Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Google Wave Preview

I was extended an invitation to Google's Wave preview yesterday and have since spent my free time playing around with it. Luckily I've got a few friends and coworkers also evaluating the preview so I've got a small user base in which to try out the new features. So far the jury's still out on deliberation. What do I mean by that?

Well...

I started the application in IE8 which required me to down the Google Wave Framework. So I moved to chrome and made an Application Shortcut for it. When it launches it's pretty slow to load. I like sleek messaging / wave interface and the ability to see what the other person is typing. I don't like little option menu when I want to edit a message. What happened to just clicking on the message? Also the settings are still under construction and uploads also take forever. Also what is the point of pinging someone? Isn't that essentially like creating a wave with someone?

Mostly what I'm still deliberating on is wave's ACTUAL use. I've heard there are videos showing users creating collaborative documents, which could essentially replace Google Docs. But other than creating documents and chatting, what else?

I guess only time will tell. In the meantime you'll find me on it periodically through the day so say hi.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Recovering iPhone Music Videos and Pictures

A few months ago my laptop crashed and I lost, among other things, a lot of photos. Luckily I had a ton of data on my iPhone including music, videos and of course photos of friends and family that I needed to get back to my laptop. The problem is how do you recover or transfer media from the iPhone back to the computer?

I found a torrent version of this program called CopyPod a while ago, I installed it and was able to transfer music back to my computer. It was important that I get the rest of my media off of my iPhone and it just so happened the new version of CopyPod, now called CopyTrans, had related programs that would transfer pictures and videos. I ended up downloading and paying for the suite called CopyTransSuite. It was a little expensive but it worked like a charm.

If you have the same problem I'd recommend at last trying the trial version of the software. I used the trial version of CopyTrans Photo and it worked great, it just had the watermarks on the images (because of the trial period).

Better Free AntiVirus

One of my coworkers just pointed this program out to me and I've since downloaded it for both my personal laptop and my work desktop. I had been using the free anti-virus program called AVG. Now I'm officially using Microsoft Security Essentials as my anti-virus program.

It integrates great with Windows 7. It has a clean interface, runs in the background so it doesn't bog down your processor when you're using the computer and it's free.

Check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx