Gmail Chat Notifications in Firefox

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We use Google Talk for internal instant messaging. It’s great, it integrates with gmail, so all your conversations are saved in your email history. However, the Windows desktop app from Google hasn’t been updated in a long time, and it doesn’t support some of the newer features, like Hangouts. Because of that, I started using […]

Some Tools and Services I Use

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I’ve read a couple of posts by people recommending tools, services or setups they use to manage data/security, so thought a post about how I do it might come in useful for someone. Hopefully it will give you some ideas to consider, and maybe you’ll have some for me. Files We have a 100GB Dropbox […]

So Long HTC

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I’ve been using HTC phones exclusively for 5 or 6 years. I started out with the Orange M600 (a rebranded HTC phone) running Windows Mobile 5. It was limited by the software, and the small screen size. Seeing the value in having a large screen touch screen phone, my next phone was the HTC Touch […]

Building a ping.fm Alternative

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Composer is a ping.fm replacement. I used to use ping.fm to post to this blog, Twitter and Facebook at the same time. Ping.fm was bought by Seesmic late last year, and since then Seesmic was bought by Hootsuite. As a result, there’s been a bit of a gap in the market of services that post […]

How Loud is the Jambox?

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I bought a Jambox recently and was dithering whether to get it, or a Minirig. I really liked that the Jambox is wireless so it connects to my phone, tablet and laptop via Bluetooth, but also offers a cable backup for devices that don’t have Bluetooth. However, the Minirig has better battery life and is […]

Firefox 16 Load All Tabs at Startup

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I’ve started using Firefox again as my primary browser. A few versions ago, they included a feature which doesn’t load your tabs until you select them, to make startup quicker. I find this feature slightly annoying as some of my tabs don’t show if they have new content on them until I click them, which […]

Dropbox vs Google Drive vs SkyDrive

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UPDATE: See new setup here. I’ve been testing out various online backup/sync tools for the last few weeks and thought I’d share some of the things I’ve found out. This is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of these platforms, just some points I’ve found interesting that are not broadly covered/discussed. Position I have […]

Samsung Series 9 NP900X3B Thickness

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I was looking for some official dimensions for my 13.3″ Samsung Series 9 laptop yesterday and couldn’t find anything useful. So, this morning I whipped out the Vernier caliper and took some accurate measurements. Thickness at thickest point excluding rubber feet: 13.64mm Thickness at thickest point including rubber feet: 15.3mm