blog post: an interesting article on twitter jail

I just stumbled across an article about being in twitter jail and i thought I’d share it with you all. I’ve had this happen mainly because I tweeted I think it was 100 times in an hour. Normally, twitter jail lasts for 24 hours, bot fur this particular person whom I’ll link to the blog below this lasted for around 48. She even links to the 30 rules that twitter has, although I’m not sure how many people actually follow said rules as there are probably over a million twitter accounts and counting. So how do you stay out of twitter jail? Read the blog article linked in this post and feel free to comment. Have you ever been in twitter jail and what did you do to get out if it?

Twitter Jail For 48 Hours – It Could Happen To You Too!: “”
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blog post: online checks? A good thing?f

I’m not one for ordering checks on line, but if i have to do it i will. Who now a days write a check. Smiles one site i would recommend is the following. Click the following hyper link to access it. 2. order checks online” explore the site, play with it and enjoy. I hope you find this short piece of info useful. I’m not one for words on this particular blog. Heha. Checks can come in handy but if you don’t happen to have one then ordering checks online before your next trip might save you a bit of trouble. Good luck, and happy banking.

blog post: twitter reducing spam, but wait, there’s a catch!

I do a lot of twittering if that’s even a word. if it is not, well it is now. A recent thing came to light regarding a certain app and twitter. Basically that app can have nothing to do with twitter in the way it sends out messages. That can be good for wearing out spam, how ever I use social oomph to broadcast direct messages to all of my followers which can be a potential spam flag. Not good if all I’m sending out is a happy holidays and have a safe and happy new year, or check out my album, r product or what not. Here is the legaleeze version of this agreement between gtwitter and this company.

Under the terms of the settlement, the owners and employees of TweetAdder agree not to take part in “creating, developing, manufacturing, adapting, modifying, making available, trafficking in, using, disclosing, selling, licensing, distributing (with or without monetary charge), updating, providing costumer support for, or offering for use, sale, license, or distribution (with or without monetary charge), any software or technology designed for use in connection with Twitter’s service.”

so will social oomph’s ability to direct message all followers or a select group also get the ax? I guess time will tell. Here is a link to the full blog post below.

One small step for Twitter, one pretty decent sized leap for spam haters | Techi.com: “”
I hope you enjoy.

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How to broadcast, or podcast using osx with out too much hassle

This will be a sticky, that is, always at the top, post. This ensures that who ever wants to read this will not have to find the post barrier amongst all the other posts on the podcast blog.

to broadcast from the mac with out too much haste if you don’t want metadata showing, or to do a live remote where you don’t need meta data showing you will need

  • sound flower from http://code.google.com/p/soundflower
  • >vlc or the player of your choice. (I’ve used iTunes as well, but you need another external sound card just in case).
  • Line in (free) from this site
  • Garage band ($14.95) from the mac app store
  • Nice cast $59 from this site
  • and if you are going to do a podcast using this set up you will need the recording software of your choice. I use amadeus

Steps

  1. Install sound flower. I don’t recall if you need to restart your system or not but follow the prompts.
  2. Install line in I’m not going to go through the steps as the user should be familiar with installing apps to a mac.
  3. Install nice cast.
  4. Launch line in
    • A. Choose input as sound flower 2ch and output as your internal sound card or an external if you have another one.. I use an mimic usb sound card.
    • B. Check the pass through check box and you will be able to hear your sound. This is useful if for some reason like if you use iTunes you want to set the output in mac itself to sound flower 2ch. You will then need to switch voice over to another sound card (lion and higher). As a side note you can get to the sound prefs by hitting option plus f12 or if you have fn. keys toggled on fn. option f12.
  5. Download garage band from the app store.
    • A. Start garage band and choose voice for the template
    • B. go to its prefs and go to output.
    • C. Set the output to sound flower2ch and the input to the mic of your choice.
    • d. delete all tracks in the project and create a new basic track, or use the existing one
    • E. from the track you want to use go to the track info area and interact.
    • F. choose stereo 1/2 from the pop up button.
    • if you want the mic on choose on with out feedback. This control will must and unmute your mic. when you are done speaking choose off, or none. Refer to the prior step when you want to broadcast
    • G. Save the file you just created. I called mine mic for broadcasting.band. You will need to set your output and input every time in the prefs or check to see that they have been retained before every broadcast/podcast.
  6. launch your player of choice (not applicable to iTunes) and set its output to sound flower 2ch
  7. start nice cast
    • A. set its source as sound flower 2ch. I’m assuming you already created the preset for the server you are to broadcast to.
    • B. with all of this launched hit cmd b to start broadcasting and check to archive if you want from nice cast and test the server to see if you are connected or have someone tune in and listen to see if you are.
    • C. I usually start with the mic off, that is with the monitoring off. in garage band, play a track or 2 from my player and then turn the mic on by changing the setting in that pop up button to on with no feed back.

and that’s it. It seems like a lot to do, but if you are fast fingered you can put on a successful show.

Attached is the file I use. Enjoy.

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blog post: more thoughts on samsung’s law suit

I still think that samsung’s law suit will fail at least in europe. and definitely in the usa. Here though is a sad but true perspective from another visually impaired person’s point of view. They are part of the free software movement, as in GNU and such. Here is a sample of the blog post, the quotes taken out of context just a bit. I will link to the blog b below so you can get the full effect of this person’s point of view.

For a blind person to say that we only “want, want, want” when all we want, want, want is an end to segregation is an active apology for the crap accessibility provided by Samsung. Saying we just “want, want, want” is tantamount to endorsing a future with continued technology segregation. …the statement that “all blind people do is want, want, want,” becomes even more offensive, … Now, that every OS and web sites have solid standards and guidelines for accessibility and universal design is taught in universities and at lots of professional seminars, there is no excuse for not providing 100% compliance with such standards and guidelines. Apple comes close to this in iOS and I haven’t found an iOS app written by Apple that isn’t accessible. Google, Microsoft, Adobe, PeopleSoft, Oracle and others who have made a verbal commitment to accessibility have not come close to actually providing Apple’s level of support. … >/p>

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p> and here is a
link to the blog
so you can read the history and the discussion which took place. do we the disabled want as the author said to be serrated if this law suit passes? I think according to the post I posted yesterday the answer is a loud resounding no. will the law suit pass? I hope not. If it does will we raise our voices to speak out against it, I sure will.

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blog post: samsung attempts to sue apple to get rid of voice over on all iOS devices

Yes you read the subject right. the patent troll also known as samsung is attempting to get rid of voice over on all iOS devices. here is the link to the story on the bbc. And here is an email posted by a list member. I got his permission to post this. and I agree 100 percent.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Please forgive my email but a very valuable piece of information has been brought to my attention that affects blind IT users everywhere who use apple hardware. For those who know and those who don’t. Samsung Electronics has filed a patent removal case against Apple. inc over the accessibility component called “Voiceover” also it’s other assistive technology components developed over iOS. To set the record straight on this, Voiceover for both OS X and iOS is developed by apple and NOT samsung electronics. The assistive technologies pack built into iOS is developed by Apple and NOT samsung. With this attack from Samsung against apple, If a court rules in favour of Samsung, Apple will be forced to remove Voiceover and all assistive components related to the iOS interface. This will affect all blind and visually impaired / print impaired users as well as those with complex learning and communication disabilities. We as a disabled community must stand firm and support the necessary bodies connected to fighting against Samsung Electronics challenge against apple. If Samsung are allowed to continue, they would be found guilty through a class action suit of disability discrimination and human rights violations. So that anyone on the internet reads this message, If you’re a manufacturer or developer of hardware / software, understand that disabled people use your products and have an equal right to use your products as well as you. Imagine if you will, a situation where you woke up to see nothing but black for the rest of your life and have to rely on your other senses to work for you, you won’t be able to drive, read a newspaper, NOTHING AT ALL! without support and adaptive technologies and toools. These products exist for a reason, to promote equality. Please forgive this off topic email. We must do something proactive and legal to make ourselves heard. We are human, just like the rest. Just because we cannot see clearly or at all, does not mean we cannot exist in this world. When we are walked all over, do we not feel pain? When we are wounded, do we not cry out? We are equal to all others and just because our bodies are impaired in one way or another, Don’t shut us out. We are just like you!

So what are we going to do. Boycoting is not an option as there are too few of us to do it and it will not hurt them. I’d like your thoughts and comments regarding this matter. Do you think it’s a good idea for samsung to block voice over and all accesses functions of the iOS devices just so they can take over?

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an addendum to the olympus ls14 recorder: a podcast by neal eurs

Neal goes over some extra stuff in this podcast including some stuff accidentally left out in his first demo of said podcast.

kindle accessibility: a podcast by Alleson of the gwenna cast.

Alleson talks about the kindle app and a letter campaign going on at the apple vis site to let amazon that we need the kindle app to be accessible, not just for readers but college students like myself. Amazon has a history of not making their products accessible unless they are sued, I hope we can send enough letters to do this. Just follow the prompts at the campaign for the month part on the apple vis home page. Thanks all, and good luck.

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blog post: Changes coming in twitter’s api: a good or bad move on twitter’s part?

introduction

Recently, as of this morning, December 22, 2012, I found my twitter client yorufukurou acting a bit strangely. It would stay at 150 api calls even though my home and mentions buffer update every minute and my dms every 5. Enter the new api 101 of the twitter API coming in march. Ok. they’ve been around for 3 years and have only gotten up to version 1.1? Anyway the changes look very good on paper, how ever, I guess we will see what happens. Here is the link below.

Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API | Twitter Developers: “”

thoughts

As you can see there are a lot of changes in the blog some of which are a bit odd like 60 api calls? Nota lot when you consider that some of us update manually.

your turn.

What are your thoughts on this change to twitter. Will it look good? What are your thoughts as a developer if you are reading this post. If you are the consumer?