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Roost Web Push for Safari

Are you an OS X user, using Safari on Mavericks (10.9) or newer? I have enabled a plugin on my blog letting you get notifications when I update my site. This is a feature that I’ve missed after Google Reader reached End of Life. Feedly, Feedbin and other similar services have not gained the same attraction. Are people using RSS these days?

The Roost Web Push plugin lets you subscribe to my blog and blog posts will appear in your Notification Center in OS X. If you like what I write about, please try it out. I also automatically post my blog entries on Twitter and Google+, but I’m perhaps not reaching you on any of these channels. (more…)

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Awfully Quiet on Ello

I’ve been on Ello for about two weeks, and can basically sum it up as a disappointment. I love the simplicity of this social network. I know that is not full featured and I’ve noticed that new features are added every week. It is also ok that there still is no mobile app for Ello either for iOS or Android.

The problem is that there is “no friends” available. Invites don’t fix this problem, it causes it. We are a few friends and colleagues hanging around, none of us really active. Most of us can be described as early adopters to all kind of new services, always ready to try something new. So what is the hype surrounding Ello? Ello doesn’t bring anything new, it is just another network. I’m a hobby photographer and I see a lot of photographers posting artistic photos on Ello, but so do photographers on Instagram, Facebook and Google Plus.

Ello is summed up geniusly in this video:

Ello is free of charge, but will introduce a freemium model. You must pay to get extra functionality some time in the future. I’m honestly not sure if this will work. Do you know the service trying to compete with Twitter, App.net? Did you ever try App.net? Thought so, cause only a few of us did. Their freemium model didn’t work and having a better service then Twitter didn’t work when people sticked with the competitor.
But perhaps Ello is here to stay? After all, hipsters need their own social network!

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The whole Sony Xperia Z series to get Android 5.0…

… next year!

Sorry to say Sony, you fail me once again big time. You make the best hardware, but your software update process honestly stinks. If rumours are correct Samsung will have released their new firmware for some Galaxy models within this month.

From Sony Mobile’s blog:

We’ll be making Sony Mobile’s Android “L” upgrade available for the entire premium Z series*: including Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition devices will be first up – we’ll be back with more details on that soon.

We’ll start the upgrade at beginning of 2015 for the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series – continuing thereafter for all remaining devices above.

No Lollipop for you Sony :(

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Flickr with a Wall Art printing service

I love Flickr and its services. The new Wall Art printing service looks really good, but is sadly only available for U.S. customers.

Flickr users will find the Wall Art feature under the Share button and the new printing functionality caters specifically to those looking for high-quality pieces for mounting on walls, with two different options. The first option is Photo Mount, with these prints featuring a lustre finish on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper mounted on a 1-inch black board that has wood texture around the edges. The second option is Canvas Wrap, which is mounted on a frame promised to have square corners and impact-resistant construction.

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Both printing options are available in sizes ranging from 8″x10″ to 20″x30″, assuming the image’s resolution is high enough to support the maximum print size.

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I’m not buying a smartwatch any time soon

I’ve always been the among the first ones to adopt to new technology. But some times I go completely in the opposite direction. I’ve always hated carrying a watch. It feels like being handcuffed to time. This feeling didn’t get any better with the introductions of smartwatches. And the last thing I needed was yet another device to charge every single day, making noise till it ran out of battery.

Last week when traveling home from Hungary I found the Superdry Infantry Steel Watch at Ferihegy airport and was sold. It is heavy and with a fantastic Japanese build quality in stainless steel. Case width is 40,0 mm and case depth 11.00mm. And best of all, it can only show time. It doesn’t even include alarm or the possibility to show the date. It is said to be water resistance down to 30 metres, but further investigation shows that it is only splashproofed and suitable for everyday use, not swimming. Fantastic, so I don’t need to start diving… And, and, and, the best of all, I have been carrying every single day since buying it. This has never happened before.

Suddenly a watch can feel like freedom!

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And if you ask Google, it will autocomplete the answer for you… and it’s not good news for smartwatch vendors.

