Thursday, November 20, 2008

Using Google Contacts, Mail and Calendar on the iPhone

Android can work perfectly with all these Google Services out of the box, but the iPhone... you've gotta work around Apple's barriers.

For the contacts and calendar you have to use Nuevasync. They simulate an exchange server that will keep your contacts and calendar synched in real time.

I don't know why, but Gmail won't push emails to the iPhone, but Yahoo will. Create a yahoo account and then set up gmail to forward all emails to that account.

That's the only way I found to make Google work the way it should with the iphone.

Update: The downside in this all is that people will eventually see replies coming from this new yahoo mail address, which isn't something I really wanted and Yahoo won't let you change it.

Update: This tip is useless since Google has Exchange Server fully operational now for contacts, mail and calendar.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Local iPhone App Store

eBay,, yelp, loopt... they won't show up on my iTunes since I'm registered with a brazilian account. I'm still deciding on wheter I'll create a fake american iTunes account or jailbreak my iPhone to download these FREE apps.

I bought this iPhone legally through an official authorized local carrier! It's not because of some sort of ban, it's just how it is!

I'm still obligated to download free music from soulseek and tv shows / movies through bittorrent. Can't reach those too with a brazilian iTunes account. Good, saving money! Thanks Stevie ;)

Update 1: This fixed everything! Now I'm happy!

Update 2: Apple has shut down the hole allowing payment method to be set as 'none'.

Update 3: There is still a breach!

eBay can't read emails!

Yesterday I wanted to know why ebay wouldn't let their iphone app be downloaded in the brazilian iphone app store, so I sent them the following message:

I buy a lot on eBay and I own an iPhone. It says the ebay app isn't available at the brazilian app store. Aham... why?

After sending it, a survey popped up. I answered it saying mostly that I felt they'd never read my email. I was expecting some kind of answer saying they were sorry and they couldn't do anything about it, but check out what I found in my inbox the next morning:

Thank you for writing eBay in regard to the iPhone you bought on eBay.

I am sorry for any additional delay in getting this resolved for you,
but before we can diagnose this problem, I need the item number. I
appreciate your patience in sending the number to us. The more
information I can get from you, the easier it will be to solve this
issue to your satisfaction.
I hope they won't read the survey results with the same special attention my email got.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Ditching Plaxo and keep syncing

Since Plaxo decided they wanted to be just another social network and leave contact management behind I decided to look for something else.

First you will have to sync up your contacts with Google Contacts. They launched their API in April and all Plaxo came up with was a one-way sync, pff... I was syncing Plaxo to Thunderbird, so I got this add-on called Zindus which did a nice job syncing some contacts that were already on Google Contacts. You'll end up with a ton of work to do. My 500 contacts became 800, but they were not mostly duplicates. Most of them were people I had on orkut so Google added them automatically to Contacts.

I'm planning on getting an Android based phone so this would end here, BUT since I don't own one yet here is how you'll sync: Soocial. Soocial can sync your Google Contacts with a bunch of phones and Mac. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

TVersity + PS3: amazing!

I really liked the fact that ps3 could see my computer's media through the network without going through any settings at all, it was just there. The problem was playing the files it could see. It couldn't keep streaming without crashing or showing some weird errors on top of the TV screen. I gave TVersity a try and gave up because it looked confusing at first. I tried Nero and it sucked as much as windows media player's server. I went back to TVersity, played with the settings, added my stuff to the library and it blew me away. It works beautifully.

Motostorm Update

I was already getting used to the fact that I would never play motorstorm online. The update would always freeze the console when it was almost done. I read some posts about it online and there were some advices to format the HD and try again. I really wasn't in the mood go through all this trouble, so I tried to update it one more time and... it worked! Go figure... 4th time is the charm!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

PS3 and WMP11 media sharing

"windows media player network sharing" crashed every single time I tried accessing folders containing divx or xvid movies on my computers. Removing all codecs and installing Vista Codec Package got it working properly. I had k-lite mega codec pack before that.

WRT54GS x WRT54GL: both running tomato

Well, a friend of mine got amazing results on his GL linksys router after installing tomato and boosting the wireless signal. I got excited and did the same on my GS. I tried installing it twice but it said it failed on both attempts. Weirdly it stopped displaying linksys' router page and started showing tomato's. I reinstalled tomato under tomato's firmware just to be sure. I boosted my wi-fi signal and... nothing. I got no improvement at all on signal quality :(

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

sharing links turns out to be better afterall

Until now I've been sharing interesting articles using google reader's "share" feature. "Share" creates a feed of interesting articles that people that subscribe to my feeds and feed aggregators like friendfeed can fetch. Most of the articles in feeds require readers to go to the source to read the entire post, see attached videos and so on so you'll end up clicking on the ones you like anyway.

This week I got an invite to mento, which is all about sharing links. At first I thought it was just another delicious, but it's different, it will make you feel like delicious is a static website. Mento is a feature rich system for sharing links, but you'd have to use it yourself to see what I mean. It made me write this article, it made me rethink my habits and it makes sense. Now I'm just sharing the links and have abandoned google reader's share.

