TweetDeck for iPhone Released!

I use TweetDeck to post tweets from time to time, and have to say it is an amazing desktop client. It is sleek, smooth, and groups all my tweets seemlessly, so keeping up-to-date is never an issue. However, I was amazed to find that TweetDeck was launched yesterday for the iPod Touch/iPhone, so I just had to check it out. I decided to do a quick write-up, seeing as it has its ups and downs. Its totally worth giving a try, though, so here goes nothing…

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What makes it “TweetDeck”?

The first thing I wondered was how much was sacrificed to make TweetDeck available for iPhone. The answer; surprisingly little. I was worried that Tweet Deck’s ‘multiple twitter decks” would be sacrificed for the sake of portability. However, the app nicely splits up your decks, each with tweets from certain friends or with certain keywords, allowing you to switch between them as you would switch between pages on your iPhone’s desktop (or springboard). I actually like it BETTER than tweetdeck desktop, as scrolling between decks on the desktop version takes away from the program’s smoothness.

Some features I’m glad were dragged over to the iPhone are the separate URL shortening… You don’t have to waist characters every time you enter a URL. And with the 3.0 firmware out, pasting URLs in should be easier than ever (thank God Cut Copy and Paste). It also supports twitpic.com and has Facebook status integration, just like its desktop counterpart.

What makes it an iPhone App?

Whats PARTICULARLY cool is that TweetDeck on your iPhone syncs up with TweetDeck on your desktop (which makes sense, seeing as they’re both connected to twitter) so changes are all reflected in realtime. To refresh your iPhone, you just have to give it a shake. It updates in real time, granted you have some sort of internet connection, and any updates appear as notifications on the bottom of the screen. One last thing thats nice is its “Quick Follow” feature, allowing you to follow people by typing in their twitter name. Thats… pretty cool.

So, whats not to like?

Well, I’ve had this weird bug where not all the people I’m following appear when I go to create a new group. This is rather annoying, seeing as its impossible to add friends to groups in certain instances. This is a big issue. The program also seems rather bloated… it tries to cram too many things into its interface making it slightly slower and rather cramped. Refreshing takes a while, which gets annoying; how long can downloading 140 characters of text be?

Overal, it sems like something completely worthwhile, and I say go for it. It takes some getting used to, and creating groups will have to be done on your computer for now (*sigh*) but otherwise its a respectable app.

You can download the app here; it completly free from the appstore.

In addition, a similar tweet-deck client was released for $2.99 that imports TweetDeck stacks to your iPhone called TweetStacks… I’ll review it later, but in the mean time, you can get an .ipa for it (not uploaded or hosted by me) here. Only install this if you know how to use .ipa’s.

Thanks a ton to Mike Boylan for all the help.

Webnotes 50% Discount!

For those who have been interested in trying out Webnotes Pro, which has all the functionality of its free counterpart, but with PDF editing, multicolored highlighting, and priority support, there has never been a better time! For those who don’t know what webnotes is, it is a website that allows users to take notes directly on other websites via a plugin or a bookmarklet. I’ve been in contact with some of the site’s developers via twitter and they gave me a link for 50 people to receive 50% off their premium service.

How can I get the discount?

Its really, really simple. Click here and follow the instructions. Or, sign up for a premium account and enter the promotional code ‘technoheads.’ Not hard, right? If you want to try it out first, sign up for a free account and download the bookmarklet here.

Pricing…
Pricing is normally $10 per month, or $100 per year (You receive 2 months free if you sign up per year). Of course, with a 50% discount, pricing becomes $5 a month, or $50 per year. Its very reasonable, and their free version is equally as useful.

If you missed out on your chance to receive one of my 50 discounts, and you’re currently a student, you can receive a 50% discount by clicking here, or by signing up for a premium account here and entering in “student101” as your promotional code.

For more on Webnotes…
Check out my reviews here and take a look at the screencast on the webnotes.net home page… it happens to have been done by a friend of mine.

Twitpocalypse! The end is near!

