The Taurus Lives…Ecto Testing

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Hello everyone. I hope everyone is having a great night.

Well, I have received news on my cousin’s car. Turns out there is some sort of transmission problem. What we don’t know is how much damage has been done to the car and/or transmission. The mechanic believes that there is a leak due to a missing transmission dip stick. He has ordered one and it should be here Friday. We will know then if a leak is causing these problems. If it’s something serious, then we are in big trouble. It costs a lot of money to fix a transmission. Let’s hope it’s nothing really bad and let’s hope that there is no damage on the transmission.

On a lighter note, I think I found a good offline editor for blogging. It’s the first one I tried earlier. It’s called Ecto. It was sending empty texts windows. I’m not sure why either. It was really annoying. We’ll see how this works now. You can learn more about Ecto here: http://illuminex.com/ecto/ You get a 21 day trial upon download and it only costs $19.95 after that. It seems to work pretty good.

If this program works really well, I’ll write up a more thorough review later. Have a good night everyone. 🙂

Offline Blogging Editors – FAIL!

The Surrender Flag

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all having a wonder afternoon as you are now relaxing at home after work.  🙂

Anyway, I was trying out some different offline blogging editors for the Mac OS X platform and…wow!  I can’t figure out how they work.  I was trying out Ecto, a mac only offline editing client, but for some odd reason it wouldn’t publish the body of the post!  It’s so confusing!

I’ve tried five different times to get this to work and it ends with the white flag.  But if I need to do any offline blogging, I’ll just use iWork’s Pages to draft my blog entries and upload them when I’m back online.  I can also use the iPhone app as well.  🙂

Do you have an offline editor that’s easy to use and figure out?  Please comment if you do.  🙂

Update on TwitterFeed (Part 2)

Well I have another update regarding TwitterFeed and Facebook.

The good news is that it will post to facebook….eventually. After running my own experiment, I discovered that it takes 2 hours from the time posted to the time it shows up on facebook.

It’s not too big of a deal. I just thought it would post at the same time as Twitter would (30 minutes after post).

Oh well, as long as it gets there right? 😉

For now, I’m enjoying a great movie. Overboard. 🙂

Update on TwitterFeed

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Good morning everyone!  If you’ve been putting up with my recent blogging spree (Sorry people), you’ve probably heard reach out to the tech community and ask if anyone has had any problems with TwitterFeed in relation to Facebook.

I decided to run an experiment last night to see how long the aforementioned blog post would take to post to Facebook from the time posted to the time I saw it on my Facebook wall.  It took nearly two hours from the time I posted the blog on WordPress to seeing it on Facebook!  I have TwitterFeed setup to scan my blog’s RSS feed on the half hour.

Is this a Facebook problem or a TwitterFeed problem?  I’m going to see if this two hour gap is consistent or if it’s totally random with this blog posting.  What are your thoughts?  What do you big time bloggers use to share your posts with the world?

Blogging and TwitterFeed

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I promise this will be the last blog entry for the night.

I’m running into a small problem with TwitterFeed.  I love the TwitterFeed service, but for some odd reason I run into problems with TwitterFeed sending my blogs to Facebook.  I have the same feed sent to both Twitter and Facebook.  My blog will post to Twitter just fine, but for some reason, it either takes facebook hours to post or it won’t post at all and I have to re-authenticate TwitterFeed with facebook.  Are any of you having this problem?  Please comment if you know what’s going on or if there’s something I’m missing.

WordPress for iPhone

Well I’m finally able to sit down and try WordPress for the iPhone. So far, I’m pretty impressed.

I’m happy it has full landscape support. I’m glad you can do some pretty advanced features like upload a photo with a post.

Right now, the only thing I wish is that I could attach a keyboard to the iPhone to make blogging easier! :).

What do you think about WordPress for the iPhone or the BlackBerry? Feel free to leave a comment.

Will You Buy an iPad?

I’m just taking a general poll to see where people stand on the iPad.  The poll closes a week from now.  Have fun and Thank you!

