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Apple’s New ‘Podcasts’ App a Disappointment

Years have passed with no significant changes made to the podcast functionality built into the iTunes (now Music) app.  As a daily consumer of podcasts, I had high hopes for Apple’s newly released (June 26, 2012) ‘Podcasts’ app. While some improvements were made – namely the ability to directly subscribe to podcasts from within the

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Hotspot Shield Works in Canada Again–With Some Annoyances

Back in May, 2009 I reported that Hulu had managed to defeat Hotspot Shield. As of September 9, 2010 the latest Hotspot Shield seems to be effective at defeating Hulu’s anti-circumvention measures. At this moment I can access each of: Hulu: I can access full episodes of shows on Hulu now. Below, for example, is

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Flipboard’s Twitter Integration Makes it a Game Changer

I’ve been waiting patiently for my Flipboard invite since its launch last week. I received my invite earlier today and have been playing with it ever since. The generic Flipboard interface is nice, but, for me, its killer feature is its Twitter integration. I feel almost as excited about Flipboard as Robert Scoble . At

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Firefox 3.5 Ticks Along Nicely

I upgraded my iMac and my Windows 7 machines to Firefox 3.5 (available here) today.  All went well. The total download/install time was about 4 minutes on my iMac – 2 minutes on Windows 7 RC. This isn’t a particularly important release for me. I was happy with Firefox 3.0.1. But they promised more speed

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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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The Windows Apps I Use and How I Configure Them

The Daleisphere Command Center In mid-February 2009, I made the unfortunate mistake or using a registry cleaner in hopes of tweaking even more performance out of my Windows 7 Beta (“Win7B”) setup. The net result – my ship was sunk! All my data was backed up, of course, but it took me two months to

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How to Import Firefox Bookmarks into Safari 4 Beta in Windows

While Firefox is my mainstay browser, I pretty much use all current browsers from time to time both to test my various websites for compatibility and to keep current with what’s new in the browser wars. I recently installed the Safari 4 beta. In earlier versions of Safari, there was always an option to import

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The Twitter Apps, Tools and Widgets I Use

The Twitter apps, tools and widgets I use are constantly changing. Below are the tools I currently use (click on the images for larger views): Desktop Client – Twhirl I use Twhirl as my desktop twitter application. I looked at TweetDeck but it was overkill and it takes up too much screen real-estate. I tried

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How I Configure Firefox

I have recently reinstalled Firefox on a number of computers (iMac and two Windows 7 beta machines). Every time I do this, I have to recreate my Firefox configuration from memory. For the benefit of my future Firefox installs, and for anyone else interested in how I configure/optimize Firefox, in this post I describe the

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How to Convert AAC Songs to MP3s in iTunes

If you want to play those AAC songs you purchased in iTunes on another media player that doesn’t support AAC or if you need an MP3 version of an AAC song for other uses, such as with Animoto, fear not, its easy to convert an AAC song in iTunes to MP3 format. Here’s how to

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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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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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Fix For Firefox 3's 'Open in Tabs' Overwrite Bug

On May 25, 2008, I wrote this post about Firefox 3’s ‘Open in Tabs’ Overwrite Bug. That post has been, by far, the single most accessed post on The Daleisphere. I’m delighted to report that thanks to Martijn Warger (see comment 57 here), there is now a tiny Firefox extension that completely solves the problem.

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Windows Live Writer Cropping and Watermarking Tool

Following my recent post about the Windows Live Writer (WLW) technical preview, the WLW team has responded to several of my concerns in this thread on the Windows Live Writer (Beta) forum. Two of my concerns related to how the WLW cropping tool works and how the the watermarking functionality works.  This post demonstrates what

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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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Work Around for Firefox 3's 'Open in Tabs' Overwrite Bug

Bugzilla Reports: Bug 175124 |  Bug 395024 Forum Threads: mozillaZine | whirlpool Last Update: August 1, 2008 ————- [Nov 8. 2008 Update: There is a new add-on from the Mozilla add-on directly to solve the problem: ‘Openintabs-erase’. If you try it, please let us know how it went for you in the comment section  below. I