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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A site about Siri responses:)

STSS, aka Shit That Siri Says, is rather fun, and shows what a deep understanding Apple has of their market. They knew people would push the envelope, and have shown a lot of style in being ready for it.

But this is for me to enjoy later – right now, i must work on a better understanding of IEEE procedures, not enjoy this site – oh what fun though! must…resist..

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The secret numerology behind the iPhone event invitation | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

It’s been announced.

Invitations to Apple’s iPhone event on October 4th have been sent out, and we asked famed numerology expert Helmut Weltschmertz (see photo at right) of the Koblenz Institute of Numerology and Used Car Sales to tell us exactly what the numbers and symbols on the invitation meant. Here’s what Dr. Weltschmertz was able to surmise for TUAW:

via The secret numerology behind the iPhone event invitation | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.


Oh, this made me snigger.

Mini Typhoons in Okinawa, (or we aren’t in Kansas any more Toto) – Travel Vignettes 3

Hong Kong International Airport - outside

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So, yesterday afternoon, after an hour and a half delay at Hong Kong airport (they broke the first plane, fortunately before boarding!), we flew to Okinawa. Then himself and I were stuck on the plane, until they managed to get a device attached to the long mobile stairs thing – sort of like an angled platform thing. Then off to the small building that is the airport – so much regional than I was expecting! Customs had never seen the forms I carry for my medication beofr (the ones issued by their government!), ans spoke little English, but all was smiles and fun and such lovely manners. Everyone in Japan, from the airport to the taxis and hotel, has been so friendly and kind, so polite and wanting to help. You would think they had personally damaged my spine at the hotel, the way thy all want to help me with the smallest of tasks. Actually, everyone on this trip has been delightful.

The hotel is very very grand, the staff so darling, all with hugely limited English. But, tragic disaster!!! The wonderful glamorous resort does not have wireless Internet! It only has ethernet – the cabled sort – I mean, who would think it!!!  I have a Macbook AIr – lovely, light 13″ gorgeous speedy device. I have an iPad. An iPhone. Lyn has his Samsung Galaxy Tab, and his Samsung Galaxy 2S phone. No ethernet ports. But the hotel ONLY has ethernet. Anyone know where in Okinawa I can get a MBA ethernet plug, or a small Access Point like the one on our dresser at home, before tomorrow afternoon? No, I didn’t think so…not end of world, but I couldn’t contact kids to let them know I was okay. I felt pretty isolated, though we could have used long distance etc. I am just too connected to Internet to feel good without it now. I can live without it at home, when up at our beloved Wistow, but first time overseas..that is different. But conference has wifi, ahh, blessed wifi *drain*

My presentation was at 8am. I seem to have done sufficiently well to gain Serval an invitation to join the IEEE and drive the process to determine  what we can do to make Mesh Networking easier and better, from a standards pov, working with the already excellent working groups looking into it. I felt very proud to represent our project, and everyone back in the lab had worked long hours helping me prepare for it, so a group kudos. I had wonderful, intelligent, and very detailed questions, support and encouragement from audience. The project always engages people whenever we talk about it.

Lunch soon, and then back to hotel for much needed rest (I was up at 430, fretting so much about getting it right I started rehearsing at 5am!) Lyn has been utterly amazing as a travel companion, and representing Serval as well. (He is also a jolly nice spouse:)  ) Tonight, cocktails and meeting the Governor of Okinawa, and eeing traditional dances and drummers from the region, which is super exciting. Tomorrow will be another huge day, of flying to HK later afternoon, waiting there for 6 hours until about 11.30pm, then finally, direct flight home.

Oh, fr those wondering, photos when we get home, and bandwidth more controllable;)

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Translation From Apple’s Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the ‘Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4′

Apple Iphone and Apple Iphone 3G
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Translation From Apple’s Unique Dialect of PR-Speak to English of the ‘Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4’

Friday, 2 July 2010

Source: “Letter From Apple Regarding iPhone 4”.

The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it. So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and we immediately began investigating them. Here is what we have learned.

We cannot believe we had to write this fucking letter.

To start with, gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by 1 or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones.