Will The Taurus Live?

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The Taurus

Hello everyone.  This will be my first real blog from WordPress!  So far I’m really enjoying my WordPress experience.  Anyway, that’s not what this post is all about.  😀

Anyway, I’m blogging about my cousin’s car.  I hope he doesn’t have a transmission problem.  :/  As I’ve blogged about on my other site, LittlePoopMachine, his car was having brake and accelerator issues.

As we were exiting the freeway and coming to a stop, the car jerked a little bit.  Now that’s nothing new as of a couple days ago, but the acceleration was a different story.  As we turned off the offramp and onto our road, the car jerked heavily as my cousin accelerated.  It felt like the car’s brakes weren’t disengaging.  I have a fair knowledge of vehicles and can identify small problems and whatnot, but when it comes to big stuff like this, it could be anything.

I just hope it’s not the transmission or gears.  We’ll have to wait until to tomorrow and see.  We dropped his car off at the shop and the mechanic said they’d look at it in the morning.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

iPad Impressions (Reposted)

Hi Everyone!  I’m reposting this because I’m testing WordPress.

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!  Thank you for tuning in. 🙂  As most of the tech world settles down from all the iPad excitement, I thought I’d share my impressions of the iPad.  I’m very pleased with some things about it and others…well…maybe in the next iPad revision.

First off: The hardware.  I’m very excited to see what Apple’s new A4 chip powering the GPU/CPU will do and will we see it in the next iPhone?  I’m not that much of a chip expert, but Apple I’m sure will prevail with this chip.  Apple has also allowed background customizations of the home screens.  While I’m mostly indifferent, it is nice to see a picture in the background instead of a boring black screen.

Speaking of screens, how about that 9.7” LED screen?  It’s sharp and very crisp in color.  Sure, it’s not OLED but maybe we’ll see it in the next revision.

What matters most to me is connectivity.  I’m very glad to see you can add a 3G modem into the iPad.  I spend a lot of time traveling and can spend up to six hours in a car.  It would be nice to be able to check emails while on the go.  Some people might ask me, “But you have an iPhone, why not just use that to check your email?”  Simple answer: Larger screen.  The onscreen keyboard is twice the size of the iPhone’s keyboard and I have big fingers so it would make composing longer emails much easier.  Also, I have a visual impairment.  I would like to see my emails on a larger screen than on my iPhone.  Oh before I forget to mention, the iPad 3G+WiFi model not only supports 850/900/2100 HSDPA 3G connectivity but also possess GSM/EDGE 800/9001800/1900 MHz connectivity as well!  I didn’t realize this at first until browsing the Tech Specs for the iPad on Apple’s website.

I’m also happy to see the iPad unlocked, but happy that it is compatible with AT&T.  I know many iPhone users were hoping for a Verizon iPhone this year, but AT&T has treated me very well over the past two and a half years and I see no reason to switch to another provider.

The design is typical Apple:  Sleek without intruding buttons to get in the way of your iPad experience.  The ease of use of the Safari web browser, switching to and from portrait-landscape orientations and vice versa are seamless and close to flawless.

I may sound like an Apple/AT&T fanboy but I already have some improvements for the iPad.

First and foremost: Multitasking.  This is something I would really love to have without jailbreaking my iDevices.  I even have some ideas of how to implement some basic multitasking features like being able to respond to a SMS message without leaving any apps that you’re in.  I’ll share those ideas in another entry later.  I wouldn’t mind being able to use WunderRadio while I’m in Beejive either.

Where’s the camera?  It’s not there.  The camera is not a big deal for me nor is it a deal breaker, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a camera implemented in the next revision.

I think Apple is on the right track with the iPad and it could easily be a supplemental project to a laptop or smartphone, but like anything new, there will need to be a lot of work put into the next revision.  As Apple has demonstrated though, we will see a mature product in due time.  We, as consumers, need to exercise patience.  It will get better.  🙂

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