Adieu Yahoo Messager...for good this time?
Yahoo Messager "classic", the service that existed when I was in high school and college has been defunct for a little while now, but Yahoo! decided to reinvent itself in the messaging app business by revamping...or rather starting a new service and a new app and calling that yahoo messenger. This also included Yahoo's own version of a two factor authenticator which I actually rather liked.
Love notes to Newton
Now I wish I had known about this crowdfunding campaign a while back (I don't often visit indiegogo, but I do keep an eye out on kickstarter from time to time). This is a documentary, that luckily was partially funded about one of the most awesome mobile platforms in computing history: the Apple Newton. I can't wait for this to come out :-) Love Notes to Newton (Preview) from
I must have watched this one at least 5 times already - pretty funny! Need a Gyro API soon ;-) Yes, this is another April Fool's joke.
Google's bad joke detector
More April Foolin' - with Google's Bad Joke Detector (seriously saves space!)
Only in Japan! (and for April Fools) :-)
I guess this shows you how much attention I paid to Del.icio.us! I learned the other day that Delicious went under last summer, purchased - for one last time, by Pinboard (another web 2.0 company) to maintain the site for historical reasons (good on them!). Delicious was quite an innovative site at the time. Launched in 2003 to make web bookmarks social and to enable people to share interesting
Political, data science, and the manipulation of people
Saturday, Mar 17 2018 11:42 | computerScience, DataScience, manipulation, news, politics, Technology
Today's "Ugh" (expression borrowed from George Station) ...From the Guardian:The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in the tech giant’s biggest ever data breach, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.Documents seen
Vintage Tech - Tapwave Zodiac
Back in 2003 the Tapwave Zodiac, a PalmOS based (entertainment?) device hit the shelves! My younger self really wanted one of these, since I didn't have (nor did I want to have, at the time) a Gameboy Advance. I was going to write something more extensive about it, but I found an LGR review the other day that gives a rundown of the device. All things considered it seems like an interesting
Microsoft: where mobile operating systems go do die
I am not sure if I was revising something on Feedly that I had not read yet, or if this crossed one of my feeds last week, but the story was about Windows Mobile 10 being taken off life support (it wasn't this story, but it gives you an idea). I've come to the conclusion, over the past decade, that Microsoft (just like Sony) just isn't good at Mobile. They've given it a valiant try with Windows
Well...another one bites the dust...Wikispaces this past week notified users of their Free wikis that the platform is going away this summer (apparently private label wiki admins got this notification earlier). It seems that one by one pioneers of the Web 2.0/social media revolution are closing their doors and moving on. I remember the excitement that was afoot when we could create our own wikis without
Friday, Feb 23 2018 06:48 | adieu, miitomo, nintendo, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well...I guess that's the end of that! Miitomo has announced in via their app that Miitomo will go offline and never come back in May. For the past couple of years this quirky social network has kept us company. The idea behind it was that people would customize a Mii (which Nintendo has also slowly walked away from in their newest console, the Switch) and through those Miis you could interact
2017 Swarm year-in-revier
Swarm really hammers in the point that I basically spend a lot of time at work and traveling to work haha. In 2017 I spent most of my places at train-stations and universities. Although it did surprise me that I checked in to 85 new places. Wonder what 2018 will bring? (other than a mostly done dissertation...I hope :p )
Awwww Nintendo! Your algorithms remembered my birthday! Even though no human was directly involved I am touched ;-). On another note, feels odd to be sharing a birthrate with a current Pope (fact courtesy of Google).
Don't be a Turkey
This came across my feeds sometime during Thanksgiving, so in a sense it's a bit late, but considering that Turkeys are traditional in quite a few norther European cultures for Christmas, I might be a little early ;-). Some humorous commentary on Ajit Pai the current FCC chairman (and subsequently the corporatecracy...or just corpocracy that's ruling us these days) and the upcoming fight for
So...I guess now that Verizon owns AOL it's strategically killing off old products. The most recent product on the chopping block is AIM (AOL Instant Message. On December 15th of this year AIM will be no more, and it will be joining Yahoo! Messenger (classic) up in Valhalla. I didn't use this in high school, but many of my classmates did. After hanging out after school, many logged onto
Audioboom: I guess the free ride is over :o
I was logging into audiobook today to setup some short welcome notes for a workshop I am facilitating this coming week when I saw the attached notice... I guess the free ride for Audioboom (formerly audioboo) is over. Luckily my workshop ends before the deadline for me to start paying, so here's to one last free ride...
PS Vita revival? :p
Wednesday, Sep 6 2017 09:00 | Entertainment, gamercat, Humor, Playstation, Technology, video games, VideoGames, vita
I love the whipping that the Playstation Vita gets from time to time ;-). It's not that I didn't want the system to succeed, but between the lack of support and the many proprietary features...well it was begging to be on top of the dirt pile :-)
Rip. Mix. Burn!
I was recently reminded of Apple's Rip. Mix. Burn ad campaign. I remember at the time there were some MP3 players on the market (no iPod yet) which had an amazing 15MB of space on them, and SD cards cost a fortune. Nice proof of concept, but CDs were way cheaper. If course, by that time, I was already Rip, Mix, Burning. The software to mix (actually mix, not just re-arrange tracks)
Jobs responding to criticism
This came across my feed today. This was obviously not available to me at that time, but it's definitely worth the watch. I guess this is a time when Jobs wasn't throwing cameras at people ;-)
WWDC 207 highlights
I used to love Apple events. I'd wait for them like a kid waiting for (summer) Santa each June. This last one passed my by (again), completely under the radar. Luckily the Verge has a shortened highlight reel here. Enjoy! ;-)
Tuesday, May 9 2017 15:34 | Entertainment, JohnOliver, net neutrality, news, policy, politics, Technology
Seriously, watch this.... and then gofccyourself.com :-)
I completely forgot to have a look at ThinkGeek's April Fool's lineup. Usually some of their April Fool's products make it to production (and some are actually just jokes). I picked three of my favorites.The Hot Pockets burrito sleeping bag. I picked this (even though I don't particularly find Hot Pockets all that appetizing) because I think that there are enough people who want
The one that got me...
