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Archive for August, 2007

Sync Word and Google Docs

Posted by titusferguson on August 25, 2007

Does anyone know of a way to sync Microsoft word files stored on my computer and Google Docs?

I’m thinking it would be really really handy to be able to access all my documents from any computer.

The storage space on Google should be more then enough for .doc files too.

Edit: Check out here for the solution I’ve found!


Posted in Free, google, internet, software, technology, word | 9 Comments »

New Organic Restaurant

Posted by titusferguson on August 25, 2007

This afternoon I went for lunch at a newly opened “fastfood” restaurant in the North End of London: Ozone.

Its billed as a 100% organic restuarant that uses only locally produced organic ingredients. My first reaction to the place: they’re trying to hard to make sure everyone knows they’re organic.

When I first walked in, the owner told me all about how all the packaging was not made of plastics, but rather canola. Ok, thats cool, no harm to the environment right. I ordered my food, and even though I’m eating in, the put it in a cardboard hamburger box. This makes no sense to me, if your trying to be environmentally concious, why bother with the packaging at all. I didn’t really need it, and it just went into the recycling when I was done with it anyways.

So I was annoyed by the “waste” of packaging, as well as the exorbitant cost.  I had a grilled veggie wrap about 6 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, and 250 ml of chocolate milk. The cost? $9.20. The prices will have to change before I decide to eat there again. I’m all for organic food, but I know that it does not have to be that expensive.

There were a bunch more things about that place that I thought were strange.  Perhaps I’ll write a longer review and post that.

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Quick Links

Posted by titusferguson on August 22, 2007

Keeping up to date on what you favorite sites are doing, and the changes their implementing is really easy: all you have to do is read their blogs. In fact this is where most big tech sites get their info.

Here are some of my favorites

Facebook Blog
Twitter Blog
Google Blog
Internet 2.0

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Twitter Gets a (mini) Update

Posted by titusferguson on August 21, 2007

So it looks like Twitter is finnaly getting the update that it should have had long ago:

Searching Twitter

Something I wrote about quite a while back

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An Old Feature I Just Discovered

Posted by titusferguson on August 20, 2007

This post is so behind the times it should be written on papyrus, but hey, the info was new to me.

I recently became aware of iTunesU. Its built into the iTunes music store and is a collection of courses from major North American universities. Since I love the thought of learning something for free, without all the course obligations (assignments and tests) I thought this was a great service. So I downloaded a bunch of classes I thought were interesting.

And low and behold when downloaded, iTunes puts them into their own folder. Now to me this was amazing. I didn’t realize you could even create a folder of playlists. I did some searching around and found out this feature was released back in V.5 of iTunes. Ah well better late then never.

Unfortunately the folders do not sync to the iPod. All the playlists in a folder appear as just one playlist with the folders name.

In case, like me, you didn’t know about this: its under File – New Folder or Ctrl+Shift+N

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Posted by titusferguson on August 11, 2007

Facebook events need a calendar like Google has. Or I need a way of importing all my events into Google. Something.

And a SMS message reminding me of upcoming events would be good to.

Posted in facebook, Free, google, technology | 1 Comment »

Automatic Profile Generator

Posted by titusferguson on August 9, 2007

Its been a few days since my last post, as well as a long period of nothing but Facebook and Twitter talk. I’m moving away from those topics today.

I recently had (what I consider) a very useful idea. So many sites these days ask their users to fill out a small profile describing themselves, or to say whatever they’d like. I’m sure everyone’s seen them on social networking sites. Its tedious to constantly come up with something to fill it with, I would prefer I had something prewritten that I could just dump in.

I know I could just type up a Word document with a profile and save that on my harddrive and just pull it up everytime I need a profile, but I want an easier way to create a profile and something I can access anywhere

What I need is a website that automatically generates profiles.

The user answers a series of questions and a profile is created based on their answers. Creating an account would allow their profile to be saved and accessed or modified any time they want. Multiple profiles could also be created for different sites, just changed the type of questions asked

I have no idea how this could be accomplished, or even the first step in getting itdone. If anyone has any further ideas, knows how to get the practical ball rolling or better yet has heard of such a service, let me know. I think this idea really has potential.

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Update Facebook with Twitter

Posted by titusferguson on August 6, 2007

Having published an earlier article on how to use your Facebook status to update Twitter I started to think about the possibility of doing the reverse: update your Facebook status via Twitter. I looked around Facebook and even did some Google searches but I was unable to come up with any way.

So I emailed the help desk at Facebook:

“I was wondering if there is anyway to update my Facebook status
from a site outside of Facebook, such as Twitter, Pownce or Jaiku.
I know its possible to update these sites using an RSS feed, but can
the reverse be done?”

The response I got back was:

“Unfortunately, the feature you are requesting is not currently
available. We will keep your suggestion in mind, however, as we
continue to improve the site. Let me know if you have any further
questions. ”

So thats the current situation, Facebook will allow outgoing RSS feeds but not incoming. It’ll be interesting to see when, if ever, Facebook will open up to other sites.

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Woodbines at Molly Blooms

Posted by titusferguson on August 1, 2007

Bill Deys just gave me his Huckleberry because it wouldn’t work on his powerbook. This is the first picture I took with it while at the Geek Dinner. A boring pic, but an interesting toy!

Using flickrbooth its easy to upload it to flickr too!

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