Helpful Google Wave Guides

Google wavelogo
Google wavelogo

If you are lucky enough to test Google’s new revolutionary collaboration tool, Google Wave, be happy. But, confusion and questions have risen about just how to use it and/or maximize the software’s potential. That is where these two Google Wave Guides can come in handy. One is from Mashable, Google Wave: A Complete Guide, by Ben Purr and the other is called The Complete Guide to Google Wave, by Gina Trapani with Adam Pash.

From The Complete Guide to Google Wave– “Google Wave is a new web-based collaboration tool that’s notoriously difficult to understand. This guide will help. Here you’ll learn how to use Google Wave to get things done with your group. Because Wave is such a new product that’s evolving quickly, this guidebook is a work in progress that will update in concert with Wave as it grows and changes. Read more about The Complete Guide to Google Wave.”

I do hope these two links can help you learn the future of email and online collaboration better. Google Wave may be complicated but guides like these sure help.

Best regards,

Adam Faragalli

12 of the most annoying types of Facebook users

Here are 12 of the most annoying types of Facebook users, by Brandon Griggs for CNN Tech. I have posted the list here because I thought it was so perfect! But please support CNN.com by viewing the article there.

The Let-Me-Tell-You-Every-Detail-of-My-Day Bore. “I’m waking up.” “I had Wheaties for breakfast.” “I’m bored at work.” “I’m stuck in traffic.” You’re kidding! How fascinating! No moment is too mundane for some people to broadcast unsolicited to the world. Just because you have 432 Facebook friends doesn’t mean we all want to know when you’re waiting for the bus.

The Self-Promoter. OK, so we’ve probably all posted at least once about some achievement. And sure, maybe your friends really do want to read the fascinating article you wrote about beet farming. But when almost EVERY update is a link to your blog, your poetry reading, your 10k results or your art show, you sound like a bragger or a self-centered careerist.

The Friend-Padder. The average Facebook user has 120 friends on the site. Schmoozers and social butterflies — you know, the ones who make lifelong pals on the subway — might reasonably have 300 or 400. But 1,000 “friends?” Unless you’re George Clooney or just won the lottery, no one has that many. That’s just showing off.

The Town Crier. “Michael Jackson is dead!!!” You heard it from me first! Me, and the 213,000 other people who all saw it on TMZ. These Matt Drudge wannabes are the reason many of us learn of breaking news not from TV or news sites but from online social networks. In their rush to trumpet the news, these people also spread rumors, half-truths and innuendo. No, Jeff Goldblum did not plunge to his death from a New Zealand cliff.

The TMIer. “Brad is heading to Walgreens to buy something for these pesky hemorrhoids.” Boundaries of privacy and decorum don’t seem to exist for these too-much-information updaters, who unabashedly offer up details about their sex lives, marital troubles and bodily functions. Thanks for sharing.

The Bad Grammarian. “So sad about Fara Fauset but Im so gladd its friday yippe”. Yes, I know the punctuation rules are different in the digital world. And, no, no one likes a spelling-Nazi schoolmarm. But you sound like a moron.

The Sympathy-Baiter. “Barbara is feeling sad today.” “Man, am I glad that’s over.” “Jim could really use some good news about now.” Like anglers hunting for fish, these sad sacks cast out their hooks — baited with vague tales of woe — in the hopes of landing concerned responses. Genuine bad news is one thing, but these manipulative posts are just pleas for attention.

The Lurker. The Peeping Toms of Facebook, these voyeurs are too cautious, or maybe too lazy, to update their status or write on your wall. But once in a while, you’ll be talking to them and they’ll mention something you posted, so you know they’re on your page, hiding in the shadows. It’s just a little creepy.

The Crank. These curmudgeons, like the trolls who spew hate in blog comments, never met something they couldn’t complain about. “Carl isn’t really that impressed with idiots who don’t realize how idiotic they are.” [Actual status update.] Keep spreading the love.

The Paparazzo. Ever visit your Facebook page and discover that someone’s posted a photo of you from last weekend’s party — a photo you didn’t authorize and haven’t even seen? You’d really rather not have to explain to your mom why you were leering like a drunken hyena and French-kissing a bottle of Jagermeister.

The Obscurist. “If not now then when?” “You’ll see…” “Grist for the mill.” “John is, small world.” “Dave thought he was immune, but no. No, he is not.” [Actual status updates, all.] Sorry, but you’re not being mysterious — just nonsensical.

The Chronic Inviter. “Support my cause. Sign my petition. Play Mafia Wars with me. Which ‘Star Trek’ character are you? Here are the ‘Top 5 cars I have personally owned.’ Here are ’25 Things About Me.’ Here’s a drink. What drink are you? We’re related! I took the ‘What President Are You?’ quiz and found out I’m Millard Fillmore! What president are you?”

Hilarious and very true at the same time. I have seen each of these many times and am responsible for a few myself.

Best,

Adam Faragalli

Photoshop Secret Shortcuts

Web Designer Wall brings us this article, Photoshop Secret Shortcuts. I have been an avid Photoshop user and abuser for the past 8 years and I did not know all of these. Never can hurt to learn new Photoshop shortcuts.

“30 secret Photoshop shortcuts that I’ve learned from years of experience. Well, what I mean by “secret” is that these shortcuts are not documented in the menus. Keep reading and you will find how these shortcuts can speed up your productivity. I bet you don’t know all of them.

