Thursday, 18 June 2009

Documents To Go for iPhone

I know there are a few of these ( Datacase for instance which I have now ditched) but I have just discovered this very capable application to wirelessly synchronise documents, images etc between your iphone and your Mac.
Install the Documents To Go Desktop software on your Mac which then creates a folder in Documents (or you can choose or create one yourself). It works brilliantly too, but get this you can then can edit any Word documents. I don't just mean change the text but also format it to some degree too.
Very cool!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Monday, 8 June 2009

Damn, damn, damn - just replaced my old iPhone

and already spent my Krudd money!
Probably Available June 26th in Oz
The Fastest iPhone Ever
3-megapixel Camera
Voice Control
Cut. Copy & Paste
Landscape Keyboard
MMS Messages
Spotlight Search
Internet Tethering
Voice Memos
Nike + iPod support built in
Now I know with the release of the new software update I will get many of these features on my iPhone 3G, but I could really appreciate video and a better quality camera with tap to focus.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

The Best Way to Get It Off Your Chest - I like this!

When it comes to dealing with a malicious co-worker, pushy family member or some other bloody prick, some of us go for confrontation. Others try to keep a philosophical distance. But for believers in the Waking of the Insects — a Chinese lunar festival in early March, observed almost exclusively in Hong Kong — there's nothing better than paying an elderly woman $6 to take her shoe and beat the pulp out of a crude paper effigy symbolizing the traducer in question. Crouched on plastic stools, Gu and other practitioners lay their effigies on bricks before furiously slapping them with slippers, shoes and, in some cases, high heels. Some chant "I am beating you, petty person! You have air, but you can't breathe! You have feet, but you can't walk!"
Given the financial climate, many of this year's customers have sought job-related vengeance. "Some got fired or laid off, some feel betrayed," says Gu. "They want to get back at people." Elaine Wong, a logistics saleswoman, says that the practitioners "can erase all of the devils around us."
For added malice, some practitioners use needles and blades on the effigies. But, says Chien Chiao, a Taiwan anthropologist and expert in the ritual extensively, "the purpose of beating the petty person isn't to kill someone. The purpose is to tell people to stop messing with you."
Feel like outsourcing your anger then Gu has a big shoe for hire or take the do it yourself approach, build your own effigy (could be a lot of fun), grab a thong and beat the bloody crap out of it! Definitely healing!

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Wednesday, 3 June 2009

The Next 100 Years

On the way home from work yesterday, I was blown away listening to George Freidman of global intelligence company Stratfor talking about his latest publication.
Here are a few interesting predictions:
  1. The Islamist threat is on it's last legs.
  2. Don't worry about Russia and China, Japan and Turkey are more of a threat.
  3. China will not manage to become a global player due to isolationism and continuing internal problems. Whilst 200 million Chinese are benefiting from the economic situation in China 1.1 billion are not and eventually they will start to do something about it - again!
  4. There is not a single country in the world with a rising birth rate threatening the core driver of capitalism - growth and by 2030 countries will be fighting to attract immigrants.
  5. By 2040 Turkey, Japan and Poland will become regional powerhouses think Ottoman empire in relation to the first and in Japan's case they will be taking in chinese immigrant labour and exerting influence in eastern Russia following it's decline as a power with the collapse of it's military with Poland picking up the pieces on the western side.
  6. A global war to look forward to in 2050 focussed on taking out US military space stations and after two years the US and it's ally Poland will win!
  7. The biggest benefit of winning this tussle will be the creation of space based energy-collection facilities together with advances in robotics and other technologies that will ensure continued US dominance.
So don't write the US off yet!

Scribd - an extraordinary resource

Basically a YouTube for books, Scribd is a wonderful document-sharing website which allows users to post documents of various formats, and download or embed them into a web page using its iPaper format.
Scribd currently has more than 50 million monthly users and more than 50,000 documents are uploaded daily.
Not just documents but complete books on pretty well any subject at all.
Scribd allows published documents to be open to the larger Scribd community so they can be downloaded or private and providing you with the option to embed documents in any website or blog in their original "printed" layout regardless of file format.
Scribd recently opened added a store facility allowing authors to sell their books.
Do click on the link above and checkout this amazing resource.