Monday, March 18, 2013

Bye Bye Google Reader

Want to keep your RSS feed without any problems? Check out Feedly. They're helping make this very easy.

They have clients for every platform and a fairly customizable UI. If only Reeder had a similar plan. They're a bit more up my alley in look and feel.

In just 8 years.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Siri's Useful Features

Great little article on Siri's everyday uses. Many of these I've already been using myself and look forward to incorporating more of them into my life.

Siri may seem off-putting at first, but it is a super handy tool in that you don't need to use your hands to use it. This often results in quicker input of ideas or reminders. This is important because that extra second or two that it takes to pull my phone out, find the right app and type in the reminder or idea can deter me from doing so. I'll think "whatever, I'll probably remember" or "meh. not worth it" and move on with my day.

The only discomfort I have with the whole procedure is talking to my phone with other people around, so I just avoid doing that. I'll use Siri non-stop when I'm driving alone or walking down the street with headphones, but I tend to just stick to good ol' typing when I'm in the company of others. I probably won't be able to hack Google Glass either.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free your mouse

I rememberd an old trick I learned when I played more desktop games. Some mice have little plates in them to weigh the device  down a bit. Turns out you can extract them and have a lighter, often smoother experience.

On top of that, the last time I took mine apart, I lost a spring in the click-wheel mechanism. Turned out to be a blessing in disguise which I repeated (voluntarily this time) to get the resulting effect. When you scroll the wheel, there is no more resistance or clicking sound to the motion. Once again, a smoother and lighter experience.

Wow. Extravagance