Interesting Stuff

May 06

Interesting Stuff is Leaving Tumblr

I am moving Interesting Stuff from Tumblr to Google+, as of today. I have been running parallel posts for several days, and the time has come to change.

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May 05

Things to do with an old Smart Phone

Here are some ideas to productively use old smart phones. I particularly like using them as a remote camera, and also learning to root or jailbreak.

GDrive: Automate your Google Drive

You might remember Wappwolf from its previously released product, which was crazy successful. The Dropbox Automator allowed you to set up folders and a series of rules and actions for those folders, whenever you dropped files in them.

The team has taken that success and poured it into a new product specifically for Google Drive, aptly named GDrive Automator. The service allows you to do the same thing as the Dropbox service does, with some added features since we last took a look.

Sort Netflix with Rotten Tomatoes ratings

A Better Queue is a simple mashup of Netflix and Rotten Tomatoes that allows you to view what’s available to watch instantly from Netflix in a list sorted by Tomatometer ratings.

May 04

Google News Updates

Google News’ US edition now has a realtime mode, meaning that stories will hit your news stream as soon as Google grabs them.

It’s also supplemented by discussions, powered by Google+, which pulls in the top posts on each topic giving a sense of what others think.

Samsung Galaxy S III: The complete FAQ

After months of hype and rumors, Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone is finally in front of us.

So what’s the new Galaxy all about, and when can you get your hands on it? Here are answers to all of your burning questions.

Windows 8 drops DVD playback

You might have heard that Windows 8 won’t come with Media Center, but that’s not the only missing multimedia piece of the puzzle. This week, Microsoft revealed that the new operating system won’t have any kind of DVD playback, unless you specifically purchase Media Center or use third-party DVD software.

Metro-style music player for your iPad

A new iPad app from Ender Labs called Track 8 is little more than a music player that’s been unapologetically decked out in Windows 8’s Metro UI, and if nothing else it’s incredibly well-put together as a technical exercise. If you don’t like Apple’s music player, give it a try.

Google Music adds ‘Shared with me’ playlist

If a friend of yours shares a song on Google+, you get a free listen of the entire track. Now those tracks are being collected in a single place with the addition of an automatic playlist called “Shared with me.” Google likens this feature to an email inbox, and that doesn’t seem too far off the mark — there’s a counter of songs that you haven’t yet listened to, and those new tunes appear bolded in the playlist.

May 03

Guide To Solid State Drives

You may have heard a lot of talk about Solid State Drives (SSDs) recently. In the last six months or so they’ve really taken the mid-range to high end computing world by storm. If a manufacturer decides to include a solid state drive in their computer, they’ll make sure that you know it’s there. But what are they?

Find out in Hard Drive of the Future: Your Guide to Solid State Drives.