Archive for September, 2010

Xmarks Bookmark Syncing Service – A Startup Worth Saving?

Xmarks is a (currently) free bookmark syncing service that I have been using for years, and is now on the verge of shutting down for good. But there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Xmarks started out as Foxmarks, a Firefox add-in which allowed me to sync my bookmarks between my different computers, and even access my bookmarks online if I was using someone else’s computer. Over time Foxmarks re-branded to Xmarks when they started building add-ins for other browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari). This is what won my allegiance to Xmarks. AFAIK, there are no alternatives that provide cross-browser bookmark syncing.

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Android Task Killers – More Harm than Good?

The two most common complaints that Android phone users have are performance (perceived speed) and battery life. The general consensus, at least up until recently, has been to employ a Task Killer to forcefully shutdown unnecessary apps. The idea behind this was to free up RAM, and therefore increase performance. Unfortunately this idea was based on the preconception of how standard computers operate, but this is not necessarily how a phone (Android) operates.

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Windows Phone 7 No Tethering ಠ_ಠ

Despite early reports of Windows Phone 7 supporting tethering, Microsoft has just confirmed that tethering will not be supported with the first release of Windows Phone 7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Screen Sharing

A couple of weeks ago a client was looking for an easy way to share his screen with a remote user. He had previously used a trial version of GoToMeeting, but only used it a few times a year and could not justify the high cost of the recurring service charge.
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Intel Wireless Display

Intel recently introduced a new technology called Wireless Display which will, as it’s name suggests, allow you to wirelessly display laptop content on your TV. This sounds pretty cool right? Instead of watching that YouTube video on your laptop screen, with Intel Wireless Display (IWD), you can watch it on your big TV. Read the rest of this entry »

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