Even more reasons to love Evernote…

I love Evernote. I always have.

But since I started on the post graduate study path, combined with lots of travel for my research project path, well, it is an essential tool in my arsenal.

I have photos of travel docs (like passport,, visas etc as backup), spare passport photo, ticket info, reservations, all my frequent flyer and club memberships if cards get lost. I have conference information, network connection information, maps, notes. I have disability access information for every airport. Business cards collected. Useful leads for research. Voice notes. Tips from people I meet as to venues I might like – from coffee shops and restaurants to must visit spots that only a local can recommend, often while sitting in an airplane.

I have Evernote on my Macbook Air, iMac, iPad & iPhone. As a browser plugin. And it gets better and better in what it offers on top of this. For it has many extras. All sorts of things.

Chrome: Albeit a little late, Evernote has jumped on the improved website readability bandwagon and introduced a new feature called Clearly. Much like most browser extensions and bookmarklets, it takes a given website and converts the layout into a more readable format. This makes clipping web content to Evernote a lot nicer as you won’t have to deal with improper formatting as the page transitions to your notebook.

via Evernote Clearly Makes Web Pages More Readable | Lifehacker Australia.

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Last bits of the day

Apple I at the Smithsonian Museum
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Apple Carves Out A Special App Store Area For “Awesome iOS 4 Apps”. So, developers, lesson is get in early!

Infographic of the Day: The Rise of User-Generated Porn – oh wow. There is no comment i want to make on this one:)

Wanted: A Bike Basket Perfect for Eames Freaks – i love these! I wonder if could adapt for wheelchair?

This is a really insightful issue. I do struggle a bit with enthusiasm with the products i use that work, and atm, every damn Apple thing I have bought just works beautifully – and everyone who i have shown them to, (who has ended up getting them based on their enthusiasm more than my recommendation), has loved them too. iPad, iPhone, Macbook & Macbook Pro, and the screens, gorgeous screens – no, i love their stuff. My kids like Windows and Linux, and are also comfortable with my Mac.

Would not hesitate to sing praises of latest Ubuntu install either, mind you, and have told friends if you MUST use Windows, Windows 7 is pretty good – finally a Windows product I could use. I just really like the Apple products, the finish, the software.

Does that make me a fangirl? Possibly. I just can only recommend things that work well for me. Anyway : The Art of Being Pragmatic In a World of Fanboys.

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Geeky roundup du jour

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User Guide for iPhone 4 and iOS 4 Now Online.

iPhone 4 Is Fast, But Not As Fast As The iPad

Mac terminal users like me will love this – open terminal from Finder with OpenTerminal.

Dropbox For Chrome Browses, Downloads Files From The Popular Syncing Service

more Dropboxy goodness with  Add PDFs To Your iBooks Collection Using Dropbox

How To Sync iPhone Notes To Your Gmail Account

Opt Out Of Targeted iPhone iAds (But Not Location Tracking)

iPad Books Software Still Messy For Australians

What Telstra’s $11 Billion NBN Deal Means For Consumers

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Bits of me

It has been a week. One would expect that. Ok, not entirely a week in date terms, if one is to be fussy, its just feels that way. Much other people’s stuff and comings and goings and thinkings and wantings and not wantings and loving but not in the way they wanted and loving is just enough kind of ways and oh my. I love where i probably shouldn’t, and that is my own business and a pattern i see no reason to change now (the shouldn’t i mean, never been good at shoulds), don’t love where it is probably wanted (at least how it is wanted), but love is what love wills itself into being.

A wilful child, love, best thing is just to get on with it, like life, and see where it does or doesn’t go. However, the constant touchstone of my life, i always love my beloved family, my dearest friends, and my children – well, they are my literal raison d’etre. My wayward heart does its own thing beyond those absolutes.

Eb (Evil Back) is my most faithful companion, and all efforts to persuade him to be otherwise are to no avail. This is discouraging but am attempting further ways to persuade him that he is not what i want in a devoted lover, thank you. Attempting hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, and accupuncture in upcoming weeks, may keep you posted, or not as i do or don’t think of it. I don’t tend to do much of that here, why would that interest you? It doesn’t do much for me either!

However, for Facebook refugees bemoaning that i no longer am there, and somehow failing to be able to live in a  world where simple hi how are you works into increasingly busy lives, i made rash promises to the effect of updating here occasionally. Consider it an occasion.

I try to post things of interest. I have too many interests, and too much that is demanding of my time. I have taken to the step of rebelling against that strange sense of obligation to finish reading all my feeds (like unwanted vegetables to children at dinner), even if Feedly makes it so nice an experience, and to post to social networks regularly, (i remain a solitary monster who reaches out in bits and pieces. Mostly pieces, though some are quite pretty held up in the light). Finiding posting time is hard enough, and takes a combination of Zemanta, Shareaholic, WordPress tools, and Evernote. Oh, and strange feeling that this looks interesting finds that seem to call a theme together enough to make me post.

