2011 in review

Note from Lee: This post was automatically generated for me by WordPress.com. Yeah, I didn’t get a lot of visitors, and most of my comments were spam…

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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How to: Make any Chrome web app into a desktop app

For a while, Google has had a Chrome web app store which allows you to install apps in Google Chrome. These apps usually just run in a separate tab, which can be pinned to the side. But what if you want some of these apps to be in a separate window like a normal desktop app? It’s very simple.

  1. Open the app in Chrome that you want to make a desktop app.
  2. Click the wrench icon on the top right
  3. Go to Tools > Create Application Shortcuts
  4. Select where you want the shortcuts to be added (Desktop, Start Menu, and/or Pin to Taskbar)
  5. Click Create.

A shortcut to that web app now has been added to wherever you selected. Launching that app now will open it in a separate window without any of Chrome’s toolbars. I used this method to make a Gmail web app that’s pinned to my taskbar. Another neat thing is that, since these are just stripped down browser windows, things like HTML5 notifications still work as before (so, for example, Gmail will function like a native desktop app for the most part). Also, any links you click will open in a new browser window, so you wont be trapped in the apps own window.

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Should I jailbreak?

Since an untethered jailbreak is out for iOS 5.0.1, I’m debating whether I should jailbreak my iPod now. I decided to make a poll so my readers can vote (as well as Twitter followers).

 

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iOS 5.0.1 now has an untethered jailbreak

The wait is finally over. Well, at least for devices running iOS 5.0.1 with a pre-A5 processor. If you have one of the following devices, you can now jailbreak iOS 5 (untethered).

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4 (GSM and CDMA)
  • iPad 1
  • iPod Touch 3rd generation
  • iPod Touch 4th generation

If you don’t know what an untethered jailbreak is, I’ll start by explaining a tethered jailbreak. A tethered jailbreak means that if you power off your device (hold down the lock button and slide to power off) or your battery dies, you have to plug it into your computer and re-jailbreak to boot it again. An untethered jailbreak means that you can reboot it all you want and all of your jailbreak tweaks will stay visible.

iOS 5 has had a tethered jailbreak for a while, but now that the untethered jailbreak is released I’m sure more people will be jailbreaking their devices. Check out the links below for more information.

http://blog.iphone-dev.org/post/14857834236/untethered-holidays

http://twitter.com/pod2g (this is the twitter page of the guy who made the jailbreak. Thanks @pod2g!)

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Domain name?

I’ve been thinking lately that I might move to some kind of paid hosting with a domain name. I really just can’t think of a domain name, or whether I should just stick to blogging here on wordpress.com..

So, I’m going to add a poll to see whether I should stay here or move to paid hosting (I’m thinking HostGator because they have pretty cheap plans).

 

Also, getting to the title of this article, what would be a good domain name? I was thinking about having something with my name but nothing really good is available. I also thought about just getting lhamil64.com, but nobody would remember that. Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Google Chrome: Updating done right

Many people, myself included, use Google Chrome as their default web browser. There are many good points about Chrome, such as it’s speed and support for the latest HTML5 features. But I would like to focus on just one: how it updates. For me, I have almost never actually upgraded Google Chrome in the traditional sense. It updates completely in the background without displaying anything to the user. This is why it’s so great. In almost all other application’s I’ve used, when a new version is released, a box pops up and you have to spend time downloading and installing the new version. This is especially annoying with web browsers, because it mostly happens right when the browser launches, and usually, you never want to upgrade when it first opens (because you opened it for a purpose).

With Chrome, you can just open and use it like normal, without any interference, and always be at the latest version. “It just works.”

This is especially important to less tech-savvy users. Typically, many prompts to upgrade their software will result in frustration and they might just cancel the upgrades and keep using out-of-date versions. This is potentially┬ádangerous, as updates patch security holes which prevents viruses and malware from entering the user’s computer. Chrome allows you to always have those holes patched, and never have to take time to upgrade.

 

To all other software manufacturers, PLEASE adopt Google’s strategy of updating in the background automatically.

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RIP Steve Jobs


Today, news broke that Apple’s former CEO and founder, Steve Jobs, passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old. Steve Jobs was a very big┬ácontributor┬áto technology, and without him, computers would be the same as they are today.
Even if you hate Apple with a passion, you have to admit that Steve was very innovative and will be missed.

I apologize for not writing a longer post, but there’s so much information flying around the internet right now that you just have to open any news site and can find all of the known information.

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