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Evernote, iPads and Hell

03/04/2010

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Why is an iPhone like an Etch-a-sketch?

13/02/2010

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Nokia E71 – Exchange Password Reset

21/01/2010

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Scan to Evernote (without Fujitsu ScanSnap)

16/01/2010

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Apple Rumour: iPhone Touch Sensitive Back

15/01/2010

A day or two ago Bloomberg published an article that featured a rumor that the next generation iPhone might conceivably include a touch sensitive back like Apple’s latest magic mouse.  This surely has to be some sort of joke?

Apple are experienced designers and whilst not everyone might like the new touch sensitive mouse design it is functional.  Would Apple really add a touch sensitive back to the phone?  In my opinion, only if they hadn’t really considered the fact that people use cases and transfers.

There are a great number of people who choose protective and/or stylish cases for their expensive iPhones and since they are so popular some people go a little further and add stickers or transfers to the back of the device to be able to identify it from another person’s phone.  Whilst in a similar way to screen protectors I think it should be possible to produce a compatible transfer that enables the touch to work, I still can’t help but think that cases might still result in a bit of an issue should Apple have opted for this feature.

Do you think Apple will do this?  If they do is it the right decision?  I guess that there’s a good chance we may get a clue in a few weeks time when Apple make some announcements on the 26th January.

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Huawei E5830 MiFi Case

31/12/2009

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Multiple Monitors

08/12/2009

Several months ago I got a Dell Latitude E6400 laptop to replace my overworked Dell Latitude D410.  Along with the laptop I got a new advanced E-dock which included two monitor outputs, so I recycled an old smaller monitor that had been relegated to the stores to have a dual monitor set-up.

I find the two monitor set-up really useful and I frequently have different applications in different windows as you might expect.  However I struggled with Excel as I would frequently want to copy data between large format spreadsheets and I would have loved to have one on each screen … but they simply opened as child windows and I Alt-Tab’d between them.

I guess I never really stopped to think about it, but one day my subconscious kicked in and I realised that if I chose not to open the files directly I could open multiple instances and then open a file in each.  Then each instance of the application can be dragged to a different monitor.  Hey presto a spreadsheet in each window.

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Chrome OS as Laptop Fast Boot Option

02/12/2009

We have a number of E-series Dell laptops in my organisation and whilst we don’t configure it many have Dell’s Latitude On installed.  This is a small Linux install that gives quick read only access to things such as recent mail, calendar and even a web browser.

With the advent of Chrome OS and after reading a recent article on LifeHacker by Gina Trapani it struck me that as well as dedicated Chrome OS devices there may be an option to boot from an onboard chip (like Latitude On) to effectively allow an alternative quick boot for a machine.  Now whilst the supported hardware list is not currently extensive hardware manufacturers can use the fact that Chrome OS is open source to create appropriate drivers.

Whereas Latitude On allows access to stored mailboxes, using Chrome OS would obviously relate to accessing content located on Google servers with regards to things such as mail or documents.  So would this be a step forwards or backwards?

Well for me I think it will be a progression.  There’s maybe another year or so of development to get to this point and by then the cloud, Google and Chrome OS will no doubt have progressed.  I think the maturity of the Chrome browser a year down the line and the fact that it will be ‘geared’ to working with Google services could be a big selling point for the Chrome OS in this sort of deployment.  I expect it will be faster and perhaps prettier (in GUI terms) to other quick alternative boot options.

I wonder how quick Chrome OS would be on a dedicated chip on a fast laptop as opposed to a netbook?  Hopefully I’ll get the chance to find out.

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iPhone/iPod Delete and Backspace

28/11/2009

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iPods, iPhones, Safari and Evernote

29/09/2009

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