Technology News & Product Reviews

Testing WordPress App for iPhone

Tapping away on the iPhone 3Gs landscape keyboard, using the free WordPress iPhone App.

The WiFi download to the phone was easy and fast. Although I had downloaded it to iTunes before, I didn’t want to Sync the other apps on there, so I just re-downloaded it over-the-air.

I will definaty blog more often with his useful tool. I can’t believe google hasn’t issued a free official blogger app.

I have been waiting for mobile blogging for a while, since I had the worst phone ever (blackberry), and had done enough early-adopting to finally decide to wait 2 years to get an iPhone. Additionally, I could never remember my blogging passwords on the computer-side. I use so many computers with cluttered hard drives full of digital files. It’s difficult to locate passwords and text files that contain such information. Even with spotlight search and so forth.

So here we are. July 2009, so late to the blogging game, but at least I am here. Blogging from the iPhone with all the settings stored, coupled with the device always being with me should prove to be a success.

And I will try to include photos, as well.

Thanks for reading this. Sent from my iPhone.

Cooliris 1.9

“Transform your browser into a lightning fast, cinematic way to discover the web.” Cooliris Website.

“Cooliris (formerly PicLens) transforms your browser into a visually stunning, lightning fast way to search, discover, view and share online photos, videos and more. Our unique “3D Wall” lets you effortlessly zoom your way around thousands items on a single, ever-expansive wall. It’s the fastest way to search and enjoy Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, Hulu, and hundreds of other sites.” FireFox AddOn Page.

WalMart Employees Confirm iPhone Rumor (iPod Observer)

Apparently, the WalMart employees involved didn’t know about Apple’s Super-Secrecy.

Internet (Chaos vs Organization)

There are so many websites on the internet today that require a User ID and Password, that it has gotten very difficult to keep track of our online log-ins. Most of the newer Browsers have the ability to save log-in information, so do downloadable Form Fillers. But the question is, “Do you TRUST these services with your log-in info?” There are online videos that show how to hack the files that store this info, and there is also the old adage of “not putting all your eggs in one basket.” Could you imagine either being totally wiped out of your online services by a nefarious hacker, or having a competing company buy out your favored site? And we are not just talking about an expendable online profile. What if it was the log-in to your business website, or that ultra-important online email account that you only give to your true friends? In that case, a loss of data could be catastrophic.

So, what are we to do? Should we compile the log-in info in a digital file, paper file, online account, or other means of information storage? Or should we just try to memorize all of it? Must we create “backup” profiles and accounts, or should we avoid investing in sites which hold so much of our precious data? Is the key to success in the online realm a novel one–namely, view your online activity as a form of gambling. Only gamble that which you can afford to lose, and that would be trivial information at that. The time spent building and using these sites could be seen as entertainment. Any loss would not be felt, b/c at least we enjoyed the process of using the service.

And now that major companies are getting bought-out each month, the online world is turning into a conglomerate the way the rest of the Mass Media already is. And with it goes all of our services–email, social network, blogs, photos, videos, podcasts, websites, news sites, eCommerce, phone records, chat history, etc.

For example, how will a competitor buying Yahoo, Facebook, or any other major player affect your online status? What could happen if Microsoft, News Corp, or Google suddenly owned all of your emails? How does CBS’s aquisition of CNET effect our Tech News and Product Reviews? Obviously, CBS should allow the talented crew at CNET to continue operating the site with the knowledge and skill they have displayed over the past several years.

So, in summary, I began this article with a look at the CHAOS of all the different sites that compete for our attention. I showed how it can get confusing to remember all of our user names and passwords. But at the same time, I am fearful of a buyout that would give us all one online log-in ID, like a Microsoft or Google Account that contained our eMail, News Feeds, Podcast manager, Social Network, etc. In that scenerio, the Federal Government and Large Corporations have us in the palm of their hands. They know us so well that they can expose our communications (like Blackmail), view our trade secrets and company correspondance, see who our online friends are, view (and own) our photos and videos, etc. Do you want to give that much power to one entity? Or do we try to seek out little accounts for each of our online services with totally different companies around the world, and do our best to manage our log-in information and keep separate our email, photos, videos, etc with totally different accounts that can’t easily be associated with each other–except by out ISP…

Well, in that case, we all need to download those famous “Anonymous Online” Filters that route our web traffic through 8 different servers to hide our activity and ultimately our identity. The same filters that slow down our browsing speed in the process of protecting our identity and location.

Comments appreciated.

Cellular Modems for Laptops

I have been successfully using the Verizon Wireless VZ Access PC Card Modem for my Windows PC for the past few years. I have tested it in several different PCs nationwide. It works wherever there is a cellular connection–pretty much most of the USA.

I took it cross-country and it worked great. If I was driving, I could have Google Maps loaded in the passenger seat. If I was a passenger, I could surf the net and even watch YouTube Videos while the PC was hooked-up to the Car Stereo. This really kept all the passengers entertained in the vehicle.

I pay $80 a month for this mobile access. Today, the price is lower at $50 a month, but the connection is capped at 5GB per month. My early adopter connection is unlimited data. I had one update to the VZ Access software since I have had it, and I was afraid they were going to push-out a limited monthly connection, but so far I am relatively ok. I may have noticed a slow down lately, after a long day on the net–or after I have downloaded a bunch of podcasts. But usually by the next day things are back to normal. Sometimes you just might have to restart Windows to clear the cache. That might have more to do with Windows or your prefered Browser than it does with the Verizon access.

In crowded apartment buildings, cellular access is horrible. However, in tall buildings and single family homes, the connection is fantastic. With an Intel Pentium 4 PC, I am able to upload data to my many websites with ease. I had a PC with an Intel Celleron processor that could not do so, even on WiFi. I am getting 3G speed, and it is as fast as the WiFi at the Public Library.

___________________________Note for Mac users__________________________

I bought a USB Cellular Modem from both AT&T and Sprint for my MacBook. NEITHER one worked with the Mac, even though they were advertised to do so. The employees at the stores I got these ASSURED me they would work on the Mac. I returned both within 24 hours, and had the contracts canceled.

AT&T was bought at a corporate kiosk in a mall. Sprint was bought at BestBuy. BestBuy gave me a problem nullifying the contract, although they accepted the USB Modem return the same day. They said their new “Mobile Manager” had left the company a few days after the return–I knew they were lying to me b/c the man gave me his card, said he was there in a new title, and was going to stay on for years. I know the other employee was lying to me to discourage my canceling of a contract on a product that DID NOT WORK WHATSOEVER, and the hardware was ALREADY returned. He made me contact Sprint directly, instead of taking the responsibility to do it himself. This is just one example of BestBuy’s horrible corporate culture. I will post more of my bad experiences at BestBuy and the other “Big Box Stores” that dominate the United States in other posts on this blog. Search the tag “frustrated” in the near future.