Technology Archives

  1. Recondition Your iPhone Battery

    After returning from a week in London where I had no cell coverage but was constantly charging my iPhone 4 (just to be safe), I noticed that my daily iPhone usage was dropping my battery down to the 50-60% mark instead of the 65-75% mark where is had typically been. Last weekend I let the…

  2. Keyboard Command to Sleep in Lion

    If you used to choose the Sleep option with TAB key after hitting the POWER button on your Mac, Lion may have your muscle memory befuddled. Never fear, there is a better way: just hit the “s” key after the POWER button, and that Sleep button will get selected without the TAB key two-step. Additional…

  3. Zima

    The best part about this exchange is I’m honestly not 100% sure which of Dave’s tweets John is replying to (with the Zima response).

  4. A Stellar use of Favorites

    I’ve been wanting to do more with the favorites feature on Twitter for a long time. I’m not a big fan of retweets, and have always preferred to favorite things I like rather than rebroadcast them indiscriminately. Stellar.io has taken on the job of exposing this great content and making it follow-able, and it is…

  5. iPad Guest Mode

    With the addition of an 11″ MacBook Air to my travel arsenal, my primary use for my iPad is as an around the house machine. Specifically, I find it best to have it hanging around in a living space where I can use it to quickly get information. Sometimes I use an app, sometimes the…

  6. The Android OS Update Problem

    The reasons that Android phones are either slow to get system updates, or fail to get them entirely are pretty clear. The process of getting an update ready to push to a handset is decidedly non-trivial: Google creates, tests and releases a system update. Handset manufacturers take the system update and apply their vendo-specific tweaks…

  7. iPhone 4 on Verizon

    Can’t wait for that iPhone 4 on Verizon? If you aren’t already a Verizon customer and don’t want to wait until Feb 10th, here’s what to do. Go sign up for a Verizon account today and purchase the cheapest phone they have, without a subsidy. Don’t use the cheap phone. Get online at 3AM US/Eastern…

  8. Bookmarking

    There are two essential steps for productive bookmarking. Remember to bookmark the site/page before you leave it. Remember to look in your bookmarks next time you want to find it. Failure to follow either of these, and you have a failed system. It’s a commitment.

  9. AT&T Commercial: Funny Email

    I don’t get this commercial. Regardless of service quality/speed/etc., the way it’s presented doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t it be more effective if the rest of the group (all using AT&T) got the email quickly, then one remaining person got the email later? Isn’t the incentive to avoid being left out? Getting the email first and…

  10. 2011 SxSWi Registration for Sale

    I registered for SxSW (Interactive) last fall to get the early bird pricing. Fortunately, Shane’s panel was selected and now I have a comp’ed pass for the event. If anyone would like to buy my Interactive pass, I’m happy to let it go for the price I paid ($450) rather than the $675 that it…

  11. Just Use the Empty Tab

    I guess this is a pet peeve of mine, but why don’t any of the major browsers open a requested URL in the frontmost tab if that tab is empty (about:blank)? Camino got this right years ago, but Firefox, Safari and Chrome still open up a new tab next to the empty one. I can’t…

  12. New vs. Unread

    Corey mentioned it on Twitter a few weeks back: @alexkingorg it’s the whole concept of new vs unread. I knew to open mail for new mail. Unread is a meaningless number. BlackBerry, Android and Palm all have a notification system that allows the user to know when new email has arrived. The notification remains present…