTunes having problems getting along with your iPhone or other iOS device? Does your iPhone fail to sync in iTunes? Does iTunes refuse to recognize that your...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bahnhof -

 Agree with wikileaks or not, the Bahnhof data center is Bad Ass.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Secunia recovers from DNS redirection hack

 November 26, The Register – (International) Secunia recovers from DNS redirection hack. Security notification firm Secunia has confirmed that a DNS redirection hack was to blame for the redirection of surfers to a hacker site on November 25. Secunia's authoritative DNS hosting was redirected for 70 minutes. But because of the way DNS caching works, many surfers were still redirected to a defacement site hours after the Danish firm's definitive records were straightened out. The attack resulted in a temporary redirection of traffic from all customers of registrar DirectNIC, not just Secunia. The hack was carried out by serial defacer TurkGuvenligi, who has used site-redirection techniques in previous attacks and seems to be motivated by bragging rights or pure mischief rather than anything more malign. In a statement, Secunia was keen to stress that the redirection had no impact on any customer data it held from users of its patch management tools.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Do this now -

How to Activate Find My iPhone for iOS 4 

Apple's latest iOS software update added Find My iPhone, a new free feature for new iPhones, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Here's how to use it.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kiwi 2 -

Just in case you haven't been happy with any of the seemingly countless Twitter clients for OS X, Kiwi 2 is here to offer you another one to try out. Full of new features like inline images, account grouping, gesture support for trackpads, and a themeable interface, Kiwi 2 is a pretty solid Twitter client that looks right at home on the Mac ...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Novell is no more.

Attachmate agrees to purchase Novell

November 22, 2010 —  Novell is no more. Pending the approval of stockholders and government regulators, the computer networking giant will be sold to Attachmate—best known for systems security and application integration—for US$2.2 billion, or $6.10 per share.

In a statement announcing the purchase, Attachmate said it will operate Novell as two divisions: SUSE Linux, and the rest of Novell, which includes the ZENworks virtualization software and other networking solutions. Further, Novell entered into an agreement to sell some of its intellectual property assets to a Microsoft-organized consortium: CPTN Holdings, which will pay $450 million in cash.

Attachmate has not yet provided a vision for which Novell products would be integrated into Attachmate's portfolio. The company is owned by private investors Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital and Thoma Bravo.

Microsoft was tight-lipped regarding the assets it will acquire, and Novell did not elaborate in its statement. Novell has been the corporate sponsor of the Mono project, an open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework; its future is now in question. The fate of Novell's JBoss middleware system also is unclear at this time.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cool -

Etch-a-Sketch iPhone case draws on nostalgia 

The guys at Headcase have created a pretty cool iPhone case that will probably appeal to anyone who's ever completed Kindergarten. Their officially licensed Etch-a-Sketch case is available for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4. The case is made of impact resistant ABS plastic that should protect your iPhone from drops and falls (if you still happen to hold it like a four year ...

Cloud Security Alliance Unveils GRC Stack

 Free tools help organizations create public and private clouds that comply with accepted governance, risk, and compliance best practices
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) on Wednesday announced the release of a new governance, risk management, and compliance stack for cloud computing. The suite of cloud security tools, available for free download, is meant to help organizations create public and private clouds that comply with industry standards for accepted governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) best practices.

The GRC stack has three components: a technical foundation, a controls framework, and a questionnaire for assessing what the CSA calls "industry-accepted ways to document what security controls exist" for infrastructure-, platform-, and software-as-a-service offerings.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

This really is a nice update -

Boxcar 4.0 Is the Indispensable iPhone Notifications App [IPhone Apps] 

#iphoneapps Currently, Boxcar is a most excellent app for that straightforwardly pushes notifications from services like Twitter and Facebook to the iPhone. Boxcar 4.0 is going to make your iPhone feel like it has a million, constantly connected tentacles. ...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Creepy -

iPhone 4 Mobile Spy lets you keep an eye on employee iPhone usage 

For corporations who want to make sure that employees are following Acceptable Use Policies or parents who want to make sure that their kids aren't texting while driving, there's now a solution. Florida-based Retina-X Studios has announced Mobile Spy for iPhone 4, a combination of an iPhone app and a service that allow anxious parents and business owners to track usage of the phone without the user's ...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Enjoy it now -

The Washington Post offers iPad app for free, for now 

The Washington Post for iPad app is free until February, after which users will be charged for access.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Very useful

Grab iPhone-Mounting Phone Disk Free Through Dec. 1 [Downloads] 

Windows/Mac: Phone Disk mounts an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad natively in Windows or Mac OS X, just like a removable USB drive. The developers have extended a free download period until Dec. 1, so snag it sooner rather than later. ...

FedRAMP Assessment Procedures Document

 Is 604 pages long... ugh.  I wonder what the cost per page will be...

