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Blogger app for Iphone/Ipod

Blogger app for iphone/ipod is a nice and free app you can get today and start blogging from the road, this is pretty cool because the app is supper easy to use and allows you to add photos as well.
Actually this post is written using the blogger app, the first thing I noticed about the app is that it does not allows me to select a custom size for the photos, add text to the photos or any custom formatting to the photos, but hey not bat for being free.
Here are a few screen captures of the blogger app on an ipod

Windows Live Writer 2012 Plugin List

I just downloaded Windows Live Essentials 2012 and installed Windows Live Writer 2012, I am happy to see that that the plugin I’ve created works without a problem, there is the picture of the plugin on the latest version of Windows Live writer, the plugin is the plugin bar on the right which shows the plugins list like it used to be on previous versions of the program.

Windows Live Writer 2012 Plugin List Bar

I am not sure what has changed from the 2011 version to the 2012, but I am glad the plugin works with both versions.

If you want to get this plugin in just simply visit this link: http://gum.co/pluginlist

Windows Live Writer “Plug-in List” Plugin

Every since the new windows live writer came out (the one with the “ribbon” toolbar) I have missed the list of plugin that was in the previous version of live writer. So I figured the I attempt to bring this list back using a plug-in and so I did, I created a plugin called “Plug-in List” Plugin for windows live writer, now using the latest version of windows live writer I can always have all my plugins handy and one click away.

PluginList

 

You can get this plug-in right now here: http://gum.co/pluginlist

Use dropbox as a webcam security system

Drop box Web Cam Storage

If you don’t already have dropbox, then you are missing out on a very useful application. Dropbox is a small utility that you install on your computer/device and automatically syncs a folder (the dropbox folder) to any other computer linked with the same dropbox account, and more important it also syncs that content of that folder to your dropbox account on “the cloud” so your files are always accessible from any where even if you don’t have dropbox installed.

You can access your files any time from the dropbox cloud by pointing any web browser to dropbox.com, then log in with you account and your files are ready for you to be viewed or downloaded.

Dropbox is not the only company offering this kind of solution, lifehacker has a pretty good guide about what cool things people can do with all the free cloud space many companies are offering.

In my opinion the article makes very useful suggestions for using thee free cloud space that you can get with services like dropbox, however I feel the article missed out on a very important use of free cloud storage and that is to use it as a storage for web camera security surveillance.

There are many cheap and very good webcam security software that work with both usb web cameras and Ethernet network web cameras, most of these software can be configured to take either video or photos and store them in a folder arranged by date.

Arranging web cameras to save photos every x seconds to a specified folder is very useful because sorting through photos is faster that looking at videos, and more important they will take less space.

By using dropbox free cloud space to store pictures from web cameras like a poor’s man security system is very useful since you can access your dropbox files from anywhere you have internet access.

The one thing to remember is that sooner or later your dropbox account will get full, this can easily be fixed by creating a small program or script that will delete folders that are X number of day old, that will make sure your dropbox account will never go over your space limit.

In future blog posts I will discuss how I’ve implemented my dropbox poor’s man security web cam system, including the small utility that deletes folders older than x number of days, as well as what cheap computer to use and what web cams are the most useful, both usb cameras as well as ethernet networked cameras.

Data Backup Strategy

Believe it or not I don’t have a backup strategy, I basically have a hard drive Labeled “Data” and another labeled “DATA_BACKUP” the only thing this will prevent is in case one hard drive goes bad I still  have the other one, but I still need to find out how to keep the copy of the data somewhere else (not in the same location) like in a different device, like a Network Attached Storage (NAS) or External hard drive.

And I need to figure that out ASAP because I will be running out of space pretty soon.

Windows Explorer Hard Drives

Windows 8 Developer Preview gets first 8 Updates

I’ve been using Windows 8 Developer preview for a while on my laptop and today I got my first 8 updates. I haven’t had time to create my first Metro app, but hopefully soon I will put something together.

Windows 8 Developer Preview First updates

Best IKEA Computer Desk Setup (Instructions & Parts)

UPDATE: For more information regarding computer desks and workspaces go to www.twanis.com
The content of this article has been updated at the following locations:
The Best Computer Desk Setup from IKEA
How to build the best IKEA computer desk (parts & Instructions)

 

A while ago I put together a desktop computer desk from IKEA,  usually I don’t really care much about computer desks but after going to IKEA and building/putting together the perfect computer desk setup for my shiny (at the time) Windows 7 Desktop I realize how cool (and time consuming)  was the whole experience.

If you would like to see the computer desk I put together from Ikea you can see more pictures here:

New Computer Desk setup from IKEA (Home Office)

Here is a picture from of desk I put together:

IKEA GALANT Computer Desk

Now more importantly if  you would like to put together the same computer desk setup for yourself, I am going to do you a favor and save you some time and tell you exactly what are all the parts I got from Ikea to to make my super cool and awesome computer desk from Idea.

 

The Computer Desk:

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So this picture pretty much is taken straight from the IKEA site and display exactly the computer desk I got, the model is called the IKEA GALANT DESK frame and comes with a table top that is 160 cm by 80 cm or 63 inches by 31 inches, which gives  you plenty of room to put key board, mouse and anything else you might need. The table top I got is the birch veneer wood which gives it a very nice and tropical clean wood color  and the legs I got is the T-Legs for the desk I found this legs to be the most convenient because while you are sitting town the desk you are less likely to hit your knees in the desk legs than if you go with “A”-Shaped legs, I also recommend going with the desk that is silver color because looks cleaner and nicer just like the photo. And the most important point about this T-shaped legs is that you can adjust the height of the desk very easily only one screw on each leg and done.

One thing  to consider is the table top, if you go to the IKEA store in person you will see that you can also get a table top that is all glass, I think this is a totally personal choice however I recommend not get the glass top because it is heavier and not to mention glass is a magnet for fingerprints and I don’t feel confortable with glass since it can break and you can get cut, even though the glass is supposed to be very tough etc, but glass will be glass. One big plus for the wood table top is stain resistant and easy to keep clean.

 

The Monitor Riser Stand

IKEA monitor riser stand

The stand table that raises the monitor is made with the EKBY JARPEN  wall shelf (without the wall mounting parts) in birch veneer color to match the desk also in the same wood color, this is another reason go to with a table top for the desk that is not glass since you can’t get this wall shelf in glass. It is very nice to use the the wall shelf to be used as monitor raiser to match the same material and color as the desk table, that way people think it actually came with the desk, not to mention everything looks less ghetto when it all matches. in my case I went with the light color wood and silver color for metal parts.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can get 2 of these wall shelf: one to use as a computer monitor riser and the other one to use as an actual wall shelf above the computer monitor, that is exactly what I did, if you do the same you must remember to get the pieces that are use to mount the wall shelf to the wall which I believe they are the “EKBY BJARNUM” pieces and they are metallic and they screw into the wall to hold the wall shelf, I recommend this to make your home office look more nice with everything of the same color (silver/metallic and birch veneer wood color)

The wall shelf is 46X11 inches.

 

The Monitor Riser Legs

IKEA Montir Riser Stand Capita Legs

 

The monitor riser shelf needs to have 4 legs in my case I went with 4 IKEA CAPITA Legs which come in  stainless steel and complement very nicely the silver color frame of the IKEA GALANT desk. The IKEA capita legs come in a 4 unit Pack, which means you get the 4 legs you need in one package. These legs come in the size 4, 6, and 8 inches, and trust me on this one you want to get the smaller size (4 inches) if you can’t find the 4 inches size at the store try to order them online or Ebay because 4 inches plus the thickness of the wall shelf is just about the right height to rise the monitor, anything longer is it is just too high. Also remember that the legs need to be screwed to the wall shelf (not to the desk)  and once they are screwed to the wall shelf simple put the lets on top of your desk, there is no need to secure them to the desk.

 

The Computer Holder

IKEA SUMMERA Computer Holder

The IKEA GALANT desk does not comes with a desktop computer desk holder, however you can get this holder for very cheap and I highly recommend it, this holder is very strong and sturdy and can hold computer of all sizes and you can put it very conveniently on either side under the desk. this is a metal holder and you must remember to get it in the same silver color to match the desk frame and legs.

 

Cable management for Computer desk

Cable Management for IKEA GALANT Computer Desk

Do yourself a favor and get one of these, one is all you need, a SIGNUM Cable management which collects electric and computer cables together and makes it easier to keep a work area tidy. this piece is crewed underneath the desk and is where you keep all your cables it is made with a metallic mesh and it has a crew that will allow you to crew a radio to it so it can amply and get better reception for you radio or TV at the same time.

 

Optional Drawer unit

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HELMER Drawer unit comes with casters and the same silver color to match the silver metal parts of the desk frame. Slot for label on each drawer. Helps keep contents organized and easy to find. comes with 6 bays. Highly recommend this to keep all  your cable etc.

 

Optional Desk Lamp

IKEA Computer Desk Lamp

This item is optional because not everyone needs a desk lamp, but if you do IKEA has many desk lamps, I was not able to find the one I have setup with my desk (if you see at my picture above) however this one is very close to what I have, which has a metallic silver frame to match the desk and can be attached either to the desk or even better to the monitor riser stand.

 

Optional Mouse pads

IKEA mouse pads

Ikea also has mouse pads in stock, in my case I got the LAGIS Mouse pad which I believe is the only model they have, I got myself white but if you find silver get it to match the rest of your desk setup and since they are so cheap buy a few in case you loose them or you get them dirty.

 

Optional wine glass rack as Cable Management

IKEA wine glass rack

Wine glass rack from IKEA used to hold other electronic related needs like a wireless router, an external hard drive, a mini computer etc.

IKEA wine glass rack[8]

 

Conclusion

That’s pretty much it in a nut shell, what do you think? what would you change about my desk setup?