Note: this article is written in Mac Photoshop format. If you are using PC, Cmd = Ctrl and Opt = Alt.”

Cheers,

Adam Faragalli

5 New Technologies That Will Change Everything

This article, “5 New Technologies That Will Change Everything”  from PC World by Glenn Fleishman is all about some future technology that is coming in the not-so-distant future.

He disscussed 3D TV, HTML5, video over Wi-Fi, superfast USB 3.0, and mobile “augmented reality.” All these future techn0logyies will emerge as breakthrough technologies in the next few years!

Read the article to get a preview of what they do and how they work. Personally, I’m extremely excited about 3D TV and improved Wi-Fi. But each of these upcoming technologies will have an impact on our lives. Hopefully in all positive ways. Although augmented reality could be a bit much.

Improved Wi-Fi preview ” By 2012, two new protocols–802.11ac and 802.11ad–should be handling over-the-air data transmission at 1 gbps or faster. As a result, future users can have multiple high-definition video streams and gaming streams active across a house and within a room. Central media servers, Blu-ray players, and other set-top boxes can sit anywhere in the home, streaming content to end devices in any location. For example, an HD video display, plugged in with just a power cord, can stand across the room from a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, or computer–no need for expensive, unsightly cables.”

On 3D TV Sets: “Poor expects that 3DTV will be but a minor upgrade to existing HDTV sets. The upgraded sets will need a modified display controller that alternates images 60 per second for each eye, as well as an infrared or wireless transmitter to send synchronization information to the 3D glasses.” That is great news because I love my TV and do not want to spend another grand to upgrade. In addition, I hope video games also have the 3D ability.

So please take a look at 5 New Technologies That Will Change Everything. Read the full description on 3D TV, HTML5, video over Wi-Fi, superfast USB 3.0, and mobile “augmented reality.

Best,

Adam Faragalli

Say Hello to GetBlue.com for Music, Movie and Book Suggestions

Christina Warren wrote this article on Mashable about GetGlue.com

“In the last year, Glue has evolved from a Firefox-only add-on to a service that also works with Internet Explorer and has added the ability to recommend and have conversations over different items and has expanded to tons of huge sites. Today, AdaptiveBlue is announcing the launch of GetGlue.com, a personalized stream of suggested content based on what you already like, as well as a stream of what your friends are interested in right now.” From Mashable.com

Bassically using Web 3.0 technology GetGlue.com takes what you have reportly liked (when you signed up and everytime you flag something) and things your friends like and presents suggestions. Check out the movie below for more detail.

So give this new site a shot and see what new Music, Movies and Books you discover!

Cheers,

Adam Faragalli

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month

REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.

All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.

…. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:    888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

Best and hope this helps you avoid some marketing calls on your cell phone!

Adam Faragalli

Court Orders Pirate Bay to Erase Torrents

The Pirate Bay Logo
The Pirate Bay Logo

I have been following the Pirate Bay torrent law suit for some time. The case has drawn on but recently the Court Orders Pirate Bay to Erase Torrents or face rather costly punitive damages and law suits.

“The Amsterdam court today ruled that The Pirate Bay must remove a list of copyrighted torrents from their website within three months. In addition they have to block Dutch users’ access to parts of the site where copyrighted torrent can be downloaded. If not, the three ‘operators’ will have to pay penalties of 5,000 euros ($7,500) per person, per day.”

“It was concluded that The Pirate Bay itself is not necessarily guilty of copyright infringement. However, according to the Court the site does assist in copyright infringement by allowing and encouraging its users to share torrents.”

So enjoy the last few months of service from The Pirate Baybecause soon it could be a completely different site. In the end, another site will take it’s place. There are already many torrent sites out there eager to replace the traffic. If the site does in fact go down I will update the blog and give you some other solid options to share with the world.

Cheers,

Adam Faragalli

BlackBerry Storm 2 Features WiFi, More Memory, Improved Touchscreen

Walt Mossberg wrote this article on the Blackberry Storm 2 that I found interesting. I happen to have a Blackberry Storm which I really like. It was not always my favorite device. In fact, I spent the first month  just frustrated with the OS that came with the phone. Blackberry Storm 1 from RIM came with a rushed OS. The Storm would freeze and lock up, not answer calls among a host of other issues.

I spent a lot of time on crackberry.com downloading new OS updates and themes. Over time, the phone has gotten better. Now, the nice big touch screen is great because it actually works well! I have all the apps I need and the battery life is actually pretty good.

View the BlackBerry Storm Preview Movie Here.

But, I’m excited about the Blackberry storm 2! Although I doubt I’ll upgrade, the new one looks to close the gap a little more with the iPhone. With the ability to have Wifi, this means much faster Internet at Starbucks or what have you. Although the Verizon 3G network is good, it cannot compete with a solid Wifi signal running high speed Internet. The phone will also feature more memory and an improved touchscreen.

 

 I thought the touch screen for the Blackberry Storm was decent. I’m courious how RIM improved the Blackberry Storm 2. Hopefully they did away with the click because after a lot of use it begins to stick, very frustrating. According to the article, “The Storm2 fixes all those flaws. The screen now stays still when tapped, providing tactile feedback electronically instead of mechanically. This allows for faster, smoother typing.”

For more information and the link to the original article, click here. Verizon hasn’t set a launch date or price for the Storm2, but it’s likely to appear in November at around $200.

Best,

Adam Faragalli