It is available here:

Google deals with evil (a little)

Google Bans Sale of Android Spying App 

dbune writes "Google is not letting a handset application that spies on someone's text messages be sold at its Android App Store. The Secret SMS Replicator developed by DLP Mobile to help lovers find out if their partners are cheating on them violates company policy, according to Google. The app works by secretly duplicating incoming text messages and forwarding these to another mobile phone ...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Google sues Interior over cloud RFQ

Google is suing the Interior Department for allegedly excluding Google's products in a request for quotation the agency issued on Aug. 30. The RFQ, for hosted e-mail and collaboration services, specifies that the proposed solutions must be part of the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite.

According to the court filing, Google officials had met with the Interior department several times, and pursued discussions in correspondence, in an effort to convince the department that Google's applications were capable of handling Interior's needs, and that they should also be considered as a possible solution.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

VLC Media Player Rocks!

VLC Media Player Now a Universal App, Runs on iPhone 

VLC Media Player – the open source multimedia player app which recently launched on the iPad – has been updated to a universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Specifically, it will now run on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and 'recent iPod Touches'. ...

Stick It

Review: Stick It for iPhone

This memo app -- which you can use to create a note that appears on your iPhone's lock screen -- can be a limited tool, it's still a worthwhile capability to have for handy reminders. ...

Go get some.

Download All You Want: Glowing Light Effect Brushes for Photoshop

Designs that portray power, strength, and speed usually require light effects to truly illustrate the thought and the theme. More often, the more powerful or the intense the creation is, the greater the need for the appropriate and realistic effect. ...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Helpful stuff

Tinkering with the Finder's Column view 

A few tricks for modifying the Finder's Column view.

Must. Have. One.

All I want for Christmas is a Giant iPhone!

Table Connect for iPhone is a 58-inch mult-itouch surface that, once you connect your (jailbroken, natch) iPhone 4, is transformed into a fully function giant iPhone! Oh, and it even charges the iPhone! Must. Have. One! ...

Thursday, October 28, 2010


10 Ways Windows Phone Is Broken [Windows Phone] 

#windowsphone Windows Phone 7 could be amazing. It's not. Right now, it's just a good start. This is what's broken, and what Microsoft has to do to make it awesome. More »

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Planets2008.jpg 1280×720 pixels

Most tell us this as a status update...

Half Of Americans Say Social Network Users Share Too Much

Half of Americans who use social networking sites have seen people share to much personal information, yet more than a quarter (28%) rarely think about what could happened if they share too much personal information online, according a new survey from ...

OMFG This is not good.

Secret Button Sequence Bypasses iPhone Security 

A security flaw in the iPhone allows strangers to bypass the handset's lock screen with a few button presses.

This message was shared via my6sense

Monday, October 25, 2010

ThinkGeek :: Coffee Cup Power Inverter

Service-disabled veteran-owned program ripe for abuse -- Washington Technology

In the past few years, the government contracting industry has weathered its share of scandals.

From accusations of questionable behavior by contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to front-page exposés of cozy relationships between contractors and customers, the industry's reputation has suffered.

Most recently, the industry has drawn fire over allegations that at least one large business was using small businesses as fronts to funnel money to itself. (See our recent coverage of GTSI Corp.'s suspension and reinstatement by the Small Business Administration.)

Another scandal is brewing because of the proliferation of small companies owned by service-disabled veterans and procurements geared specifically for these businesses.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

In real life -

WhatTheFont for iPhone Identifies Fonts on the Go [Downloads] 

iOS: The popular font-identifying web site WhatTheFont (our look) now has an iOS app, letting you quickly identify fonts you see outside of your computer screen.

As far as web tools that ought to have mobile apps go, WhatTheFont really leads the pack. The iPhone's (or iPod touch's) camera really makes a great companion. If you're ever walking around and see a font you really like, you can snap a picture with the WhatTheFont app and upload it directly from your phone. Just like on the web site, it'll work with you to identify the individual characters and then make font suggestions. While WhatTheFont isn't always perfect, when you get a clear picture it can get pretty close. It's just one of those things that can be extremely handy to have in your pocket if you're always on the lookout for great new ...

Sweet -

Astronaut Checks Into Foursquare From Space [Foursquare] 

#foursquare Douglas Wheelock, a NASA astronaut, just checked into the International Space Station. On foursquare. In outer space. The feat netted him the NASA Explorer Badge, which I'm sure is the ultimate validation for a real astronaut. More » ...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gotta get this today -

Apple introduces FaceTime for Mac 

New video-chatting software from Apple, available in beta Wednesday, can connect to Macs, iPhone 4s, and the latest iPod touch.

The FaceTime for Mac beta is available as a download from Apple. It requires Mac OS X 10.6. You'll need an Apple ID and an e-mail address to get started with the program.

