This is a list of apps for the ipod that have proven to be extremely useful. Note that this list was compiled by an ipod touch user and not an iphone user, which means the apps will tend to favour those that are also useful offline. In order of amount used:
By far my favourite and most used app on my ipod touch. It's no coincidence that it's also the only paid app on the list. It cost me $3.99 for the app, but it's paid for itself many times over.
Byline serves one purpose on my ipod: reading rss feeds. I use google reader, and byline downloads up 200 of my feed items from google reader, then archives the item and the corresponding web page for reading offline. This app can make any spare time productive - with or without a wireless connection.
twitterfon is the best twitter app I've used. It keeps track of unread items, separates replies and messages, and lets you reply to various messages with ease. It works, it works well, and that makes it numer 2.
No app list is complete without remote. Control your computer's music playback over a wireless network. Why are tools like this not more commonplace?
Because it's better than using the mobile facebook page. No need to zoom in or go through login pages, etc. It's simple and easy to use for fast facebook updating and creeping. What more could you ask for?
4. Tap tap revenge
Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for those DDR-type games, but I sincerely enjoy this game. Now if only I could figure out how to do that up-down move...miss it everytime. Oh, and you can download new songs for free too. Not bad.
A different kind of app for sure. This one gives your ipod the ability to display e-books in varying formats. I have one large problem with the app: it essentially requires you to install their third-party e-book app on your computer to sync books to the ipod. The good news is that you don't have to purchase anything (assuming you already have some e-books handy in any number of formats). The stanza app is great at converting formats to e-books that are readable on your ipod. Another great off-line addition to the list!
Because I have a blog, and because it allows you to store a draft locally until you re-connect to wifi. Great for downtime or when you have a post idea that just can't wait.
7. Sync GCal
Okay, it's not an app. That's why the title says 6. But this recent addition by google has made my google calendar actually useful. Solid 2-way syncing with gcal - it's what i've been looking for and hacking ever since I got an ipod and a google calendar. Now it couldn't be simpler. [LINK]
- now playing - For all your movie listing needs (complete with rotten tomato scores!)
- sudoku - Free, fun, and intellectually stimulating.
- lolcats - Just cause I like em.
- lastfm - Sometime useful if you have wifi and want to listen to new music
- evernote - for note taking. I haven't used it much (maybe I'm just too organized already), but those that use evernote love the app.
When I bought a new High Definition LCDTV this boxing day, I noticed that there was a VGA input. Naturally, I found an old VGA cable and hooked up my media PC. To my dismay, the picture would flicker at random times (especially noticeable when you're playing movies) and the screen was not centered on the screen.
I was worried at first when I saw some of the prices for monster cables in future shop, best buy and the like, but a quick search over at Canada Computers brought up the perfect cable for only$18. The picture is now flicker-free, and is sharp as ever. For a US alternative, this cable is only $8 at newegg.
Note that you'll still need to find a way to get sound to your tv/media center. I just use a stereo to RCA cable I bought for $1 at a dollar store, which I hooked up to my surround sound.
I started out this year by building a new computer, which I had been researching and pondering over for quite some time. This post lists some of the key steps in building and overclocking a new computer.
1. Choosing AMD or INTEL
The main components of your system will either be Intel or AMD. Thus, your first choice should be which way you wanna go. At this point in the game, if you're overclocking, you'll want an Intel core duo no question. If you aren't overclocking, then the decision becomes a bit more difficult. If you're too much a n00b to overclock, then either decision will work fine for you anyways.
2. Choosing Your Motherboard
Perhaps the hardest decision to make in the overclocked system is the motherboard. The main criteria you'll want to look at is it's overclocking options. Some systems will let you adjust almost any component of your system. Some won't. Do your research on this one. I went with a Gygabyte board because I saw the name all over various overclocking forums, which tells me a couple things - it's probably a solid board, and it certainly has overclocking options. Another good brand to consider is ASUS, which was my second choice.
After making sure that your board has good overclocking options, you'll want to consider the additional features it holds. Do you need RAID support? SLI? In general, if you haven't heard of either of these options, you don't need to worry too much. SLI is convenient if you wanna run dual video cards, but with the new 8800GTX, I don't see why anyone would need to run dual video cards anyways...
3. Choose a Processor.
Again, the best place to do this is in various overclocking forums. The key to a processor is it's overclocking potential. The largest player in most overclocking scenarios is the thermal capacity of the CPU. The CPU's multiplier will only play a factor if your motherboard's FSB will be surpassed by your desired overclock.
ie. if you have a multiplier of 7, the max overclock is 7*your motherboard's max FSB.
Likewise, your memory will need to run at the same FSB as the CPU, unless your motherboard allows for a memory multiplier (if you picked a good motherboard in part 1, then there's no problems here - most CPU's should work with most memory).
So check reviews, etc. Look at the percentage overclock people are getting. Figure out what you want to spend, and find a processor that has the best overclock for the right price. And make sure more than one person reports a good overclock. Some people claim pretty high overclocks, but not everyone has their equipment/expertise.
Memory can be a tough choice at times. A lot of different brands are held in high regard by a lot of different people. My opinion? There's not too much difference between them. Buy whatever has the best statistics for the best price (but check into it if it's a brand that you don't recognize). You'll want to buy memory based on whatever you suspect will match your FSB the best. If you are guessing at a FSB of about 300, you'd probably be fine with 667MHz. As it turns out, 800MHz is the cheapest right now. So I'd go with that (unless you feel like spending huge cash on the next step up).
5. Case and Power Supply
Don't get me wrong - you should usually avoid cases that come packaged with a power supply. If you were just building an ordinary computer, most times a mid-class power supply will suit your needs. But overclocking means more volts. Research power supplies. Check how heavy they are, and make sure a couple people have confirmed the actual wattage it provides.
Cases are 50% asthetic and 50% practicality. No one wants some ugly grey and white box with hundreds of dollars of hand-picked components inside. Get one with a window. Also, make sure there's lots of fans and good airflow. My Antec nine hundred gives me such good airflow that I hardly have to worry about any temperatures for my components. Lastly, make sure there's room inside for anything you want now or in the future. An 8800 GTX doesn't fit in just any case.
6. All the rest
Video cards are pretty much get-what-you-pay. You want uber performance, expect to spend lots. If you don't care, then get whatever seems to be the best deal.
Hard Drives aren't a particularly intense choice. Make sure it's SATA if you have it, and Western Digital is probably a safe bet. Also make sure your optical drives are SATA as well (if you're buying a new one).
Start with a budget, and make a spreadsheet showing all the parts you want and a rough estimate of their cost. It'll show you where you can spend more and where to skimp a bit.