I am addicted to podcasts, but also gleefully decide this week they will be marked as watched despite not having been. Oh the anarchy. I tend not to miss Boxcutters ever, and they mentioned me very nicely this week, and i got a warm chocolate fudge gooey kind of aww moment from that – thanks guys.

Trying to squeeze in half an hour a day for guitar practice is a battle i do not always win but i do try so hard, for i love Fergus the wonder guitar. I am fascinating by the strange numb blistery feeling on my left hand fingers, where i hold the strings for chords. Having played the violin, i think i have finally persuaded my wrist to settle down and just let my fingers decide placement, don’t be so damn rigid. Feels still a tad anarchic. I use a few really good apps, such as Guitar Toolkit and Chords on the iPhone.

Being a book addict, audiobooks (thanks Audible.com ) are a constant companion, i try for two a week. Used to read a book a day, still do if i decide i am allowing myself a hide form the world (despite it knocking urgently at my door and emailing and ringing and messaging) day when the kids are not around. This is increasingly hard to find.

I have made two gift quilts for baby and toddler, and have two play mat/snuggle rugs for small ones, and two baby ones to make as gifts. I have made an intensely bright tye died rainbow fleece winter coat that just needs lining and buttons, and hurts your eyes like sunshine on a bright day, and is very warm,therefore perfect. I started my quilt (design below), and am starting to make pet beds with the So So Sisters, (my partners in crime and dear sisters of the heart and material), as local pet shelters are in need for these colder days.Also two double, one queen to king sized quilts of various bizarre designs for three eldest daughters, five or six knitting projects, made fleecy pjs for two smallest, and and am hand stitching in bed (i do spend a large amount of time stuck here or in a wheelchair with EB after all), a hex pieced bag for me to carry my iPad (love it still)  and iPhone (love it too!) and other general stuff around in. Must be mad. I keep promising to resurrect the photos of collected works we had up on Facebook, i will get there. Maybe on weekend if someone reminds me. I am using my IPad a lot oddly in quilting, and Dropbox, and running EQ7 (via Parallels) on my Macbook Pro, so technology seems to be my thing no matter what I do.

timelady quilt

Timelady Quilt

Also working on several webdev projects for work, and one for a not for profit i shall be talking a lot about very soon, as soon as i get the content finished for the site – i have written in my todo list by weekend, so it must be done by then. It is amazing, and has huge potential to save AND enhance lives, so am very very excited to be a part of it.

I have had one thing mostly distracting my thoughts the last few months, i am hoping i have reached a resolution, a place of rest and peace and a point to start growing and evolving with it, rather than struggling with it, but time will tell, it always does. It is still background noise, but hopefully the playlist has hit more of an upbeat but ambient vibe, suitable for joy and acceptance and potential, less for worry and fear and pain.

In short, like all of us, i have a lot on the surface, and far more brewing underneath. The brave face is necessary to function. I am not that good at it in my writing, hence these updates are irregular. I am too honest in my writing, and have found it hard enough to not be more detailed and open. However, tis is not a bare my soul blog. It is whatever it feels like it is at the time. It feels like i have said enough:)

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An Apple a day…

iPad with on display keyboard
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PrompterPal has everything you’d expect from a teleprompter application. The ability to edit your text, increase and decrease font size, mirror your screen, and control scroll speed are all a quick menu away – and read the rest of the quite glowing PrompterPal for the iPad Review.

Yes, not everyone wants an iPad. I know, i was shocked, shocked i tell you!;) Anyway, here are 10 Netbooks to Try as an Alternative to the iPad.

There is an amazing array of really excellent drawing apps for all ranges, requirements, and levels of skill already on the iPad. I do have to agree with comments made on a recent post, here is where a stylus would come in handy. Of course, being Apple, they are only  an accessory away. GIYF there, my friends – and if you find a good one, please let me know, i am on the prowl for one.Anyway, peruse this review of  iDraw for iPad, Your Illustrator for iPad in the meantime:)

A security breach has exposed iPad owners – they could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking, via Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed. Yet Boing Boing has it that AT&T security breach exposed 114k iPad users – it isn’t Apple at fault, but the ever popular AT&T, and other iPad users can breathe easier. Only At&T users suffer. Again, forom what it seems!

