Jetpack & Social Networking

I’ve most likely missed when this was implemented, but I just happened to notice a listing under plugins settings called “Social” this has listings for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr,Yahoo & LinkedIn.

So the purpose of this post is to test the links for Facebook, Tumblr & LinkedIn as I already use WordTwit Pro for posting to Twitter. I gave up on using Facebook plugins because every time Facebook altered their API it always broke 3rd party plugins. The other issue is the free top level DynDNS domain name I’m using was blacklisted some time back so I can’t even post messages that includes the domain as it warns you that the domain is responsible for abuse so it’s banned .

So I’m interested to see how the Jetpack add-on handles posting, whether it simply places the body of the post on to  my Facebook wall, or if it summarises and links back to the original post, because if it’s the latter then it’s not going to work for me as intended.

I don’t think there’s going to be a problem with Tumblr or LinkedIn as they don’t have such a restrictions…

Ok enough talk let’s see what happens! 😉

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Jetpack & Social Networking

I’ve most likely missed when this was implemented, but I just happened to notice a listing under plugins settings called “Social” this has listings for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr,Yahoo & LinkedIn.

So the purpose of this post is to test the links for Facebook, Tumblr & LinkedIn as I already use WordTwit Pro for posting to Twitter. I gave up on using Facebook plugins because every time Facebook altered their API it always broke 3rd party plugins. The other issue is the free top level DynDNS domain name I’m using was blacklisted some time back so I can’t even post messages that includes the domain as it warns you that the domain is responsible for abuse so it’s banned .

So I’m interested to see how the Jetpack add-on handles posting, whether it simply places the body of the post on to  my Facebook wall, or if it summarises and links back to the original post, because if it’s the latter then it’s not going to work for me as intended.

I don’t think there’s going to be a problem with Tumblr or LinkedIn as they don’t have such a restrictions…

Ok enough talk let’s see what happens! 😉

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Eyesight & Radiotherapy

For the last few months I’ve been having trouble with my eyesight. Way back in 2007 I needed to have radiotherapy to null the effect of lymphoma consuming my sinuses. Now jump forward to now…  I normally suffer from hay fever during spring/summer and as a result I get itchy dry eyes. Well once that seasonal time passed I was still having problems with dry eyes.

Now you may say “oh dry eyes isn’t a problem” however, prolonged periods can be. You tears lubricate the surface of the eye, so if you have a reduced tear production this can lead to the surface becoming scratched (this irritates the eye even more!) So if left you’re damaging the surface and in turn potentially harming your vision.

So the role that radiotherapy has played in my case is the damage it has done to my tongue, saliva glands & tear ducts. It’s the latter that has caused me my grief because it’s taken until now to show up as being a problem. The vision in my left eye has been suboptimal for months, so I went to an optometrists for a consult to be told that the vision in the left was 48/6 and that I’d need glasses to bring that eye up to standard. My right eye at this point was ok but needed only minor correction. So lenses were ordered frames selected and with the addition of using lots of eye drops/gel all was ok

So that was about two months ago and since then my left eye has improved marginally but my right eye had deteriorated dramatically due to the surface becoming scratched (pretty much as bad as the left was) and the lens for the right eye was now ineffective. So I revisit the optometrists for options, but it’s all down to the lack of tears being made, yes I can use products to assist but nothing is as good as your own tears!

More to follow… (eventually)

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Eyesight & Radiotherapy

For the last few months I’ve been having trouble with my eyesight. Way back in 2007 I needed to have radiotherapy to null the effect of lymphoma consuming my sinuses. Now jump forward to now…  I normally suffer from hay fever during spring/summer and as a result I get itchy dry eyes. Well once that seasonal time passed I was still having problems with dry eyes.

Now you may say “oh dry eyes isn’t a problem” however, prolonged periods can be. You tears lubricate the surface of the eye, so if you have a reduced tear production this can lead to the surface becoming scratched (this irritates the eye even more!) So if left you’re damaging the surface and in turn potentially harming your vision.

So the role that radiotherapy has played in my case is the damage it has done to my tongue, saliva glands & tear ducts. It’s the latter that has caused me my grief because it’s taken until now to show up as being a problem. The vision in my left eye has been suboptimal for months, so I went to an optometrists for a consult to be told that the vision in the left was 48/6 and that I’d need glasses to bring that eye up to standard. My right eye at this point was ok but needed only minor correction. So lenses were ordered frames selected and with the addition of using lots of eye drops/gel all was ok

So that was about two months ago and since then my left eye has improved marginally but my right eye had deteriorated dramatically due to the surface becoming scratched (pretty much as bad as the left was) and the lens for the right eye was now ineffective. So I revisit the optometrists for options, but it’s all down to the lack of tears being made, yes I can use products to assist but nothing is as good as your own tears!

