Should I upgrade to OSX Mountain Lion?

Yep. It’s only $20. What’s so hard about that?


Picasaweb Mobile for iPhone

I have been looking high and low for either an app (preferably free) or a workaround that allows me to view my entire Picasa web album set on my iPhone. The standard site automatically redirects to the mobile version and I can’t find a way to turn that off. The problem with that is the limitations built into the Picasa site. You can’t see the complete list of albums and if you have more than 100 pictures in an album, you can’t see all of them.
I have found a 99 cent alternative, even though I think what I spent for the extra storage space with Picasa should entitle me to be able to see my whole account on my mobile device. (c’mon Google, all you need to do is put a link at the bottom for “desktop mode” just like many of your other iPhone web apps.)

The alternative, Web Albums is available for just $.99 at the App Store and does its job pretty simply and plainly; it displays all of your Picasa albums and all your photos.

The only thing lacking in the app is Favorites or the ability to add multiple albums, such as those you have been invited to by friends. I’d also like to see some Facebook and Flikr integration as well as the ability to save images to my iPhone without having to email it to myself. Otherwise it’s pretty solid.

Leave comments or links if you know of better options.

Find a better version of that image – TinEye

FirefoxFor Firefox users; you are already ahead of the curve by simply NOT USING Internet Explorer. For you folks still using IE, get with the program and download Firefox, Chrome or even Safari, but for Pete’s sake, dump IE. You’re making the rest of the human race look bad.

Anyway, Firefox has some really cool plugins (Adblock Plus or XMarks included) and TinEye is certainly one of them. I help my kids find cool desktop backgrounds for their computers and sometimes the pics they like are too small to make decent backgrounds. TinEye allows you to search the web for better versions of the same or similar images.

From the site:

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. The plugin adds a right-click menu item that allows you to search for an image to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

Block Ads in Firefox – Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is one of those application enhancers that kind of straddles the line for bloggers/web developers and their readers. It can help you keep offensive junk away from your kids’ sensitive eyes, protect your computer from having the kids (or not-so-savvy-users) click malicious ads, and simply cleans up some rather junky-looking sites. But it can also drive down the potential ad-generated revenue of some very deserving sites.

I suggest downloading it, installing the default filter set and then customizing it to trust those sites that you visit often or want to help support by allowing their ads. You won’t regret how much better the web looks without all those annoying ads everywhere!

Synchronize your bookmarks – Xmarks

Xmarks LogoXmarks is a plugin for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer that can automatically synchronize your bookmarks across multiple computers. I have used it for longer than any other Firefox add-on I use. It’s very useful for me because I use the same software on my home computer as on my work machine; 3DS Max, CS4, etc. Whenever I find a resource at work that I could use at home, I bookmark it on my work PC and it automatically syncs with the bookmarks on my home machine. Same goes the other way around; when I’m surfing at home and find something relevant to work, I don’t have to email a link to myself, I just bookmark it. Very handy!