GCN Awards 2010: Air Force Lightweight Portable Security -- FCW

Lightweight Portable Security handles the heavy lifting to secure remote access for DOD

2010 GCN Awards The threat of an H1N1 flu pandemic last year spurred the Defense Department to plan for the possibility that large numbers of workers would need to work from home if a viral outbreak quarantined employees and required offices to shut down.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Agencies ready for real-time FISMA reporting tool, federal CIO reports

CyberScope, set to go live Nov. 15, will replace annual paper reports with automated feeds

Federal agencies say they are ready for next month's shift to real-time reporting of cybersecurity compliance, J. Nicholas Hoover writes in InformationWeek.

The CyberScope compliance tool, scheduled to go live Nov. 15, will replace annual paper reports on compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act requirements with automated feeds of systems status that will be correlated by the Homeland Security Department.

The General Services Administration awarded 11 vendors spots on the first governmentwide contract for cloud computing-

GSA announced Tuesday a blanket purchase agreement for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), including cloud storage, virtual machines and Web hosting. All of these services eventually will be available through the portal.

"Offering IaaS on makes sense for the federal government and for the American people," said Vivek Kundra, federal chief information officer, in a release. "Cloud computing services help to deliver on this administration's commitment to provide better value for the American taxpayer by making government more efficient."

The winning vendors are:

  • Apptis Inc. partnered with Amazon Web Services

  • AT&T

  • Autonomic Resources partnered with Carpathia, Enomaly and Dell

  • CGI Federal

  • Computer Literacy World partnered with Electrosoft, XO Communications and Secure Networks

  • Computer Technology Consultants partnered with Softlayer, Inc.

  • Eyak Tech LLC

  • General Dynamics Information Technology partnered with Carpathia

  • Insight Public Sector partnered with Microsoft

  • Savvis Federal Systems

  • Verizon Federal Inc.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wednesday -

What to Expect From Apples Mac Event

Here's a quick rundown of what Apple is likely to unveil at Wednesday's "Back to the Mac" news conference.

$20 Billion in sales...

Apple Sells 14.1 Million iPhones and More iPads Than Macs [Apple]

#apple That didn't take long. This past summer, Apple sold more iPads than Macs for the first time, and more iPhones—way more—than iPods. And they made more than $20 billion doing it. More » ...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Good Advice. Put it on Evernote maybe too...

Make an Idea Locker

I have way too many ideas and not enough time. For ideas that I think are awesome but that I can't get to in a timely fashion, I just give them away. I'd rather someone else do it, make a business out of it, and then I can refer people to it, and that'll be just as good. For ideas that I think I can launch in the next little while, I put them in my "idea locker." ...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How To:

Make A Milk Jug Stormtrooper Helmet

Want to make your own low-cost Stormtrooper helmet? All it takes is a couple milk jugs, some glue, paint and absolutely zero interest in winning this year's costume contest. "Dude -- WTF are you even supposed to be -- you look like an albino hippo". Your girlfriend does! "I don't even have a girlfriend." Even worse -- at least albino hippos got vaginas! "Touche, now give me all your Smarties or I'm gonna have sex with your sister again." Haha, well play-- AGAIN?!Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet [filthywizardry] (tutorial)viaHow-To: Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet [make]Thanks to Cindy, who once made Leia's iconic golden bikini out of nothing but soldering wire and gold spraypaint. Now you're ...

Monday, October 11, 2010

In your best Balmer (Homer) voice - D'oh!

Angry Birds developer claims Microsoft jumped the gun, Rovio 'not committed' to Windows Phone 7 

Software developers make or break a platform, as Microsoft's Steve Ballmer once famously stressed, but that shiny new Windows Phone 7 site has angered a mildly important one of them. Rovio Mobile, developer of the wildly popular Angry Birds game, tweets that it's presently 'not committed' to bring the game to Windows Phone, and that the above icon is being used in Microsoft marketing completely without permission. While it's possible this is just some sort of mix-up and Rovio just wanted to make its own announcement ("nothing to do with if we do or don't, it's just that we decide that ourselves," the company added in a later tweet), it wouldn't be the first time Microsoft's engaged in shady business to inflate its new app ...

A step forward, or a PR move?

North Korea Opens .kp Sites On the Internet 

eldavojohn writes "What an auspicious day for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea! To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, North Korea will no longer depend on Chinese national internet service to reach the outside world — they have their own connection and are hosting sites like the state run media. The article mentions that about a thousand websites are coming online, including services like Skype and Twitter. From where I sit in the United States, I can't seem to get any .kp TLD sites to resolve, but the news is promising if in fact it will bring more information to the information-starved masses of North ...

Seems too small -

Apple Pays Couple $1.7m For 1 Acre Plot 

itwbennett writes "Chris Nerney is blogging about Apple's $1.7 million purchase of a 1-acre lot in Maiden, N.C. where it plans to build a $1 billion, 500,000 sq. ft. data center. The couple who owned the land, and the home that sat on the land, Donnie and Kathy Fulbright (hereafter known as Apple's shrewdest investors) reportedly 'rejected two previous offers from Apple before being told to name their price,' says ...

