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Bodega

4/08/2009

The next time you’re looking for an OS X application, don’t ask #lazyweb on Twitter, but instead install the latest must-have for any Mac user, Bodega.

From the website:

We’ve all been there – hunting for that one killer app that would make life so much easier. If only it existed. If only we could find it. With Bodega, you don’t have to spend your time hunting for software – it’s your one-stop for all your software needs.

Bodega really does look like an app to contend with, and once more developers have registered their applications and their database grows it’s usefulness will grow also.

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Blog Recommendation: TechMiso

18/01/2009

One of the hardest things about blogging and reading blogs is trying hard not to spend time writing rubbish content, but even more importantly, reading rubbish content. Over the years I have tried a gamut of different RSS readers, both online and offline, and I have also subscribed to many, many blogs most of which I no longer read for one reason or another.

So when I come across a blog that seems particularly inspired and has some content worth sharing, I am going to take the time to make recommendations. Recently, I’ve started reading a very strong blog called TechMiso, a blog that I believe I really should share. Like any technology blog there is an amount of it that I skim over, but the articles I find interesting to my own technology interests are well written, informed and most importantly, interesting.

TechMiso is the brain child of Rich Chuckrey, who I admittedly don’t know very well, and Scott Jarkoff, someone who I met during my time as an admin at deviantART and have looked up to as a writer and blogger for quite some time.

While the blog is in it’s infancy, so far I have read quite a few interesting articles specifically focusing on technology issues that matter today. If you’re looking for another blog to add to your Google Reader account, this is one to watch and I would recommend checking it out!

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Automatically sync your documents to iDisk with rsync

14/01/2009

One of the coolest things about owning a Mac is using the powerful underlying Linux tools available in a termal. If you’re new to Mac and/or Linux, I strongly recommend if you want to get the most out of your operating system you spend some time learning what is under the hood.

Recently I’ve done some searching around for some ideas on utilizing my iDisk storage a little more and unearthed the usage of rsync to automatically synchronize between my Documents folder and my iDisk/Documents folder.

Disclaimer: You can do this by automatically syncing using the GUI tools, however this gives little control over exactly what is synchronized, so I have written this tutorial.

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Merlin Mann on Time and Attention

17/11/2008

httpv://au.youtube.com/watch?v=uOgHE5nEq04

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What is lacking in today’s web browsers

2/09/2008

With everything happening in today’s browser market one can’t wonder why all players seem to be missing one major hitpoint with all their attempts to gain market share. In my opinion there is one large component that is being missed by browsers today and it should be reasonable easy to develop. What I’m talking about is cross-platform, cloud-based integration. I’ll explain as I go.

Firstly let me make my point by explaining my current browser setup. At home I run a Mac and at work I use a PC. On both I have Firefox as my browser of choice, but due to the necessity of my work CRM I also use Internet Explorer 6/7 on both. I use several plugins to try and sync as best I can between the computers, but inevitably it’s all just a fix. Okay, so now I will try and make my point.

Google released Chrome today which has some interesting features. Tighter integration to applications is great, but is it enough to win the browser war? Better security is always a good thing, but in a market where most computer users don’t even know which anti-virus they’re running, does it really matter? In fact, most of the features are aimed at techies and not the people who actually need enhanced functionality from an out-of-the-box browser.

Imagine a browser that worked like this… You launch the application and you’re greeted with a login screen. You enter a username and password and the browser works it’s magic; it downloads your bookmarks, it loads your plugins, it downloads your saved passwords, it downloads your form information, and it also loads your history.

Now imagine the same thing can happen on any computer you’re using, with the same features and plugins, even if you’ve never used that computer before. Simple huh? How easy would your life be, honestly?

So many plugins have tried to make this happen, but it’s never truly been seamless and it’s never been 100%, especially when it turns to cross-platform. This would be, as Tolkien would say, “One Browser to rule them all, One Browser to bind them!” Think about it.

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The Things You Own, Own You

7/04/2008

This morning while perusing some news items I came across an interesting article on SMH about people who spend money on gadgets they can’t necessarily afford, don’t need the features and certainly don’t have the computer savvy mind to “drive” these devices.

As a gadget geek I scoffed at the implication that people are so silly that they buy devices they don’t use, but then suddenly found myself looking inwards to think about how I use my technology and just how much value it all adds to my life.

The first thing that comes to my phone. Every time I bring it out of my pocket geeks, and non-geeks alike, look in wonderment and start asking me about the features. When I tell them about the 5MP camera and GPS they are so impressed that they begin to talk about wanting one. But do I even use it?

To go through my rather extremely extensive geek collection and lay out how much I use, this might take a while but will paint a pretty accurate picture of what I need and don’t need.

Hold on to your hats.