Hulu "Hu" video shortening service was an April fool's joke that got me. It showed up before April fool's (maybe it was 4/1 somewhere when I saw it), and my reaction was "NOPE! not going this sh*t! what kind of product is this?"A day later... I realized it was a joke...
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
Brief History of AOL
An interesting internet find this past weekend: The Rise and Fall of the first internet Empire (AOL) by Business Casual on YouTube
Well...that's a bummer!Last night I got a message from LogMeIn - the creators of online storage platform Cubby - telling me that they are killing off their product... I guess I need to move all of my files from there to Box.com. While I use Box.com, I preferred the user interface of Cubby. It was much more intuitive IMHO.Here is the text of the announcement:Today, LogMeIn is announcing
Schoolwork while on vacation...
Monday, Oct 10 2016 03:00 | access, Education, Internet, PhD, School, Technology, university, vacation, Work
It's amazing how much access to the internet is really woven into our daily lives. For the past 2 weeks I've been away on vacation in Spain. Before we left home I tried to be proactive, I scanned some of the book chapters that were due for my class while I was away, I got Assignment 1 done before I left, and I downloaded articles onto my Surface Pro so that I had reading material to go
Vintage tech - Psion PDAs
Back for another installment of Vintage Technology! This time I thought I'd write a little bit about the Psion series of Personal Digital Assistants. Psion didn't really hit my radar until around 2001, but by that time I think that the company had already started switching directions.Original Psion 3Back in 1995(ish) I am pretty sure that I remember seeing the Psion series 3, series 3a, and
Bolo μετά το σχολείο
Wednesday, Jul 20 2016 04:00 | #metanastis, Apple, bolo, Technology, Ελληνικά, Τεχνολογία, βιντεοπαιχνίδια, παιχνίδια, υπολογιστές
Μέχρι και την 10η τάξη, αν θυμάμαι καλά, είχαμε τον κύριο Μέϊσεκ (Macek) ως υπεύθυνο του τμήματος πληροφορικής του Λυκείου μας. Ο τύπος ήταν αρκετά ενδιαφέρον άνθρωπος, και αρκετά νέος, οπότε όλο και κάτι καινούργιο έφτιαχνε
When pop-culture and political culture collide
An interesting comic from this past week. Politics, meets gaming, meets technology...
Back to a modern smartphone
Monday, Jul 18 2016 03:00 | Android, Motorola, Nokia, photography, Photos, Symbian, Technology, Telephony
As much as I liked the Nokia N8, I needed to get back to using a more modern smartphone for my day to day work. I decided that waiting some more time for motorola (or Google) to release new flagship products would take a long time, and the few merits of the N8 wouldn't warrant waiting that long for the next android device.Symbian Belle Refresh OSSo, what did I like about the N8 and Symbian
A little less retro...with the N8
Monday, Jun 6 2016 01:30 | app, Apple, iOS, iPhone, Lumia, Microsoft, N8, Nokia, Retro, Symbian, Technology, Telephony, Windows
It's been an interesting experiment using the Motorola Razr as my daily driver, however with the lack of being able to just search the internet the phone didn't really do it for me (despite the satisfying "clack" you hear when you flip it closed). I was looking on the web and I decided to buy a refurbished Nokia N8 to keep me going a bit until I find an android phone which I like.The N8 was
La vie peut-être surprenant et quelquefois il y a des moments que apportent petits moments de joie. Le dernier week-end j’ai trouve quelques petits trésors des années passées. Quand j'étais au lycée j’ai commence d'écrire des lettres a mes amis en Grèce et à l'Université j’ai trouve plus des penpals qui étaient dans autres pays aussi! Mes penpals m’a envoyé petits articles de
Replacing the Nexus 4 screen - DYI
Wednesday, May 25 2016 02:30 | DIY, instructions, optimism, repair, Technology, Telephony, Video, youtube
For a brief moment I thought that I might go a little DIY with fixing my nexus 4 screen. I did find the parts on Amazon for around $30 (relatively cheap I think), however after viewing this instructional video I thought twice about it. It takes a professional 2 hours to do this, it will most likely take me more (if I don't ragequit ;-) ). The video lost me at using a hear gun to remove
It's been a couple of weeks now since my Nexus 4 sort of died. It took a tumble from my bike and hit the pavement in such a way that the touch screen no longer responds to input. The rest of the phone seems to work fine, but without an ability to do input it's not all that useful. So, I pulled out the old Motorola v3xx phone (aka razr 3G) from the drawer, powered it up, and put
Mac Classic Schematic - the history version
I came across this the other day. It's a print with a cross-section of an Apple Mac Classic. Inside this is (apparently) a miniature of the history and legacy of the Mac. Pretty interesting (and it's about $44). Maybe something for Christmas ;-)
The other day I stumbled across an indiegogo campaign for a re-make of the Commodore 64 (along with a handheld companion). Wondering how long until we see Amiga remakes ;-)
Concept Mobile Phone...looks pretty cool
I came across this concept mobile phone from Samsung. Not sure if this is an actual thing, or just something that someone dreamed up (who doesn't work for Samsung). The concept reminds me a little bit of the "global" which was used in the TV series Earth: Final Conflict, and the defunct idea by Microsoft (remember that tablet they were supposedly developing?) I like this
Thursday, Mar 24 2016 09:47 | adieu, EdTech, elearning, Languages, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well...seems like LiveMocha is going away. The approach that I liked about LiveMocha was that it utilized social networking, and networks, for the purposes of language learning. So, me - being a native speaker of Greek and English, I could earn points by teaching others those languages and I could use those points to the in turn learn something new. It allowed someone to be
The problem with the transporter...
