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New “Restore Session” UI Feature in Firefox 3.1 beta 2

Firefox 3.1 beta 2 (Mac) just crashed on me (well, it went unresponsive, and I Force Quit it), and I noticed when it came back that there’s a new “restore session” interface. Instead of just asking you “Start a New Session” or “Restore Previous Session”, you get to choose which tabs you want to restore.

Restore Session - Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2

This is super handy if you had a bunch of tabs open that you want to restore, but you suspect that one of them is what caused Firefox to crash in the first place. You can deselect the suspect tab, and still recover the rest of your open tabs. It’s no longer all or nothing.

Neato. πŸ™‚

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-11

  • @pdxjdangel Rock Band 2 band kit isn’t out until 12/30 πŸ™ in reply to pdxjdangel #
  • My next tweet is going to be something kind of important to me, albeit corny and cheesy… #
  • Thank you all for listening to me x10000. You mean a lot more to me than you’d believe. You’re my friends, and I’m grateful for you all. πŸ™‚ #
  • Thanks to all for the kind 10K words. I AM just a sappy, orange-Croc-wearing goofus. But I love you guys! πŸ™‚ #
  • Got a new toy I’m playing with as we speak: a Flip Mino HD. REALLY impressive so far. I love that iMovie likes the videos. More to come… #
  • The Flip Mino HD is a winner so far. No special software needed, quality is great. Even their FlipShare software isn’t terrible. #
  • @rachelbancroft I bet you’ve changed more diapers than I have tweeted tweets. Not gonna challenge you there. Nuh uh! πŸ™‚ in reply to rachelbancroft #
  • @masonwest So far, the videos off of the Mino HD are a little over 1 MB per second. in reply to masonwest #
  • @verso Haven’t compared video quality to the Apitek yet. But on size/feel/build quality, the Flip blows the Apitek away. πŸ™‚ in reply to verso #
  • The backlight on the screen of our Aiptek Action HD went out, which is what prompted the acquisition of the Flip Mino HD. #
  • @brucesharpe Going to compare the sound on the Mino HD/Aiptek. So far, the mic seems strangely directional, biased to the person holding it. in reply to brucesharpe #
  • @brucesharpe FWIW, the audio from a Mino HD video shows as AAC, Mono, 44.100 KHz. Video is AVC, 1280×720. Surprised it’s not H.264. in reply to brucesharpe #
  • RT @projct: AVC is MPEG4 AVC, aka H.264 (thanks for correcting me, Michael! πŸ™‚ #
  • @WhiplashDesign I have not tried Twitterlator, but if I had to guess/bet, my money would be on Tweetie. πŸ™‚ in reply to WhiplashDesign #
  • @marusin That’s another think I like about the Mino HD – it sits flush and looks right at home plugged into my MBP USB port, too. πŸ™‚ in reply to marusin #
  • @jltitus Try adding a sort object to your Pipe. They don’t automatically get sorted chronologically. in reply to jltitus #
  • Waitaminute. IGN got their hands on Rock Band 2 for Wii (final), and they say that GH:WT instruments DO work!? http://tinyurl.com/5elmpo #
  • Happy that now I can a) get GH:WT now, and pick up RB2 disc only when it comes out, and b) be able to play both with the same instruments. #
  • @sumwan You’re right. EVERYONE needs a pink plastic fake guitar. πŸ™‚ in reply to sumwan #
  • @treowth I’ll get right on developing that app for you. Or were you asking if I knew of such an app? πŸ˜‰ in reply to treowth #
  • @matt says that WordPress 2.7 is live. W00t! πŸ™‚ http://ma.tt in reply to matt #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-10

