Sync Facebook photos with Apple’s Address Book

I dont have a facebook account anymore and I also dont have Plaxo. Now Plaxo, when I had the account, did this syncing and even today I have profile photos of all the plaxo contacts in my iphone.

So when someone from my old plaxo list cals I see their photo. Cool.

But now you can do that with address book. See below.

Sync Facebook photos with Apple’s Address Book – Download Squad

Back in the day — OK, 2007 — there was a spiffy little OS X app called Facebook Sync that pulled down your friends’ contact info and added it to Address Book on your Mac. This was especially brilliant if you used iChat, because screen names would be imported so you could chat with most of your Facebook friends before there was a Facebook Chat. But Facebook Sync turned out to be too good to be true when Facebook decided it violated their Terms of Service. Address Book Sync partially fills the void by allowing you to bulk-add your FB contacts to Address Book — minus the contact info.

What good is it if you can’t sync screennames and email addresses? Well, you can still sync photos and birthdays, and at least you’ll have an Address Book entry for each Facebook contact. Also, if you already like the photo you have in your Address Book for one of your friends, you can uncheck a box to have Address Book Sync leave it alone. If your phone can sync contacts with Address Book, this is also a fast way to have people’s photos show up when they call you. Address Book Sync works brilliantly and doesn’t violate the terms of service. Now, if I could just figure out a way to add contact info to all these new entries …

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Google Calendar

I went to help in google calendar and found this – but there is no plus next to ‘my calendars’. Curious!

Create multiple calendars
You can set up multiple calendars for different areas of your life, like one for your softball team’s practises and games. Click the “plus” symbol next to My Calendars to get started.

Cloud computing is a trap

Richard Stallman, creator of the GNU computer operating system

Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder | Technology | guardian.co.uk

Cloud computing – where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Amazon are pushing forward their plans to deliver information and software over the net.

But Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the computer operating system GNU, said that cloud computing was simply a trap aimed at forcing more people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that would cost them more and more over time.

“It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign,” he told The Guardian.

“Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.”

How to blog – for the shirker

I have been blogging for five years now. See this link for all my blogs: http://sites.google.com/site/soumitrisarchive/blogs-and-sites
(now that was a spruik! caught you!)

But seriously – are you a blogger who?

  1. feels guilty blogging.
  2. blogs when the family has gone to sleep.
  3. checks your email for comments on your blog first thing every morning.
  4. thinks blogging is not work – and so agrees its great fun.
  5. wishes the whole world stopped doing what they were doing and started off great conversations on your posts.

No hang on seriously what I want to tell you about is the greatest thing for bloggers since sliced bread. Welcome to SCRIBEFIRE – ta da!!!

Why?

  1. I only ‘write’ ever so often. I mostly post from my RSS feeds – and I often dont comment on the posts. I tell myself I am not lazy – just book marking an interesting story onto my blog.
  2. I often post videos.
  3. I rarely – nay never upload files to my blog. Not pictures and not documents.
  4. My blog is my collection – which will one day become a book – when they invent a free blog to book service (all the ones available are paid and you have to do too much code work anyway). And ofcourse the book will sell.
  5. My blg is my way to gather aroubd me a cosy group of oddballs like me who blog – in a similar fashion – and then come on to my facebook. People, of course, who I never want to meet – for I dont’ have time for ‘face time’ with people, I am raining kids remember?

And unlike pale Qumana – it doesnt say ‘hey posted from ScribeFire’ and let everyone know that I was a slacker. And anyway Qumana is gone from my computer – only online stuff for me. So give it a shot and discover it for yourself. When that is done come back and I will tell you of this other thing – the second best thing.

ScribeFire – Blog Editor

Easily update your blog through Firefox®

ScribeFire Blog Editor enables users to easily drag and drop formatted text from the web into their blog(s), post entries, take notes, and optimize their ad inventory directly through the Firefox browser.

Additionally Blog Editor enables you to:

* Categorize and tag your blog posts
* Upload images
* Set timestamps
* Save works-in-progress as notes
* Post an entry as a draft
* Share your posts on social websites
* Upload files via FTP

Add Signatures to Gmail

If you have been following my posts this year you will already know that I have decided to complicate my life completely. What I did two weeks ago – to put a date to it and be scientific say ummm at 11 AM on 19th of January – was to say I was going to do cloud computing and only that. This meant:

  1. I give up using all the software on my computer – my mac Powerbook.
  2. I give up mail, addressbook, ical, and Groupwise (which is the Novell software that work loads onto my computer – which is not my computer, it is theirs)
  3. I give up word, excel and powerpoint (which I gave up years ago)
  4. I give up writeroom and shift to dark copy instead.
  5. I give up dreamweaver and flash (which I was crap at anyway).
  6. I gave up adium for chat – so msn, yahoo and gchat(is that what its called?) were gone.

