Author Archive | Gerry Humphrey

Internet Resources

Here is an ongoing list of resources that will interest you. If you have any suggested additions, please let me know.

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Raley’s and NuVal™

Raley’s and NuVal™

The NuVal™ system allows you to quickly compare overall nutritional value of products to make it easy to compare choices.

From their site “The NuVal System does the nutritional heavy lifting so you don’t have to. Developed by an independent panel of nutrition and medical experts, the System helps you see – at a glance – the nutritional value of the food you buy.”

They have some interesting examples on their site, and it is rather easy to use the system to see differences, such as comparing a bottle of apple sauce at 4 NuVal points to an Apple with 98 NuVal points. Some are a lot closer like a Creamy Peanut Butter at 19 NuVal points and a Crunchy Peanut Butter at 20 NuVal points. Yet they are both higher than a Crunch Biscoff Spread (14 NuVal Points.)

Most people don’t read labels, and even in a grocery store, most people will not pick up a jar of PB and check and compare nutrition labels. So what is cool is that Raley’s actually has NuVal labels all over the place so when you are looking a a shelf full of jars of PB, you can see NuVal points to make a comparison quickly and easily (or at least show you options and get you thinking about it.) For my family, some like Crunchy and some like Creamy PB, so a 1 point difference isn’t going to make a big difference, but if we are considering other choices, it does help. For example, Crunchy Rice Cakes, there is a difference between the varieties that might sway you to a difference choice or at least open your eyes to a potentially better choice. Buttered are 12, Chocolate is 17 and Sour Creme is 21. Yet a Lite Kettle PopCorn is 27, so potentially an even better choice than the rice cakes.

Considering the higher the better, there are lots of things more nutritional than the items I discussed here.

Play the “Nutrition By the Numbers” game at the NuVal site to see how well you can do.

While I think the shelf notifications of the NuVal scores at Raley’s is awesome, I do wish they would put the NuVal scores on the receipt as well as your “average” for that purchase and long term (linked to the Raley’s Something Extra card.)

Notice: Raley’s did provide me with some free items to try as part of their “Try It” program.

Infix PDF Editor

I had a potential client that needed to update some marketing documents but they lost the originals that they used to create some PDF files. While thinking about this, I remember that I have some search/replace type programs that are designed to brand PDF files. They wouldn’t do the required job, but made me think that someone has to have a PDF editor.

I searched around and found a few. Most of them were either really expensive or really limited. I ended up coming across Infix PDF Editor from Iceni Technology which had a trial edition so I could see if it would do what I wanted before buying it.

It was easy to use and did exactly what I wanted. A fully licensed copy is only $99. (They also have a Pro version for $199 and a free form fill edition.) Considering that I quoted $147 to do the edits, it is a great deal.

It allowed me to move around the document editing the text freely.  It probably does a lot more, but it more than did what I wanted for a low cost.

A couple cool features beyond what I needed was filling forms on PDFs that were not form filled enabled, and linking/unlinking URLs on the PDF.

Check it out at http://www.iceni.com/infix.htm as I could go on and on about all the features.

Skype Hidden Emoticons

Skype has a bunch of “hidden” emoticons.  I will try to list as many as possible, and if you know of any that are not on this list, please let me know.  These are from the Windows 5.5+ and Android versions of Skype and some might or might not work on other versions.  For those items listed with multiple names on a single line, those are alternate ways to get the same emoticon. This list of emoticons are just the ones that do not show up on the smiley menu in Skype. Just type them in the chat window (making sure that there is either a space or another emoticon after them) and they will appear after you send.

Skype Hidden Emoticons

(bandit)
(brokenheart)
(bug)
(bye)
(call)
(drunk)
(e) (mail) (m)
(finger) Giving you the finger aka flipping you the finger
(flag:US) Flags: replace US with 2 letter country code
(fubar)
(headbang) (banghead)
(mooning)
(movie) (film) (~)
(phone) (mp) (ph)
(poolparty)
(punch)
(rock)
(skype) (ss)
(smoking) (smoke) (ci)
(swear)
(talk)
(time) (O) (o)
(toivo)
(mooning)
(wfh) Work From Home
(wtf) What The F***?

 

SPAM® versus spam

While SPAM® is a canned meat product by Hormel, spam is Unsolicted Commerical Email.

Yes, there is a difference.  The trademarked meat product is all uppercase, while the UCE is all lower case.

For more about this, read SPAM® Brand and the Internet.

Now that I got that out of the way….

I just received my first spammer registration here today and it got me thinking about all of the tools I have used on my forum sites before and why wasn’t there something like those that I could use here.  With a little bit of searching I did find one that does just that. It does check against numerous spammer databases and also reports spammers.

I am not going to post what exact tools I use here, but just say that they are all available via the WordPress Plug-In repository.

So, if you are a apammer, please move along.

If you are Hormel, feel free to send me some SPAM swag. =)

 

Remember The Milk

Been busy with all sorts of things and since I haven’t completely set up this site yet, I don’t have the things in place to constantly post here.

I use Remember The Milk (aka RTMilk or RTM) to keep track of the things I need to do and it really helps.  RTM allows you to set up reminder lists that are easy to use and yet powerful enough to do more than just a checklist.

