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v6.2.1 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Of Gnomes and Pets

Two April fool's products which I think were particularly well done:1.  Google Gnome (modeled after Google Home, but for outdoors) 2. Alexa Pet Translator
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Finally made it to level 9!

After 3 years of playing Ingress on my phone (on and off), I've made it to level 9.  Technically speaking I had already earned enough points to be promoted to level 9 several months ago, but since my achievements weren't keeping up with my XP I only now got a silver badge (in distance traversed I think) that allowed me to level up.  I guess I'll need to go out and do some event days.  I
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Introducing google express!

Alright...it's an April Fool's joke, but it was a good one ;-)
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Μια πίτα σουβλάκι παρακαλώ!

Σήμερα το πρωί παρατήρησα πως στο google, όταν κάνεις μια αναζήτηση για το Supreme Court (το ομοσπονδιακό δικαστήριο των ΗΠΑ) το Google σου λέει πως μπορείς να υποβάλει παραγγελία μέσω foodler. Αναρωτιέμαι τι είδος κουζίνας έχουν ;-)
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iPhone backdoors

Last week in the news there was a lot of news around the government trying to strong-arm Apple into breaking into the iPhone of a terrorist shooter (the San Bernadino shooter), a device they have in evidence but it encrypted.  It seems that the government IT folks created this mess for themselves and now the government is looking for an excuse to have backdoors into our computing devices. 
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Vintage Tech - Sharp Zaurus

I wasn't quite sure if I should write this post in English or in Greek.  I've been focusing my #metanastis posts in Greek as I have been recalling my experiences as a reverse immigrant back to the US.  Most things deal with acculturation, school, things that were different, new, or peculiar to me at the time.  One of the things that I really liked was gadgets...however I tend to write
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Adieu...Zite

Well... I guess it's adieu to Zite.  Back when Google Reader closed down I was trying to find the best approximation for Google Reader I could find.  Zite was one of the things I tried on the iPad.  It wasn't bad as a piece of software, it basically took your RSS feeds and presented them sort of like a magazine.  You could also pick from a variety of news topics and those were
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Another apple keynote? When did that happen?

When I was younger I used to inhale Apple Keynotes.  I think part of it was Steve Job's presentation style that really drew me in.  I was also a big Apple fan (well, I still am), so I really wanted to know what products came out and get all the related specs and dirt as soon as possible  Early on this meant buying MacAddict, and heading to the Boston Public library to read the most
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Adieu! Yahoo! Pipes!

Well, another useful piece of the internet is pulling the curtains as its show is complete.  Yahoo Pipes was an interesting "Web 2.0" service that came out when we were all hot and heavy on RSS-goodness, and had open ways to get content from one site, remix it with another, and create our own new thing. At the time of its announcement I was listening to a Greek Podcast by vrypan, and other Greek
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Taking the smartwatch for a spin

Smartwatch 3Over the past year I've been eyeballing and oogling over the Android Wear smartwatches.  A friend, and word-colleague, of mine has had an original Pebble for a while (I think he may have been a kickstart backer) but I have to admit that the Pebble didn't really appeal to me - at least the original one didn't. One of the things I didn't like was the square display.  I do like
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Adieu, Orkut!

Well, I guess Orkut's time came!This past weekend both my Google accounts (because for some reason I needed 2 Orkut accounts ;-) ), got a notice that Orkut was (finally) closing down. Back when Social Networks were new (or new to me), back in 2004, I had created social network accounts on a lot of networks. I was interested in comparing various functionalities and affordances of each platform so I
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April Fools, Google Style

I have to say, I am not a huge pokemon fan, but I think this is cool!  Too bad this is just an April Fool's joke.  Then again, knowing that Google has Niantic Labs and Ingress, what's there to stop them from creating something like this?  I say go for it :)  Create an augmented reality pokemon game using google maps ;-)
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Vacation: Technology Fails!

myWind IT AppBefore I go ahead and talk a bit about mobile access while abroad, I thought I would start off with the technology fails of the trip.  Some were completely avoidable, and some, not so much. I guess first I will tackle the issue of power.The last time I vacationed I only vacationed with one device: my smartphone.  It was also a non-connected phone so the battery lasted a long
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Ακόμα δεν υπάρχει μια λύση για το Google Reader.