This came across my feeds last week Very interesting philosophical question - which I think was also addressed by MetaTreks on trek.fm in one of their first episodes (but with the enterprise rather than a human being transported)
Vintage Tech - Apple Newton
Tuesday, Mar 8 2016 04:00 | #metanastis, Apple, macAddict, MacWorld, magazines, Newton, Technology, vintage
Ad from a computer magazine for the Newton 2100The Apple Newton is one of those devices that I had been keeping my eyes on for a while. I wasn't sure when the original device was released - the original messagepad - but I know that it was out in the market when I came back from Greece. While I was in Greece I couldn't really afford to spend money on computer magazines, as much as I wanted
Wintergatan - Marble Machine
2000 marbles make some really nice music ;-)
Tablets are dead...not!
Every now and again I come across a piece of clickbait that I just can't help but to click on. This past week I saw this piece on TechCrunch the other day, supposedly proclaiming that tablets are dead. The main thesis of the article is that since there wasn't a lot of brand new, innovative, product in the tablet lines at MWC (mobile world congress) that the tablets are now a commodity
Retro-Futuristic: The Newton smartwatch
Every now and again you see some retro-inspired futuristic gadgets. I am not sure where I came across this, but here it is - the Apple Newton Watch - complete with mini stylus ;-) I wonder what the specs for this thing are...
From the archive: the Apple iWalk
Tuesday, Feb 23 2016 03:30 | Apple, iPDA, iPoc Classic, iPod, Microsoft, Newton, PDA, rumor, Technology, Zune
I love being reminded of rumors from yesteryear :-) Back in the early 2000s there was a site called SpyMac which, as the name suggest, was a website that posted rumors about upcoming Apple products. I think that it also encouraged people to submit spyshots of new products, and hence potentially break their NDA. The site no longer exists, but we still have some interesting fakes around
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.
Adieu Pearson LMS...
Well... that was... interesting to say the least!Just yesterday I was writing about Lore going away...it seems that Pearson is also getting out of the LMS business as well. I noticed this on Pearson's OpenClass website:OpenClass will retire on January 1, 2018On January 1, 2018, OpenClass will no longer be available to faculty, students, or administrators, and as of today, no new accounts will
Lore no more! | Adieu Lore
Well, I guess the free LMS/social network Lore is going away soon! I just got this email message the other day from the folks at Lore:I had joined Lore back in the days when it was called CourseKit. The product, and the company, was created by a bunch of undergraduate students who wanted their face to face professors to use technology in the classroom - at least that's what the lore is...
Some days in the office...
Some days in the office, computer waits for you...
Vintage Tech - Sony Magic Link
Saturday, Jan 23 2016 06:30 | #metanastis, Atari, panasonic, PDA, Sony, Technology, vintage, youtube
What the Dedham Lechmere looked like, not in my time thoughHey there! Remember Lechmere? Well, chances are that if you did not grow up in New England you probably don't know what the heck it is, but around here it seemed like a big deal. The chain of stores went out of business in 1997, and a BJ's wholesale store was erected in the former Lechmere locationWhen I moved back to the US (oh yes,
Δέκα χρόνια twitter
Friday, Jan 22 2016 10:38 | commentary, jaiku, micro-blogging, Technology, Twitter, Ελληνικά, Επικοινωνία, Τεχνολογία
Fail Whale*Καλά ε; Πώς περνάει ο καιρός; Είναι λίγο δύσκολο να φανταστεί κανείς πως έχουν περάσει δέκα χρόνια από τότε που άρχισε το twitter. Εντάξει, το twitter δεν είναι το μόνο microblogging platform που άρχισε το 2006. Για παράδειγμα είχαμε το
Vintage Tech - Sharp Zaurus
Monday, Jan 4 2016 04:00 | #metanastis, Android, Apple, Atari, Games, Google, panasonic, PDA, Playstation, sharp, Technology, VideoGames, vintage, Windows, λύκειο
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
Year-end review of xbox games
Tuesday, Dec 22 2015 05:00 | Assassins Creed, Entertainment, Games, Infographics, Microsoft, Technology, video games, VideoGames, Windows, XBOX
Well lookie here! Seems like Microsoft has also put out a "year in review" for people who play games on xbox (I wonder if it also counts xbox live on Windows). Seems like I spent a lot of time playing games in 2015 (to balance out the hard work of studying for my doctorate no doubt). It does seem like my friends (the 3 that I have on xbox live) don't play a ton of games. Maybe
Adieu Pi! We hardly knew ye...
This past semester one of my colleagues, and fellow co-instructor of the Instructional Design capstone project, suggested we use a new service called Pi to bring our sections together. This sounded like a great idea given that the capstone course tends to be pretty hermetic for most students, since they work on individual projects. The separate sections also have a low number of students enrolled
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
iPod, I am your father!
