Daily Archives: Wednesday, 10th Aug 2011

Weight and Stuff Report – 10 August 2011

Another small rise today, what fun. The rain returned today, having enjoyed its day off yesterday. So once again I had to get the bus to work, mutter.

I made up for the lack of walking by getting back on the exercise bike for the usual twenty minutes this evening, and you can see the heart rate chart here.

Your picture for today is of some boats on the Tyne. I think they must have run out of room on the Ouseburn that day, or something. I like the reflections in this one.

Tyne Reflections

Tyne Reflections

Twitterific Makes Me Happy

I keep an eye, and occasionally both of them on Twitter when I’m using a Mac, and when I’m away from my Macs, I do much the same on my iPhone.[1] I rarely use the actual twitter.com website[2], as I much prefer to use a client. I’ve tried a few – Tweetie, which has since morphed into the official Twitter client was one of the better ones, but I found myself reverting to another one, which managed to do most of what I wanted without annoying me. That client is Twitterific, it’s available in the App Stores for Mac and iPhone/iPad, and looks much the same on all platforms, which is a Good Thing for me.

But there was one feature I really wanted from a Twitter client – all the obvious stuff is already there. Links are automagically shortened, pictures can be uploaded to your choice of service, you can unfollow people who are becoming annoying, there’s a choice of colour schemes and enough options to keep most people happy. But there was one problem. If you move between devices, you had to remember where you’d been, scroll through loads of tweets and hope you hadn’t missed anything. What I wanted was some synchronisation. I wanted my iPhone to know how far I’d got in my timeline on my iMac, and my MacBook to know where I’d got to on my iPhone.

And now, I have just that. The new version 4.3, which arrived yesterday offers just that (it’s an option, so you can leave it turned off if you don’t like it). What you’ll see in all your Twitterific instances is that the last tweet you got to in your timeline will be marked with a flag, like this:

Tweet

Tweet

Another setting tells each Twitterific client to automagically scroll to your last-read position when you look at it.

The magic is achieved through a web service called Tweet Marker, which appears to be working nicely.

The upgrade is free for existing users, and the software is free (advert supported) or cheap for everyone else. My favourite Twitter client just got better in exactly the way I wanted.  :tigger:

[1] Waits for accusations of being a fanboy, or worse still “fanboi”, which I always imagine should be pronounced “fanbwah”, making its use quite incomprehensible to me…
[2] So the fuss about “old” and “new” Twitter pretty much passed me by

Creating a good password

Passwords are a pain. If you want them to be hard to guess, they end up being hard to remember, which leads to people doing fun things like writing their password on a Post-It note attached to the monitor, or if they’re more security conscious, carefully hidden under the keyboard where nobody would think of looking[1].

But if you’re more concerned about services being cracked rather than having your password guessed, those clever complex passwords aren’t much use. There is another way, however, and xkcd documents it nicely today. As always, click the image to see the whole thing in its natural environment.

xkcd: Password Strength

xkcd: Password Strength

[1] Or not