There has been a lot of noise about other people's contents being used to generate traffic on services like shyftr. This could all change if everyone could turn their heads to plain old link sharing on steroids that mento can offer. Traffic would still go to the source and people would still see your favorite articles on friendfeed, facebook and delicious too. Hell yeah, mento can do that!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why I'm removing Ubuntu from my DV6770SE again

I tried ubuntu once with this laptop and got disappointed, I tried it again and got really excited. The second time I tried I went deep into all the issues I encountered, fixed most of them with some effort, but the ones I couldn't fix were the one that made me ditch ubuntu again: hardware support. I'd still install linux on some old home desktop / office PC instead of giving money away for a windows XP system.

Laptops usually are more problematic regarding hardware, at most you'd add memory to it and that's it. You can't get a different GPU, CPU, hard drive without giving up and buying a new laptop.

I paid $1000 for this laptop, it has a built in webcam with microphone, a pretty decent GPU from nvidia, some touch sensitive buttons to start apps and it comes with windows vista home premium. Big deal, so what? I mentioned those because they're the ones I can't get to work properly. Everything I used to do on windows can somehow be done on ubuntu in terms of softwares, but when you have to make workarounds for all your hardware to work it starts to get too shady.

Wine couldn't run any windows game (team fortress 2, counter-strike, battlefield 2...) at decent frame-rates. I tried Quake 4 which theoretically is made for linux and I got some pretty bizarre metallic sounds and ugly graphics. My webcam wouldn't work on flash websites like tokbox, flash won't support V4L2, just V4L1 (work-around available but... damn!). Two of my touch-sensitive buttons became just two decorative illuminated leds (work-around probably available but... damn!). My wireless card's on/off switch lost it's function and the built-in mic above the monitor too.

My point here is that installing linux on this machine is just an adventure. It's cool and all, but when you see you're not getting all you can get from the hardware you paid for, you just switch back to the OS that came with it.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Firefox 3 RC1 installation tips for linux: just plain dumb.

This is what the folks at mozilla came up to help you install firefox on your machine:

"Please note that installing Firefox 3 will overwrite your
existing installation of Firefox on Mac OS X and Linux. On Windows,
Firefox 3 installs in a new folder. For all systems, you won't lose
any of your bookmarks or browsing history, but some of your extensions and other add-ons might
not work until updates for them are made available."

Well, thanks for not helping at all. I tried doing it myself and I ended up with a crippled FF3 b5. The "awesome bar" stopped working and every page keeps the spinning/loading animation forever even when it's done loading.

UPDATE: Delete ~/.mozilla/firefox and it will uncripple. You will have to install all your add-ons again, but that's the price to pay.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Ubuntu 8.04 on HP DV6770SE: AMAZING! FTW!

I tried having linux blood on my laptop before and the results were not that pretty. I gave hardy heron a try and I'm impressed! It just works. My only complaint is that things don't just work after you put it on, which is what scared me on my previous attempt, but this time I decided to let google gimme a hand. I had to go through some steps to get my wifi and my video card to work (envyng which installs through synaptic).

After having my system playing nice with my hardware it was time to get the right softwares. I went looking for beryl, which is a nice eye-candy to have. I tried installing it several times until I found out that it was already installed and now they were calling it compiz. Cool, it'd have saved me some time if I knew it :( A nice addition to compiz: Avant Window Navigator, and the good news: synaptic can do it for you. Bad news: the applets are not in there, and you need them to get rid of the default top/bottom panels. I googled A LOT and found out that adding some repos:

  • deb hardy main
  • deb-src hardy main

and with some terminal commands which I can't help you with :( I got'em working.

One more thing, if you're a web developer looking for a nice php, javascript, css editor in linux, look no further, go for aptana. You'll need java runtime environment for that, they recommend the one from Sun, synaptic has it. I like aptana because the FTP function just works, and I like this a lot on web editing appz.

Well, linux ftw!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Have you or someone you know had quality problems with fuel bought from local gas stations?

This is worth polling! I always wanted to know that so here it is.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Neutralidade das Redes no Brasil

O pessoal da Vuze-Azureus lançou aquele plugin pra monitorar a quantidade de resets nos pacotes de todo mundo que usa o client de bittorrent deles pra ver qual provedor sacaneia mais os consumidores. Eu separei aqui nessa planilha todos os provedores brasileiros que figuraram no primeiro relatório:

Resultado: Speedy além de ser a operadora com as velocidades mais baixas, é a que mais pratica traffic shaping! Certa vez participei de uma reunião com o CEO da NET, e ele disse que a empresa tem capacidade pra chegar aos 30mbps com a estrutura atual, só não fazem isso pq o maior competidor deles não consegue entregar o que promete. Ficamos assim, nivelados por baixo. Não que eu esteja ignorando o fato da NET estar logo ali nos resultados, mas pessoalmente eu tenho velocidades absurdamente mais altas na NET do que jamais tive no Speedy.

Obs: Users é a quantidade de usuários únicos que participaram do teste, e horas é o tempo somado em que tais usuários ficaram usando o client online.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Facebook chat is cranking in!

