Category Archives: Internet

Instapaper

Instapaper is one of the best web-based tools I’ve used in a long long while. I love the recommendations — I just skim the headlines and click Read Later. The Google Reader integration is awesome too. It just integrates so well into my daily routine.

Instapaper, an example of a tool that does one thing, and does it well.

On Google Accounts

I have several domains running Google Apps for Domains. I also have a GMail/Google account. I’ve always found it odd that I cannot link my kevin@kevinfrancis.net account to my Google account in some way.

It’s a bit funny to have to keep what appears to be multiple Google accounts sitting around… I wonder if OpenID will factor into this in the future?

Update: Turns out that Google has fixed this now, by making Google Apps accounts first-class citizens, like gmail accounts. There is a downside though — you can only be logged into a maximum of 3 Google Accounts at the same time :(

Firefox Scaling Zoom Kills Performance

I’m rather insistent about scaling zoom being set by default 120% of my copy of Firefox. I achieve this with the NoSquint plugin add-on. Of late I’d been noticing that Firefox page scrolling was really really really bad.

Turns out this is caused by scaling zoom — turn the default page zoom to 100% and performance is really good, with scrolling being smooth and uniform.

Also, I today discovered that I’ve been right to avoid using the word performantperformant is not a word! Seems this is quite endemic to the technology industry as I’ve seen this word being used in everything from white papers to published books…

Safari 4 Scaling Zoom

Finally, Safari has page scaling in the v4 Beta. Sadly though it appears to exhibit strange behaviour with GMail for instance — When I zoom in, it also scales the width of the entire page, which means I now have to scroll left and right :(

Now, whilst this may or may not be the best thing for scaling zoom to do, my question is rather about whether it’s the right thing to do…

Page scaling should in theory scale everything right? Thoughts anyone? Perhaps you’re familiar with the W3 recommendation on this matter…

A Case of Mistaken Identity; The Use of Corporate Email for Personal Messages

I’d been receiving what seemed like spam from the worlds most intelligent spam bot ever — I was getting invitations to baby showers, house warmings, company events and meetings. I started to feel like the bot was stalking me, like it was getting in my head.

Then someone named Karen Francis sent me this:

Hello,

My boss has mistakenly been sending you emails that are meant to be delivered to me, if you still have any of those emails could you please forward them to me. I would appreciate that so much. They would be messages from name removed

Thanks, Karen Francis

Yes — another kfrancis. This was in August 2008, a full 6 months after the first mails started coming in. There’s more though.

I’m still getting her emails today…

Personal Email from Work Addresses

The most amazing thing is the fact that nearly 100% of the personal emails that have been mistakenly sent my way are from work accounts. I find this disturbing. Don’t people know better?!

P.S.: Her sister has a $53 credit on her card (whatever that means). She wants her mum to use her card when she next buys a flight ticket.

Make Your Band’s Album Cover Meme

The meme has been going around, and here’s my take — click to embiggen :)

Make your band's album cover meme

Make your band’s album cover meme:

  1. Go to Wikipedie’s special random page. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
  2. Go to Quotations Page’s random quotations page. The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
  3. Go to Flickr’s explore the last seven days page. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
  4. Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.
  5. Post it to FB with this text in the “caption” or “comment” and TAG the friends you want to join in.