Google Chromecast – for $10!

chromecast high definition streaming mediaGoogle’s new Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is positioned extremely well to serve as a link between your phone, tablet or computer and your television.  Unlike Roku and Apple TV, the device is extremely small and takes advantage of the computing power of the remote device (e.g. the tablet) rather than adding another computing system with its own remote.  Chromecast simply streams high definition video from a sticklike device that connects to one of your TV’s HDMI inputs and accepts video wirelessly pushed from smartphones, tablets, and the Chrome browser.

Once your Chromecast is set up, you can use your phone, tablet or laptop to browse and cast content to your TV, play and pause, control the volume, and more. But unlike other streaming solutions, you can still multitask—send emails or surf the web—while enjoying what’s on the TV screen. It works across platforms—Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Windows (more to come), so your personal device is also now your remote control. — Chrome Blog

For a limited time, you can purchase the Chromecast for $35 and get three months of Netflix free (even if you are an existing user!).  That brings the net price of the Chromecast down to about $10.

Google Drive Sign-Up?

Cloud storage has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years and several solid providers have build a business providing not only remote storage solutions but also sharing and collaboration tools.  Dropbox is a leader in this industry with a handful of other competitors that include SugarSync, the most feature rich solution.

For years, many have speculated about a mythical technology referred to as the “G-drive”.   Conjecture will soon be replaced by fact – Google is getting ready to roll out Google Drive featuring 5 gigabytes of free storage.  For the leading search engine provider, 5 gigabytes won’t pose a problem – the company already gives over this amount for email alone.  Add to this Google Docs and Picasso and you’re already receiving close to 10 gigabtyes.  Then consider Youtube, Google Play, Blogger, Talk, Code, etc. and the amount of cloud space a single user can occupy is orders of magnitude greater.

Google Drive will complete the picture by providing online storage for files that has the same features as any local drive but is accessible from anywhere.  Expect full integration with Mobile devices and collaboration tools similar to Box.net and Microsoft’s Skydrive.

The question is how to sign up?  Go to drive.google.com –  I’ve heard (speculation) that this is the soon to be home of the Google Drive.

Update:  Google drive has been rolled out and the link above is live.  For $2.50/month the free 5 GB space can be upgraded to 25 GB for both Drive and Picasso.  As a bonus, your Gmail will upgraded to 25 GB as well.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to Google Drive on the web at drive.google.com.  Note that Google’s Drive is not live for all Google accounts and if you go to drive.google.com, you might receive a message, saying your drive is not yet ready. You will then have the option to be notified via email when Google Drive becomes available for them.
  2. Install Google Drive on your computer or mobile device.
  3. Put files in Google Drive – just like any other folder or hard drive and they will be sync’d across all of your devices.

Quick tip:  Google Docs (Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, etc.) don’t count toward storage .

Update 2 –  for many users the maximum file size limit may be the deal maker in favor of Google Drive:

  • Dropbox: 300MB via the Web or unlimited via the desktop app
  • Google Drive: 10GB
  • SkyDrive: 2GB

Out of Memory Error in WordPress

You may have encountered the following out of memory error while attempting to log-in to your administrative section that is related to a basic PHP setting which defines the memory limit for individual processes:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 12 bytes) in /home/yoursite/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 551

In a shared hosting environment the fix is easy.  Add the following to your wp_config.php file:

define(‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ’64M’);

Excel: how to insert a carriage return in a cell

While in Excel, inserting a carriage return to enable multiple lines in a particular cell is easy:  use alt-enter.

IPhone 5 Live Blog Press Conference

Just in case you want to hear the news about Apple’s latest products, Gizmodo is live blogging the event. Right now they’re on to iPads.

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StumbleUpon Beats Facebook

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As a content provider, we’re interested in understanding how social media systems help connect users to the right information (or product) at the right time for the right action. We publish to add value to our readers and use both search engine metrics as wells direct feedback to tailor our content and style accordingly. Social [...]

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Google+=Facebook-Friends

Remind me me to never launch a social network that excludes users from inviting their friends. If you have a Gmail account, you can read a debate about this topic but without a Google+ account you won’t be able to socialize. From PCMag: Google+ will not become the social network it wants to be until [...]

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Facebook to take on Google+Hangout

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerburg, has been hinting that something “awesome” will be released in the near future.  With an announcement scheduled this week Friday in Seattle, Washington, it appears likely that a partnership between the number one social media site and Skype is on the table. Why?  The launch of Google+ last week is a [...]

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The irony of it all … Mark Zuckerburg is the most popular user on Google+

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Just days after the launch of Google+ it has become clear who is the king of social networking:  none other than Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, the most popular Google plus user.  He bested Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin by a long shot.  As noted on TechCrunch, Zuckerberg already has the “most friends in the world” [...]

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Google Disables Real-Time Search

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Google launches Twitter competitor Google+ and real-time search (of twitter’s feed) shows a 404 error.  The timing does seem suspicious.  Here’s what we know from Google (via SearchEngineLand): Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on [...]

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