cloud computing

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I Was Eligible for the Free 25GB SkyDrive Upgrade

Yay, I was eligible for the free 25GB Skydrive upgrade (vs 7GB for new users). To see if you are eligible for the free Skydrive upgrade click here. Because I used Windows Live Mesh in the past (or maybe because I tested out Skydrive in the past, I don’t know), I was eligible for the

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Bell’s Internet Usage Meter is Off by Up-to 60 Hours

Last March, I switched ISPs from Rogers to Bell’s fiber-to-the-building Internet Max 16 service. I made the switch at the same time I ‘cut the chord’ – dumping Rogers cable in favor of HD, over-the-air only, TV recorded on my Series 3 TiVo. Bell offered me a one year promotional deal for their Internet Max

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Evernote Review – It Has Become an Integral Part of my Life

When I first purchased my Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, several years ago, I dabbled with an earlier stand-alone version of Evernote. It presented a never-ending scratch-pad of sorts that I could write on with the tablet’s stylus. It was nice, even useful, but it didn’t supplant OneNote as my primary note-keeping software, until recently. Evernote is

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I’m Using Dropbox to Sync Key Files Across My PC, Laptop and iMac

I have recently been experimenting with various cloud-based services. Among the best are EverNote, Google Apps Gmail with iMap, xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) and, now, Dropbox. As described in more detail below, among other things Dropbox: (i) allows me to securely sync office documents between my PCs and Mac at any location; (ii) unchains me from

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Eric Schmidt is the CEO of Google. In the 2 minute video below he describes what he believes Web 3.0 applications will be.   In summary, he defines, Web 3.0 as: Applications that are pieced together. They are relatively small. The data is in the cloud. The application can run on any device, PC or

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Facebook Connect Glitch with Disqus

[Update: As of April 18, 2009, the Facebook Connect glitch under Disqus discussed in this post appears to be remedied. As you can see, I have re-activated the Facebook Connect option on The Daleisphere. I also note that commenters using Facebook connect have the option (when leaving a comment) to allow that comment to be

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Pixlr – Terrific, Free, Web-based Image Editor

I discovered a terrific new web-based image editor called pixlr.com. It works like Photoshop Elements, Paint.net and other popular image editors – but from inside any browser, with nothing to install. It’s free. No sign-up or user account needed. No downloads or installs required. It just works – instantly. Remarkably, If you have Adobe Flash

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Why and How to Integrate Facebook Connect with Disqus

  The primary reason I switched from Intense Debate to Disqus, is Disqus’s integration with Facebook Connect. Below I describe why this is important. I then provide a step-by-step ‘how-to’ guide on how to integrate Facebook Connect with Disqus. [This Post was Updated on April 18, 2009 to reflect the changes made to the setup

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How to Integrate Disqus within Wordpress 2.7 Blogs

Earlier this month I described How to install Intense Debate in WordPress 2.7 blogs. In my ‘Why I switched from IntenseDebate to Disqus’ post [coming soon] I describe why I made the switch. The Disqus installation instructions are out of date (written for pre WP 2.7 blogs) and surprisingly difficult to follow. Happily, both Disqus

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Scoble Convinced me to Join friendfeed

Since joining Twitter a few months back, I have wanted to understand how it overlapped/interacted with the web-content aggregator friendfeed. I looked at friendfeed at least two or three times and never quite ‘got it’ – until today. Robert Scoble was a guest on the recent episode 81 of net@night. This guy is quite the

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How To Install IntenseDebate in Wordpress 2.7

Since listening to this net@night podcast back in May 2008, where Amber and Leo interviewed Daniel Ha, the founder of the Disqus, I have been interested in implementing this kind of a community-oriented, commenting/discussion system on my blogs. Early on, I had compared the feature set of Disqus and its competitor, IntenseDebate (“ID”), and Disqus’s

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How to Sync ‘Work’ and ‘Home’ Email Addresses Between the iPhone and Outlook 2007 – Error Free

When adding contacts into each of the iPhone and Outlook 2007, there are built-in, distinct ‘home’, ‘work’/’business’ and ‘mobile’ telephone number fields. Yet, surprisingly, Outlook 2007 does not provide built-in, discreet ‘home’, ‘work’ or ‘other’ email address fields. Yet, the iPhone does! As a result of this disparity, you can get very odd results when

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Best Demos at Techcrunch50

I just listened to the TWiT podcast 161 were Jason Calicanis described two of the most interesting demos shown at the recent TechCrunch50 conference – tonchidot and swype.  I also briefly mention the contest winner – yammer. Tochidot: This demo, by Japanese “tonchidot”, got the best audience response at the recent Techcrunch50 show. Watch the

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iPhone Firmware 2.1 Promises

I’m updating my 3G iPhone Software as I type this.  The installation screen above is promising the following improvements. I for one am looking forward to the “significantly improved battery life” – my only real issue with the iPhone 3G hardware. iPhone 2.1 Software Update iPhone version 2.1 contains many bug fixes and improvements, including

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I Purchased the 16 Gig Rogers 3G iPhone

On Wednesday August 13, I purchased a 16 Gig 3G Rogers iPhone. Please see my “Rogers Canadian iPhone Plans – The Fine Print” post for the details on: (i) the actual (vs. advertised) hardware pricing; (ii) Rogers’ 30 day Buyers Remorse option; (iii) the applicable $125 to $500 Early Cancellation Fees (ECF); (iv) bricking on

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3G iPhone Reviews Rolling In

  3G iPhone Hardware Reviews: Walt  Mossberg (Wall St Journal) David Pogue (NY Times) Ed Baig (USA Today) *Engadget (including terrific demo video) Sydney Morning Herald CTV.ca infoSync Times Online (UK) iPhone 2.0 Software iPhone 2.0 Software Review (Gizmodo) Software Update Gives New Life to the first iPHone (CNET’s crave) Apps and App Store (Apple’s

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$35 Rogers iPhone Unlimited Rate Plan Leaked - Rumoured

[June 28, 2008 Update: Rogers announced its actual rate plans on June 27. Click here for the details. I’m leaving this rumour post as it was for posterity.] This post on the ehMac.ca forum purports to have the details on Rogers/Fido rate plans for the 3G iPhone set for release on July 11. This was

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3G iPhone, Yes But...

In episode 147 of This Week in Tech, Leo highlights a few of the ‘yes, but… ‘ shortcomings of the latest 3G iPhone offering. Limited 3G Availability: AT&T’s 3G HSDPA is only available in limited U.S. geographical areas (I don’t know how widespread Rogers 3G Network is)> Higher Dataplan Rates: The unlimited data plan price

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3G iPhone Coming to Canada July 11 - $199 - $299

  June 9, 2008 WWDC 2008 Keynote Announcing 3G iPhone New 3G iPhone: “Twice the speed, half the price” – Details on U.S. Apple Website here (Canadian details here) Launching on July 11: in Canada (on Rogers and Fido networks) and 23 other new countries   3G Speeds Approaching wifi Speeds: U.S. details here (Canadian details

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Automatic Outlook 2007 Email Backups - Sort Of

For years now I have used Second Copy to both: (i) automatically backup my critical files to external storage devices (currently to a Drobo); and (ii) to synchronize key files between my computers across my network and laptops. By and large it has worked well (perhaps some of its foibles will be the subject of

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Synchronize Firefox 3 Bookmarks with foxmarks

[July 7, 2008 Update: I discuss the foxmarks beta version below. Foxmarks is now out of beta and available as a normal add-on for Firefox 3.  You can download it here.] [May 2009 Update: Foxmarks is now named xmarks and can be downloaded here.] Last year I became an enthusiastic user of Google Browser Sync