Then I would delete these programs from my computer. But seriously you dont expect me to do that – no I did delete groupwise (hated that anyway – have you looked at help online in groupwise? it is seriously something subterrainean, awesomely arcane) – so I deleted all the software from my dock. But I did get rid of Adium (lovey icon).

Then I should mention what I had to do before I did all that deleting – I had to migrate everything online.

  1. Mail was easily done – as gmail (why would anyone want to use any other mail service). I then had gcal, and contacts in mail.
  2. The I added heaps of firefox add ons.

Which brings me to Blank Canvas.

  1. I have 5 email accounts. And wanted a different signature for each of them.
  2. Blank canvas helped me do that. Greasemonkey was a bit roundabout anyway.
  3. So now I had 5 signatures and five accounts. Though I had to choose the signature each time – it wouldn’t automatically recognize which signature I wanted for which account like Mail did. Still things were fine and people at work received email that looked it came from work-email and not from shonkey gmail (which I may have been sending from the beach!)
  4. But inexplicably the signatures vanished on monday. On leave were you – you naughty blank canvas.

Today is Friday – and guess what they are back – all the signatures. Just like that inexplicably.

(more on cloud computing over the weeks and months as my life goes al over the place. but guess what – when it cools down, I will ride the 15kms to work. Without the panniers and the laptop! As if – I am wedded to the damn machine. But no harm saying it. I tried.)

Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures :: Firefox Add-ons

Automatically inserts HTML signatures into your Gmail messages based on which address you are sending from. Supports up to four signatures for each address you have set up. Works for Compose Message and Reply/Forward.

Last week

This is the last week before I go back to work – the kids go back to school actually, so I can head off to do things.

Small snippets of info:

1. I am now totally converted to ‘cloud computing’. I have deleted my ‘mail’ accounts – and am into gmail. I still miss ‘mail’. All th google stuff is  bit ugly – so my current aesthetic environment is less than perfect. But then I started my internet life in 1994 with ‘pine’ – that is DOS text.

2. I have shut down bloglines and netnewswire – and convereted to google reader.

3. I have (not totally) given up writeroom and am going to give DarkCopy a shot.

4. I am nudging my collaborators to use Google docs more. So I will be off word. (incidently – google has some kind of relationship with open office? Open office is as ugly – just wondered!).

The last thing I need to do is to get the IT lot to change the computer in my office – its very slow on the web.

Cloud Computing

Last year Jeremy would come to see me about once a month. Jeremy is an ixd nut who is bouncing off all manner of walls in all parts of the globe. As an aside he is also doing his PhD and has inexplicably chosen me as his supervisor. While I may have some effect – though doubtful – on his PhD wanderings what is more curious is the effect he is having upon me.

Jeremy has an iphone – and does all his communication work from the phone. He has also pushed me to use google calendar  and not ical – a pushing I resisted till the end of last year. He would often speak of ‘cloud’ computing and how he jumps on to any computer and off he goes. I am not an iphone user – and have not been an ipod user – so when I tied all this he was talking about to the iphone – it was safely the ‘other’. But another effect of supervising Jeremy was that I had to read all the stuff he was reading – and so grudgingly I did Mogeridge, and then went on to skim Cooper and the others. By the year end with the Interaction Design library uide completed – I was a convert. Though I was to include ixd inside service design and other such design contexts – I was in the same space re the forefront of computing environments.

What I mean is – not something complicated – I was going to use the MacBook less and less. It all sounded simple – I would have to give up MSWord for google-docs and so on. So I began – and it all looked fine initially.

So now I dont have ical, mail and addressbook in my dock. Which made me feel a bit unsettled.

But I balked at giving up Netnewswire. So I still have it – and every time I look at it I feel guilty. Cheating!

I also have some bizzarre ninja theme for my gmail – which my daughter insisted on. That apart I love how gmail sucks up my other email accounts. Cool.