It is a free service with some additional PRO features available.  The freemium model works really well with this as you can setup a group of people if you need to at no charge and pretty much do everything you need to do. The main PRO features are to allow you to use mobile devices (Android, Blackberry, iOS including iPad, Windows Mobile and Outlook integration.)

However, besides that you have full accessiblity via the web, email, Gmail, twitter, and even via an API for those that like to roll their own stuff.

Someone once joked that I was “Milking The Cow” when I was going through my lists.

Sign up for your own free account at http://www.RememberTheMilk.com

Check out the Tips and Tricks section for a bunch of ideas of what you can do with RTM.

I do have a PRO account that was given to me by RTM for a submission I made to their Tips and Tricks area. They have been giving them away every Tuesday as well as publishing the winning submission. All of the submissions are public in the Tips and Tricks area of the forum. I have previously paid for a PRO account and I have not received any compensation for this post nor for the register link above. I just really like the service and hope you do to.

Sorry! We are Open

Yup, officially open as of now.

The site isn’t “ready” and things will change as it moves forward but instead of waiting until perfection, it is time to open up.

More will be coming, as well as other features to get you to come back and visit as well as interact with me and others here.

If you think your comment that you submit is the wittiest thing ever, then by all means, make a copy of it, as things will be changing around here as I get the place set the way I would like it.

So… Welcome to my site and my ideas.

Note: I am aware that the “mobile” site experience is not optimum, and will be tweaking it to provide a better interaction with the site.  Other comments, questions, suggestions and general feedback is welcomed.

Spotify vs. Grooveshark vs. ?

I have been using Spotify for a few days at the FREE level. I have been a Grooveshark subscriber for over  a year.

There is a somewhat incomplete ‘infographic‘ at Mashable that gives a decent overview of these two services as well as some other currently offerings (although some information is a bit mis-leading, as Grooveshark does have an Android client.)

In a nutshell, I generally prefer Grooveshark. Neither of these two services get it completely right, but the advantage of being able to share a song with ANYONE, not just other subscribers, gives the nod for me towards Grooveshark.

Want to link to Oingo Boingo’s Batchlor Party  from the Tom Hanks’ movie of the same namel tour?

For Grooveshark, you can easily share it from within the Grooveshark client multiple ways, or heck, if you are not a Grooveshark member, just head over to Tinysong and grab a link to share with your friends.

Here is the Grooveshark/TinySong link  http://tinysong.com/f7pX

Here is the Spotify link: http://open.spotify.com/track/4aS3z1bVR2KWcHXntheAjL

Grooveshark also offers a widget to share a particular song or a play list.

Both services allow sharing with many social networks (although at the time of this post, neither supported G+ directly.)

The biggest difference between Grooveshark and Spotify is that Spotify’s tracks seem to be provided by the record labels while Grooveshark’s are provided by the end users.  There is pros and cons to Grooveshark’s approach. One pro is that a lot of small distributions or live recordings have been posted. The cons is that a lot of things are duplicates, poor quality or mislabeled. Fortunately you can flag those recordings.

Personally, it is a bit of a toss-up depending on your style. Try both free levels (once Spotify opens up) and see what you like. You got nothing to lose.

http://www.Grooveshark.com

http://www.Spotify.com

Oh and what is the question mark?  Well, everyone is kinda wondering what Apple is going to do.

Disclaimer: Coca-Cola ‘sponsored’ my invite into Spotify. Grooveshark provided me with a year of their Grooveshark Anywhere plan. Neither company was directly involved with this post of my opinion. YMMV.

Update: I have been using Spotify for a bit and there are somethings that I wish were changed. As of this update, I am using version 0.5.2.84.

First, clicking on a banner that has a link to an artist starts playing that artist or song immediately. It doesn’t queue it up or go to an information page.  This is rather annoying and keeps me from wanting to click on any banner.

Second, the banners for suggestions are rather off. I don’t need to get blasted with Country music while listening to some other genre.  I know Spotify wants me to upgrade to get rid of ads but this is more likely to get me to go use another service instead.

Third, the “what’s new” New Releases album section is lame. Click more and you often get mostly the same album covers shuffled around. Set some order and well, once I see them all, stop or cycle  the list. Don’t just move them around randomly.

I would have expected most of these types of issues to have been fixed since Spotify was launched in Europe awhile ago.

Nuclear Diner

As I am in the grocery store way too often picking up things to eat, I do wander down the frozen food aisle.

Some of the things I pick up are pretty good and others are not so hot.

But when I was nuking (aka microwaving) my breakfast biscuit the other day I had an idea.

The Nuclear Diner

You see all of these places talking about not having microwaves or freezers, so why NOT have microwaves and freezers.

Serve frozen food in a nice relaxed diner type setting (think Johnny Rockets) with disposable silverware, paper napkins, cans of soft drinks…. you know.. just good home-cooking like you do =)

What are some of your suggestions?

Currently some of mine are CPK Pizza, TGIFriday’s Dinners, Jimmy Dean’s Breakfast Bowls, Biscuits and Muffins, along with cans of Coke and Pepsi products. Also some off the shelf juices.

Would probably need some ramen to give the nice feel of eating in College again, huh?