Monday, Nov 30 2015 04:30 | Apple, audio, cassette, Facebook, Humor, iPod, Social Media, Social Networks, Technology
This seems a little dated these days, I mean...what "kids these days" will remember an iPod classic? ;-) That said, here's another find from stories from the facebook wall
Windows 10, out for a spin
Saturday, Nov 14 2015 04:30 | Games, Linux, Microsoft, MMORPG, StarTrek, tablet, Technology, ubuntu, upgrade, VideoGames, Windows
Sure, Windows 10 isn't "new" any more, and there are enough people out there that upgraded so that they could get that annoying popup to go away, but as an enterprise user I am happy to not have had to deal with that "do you want to upgrade now?" (they should have used Clippy to make those announcements) :-)With work done at my home, and my work computers resting for now, it seemed like a good time
Well...this was a tool I forgot that I had signed up for! I guess it's goodbye for a free screen-casting tool (which apparently I rarely used). Here is the note I received the other day from the crew at Screenr:Sadly, we’re retiring Screenr on November 11, 2015.As you might already know, Screenr’s recording capability is based on Java RE (Runtime Environment), which is rapidly becoming
Another apple keynote? When did that happen?
Saturday, Sep 26 2015 10:29 | Android, Apple, AppleWatch, Google, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, macAddict, MacOS, MacUser, MacWorld, magazines, Microsoft, Smartwatch, Sony, Technology, university, Work
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
Nintendo, and the Smartphone
Thursday, Jul 23 2015 19:53 | Classics, Concept, GameBoy, nintendo, Technology, Telephony, video games, VideoGames
A few days ago is seems like everywhere on the internet (or at least the places I hang out in), were publishing images of concepts of what a Nintendo phone would look like, which they seem have branded the SmartBoy, calling back to the original mobile hit, the GameBoy. The concept seems to be modular in design, with a gamepad add-on, and add-ons, like a higher megapixel camera, that connect
The future looks so...past!
Going through my Pocket reading list this morning I came across this Concept video, which seems to be produced by Apple in 1987. Today it looks a bit like a parody, but it was still worth a look. The funny thing is that 1997 in this video seemed quite "off" from what real 1997 was. I was surprised to see so many computers looks like the Mac II. The other interesting thing is that
Ο Πρώτος υπολογιστής
Monday, Jun 29 2015 06:00 | #metanastis, Apple, Classic, DOS, IBM, Internet, MacOS, Performa, Technology, Windows, Ελληνικά, Τεχνολογία
IBM PS/2 Model 12Αφού λοιπόν το πρώτο καλοκαίρι θα το περνάγαμε στην Βοστόνη, ήταν ευκαιρία να ζητήσω υπολογιστή από τον πατέρα. Όλες οι εργασίες στο λύκειο έπρεπε να είναι γραμμένες στο υπολογιστή, τίποτα δεν ήταν δεκτό το οποίο
Adieu! Yahoo! Pipes!
Sunday, Jun 14 2015 13:46 | adieu, Google, RSS, Technology, Twitter, web 2.0, web development, Yahoo
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
More classic goodness, in your web browser
Well. As if running MacOS 6 in vMac on your smartwatch wasn't enough, if you are craving some classic operating systems check out PCE.js which allows you to run MacOS 6 in a web browser, as well as Windows and DOS. I wonder what my younger self would think of this if I had seen this 20 years ago... Now it's time to start emulating Amigas, IIgs, and OS/2. If you feel nostalgic for Windows
Macintosh II on Android Wear
Saturday, May 16 2015 09:10 | Android, emulation, emulator, Mac Classic, MacOS, MacOS 6, Retro, Smartwatch, Technology
I guess it was only a matter of time before some ported emulators on Android Wear. This one is a port of vMac, the Mac Classic emulator which I think runs System 6 and System 7. On a touch-screen, with touch screen controls, it's not all that great. However, if someone could figure out a way to pair a bluetooth keyboard and mouse to it... that could be something. Of course the utility
My most recent ubuntu experiment
Tuesday, May 12 2015 04:00 | Computing, Internet, Linux, Mac, MacOS, MacOS 9, OS, programming, School, Technology, Windows, Work
I've been experimenting with Linux on and off since 1999. I was first introduced to linux when I was working at Barnes and Noble and I was working on the textbook floor with a number of other computer geeks. I think the first distro that I heard of was Slackware, but I don't think I have actually ever actually installed slackware. I remember seeing their software boxes at stores like MicroCenter
Make it so! Hacking together a tricorder.
Now this is pretty cool! Someone hacked together a tricorder using an older iPhone and a tricorder toy from the late 90's. Full story on the Nerdist. Now if only this were real - and if the hardware buttons actually did something ;-)
Taking the smartwatch for a spin
Sunday, May 3 2015 05:00 | Android, Apple, apps, exercise, gadget, Google, iOS, Pebble, Technology, watch
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
Adieu Library Books!
I can't believe I missed this bit of news last February! I was checking to see if there are any updates to one of my favorite applications - library books - when I saw a note from the author that the software would not longer be updated. Too bad, because this was quite a useful application, both on the Mac originally, and then on iOS. This app allowed you to log into your local academic
Well...I guess it's time to bid adieu to TvTag :-/. This is a social television watching service that took over the old GetGlue once GetGlue was bought by i.TV. The concept behind GetGlue, and later on TvTag was that you could check into shows that you were watching, you would thus have an opportunity to see what your friends were watching, get some recommendations for television shows,
Adieu MessageMe, we hardly knew ya!