  • RT @jbernoff: Attention blogosphere: only 16% of consumers trust corporate blogs. New data released today. http://tinyurl.com/5qdlc2 #
  • @bikehugger Yeah, that graph was a little disheartening to the corp blogger in me. But the connected individual in me agrees 100%. in reply to bikehugger #
  • Uh oh. @billpearson and @jmoriarty caught my in my attempt to sabotage our early morning staff meeting’s calendar item in Outlook. Foiled! #
  • @verso The graph was “Do you trust these sources?” Only 16% (lowest on the graph) said they trust “company blogs”. Read @jbernoff’s analysis in reply to verso #
  • Regarding the “only 16% of people trust company blogs” thing, I say “Duh.” People trust people they know. So become “people they know”. #
  • Attention Kindle owners: Amazon has 9 free books you can download until Feb. 28. Go get them! http://tinyurl.com/62ttmn #
  • Sure, those free Kindle books are probably crap. But they’re FREE crap! What do you want, the moon and the stars? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @michaelrykov Oh yes. I’m a big fan of the free/Creative Commons books at manybooks, feedbooks, Gutenberg, etc. in reply to michaelrykov #
  • @geekygirldawn Not sure what they’ve been up to lately, but OurMedia.org has always been the site I think of when I think of Drupal. in reply to geekygirldawn #
  • @kellyrfeller I get a 404 not found on your Intel SM policy link. Got a correct one? in reply to kellyrfeller #
  • RT @kellyrfeller Post on how Intel published its SM guidelines publically. What do you think? Did we get it right? http://tinyurl.com/5u4g9f #
  • @CarriBugbee Thanks for your comment. I’m not seeing it yet, but I’m sure it will be great. πŸ˜‰ in reply to CarriBugbee #
  • @bryanrhoads I was after a link to the post @kellyrfeller was talking about, but I found it. Thanks! πŸ™‚ in reply to bryanrhoads #
  • I’m really happy to see a “Use System Proxy Settings” option in Firefox 3.1 b2 for Mac. Been so tired of wrangling separate proxy settings. #
  • Family Christmas dinner downtown. Grownups only! πŸ™‚ – Photo: http://bkite.com/02Tbk #
  • Dessert at Rose’s Deli on NW 23rd. – Photo: http://bkite.com/02Ti9 #
  • @StephStricklen You mentioned TwitterFon not working. If you’re on an iPhone, I can’t recommend Tweetie enough. Best Twitter app I’ve used. in reply to StephStricklen #
  • @StephStricklen Tweetie does everything TweetDeck does, but in a super slick, fast, iPhone-elegant way. Definitely worth the few bucks. in reply to StephStricklen #
  • @StephStricklen Looks like there’s a known crashing bug with TwitterFon that won’t get fixed til the next version. So it’s not just you. πŸ™‚ in reply to StephStricklen #
  • I can’t wait for the new stuff in Tweetie 1.1 that the author just blogged about: http://atebits.com #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-09

  • @chrisorourke They just released uTorrent for OS X, but it lacks feed capability. Transmission seems to be the favorite OS X torrent app. in reply to chrisorourke #
  • @glecko Done and done. Welcome to Twitter! πŸ™‚ in reply to glecko #
  • Google apps are having problems for me this morning. Mail, Reader, Calendar, all timing out and acting weird. Anyone else? #
  • @geoffk I’m seeing the Google problems from Intel’s network. Sometimes it’s our proxies, but this seems more widespread. in reply to geoffk #
  • My crystal ball predicts blog posts in the usual places about Google’s problems/outages by EOD. If that’s you, get writing! πŸ™‚ #
  • Wow. I just had a search result google.com URL fail. Timeout. What’s going on down there? #
  • RT @jmoriarty: Intel has published externally our Social Media guidelines for employees. Feel free to comment and/or use. http://is.gd/aHQb #
  • It took a long time and a lot of work to get Intel’s social media guidelines published externally. Hats off to all those who made it happen. #
  • Just snagged Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 (thanks @jkendrick). Adds “Private Browsing”, and Tracemonkey (FAST javascript) is on by default. Nice. #
  • @Jmartens Thanks for the kind words about Intel’s SM guidelines. We’ve been doing it forever, but nice to have have something to share. πŸ™‚ in reply to Jmartens #
  • My Google issues seem to have smoothed out for now. Mail, Reader, and Calendar working normally. Also, Firefox 3.1 beta 2 is FAST. Go get! #
  • Just trained @ashokraj to post on the Intel Software Network blog. Been reading his stuff for a while, looking forward to what he writes! πŸ™‚ #
  • Also showed @ashokraj TweetDeck, and Tweetie on the iPhone. He’s a geek after my own heart! πŸ™‚ #
  • @drthomasho Tweetie is fast, saves searches, fast, lets me RT/reply/DM easily, fast, multiple account support, fast, pretty, and, uh, fast. in reply to drthomasho #
  • @LeStew Get Audacity. Open the AIFF, then save as whatever else you want. WAV, MP3 (needs free liblame library, instructions on site). in reply to LeStew #
  • @LeStew Audacity invasive? It keeps to itself, I promise! You could also try VLC. Or GarageBand. in reply to LeStew #
  • Hey, I just broke 3000 followers. That’s just CRAZY! πŸ™‚ Lucky number 3000 was @brandone. Why the heck do 3000 of you listen to me? #
  • OK, early consensus is that you don’t care what I say, you just follow because of the orange Crocs. Good to know. Oh, and πŸ˜› @camikaos πŸ™‚ #
  • Oh, crap. That annoying tweeting about how many followers I have made someone unfollow me. Sorry! I won’t talk about it any more! πŸ™‚ #
  • @StephStricklen Yay! Congratuations! Can’t wait to see if you “live tweet” the birth. πŸ˜‰ in reply to StephStricklen #
  • I can’t make the Ignite Portland 5 Volunteer Kickoff at 6 @cubespace, but if you want to help with IP5, go! http://tinyurl.com/5vrwow #
  • Tuned into @stephstricklen on @TheSquare for the first time (believe it or not) just in time for an @ahockley shoutout and her baby news πŸ™‚ #
  • @stephstricklen @aweiss and @thesquare have done what I would have said was impossible: made me a big fan of a local TV news show. Good job! in reply to StephStricklen #
  • The way the KGW tweeple have become part of the PDX Twitter community, and made our community part of their show, is masterful. Huge kudos! #
  • Ah, yes. It is about time to break out #pdxtst (PDX Twitter! Storm! Team!). Will be extra fun if the TV news folks (KGW tweeps) join in! πŸ™‚ #
  • @wheresitworking Yes, we need a tweeting weatherman. Though Mark Nielsen’s weather blog for FOX12 is awesome. I’m a long time fan. in reply to wheresitworking #
  • If you want to track #pdxtst, don’t forget to subscribe to a search feed at search.twitter.com. Compare with mainstream media coverage! πŸ™‚ #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-08