Nokia N95
GPS – 3 times in 6 months
Camera – often more than once a day
Web – several times a day
SMS – several times a day
Calling – almost all day constantly – it’s my job

Work Blackberry (new, but this is assumptive)
E-mail – all day
Phone – all day, it will take over from my N95 for work calls
Web – several times a day
Calender / extra feature – all day

MacBook
All features – for a few hours a day or every other day

iPod 60GB
Music – every morning and afternoon after work
Video – once a week or maybe less

iPod Nano 4GB
Music – several times a week jogging, ideally, but actually not as often as I should
Video – never

Canon 350D D-Rebel
Photos (d’uh) – once a week but maybe less

PSP (Playstation Portable)
Games – less than a few times a month
Internet – Not often, but I should use more such as RSS on the bus
Other features – Never

X-Box
Haven’t touched it in years

Miscellaneous
Printer – not in years
Photo printer – even longer
Desktop PC – over a year
Television – in storage for over a year
iPod Shuffle – over a year
Palm T|X – over a year since I smashed the screen, but didn’t use enough at all

Plus god knows how much else that I can’t even think of…

How much of this stuff just belongs on eBay? Maybe just making some streamlining to my life to use fewer gadgets and use them more often? There is just too much junk here and considering most of it is portable, I have none of it with me (barring my phone of course) on a day-to-day basis.

What is your experience of buying technologies you don’t use? How many hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars worth of electo-crap do you have lying around your house?

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Mac OS X Leopard Launch Tomorrow

25/10/2007

In what will be my crowning geeky moment, I am going to be flickering, blogging and twittering the Leopard launch tomorrow. If anyone is in the area and wants to say hi, drop down and I might let you touch my Macbook… gently…

What: Mac OS X Leopard Launch
When: Friday, 26th October, 2007 (tomorrow)
Where: NextByte Store, Corner Clarence/Erskine St, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Free, but $158 if you’re buying a copy of the latest OS like me!

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Into the belly of the beast!

17/09/2006

I’ve been talking about it for a while, even contemplating it a lot, but I’ve finally taken the plunge. I haven’t come out of the closet or built an arc, but instead I have ordered a shiny new MacBook! That’s right, Mitch is going from a Windows/*nix computer to an OSX/Windows/*nix computer and man am I excited!

So let’s look at the specifications, fellow geeks!

  • 13.3-inch widescreen display
  • 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo1
  • 512MB memory (2x256MB SODIMMs) – UPGRADED TO 1GB
  • 60GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive2 – UPGRADED TO 120GB
  • SuperDrive (DVD±RW, CD-RW)

My brother Josh bought my old laptop off me for a reasonable price, making this purchase possible. Shipping dates expect it should arrive around 4th October, but I am really hopinh they’ll have it to me sooner than then! Right now I am typing this on my old Dell Inspiron 5000 (750MHz, 25MB, 40GB) so the laptop will be welcomed with open arms when it finally arrives

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Who are you? Who am I?

22/08/2006

Establishing an online identity is really quite hard. For instance, until around a week ago if you performed a Google search on the keyword “Mitch Malone” I would come up as the top 10 search results. I am unsure of what has changed, but now suddenly someone from a drilling program who shares my name is number 1. Secondly, I had once owned the domain name www.mitchmalone.com and let it expire and now it’s some kind of bogus flower shop. I’m honestly not phased by either of these, but it raises a point; who knows the real me from the other Mitch Malone or some bogus website? Enter ClaimID!

Straight from the ClaimID about page; ClaimID is a service that lets you claim the information that is about you online. That information is then associated with your name, providing folks an easy way to see what is and isn’t about you online. Simply put, you make a page that lists all your pages, simple huh? And once the site grows much larger, it will make it easy to find anyone who wishes to be searchable.

So let’s take a few seconds to have a look why it’s such a big deal to a geek like me by listing websites that are associated with my ClaimID account and the ones that are not my own. Firstly, let’s start with my websites:

And a few sites that aren’t mine, but still show up in the top 10 list of results:

And then the websites about me that I didn’t know existed:

* Denotes a webpage that is listed in the top 10 results of searching Google for my name
** Deontes top 20

So we start noticing some major problems in just punching in my name into Google. Firstly we notice that the most major website, the one that uses my name (http://www.mitchmalone.name/) doesn’t even list in the top 10. This site in my opinion when searching by a name should always come up first, regardless of relevancy since it is a name search and not a keyword search. Perhaps Google will concider this in the future?

So what gives? The solution is simple, check out my Claim ID Profile (http://claimid.com/MitchMalone)! It lists the websites that are about me and that I know of and verify that are about me. Some of the sites are verified for authenticity by me adding code into them, some of them are sites I have no control over the code, but regardless it’s a way of verifying if something you are viewing is about me.

If you want to protect your online security, go register at ClaimID, they are currently allowing free memberships still I believe and it’s a fantastic way to ensure that the next time your boss finds your name associated with a well-hung porn star he knows it’s not you – unless of course that’s your thing.

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Gmail, Writely, Orkut invites!

13/08/2006

There is a lot of the Google universe that is in beta at the moment and invite only, so here is your chance to land an invite to three of their most popular services! All you have to do is comment to this entry and while I have invites I will continue to send them out. I’d really love a link back or trackback, but it’s not required to earn an invite. Just make sure you enter your name and address properly into the fields and let me know which service you’d like the invite to.

Gmail

Gmail is an experiment in a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that you should never have to delete mail and you should always be able to find the message you want.

Search, don’t sort – Use Google search to find the exact message you want, no matter when it was sent or received.
Don’t throw anything away – Over 2753.868460 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you’ll never need to delete another message.
Keep it all in context – Each message is grouped with all its replies and displayed as a conversation.

Writely

Writely is an online word processor and more. It allows for collaboration of documents, uploading of many common file formats, e-mail documents into accounts, all in an easy to use interface.

Orkut

Orkut is an online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends. Orkut committed to providing an online meeting place where people can socialize, make new acquaintances and find others who share their interests.

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