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Farewell, Internet (Download Squad)

Apr 12th 2011 12:21PM Curse you AOL!!! Why do you have to ruin perfectly good web sites by your involvement?

Thanks to the writers for their posts over the years. Even when they occasionally mentioned Apple products in a less than ideal light and got slammed by commenters for it. I hope you guys are planning on starting up something new to replace the void in my RSS feeds.

Ask DLS: What's your backup process? (Download Squad)

Mar 31st 2011 4:33PM I recently set up CrashPlan to back up the files from an external hard drive on my file server to another external hard drive, as well as to CrashPlan's online service. They have unlimited storage which I like, and claim that it will always be unlimited, unlike some places *cough*Mozy*cough*. You can back up from computer to computer, or to another device on the same computer with the free version. You have to have the paid version to backup online though (makes sense). Most of my stuff is on my file server, but some is on my individual computers. I need to get better about backing up individual computer stuff.

10+ Chrome extensions and Web apps for new users (Download Squad)

Feb 22nd 2011 6:17PM @Loren You can get your passwords using a mobile device without paying, you just have to go through their web interface. It's not as slick as the web browser integrated method, but it works.

AppBrain direct push-to-device app installation returns, emasculates Google's Android Market (Download Squad)

Feb 7th 2011 11:41AM I think Google should just buy AppBrain, merge the two sites and be done with it.

8pen is a painful way to enter text on Android devices (Download Squad)

Dec 14th 2010 2:52PM I think this review is a bit harsh. Yes, there is a fairly steep learning curve to go from a more traditional text input method to 8pen. But for those who invest the time to get good at it, I believe there could be a payoff in text entry speed. That said, I decided not to continue using 8pen, figuring that the muscle memory that I would have to develop to get good at it wouldn't translate well to other text input methods. That and if I left 8pen as my default text input method I would get way too many "I hate your phone" type comments from my wife when she had to use my phone because she has a Swype on her phone.

Despite my choice not to use 8pen, I think terms like "insanely complex" and "masochistic" are unfair and are either a sign of insignificant investigation or intentional hyperbole in order to generate views.

Gain a superpower by learning to touch-type - Back to School (Download Squad)

Sep 4th 2010 11:29AM I'm a little confused at how people can not touch type in the digital age. Maybe that's part of why some people have such poor grammar and spelling on blog comments, forums, etc.? Of course, I am a programmer and work mainly with other programmers, so I'm biased. But even some programmers don't learn much about the joy that is shortcut keys. Especially in Visual Studio, almost everything can be done with a shortcut key, either by default or if you go hook it up yourself.

If you're interested in forcing yourself to learn shortcut keys, I found that Keyboard Jedi was pretty useful. It disables your mouse so you have to use the keyboard (you can turn it off of course).

I found that on some computers Keyboard Jedi doesn't work (I think it's a 32 vs. 64 bit thing, but I'm not sure). So I wrote my own replacement called Keyboard Sith. It doesn't have the exact same feature set, but does allow you to disable the mouse. If Keyboard Jedi doesn't work for you, or you just like the thought of being an evil Sith, you can try out Keyboard Sith.

The life-changing list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows users (Download Squad)

Apr 26th 2010 7:15PM I knew all but one or two of those (Alt+Shift+PrtScrn for high contrast? Really? I never would have guessed). Yay for me!

If you want to be really leet and be forced to learn lots of keyboard shortcuts try installing Keyboard Jedi

It has a Visual Studio only mode for coders like me as well as a "disable all mouse movement everywhere" mode for the truly hard core. I don't usually run it, but it's handy to run it once in a while to force yourself to learn some new keyboard shortcuts.

Steve Jobs to porn viewers: "Buy an Android phone." (Download Squad)

Apr 20th 2010 3:13PM Your comment about Jobs skirting the real issue made me think:

"Reality Distortion Field: Engaged!"

Steve Jobs comments on iPhone developer restrictions (Download Squad)

Apr 13th 2010 6:21PM Speaking as a developer, my vote goes for "just plain evil."

Apple puts a flailing, disenfranchised Adobe out of its misery and bans cross-compiled apps from iPhone OS devices (Download Squad)

Apr 9th 2010 2:12PM I'm hoping that there is more than just the excerpt above in regards to which languages developers can use (though I'm guessing there isn't). As a developer, I'm insulted by Apple thinking they can dictate to developers what languages they must user for development. I can understand making sure apps don't do malicious things. And I can understand making sure apps don't crash or do other bad things to the system. And I can even understand making sure that apps look consistent. But as long as I'm not doing anything bad, play nice with others and provide a decent user experience, why should Apple care what language I used to develop? As long as it compiles to executable code and follows the above additional requirements, original source language is totally irrelevant.

If there are no other exceptions after the above quoted excerpt, things like apps developed using 3rd party compilers that use other languages would be rejected. Even using code generation tools written in other languages to generate C, C++ or Objective-C code or custom scripting languages that drive an engine written in one of the approved languages could be considered unacceptable. Totally depends on what is considered as the "original" development language. And given Apple's past app store track record, that interpretation could literally be anything.