Σε περίπου ένα μήνα, και όσο είμαι σε διακοπές, το Google Reader θα πάψει να λειτουργεί. Ακόμα δεν έχω βρει μια λύση που να μου αρέσει αρκετά.  Ακόμα χρησιμοποιώ το Google Reader μέχρι να τα φτήσει, από το iPad με το Reeder και από το Nexus μου
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Still haven't found a good Reader replacement

Reeder for iPadDamn you Google! :)Since Google announced that they will be shutting down Google Reader I've been looking around for a Google Reader replacement, and I've been coming up almost flat.  When Google got rid of the "share item" sharing option, which gave you your own RSS page, it didn't really have much of an impact on me.  Sure, I wouldn't be able to see what my contacts shared,
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Google Keep is here!

I am wondering if I will start using this instead of Apple's notes app now that I have an android device, along with my iPad and 3GS (used as an iPod and backup phone).
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Adieu Google Reader :(

Come on Google!  What the heck?  >:-(I was checking my NERCOMP (local conference) tweets a couple days ago and I saw some buzz around Google Reader.  I decided to not pay too much attention to it because of lack of energy due to a cold.  Yesterday I saw that Google Reader is shutting down.  Come on google, what the heck? Google Reader is Powering Down?Google Reader has been
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One mor bites the dust...

Ever since Google got rid of the "share on reader" and "share with note" options in favor of the "+1" in Google Reader I've been not using the web version of Google Reader. Of course, google just evolved the handles for these two sharing options from their web reader, they did not remove the underlying functionality. As a matter of fact it's still there, which meant that apps like byline have been
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Google IO 2012 thoughts

Google IO just passed by me yesterday.  I guess the days where I could stop and be in awe of keynotes at developer conferences are over lol - too much work to do!  In any case, I skimmed the news yesterday on Engadget and theVerge, and things seem quite interesting!Here are some quick thoughts on the various announcements:The Nexus 7You know, this was a bit of a "m'eh" for me.  Don't
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Google 8-bit maps

This years' Google April Fool's joke is epic: 8-bit mas, NES style!  
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Still Sharing Items in Google Reader - Here's how

I was debating whether to write this in English or in Greek, considering that the original idea came to me in Greek after having listened to WeekendGeeks, but maybe in English more people will have a useful application for it.It seems like I am not the only one that really dislikes Google's change in Google Reader.  Sure, it's old news by now, but that still doesn't mean that we have to like it.
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Adieu Knol and Ovi Share

Well, two more have bitten the dust! Google's Wikipedia competitor, Knol, is shutting its doors, and Ovi Share (I guess the successor to MOSH?) is doing the same.  Ovi Share came out when I had my iPhone, so I really ended up not using it that much.  For what it's worth, I think that Nokia should have partnered up with Flickr and YouTube for people to do their sharing, but anyway - adieu
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#occupy TWiT

OK, the title of this blog post is a little tongue in cheek :-)I was listening to TWig this morning (this week in Google) and Laporte and friends were talking about the new look of Google Reader.  As I've written previously, I don't dislike the new look; I was actually on the same boat as one of the guests of the program in that I just dislike the dramatic cut-back of sharing features.  Google
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Google Reader, you just got less usable...

Man, I have to say, what a FAIL.  Yesterday morning, when I came into work I still had the "old" Google Reader interface because I had left the computer on sleep all night so when I came in I was back to where I left it.  Read a few items...shared a few others and then I refreshed...bad idea!  I got the new interface!So, I have to say, the new interface isn't bad. It's the same as Google
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Blogger People Connect [idea]

The other day I was thinking about some blog posts to write and I inevitably came to the conclusion that I often reference people in my blog posts.  Sometimes those references happen to be to specific blog posts, in which case I link to the specific blog post in question.  Most times howerver I am interested in just mentioning a person.For example if I head from @cdetorres that
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Sync Blues

A few weeks ago I completely (by my own error) erased my contacts on my Mac, which erased all my mobileme contacts, which erased all my contacts on my iPhone...major #facepalm moment. In any case, through a combination of having backed up my contacts on Yahoo a couple of years ago, and by virtue of not having my iPod Touch connected to the network I did manage to retain the textual information for
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Chromebook takes abuse

You know... @cdetorres had sent me a youtube video of Google's Chromebook taking abuse, and I was going to post it here but I lost the link. Oh well. The idea was that your Chromebook might keep meeting doom, but all you need is another Chromebook to log into your Google account and you're all set, no work lost!The concept of Chromebook seems interesting, but it's not new - it's just a rework, and
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Google Cloud Connect - FTW!

