Category Archives: Geekery

Focus on your app, not email

From the PostageApp blog:

After relaying millions of emails for our customers we are now taking the next step: PostageApp is now an end-to-end email delivery engine.

Not only can you offload the chore of sending email and making sure things deliver while monitoring the status, but now you can forget about maintaining an email server entirely and let the pigeon rocket do the work for you.

I’ve been using PostageApp for over a year in all of my projects. It takes less than a few minutes to get up and running and I never have to think about email again.

Larry and Sergey are sneaky

Sometimes Larry And Sergey Don’t Tell Eric Schmidt About Google’s Acquisitions Till Later

Eric Schmidt:

One day Larry and Sergey bought Android, and I didn’t even notice. Think about the strategic opportunities that has created. Sergey found Google Earth one day while he was surfing on the Web. And then he walked into my office and told me he bought them. “And I said, “for how much,” Sergey?” And it turned out to be a few million.

Taiwanese man beats World of Warcraft

“A character named “Little Gray” on the Wrathbringer server has completed all 986 of the game’s ‘cheevos, killing 390,895 creatures and finishing 5,906 quests along the way.” [Joystiq]

I was under the impression that it couldn’t be beat and this isn’t work of The Onion. It really makes you wonder: How many hours did he invest into this game?

Speed Up Your iPhone: 8 Tips & Tricks

The iPhone 3GS is fast, much faster then it’s predecessor. Whether your iPhone is taking the extra second to recognize a button click or has long loading times, here are a few tips and tricks to help speed up your iPhone:

  • Leave free space. Leaving around 750MB of free space allows the iPhone to create more virtual memory.
  • Less Email! Email downloading in the background is the number one cause of my iPhone slowness. Under settings you’ll be able to show less recent message.
  • Get email less often. Uhh, What? It makes sense in terms of performance, but not to the email enthusiast. Checking for mail every 5 minutes will slow down your phone’s performance. Try using something longer – hourly or manually will greatly improve the performance of your phone for you email junkies.
  • Delete old text messages (SMS).
  • Apps Apps Apps! The more apps = the more screen rendering. Remove your unused apps.
  • Clear Safari’s cache. You can do so under settings > safari > clear cache.
  • Turn off Bluetooth and or WiFi. This can also help improve battery performance.
  • If all else fails, try doing a reboot. Hold both buttons for a few seconds.

Recharge your iPhone with an Altoid Tin

This project details a small & simple, but very powerful USB charger for your mp3 player, camera, cell phone, and just about any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge! (See below for compatibility tests)
The charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an Altoids gum tin, and will run your iPod for hours!

I plan on making mine sometime this week. How about you?


HTML5 Canvas Experiment


Time for us to play with this technology. We’ve created a litttle experiment which loads 100 tweets related to HTML5 and displays them using a javascript-based particle engine. Each particle represents a tweet – click on one of them and it’ll appear on the screen.

Awesome experiment using the HTML5 canvas. It also uses the Modernizr javascript framework.