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Easily Add Images from Picasa Web Albums Directly into iPhoto [Mac Tip]

c I prefer to share photos with friends using the Picasa Web Albums service from Google. Locally, however, I manage my photos using iPhoto. I also use the Picasa software which has gotten very good with the release of version 3.5. This newest version includes creepily good facial recognition and photo location features but I still prefer iPhoto. Picasa allows one to download entire albums from Picasa Web Albums into the Picasa software with the click of a button which is great. See this link for more information about this feature. This, however, requires a two step procedure to then get those downloaded photos into iPhoto. This is fine but somewhat of an annoyance. read more » »

A List of iPhone Apps That I’m Enjoying This Week (July 10, 2009)

iphone3g This is the fourth in a series of posts where I discuss new (mostly) iPhone Apps that I have discovered. All iPhone apps in this series will be added to the more comprehensive “A List of Great iPhone and iPod Touch Applications” post. Click on any of the application titles to visit the iTunes store. Be sure to check back for future editions, and if you know of any good iPhone applications that I should try leave me a comment, twitter me, or delicious me the link via for:franklindavis.

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Ideal Settings for iPhone and Gmail IMAP Syncing [iPhone Guide, iPhone Tip]

Gmail Logo I am a BIG fan of Google’s Gmail service. It has the best webmail interface by far and offers nearly unlimited storage. Now that Gmail allows IMAP access I am using it as my primary email service on the iPhone. I’ve configured Gmail to check all of my other email addresses via POP3. This is not only convenient since I have access to all of my email in one location, but it also reduces the amount of spam I see since the Google spam filter is very good. Note that you will need to maintain a list of contacts in Gmail to prevent real mail from being accidently labeled as spam. I use Google Sync to keep my iPhone contacts in sync with my Google Contacts. Continue reading to learn about the ideal settings for using the iPhone with Gmail via IMAP.
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A List of iPhone Apps That I’m Enjoying This Week (June 19, 2009) [Review, List]

iphone3g This is the third in a series of posts where I discuss new (mostly) iPhone Apps that I have discovered. All iPhone apps in this series will be added to the more comprehensive “A List of Great iPhone and iPod Touch Applications” post. With the recent release of iPhone 3.0 firmware I took the opportunity to do a full restore of my phone to get a fresh start. These are some of the apps that I have recently discovered that make the cut to get re-installed after the firmware upgrade. Click on any of the application titles to visit the iTunes store. Be sure to check back for future editions, and if you know of any good iPhone applications that I should try leave me a comment, twitter me, or delicious me the link via for:franklindavis.

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Install Ubuntu on a HP xw9300 Workstation with Ultra320 SCSI Hard Drives [Ubuntu Tip]

hp xw9300 The trick to installing Ubuntu on a HP xw9300 workstation with Ultra320 SCSI hard drives is to set the no acpi install option. This can be done via the current Ubuntu installer by pressing F6 and selecting “acpi=off” by pressing the space bar. An ‘x’ should appear next to the option and you can now install normally.

A List of iPhone Apps That I’m Enjoying This Week (May 8, 2009) [Review, List]

iphone3g This is the second in a series of posts where I discuss new (mostly) iPhone Apps that I have discovered. All iPhone apps in this series will be added to the more comprehensive “A List of Great iPhone and iPod Touch Applications” post.

Click on any of the application titles to visit the iTunes store. Be sure to check back for future editions, and if you know of any good iPhone applications that I should try leave me a comment, twitter me, or delicious me the link via for:franklindavis.

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A List of iPhone Apps That I’m Enjoying This Week (May 1, 2009) [Review, List]

iphone3g This is the first in a series of posts where I will discuss new (mostly) iPhone Apps that I have discovered. All iPhone apps in this series will be added to the more comprehensive “A List of Great iPhone and iPod Touch Applications” post.

Click on any of the application titles to visit the iTunes store. Be sure to check back for future editions, and if you know of any good iPhone applications that I should try leave me a comment, twitter me, or delicious me the link via for:franklindavis.
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Deluge Jacket from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) [Review]