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Apple Posts WWDC Keynote Full Video… …

Apple Posts WWDC Keynote Full Video Online that we might worhip afresh. Well, gasp at every hyperbolic detail (magic, best ever kind of thing). The annoying thing is, they are right about iPhone 4. Gorgeous beasty, but 3Gs is where I am staying (of course with iPhone 4.0 software upgrade looming, nice), and shiny iPad (software upgrade delayed for several months, oh bother – but still loving what it is!).

Skip a generation is my thing with Apple tech.

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What The iPhone 4 Tells Us About The iPad2

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The speculation begins The iPhone version 4 is out, we need  new series of Apple rumours to sustain us, we feed off them. Give us a conspiracy, a theory – anything!!! The iPhone 4 is a day old, iPad is two whole months – we are well overdue to start debating next versions of both I say!

Thankfully, we are rescued by Gizmodo Australia and  What The iPhone 4 Tells Us About The iPad 2.

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Why Open Source needs Apple – and so does the rest of the industry…

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D5.
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I know. The new shinys are out.

iPhone 4 first hands-on! (update: FaceTime video demo)

iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 3GS: the tale of the tape
iPhone OS 4 unveiled, adds multitasking, shipping this summer

I love the iPhone 4, but still love my 3Gs, am in no hurry to upgrade, no need:) The software upgrade to 4.0 OS will be snazzy and spiffy, but I am a tad disappointed that the iPhone OS 4 not coming to the iPad until the fall. (I am trying to figure out when that actually is).

Yet we all know what a closed wall system Apple is. How on earth can that be good for FLOSS – Free / Libre Open Source Software? Well, it is just the kick that developers need. Hardware and software. Apple really sets a benchmark in how beautiful their hardware and software can be, they make objects that are actually amazing to use – and they set the level. Android is a case in point. Google is doing amazing things with Android, but I don’t think anyone actually thinks they are not following what Apple does, and striving to better it, do even more amazing things.

Hardware manufacturers are all now falling over themselves to make amazing tablet devices, similar to the iPad – tablets were dead in the water, despite Microsoft making many attempts – including the much under rated and (when I had one, utterly admired) HPT1100. People do not want a tablet with a stylus. Apple has totally made developers rethinks how people interact – the tactile experience of moving apps around a screen – the notion of an onscreen keyboard you could actually touch as preferred input was anathema until Apple did it, and did it so well.

Smart phones generally follow the Apple path now. (Except that noted hold out, Blackberry, which s a class unto itself, and good luck to them). Phone manufacturers have looked to Android as a saviour, as their in house attempts (I am looking at you, PalmOS) were going nowhere, fast.

OSX Snow Leopard, the current version of the Apple Operating System is clearly the inspiration behind Gnome, the main interface behind the Ubuntu project – the inspiration, but they have done even more amazing things. They lack the polish of the Mac version at times, but there are features I honestly wish Apple would notice and incorporate too. I am certain that while Apple leads the way, they also watch – and learn. When they release, they may release a similar product to existing ones – but it t will take the idea and make it seem as if unrealised before, half imagined, and now a complete vision.

Apple, once a flailing company, bailed out by Bill Gates (one has to wonder how he feels now?), upon Steve Jobs‘ return, has transformed into a maker of technology as almost art.

Steve Jobs will always be Willy Wonka to me – the Gene Wilder version, that menacing, magical dreamer of dreams, harsh with fools, but generous to those who get it.

That is why the hype. Deride us as fanboys (ahem, and girls thank you) all you like, Apple users do not just buy for the shiny name aspect (though one imagines there are always some that buy for brand alone). There are those of us who use their products and fall, like Alice, done the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Or perhaps, even more aptly, we choose to walk through the Looking Glass. (Much more apt – as everyone else is running the Red Queen’s race to catch up…)

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Calling for IDEs for IPADs

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Love my iPad, so terribly frustrated by a lack of good code editor.

Seriously good potential, but getting files to them seems to need to be via wifi or itunes.

Goodreader and Air Sharing HD do a great job getting them from Dropbox, MobileMe, google docs etc. But none of the damn editors will accept them that way!!!

Only one or two do syntax highlighting, forget code completion, and all in all, it’s seriously disappointing. I am not expecting Coda, but Coda light would be my dream!!!!!

I truly expected better, but I guess is nearly days. So far, I have tried MIDES, for i:, html edit, markup, monkey wrench, Html css editor. Gusto does great project management, but awfully lacking in editor dept.

– posted from K9, my companion iPad

Location:Angas St,Adelaide,Australia

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Testing Blogpress on the iPad

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This is to test my new blogging tool – Blogpress, versus the WordPress option. While free, the WordPress option had draft issues that bugged me* – let us see if this does the same.

* losing changes i had made to a lengthy post in draft format. Irksome.

– posted from K9, my companion iPad

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