Can't connect to wifi on your Chromebook when you stay at Radisson hotel because of their captive portal? No, it's *not* just a matter of finding a non-SSL page to start your connection like with many other captive portals. Here's what I did to "approximate a working wifi connection" on my Chromebook at Radisson hotels. Maybe someone from Radisson will see this and upgrade their wifi system!
Google Photos is great for *storing* your photos. It's even becoming pretty good at *sharing* select photos with select people. But still, the problem for many of us from the Picasa Web Album days is *displaying* our albums publicly.
Unexpectedly, I've been doing most of my blog post editing directly via a browser while logged into GitLab.com instead of using an Android markdown editor. I wanted to revisit my options, however, so here goes a post composed via MrHyde.
A quick post to announce a very exciting thing: I have an app, and now you can have it, too! Get IF Timer now, or read more about it first. . .
I sat down to write a post about setting up my Twitter client on my phone, but this post quickly became about the app I'm using to write this post, instead.
This is my first attempt to draft and publish a new post entirely on this machine...
While I was mostly ready to switch from Mac to ChromeOS/Android, the last piece of the puzzle was this Jekyll blog which is generated on my machine, then the static site is uploaded to Heroku. With no means of generating the site locally on a Chromebook or Android device, I had to spend some time figuring out my alternatives. If you can read this, then I am success! And here's what I did...
Even though Joe and I both have our own Pocket accounts, for the longest time there was no in-app way to notify each other when we found something we think the other person should read. Even though that feature has recently been added, we didn't just want a *notification* that required action. I wanted to directly add to his reading list so that articles would automatically be downloaded for offline reading with no action required on Joe's part. So, I cobbled together my own direct sharing system so that I can simply tag an article in Pocket for Joe, and it will automatically show up right in his Pocket reading list. This is how I did it...
It's been exactly two months since the day my Desktop Picasa app stopped connecting to my Google account. The secret handshakes no longer worked. The known tricks for appending URLs were useless. Whether I was ready to or not, I had to move on. I'm still trying to recover, but here's more or less how things go now . . .
"Shared Albums" in Google Photos are great for collaborating. I finally got Joe on board with adding his travel photos directly to my shared albums, and it worked perfectly! So, if you think you'll want this set up where multiple people contribute to the same album, you should probably just create a "new shared album" right off the bat, right? WRONG!
Well, it finally happened: No more Picasa Web Albums! I've spent a few months trying to come up with a decent Google Photos workflow and Picasa alternative, and here's what I've settled on (for now)...
I have written before about my most awesome, practically spoiler-proof system on MacOS for reading Blue Jays tweets in "alternate time" as we watch PVR-delay or archived games (and a comparable Android version). But, it's not simply "set it and forget it!" When the Blue Jays sign a new player or I find a new Jays fan to follow on Twitter, new accounts need to be added to this system.
There are two major criteria I have for a Twitter client, given the way that I use Twitter: keep track (and hold on to a lengthy backlog) of unread tweets; and keep certain tweets out of my main timeline but still accessible to me when I’m ready to go back and read them. (ie Not simply “muted” or “blocked.”) I discovered last year that Tweecha did one very well. Months later, I'm pleased to report that it also does the second very well.
Today I attempted to create a public photo album gallery page in Google Photos, something PicasaWeb Albums generates automatically for its users but Google Photos does not. Here's what I did:
I'm perhaps less of a "photographer" and more of a "photo management addict." I may not have great photos, but the ones I have are immaculately organized! Many have asked me about my process, so here's a description of what I do to keep on top of the many photos, from many sources, I accumulate.
One issue (among many!) that people are having with the transition from Picasa Web Albums to Google Photos is how to directly link to a photo from Google Photos.
The story of "Error 28: no space left on device" means when you're quite certain your external hard drive is large enough to backup your laptop's internal hard drive.
As I've written before, YoruFukurou (Night Owl) is my indispensable Mac OS X twitter client. It's the only client I've found that supports tweet filtering, not just simply muting of tweets so that tweets I might not to see *now* can still be read at a convenient time *later*. It also happens to be a very good client for someone who likes to keep track of which tweets have or haven't been read, which is useful if you choose to (eventually) read every tweet in your timeline. As long as the application doesn't restart, it can hold tens of thousands of unread tweets, all nicely organized into various tabs. If I wanted to, I could leave Yoru Fukurou running at home on a computer, go out of town for a week, and everything would be there when I got home! This is a tall ask of an Android Twitter client, but as someone who does try to manage unread tweets, I wanted to see how close I could get.
I've been meaning to write to explain exactly how my super-awesome-spoiler-proof Twitter system works. "So, you mute keywords and hashtags?" Oh, if only it were that simple!