Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Google is mixing content in play store

Google is mixing content in play store. You can see review of Apocalypse Now in the screenshot.

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Google Voice app is here

https://blog.google/products/google-voice/ringing-2017-updates-our-google-voice-apps/

OpenLiveWriter and addig images and modifying blogpost

 

Blogger uses Google Photo to store pictures.  If you do modify a post using OpenLiveWriter, it uploads brand new copy of the pictures into Google Photo.  This may create a mess as each update keeps adding pictures.

A work around is to post pictures to a different website and just embed links onto Blog.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Easiest way to find Delta skymiles redemptions

It becomes extremely hard to find out availablity of fight as well as miles required if you want to redeem your SkyMiles on Delta.

Here is a trick that may help.

In place of trying to search a round-trip, just look for one way trip and try to get a 5 week calendar ; that will allow you to see across several days with options (see ATL-> LAX below).

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While this may not look like a great thing to start with: consider an airport that Delta may not be flying to at all or if you are trying to get a peak period ticketing: See ATL—>BOM below where the flights are not availalble for redumption for some days or price shoot up to about 3 times:

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Starting to use Open Live Writer

My wish is to try and put a blog post every week. I was looking for a tool that can help me do this.  I remembered good old Microsoft Live Writer. First link from Google search shows up a refererence to tool built in 2009 (I am sure there is a newer version too).

It was the second link that caught my eye – OpenLiveWriter. Screenshots looked very similar to Microsoft’s version and soon realized that it is based of Microsof’t version.

Good for Microsoft, that it decided to open it up and let community drive it (rather than have the code just die).  May be Google can learn from it (I would love to get Picasa back).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SaneBox - Review of a service that may be able to clean your mailbox

SaneBox is a service that may be able to clean up mailbox (especially Yahoo whose spam filter is very week as of right now).

Once SaneBox is configured to connect to your Yahoo account, it goes over various mails (and you can train it to classify mails in specific ways).

For some reason SaneBox classified lot of spam as News and moved it into a folder called as SaneNews upfront. As I had lot of spam in my folder it seems overwhelming at first to go thru. My thought is that once you start using it, it becomes easier as you are only processing new delta emails.

While SaneBox requires a subscription to use, it probably should also build a monetnization based on advertisements. Yahoo seem to be putting in ads in empty SaneBox folders (they are empty to start with). Here is a snapshot of an ad it showed within Yahoo UI.



Sunday, January 08, 2017

Here is a movie worth watching and spreading:

Monday, January 02, 2017

Google doesn't get branding

Hello.com

Google had acquired Hello.com along with Picasa. Hello.com was first instant messenger that had "exchanging" pictures as a core functionality (Predated Instagram by a decade). Google chose to kill the product (in place of merging it into Picasa itself http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/05/picasas-hello-discontinued.html )

Google could have used Hello.com branding for several of its products as an option:

  • Google Talk could have been changed to Hello.
  • Google Voice could have been named Hello.
  • Google Hangout  could have been named Hello.
  • Google's first phone offering (Project Fi) could have been called Hello.
  • Google could have named its newest IM as Hello in place of Allo.
Google chose to do none of that. Hello.com is now a new social network created by Orkut Büyükkökten - founder of Orkut.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Accenture acquires Kurt Salmon

It is interesting to see Accenture acquiring Kurt Salmon.

https://newsroom.accenture.com/news/accenture-completes-acquisition-of-kurt-salmon-expanding-strategy-capabilities-in-the-retail-industry.htm

That brings lot of my friends into Accenture.