Just sharing today's 'huh?'
Finally managed to set up my Desktop PC. After installing Ubuntu for some odd reason Google always sets the default language as Russian or some Cyrillic alphabet. Trying to fix it, I discovered two new types of languages.
For the uninitiated (and when I say uninitiated, I mean the younger generation), this is Elmer Fudd:
This is way old news, as in 2009, but I recently encountered one of Gmail's awesome 'why didn't anyone think about that before' features when I tried to mark a newsletter I was subscribed to as spam instead of going through the process of unsubscribing.
You know the feeling, when you're on an mailing list (either voluntarily or otherwise), and you wanna get out, but you don't care to spend the time to get out of it? Yes I know you do. Marking it as spam or telling Gmail to auto archive it and mark it as read is far easier, so when I opted to do the first, I got this:
In addition to marking the mssage as spam, Gmail can attempt to automatically unsubscribe you from ** by sending an unsubscribe request on your behalf.
I signed up to Google's DevDays Manila leg the other week but when I got the approval I had to beg off due to distance and the fact that I wouldn't be able to attend the full thing (8:30am to 6pm).
I figure better to give my seat up to someone more deserving. Sigh.
I'll admit I'm a command line (aka terminal) fan. When I first started using Linux it was unavoidable (giving you an idea of how long ago that was), but instead of freaking out I instantly fell in love. There's nothing like the complete, utter power you feel, for lack of a better word, when controlling things via terminal. Alas, I recognize however that this is a dying art.
Until yesterday, when Google announced YOU CAN NOW CONTROL YOUR BLOGGER, GOOGLE CALENDAR, GOOGLE CONTACTS, GOOGLE DOCS, PICASA and YOUTUBE accounts VIA COMMAND LINE.
Let me just say, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME.
OCR (Optical Character Recognition), is the ability to translate text from (usually scanned) documents. You usually find bundled OCR software when you buy a scanner. Once scanned, you can start cutting and pasting the text onto document publishing apps like MS Office or Pagemaker.
Google Docs now has the ability to allow you to upload a PDF file and convert this to text. I decided to try this out using a PDF file I got from Nokia about the new X8.
Even in its heyday I wasn't a big fan of PacMan, (probably because I sucked at it. Yes. I suck at PacMan).
You gotta hand it to Google. Making their browser, they delivered on the one thing that's most important to all of us = speed.
It opens fast, it surfs fast, it just does everything neat, quick and blazingly fast, and inasmuch as I don't like change with the tools I use for work (I tend to use one app or tool and stick to that forever, which is why I'm still using Photoshop 5.5), Firefox's slowness was getting to me so a change was in order.
Problem was, I am a big fan of Firebug, a Firefox extension which is an amazing help when figuring out complicated web design projects, particularly when you're trying to figure out which css calls are screwing up, etc.
Which is why I was excited when I saw this: