Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My iPhone apps - December 2011

It has been over a month since I have been using my iPhone 4S. I would like to share the apps I use, at least by showing the screenshots of the home screen. 
I am using Folders to fit my main applications on the first screen. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What's wrong with Apple TV 2

I am fan of Apple. Apart from work laptop, all of my home computers run Apple operating system. When Apple TV was announced I ordered one immediately. That was a year ago.
What is my verdict after an extensive use?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

From snaps to TV - photo showings

I am an enthusiastic photographer. My photo library is now 100GB big and counting. Yet, when someone visits us I had to use my iMac or laptop to show the photos, and more importantly not every photo I take and import. Well, not anymore thanks for a combinations of technologies and products I have put together. And although I like Apple, I must say that Apple has done very poor job in making the user experience great when it comes to sharing selected pictures on a TV! Apple, take notice and make my experience better! Until then, I will use the system below.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Apple Mail on Lion and Google Apps: solving the folder confusion problem

Since I have upgraded to Lion on my iMac the Apple Mail and Google Apps started to behave weirdly.
The symptoms were:

  • When I sent an email it was copied to a newly created folder "Sent Messages" stored on Google Apps
  • When I deleted the email it stayed in the All Mail and was never deleted
Fortunately, and thanks to Google search, I found the way in this Google forum thread. In this post I want to show you more graphically how to configure your Apple Mail to fix the problem.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Comprehensive review of USA Inc finances

Thanks @BillGates for highlighting this report from respected KPCB.

I would like to see something similar for UK and other European countries. p=People need to realise that money do no gown on trees and all their benefits and services need to be paid somehow.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Is Dropbox going to refund for their security incompetence?

I have sent a refund request to Dropbox today:

due to recent security incident I want to cancel my premium subscription. You failed to keep your systems secure and I no longer wish to share my private data with you and through  you. 
Please refund appropriate portion of my annual subscription fee.

Best regards

Let's see what Dropbox has to say about it. Will post response to this blog.

-----Update on 28 June 2011 -----:

I dot a response from Dropbox. It is positive one and they offer a refund. Let's hope Dropbox step up the security and I will be able to use it again!

Kevin - Dropbox Support, Jun-27 02:56 pm (PDT):

Hi Vladimir,

I can provide a refund to your account but it cannot be to your credit card, unfortunately.

Charges to credit cards can only be refunded when the charge made is within 120 days. The credit card merchants do not allow refunds after that point. This is a hard limit set by the merchant service and not a Dropbox policy. As a result the only method we have available is via Paypal's online payment system.

You can select a refund by one of two methods:
1. Paypal (fast)
2. Check (slow)

If by Paypal then please provide a Paypal email address to send the refund to.
If by check then please provide a name and mailing address to send the check to.

For your record, I have reviewed our logs and there is no record of any authentications occurring during the affected time period to your account. We are confident that no unauthorized accesses occurred as a result.



Saturday, February 26, 2011

Skype on Non-Skype enabled TV?

I really like the new Skype service on certain TVs. I could sit comfortably on my sofa, which is 3.5 meters away from the TV, and enjoy full Skype experience. But hey, I do not want to buy the new TV?
So I wonder, could I buy Apple Mac Mini, connect high quality webcam made for sofa-like call experience and plug it in Mac mini?

Looking at the Skype site here, the webcam specification looks fairly standard to me. It has a USB interface, supports HD, has uni-directional mics. Note that currently Skype software in Panasonic and Samsung TV can only call to Windows Skype.

Unfortunately, there isn't any information about using those special TV webcams with Mac on Skype website, not I could find anything on Google or Bing.

If you know this could work, please let me know.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, January 24, 2011

Facebook privacy settings

I value my privacy and share limited information with the world and little more with my friends. Facebook got better on the privacy issues but still it requires custom configuration to limit the access to the personal information to friends only. Certainly, there are examples where the Facebok was used to check on job candidates. Recently, even teachers have not escaped either as per following article.

So what settings I use?

As you can see I use Custom settings and set everything to Friends only, hence no information is available even to friends of my friends.