Google, oh how I love thee!This is just simply awesome, and so much more simpler than Microsoft's Sharepoint!Now...all that Google needs to do is to provide a Mac Office version, an Apple Pages version and an OpenOffice plug-in and we're all set! :-)
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Google TV is here!

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I Googled it!

Funny story from last night. At around 10:30ish, when we were settling to go to bed (yeah, we're not night owls) the building fire alarm goes off. Kinda annoying, but we evacuated the building, onto the street, under a warm summer-ish sky. We checked the basements and such to see if there were a fire that we needed to be aware of (our alarm has gone off before, without fire or smoke).Anyway, we're
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Chrome Tablet Concept

We've got tablet fever it seems!I would be interested in seeing what Google can do with a Chrome tablet. Not that I have much use for a tablet as things stand, but I am a gadget geek through and through.
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Where's my 3G 850/1900

I have to say, the Google Nexus is very impressive! So much so that I would not mind giving up my iPhone for it (mmmm...OK, maybe not - but I would use both ;-) ) There is only one small problem - no 3G coverage on the 850 and 1900 frequencies, namely the frequencies that at&t uses.Of course you could buy it unlocked for $500 and use it on GSM/EDGE on at&t but that's so 2000! Why would I spend $500
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Voicemail - the google way!

I have to say that I love google voice!Even though there was a spat between Apple, ATT an Google over the use of it on the iPhone and the FCC is trying to make heads and tails of the situation, I think that it is a great service (even though I need to jailbreak my phone to get a client for it - BOOOO at apple!)Anyway, this week Google announced that you can use Google Voice with your pre-existing number,
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Google History - in 2 minutes

I came across this video of the 11 years of Google's existence.I have to say that I really like the production value of this video! It's really nicely executed!
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Google sidewiki

This week I've gone through and I've check out Google's Sidewiki (promo video bellow).I have to say that I am quite intrigued by this functionality given that people can contribute information to any website they want. Of course the big question is why would people want to provide content for other people's website. I know that some websites do foster communities through their commenting systems.
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Το adsense με πέταξε!

Τις προάλλες έλαβα ένα email από την google και μου είπαν πως απενεργοποίησαν τον λογαριασμό μου για την προστασία των πελατών τους -δηλαδή μάλλον νόμιζαν πως κάποιος έκανε υπέρ κλικ τους συνδέσμους για να βγάλουν λεφτά.Από την
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Update 10.5.3 για MacOS X συγχρονισμός με Google!

Είδα το σχετικό άρθρο στο TUAW χτες.Με την νέα αναβάθμιση 10.5.3 μπορείς πια να συγχρονίσεις τα ονόματα του iPhone σου με το Google, και φυσικά με το Yahoo! Το σπαστικό είναι πως αυτή η δυνατότητα υπάρχει μόνο εάν έχεις ένα iPhone συγχρονισμένο
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Το SpanningSync 2 θα υποστηρίζει Google Contacts!

Όσοι από εσάς έχετε λογαριασμό .Mac ίσως να μην σκέφτεστε συχνά περί συγχρονισμού του iCal και Addressbook με κάτι στο internet επειδή μπορείτε εύκολα να συγχρονίσετε το Μάκ σας με την διαδικτυακή πύλη της Apple.Όσοι δεν θέλετε λογαριασμό
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Νέα χαρτογραφικά plugin για το RapidWeaver

Όσοι από εσάς είστε χρήστες του προγράμματος RapidWeaver και φανατικοί χρήστες του Google Maps, θα χαρείτε να μάθετε πως υπάρχουν νέα plugin για το RapidWeaver που σου επιτρέπουν να δημιουργήσεις σελίδες με ενσωματωμένο το Google Maps (ή το Yahoo!
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