New favorite feature on the iPhone: “Block This Caller.”
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I’ve never had much interest in building or rebuilding a motor vehicle — I can focus on a long-term project for weeks, but this seems overwhelming — but this photo essay of a “Volkswagen Ferrari” being put together is so much fun that it makes me want to try.
So David Pogue is headed to Yahoo, eh?
Having spent 4 years at Yahoo!’s very first stab at a tech site (which was also planned to be “much more than a site”), all I can say is best of luck.
Someone poke me when Walt Mossberg starts at Microsoft, ok?
Here’s a fun trick you can try. Call someone (or Moviefone, if you are Forever Alone) on your iPhone, and put them on speakerphone. While they’re speaking, place the bottom of the phone (where the speakers are) against your lips. Have fun.
I use Clonezilla regularly to clone disks, but if I can mount both disks in Windows, why deal with the command line? Macrium Reflect does the job, with a few points and clicks, for free. Perfect for if you have, say, two USB drives you want to copy more reliably than drag-and-dropping from within Windows Explorer. (Hint: It never works!)
Have you checked out Film Racket yet? You should, because it’s awesome. Everything I learned from 20 years of talking about the movies is distilled into this new website, which just launched this week.
Have you read Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World’s Greatest Job? Oh, you have? Well maybe you should check it out again. The 2005 book is updated and reissued with new material in this revamped 2013 Second Edition. Check it out now in paperback or ebook format.
(in rough order)
The Comcast rep’s children.
Where I live.
Children having cell phones.
Whether mobile technology is causing us to disassociate from society.
My Comcast service request.
It’s been bugging me that my HootSuite profile icons have been old or, worse, blank. Finally figured out how to update them… courtesy of the HootSuite help desk:
To update the icons for your social networks, you should click on your Profile icon in the top left corner of your dashboard. From there, simply click on the ‘gear’ icon next to the social network you want to update, then select “Sync avatar.”
I spent 20 minutes trying to figure this out today. Nothing online is very complete.
Outlook 2007 (other versions act similarly), by default when you install it, auto-archives your email every 14 days. This includes deleting many calendar entries older than 6 months, which makes using Outlook for archival purposes almost impossible.
If you forgot to turn auto-archive off, here’s what to do to get that stuff back.
In the left hand “Mail Folders” pane, find the Archive Folders text. Right-click and select “Close Archive Folders.”
Now, go to Tools > Options > Other > AutoArchive. If it’s not on, turn it on for a moment. You’ll see a button next to “Move old items to:” and below that a location string, such as: C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\archive.pst. COPY this string with CTRL-C. Close this window after turning AutoArchive back off.
Next, back in the main screen, click File > Import and Export. Select “Import from another program or file.” Click Next. Select Personal Folder File (.pst), click Next. Now paste the string from the previous step into the “File to import” box. Click Next and use defaults for the remaining prompts. After a few minutes of work, all your mail and calendar items will be back where you expect them to be.
Here’s a digest so you don’t actually have to watch the Lance Armstrong shame-fest.
Gosh Oprah, it feels so good to finally admit to the doping. Living with this shame for years has really been impossible. I’ve let my fans down. I’ve let America down. But mostly I’ve let myself down. I take responsibility, but you have to understand the pressure they put on you in professional sports to do this. I never had a choice.
I want to put all that behind me now, though, and I would love to find a way to educate people so no one else has to go through what I did. I want to do this for the children of America. So I’m announcing today that I’m going to start a new foundation dedicated to educating kids about doping. I want to make sure this never happens again! (applause sign)
What’s next for you, Lance?
I’m going to write a book and tell all the details. Maybe a talk show, we’ll see how that goes. I’m really excited about the future. Don’t do drugs, kids.
Gosh Lance, this is all so honest and brave of you. You’re welcome back into society. Now take a seat next to Hugh Grant!
I hit on this idea after watching our iPads fall over on the kitchen counter for the thousandth time, where we (attempt) to store them vertically against the wall, but which I have always had to prop up with a bottle of wine lest the slide across the counter. My brainstorm: A paper napkin holder. This $12 job from Amazon is solid metal (so heavy enough to not tip over), compact (to take up minimal space), and looks pretty stylish. Two iPads (both with cases) fit in it side by side perfectly.
Lifehacker has a similar idea using an ugly Ikea napkin holder and a MacBook.
By popular demand, here are my picks for the year.
2. Silver Linings Playbook
3. Promised Land
5. Safety Not Guaranteed
7. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
8. This Is 40
9. The Queen of Versailles
10. Cloud Atlas
Best question from Cub Scout visit to Presidio Park Police Station today: “Do you have a morning star?”
Also popular were questions about swords, machine guns, bazookas, and flamethrowers.
Spent several hours going door to door with my son’s Cub Scout pack this morning collecting canned goods for the San Francisco Food Bank. Among the items received for donation:
- A jar of “Goober Grape” PB&J combo
- A bottle of Trader Joe’s Thai curry sauce
- Multiple 12-packs of Coca-Cola
- Bag of dried lentils from a bulk bin
- Jelly (expired)
- A frozen “Claim Jumper” apple pie
- Individual snack packets of Annie’s organic Bunny Grahams
- Boxes of frozen stuffing (thawed, rank, very expired)
- A canned ham (these still exist!)
What does it take to get on the New York Times Best Seller list? A lot of money, that’s all. Here’s how publishers looking to cash in on those golden words do it. The secret: “bulk sales” — where a few bookstores receive massive orders driven by a small number of buyers. The NYT now reveals the reporting of bulk orders in the footnotes of its listings.
In related news, it’s true: Nothing is sacred.
I work pretty much all day in Firefox and big text fields in WordPress. Some strange bug between the two causes performance to bog down, especially when (oddly) deleting text.
Finally I’ve found what looks like a solution.
In Firefox, click Tools > Options.
Under the Advanced section, click the General tab. Uncheck the box next to “Use hardware acceleration when available.”
Reboot and be happy.
Yes, if it’s a tough problem…
Previous research has shown that performance on problem solving improves over a period of sleep, as compared with wakefulness. However, these studies have not determined whether sleep is beneficial for problem solving or whether sleep merely mitigates against interference due to an interruption to solution attempts … We conclude that sleep facilitates problem solving, most likely via spreading activation, but this has its primary effect for harder problems.
If none of that makes sense, try reading the research tomorrow.