More to follow… (eventually)

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Oops WordPress 3.5alpha

I’ve uploaded to the latest nightly (as of writing) and it appears that page links are broken. Posts are fine so will have to await for tomorrow’s build to see  if this is fixed, or I’ll need to file a bug report (if not reported already)

So one doesn’t use nightly builds unless you expect some breakage 🙂

Galaxy Nexus JellyBean Downloads

The stock Google Galaxy Nexus JellyBean images are now available for download. This is for both the Takju & Yakju builds. They can be found here (this includes the Nexus S as well)

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AirDroid for your Android

AirDroid is an excellent application for utilising the functions of your Android phone via a web browser. This doesn’t require root access to your phone, and should work with pretty much all current phones on the market.

One of the most annoying things for Linux users (myself) is the total lack of software available for doing tasks with your phone. Most manufacturers that supply software usually only support MacOS & MS Windows so if you have a need for syncing your calendar (example exchange calendar) with your phone then you are stuck with nothing that can do it. OK now my example of exchange calendar might be a bad example as I don’t have/use exchange so don’t take it as gospel, OK so what does AirDroid do? It starts a Web Service that you can connect to over your LAN. You then have access to read/write/delete SMS/MMS messages, read/write/delete calendar items, read/delete your call log and the item that is possibly the most useful is transferring of files to/from the phone as well as upload/download music

 

 

 

AirDroid is set up into 4 screens (virtual desktops) that you can customise to your liking, the pictures above show the default layout. Then here is how the connected session appears on your phone (In my case the Galaxy Nexus).

Screen Captures for Galaxy Nexus

Since getting my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I had noticed that on a few forums there are images of screen captures that included the phone as part of the image. Well today I discovered the site that people are using to create such images!

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Here’s an example of the type of screen capture I’m talking about. The site is called android-ui-utils and is hosted on Google Code.

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Galaxy Nexus Day 3

Well on Tuesday (5th June) I finally got my mitts on the Galaxy Nexus (i9250) This now brings about retirement of my HTC Desire (A8183) this was my launching into the world that is Android! and once my contract was up I knew that I wanted the development phone from this point forward.

Ice Cream Sandwich is a nice layout from that I’m used to with earlier versions of Android 2.1 – 2.3 and as I’ve used Cyanogenmod for about the last 18 months I prefer the native android look and feel over the stock version of HTC Sense that originally came with the Desire. The Nexus had a slightly modified release of ICS 4.02 (Telstra customised with Australian English) that I replace with the current (at the time of writing) 4.04 development build of Yakju and I’ve added SuperSU (root)

One of the main issues with the HTC Desire was its lack of storage space (a total of 148Mb with stock Hboot) but now with the Nexus that’s no an issue as it has a comfortable 13Gb to play with. The only part that I didn’t realise was the lack of an SDcard slot, but I don’t see that I’ll need to add more storage to it anyway.

With the lack of any hardware buttons this gives a nice smooth appearance but I was at a small loss as I tended to use the optical pointer, so I’ve found myself floundering a little if I need to change the cursor or place but I soon learnt that by holding you finger down on the screen you get an arrow that you can the move about any text. This will take a little getting used to but I suppose I was a little spoilt with that feature on the Desire!

So after only having the nexus for 3 days I’m very happy with it! You can expect more posts about my journey with the Nexus as I discover new things. At this point I’m sticking with Jakju, but I will no doubt experiment with other custom roms in the future… 🙂

Living on the bleeding edge

For some time now I’ve been using Arch Linux for my desktop pc. For those who have no idea what that is/means then go back to your coffee/tea and come back in 5 minutes! No seriously, Arch is just a distribution of Linux aimed at being minimalistic so you build your desktop to what you want. Arch is a bleeding edge distribution that pretty much has the latest software that’s generally available. Now this is great for the person who prefers to have a constant stream of updates (aka rolling distribution) However some prefer a slightly slower release that hopefully has a higher level of stability. This is where Arch can bite you (big time) if you don’t pay close attention to the pending updates, as was the case for me about a month or so ago. The ln board graphics chip is a dreaded ATI (my first time for this chip type) as previously I’ve had Nvidia cards. Anyway there was the April ATI update awaiting and not giving it the attention that I normally would I allowed it to be applied. At this point all looked like a normal update until I rebooted (included a kenel update) and this is when my trouble began!

Being rather optimistic, I figured that within a day or three there would be a patch to fix the segmentation fault I was now getting from xorg-server. Now my Minecraft server resides on this pc so I needed to keep that running so I opted to use my Eee PC for what I believed to be a temporary period until a fix came through. So today I decided to tackle the problem with the intention of getting the existing software to behave as it should. After a few hours of no result it was getting to the point where a re installation would be the better solution rather than going around in circles (as I was)

15 minutes later and “Bingo!” was back in business. All that was required now was to restore the data backup and install a few programmes.

I suppose if there’s a moral to the story it’s be aware that the bleeding edge will at times give you grief!  😀

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