Well, another one bites the dust, or as would be more apt to say: another one gets bought out! This weekend I got a note that Yahoo has acquired the SMS replacement called MessageMe and the service will be shutting down to focus on some yahoo specific projects (are they going to reinvigorate Yahoo Messenger?)This closure brings back to the forefront something I've said in the past (maybe here,
Tuesday, Jul 8 2014 13:45 | adieu, Google, School, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
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
Nostalgia for a sidekick
Hiptop LX Back in the day, before iPhones, androids, and (modern) windows phones there were a number of other smartphones. The first smartphones I saw were maxed by Nokia (Nokia communicator line) and by Ericsson (the R350 if I am not mistaken). Those were the days, back around 1999 when you could surf the web on CSD or HSCSD (circuit switched data, aka "dial up"), and feel like you had an uber-phone
Wind GR & Wind IT: Pre-paid SIM review
Wind Italy account notification after callSo this is my last note on this summer's trip (at least for now). Last time I vacationed and needed a pre-paid SIM I was in France. This time, I ended up with one SIM card in Greece and another in Italy. Based on the recommendations of friends I ended up getting a Wind SIM in Greece, and a Wind SIM in Italy which seemed like the better deals.
Vacation: Technology Fails!
Friday, Aug 16 2013 08:00 | Android, Apple, Computing, FAIL, Google, iPad, iPhone, nexus, Technology, Telephony, vacation
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
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
Adieu Messager, I guess...
I was reading my email this morning and I got a note from Microsoft telling me that they are trashing Windows Messenger and keeping Skype in it's place. The truth is that I haven't used messenger in quite some time, but with Windows 8 I was looking forward to having it run in the background so I could use it for messaging (sort of how I have iMessage logged into my Yahoo, MSN Live, and AIM accounts
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
Last spring, in anticipation of buying a new Mac Mini, I decided to spend some money to get a new Magic Trackpad (awesome little device), a new wireless keyboard (which I have been using with my iPad, and Samsung Slate) and an external SuperDrive.The original intent, of course, was that I would use these with a new Mac Mini as soon as I got one. I was expecting that I would get one in the summer as
Discovered a bug in Mozilla's Open Backpack!
I've been using many beta software titles for a while, and I've also been a volunteer beta tester for software that I like in the past, but I've never actually come across an actual bug! Well, this is all about to change this morning! In the past couple of days I've been messing around with Open Backpack. Sure, I had an account before, and I received a badge for completing the #BonkOpen
Some initial thoughts on the Slate 7
Quick and dirty home office setupIt's been a few weeks since I've had my new Samsung Slat 7 tablet PC and I thought I would give it a quick review before I upgrade the OS to Windows 8 (this way you get a sense of what it's like out of the box).The cool things about this PC:The tablet hardware is actually pretty freakin' nice! The chassis of the PC is nice and thin, the touch screen responds to both
Well, that's a bummer!Cinch was a service that allowed you to record audio on your phone and seamlessly post it to the web. This for me was an easy way of getting a podcast together (and it also reminded me of another defunct service, utterly). I never really got started with that podcast (maybe I will get it going with audioboo now) but I liked to show off cinch for language learning classrooms.oh
Man, it just seem like yesterday that Ping.fm just went offline. Now the only (and my first) cross-posting service is also closing its doors. What the heck is going on? Are the various services' TOS changing so much so that it is impossible for these services to survive? It's sad to see helloTXT go. Thank you for all these years of service! Now I must find another service to cross post content.Here
Well, that was a bit short lived! Just last week I was pondering how much longer Instapaper will be a paid app given that apps and services, among them Spool, we're available for free. Well, spool is now gone into the graveyard of Web 2.0 apps and services. The nice thing about spool was that you could save multimedia for late viewing, not just text. I hope other services jump on the multimedia time
Podcast app στο iOS: Nice try, try again
Την περασμένη εβδομάδα πήρα χαμπάρι πως η Apple κυκλοφόρησε μια δική της εφαρμογή για podcatching και για να ακούς podcast. Ένα από τα κύρια θέματα με το iOS για 'μένα είναι πως από την αρχή έπρεπε να συνδέσεις την συσκευή στο iTunes
I just came across this TED video (in a workshop I am taking). This short video was pretty good! Going from Human Gatekeepers (of information) to Algorithmic Gatekeepers.
Ο θάνατος του Social Bookmarking;
Αυτό το περασμένο σαββατοκύριακο, εκεί που καθάριζα τις πεθαμένες πια web 2.0 υπηρεσίες από τα bookmarks μου άρχισα να σκέφτομαι περί του delicious και του diigo, αλλά και άλλον υπηρεσιών bookmarking και social bookmarking, και το αν είναι ακόμα χρήσιμες
What's the reason to buy Instapaper?
I was browsing the AppStore the other day and I saw that Instapaper was cheaper than its normal priceMaybe if this were the original price I would have gone for Instapaper over ReadItLater ;-). In any case, I was in a temptation to buy it! After all, Instapaper was my original "save for later reading" application on iOS, and I only changed to ReaditLater (now Pocket) because there was no free
Adieu, Mediafly onair
My weekend Web 2.0 cleanup yielded another service that apparently went belly up over the past six months. Mediafly still exists, but they are focusing their work on the Enterprise and not on the consumer. I wonder if they will go the way of Britekite due to this restructuring.In any case, mediafly onair was a way to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using a web interface and then access that list
This past weekend I was doing some summer cleanup of various Web 2.0 services and I was planning on checking up Ping.fm to see if I needed to clean up anything in my settings. I really enjoyed being able to cross-post to various networks. Ironically, the networks that I had as backups to twitter (such as Jaiku, youare and posterous) have all either been bought out and closed, or have just ceased operations
Well, the end is here! The end of MobileMe, that is. Anyone visiting MobileMe will get a "closed for business" sign that seems all too familiar. I started using .Mac around 2004-2005. Sure, I had an iTools account before (which I rarely used) , but later on I signed up for .Mac for one and only one reason: cheap web hosting! Back then it was cheaper to pay $99 per year for HTML hosting, and you got
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
Microsoft's Surface Announcement
Fascinating news from Microsoft, finally pulling an Apple!I am looking forward to the Windows 8 Surface tablet from Microsoft. If it's $500-600 (and it doesn't suck) I am more than happy to spend my own cash for it ;-)
Out with the old, in with the new!
