I’ve found myself scattered across the web (a well as my mind) so 2013 is going to be my year of collaborative consolidation. I’ve found that I spend a lot of time collecting and curating information with some sharing of articles I find interesting, but I lack the final element that’s key to information sharing …creation. In order to become more effective on the creation front I’m consolidating the social networks and tools I’m using with a focus on Google+ as my nexus (pun intended) of creation.
At first this may not make sense to most people as Google+ is seen as a walled garden of sorts with limited adoption and interaction with other social networks. In some cases this is true, but I see it growing to become the dominating social network, at least within the topics of interest I have and capabilities I want to use. I’ll still use Facebook to interact with family, Twitter to share tidbits of knowledge and links back to content, but Google+ is where I see the big conversations happening, dealing with bigger topics…an opportunity for real change through collaboration.
I’ll be posting content around all my topics of interest on my personal blog at http://www.imjamiethompson.com
Google+ Profile – https://plus.google.com/u/0/117027726962961487053
This is a must have add-on to Firefox if your running IBM Connections internally, or just accessing Greenhouse or developerWorks. I only wish I could set up multiple environments at once, but I’m hopeful that will come in a future update.
With the toolbar installed and configured the key feature is the ability to search quickly and get your results from the Connections Search. Each Connections application gets it’s own icon, right from the IBM Connections 4 icon set. Clicking the icon brings you into the application, or you can click the dropdown arrow on the icon. The drop down gives you easy access to your most recent content, community, wiki, blog, files etc as well as a button at the bottom to quickly create new content.
I have to say, of all the plugins from Connections to date, this is the simplest interface, and the most productive for content consumers.
Check out this developerWorks community for all the details
Llama by KebabApps
Llama is a profiles app that takes a leap beyond the long preferred BlackBerry profile system. Cell tower or GpS identified locations can be used to have llama automatically change your notification profiles based on entering an area, leaving an area, or being in an area at a specific time.
Beyond notification changes, custom events can be created based on device conditions and actions to be triggered like changing wifi, bluetooth and screen states. Llama adds a powerful system to truly automate device management.
Swiftkey 3 Keyboard by Swiftkey
The best keyboard app available…period.
Handcent SMS by Handcent_Market
Improve on the built-in text messaging with choice of interfaces. My favorite feature is the on screen pop-up for new messages and improved notification capabilities in Jelly Bean.
Beautiful Widgets by LevelUp Studio
If your like me and have the clock, weather, and settings widgets on your home screen, this app is for you. Combine your clock and weather into one widget with active areas for opening different apps. I open the clock by tapping the hour, settings by tapping minutes, calendar by tapping the date and weatherbug by tapping the temp, 4 widgets in one. It comes with a great set of widgets for your toggle switches for wifi, airplane mode and others.
Chrome by Google
All I have to say here is get the Chrome browser on your computer, tablet, and smartphone and login to sync. Best browser available right now.
So I finally decided I’m not willing to wait for Verizon to release Jelly Bean to the Galaxy Nexus so I rooted (will go through that adventure) and loaded Jelly Bean, and then BuglessBeast.
I started off following the directions at the aptly named http://galaxynexusroot.com/. These guys put together a great picture and video documented walk through of rooting the Galaxy Nexus.
The Root process was rather easy except I could not for the life of me get the drivers to work for my GNex. In the end I found a post from the most helpful of people over at AndroidCentral that included a link to an app the would reinstall the driver for me. You’ll need to create an AndroidCentral account to download the installer if you need it.
Once you’ve rooted, I recommend installing ROM Manager, you’ll want to try out the different flavors of Jelly Ban all the developers are putting out now, and start with the base Jelly Bean ROM here or get the BuglessBeast from Pete Alfonso’s site here, the guys over at Droid-Life did a quick write up on it. They also have links to other Jelly Bean builds here
Check out the Google info on Jelly Bean for features http://www.android.com/whatsnew/
I’ve been running Ubuntu as my primary OS lately and just found the Spotify install directions. If your a Linux and Spotify fan, here’s how to get it installed. It is a preview build, so has little support from Spotify, check their website for details.
1. Add this line to your list of repositories by editing your /etc/apt/sources.list with your editor of choice (I prefer vim). deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
Note: You’ll need to sudo in order to edit the file as it is read only otherwise.
2. If you want to verify the downloaded packages,you will need to add the Spotify public key
sudo apt-key adv –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv-keys 4E9CFF4E
3. Run apt-get update
sudo apt-get update
4. Install Spotify
sudo apt-get install spotify-client