Google Wave Beta Invite Giveaway!

Edit:

Anyone who has signed up for an invite should know that I will be pulling winners by the 20th of this month. Additionally, if anyone wants a second chance at winning beta invites, check out my friend’s blog at www.h4x3d.com for additional beta invites.


I’m giving away 10 Google Wave Beta Invites! Thats right; 10 lucky people will get Google Wave beta invites, courtesy of myself. I feel like when I’m low on post ideas and visitors, the best way to snag a few extras is to give free stuff away. Besides, I like giving out free stuff; what am I going to do with all these invites anyways? It’s not like I have friends or anything (whatever those are).

Google Wave is a communication program aimed at making it easy and simple to collaborate with multiple people. There’s really no other way to describe it besides to direct you to my quick review on it or to point you to the site, which has a nice introductory video on Google Wave and what it’s about.

This giveaway is going to work a little different than the ones I’ve done in the past. To be submitted in this contest, you’ll need to do one of two things: tweet the post, or digg it.

1. Tweet this post!

All you’ll need to do to tweet this post is to click the big “Tweet this now!” button below, and clicking the “Update” button to post the tweet. Thats it! If you win, I’ll send you a message on twitter.

Tweet this now!

If you submit, I’ll follow you, so that’s an added bonus. Plus, if you post your twitter account name in the comments section, I’m sure other viewers would be happy to follow you.

Get on twitter, log in, and then click the image create a tweet with a link to this post. Its that easy!

2. Digg this post.

A horribly easy way to get another submission is to Digg this post. Again, all you have to do is click the big button below, and click “Digg this”.  Oh, and make sure you have a Digg account, too. You’ll need one of those. Reagardless, digging is really easy, and takes one click. Go for it! You might just win.

Tweet or Digg this post now!

Try out the next “Google.com”

new google screen

Thanks to Gizmodo, anyone on the internet (granted they keep quiet) can see what the new “Google.com” will look like. Its a little faster, bluer, sleeker looking, and overall cooler. Besides, its something new from Google, so what could possibly be wrong with it? Besides, seeing as I’m a huge fan of anything Google does, I’m bound to think its innovative, fantastic, and live-altering (even if its just a slight alteration in coloring).


How, exactly, do I do this?

Before I get into what I think about it, here’s how to check out “The new Google”:

1. Go to www.google.com.

2. Enter the following code exactly as it appears, in your address bar, and hit enter:

javascript:void(document.cookie="PREF=ID=20b6e4c2f44943bb:U=4bf292d46faad806:
TM=1249677602:LM=1257919388:S=odm0Ys-53ZueXfZG;path=/; domain=.google.com");

You won’t notice anything at first, but that’s alright. Just keep on going.

3. Hit refresh, or open up Google.com in another window or tab.  If it looks like the image below… you’ve done it right. If not, start over. And stop whining. Its only 3 steps.

And now for some thoughts.

new_google_sidebarWell, I like the color, a lot. Reports say that it actually loads faster than the original Google, which was fast to begin with. And, as pictured left, I really like the whole side-bar getup. Very colorful, very useful, and very Google.

I was worried that Google was getting more and more bare-bones minimalist, which, while being acceptable, certainly didn’t fit with the rest of their services and apps.

I’m very much looking forward to this change, and can’t wait for it to be rolled out for public use. While the update isn’t applied to every component of Google’s various pages and apps, you will still notice a substantial difference.

Download, Try out Chrome OS, Free!

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Chrome OS, here at last.

Everyone’s heard tons and tons of hype about the new Chrome OS, and I’m no exception. Recently, the device-site “GDGT” announced that they had a working version of the OS on their site, for free (Chrome is said to retail at roughly $40). They are offering Chrome’s “developer preview 0.4.22.8” for download on their site.

Before you ask, yes, this is 100% legal. Why, you may ask? The OS itself requires very, very specific hardware (for example, you need a solid state drive, not a hard drive, if you want to run the Chrome OS), and is said to be a “proprietary” operating system, meaning that, as of right now, not all computers can run it.