JacketSo here at Zaphu, we didn’t get the bailout that we were expecting after seeing all the money that everyone else was getting, but we decided to take a company retreat anyway. Of course, instead of golden toilets we had the backs of Oak trees and instead of 2,000,000 thread count sheets we had sleeping bags, but hey, we deserved it! Anyway, the important thing about the trip was that it rained. And guess what? Good ol’ Billy didn’t have a rain jacket. Oh, he had a “water-resistant” jacket and a bit o’ bourbon, so it wasn’t super important, but he did notice the wet stuff. So the I went looking for a rain jacket. After looking for several months, and focusing a lot on price, I went with the Deluge Jacket from Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). I’ve used it as an outer layer over a fleece for hikes in the snow with the dogs, stuffed in the tote bag on the way to work and also as a rain jacket in a torrential down pour. I’ve stayed dry throughout and it has held up to the wear and tear. I give it a 4.5/5.0 . The only thing keeping it from getting a 5 is that I don’t have enough information for long term use. Also, the hood is a little bulky when it’s rolled up, but honestly, if it’s raining, I’m going to have the hood on. Read on for the full review and specs.
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Amazon Enters Used Video Game Business

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Fresh on the heels of introducing its Games Downloads store, Amazon has created a Video Games Trade-In Store. This move will likely take a bite out of Gamestop’s lucrative trade-in business. In my tests, trade-in values seem to be somewhat on the low side but I suppose you can expect to sacrifice some trade-in value for ease of exchange. So while you can almost certainly get more money for your used games via Ebay or Craigslist this method is almost certainly more convenient. Does anyone know how these values compare to what Gamestop offers in their stores? If so, leave me a comment below.
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iStat menus – A Great System Monitoring Menubar Utility [Mac Freeware]

istatmenusI like to keep an eye on what is going on with my system at all times. To make this easier I’ve started using iStat menus 1.3, a program that monitors your entire system right from the menubar and features 8 separate and highly configurable menu extras. This way I always know exactly what’s going on inside my Mac.

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Amazon Introduces Game Download Service

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Today Amazon introduced its new venture into digital downloads for games. So far the new Game Download store contains 600 ‘casual games’ that can be played without the need for physical media (remember optical media is dying). Titles range in price from $6.99 to $9.99, with older games costing less. Additionally, games can be demoed for 30 minutes before the need to purchase. This move places Amazon in competition with Yahoo Games and Valve’s Steam service. Unfortunately, Amazon’s service is currently limited to PCs. Mac users out there can try out the Mac Games Arcade.

Also, for a limited time you can get three titles for free!

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Gmail Adds Tasks for the iPhone

This is just a quick note to inform everyone that you can now manage your Gmail Tasks from your iPhone (or other web enabled phone). Simply go to gmail.com/tasks from Mobile Safari and log in. Pretty cool, huh?

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P.S. Personally I prefer the paid app Things, but I know some of you out there live and die by Gmail. After all, FREE is always good.

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Simple Ways to Display Your iCal Agenda in OS X Leopard [Mac Tip]

Now that my Google Calendar syncs with my iCal, I actually have a reason to use iCal. Although I still mainly use it for the notifications and iPhone syncing, it is still nice to be able to see my daily agenda at a glance. Here are a few ways that I’ve found to display my iCal agenda quickly. Let me know if you use a different method that I missed.

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A List of 10 Great Christmas Movies to Watch at Home

GrinchChristmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Lots of food, the start of the college football bowl games and no work for at least two days. It’s also because I give the best gifts. I get to give all the cool, noisy toys to my niece and nephews because those toys aren’t coming home with me, they’re going to their house! There are also some other traditions besides ol’ Uncle Billy giving the best gifts. For instance, playing “who gets the swirly?” For those of you that don’t know, a swirly is when you get turned upside down over the toilet and get your head flushed. It’s great fun for all the family. Works great for younger cousins, nieces, nephews and even sometimes (like this year perhaps) older sisters….. And probably my favorite Christmas tradition is the Family Movie! We all pile in one car (how, I’m not sure) and drive the 45 minutes to the only theater in town and enjoy some popcorn and two hours of relative quiet. Of course, this was a lot easier when movie tickets were $2 a piece and the popcorn was just about free. Now with the price of gas up, movie tickets out of control and popcorn prices soaring due to biofuels, who can afford to go to the movies? Well, not to worry. The jolly ol’ staff here at Zaphu has you covered! Here are our top 10 Christmas movies (that you can rent or buy for cheaper than a movie ticket) to get you through. Who knows, you might even start a new tradition. read more » »

Discover Online Bargains with ShoppingNotes.com

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There are only 17 shopping days left until Christmas and if you’re looking for an online bargain you may want to check out ShoppingNotes. This site offers services similar to Savvy Circle, but ShoppingNotes is more versatile. In fact, ShoppingNotes will keep track of any product available online and notify you of prices changes. Searching for sales couldn’t be easier; there is nothing to install and the service is completely free. Happy shopping!
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