Saturday, January 24, 2009

Your Calendar Can Remind You.

So you have calendaring software.  

And IF your computer is on, and IF the software is running, and IF you are there at your desk and looking at your computer, THEN you can get reminders in advance.

That's a lot of IF's.

Enter Google calendars.

They have a ton of neat features:  for instance, you can set up multiple calendars and publish any of them for all the world to see.  (Think:   course paper deadlines, softball team schedules, the like.)

Now the calendars will also remind you any number of times in any amount of time in advance--via email or SMS.

That's right.  You set click on the event to enter its details.  Then under "Options," you add a reminder.  You can add more than one--I've not found the upper limit--and then you "Save."

Voila!  I get text messages on my phone warning me of upcoming meetings, to call people, to send things in the mail, homework, whatever.

Thank you, Google!

--E. R. O'Neill


Monday, January 19, 2009

Small Is Beautiful.

A computer in your wireless keyboard that streams HD to your TV?  Possibly.

--E. R. O'Neill

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Visualizing Hope.

Hopes for the new administration--visualized as an interactive word cloud.

--E. R. O'Neill

Powerpoint on the Web without Paying Microsoft?

Yes.  

If you're comfortable hand-coding html or using a tool that can be massaged to take the stylesheet of your choice, there's a completely XHTML/CSS solution.

You make some rudimentary pages.  When they're linked to a document definition, styleshseet and javascript, you get ordered slides--even with click-and-unfold outlines.

The reflexive demonstrations is here:  http://www.w3.org/Talks/Tools/Slidy


--E. R. O'Neill

Monday, January 12, 2009

Turn your Google search into an RSS feed.

http://feedmysearch.com/

Turns any Google search into an rss feed--atom or whatever flavor you like.

Add the feed to your feed reader--Google, or any other.

--E. R. O'Neill

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Old LP's to New Mp3's.

This actually rather nice--so far.  

It's made by TEAC, so you expect a certain level of competence.

It records LP's to mp3's at 96, 128 or 156kbps--no other choices--and puts them on a USB drive or SD memory card.

From thence you can move them to your computer, and edit at will.

No, it's not recording to a 'raw' format like a .wav file.  But it's useful.

I did have a portable turntable I could jack into my Windows box and record to .wav or .mp3.  

But there was no auto-return function on the tone arm, so you had to be there when the record ended--not out of the room for five seconds.  That added to the inconvenience.

This promises to be simpler.

I was put off at first because the one warm won't move if the box isn't powered on and in PHONO mode!  

But now my 1952 Metropolitan Opera recording of Salome and Elektra on LP with Welitsch and Varney, respectively, is sounding good.

You won't find a better price than here:  http://www.jr.com/teac/pe/TEA_LPU200/

--E. R. O'Neill

Saturday, January 10, 2009

You have no idea...

...how hard it is to find a title for this blog that isn't taken yet.

And most of the titles are taken--but the blogs are empty.

Cybersquatting!

Then again, does Blogger even have a way to reqlinquish a site name?

--E. R. O'Neill