Monthly Archives: July 2010

ZumoCast Streams Media to iPad, iPhone From a Home Computer

The ZumoDrive folks are at it again, but this time, they’re taking the cloud storage to your home computer so you can stream media files right to an Apple iPad using ZumoCast. The new ZumoCast service is a take on my “personal cloud” thought — instead of storing data on a third-party web server, ZumoCast shares the files already on your PC or Mac. You just tell ZumoCast which files or folders you want remote access to and the software does the rest. The company is wise to go after the iPad market since the device makes for a great mobile media player.

DRM-protected files won’t play on an iPad or iPhone using ZumoCast, but that’s about the only major limitation aside from requiring your home computer to be powered on. However, you can sync media files with ZumoCast for offline playback on a mobile device — in that case, the home computer can be sleeping peacefully. The ZumoCast desktop software handles all file-sharing aspects and it supports adaptive transcoding. That means the audio and video quality will adjust on the fly to offer the best experience based on your web connection.

Initially for iPad and iPhone, ZumoCast is planned for additional mobile platforms. That makes sense as ZumoDrive, the cloud storage service, is also supported on Google Android and Palm webOS handsets. The company also says that “video sharing and enhanced music and photo interfaces” are in the works. ZumoCast is in an open beta, so you can sign up to try it. At this time, no pricing has been announced for the media streaming service.

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Google Just Became a Quicker Dictionary Search Tool [Google School]

Google’s OneBox has long offered quick definitions when your search query includes text like “define flummox” or “what is flummox“, but the search engine has just added “implicit triggering” that automatically offers a dictionary result when you search for single words. More »







Is It Legal to Jailbreak and Unlock Your Cellphone? Copyright Office Officially Says, “Yes” [IPhone]

We’ve always considered jailbreaking well within the bounds of legal iPhone use, but if you’ve ever been concerned that jailbreaking your iPhone wasn’t actually legit, the New York Times reports that The Library of Congress’ Copyright Office has officially deemed jailbreaking exempt “from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized uses.” More »







Brush Up on Your Mac Terminal Kung-Fu [Terminal]

The Super User forums has a collection of tips and paste-able commands for Mac OS X’s Terminal that are, by turns, brilliant, funny, and obscure but great. Suggestions include quickly checking what apps are eating your memory (top -o vsize), run a Spotlight-style search from the command line (mdfind), and a clever little script that one user put together to trick his wife into thinking a MacBook has overheated and needs to be shut down—so he can grab it back. [Super User via Daring Fireball] More »







Start My Day Batches and Schedules Your Windows Routines [Downloads]

Windows: If you always open the same programs, websites, or media files on certain days of the week, Start My Day will help you easily automate your daily routine. More »







Cydia running on jailbroken iPhone 4

In this interview Jay Freeman (a.k.a Saurik) demos Cydia running on a jailbroken iPhone 4. [via TUAW]

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DTerm Is an OS-Integrated, Quick Launch Terminal [Downloads]

Mac only: Somewhat like a mix of Quicksilver and the Terminal, DTerm launches with a keyboard shortcut, automatically integrating your working directory and selected files, so you can spend less time typing and more time running commands. More »







Five Best Book Recommendation Services [Hive Five]

It’s disappointing to haul a book home from the library or shell out hard-earned cash at the bookstore only to settle in at home and find you don’t enjoy it one bit. Stock your reading list with these five great recommendation services. More »







How to investigate the pests/diseases attacking your plants

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Though there are many sites that contain this information, my experience in the past you have to go through a series of detail on colors and attributes of the insect/fungus and without a degree in botany or Entomology I really have little idea what they are asking for.  Gardeners.com’s “Pest and Disease Detective” on the other hand allows you to simply select the specific plant and the area that is being attacked (leaves. stems, flowers, fruit, roots) and it will show you thumbnails to quickly identify the pest/disease that is harming your plant.  With a simple click you go right into the description and details how to terminate the problem. 

Simple but effective just the way I like it…

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Top 10 DIY Food Geek Projects [Lifehacker Top 10]

The best-tasting food is the kind that comes from your own efforts, because victory tastes oh-so-sweet. Conquer KFC-style fried chicken, smoky barbecue, wood-fired pizza, five-minute bread, and other DIY delicacies with these great food-focused projects. More »







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