Category Archives: Life

SpamSieve — The Brooks Review

SpamSieve: On the good side, it has quietly kept spam email out of my face for years and continues to pay for itself. On the bad side, there are a few types of bad email that it has been unable to properly identify.

Every once in a while, I will open my SPAM folder and watch SpamSieve populating it. I smile.

For a $30 app, this seems like an absolute steal of a deal for a problem that almost everyone faces. If you use email, I highly recommend SpamSieve. If you don’t use email, I’d love to know how you managed that.

via SpamSieve — The Brooks Review.

National Parks on the Moon

In order to explore and monetize our solar system, there will be many hurdles to overcome. Starting with a National Park on the moon is as good a place as any to start.


Mobile Editing for Microsoft Office

For those that need to edit Office documents while mobile, here are a few iOS app options. 

For Free

Documents Free syncs to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Skydrive. This is a no frills solution. 

Quickoffice was independent but is now owned by Google and will only sync to Drive. Since I am moving away from all Google services, I am biased against this app. 

For a Fee

Polaris Office is on sale at this moment for a buck. It looks like they are preparing for a new version and want to get the word out beforehand.  

Docs To Go Premium is the cream of the crop. Dataviz has been around since 1984 and is good at coding usable apps. There is a less expensive version but I am only considering apps here that sync to a cloud service. 

Mars One Launches Fund Drive


Mars One logo

They are serious. 

I always wondered how far they’d go with this. Mars One is launching their crowsfunding campaign for the first private mission to Mars.

They also secured Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd as lead suppliers for their launch of a robotic lander and a communications satellite scheduled for 2018.

Digitizing Policy of the National Library of Norway

From their site:

The National Library of Norway’s vision is to act as a national memory bank by providing a multimedia knowledge centre focusing on archiving and distribution. To achieve this vision the National Library of Norway shall be a modern digital national library – and thus a new form of national library.

Dave Mark commenting on The Loop:

This is more than simply modernization. It’s also part of an effort to preserve Norwegian culture.

There are many obstacles to a project like this. I believe they are wise in preserving their heritage.

Free Instapaper App This Week

The iOS app for my favorite read-it-later service is free this week.

Instapaper is feeling a surge of holiday spirit this year. From December 12th through the 19th, Instapaper for iOS will be free to download as part of Apple’s App of The Week program.

via Freebees from Instapaper.

Southwest Airlines offers iOS users $2 iMessaging | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Smart. More airlines like this, please.

Southwest Airlines just announced a new deal for iOS users. Instead of ponying up US$8 for all-day, in-flight WiFi, people with iPads or iPhones can get all-day iMessaging for $2.

via TUAW.

What Business are You in?

Uber, the “use an app to call for a car” company, intrigues me. What business are they in? Kottke’s take:

Good companies always seem to be playing a different game than you think they are…outsiders see only the tactics and not the strategy. And the best ones succeed.

What business are YOU in?

Walt Mossberg and David Pogue Chart New Courses

This is momentous.

A month ago, we found out that Walt Mossberg, along with Kara Swisher, are leaving The Wall Street Journal and AllThingsD.

“For years, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal has enjoyed working with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher… however, after discussions, both parties have decided not to renew the agreement,” said Gerard Baker, editor in chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Mossberg and Ms. Swisher are in negotiations with investors and media companies, including Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, for their next partnership, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Now David Pogue is leaving The New York Times for Yahoo.

But 13 years is a long time to stay in one place; we all thrive on new experiences. So I was intrigued when Yahoo invited me to help build a new consumer-tech site. Actually, “site” doesn’t even cover it. I’ll be writing columns and blog posts each week, of course, and making my goofy videos. But my team and I have much bigger plans, too, for all kinds of online and real-world creations.

(hat tip: Daring Fireball)

Tim Pool on how Google Glass can be pretty useful for reporting from a war zone — Tech News and Analysis

I am not a fan of how intrusive Google Glass appears to be but reporting from a war zone seems like an ideal use case. I wholeheartedly approve.

“When there’s a wall of police firing plastic bullets at you, and you’re running through a wall of tear-gas, having your hands free to cover your face, while saying ‘OK Glass, record a video’, makes that recording process a lot easier,” he says.

via Tim Pool on how Google Glass can be pretty useful for reporting from a war zone — Tech News and Analysis.