We cannot believe we’re getting shit for this.

But some users have reported that iPhone 4 can drop 4 or 5 bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band. This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.

(No translation necessary.)

At the same time, we continue to read articles and receive hundreds of emails from users saying that iPhone 4 reception is better than the iPhone 3GS. They are delighted. This matches our own experience and testing. What can explain all of this?

It really is a better antenna and gets better reception, overall, than any previous iPhone. That’s really the hell of this whole goddamn situation. It’s like a two steps forward, one step back design, except maybe more like three steps forward, because this thing is faster at downloading, 10 times faster at uploading, and most importantly is better at not dropping calls with a weak signal. But, yes, there’s that one step back, wherein it can suffer from unintended attenuation when you bridge the lower-left antenna gap with your skin, and frankly, we’re a little pissed that this one step back is getting all the attention.

We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars, and it is both simple and surprising.

We are going to blame AT&T.

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars.

We decided from the outset to set the formula for our bars-of-signal strength indicator to make the iPhone look good — to make it look as if it “gets more bars”. That decision has now bitten us on our ass.

Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

Yes, with no case on the phone, your signal strength can drop by about 20 or even 30 percent depending how you hold the phone. We’re going to change the bar algorithm so that you’ll only lose one bar (maybe two, if you’re holding the phone obnoxiously tight or have gross sweaty palms) if you’re holding it that way.

To fix this, we are adopting AT&T’s recently recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength. The real signal strength remains the same, but the iPhone’s bars will report it far more accurately, providing users a much better indication of the reception they will get in a given area. We are also making bars 1, 2 and 3 a bit taller so they will be easier to see.

We are braced for the backlash when, after installing this update, people who weren’t experiencing any problems at all with their iPhones start complaining, loudly, that their phones which used to get five bars now only get three or two or whatever from the same locations, and we all know — us and everyone reading this — that Gizmodo will immediately declare that the update has made iPhone 4 reception worse, even though we’ve just explained that we’re not changing anything related to actual reception, but rather only to how we indicate signal strength.

We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

(No translation necessary.)

We have gone back to our labs and retested everything, and the results are the same — the iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best we have ever shipped. For the vast majority of users who have not been troubled by this issue, this software update will only make your bars more accurate. For those who have had concerns, we apologize for any anxiety we may have caused.

Don’t fuck this thing up for us. We mean, have you seen the Retina Display?

As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

We dare you.

And take your class action suits filed four days after we released the goddamn thing and stick them up your fucking asses.

We hope you love the iPhone 4 as much as we do.

Seriously, have you seen it?

Thank you for your patience and support.

Don’t hold it that way, or buy a case.

Brilliantly funny – nsfw language, but oh so cleverly used:)
The Daring Fireball site is ALWAYS clever, witty, and laugh out loud genius.
Scary insightful, too…

Posted via email from timelady’s posterous

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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

A Picture of a eBook
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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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Meet my secret weapon…

This developer, Matthew James Taylor, has generously, wonderfully, shared how to do the extremely difficult task of acheiving multi column layouts in multiple variations. I cannot rant enough about him:) The number of times i have used his tips or examples to just nudge me into a solution for a problem of cross browser compatability…countless. IE – i am looking at you, you spawn of evil. All he asks for is a link back, IF you feel like being generous. I feel like falling down to my knees (if i could, so i roll my wheelchair in appreciation instead) and saying i am not worthy. Or just simply saying – thanks, dude. You are an uber geek of the highest spectrum.

“This series of website layouts use percentage widths and relative positioning, and they work with all the common web browsers including Safari on the iPhone and iPod touch. They’re also ‘stackable’ so you can use multiple column types on the one page. This makes the number of possible layouts endless!”

Perfect multi-column CSS liquid layouts

This is what he tests against:

iPhone & iPod Touch

  • Safari



  • Firefox 1.5, 2 & 3
  • Safari
  • Opera 8.1 & 9
  • Google Chrome
  • Explorer 5.5, 6 & 7
  • Netscape 8

The HTML in this layout validates as XHTML 1.0 strict.

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