Google Voice Opens Up

I’ve had Google Voice ever since it was Grand Central.   It still is missing a few features that would make it perfect, like forwarding calls from two Google Voice numbers to a single cell, or forwarding one Google voice number to a second.  Overall, though, its a great service.  Today, those in the US can sign up without an invite.

Google Voice Blog: Google Voice for everyone

A little over a year ago, we released an early preview of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing your communications. We introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more—the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.

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Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google Docs adds OCR for PDf files

Change that useless PDF image into a doc you can edit (and re-convert to PDF) …

Google Adds OCR for PDF Files and Images

When you upload files to Google Docs, you’ll notice a new option that tells Google to convert the text from PDF and image files to Google Docs documents. The feature has been released last year as an experiment, so Google had enough time to improve the accuracy of the results.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Zombie Copiers

Gadgetopia picks up this fascinating little item about office copiers.  Who knew?  I assumed that a secure disk erase was done as part of a power up.  Its not like there isn’t plenty of time …

Remember: Your Printer Has a Hard Drive

Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets:These people bought four random, used copiers, for about $300 each. What they found was pretty chilling.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Scripting Google

Why mess with Google API’s when they now come packaged as traditional unix command line tools?   Dust off those unix scripting skills to manage your Google assets.

Google free command line tool to access Web services « WiseCodes : Bringing You The Power of Code !!

Google announced a command-line utility called GoogleCL based on Python . The tool offers various Google services from the command line, including Blogger, Calendar, Contacts, Picasa, Google Docs, and YouTube.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

WordPress 3.0 available

All sorts of new goodies, but the big news is that MU unforked.

WordPress › Blog » WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”

Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

The updated Mac Mini

With an updated Snow Leopard Server model as well.  Still using Core 2 Duo, though.

Apple’s Unibody Mac Mini

There were rumors of a refresh and today Apple delivered more than we were expecting: The mini gets a new unibody aluminum casing, plus HDMI port and SD card slot, and the price starts at $699.

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

GMail Chat may be integrated with Google Voice

Wouldn’t it be great to make free phone calls from GMail?

Google Voice to Integrate with Gmail as a VoIP Service

Google tests a new feature that makes Gmail chat more useful: users are able to make and receive Google Voice calls from Gmail.

Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Classic Windows Spyware now availble for Macs

Once you have given it your admin password, its just like old times.

Security Firm Discovers Spyware in Mac Software – PCWorld Business Center

As to the spyware’s invasive actions, it allegedly dupes users into handing over their admin passwords with a dialog claiming that it “market research” software will be installed to collect browsing and purchasing history. OSX/OpinionSpy then installs a process called “PremierOpinion” that runs as root. Intego says the spyware then opens an HTTP backdoor on port 8254, scans all accessible local and networked volumes, and injects code into Safari, Firefox, and iChat in memory (meaning it doesn’t alter the applications themselves). It also regularly transmits encrypted data to a variety of servers, which contains e-mail addresses, iChat message headers, and URLs–as well as potentially personal data like usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, bookmarks, and browsing history.

Published in: on June 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Weave to become official

The last beta chewed up a lot of CPU on the Mac,  but Weave has come a long way in reliability and ease of use. 

Firefox to Get Official Browser Sync: Weave Graduates from Mozilla Labs

Mozilla just announced that Weave, the organization’s experimental browser sync addon, has graduated from Mozilla Labs and is now part of the official Firefox roadmap. The name of the product has been changed to “Firefox Sync” and Mozilla expects it to become a default feature of Firefox in “an upcoming major release.”

Published in: on June 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm  Leave a Comment