UGLY - Tea party linking up with Koran-burning British far right: report

'It seems now that America and Europe are acting as one, and united we can never fail'

The tea party movement is forging links with the English Defence League, a nascent anti-Islamic movement in Great Britain that has made a habit of rioting in Muslim neighborhoods, says a report at the Observer.

The news comes a day after the EDL clashed with anti-fascist protesters in the city of Leicester, which has a large Muslim population. Eight people were arrested in those clashes. It is part of a pattern of behavior for the EDL, which has in the past burned Korans and carried signs declaring "We hate Muslims."

The Observer reports that the EDL has forged an alliance with Pamela Geller, one of the leaders of the movement to stop the so-called "Ground Zero mosque."

The Observer quotes Geller's blog as declaring, "I share the EDL's goals … We need to encourage rational, reasonable groups that oppose the Islamization of the west."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cool -

Australian state of Victoria launches massive 5-year electric vehicle trial 

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Daily

Blade Electron

Premier John Brumby of the Australian state of Victoria has announced the launch of one of the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) trials. With A$5 million in funding ($4.9 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) and more than 50 organizations and 180 residents participating, the five-year-long EV trial is epic in both size and duration. Sixty battery-powered vehicles, consisting mainly of small passenger cars built by Blade Electric Vehicles, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Nissan, will be placed in commercial and government fleets as well as into the hands of carefully selected residents of Victoria. ...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Neat -

How to Transfer Files Over Wi-Fi with Dropbox [File Sharing] 

We recently went through some of the best ways to share files with a nearby computer, and many of you noted that Dropbox can still be a viable syncing method, even over Wi-Fi. Here's how to set it up. ...

Really? We 'Need' this?

'Huggable' case keeps iPhones safe from kids 

It's no secret that young kids are irresistibly drawn to all the many games and other entertainment options available on their parents' mobile phones. The havoc that can wreak on said phones, however, is another matter. Enter the Woogie, a huggable case for iPhone and iPod touch that keeps the device safe while allowing kids to enjoy the fun it has to ...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Very nice - is a slick four-way search page for your iPhone 

Filed under: iPhone, Search is a slick little mobile web app with a simple mission: to provide you with easy access to a handful of popular search options from a single location. With a swipe of your finger to the left or right you can quickly jump between Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Flickr. It's even optimized for the iPhone 4 retina ...

Nice -

CineXPlayer adds iPhone and iPod touch to its Xvid party list, still won't cook your popcorn

Remember how NXP Software surprised the world with its CineXPlayer iPad app just two months ago? Well, the gang is back to give our iPhone (3GS and 4) and iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen) the same dose of Xvid goodness. Like its older sibling, this $1.99 CineXPlayer utilizes the same method for easily sideloading your AVI files via iTunes (under the iDevice's Apps tab), and you'll also find a familiar-looking interface topped with an extra rotation-lock button -- much more useful than iOS' native lock that only lets you watch in portrait mode. Alas, video files other than of Xvid and DivX nature aren't currently supported, but hopefully it won't be long before the VLC iPad app gets a smaller variant as ...

Interesting -

Apple TV Can Install Apps, Now Just Lacks A Way To Launch Them

Our desire to run apps on Apple TV is becoming more of a reality today, as we're hearing yet another important step has just been taken.

As reported by Gizmodo, iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith has announced, via Twitter, that he has already found a way to install apps on his Apple TV. He claims it's quite simple. Apparently it is possible to add an Apple TV to Apple's provisioning portal just like any other iDevice. He claims that by tweaking some settings, he can install his own apps directly on the device without any issues. He even included the above screenshot from iPhone explorer (which also works just fine on Apple TV) to prove his ...

On 10/11/10 -

Windows Phone 7 worldwide launch one week from today, on T-Mobile 

Despite all the talk about AT&T being Microsoft's exclusive U.S. launch partner for Windows Phone 7, it looks like T-Mobile will actually have the honor. According to a post on Microsoft's website, the "Windows Phone 7 Worldwide Launch Event" will take place next Monday, October 11, in New York City. The site also notes that, "T-Mobile reps will be present for device showing and their service offering discussion." With the launch of the G2 and the relaunch of the myTouch 3G, it looks like the nation's #4 carrier is coming out swinging for the holidays. There you have it. October 11, New York City, Windows Phone 7. We're hoping to see that giant, sexy slab of a device known as the HD7. How about ...

25 years -

Free Software Foundation Turns 25

An anonymous reader writes "On this day, 25 years ago, Richard Stallman created the Free Software Foundation. He had been the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Lab. Tired of seeing software that he and others had written appropriated (without acknowledgment or compensation) by disreputable software companies and then told to pay for software they had written, Stallman took action, creating the foundation. The original license was written by Stallman. Stallman had subsequently written a large number of GNU tools, but the license was his most important ...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cool -

Put a USB Dongle Inside Your Mouse for Hidden Storage [DIY] 

We've featured a few ways to hide your data in plain sight, but DIYer Thice took a different approach: he actually hid a USB thumb drive inside his mouse.

