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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Blogger Accidentally Reveals Rating Feature

Blogger In Draft definitely doesn’t have all the new features. Just yesterday, some Blogger users saw “star ratings” — common enough widgets, but not integrated into Blogger yet — appear on their sites. This from multiple sources, including Blogger Status and Garett Rogers. Since , I thought this slip-up was extremely funny. For the record, I’m looking forward to seeing this come out on Blogger In Draft and then to mainstream Blogger. I’d like to try it out on this site.

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Google Friend Connect: Interesting Service, Can’t Sign Up

Yesterday, Google launched a preview release of Google Friend Connect at Campfire One. The premise is neat: Google provides you with a directory of pre-programmed social widgets (slash gadgets, slash modules, slash whatever you want to call them) that you can install on your website simply by pasting HTML code. All kinds of authentication formats are accepted, from Google Accounts to OpenID and beyond. For more nitty-gritty details, head for the official blog post or the Google Webmaster Central version (the latter is simpler). Incidentally, there was a huge blogstorm about this yesterday, before it was officially announced and before…

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Blogger Scheduled Posting Polished and Officially Launched

No more having to go to draft.blogger.com to schedule blog posts in Blogger; late this afternoon (Central time, of course) the Blogger team announced the release of scheduled posting to the mainstream interface. Not that I’m switching — I still like getting the new stuff — but it’s still nice to know that the feature I started using two months ago (give or take) is now live for everyone. In other news, I’ve kind of forgotten to write about the fixes made a week and a half ago, including scheduling for FTP blogs a week or two back and a…

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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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WOT 3.0 Review

I decided against delaying this post until next weekend, because this way it comes before the press release and will inform people (potentially) before the new version is pushed out. I’ve been sitting on the new version of WOT for a little while now, after having been invited to the beta-test team (thanks guys!) on April 15. Almost a week has gone by (well, five days), and I feel I have played around with it enough to form a reasonably complete opinion. The Good First of all, I’d like to say that the new rating icon is wonderful and much…

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Alert Thingy v1.1: Better, Somewhat

Yesterday, when Alert Thingy for FriendFeed came out at v1.0, there was a lot of buzz in the FriendFeed community (two examples) about all the things that were annoying about the program. The developers listened to the feedback and drew up a list, getting up early this morning to implement the highest-priority requests. It was released not too long ago — not more than an hour. First and foremost, the new version can be made opaque. The translucency was very annoying to read sometimes; I personally have twhirl set to be opaque when active, and I would love to have…

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First Look: Alert Thingy for FriendFeed

It’s been a couple weeks since I last blogged about FriendFeed. Today is the perfect day to write about it again. This morning, an Adobe AIR client for FriendFeed was launched. I already use twhirl for my Twitter account, and have for weeks now. I don’t want to go back to the website; twhirl is that much better. The new FriendFeed client is refreshing, and a wonderful sidekick to twhirl. I do have a couple things to say about it in the aim of making it better. Alert Thingy, developed by howard/baines, is locked in a semi-transparent display mode. There…

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Google App Engine Launches

Apparently, TechCrunch’s speculation that Google would be launching BigTable as a Web service was well-founded. Last night, BigTable — along with a bunch of other amenities — went live as part of Google App Engine, a service that could potentially compete with Amazon Web Services‘ EC2, S3, and SimpleDB offerings. What happened last night was a preview launch, open to the first 10,000 developers who signed up for the service. By 09:30 (UTC), all the open slots had been taken, relegating me to the waiting list. It’s perfectly fine, because I couldn’t even start to play around with the service…

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Blogger Gets OpenID Controls!

I logged into Blogger early this morning to write my post for the day and was prowling around in the Settings panels trying to find an option to turn on enclosure fields (in case I ever decide I want to do a podcast episode or two, you know). Lo and behold, I saw a new tab, labeled OpenID! Here’s what was on it: I remember the Blogger in Draft team promising to add a feature to manage authorized websites back when . Looks like they did it! Yes, I know, I’m getting excited by a new tab. Big deal, right?…

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