A while back (well, last September when I got my iPad), I tried out Instapaper's competitor, Read It Later. I have to admit that what drew me to Read It Later was the entry price: free. Instapaper did have a free version but they axed it. For my use free was good enough. There were a few features that I now use, that I didn't back then, that were on the Pro version, but
Ladies love TouchWiz
I don't think I've ever laughed so hard during a technology show :-)
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.
I guess this is the official end of Posterous. I got the following in my inbox the other day and it confirmed what the twittersphere and blogosphere had been going on about in the last few weeks.The irony is that I had Posterous and used it as a twitter backup (using ping.fm to cross post). With over 11,000 tweets, I wonder how I can access my old stuff when companies keep folding or getting
AT&T Nasty gram
Well, silly me for thinking that I was still in the "no strings attached unlimited internet" that I thought I was grandfathered in. I got this nice little text message from AT&T the other day telling me that I would be throttled...OK, so I did use Waze GPS navigation extensively during the week of NERCOMP...and I did use Pandora and iTunes streaming...heck, I also streamed an episode of Star Trek:
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
Cost of video games
Last week seemed to be the week of the PS Vita as it was discussed on pretty much every single podcast I listen to (and some I don't listen to!) The main thing that the tech people discussed was not the capability of the device (because it seems to be quite capable) but rather the relevancy of the device. In a world were iPhones, iPads and Android devices (and now Microsoft with Windows Phone
Welcome to iOS5
Well, since MobileMe is inching closer and closer to its inevitable death, I decided today to update my iPhone 3GS to iOS5, and move my data to iCloud. I attempted at jailbreaking my iPhone, but since it was jailbroken the update process eluded me in the short time frame that I had to update, so I decided to just go with stock iOS. My iPad hasn't been jailbroken, and iOS5 is not bad on it,
Another one bites the dust, eh? Bellow is an email I got from amplify the other day announcing closure of their service. I have to say that this is something that doesn't really affect me. I noticed that a number of people that I follow on my professional (outward facing) twitter account had amplify accounts so I decided to give it a try. Used it for a couple of stories
Last Friday I got my new iMac at work (yay!) and I was busy transferring stuff from my old iMac that I have to give back to my old department soon. Due to this setup I didn't spend much time looking into what came withy iMac, in other words what came in the box.When I looked more closely yesterday I saw that the recovery disc was missing, or rather a recovery disk was not included. A quick web search
(my) Mac Mini is EOL'd...
With the announcement of Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8 for those keeping score) there is another list coming out of supported machines. Even though I haven't updated my Mac Mini (mid-2007) to Lion yet, I was wondering if it would run Mountain Lion. It seems like my mid-2007 Mac Mini will no longer supported by this new OS, but that is quite OK in my book. Even two operating systems
I was reading Rebecca's post the other day about file dis-organization and her journey to figure out what to do with a problem that plagues most academics that I know: that of finding interesting articles, downloading them for potential future reading, and then losing track of things (or not knowing where things are). I have to say that I've struggled with the same problem as well over the past
Adieu ZumoDrive???I got the following message from ZumoDrive support last night:This is an important ZumoDrive service announcement. You are receiving this email because you have an active ZumoDrive account.Motorola is excited to announce that we’ll be moving over to MotoCast to continue delivering innovative, cost effective solutions for accessing, sharing, and consuming your digital content. MotoCast
Copy-to-hard drive fail...
The weekend before last I decided to use my massive hard drive to its full potential, and also clean up some of my living room by copying over my xbox games from disc to hard drive. I thought that by copying the games to disc would just allow me to run them from the hard drive, instead of the game disc, and I would be able to file my games away so that they are not in the way. It took several
tapose - Metro tablet on the iPad
Microsoft may have killed its double screen tablet before it even got off the ground, but some enterprising folks have brought the concept to the iPad. This is pretty interesting. It reminds me a lot of the concept of smart object/plug-in architecture that they were going to do in the original MacOS 8 (copland) but the project was eventually a failure.
CIA: Operation Ajax - interesting comic book!
This is a pretty interesting comic book (based on real events). This is so nicely done that others need to pay attention to it! It really showcases what you can do when you really utilize the medium you have to work with and break out of existing constraints (that are not necessarily your current medium's constraint)CIA : Operation Ajax for the iPad from Cognito Comics on Vimeo.
Evernote Hello, pretty interesting!
This is pretty interesting!Need to play with this :-)
Instapaper, ReaditLater...and now Spool?
