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I’ve migrated several of my machines over to Firefox 3 RC3 and I like it. Of course, this means that some of the old Add-ons need replacing/upgrading. My recommended Add-ons:
- Delicious Bookmarks: Essential for a del.icio.us linkblogger like me. The 2.x version adds a few active icons to the status bar.
- Gmail Notifier: Needs no introduction. If you use Gmail, you need this.
- OPML Support: When I want to port my bookmarks between FF instances, this is clean. I rarely use it.
- QuickProxy: Essential on my work laptop. I used to use SwitchProxy but found this one when upgrading to FF3. It doesn’t allow multiple proxy configurations, but I don’t need more and its one-click on/off operation makes up for it. SwitchProxy hasn’t been upgraded to a FF3-compatible version yet.
I sent my Gmail account a 53kB AMR sound file (about 1 minute of audio) from my phone and when it showed up in my Gmail inbox the attachment was a ~512kB WAV file (mono, 8-bit). I checked my phone to make sure it hadn’t auto-converted the file before sending it and it says it didn’t. This means Gmail could be a handy part of an AMR-to-podcast solution. Besides its conversion and email gateway roles, it would serve as a handy data archive.
Just got done listening to Cindy and John DJ a fun mix of classic and modern rock with a focus on indies. Great stuff. Go check out RadioUgly.com. They’re on Saturday evenings at 8-11pm. There are several other shows there as well. I’ll be back!
I’ve been using Yahoo! Pipes to aggregate my blog posts, link blog, and public Flickr pics for a while now. The output has always been a bland bulleted list on my homepage that was usually in need of a manual refresh. (I’m such an MTOS weenie.) No longer. I’m using the new Pipes badge and it looks about 1000% better.
Also, signed up on Facebook (finally) today. Don’t know that I’ll use it any more than Pownce (which I haven’t at all) but it seemed worthwhile for the networking/reconnection possibilities.
I can’t ping the DynDNS domain names I had registered and their website doesn’t remember my account. Be wary of free services. Anyone else have an issue with them?
Update: I had registered with DynDNS with my “root” Comcast.net email address, which I don’t check as regularly as Gmail. They gave me 48 hours to keep my account active in a message from 10/21 that I didn’t see it until… just now. Guess I’ll re-register, but my warning about free services stands; you get what you pay for. My account was completely blown away; their lost password service didn’t remember my email address.
The email talks about Account Upgrades “to prevent your hosts from expiring every 30 days.” Guess I was the victim of a money grab?
Update (10/25): I think I was bitten by the fact that I wasn’t using an updater client to regularly check in to DynDNS since my IP doesn’t change very often. I’ve re-registered with DynDNS and am running inadyn as a service to check in every so often.
I’ve got both Firefox and Thunderbird using our Windows-based profiles under Ubuntu 7.04. “firefox -profilemanager” and “mozilla-thunderbird -profilemanager” are my friends. And so is ntfs-3g.
I couldn’t let this one go with just a link. Today’s annoucement that EMI’s catalog on the iTunes Music Store will be available in a “premium”, DRM-less, higher-fidelity version is pretty big. iTMS customers that have previously purchased singles shouldn’t balk at the 30-cent tax. The fact that albums will continue to cost the same is a great endorsement of the artistic work’s form. Unencumbered 256kbps AAC definitely has the potential to be a great compromise between DRM’d 128kbps AAC and an open, lossless format, assuming that online digital album pricing vs. the price of a physical CD reflects the efficiencies of each distribution model.
I was pleased to receive a request to use one or more of my CC-BY Flickr photos in an online slideshow. Details to follow once the re-use has occurred. Since I’ve asked to be credited as “Alex Harden / alexharden.org”, I guess that’s the push I needed to finally create a home page there!
Updates (4/2): The beginnings of a home page are up.