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Dropbox – The End Story

I have just read that Dropbox has been hacked again. Dropbox denies it. This just makes me move faster. I have moved a lot of my files over to Owncloud, and I have also bought Office365 University edition that gives me 1 TB storage the next 4 years (and yes I want to test Office for iPad). The remaining files on Dropbox are being moved over to Onedrive (Office365). So no, I am not following Snowden’s recommendation of using SpiderOak.

Dropbox recently also deleted a lot of files by a mistake, and is trying to compensate users with one year free subscription.

Public cloud is here to stay, but Dropbox has a history of poor security and you should consider that when you choose provider of cloud services.

It is recommended that users enable two-factor authentication on their web service accounts to add an extra layer of protection.

Update: Like the Snapchat photo leak it seems that this information has come from insecure third-party services rather than from Dropbox itself.

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Impressive low cost high frame rate camera

At work we have long been looking for a high frame rate camera, but found them to be very expensive. Yesterday I came over an article about the tiny fps1000 high-speed camera that boasts 18,500fps! It’s a Kickstarter project, and we sure want to support it. The small, hand-held camera designed to capture slow motion video at up to 18,500 frames per second for the price of a decent compact instead of your typical US$100,000 slow-mo rig.

The camera is designed with the focus to record high-frame-rate videos, and to open up high-speed shooting to a wider market by offering an inexpensive product that is highly portable. Both color and monochrome versions of the camera will be available upon launch, with all images being saved in RAW. The camera offers up to 32GB of internal storage joined by a microSD card slot for expanding that capacity. hree different versions of the camera will be available: the fps1000 SILVER, the fps1000 GOLD, and the fps1000 PLATINUM. The first of the trio has a maximum resolution of 640 x 480, with that number increasing to 1280 x 1024 and 2560 x 2048 for the other two models. All three cameras feature the same hardware, but have their own maximum frame rates and recording memory. The PLATINUM model offers the highest maximum frame rate at 18,500 fps. We, of course, went for the PLATINUM model.

Coolest of all is that a converter for Canon EF lenses is available. I hope for a Nikon converter as well ;)

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New Hangouts app for Windows

Google has just released a new Hangouts app. I had hoped it was a Windows app, but it is not. It is a plugin for Chrome that currently only works in Windows, as I’ve migrated to Opera and only installed Chrome to check out the new Hangouts app.

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It reminds me very much of Facebook Messenger as Google has blindly copied the “Chat Heads”.

What I love with the new version of Hangouts is that Google has “streamlined” the design so that Hangouts will not get in the way of other work you’re doing on your desktop. The new Google Hangouts app also includes voice and video calling, so it is currently giving me more then Facebook Messenger.

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Playing with Windows 10

Microsoft released a technical preview of their upcoming version of Windows about a week ago. Just when I left for a short holiday. I’m back at work and one of the first things I did was to install Windows 10 on a dedicated test machine. First impressions is that the technical preview is rock solid, I have not experienced any problems the two days I have been working on it. The reason I chose to not install it on my main machine at home was simply that Microsoft has chosen to log every thing you do on the machine.

The Start menu is back

I’m satisfied with seeing the Start menu back. I like that I can have some live tiles. At the moment I have to many and expect to reduce them to the half.

Modern UI apps

When running modern apps and traditional apps side-by-side, I’m wondering why on earth I should use any of them. For instance is Facebook in a browser way better then the official Facebook app. I actually miss the Aero UI and would have loved to see it back with support for widgets in the Start menu. As I see it, tiles are a reintroduction of the widgets introduced with Vista. Ok, ok, not totally true, but not far off!

Virtual Desktops

Virtual Desktops (or Workspaces as I know them from BeOS) is a sad chapter. I’m not impressed at all! It was one of my most wanted features for Windows, but I can only say that I hope Microsoft will add more functionality to it. For instance, I want to be able to say that a workspace should be dedicated to office apps, another for modern ui apps and a third one to running Powershell in full screen. It is functionality I had 15 years ago.

 

I have only been running Windows 10 two days, but already now I would say that Windows 10 is more like Windows 8.2 or 8.5. This is not negatively ment, rather it feels like natural development of Windows 8. This is more like the Windows 8 I wanted! I have not heard any release day so we can only hope that more features will be added for desktop and laptop users, and I also hoping for a technical preview that focuses on devices with touch screen.

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