Jan
10
2009

Tech talk

  1. I am now on Twitter. This is a way for me to send brief updates from my cell phone when I don’t have net access to update the blog. My Twitter username is JJtravels. You can “follow me” (receive my brief updates) on your cell phone by texting “follow JJTravels” to one of these numbers: in the U.S.: 40404 / in Canada: 21212 / anywhere else: +44 7624 801423
    It will walk you through signing up if you’re not already on Twitter. You can also just go to their web site and sign up. There are a zillion other ways of receiving Tweets, from widgets to browser plug-ins to iPhone apps. My Twitter updates will also automagically appear on the sidebar of the blog, over there to the right. If you’re following me, you will also receive a tweet each time I post a new entry on the blog. I’ve had a request to have it send an email every time I Twitter, but I can’t figure out how to make it do this. Let me know if you know how.
  2. I finally got the tracker working in Nicaragua, but now it’s not again. Intermittent! It’s too bad, it would have been great to have a track showing exactly where I’ve been.
  3. You may have noticed that I’ve changed the way I date the blog entries. They now appear on the day the event actually occurred, rather than the day I wrote about it. This avoids the problem of a week’s worth of events looking like they all occurred on the same day. But it can be confusing if (for example) you check the blog on Wednesday, see there has been no posting for a week, then come back on Friday and discover that there were postings on Monday and Tuesday.
  4. I’ve spent all day working on the back-end of the blog – upgrading WordPress, the theme, etc. You should notice some improvements. Please let me know if anything looks funky or doesn’t work.
    I’ve had a request to add the ability for the blog to e-mail you every time there is a new post. I’ve looked around, and can’t figure out how to implement this feature. If anyone knows, I’d love to hear from you.
    UPDATE – there is a new service doing this. Click the “Contact” tab above to find out how to subscribe to posts by email.
  5. Remember that you can always subscribe to the RSS feed – your web browser or mail client will download new entries as soon as they’re published, so you don’t have to manually check the site for new posts.
  6. I hope it goes without saying, so I’ll say it: I take constructive feedback really well. If there are things you’d like me to write about, photograph, record, or conversely, things that bore you to tears, (um, like the next paragraph) just tell me. You can send me an e-mail if you don’t want to publicly comment. Oh, and for those of you hesitant to comment because it will be seen “publicly” – there are only about 20 friends and family who read this blog. I’ve purposely kept it out of the search engines (really, try searching for it – doesn’t come up!), and it would be very hard for someone to just stumble across given the unusual address. So comment away, you’re among friends!
  7. I’d like to give a shout-out to Marissa for bringing my computer down when she visited, and to Mom for sending it to her. I was having problems with the iPhone, and unlike the Palm OS, you can’t directly administer it from the phone itself – it has to be connected to the host computer to install updates, etc. Having the computer for the week allowed me to get everything working again.
    I now have the ability to download podcasts directly to the phone, so I’m a happy camper catching up on all the news and gossip. I’ve downloaded a bunch of Spanish language podcasts that I listen to on long walks and bus rides, as well as some yoga videos that I intend to start doing!
    I also jailbroke the iPhone, allowing me to install apps Apple doesn’t have control over. Take that, you closed-source dweebs! It’s really cool, actually. Opens up a whole new world – you can completely reconfigure and reskin your iPhone.
    Finally, in Managua I bought a TurboSIM (similar to the one I ordered from Hong Kong just before leaving that didn’t in fact work), which allows me to finally use my iPhone as a phone down here by allowing foreign SIM cards to function. Take that, AT&T!
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