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I’ll come clean right now:  I don’t Tweet.  Much.  That said, I enjoy reading other people’s tweets (does this make me a freeloader?)

And I realized that I don’t follow all my Facebook friends on Twitter. I had a few minutes tonight so I thought I’d bop on over to Twitter to fix that.

I got there and found the “Find Friends” link.  There is a short list of services from which you can choose to import contacts.  You know who’s not on the list?  Facebook.

So, here’s a quick-and-dirty workaround.

You’ll need:

  • A Yahoo! Mail account
  • A Facebook account (with friends)
  • About 5 minutes (if that)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to your Yahoo! Mail contacts page.
  2. Click the “Import Contacts” button.
  3. Click “Facebook”.
  4. Click “Okay”, when it asks if you want to share with Yahoo!.
  5. Yahoo! Mail will import your Facebook contacts.
  6. Click the checkbox to select all of your contacts.
  7. IMPORTANT:  Click “Assign to Lists” – either create a new list or add to an existing list.*
  8. Go to the Find Friends page on Twitter.com.
  9. Click “Search Contacts” next to Yahoo!
  10. Click “Agree” to allow Twitter to access your Yahoo! Mail contacts.
  11. Pick and choose who to follow.

Hope this helps you out!  Feel free to comment if you have any questions.

* If you don’t do this, Twitter will not detect any contacts from your Yahoo! Mail account.  This is because Yahoo! marks all Facebook contacts as such and does not allow them to be exported until they’ve been modified in some way.

 

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From an iPhone OS 4 Developer Launch Q&A (will update with link when it’s over):

Jason Chen:

Q: Why have you veered away from widgets on the iPad?

A: We just shipped it on Saturday. And then we rested on Sunday.

Q: So widgets are possible?

A: Everything is possible.

Could they be any more snotty?  By the way, this was literally three questions after this:

Jason Chen:

Q: Is there going to be any change in Apple’s position on Java or Flash on version four?

A: No.

Clearly not everything is possible.

Why make excuses and vague hints? Just answer the question!

And this:

Jason Chen:

Q: Can you do anything to make these phones more safe so people wont’ use them when they shouldn’t be using them (like when driving).

A: I think we do more than most to connect our phones into cars’ control systems. We’ve done a great job for handsfree calling and such. We’ve done a better job on that than everyone else.

In other words, no.  No, we can’t.  Oh, and we’re better than everybody else.  Good heavens, talk about a defensive prima donna.

That said, OS 4 looks spectacular.  Except for the crushing grip Apple will maintain on the AppStore and their in-App ad system, I’m blown away.

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Last night I followed Lifehacker’s instructions and booted up Chrome OS on my laptop using a virtual machine.  It took all of 5 minutes to get Chrome up and running, which was nice.  I have two observations from this experience:

  1. Chrome OS has been praised for a lightening fast startup time and it’s true.  It’s amazingly fast, like about 5-10 seconds.  Of course, that’s easy to do when your entire OS consists of:
    • One (1) – web browser (Google Chrome)

    That’s right, the entirety of the OS is Google’s Chrome browser and some drivers.  Want to install software?  Tough.  Want to change the background image or taskbar?  Tough.  There is no background.  If you close the browser, another one opens up.

  2. Can Google get sued for anti-trust violations for this?  After all, their browser is inextricably linked with their operating system and that was one of Microsoft’s big violations, right?

Have you checked it out?  What did you think?

Many people have a misconception about the way computer disk space is measured.  They think:

  • 1 KB = 1,000 bytes
  • 1 MB = 1,000 KB = 1,000,000 bytes
  • 1 GB = 1,000 MB = 1,000,000,000 bytes
  • 1 TB = 1,000 GB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes
  • but most computer people understand how it really is:

    • 1 KB = 1,024 bytes
    • 1 MB = 1,024 KB = 1,048,576 bytes
    • 1 GB = 1,024 MB = 1,073,741,824 bytes
    • 1 TB = 1,024 GB = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes

    Well, Apple thinks that’s stupid (I have no opinion):

    http://www.macworld.com/article/142471/snow_leopard_math.html

    “In previous versions of Mac OS X, Apple used the 1024^3 definition of GB. Rather than keep that math and start calling it GiB, Apple has started using the 1000^3 definition.”

    Catch that?  Now, a disk drive that previously held 1 KB (1,024 bytes) now holds 1.024 KB.  In other words, you’ll see a jump in the drive space of a Mac.  Great, right?

    Wrong.  The files saved on the disk will also be bigger.  Apple gets to advertise a larger disk drive while keeping the actual size the same.

    Nice, Apple.  We know you think you’re smarter than us, but come on.  Seriously?

    Okay, I know it’s been a LONG time, since I’ve posted, but I just haven’t had the time. Even today’s will be quick, but I wanted to post about a browser I’ve been using. It’s IE-based and it’s called Maxthon. Here are it’s features that I love:

    • Tabbed browsing
    • Mouse gestures – you can tell it what action you want for which gesture
    • Auto-fill forms – you can memorize forms and fill them in
    • Address bar search shortcuts – e.g., I type in “gi mother teresa” sans quotes and I get a Google image search for mother teresa. I’ve got PHP.net, IMDB, Google, Google images, A9.com all programmed. Sweet!
    • Auto hide – One less taskbar icon
    • RSS reader
    • Weather
    • Launch external utilities

    Anyway, the list goes on and on and I just love this thing. If you download it (it’s free), let me know what you think and what auto-searches you program into it.