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While I dearly love my Kindle, my smartphone is always with me. Also, the Kindle doesn’t have a backlit screen (which is the whole point of a Kindle really), and sometimes a reading lamp spreads too much light – such as when your significant other is trying to catch some sleep and you want to read in bed.
Alfa November Kilo India. That’s how you spell “Anki” according to the NATO phonetic alphabet. And no, I didn’t need Wikipedia to come up with that. I just know the phonetic alphabet now. And I can also phonetically read many words in Russian, when a month ago I couldn’t. This is all thanks to AnkiDroid, a free Android application for learning things using flash cards.
Typing on a tiny touchscreen is not an inherently fun activity. I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say “Gosh, I love how I keep making embarrassing typos with this tiny keyboard!” Thankfully, there are some very smart people who are working to make typing on a portable device a more bearable experience.
I really enjoy reading books. I have a Kindle and I use it all the time. But sometimes a book isn’t always what I need. There are times when I have just a couple of minutes to fill, or when I’m somewhat distracted. For those times, a magazine works much better, and while I can read newspapers and magazines on the Kindle, I was intrigued by Zinio which offers paid magazines for Android.
I maintain the CSS for a fairly complex website; my normal workflow is opening an SSH session with PuTTY and then editing the CSS within a remote instance of VIM. WebPutty from Fog Creek Software (Joel Spolsky’s company) offers a way to simplify this process and edit your CSS using the browser, with live preview […]
As I told you on my Little Photo review, I am hunting for the perfect camera application for Android. Today’s contender is called Vignette. It’s a commercial application which currently retails for $4 on the Market – not inexpensive for an Android app. But with an average rating of 4.1 out of over 5,400 reviews, it must be doing something right.
When I covered Dexpot some time ago, readers Colugo and Mick were quick to point me in the direction of VirtuaWin as a lightweight, fast alternative virtual desktop software. Encouraged by their feedback, I decided to take VirtuaWin on a thorough spin and I am back to report my findings.
A dictionary used to be a heavy book, difficult to lug around. If you came across a word you didn’t quite understand, you might have just tried to figure out what it means based on the context. Then the Internet came along, and dictionaries went online. Then mobile devices started landing in people’s pockets, making online dictionaries even more accessible.
I’m a proud Google Apps user. I love the platform, and it adds a lot of value to my domain. But sadly, Google has not yet deemed it worthy of Google Profiles. This in turn means you can’t use Google+ with your Google Apps account. GClient is a desktop client, actually a mini-browser of sorts, just for Google Plus.
The other day, I was checking out a freeware app called Folder Axe; it’s a lovely utility with an equally-lovely website, that feels elegant and professionally crafted. Imagine my surprise when I scrolled down to the site’s footer and discovered it is powered by (and created using) a free service for creating websites, called Weebly.
Tapping out a text message on a touchscreen is not my idea of a good time. Annoying typos happen, and even once you gain some skill, the process still feels irritating. I first heard about sliding keyboards via the much-hyped Swype keyboard. But Swype seems to be eternally in Beta, and was difficult to get a hold of. So I set out to find a good sliding keyboard that I could actually install and use, and I found SlideIT.
I’m out to find the perfect camera app for Android. I’ve recently reviewed Camera360 and Lightbox Photos and there are a few other powerful cameras on the market (including Vignette, which I will be reviewing soon) but today I’m going to focus on Little Photo. There are a few things that set this neat camera/effects app apart.
Historically, backup applications have been similar to insurance policies: They just lie there in the background, and you hope that if one day catastrophe strikes, they will work as promised and get you out of a tight spot. When Time Machine first came out for Mac, it transformed all that. As a PC user, this is one Mac feature that I really envied. So I started digging around and eventually found Oops!Backup.
Some time ago I wrote about an alternative console client for Windows called Console. These was a fairly lively discussion in the comments, so I figured I’d share another interesting console client I found; this one is called ColorConsole, and it’s tiny, portable and free. The premise is quite similar to Console.
There’s a famous Dilbert strip where Dilbert says “I can’t do my work because the Internet is too fascinating”. If you’ve ever felt this way, perhaps Read it Later can find a place in your life. In a nutshell, Read it Later is a service that lets you save interesting articles you come across and don’t have time to read right away.