Whether you're looking to hide a flash drive's worth of data or just free up a USB port on your computer, you can hide a USB dongle (whether it's a flash drive, a bluetooth module, or a Wi-Fi receiver) inside your mouse with a USB hub and a little ingenuity. You'll need to know how to solder, as well as (carefully) cut up the circuit board inside a USB hub, but it's a pretty neat hack if you have the room to fit all the parts in your mouse (or keyboard, or whatever else you might want to use). Hit the link to see how he did ...

Leaked Pic:

The Full Line Of Angry Birds Plush Toys 

We are somewhat obsessed here with the iPad game Angry Birds (and really, who isn't?). When we first caught wind that the Finnish company behind the game, Rovio, will be branching out into movies and plush toys, we were intrigued. When we obtained photographic evidence of one of these toys, we were ecstatic. (Not ecstatic, but pretty excited nonetheless). ...

First Look:

Time Travel eXplorer brings old London to life

When you're visiting a city, don't you sometimes wonder what it looked like in past centuries? That's the premise behind Time Travel eXplorer - London, a new iPhone travel guide app from Visick Solutions, Ltd. currently on the What's Hot page of the UK App Store. There's a good reason for that popularity, since Time Travel eXplorer is a fascinating way to take a tour of London both in the present day and in the ...

Wow -

Samsung to Terminate Support for Symbian

Samsung has informed developers it will discontinue its Symbian support service beginning December 31 2010.

The news comes just days after Sony Ericsson announced its intention to cease Symbian support. The announcement means that the Symbian Foundation has lost two major members in as many ...

This could be helpful -

GroupMe group text service gets an iPhone app, better web interface

Filed under: Utilities, Web services, Social Software, iPhone, Mobile

Last month I raved about GroupMe, a free group text and conference call service that works on any phone. GroupMe's new iPhone app and web interface make groups a lot easier to manage, so I think they warrant a little additional raving. GroupMe's designed for anyone, even users of ancient dumbphones, but if you do happen to have an iPhone, the GroupMe app makes it easy to manage your group, including quickly adding people from your iPhone's address book. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

How To: Add Additional Mailbox to Outlook 2007

 I have to 'remember' how to do this on occasion. Here is a good walk through...

Recently a user in our forum asked how to add a second mailbox to their Outlook 2007 Client.  I have to admit, the process is a little different than it was with the Outlook 2003 client and it took me a few minutes to find it.  It only takes a few seconds to complete the process to let's get to it.

The Padlock Hack | Thrillist

 Oldie, but a goodie...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Researchers Find Phone Apps Sending Data Without Notification - Great App Name -

Flicking through a wallpaper app with backgrounds of Mickey Mouse and a tropical waterfall, Peter Gilbert gets a plain, black and white text notification on his smartphone.

A third of the way down the screen it says, "Taint: Phone Number, IMEI, ICCID (sim card identifier)." The message alerts Gilbert that the wallpaper app has sent his phone's number and other identifying information to Checking online, it appears the address is a website in Shenzhen, China.

The notification came from TaintDroid, a prototype extension to the Android mobile-phone platform designed to identify apps that transmit private data. The phone-based tool monitors how applications access and use privacy sensitive data, such as location, microphone, camera and phone numbers, and provides feedback within seconds of using a newly installed app

Kundra sets new IPv6 deadlines -


  • Upgrade the servers and services the public uses, such as Web, e-mail and Domain Name System servers, to use native IPv6 by the end of fiscal 2012.
  • Upgrade internal client applications that communicate with public Internet servers and supporting enterprise networks to use native IPv6 by the end of fiscal 2014.
  • Designate an IPv6 transition manager by Oct. 30 as the person responsible for leading the agency’s transition activities.
  • Ensure that agency procurements of networked IT comply with Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements for using the USGv6 profile and testing program for the completeness and quality of IPv6 capabilities.

One of the greatest challenges DREN faced was the lack of commercial network management tools that adequately supported IPv6, Broersma said. Many products that claimed to be IPv6-compliant lacked critical functionality and implemented the support in different ways. That was a concern echoed by industry and government representatives at the workshop.

Mohan said that when Afilias was implementing IPv6 on its networks, it found a “remarkable difference” in the way equipment processed IPv6 packets. The packets were processed in software rather than hardware, resulting in slower performance and requiring the use of banks of appliances rather than single tools to provide the performance needed.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology encountered the same problem when it was developing a technology profile for IPv6 compliance, said Doug Montgomery, manager of NIST's Internet and Scalable Systems Metrology Group.

