Ashton Kutcher's Twitter page, with over 1.3MM followers
With all the recent hubbub around Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN in the race to a million Twitter followers, a lot of people are getting self-conscious about follower numbers. We've been using Twitter since Fall 2006, when only a handful of our friends were active on it. Over the years, and especially in the last six months, we have seen an explosion of Twitter users, to the point where I think we can safely say that Twitter has gone completely mainstream. If the Ashton vs. CNN thing wasn't it, then Oprah joining up a day later certainly sealed the deal.
I decided to write a series of blog posts about moving the tens of thousands of emails from years of life online in my local email into Google's cloud. This is Part 2. Read Part 1.
In the last blog post, I was just getting started and formulating a strategy to migrate tens of thousands of old email messages from Apple Mail into Gmail. I'm far from finished, but I did get off to a good start so I wanted to post an update.
I decided to write a series of blog posts about moving the tens of thousands of emails from years of life online in my local email into Google's cloud. This is Part 1. Read Part 2.
I've been working on the web since 1994. In that time, I've used just about every major email client available for the Mac at one point or another, as well as a few for Windows when needed. I can't posit an accurate guess as to how many emails I've received and sent over the years, but it is certainly in the tens of thousands. For a long time I tried to keep an organized archive of all of it, but time simply doesn't allow that kind of indulgence anymore.
For the past few weeks I've been considering making the break from a local application and moving everything to Gmail's cloud. We're paying customers of Google Apps, so I have plenty of room, and the Gmail web application is very mature at this point and it has a great mobile version that was just updated yesterday.
If you play music, you know the importance of practicing with a metronome. You might have even paid close to $200 for one of those extra-fancy Boss "Dr. Beat" metronomes. But, if you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you can now practice all those quirky time signatures and subdivisions to your heart's content without having to break the bank.
Typealyzer scans and recognizes the text on your blog to figure out your personality type. The EPIC FU blog turned out to be the active and playful type. What type are you?
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Here are a few style apps for your snazzy iPhone (All free of course. Hey, these are hard economic times):
Hairstyle Lite lets you snap a photo of yourself with your iPhone and has six hairstyles for you to try on. It's a good idea even though some of the styles are a bit hideous. At least you'll get a good laugh.
Sex and the City: Carrie's Closet is overwhelmingly cheesy but so useful! It lets you snap photos of pieces that you already have in your closet and create "outfits", then send them to a friend for a second opinion. It's good for someone like me that has so much crap that I need to take inventory.
The Style.com app is by far the best. It's great for up to the minute industry news, style blogs, and videos. Plus, you can view complete collections from Fashion Weeks around the world.
I get very overwhelmed when I look at my daily "TO DO" list, even if it's a very short one-- so many things to do, all those action items staring back at me, screaming for my attention. Which one do I do first?!
To follow up on my FF3 post earlier this week, it looks like the date has been set for Firefox 3's official launch. Set your calendars for next Tuesday, June 17th. It's coming earlier than expected.
A lot of us are on Twitter these days -- making new online friends and connections, but what exactly is the distraction/production ratio? How much time do you spend on Twitter each day? Does Twitter keep you from doing other things, or does it help? How many Twitter friends have translated to other areas of your life/work? How many people do you follow and how do you personally choose who to follow? How do you use Twitter?
[image via dieselsweeties.com]
Now here is something I can get behind! How many times have you forgotten a birthday and just wished your Gmail account had a feature like this? With Gmail's Custom Time you can send that email back in time and it'll appear in your recipient's inbox in the correct chronological order. You can even mark it as "read" so now you have them thinking they're going crazy! Brilliant. No more awkward phone calls insisting that your email must have gotten lost -- now you can prove it. Yes, it's not right. But sometimes that's the cost of a saved black eye. Plus, think about how many first-come/first-served beta invites you can get! :)
BTW, does anyone remember how AOL had a sorta-similar feature back in the day? You could send an email and check if it had been read, and if it hadn't you could cancel it. It wasn't time travel, but it was actually a pretty cool feature.
Check out the new creation from the peeps at Aviary. It's called Dodo and it's a "new [web] tool which will allow you to age and de-age people, places and things from any browser with Flash 9 enabled." It actually looks pretty damn cool. You can sign up on their site to beta test the sucker.
I guess the pixel calibration ratio is in direct proportion to [insert clever yet something something here... I can't think straight right now...oh God help me, it's 4am and I'm still up...]
Leechers are the scourge of the peer-to-peer community. They disable uploads during their download sessions and slow down the network for everyone else. Leechers run rampant on public trackers where there's no accountability.
Because private trackers enforce ratios, leechers are spotted quickly and their accounts are disabled. Ratios work like this -- if you upload as much data as you download, you have a 1:1 ratio. Better trackers have higher ratio requirements, but generally speaking 1:1 is considered good.
gOS, the free operating system that just so happened to earn our FU of the Week award this week, also just released a new version of their OS. According to Mashable, the update "brings several important tweaks and improvements; namely support for Google Gears, virtual desktops, online storage drive, Adobe Flash 9 for Linux, and an updated Wi-Fi manager." Grab the free download at thinkgos.com and tell us what you think!
Now you can give your twitter friends free virtual gifts with tweetgift! Just an extra little way to brighten up someone's day. :)