Wait, can I run it or not?

“Wait!” you may ask. “Why should I download it if I can’t run it?” There are two ways to try out the Chrome OS. The OS download comes in the form of a VMWare Image. There are two way to run the image; One way is to download VMWare Player (PC) or VMWare Fusion(Mac). These allow you to run alternate operating systems in virtualized windows on your computer. In other words, you can run the Chrome OS in a window on your computer, just like any other application. Alternatively, you can try Virtualbox, which can read VMWare images, although not 100% perfectly.

If you’d like to try booting into Chrome from a USB drive, GDGT does offer a bootable version on their download page as well. You need to be running a distribution of Linux to run it, though.

Where can I get it?

To download the VMWare Image or the flash drive distribution, you’ll need to create a GDGT account by clicking here. Then, follow the links below.

Download Google’s Chrome OS

Read up on Chrome OS here.

#MusicMonday – Happy Up Here

royksopp[1]I’m genuinely surprised I haven’t passed this song aroung like H1N1 yet, being one of my favorite songs as of late. The song, “Happy Up Here,” is by a band called Royksopp (or Röyksopp, for those of you with “special” keyboards). Royksopp is an electronica duo, hailing from Norway. Most people have never heard of them, but they’ve certainly heard their music before; they were featured in a multitude of different things, from the Mac OS 10.3 installation intro video (Song: Eple) to a Geico commercial (Song: Remind Me). They’re very good, and have a pretty “chill-out” quality to them, which makes them great listening for any occasion. Besides, Norway? Who doesn’t like Norway (apparently not Middle Easterners)?

Anyways, here is “Happy Up Here,” by Royksopp.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmcPeuf5aXo

For better quality, click here. Note; the audio file in the link is not hosted on technoheads.org.

Visit Royksopp.com

Retweeting on Twitter; Now Easier than Ever

Recently, I received a message on my Twitter page saying I was enrolled in a beta to test Twitter’s new Re-Tweeting feature. Huh, you say?

Wait, what is this again?

I believe the Twitter developers were so fed up with page after page of different people tweeting the same person’s tweet that they just added a new feature to make it a lot easier. Now, when you want to retweet someone’s post, you can just click the “Retweet” button (next to the reply button).  All of your followers see the tweet, as-is, with a little tag at the bottom saying “Retweeted by [you]”. Check out the picture below, to see what I mean.


RT-in-action

There’s also a few other things; ReTweets do appear on your profile, sans the user’s profile image. Additionally, if someone retweets a lot of content, and you find it annoying, you can turn off retweet notifications by going to their profile page and clicking the green “Retweet” icon below their name.

Um… So?

It becomes really helpful when you just get tired of copying and pasting, and keeps Twitter neat and tidy, which is probably a huge issue, seeing as Twitter sees ridiculous amounts of data every day. Additionally, it helps promote little tweets without making them massive trending topics, etc.

While the pros are nice, there are a few cons, too. Firs of all, this makes twitter a bit more like digg; retweeting has now become akin to “digging” a popular topic. Granted, Twitter, of all sites, is the last to be accused of copying other site’s ideas (don’t even get me started on Facebook), so its not such a huge deal. One thing that did get to me after a while was the fact that you can’t add your own little comments to retweets anymore. I’d usually add a jab or a thought to the end of retweets, so people knew that when I retweet “Go Hitler!” they know I mean “what was this person thinking?” and not “lulz good one bro.”

When will I see it?

As of right now, only a chunk of Twitter users get to see it, for testing purposes. If you are in the beta, and you retweet something, people outside the beta will see it as a standard retweet. I still wonder what happens if you retweet something over 160 characters; does it truncate the message for non-twitter users? Eh… not a huge deal.

RT-infoHere’s Twitter’s instructional message, with arrows and everything! (click to zoom)

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