It's been a while since I've posted anything so I'll start with whats been exiting me the most in my world. That would be Turntable.fm. Long ago are the days of using Pandora, Spotify, Google Music, or any other cloud based music service. For me, it's Turntable all day every day.
Our company has a few Fedora 14 boxes hosted out on a 3rd party solution. These boxes typically host some web service for a variety of products. However, to save some cash we decided to host testing environments locally on some virtual servers.
We ran into a roadblock when performing the install with regards to the network. Our first hiccup was the fact that we did not user legacy drivers and couldn't find our network card. A simple google query would have resolved that problem. Our network administrator forgot that we had to do that for our Ubuntu install as well (we don't do much linux here).
I wrote in an earlier post about YOURLS, a personal URL shortener system wrote in PHP. I read recently that Google made an addition to their shortener service that allowed a user to append ".qr" to the end of the link and display the associated QR code of the link. It was such a great idea, that I decided to see if that could be integrated inside of YOURLS. Guess what, it was pretty darn easy!
Droid most certainly does!
When I visited my local Verizon store to buy my new shiny Droid, I added a $5 text plan onto my account which allowed me to send/receive 250 texts. I've never really owned a text plan because I didn't see the need to add the additional cost. Before the Droid, if someone needed to contact me they could call or email me. I guess I figured since I am paying for a data plan, I might as well tact on a texting plan as well to fit in with all the cool people. That all changed last week when I realized the power of the Google Voice App!
OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. I WANT THE DROID! (DROOL!!)
Ok, now that thats over, let me talk for a moment about why I love the new Motorola Droid coming out for the Verizon network and why, sadly, I can't get one. In case you haven't heard, Motorola has teamed up with Verizon and Google to produce a new Android 2.0 phone simply called the "Droid". Its taken direct aim at the iPhone and its going to be big. I mean really BIG.
I have a feeling people are going to be asking "What's this Google Wave thing?" in the future just as much as people ask about "What is this Twitter thing?" today. To be truthfully honest, I didn't really understand Google Wave at first glance. It took me a second look at a YouTube video and a few demonstrations before I had my Oprah-like "Ah ha" moment. I recently read an article over at PC World which touched on what Google claims to be its biggest hurdle: communicating what it actually is and does. I totally agree. So, Google provided a nice little exerpt in that article, which actually comes from the Google corporate blog, that I'd like to share that explains what it is better than I ever could.
Thank God Apple made the decision about buying an iPhone for me. I've been waffling about the possibility of dumping my Verizon plan and heading over to AT&T to jump on a brand new shiny 3GS. Even with the possibility of paying a penalty, it was an option that I had been seriously considering. Well, that all changed when Apple yanked the Google Voice application from their app store. I wouldn't even switch if someone handed me one for free.
There has been alot of buzz lately about one of the newest pet projects put out by Google called Google Voice (GV). I had seen glimpses about it on the TV and on some news blogs but never really took the time to understand how useful it was going to be. About a month ago I started reading up on the about page over at Google which really started to peak my interest. I'm pleased to report that I got my invite a few weeks back and am absolutely thrilled with what I've seen so far and I'd love to share a bit about it.