GrandCentral Becomes Google Voice!

It’s taken 21 months—almost two years—but GrandCentral (“One number for all your phones, for life”) has finally gotten an upgrade (and a new name). I’m totally excited, and happy that the long-awaited upgrade (previously known as GrandCentral 2.0) is finally here. Meet Google Voice: “One number for all your calls and SMS”. New Features Yes, Google Voice added several new features. One of the things that always, always bugged me about GrandCentral was the fact that my number couldn’t receive or send text messages. Well, now it can. According to TechCrunch’s expansive overview, the same technology that powers the SMS…

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Gmail Chat FAILs with Ping.fm GTalk Enabled

Image via CrunchBase Last night, I found a chat in my Gmail account that I’d never seen. It was sent an hour after I left the public library on February 26, while I was offline, but never showed up in my Inbox. It wasn’t even labeled as sent while I was offline. I was baffled completely until I realized this afternoon what I’d been doing that night at the library. February 26 (a Thursday, the day of #snowmageddon here in Minneapolis/St. Paul) was the day I discovered that Ping.fm—my very favorite social networking tool, second only to Twitter—had added support…

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Auto-Flush: Self-Reinforcing?

Image by ancawonka via Flickr I was at a rather spiffy library today with automatic everything in the restrooms. It wasn’t to the extent of some places (airports and mondo shopping malls are worse), but there were a lot of sensors in there. When someone else came, did his thing, and just walked to the sink without doing anything, it got me thinking. What if automatic flush valves are a self-reinforcing product? Think about it. It used to be that one had to be very meticulous to always flush before leaving. Now, with all the automation, some people just ignore…

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Feed Address Changed [Maintenance]

Image via CrunchBaseFor those reading this site via the feed, this is just a heads-up that the feed address has changed due to my FeedBurner account being migrated to Google. Email subscribers are unaffected; all that’s changed is the link I have here on the site, in the sidebar, for new subscribers. If the address you subscribe to is on this domain (i.e. has voyagerfan5761.blogspot.com in it), you’re all set. If you subscribe to the one on feeds.feedburner.com, you’re set, too; but I don’t know how long Google will keep the redirect up, so change feeds to feeds2 just to…

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Comments On Google Changes

Image via WikipediaOn Wednesday, Google announced changes to or shutdowns of several services. Google also shut down Lively, the 3D chatroom that I always looked upon as a rather silly Second Life knock-off, beginning January 1—just a few short weeks ago. (“Reasons Google should kill Lively” was actually a topic in my to-blog list for several months, but it looks like I didn’t have to blog about it for Google to see that it wasn’t a good fit with their other projects. Nice work saving effort there, self. 😛 Anyway…) I’m rather unconcerned with the fate of Google Catalog Search,…

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Hampton Inn Internet Issues

Image via Wikipedia All right, so obviously I managed to get online.  But it took about half an hour.  Let me begin the saga… (And this was after something of a disappointment at the NHSI Musical Theatre extension’s presentation… but I don’t think I’ll blog about that.) We checked into the hotel around 22:00, then got up to the room.  I set up my computer and started looking for clues as to how the Internet access was delivered (RJ-45 plug or Wi-Fi).  I finally figured out that it was wireless (the amenities book gave the impression that it was wired)…

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Digital Voice Recorder Upgrade

This is just a quick note that the post I was planning to do about a week from now detailing my experiences with the Roland EDIROL R-09 I got last month won’t be happening. I turned it in to Best Buy today (technically it was yesterday, because of the midnight thing) and am waiting on a specially ordered R-09HR unit. The estimated arrival is 4-6 weeks. If it arrives in five weeks or less, I’ll get it before for the summer; if it takes too long, it will have to wait until I get back. Anyway, I decided to upgrade…

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Thinking of a Recorder Upgrade

About missing yesterday: I was pretty much offline the whole day, with no time to blog. Posting will probably be slightly less regular for now, since I have more things to do these days. Remember my ? That was last week. I didn’t do very well. Apparently I neglected to find the Roland EDIROL R-09HR, which is an improved version of the R-09 I got last week. It includes a built-in preview speaker, a remote control, editing software, and more sampling frequencies (higher ones). The higher sampling frequencies aren’t particularly useful for me at the moment — the highest I…

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Enhance Web Form Usability with JavaScript

This is my last canned post for the week. I wrote it on Wednesday, before leaving for Chicago on Thursday morning. I’m getting back tonight, so hopefully a fresh post will arrive sometime tomorrow. I didn’t can any more, so I better be up for writing. Probably a recap of my trip. Earlier this month, I had the dubious pleasure of filling out applications to a couple of summer programs. The first was at the University of Chicago, studying Greek drama — in Greece — for three weeks. The other was at Northwestern University, studying theater — just in Chicago…

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Researching Digital Voice Recorders

I’ve been having so much fun lately. Not really. Researching products, whether on the Internet (as I’ve been doing for the last few days) or in real life (which I’ve done in the past), is a pain. Specs for one company’s product are formatted completely differently from another’s, similar devices turn out to be completely different on close examination, etc. Bah! The backstory here is that I’ve been researching digital voice recorders. I have been thinking about getting one for a few months now, as a way of preserving all the stories my parents and grandparents tell (but only when…

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