One of the gaping holes was the lack of network security devices, he said. The USGv6 testing program is expected to help correct that by establishing a baseline of support that is required from vendors selling to the government.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No more Xmarks!? No!! |

Nice piece - 

The nugget: Twitter, and other popular services and programs that don't have a business plan, should take note. Popular success doesn't mean money in the bank. Sometimes it doesn't even mean being able to keep a roof over your head.

I can only hope that someone will come along and invest in Xmarks and work out a real business plan for it. It would be a shame for this wonderful program and service to disappear.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

From the developer of WriteRoom - PlainText Dropbox text editing for iPad & iPhone -

Simple, awesome, FREE. 

PlainText — Dropbox text editing

For editing text on iPad & iPhone. PlainText is a simple text editor with a paper-like user interface. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with Requires iOS 3.0+

Xmarks service ends January 2011 -

Huge bummer... 

Date: September 28, 2010 6:40:47 PM EDT

PLEASE READ: Xmarks service ends January 2011

[Xmarks logo]

Dear Xmarks User,

We've always said we won't email you unless it's important; this is one of those occasions:

Xmarks will be shutting down our free browser synchronization services on January 10, 2011. For details on how to transition to recommended alternatives, consult this page.

For the full story behind the Xmarks shutdown, please read our blog post.

Thank you for being a part of the Xmarks community; we apologize for any inconvenience this step may cause you. We believe we have the best users in the world, and we hope your bookmarks find a new and happy home soon.


— The Xmarks Team - Hacking the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Desperation move?

Nokia Paying $10M For Symbian Software Devs 

colordev writes "Yesterday Nokia and AT&T announced a mobile software coding contest worth $10 million in prize money. The move is intended to help Symbian compete with Android and iOS. The day before this announcement, Sony Ericsson said it would not be making any new Symbian devices and is instead focusing on Android. That left Nokia pretty much alone with Symbian, and now it wants to find new coding 'friends' to keep the platform alive. Natural selection seems to be slowly eroding Symbian's future. Is this contest too late?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Retina Wallpapers HD –

Great iPhone Wallpapers App 

Retina Wallpapers HD is one of the best wallpaper apps I've seen – and certainly the best one I've seen for iPhone 4 and high-rez images. Here's just a little slice of its App Store description: ...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

National Summit on Planning & Implementing the 20 Critical Security Controls » Seeing The Internet As An 'Information Weapon'

 Interesting piece. Well worth the read (or listen).

Cool -

App Store Now Allows Ringtone Making Apps & I'm Using an Old Favorite 

Well well … here's another cool result of Apple's recent changes to App Store review ab=nd acceptance policies: ringtone making apps are now allowed in the store.

My old school favorite ringtone app was iPhoneRingToneMaker from the guys at Gx-5 (used to be Efiko Software). Their latest creation (or offspring of iPhoneRingToneMaker) is called Best Ringtone Maker. I'm very glad to see it in the App Store, and I've been giving it a whirl this ...


TK-421 abandons his post, brings us this flip-out QWERTY case for iPhone 

Nuu Mini Key didn't satisfy your desire for a physical keyboard on your iPhone? Try this TK-421 QWERTY case instead, which sexes up the formula with a swiveling package that hearkens back to the T-Mobile Sidekick. There's still no extra battery life to be had here, and yes, the keypad connects via Bluetooth, but we're willing to sacrifice a good bit for a totally awesome hinge and a dedicated number row. Invented, designed and sold by ThinkGeek, gadget stocking stuffer seller extraordinaire, the unit's priced at a very reasonable $50. Shame it's not slated to ship till "mid-November" and only then in limited quantities, else we'd snap up two right now. Watch that screen spin right round after the ...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Just Another iPhone Blog

iRovr Is Back & in the App Store Now 

iRovr is a social network aimed exclusively at iPhone and iOS device users. It used to be a web app back in old school iPhone days, it faded away for a time, and now it's back with a full-blown native app. ...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The "point your iPhone at a plane and know where it's headed" app! 

I haven't downloaded this yet, just noting the buzz around the blogs today: Plane Finder AR is an iPhone augmented reality app that promises to identify the origin and destination of any plane you might point your phone toward, overhead in the sky. A quick peek at the app's entry in the iTunes store shows some very upset user reactions: the $2.99 app only works with planes carrying ADS-B equipment, and only in areas where the app developer has equipment in place to read those signals. Sounds like Australia is the only country so far with full ADS-B coverage. Again, the developer is not using FAA data, so caveat downloader. ...


Etch A Sketch iPad Case – The Coolest Case Ever? 

Could this be the coolest iPad case ever? I think so. We all remember the days of our youth spent drooling over the glorious Etch A Sketch – a toy which allowed users to compose brilliant designs in a unique and fun way. Now, with the iPad on the scene, the Etch A Sketch has moved to one side – allowing a rather different "magical and revolutionary" device to take its place. But, that doesn't mean it's ...


