Friday, February 24, 2012

Rant: Chrome for Android

I have yet to understand why Google Chrome for Android never bothers to synchronize
your profile and passwords. It is kind of frustrating to be using the same web browser that I use on my
desktop. One I know synchronizes my usernames and passwords and yet I still have to enter in and resave all
my usernames and passwords for any website that I decide to visit on my Android tablet. It is kind of

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why buying a tablet will improve your phones battery life

I discovered something interesting already in the use of my brand new android tablet. 
It would appear that my phone has started to live for longer periods of time.  When I stopped to think of
this interesting trend it occurred to me that many of the more tablet optimized tasks I partake in on a
daily basis, such as email checking and web browsing I had moved to my tablet, instead opting in to use my
phone only while on the move or for smaller tasks such as texting (which, thanks to my use of google voice I
could do with equal ease on my new Xoom)

This has greatly improved the battery life of
my phone.  My phone is now relegated to more phone-like tasks while my Xoom acts as a extremely portable
device, similar in function to that if a PC.

This brings to mind the conclusion that
the reason our phones battery lives are so horrible these days is because we tend to use them for
everything.  If you're sitting on a train and you don't have a tablet you're probably going to pull out your
mobile phone for instant entertainment.  Purchasing and using a tablet however will surmount in a
significant gain of battery life for your phone, so long as you have uses for your new tablet.

Xoom and ICS

So, today I managed to snag myself a Xoom.  By which h of course I mean that I received
a Xoom in the mail from my good friend  I have been playing with it since I opened hue packaging
and so far I have to say that I absolutely love it.  Touch typing on a screen is definitely awkward but I
have a feeling that I'll get more used to it as time goes on. 

This is my first
tablet, and hopeful I'll be able to writ some neat maps for it.  I've already had a great idea that nobody
seems to be implementing in the android store atm.

So maybe I will at a future date?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Feeling like I'm PWNing REST

I'm working hard to make the private API I'm implementing at my current job a RESTful
uri scheme, and I feel like I hit a point of transcendence recently when I decided how to record a user
staring a story.

  • PUT /article/:articleID/favorite/:userID

  • DELETE /article/:articleID/favorite/:userID

I decided
that POST didn't make sense, as you couldn't really favorite a story more than once at
a time, and of course DELETE makes sense here.  Adding them as a relation between the article and the user
seems to make sense in this URI scheme as well.

So, all in all, I'm proud of myself.
 Despite it being such a tiny, simplistic thing.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Future of Facebook?

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style="text-align: left;">So, Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo today of his desk.. and I couldn't help but
notice that his Facebook is different from mine.  Some key things to note:

  • Instead of a tiny search bar at the top, there is now a very very large white bar.  This bar
    contains text in it, so I'm presuming it might be the new way to post data to Facebook, replacing
    the comparatively clunky share box we use today.

  • Instead of three icons
    (Adds, Notifications, Inbox) on the top bar, there is a single icon.  Perhaps these have been combined into

  • The icon appears squarer than the others.  Maybe its a Facebook icon,
    since the logo is clearly removed in this version?

  • To the right of this
    large search box seems to be something else, but I can't make it out - and unfortunately I can't just do a
    CSI-esque "enhance" on the image.

So maybe this is a sneak peak
at what is to come in the future?  Despite that, however, it should be noted that the changes seen here on
Mark's computer may never hit production servers.  This is simply some speculation on some noticeable

Source: Photograph
Uploaded by Mark Zuckerberg