Yeah, after reading the news it finally showed up on my account! The bad thing is that sometimes it popped up for a few moments and then lost connection as pictured. I tried it on internet explorer and it showed up completely different in it, not like firefox's bottom bar, but as a tab, so I quickly closed it in rejection (I hate Internet Explorer with all my guts). I logged out of it on Firefox, logged back in and it worked again. The "Could not connect to Facebook Chat at this time" was related to my account only because my friend next to me was using it without any hiccups. I just hope they enable jabber support on it to help prevent IM chaos.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cheap servers to power web apps: Amazon Web Services and Google Engine!

I'm I'm coming up with a cool app/social network and will have to go for a server to manage the loadexpecting. Google came up with this free limited service, but there's no way I'm rewriting mycode in Python. I read an article today on cloud computing and how amazon is selling this through Amazon's Web Services (AWS). They sell cheap online storage and processing units. Just what we need! I will give it a shot for sure!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"people you may know": GONE!

Someone at Facebook is flipping switches like Stifler at Jim's wedding. I don't see the "people you may know" feature at the home page or at the "find friends" page. I liked peeking at that thing from time to time. 95% of the time it was wrong, but those 5% were priceless. Some suggestion included people that had only one common friend, and that's why I guess they're making powerpoint presentations, meetings and memorandums to decide the sensitivity of that. Yeah, that's what the new COO is there for! Whip'em!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

HTML links don't open in default web browser on Windows Vista (Adobe AIR)

I tried this thing @ the knowledge base, but it doesn't seem to work. All the changes I make are reverted back to "defaults" the next time I open "Set Program Access And Computer Defaults", and Internet Explorer keeps poping up when I click on links from Twhirl (I want Firefox to do that).

UPDATE: Got it!
Start + R
and deleted:
- HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.lnk (read update 2)
After restart they were recreated properly and calling for firefox.

I found a tip for this @ google desktops' google group.

Thanks for the support Rick!

UPDATE 2: Ooops! Far too many registry deletions, I got my Vista shortcuts to malfunction, "running" lnkfix_vista.reg fixed it. DON'T delete "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.lnk", but if you already did, just do as I said ;).

Monday, March 24, 2008

vivo já ouviu falar de express card?

Já está na hora da vivo começar a comprar o modelo novo do cartão de dados da kyocera, o KPC680, que funciona na PCMCIA também, já que o atual KPC650 funciona na PCMCIA...engolir um produto aiko na USB é duro hein... mas é o que resta pra quem só tem o expresscard slot.

Fato Cômico: A vivo vende um modelo de placa de dados SEM FIO que só funciona ligada na tomada!! AAAHHAHAH!! Eu não cheguei a ver o aparato, mas se isso for real... só rindo mesmo!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It's your world. Map it. I can't!!!!!

Google LatLong: It's your world. Map it.: "And so we thought: Why stop there?"

And so I thought: why not open it up for the rest of the world instead of limiting it to US, Australia and New Zealand? My house still sits @ the wrong end of the street... pfff...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mercado Livre não sabe Cobrar...

...pelo menos não com mastercard.

Por razões de segurança sua sessão foi invalidada.
Tente novamente mais tarde.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Ubuntu 7.10 on HP DV6770se: traggic

I decided to try ubuntu on my laptop, but the damn thing just won't start my wireless card and nvidia won't support their gpu on it. back to vista... oh wait, i need a recovery disc.. error (20). nice. just wasted 3 dvds and nothing. i'll try later on safe-mode.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

damn intellichat agents!

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it almost had me... ALMOST!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

stolen blackberry curve

this device was stolen in buenos aires along with my backpack:

unlocked silver blackberry curve
pin 2405DF6B
imei 355772013723395

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Visa Electron: banco real deixou todo mundo na mao

Ontem a noite quem precisou pagar a balada e a gasolina com o debito passou apuros. Nada do transacao ser aprovada. No visa credito passava tranquilo, em ultimo caso o ultrapassado cheque ainda salvou.

Sent using a Sony Ericsson mobile phone

Friday, January 18, 2008

jumpcut just won't cut it

I was hoping to try this POS online editor, but it fails to link my yahoo account to a new jumpcut account. See where the red guns are pointing? That info should be coming from yahoo, but it's not. Tech support was magnificent: "The most likely cause is a bug involving special characters in your Yahoo! Profile. You may want to try reentering your Y! Profile using only characters found on a standard US QWERTY keyboard.". The only thing is that there are none. Back to kaltura.

I'd also like to thank fotoflexer for not having arrows, which made me point stuff with guns. Very safe!!!

UPDATE: I finally got it to work, but before that I created 4 jumpcut accounts that got no connection at all to my yahoo account, and became inaccessible forever. Lucky me to have spare forwarding email addresses because the system wouldn't let me use the previously registered ones to create more and more jumpcut accounts. I created a new yahoo profile, left most of the fields blank and set it to default, then it worked. I take back the previously stated "POS", jumpcut looks pretty neat.