Mouse-Over Exploit Hits [Security]

A JavaScript exploit has allowed all kinds of not-at-all-safe-for-work sites to pop up sites and text through, and force a re-tweet, even if all a user does is move their mouse over a particular link. Update: It's been fixed. ...

Sweet -

VLC arrives on the iPad, iPhone version coming up! 

Filed under: Video, iPhone

VLC lovers, rejoice! Well, VLC lovers who own an iPad, anyway. Applidium has announced that VLC for iPad has been approved and is now available for download from the App Store. ...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Worth it? -

AIDACASE KeyCase Folio Deluxe for iPad Bluetooth keyboard case review 

We were expecting a flood of iPad-oriented Bluetooth keyboards to hit the second Apple announced that its tablet would support them, but it's basically been crickets so far -- except for the AIDACASE KeyCase Folio Deluxe, which we first saw hit the FCC in April and is now finally shipping. But after all the wait, is it actually worth $100 to lug this thing around with your iPad? We've been testing a review unit -- head past the break to find ...

Promising -

Parallels' Windows virtualization goes mobile with iOS app 

There's already a number of options available to virtually run Windows applications on your iPhone or iPad (even ESPN is doing it), but users of the recently released Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac now have what looks to be a particularly seamless option at their disposal. That comes in the form of Parallels Mobile, which will work on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and will let you access any virtual Windows machine running on a Mac that's using Parallels Desktop 6. Head on past the break to check it out in action, and go grab the app in the App Store right now -- it's free, but you'll have to shell out $80 for its desktop ...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Flipboard Updated –

Many New Improvements Made 

The popular iPad app, Flipboard (which is flippin' good, by the way), has recently received a great update which is available now in iTunes.

As our top-tipster, @Scobleizer, informs us: the update improves performance and fixes a variety of bugs. Now, up to twenty-one sections may be added to your personal Flipboard. Additionally, the new version (1.0.2) is quicker to launch and it'll auto-refresh when new content is available. ...

Lifehacker -

Record Paint Type on Light Switch Covers for Easy Touch-Up Paint Ordering [Painting] 

You spent a lot of time picking out the perfect paint for your project. Why risk losing the name and number that make it so simple to order touch-up paint? Record it on the back of the switch plate. ...

Best Buy CEO:

Apple iPad cannibalizing up to 50% of laptops

Forget netbooks, Apple's iPad is not only crushing that category, but is also making potential laptop buyers think twice about buying their next product. In a conversation with the Wall Street Journal, Best Buy CEO, Brian Dunn, said that the iPad "had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%." That's a ridiculously high number, and it seems even more insane when you realize that Best Buy doesn't even have iPads in every location. That's next on the list though, as Best Buy is planning on carrying both Apple iPad models in all 1,093 stores beginning September 26th. Guess what the must-have tech gadget will be this holiday ...

Pano Updated –

Support For Retina Display Added

Pano, the iPhone application which allows users to take panoramic photos with ease, has just received a great update. The new version (4.0.4) now brings support for the Retina display, which means the app will look crisp on both the fourth-gen iPod touch and iPhone ...

Friday, September 17, 2010

iPhone App Review:

Powwownow is an essential business app 

Powwownow is just the right iPhone app to make conference calls fuss-free and efficient. With it, we can access mobile conference at no cost besides the call cost which would be part of our normal phone bill. We can schedule calls according to our need and convenience. The app makes sure that we don't miss out on any calls, for we can set automatic call ...

Quick Tip:

Using the Apple Wireless Keyboard with your iPhone, iPod, and iPad

(Image courtesy Apple, Inc.)

Back in 2007, when the original iPhone was introduced, I was rocking out my Treo 650 and had pretty much dismissed the iPhone as a serious replacement, largely because there was no physical keyboard. Of course, as most iPhone owners have found out, the soft keyboard actually does a phenomenal job of overcoming both its own inherent shortcomings and those of its users. However, for long typing tasks, I still found myself reaching for my old, trusty laptop and its full keyboard. With Apple's recent announcement of support for Bluetooth keyboards in its more recent devices, I decided to try the Apple Wireless Keyboard with my iPhone 4 to see how well it would work. ...

Beta release -

Print from the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch with Apple's Airprint 

Apple announced that its releasing a beta version of Airprint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch as part of the iOS Develope Program. The service will be included in the iOS 4.2 software update in November.  

Itsy -

Itsy Is a Simple, Minimalist Twitter Application for Your Mac [Downloads] 

Mac OS X: If you're looking for a simple Twitter desktop application without the bulk, Itsy is a free, barebones option for your Mac.

