So today while I was perusing The Apple Blog I read in one of the comments about an application, BluePhoneElite, for OS X that takes advantage of both your phone’s and computer’s blue tooth connection by integrating your phone with your computer applications. It can do things like pause iTunes or DVD player when an incoming call or SMS message is received, or you can even iChat to respond to an SMS message.
Friday was a great day because I discovered that NPR has finally syndicated Fresh Air as a podcast. I love to listen to this show, but until recently it was only available on the radio and as a Windows Media stream, so it wasn't very accessible. Now that it's a podcast, it's easy to stay on top of and not miss an episode.
Here are some links to the Fresh Air podcasts and two of my other favorite thought provoking podcasts.
Recently, I posted about how to send notes from your phone to your gmail via text message. Sometimes, it’s useful to be able to go in the other direction and send notes from your email to your mobile phone. I’ll often do this with bits of an email–addresses, phone numbers, tracking numbers–that I know I’ll need later.
I have a pretty horrible short term memory, so whenever I think of something that I need to remember for later I like to jot it down on a scrap of paper. I was addicted to pocketmod for a long time, but now that I no longer have reliable access to a printer, I had to come up with a new notepad.
I tried moleskine and 8.5x11 sheets folded in quarters, but both of these require you to carry a pen with you. Since I'm already always carrying my phone, keys, and wallet, I don't particularly like adding a notebook and pen to my already full pockets.
If my phone, a Samsung Blackjack, played a little nicer with my Macbook, I would use it more for writing notes and such. But even with Missing Sync, it's a pain in the ass to make my phone do anything with my laptop.
Here's the solution I finally came up with to easily use my phone to jot notes for myself: Post notes to gmail via text message
I wanted to make this as easy as possible, so I created an address book entry on my phone just for this purpose. I named it NNnotes, so I can just tap N 3 times to bring it up. The only contact info associated with this entry is my gmail plus a flag I use for filtering the notes once they arrive in gmail:
You can append anything you want after the plus sign, but I kept it simple and used notes. I think I originally heard about this technique on Diggnation or TechTv, but googling for more info lead me to this lifehacker post where you can read a bit more about making disposable gmail aliases.
Also, you don't need a gmail account for this to work. You can make a shortcut in your address book for any email address and send text / mms messages to it.
A friend of mine recently introduced me to a site called Instant Domain Search. It’s a little AJAX app that looks up domain name registration information very quickly. I used to use the command line to do this:
Have you ever written a blog or forum post where you needed to tell someone to use a keyboard shortcut, but didn’t know how to write the ⌘ symbol? Well now you no longer have to resort to writing things like “use the keyboard shortcut CMD+k” or “hit Apple C.” Here’s the HTML entity for the symbol on the Apple / Command key: