Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Inertial Scrolling Added to the MacBook Pro

Apple released an update that adds Inertial Scrolling to the MacBook.

What exactly is inertial scrolling? (I know, it took me a while to find out too).

The feature is similar in form to what we already know from Apple's iPhone OS devices and the Magic Mouse. It allows users to flick while scrolling as the trackpad senses the momentum of the gesture and smoothly scrolls through long documents and libraries.

If you want it, apply the Magic Trackpad and Multi-Touch Trackpad Update 1.0 or apply the system update.

Are we all feeling Magical know?

Pzizz for Free (for now)

Pzizz is software that helps you sleep or else is designed to energize you. Most of the people I talk to fall in to one of too camps with this kind of application- it either works for them or it bugs the heck out of them. It works for me and, right now, the software is available for free. There's always a free lite version but this is the full version. Definitely worth grabbing and trying out. The two modules are:

Pzizz Sleep: "If you toss and turn all night long, and then have to get up in the morning with little or no sleep, you know just how tough your day will be. Long-term lack of sleep can cause health problems such as increased blood pressure, weight gain, and even diabetes. pzizz is a powerful new kind of insomnia treatment that’s perfect if you have the kind of sleep problems where you can’t switch off at night. It will help quiet your mind and gently ease you into restful sleep."

Pzizz Energizer: "Do you find yourself hitting an energy slump in the early afternoon? A National Sleep Foundation study reports that 40% of adults admit that the quality of their work suffers when they’re sleepy. NASA scientists have found that “an afternoon nap increases productivity by 35% and decision making ability by up to 50%.” Powernap your way to success every day with the pzizz energizer module. It will clear your brain, improve your focus and lower stress in as little as 20 minutes."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Is that Amazon Price a Good Deal?

I was reminded by the recent Woot acquisition by Amazon that there's an extension I've used for quite a while. Amazon seems to change their prices daily and keeping up with what's a good price and when is it high has been an issue in the past. However, the introduction of The Camelizer (no, I don't know how they came up with that name either. I guess we'll just have to let it go.) extension means that someone else is keeping track of price trends for me. The Camelizer uses camelcamelcamel generated information for their Amazon price history charts.

Joining the web site provides simple, free Amazon price watch alerts and makes it easy to stay informed of pricing trends on a wide variety of products. The extension requires no membership though and provides a quick, simple look at the historical data. Just a quick click and there's all the information you need. I first used The Camelizer as a Firefox extension but my recent transition to the much faster Google browser has not meant that I'm not left out as they offer a Chrome extension. If you're a frequent Amazon shopper, this is an invaluable tool.

Another excellent tool (web site this time) for us cheapskates that enjoy Amazon's free shipping service (available with most $25 purchases) is to add filler items to get us to that magic total. Freebieville list numerous (occasionally useful) items that you can add to your cart to help you get to the amount that qualifies your purchase for free shipping.

If you want to look for deals on Amazon, you can follow them on Twitter look for their Gold Box discounts or else browse through the dealsuckers amazon deals site that arrange discounts by percentage.

And, if I was a better business man, I'd have this page plastered with links to Amazon associate pages that give me some sort of kick-back.