It's interesting, AvantGo may be gone, but it's spiritual successors do live on! I had tried both Instapaper and ReaditLater. I ended up going with ReaditLater for pricing reasons. Yes, I know that $5 for instapaper isn't that much to spend, but ReaditLater was on sale for $3, so I bought that - the way I see it, I just got some coffee money to sip while I read the news!In any case, Christian
Yesterday I got a notice that VisualCV will be closing down shop at the end of this month. The interesting thing is that I thought that I had erased my profile from VisualCV back in the summer (or in the early autumn). It's nice that they will be completely destroying all the data from their servers and destroying all their backups.I had started using VisualCV when it first came out, mostly because
Last week, before thanksgiving, I was out an about doing some last minute holiday (food) shopping and I thought it would be worthwhile checking in. Since the API changes over at Foursquare, Gowalla has been unable to auto post from GoWalla, so I've been posting twice, once from each app.Pulled out FourSquare and checked in to venues without much trouble. Pulled out GoWalla and I was scratching
GoWalla has jumped the shark...
Yesterday, while running some pre-thanksgiving errands, I decided to check in to my local bakery while waiting for my stuff.. Checked in with Foursquare, no problem; went into GoWalla (it still crashed on iOS5 mind you, but my iPhone is on iOS4 so it still works) an I couldn't find where and how to check in...WTH??? GoWalla has gone through several "upgrades" (let's call them upgrades...they seem more
WIndows 8 tablets with docks!
Microsoft, steal this idea!I was listening to Windows Weekly the other day and Laporte and Thurott were discussing ARM based Windows 8 tablets, versus Intel desktops, and how Microsoft's strategy is windows everywhere (as opposed to some sort of fragmented windows like we have now, and which was much worse in the past). What seems to be escaping people is the idea of the dock!You could have an
Microsoft's Vision of 2010
I came across this video on YouTube (by hearing about it on Windows Weekly) and I have to say that it is a riot! The tablets are bulky, they still use the stylus as inefficiently as they did back in 2005 (when this video was made) and...well it's so corporate! At least the Knowledge Navigator video by Apple was a little more "real life."This video reminded me of the awesome motorola handset
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
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
HyperCard - one of the tools used for creating HyperText fictionI came across this article on Slate the other day on the topic of HyperText books. I have to say that the idea intrigued me since for the "early life" of HyperText stories I was in Greece and I didn't have a computer, and for the latter part of their life (in the 90s anyway), I wasn't really interested in reading novels, much less so on
Goodbye to an innovator and a great leader - and a heck of a presenter!I have to say that I came into the Apple world after Jobs had left the company and I still loved the products they had (confusing as the product line up was). I was there when the NeXT acquisition brought Steve back and witnessed the Apple renaissance. For a while there the fear was that Apple would go the way of the Amiga
Why Windows 8 is interesting
I've heard lots of grippes over the past week about Windows 8 but I have to say that I for one am quite interested in it, and I have been a Mac fanboi for most of computer using life and I have never particularly liked the Windows OS line. Windows Vista and 7 are OK. With Windows 8 things have an opportunity to change (no, I am not switching to Windows, but I could consider making them part of my
Experiments with iPad and Wireless Keyboard
Today I was experimenting with my wife's iPad and the Apple Wireless Keyboard to see just how productive I could be with a simple iPad and Keyboard. As a matter of fact this post is written in safari using the iPad and the apple wireless keyboard. I have to say that my experiments this weekenend were rather positive! Doing basic web surfing, blogging and paper writings (using pages) was a breeze!
Too late to buy an iPad2?
One day before classes start again! I was at the Salem Target the other day getting some necessary supplies (read: paper towels) when I did my obligatory sweep of the electronics section to see if there are any (interesting) xbox games on sale. Here I noticed that iPads are actually in stock at most (if not all) locations and all immediate demand has been satisfies apparently to allow stores to keep
Symbiab Belle promo video...
This would be nice if Nokia hand't axed Symbian...Knowing that a platform has no future makes me less likely to go out an buy something that runs it. Nokia fooled me once with Maemo and the N800...
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
What is Google+? (ROFL)
άπαιχτο! (awesome!)What is Google+ (Google Plus) and do I need it? from Epipheo Studios on Vimeo.
The internet....in 1995
I remember when "the internet" was a big thing and everyone was first talking about itThose graphics and operating systems are an awesome blast from the past! I wonder if there is an alternative universe out there where MacOS 8 (Copland) ever took form and the Apple Newton reigned supreme :-)
Goodbye Digital Tumbleweed...
OK, so this past week I took the opportunity to take care of some digital tumbleweed - online social services that I signed up for in order to try and I've just not used in a while. While going through these services I also discovered that some of them had gone belly up (or were closing shortly!) So first of all, a very quick adieu to Radar (the picture sharing service, ember (a service
Language politics and the internet
There are some people that I have been following on Twitter that I have now started following on Google+ because they are quite interesting and quite a few times they give you some food for thought. Two of these people are Panagiotis and Nikos (both post in English and Greek). The origin of this post comes from a question that Panagiotis (@vrypan) had about the utility
MMS: what happened?!
A long long time ago I got my first "internet capable" phone which contained a new messaging technology. That phone was the Ericsson T68i and that new technology was MMS! While the phone had a camera attachment, it was a separate purchase, and it was an anemic 0.3MP (which is what my SonyEricsson P800 camera was, I think). In any case, the idea behind MMS was that it would be a cross-platform,
I guess iCloud is the next best thing in the Apple domain. Man this service has changes so many names over the years; iTools in 2000, .Mac (dot Mac) in 2002, MobileMe in 2008 and in 2011 it's going to be iCloud.I just got the following email from Apple regarding the service:Dear MobileMe member,We'd like to share some exciting news with you about iCloud — Apple’s upcoming cloud service, which
Windows 8 looks promising!
