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My Move to Blogger!

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

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

Google+ Profile –

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Instagram’s ToS disaster and how Yahoo is capitalizing on it

December 22, 2012 Leave a comment





A lot of conversation is happening right now about the results of Instagram‘s announcement and retraction of it’s planned changes to it’s terms of service.  I have to agree with many of the articles that the changes would have been better for consumers than the current policy, so why was there such an uproar?

Terms of Service are usually long and written in legal speak that the general user clicks past thinking “everyone else is using it so it must be fine”.  Many new services terms of service start out vague because they aren’t quite sure what they are going to do.  As many articles have pointed out, Instagram’s original terms of service includes items about music and video, which now don’t apply.

Now for the good news!  Yahoo has taken advantage of Instagram’s plight and is offering 3 free months of Flickr Pro!

Here’s my recommendation to you before you start using a service.  Decide if your using it to share content publicly, with friends, or for personal private use.  If your intent is public, expect that all the content you are posting is visibile to everyone, and that you are providing the site the right to use it.  If your intent is to share with friends and family only, make sure the site provides you controls over privacy and application usage.  If you are using it for private personal use, do plenty of research on the product before you sign up.   In the end if you have concerns of who can see, who can use, or who ends up owning your content, read the terms of service and privacy policies and once you sign up, review the privacy controls and application controls you have access to.

Also, if your intent is for business use, do plenty of research on the product on industry site reviews, have your lawyer read through the terms of service and privacy policy, and after you sign up, go through all the settings and controls available to you.

IFTTT Twitter trigger changes coming, I’m not happy.

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Just got this email from IfThisThenThat….now I’m not happy with the Twitter dev changes

Dear imjamiethompson,

In recent weeks, Twitter announced policy changes* that will affect how applications and users like yourself can interact with Twitter’s data. As a result of these changes, on September 27th we will be removing all Twitter Triggers, disabling your ability to push tweets to places like email, Evernote and Facebook. All Personal and Shared Recipes using a Twitter Trigger will also be removed. Recipes using Twitter Actions and your ability to post new tweets via IFTTT will continue to work just fine.

At IFTTT, first and foremost, we want to empower anyone to create connections between literally anything. We’ve still got a long way to go, and to get there we need to make sure that the types of connections that IFTTT enables are aligned with how the original creators want their tools and services to be used.

We at IFTTT are big Twitter fans and, like yourself, we’ve gotten a lot of value out of the Recipes that use Twitter Triggers. We’re sad to see them go, but remain excited to build features that work within Twitter’s new policy. Thank you for your support and for understanding these upcoming changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us

Linden Tibbets

*These Twitter policy changes specifically disallow uploading Twitter Content to a “cloud based service” (Section 4A and include stricter enforcement of the Developer Display Requirements (

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Integrating with the Fox – IBM Connections Toolbar for Firefox

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

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

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5 Android optimizing apps

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Llama logo

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.


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Swiftkey 3 Keyboard by Swiftkey

The best keyboard app available…period.


Handcent SMS logo

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.


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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 logo

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.


Adventures in Jelly Bean

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  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

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Spotify for Linux

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.

For Ubuntu

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 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 –recv-keys 4E9CFF4E

3. Run apt-get update
sudo apt-get update

4. Install Spotify
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

Categories: Linux, Music