Excellent tip for quick and easy proofreading from Ljuba Miljkovic at Adaptive Path. I think I’ll use this tip for the report I’m writing this week.
If you write on a Mac, there’s a robust way of proofreading using the system’s built-in text-to-speech feature. Intended for the visually impaired, this feature will read any text back to you in a relatively pleasant voice, immune to human visual biases.
Yahoo! fired the Delicious team and is moving away from the bookmarking service. Though I haven’t added any links to my Delicious account in a year or so, at first I wasn’t concerned. But then I started thinking about my archive of bookmarks and thought I’d like to preserve them.
Word on the interwebs fingered Pinboard as a worthy replacement. Upon first glance, the minimal design struck a chord in me. I liked it but there was a cost involved. Something on the order of $6 for an account. I decided to wait and see. Then, I visited the site once more and discovered the cost had risen to around $9. WTF? It turns out, the longer you wait to join, the more money it costs. Brilliant!
So, I poked around a bit more and met with my financial consultant, Professor PayPal, who said that I had a whopping $12.52 balance, so I committed. First thing I did was import my Delicious bookmarks. The second thing I did was wire up my Instapaper account. Now, I’m bookmarking again.
I approach my bookmarking mainly in two ways.
- The ‘save to pinboard’ bookmarklet lives in my browser toolbar for quick and dirty bookmarking.
- I’ve configured my Instapaper settings such that whenever I ‘star’ an item in Instapaper, it gets added to my Pinboard.
I still haven’t really referred to my Pinboard bookmarks much but when I need to, it’s nice to know they are there.
Cool Pinboard icon: Tom Bryan
Yesterday, I found some time to sign up for and setup my own Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). I wrote about how this is done the other day and just couldn’t wait to get my own server up and running. It only took about twenty minutes and was fairly easy given that I had step by step instructions. Without the instructions, I doubt I would have ever bothered.
The final step in the process is to login to your own server with Remote Desktop Connection. It was a strange experience. I use RDC in the office to login to my little-used PC laptop from my Mac. However, in that case, my laptop is a few feet away. In this case, the PC I logged into is just some virtual ‘instance’ somewhere in Land-O-Amazon. I can terminate its very existence with a click of my mouse. In order to terminate my laptop, I need to take it to the recycling center, or bust out a baseball bat.
Now what? Well, I’m not sure exactly. I do know that my mind is fairly blown. It’s pretty wild to think that I clicked on a few buttons and now have a PC in the cloud at my disposal. Last night I lay awake imaging what I might do with this new-found power. I’ve got some ideas but, like the cloud, they are quiet nebulous at the moment.
Photo by: qisur