I have to admit that I've been warming up to Windows these past few years. I really disliked everything before Vista. I don't know if it's a sign of a maturing computer user (less dogmatic) or if Microsoft is pushing out a better product (or both?), but one thing is certain, with each release of Windows there has been more incentive to use it. Having a Mac that is able to run both operating
Greater iPhone-iPad integration
Since WWDC is next week, here's an item from my wish list for the next iOS: better iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch integration! I saw this with HP's WebOS event a few months ago where HP's WebOS tablet was able to seamlessly exchange data with a WebOS phone. If a user were browsing something on safari their iPhone for, they could easily (it seemed) get that on their tablet via some sort of proximity
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
Web 2.0 tools...as college students
Another one in my "lost in the inbox" collection.What would Web 2.0 services look like, if they were college students?
updated to 4.3.3 and jailbroke too!
This past weekend I opted to bite the bullet and update my iPhone, which was on 4.0.1. I had been waiting for Ultrasn0w to support the newer baseband, but I noticed that I could use pwnageTool and retain my baseband. So I backed up my iPhone to retain my data (and my apps) and I started the pwnageTool process. I successfully created an image that I could put on my iPhone. Then the fails
Change is Good - LMS parody
I love a good parody! I was looking at materials for the Canvas LMS (learning management system) and I came across a parody of the infamous 1984 Apple Mac ad. I guess you have to be in the "in" crowd to get the references though ;-)
SMS apps, I just don't get you!
A number of SMS, and group SMS, apps have come out on the iPhone AppStore (and in other smartphone AppStores for that matter). Ping Chat was something that came out first (as far as I remember), then textPlus, then kik, and more recently a former "check-in" service, BrightKite, got into the group texting game. Heck, even BlackBerry is thinking about brining their BlackBerry Messenger
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! :-)
I guess no roads lead to symbian!
A few years back I had hypothesized that Nokia would roll all of its intellectual property and know-how into creating one kick-ass next-gen version of its Symbian OS, making Symbian not only competitive, but also able to support from the lowest of the low end phones to the highest end smartphones. Last week we found out otherwise. Nokia and Microsoft entered an agreement in which
The younger generation, and old tech
Pretty humorous considering that this technology isn't even (or is just approaching) 30 years old!I wonder what people will think of these items in another 20 years. It should also be noted that some of these are culturally dependent - I had no 8-track players in Greece, the only reason I knew that they existed was because of relatives that had lived in the US.
Adieu, Live Spaces!
Just as we big farewell to Vox yesterday, it seems like Microsoft decided to pull the plug on Windows Live Spaces, their own version of a microblogging community that you could access with your windows live ID. If Windows Live users want to use a blogging service they will be redirected to WordPress since that's who Microsoft decided to forge a partnership with.Honestly I never really used the service,
The power of the network - random thoughts
I was listening to Leo Laporte on Twit the other day and he and Robert Scoble were talking about how great Twitter is (all hacking of the twitter homepage aside) when trying to find some information. You just throw out your query into the twittersphere (is that even a word?) and your followers will answer it.Well, this might work for celebrities, but does it work the the average-joe-twitterer? For
AOL Keywords for a new decade
Last week I was off from work. I was quite happy because I thought I would be able to go to my local baker every day and sample each and every daily specialty they had. Unfortunately they chose the same week I took off to complete renovations to their operation so no bread unless I went to the not-so-local farmers markets where they also sell their wonderful bread-seriously, their bread
Automator for iOS
No, no, Automator does not exist for iOS yet - but it would be a nice feature! I was thinking about this the other day. My iPod Touch has WiFi, and I use it as an alarm of sorts. Since I keep the WiFi off, I don't have up to date information on weather, news, and RSS when I get up - a dashboard for the morning for example. Of course I can use my iPhone (which is what I do) to get
End of the iPad experiment
OK, so the two week loan of the iPad has come to an end. What have we learned? Quite a lot actually! I think the phrase that sums it up is this: "it's a nice device to mess around with, but not nice enough to buy because you can't easily produce on it"Now of course your milage may vary but this is what I found:First of all the lack of a Greek keyboard was really inconvenient. Also not being able
IPad: the mid point review
So, it's the mid point in my time that I have the iPad on loan from the department. Initial thoughts are a bit mixed. I have to say that the large screen makes for some pretty nice couch browsing while watching TV. The keyboard isn't that horrible to use (it's no physical keyboard but it works). I can't really tell if I am fasted on the iPad or on the iPhone in terms of typing.One of the major issues
There is more than one way to skin an iPhone
OK, bad pun! With my recent jailbreaking I decided to have a look at Winterboard and themes (aka skinning) on the iPhone. Back in the days of System 7.5 (all the way up to MacOS 9) there was a shareware program called Kaleidoscope that allowed you to change icons, windows, buttons and other UI elements of the MacOS. Copland, the original MacOS 8 that was never released was supposed
Wither the PDA?
I was reading this post yesterday on ProfHacker, and the author was asking where are the PDAs in today's smartphone world? PDAs...you know! Those pieces of technology from the mid-to-late 90s that were not connected to the internet and held information like your addressbook, calendar, notepad (and of course the games!). The author is contemplating getting an iPod Touch and a cheap, voice-only,
Floppy drive w/ legs!
Well, this is retro!A floppy drive that grows some legs to avoid spilling liquids (that invade from the bottom - top invading liquids are still a problem) ;-)I haven't used a floppy disk or a floppy drive in close to 10 years now so I took this to be more of an art installation rather than something of actual use :-)Floppy Legs Portable Hard Drive from James Chambers on Vimeo.