Remember the nasty Y2K bug those 9 long years ago? Remember how there was a serious scare about computers not being able to comprehend the number 2000, and therefore generating errors that would destroy the world? Well, this is similar, but with twitter. *Sigh*

2,147,483,647 is the maximum value of a standard signed interger in computer programming. That means that if an interger is OVER 2,147,483,647, then it simply doesn’t store the data its told to, and returns negative values. And at a rate of 155 tweets per second, this number is being approached, very very quickly.

Why is this important? Who really cares about intergers and negative values? Well, think of it like this; if posts have no means of identifying themselves (via this interger,) then they can’t be posted, and if they aren’t posted, they can’t be displayed by browsers, nor be accessed via 3rd party twitter clients. Ouch.

So, if the great guys at Twitter don’t think of something within the next 2 hours, then twitter might shut down, turn off their API (the scripting they have that lets 3rd party Twitter clients access Twitter information), or worse; the end of the world. Except without the earth opening up and magma spewing everywhere.

Anyways, cross your fingers, and ride this one out… And hope that those guys at Twitter pull through.

Update: Twitpocalypse has happened!

Anddd… here’s a list of things that happened.

  • First off, a lot of programs relying on the Twitter API ceased to function. A patch, dubbed “YAJL,” using a library by the same name, was released to fix most of these issues.
  • For anyone who received issues with YAJL, a secondary patch was released, and can be found here.
  • Twitter’s Search feature temporarily lost all functionality.
  • Twitteriffic mobile, Destroy Twitter, and Tweet Deck, to name a few, all lost functionality. Tweet Deck has released a patch, and most other apps will be patched soon.
  • Tweetie, and several other similar apps, is experiencing issues with its “Trends” feature. Grh.

Well, in brigher news, everything can be patched, with no serious damage. If you want to tweet, you’ll have to use twitter.com‘s interface, which, when it all comes down to it, isn’t so bad at all.

Left 4 Dead Tweaks, Scripts, and Campaigns

Recently, my computer has been running slowly. There’s no viruses (virii?) on it, its relatively well optimized, but it just can’t keep up with the demands I’ve been placing on it. I should buy some more RAM for it eventually.

In the mean time, I still would like to play Left 4 Dead, my favorite game this year (so far). It has, however, become incredibly annoying to play the game for about 30 minutes, only to have it start to take its toll on my system; My computer would overheat, or overcache, or something, and would start to drop frames (i.e. there were blips every second or so). Naturally, I went a-digging and found this neat little modification, so to speak, that will up your performance (Thanks to my brother for the find). On top of that, I found some other things that might interest you like hints, tips, and discounts (thats right, discounts) for Left 4 dead.

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Linux Mint 7 with Virtual Box… Cross your fingers.

Today, I’m installing Linux Mint 7 via Virtual Box, by Sun Microsystems. Virtual Box is free software that allows you to create ‘virtual’ computers within your own computer, letting you install multiple operating systems on your computer. Codenamed “Gloria,” Linux Mint 7 promises to be “an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution.” It was released laste last month, and is based off of Ubuntu’s “Jaunty Jackalope” (verion 9.04). Anyways, wish me luck, and I’ll be sure to make an installation tutorial and a nice review on it.

Beejive Fix!

In a matter of days after Beejive’s revolutionary anti-piracy measures took place, there have been at least 2 ways to bypass the copy protection that Beejive diligently put up. Here’s how the protection works, first of all:

Cracked iPod apps have one flaw: they lack a ‘.plist’ file. Beejive simply checks for this, and if it can’t find one, it blocks the use of the app and sends your device ID to a server somewhere, where it is blacklisted (in otherwords, even if you DID pay for it, you couldn’t use it unless you personally sent an email to beejive). This being said, someone from Xsellize.com found a way to fix it: by putting a .plist file where its needed. Of course, there are also innumerable modified applications that bypass the pirating protection floating around the internet. Either way, you’ll need a jailbroken iPod Touch. Read more for details on how to ‘fix’ Beejive. Please note that these guides are only to help those people allegedly locked out of beejive by the recent update. If you’re running an illegal copy of the application, you have probably been blacklisted already, so I’d just purchase a legitimate copy if I were you.

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