Itsy is super simple. You just log in and up comes your Twitter feed. You can switch between the main feed, @ replies, and direct messages. Itsy also supports search and, of course, posting. It sits in a tiny little window on your screen and keeps out of your way. If you want to show and hide it, it has a little menubar icon to do just that. Itsy is completely free and a nice way to manage your daily Twitter needs without too much ...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beyond FISMA: State Dept.'s Next Gen Metric - Interview with John Streufert, State Department Deputy CIO and CISO

 To get a peak as to how IT security will be measured after FISMA, take a look at what's happening at Foggy Bottom.

The State Department in 2006 instituted its Risk Scoring Program, which is aimed at pinpointing and correcting the worst vulnerabilities on any particular day on any of its worldwide systems and networks.

John Streufert, the State Department deputy chief information officer and chief information security officer, says in an interview with that the daily monitoring of IT vulnerabilities under Risk Scoring truly measures systems and network security as compared with the once-every-three-year assessment required by the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002. Because of Risk Scoring, overall risk on State's key unclassified network has plunged by more than 80 percent in the past year.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lovely Apple Rumor of the Day –

FaceTime Coming to Macs and PCs

Apple plans to extend FaceTime video chat beyond the latest iPhone and iPod touch, bringing compatibility with both Macs and PCs, according to a new rumor.

French Apple site Mac4Ever reported Friday (Google translation) that Apple is working on FaceTime clients for both Mac and PC. The site claimed that the Mac version of FaceTime will be built in to its existing iChat ...

How to

Archive Twitter

How to Archive Twitter is a post from Chris Pirillo

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed

A few weeks ago, I hosted the tenth – and likely final – Gnomedex conference. I was a bit depressed to find that no one had archived the hundreds of tweets that flew around the Internet with the official #gnomedex hashtag. Beth emailed me the other night to tell me that she had, indeed, archived these tweets using a new tool called The Archivist. This application is a powerful and simple way to archive and analyze all of the tweets that matter to ...

GameBone -

An Update on the Upcoming GameBone Controller Accessory

Last year we posted early details surrounding the forthcoming iPhone game controller accessory from 22moo, the GameBone, which will offer official iOS 4 support (read: no jailbreak necessary). The accessory-maker has recently posted additional details on the item to their ...

Sunday, September 12, 2010



Then There's Microsoft Trash Talking 

Lots of trash talking ends up looking pretty dumb.  Then there's Microsoft trash talking, which takes dumb to a whole new level.  After all, their CEO famously predicted just before the original iPhone's launch that the there was no chance the iPhone would gain any significant market share.  ...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Get yours now -

Apple terminating free case program September 30

This afternoon, on Apple's official iPhone 4 Case Program website, the company released the following statement:

We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper ...

Brew Your Pictures

With Percolator

Brew Your Pictures With Percolator is a post from Chris Pirillo

I have been having a great time using Percolator on my iPhone lately. You can use the app to turn any photo into a seriously cool multi-color mosaic. Open it up and mix up new color palettes for all of your designs… and add more style to your old typography. Create new patterns for your websites, page layouts or illustrations. Heck, you can even use this in conjunction with other photo apps. The only real limits to what you can come up with are the ones created by the rock sitting on your ...

New iPod touch

has vibration motor

FCC pictures of the brand new iPod touch's internal tech show that the device has a vibrating motor inside of it. According to Apple, the motor will be used with FaceTime, but presumably, it'll work when any app calls for vibration. That should help for gaming -- neither the DS nor the PSP has any sort of vibration feedback, and that's a feature that has become more or less standard on game ...

iMovie iPhone App


The iPhone iMovie app has been updated today, to Version 1.1.  Here's what's new in this version:

• Compatible with iPod touch (4th generation).

• Ability to split video clips. ...


Get it now!

What's New in iOS 4.1? Get it now! is a post from Chris Pirillo

Via Apple, this update contains improvements, including the following:

* Game Center:

Send and receive friend requestsInvite friends to multi-player games over the InternetPlay multi-player games by auto-matching with other playersView Leaderboards and AchievementsDiscover new games from ...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tiniest USB drive. EVAR.

 LaCie MosKeyto
USB Flash Drive
4GB $17.99
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Ultra–small USB key – extends only 6 mm out of your laptop
Up to 8GB storage
Just plug it—and forget it
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

iPhone 101:

Using Ping on your iPhone

Along with the desktop version of Ping, you can also utilize Apple's new social network on your iPhone. It's actually proven to be my favorite method of using the service.

However, Apple does make it a bit difficult. At this time, you can't activate a Ping account from your phone -- it must be done through iTunes 10. Otherwise, you'll get the lovely message as seen in our screenshot gallery. Once you get Ping activated, it integrates nicely with the existing mobile iTunes. ...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mashable - 12 iPhone Apps For Exploring the Great Outdoors


For much of the world, the beginning of fall means that warm, comfortable hiking weather is coming to an end. In other words, it's time to start saving up fresh air for a winter of avoiding the outdoors.

There are people who consider their outdoor excursions a refreshing escape from technology. And then there are iPhone users, who consider the outdoors yet another perfect venue to show off their mobile tech.