Just loaded Qik onto my iPhone. It seems pretty awesome, but I’ll withhold final judgement till I’ve tested it for a couple days.
Basically Qik allows you to stream video from your iPhone to the internet live! Or close to live depending on your internet connection.
You can find my videos at http://qik.com/erikpersson
Anyway more later!
Here’s something about Facebook I bet you didn’t know.
Apparently all of your uploaded photos are fair game for use by their advertisers, by default. So that image of you where you sorta drank to much at that party last week? Totally fair game to be used for those “Hot Local Singles” or “Clearasil” ads.
Totally awesome, right?
Luckily you can opt out of this “service”, though you’ll have to navigate through a treacherous maze of submenus before you can get a glimpse of the opt out page. Luckily for you I’m here to make your life easier.
Here’s the relevant asshattery quoted from the Facebook page as well as a quick tutorial to opt out of their advertising service.
Facebook occasionally pairs advertisements with relevant social actions from a user’s friends to create Facebook Ads. Facebook Ads make advertisements more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends. These respect all privacy rules. You may opt out of appearing in your friends’ Facebook Ads below.
…and Bobs your uncle.
I’ve been using GoTime’s iPhone App “Happy Hours” for the last month and a half or so and so far I’m liking it. Basically Happy Hours uses the GPS location of your iPhone to tell you where the nearest happy hours at the nearest restaurants & bars are happening. So how well does it work?
So far pretty good. I’ve been able to find good places to eat & drink around downtown Seattle & Bellevue so far. I never would have thought about checking out the Lucky Strike in Bellevue, but Gotime said they had half-price pizza & beer for happy hour so I had to check it out. Let me tell you it is really good pizza, and so far all their bartenders have known how to pour a mean pint of Guiness.
On the negative, sometimes their info on the exact happy hour specials can be lacking occasionally. But this can only improve.
(Note: So far GoTime is only deployed in the Seattle and Portland,OR regions, so if you aren’t in either areas it’ll probably be of limited value to you in the near future. Though I have heard that they are getting ready to expand into more regions on the west coast)
So besides having a pretty awesome iPhone app, GoTime is also holding a contest to win free tickets to the Seattle International Beerfestival. Who doesn’t like free beer? Full details can be found on their blog here. Basically entry requirements are that you have to pimp them on twitter and your blog (Cough, Sellout, Cough). But like I said uptop, their iPhone app has helped me find some good places to eat a couple times which gives them some brownie points in my book.
Before you stands my new Xbox Live Avatar. Not really sure what his purpose is, but he stands here none the less. I was sorta disappointed in the eye and hair choices so my little man is rockin the pompadour and a pair of shades. Anywho you can grab an image of your own Xbox live avatar by going to either
http://live.xbox.com/member/Your Gamer Tag
or just cut out the middle man and go to
http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/Your Gamer Tag/avatar-body.png
Remember how easy it is to screen capture on a Mac?
Cmd + Shift + 3
to take a picture of your Entire active screen.
cmd + Shift + 4
gives you some crosshairs that allow you to select what you want to copy.
Only problem is, the files are always saved as .png files. This is annoying if you want them in another format like .jpg. Normally you’d have to open your image editor of choice and then re-save it.
Turns out there is an easier way though!
All you have to do is run this Terminal Command
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
then restart your computer. Now every time you take a screenshot it will be in .jpg format.
If you want your screenshots in other formats like gif, png, or even pdf just change it in the terminal.
How To: Bulk Rename File Extensions With Terminal/Shell
Lets say you have a bunch of .jpg files that you know are actually .rar files.
What would be the simplest way to rename them all?
First you’d navigate to the directory that contains the .jpg files with the “cd” command
For brevity lets assume the only .jpg files in this directory are .jpg files that you want to change
All you have to do is run this command
mv *.jpg *.rar
And all the .jpg files will have been renamed to .rar
If you want to learn more about the “mv” command just type in
Just updated to the 2.1 iPhone firmware.
Features mentioned by Apple include
- Decrease in call set-up failures and dropped calls
- Significantly better battery life for most users
- Dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
- Improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
- Faster installation of 3rd party applications
- Fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes for users with lots of third party applications
- Improved performance in text messaging
- Faster loading and searching of contacts
- Improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
- Repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
- Option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
- Genius playlist creation