  • @pdxjdangel It was the song selection in RB2 that pushed me over the edge (downloadable songs). Jonathan Coulton and MC Frontalot FTW! πŸ™‚ in reply to pdxjdangel #
  • @pdxjdangel GHWT seems pretty good but the catalog of songs (500+) for RB2 is stellar. More songs I love. And GH Wii guitar works with RB2. in reply to pdxjdangel #
  • So cool to see The Amazing Race finale send the contestants all over Portland. Food carts! Voodoo Doughnut! πŸ™‚ #
  • There’s a taxi spot just around the corner from Voodoo on 2nd. Too bad the Amazing Racers tried to flag one down on Burnside. #
  • @Jmartens That would make it more challenging, but it’s all about making a TV show. They’ve won like 5 Emmy’s in a row. in reply to Jmartens #
  • Imagine what an advantage you’d have on The Amazing Race with an iPhone: Google Maps, Street View, GPS, buying tickets, etc. Hmm… #
  • We should put together a community-grown DIY Amazing Race-type game. Make it challenging, geeky, and fun! Who’s in? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Jmartens I’m serious. We could do some pretty cool stuff… In our copious free time, of course. πŸ™‚ in reply to Jmartens #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-07

  • Middle of the night power loss FTL. πŸ™ #
  • Power’s back on. Thanks, PGE! #
  • Sorry I’m going to miss the meatspace portion of CyborgCamp today. But the cybernetic parts of me will be participating as possible. #
  • #cyborgcamp is already #3 on Twitter trends. With all the tweets I’m seeing, there’s no doubt about it. We’re all cyborgs. #
  • Found out that Guitar Hero World Tour Wii instruments will NOT work with Rock Band 2. That changes things. Now leaning towards Rock Band 2. #
  • I like the on-disc setlist for GH:WT better than RB2’s, but the MASSIVE number of downloadable songs for RB2 has more “I love that song!”s #
  • Any opinions/advice for someone who has GH3, GH:Aerosmith, and one Wii guitar (which apparently WILL work in RB2)? GH:WT or RB2 full kit? #
  • Dinner with the dam, then off to see the lights at Portland International Raceway. – Photo: http://bkite.com/02PCV #
  • @Tersteeg dam = iPhone typo I didn’t catch for “fam”. πŸ™‚ in reply to Tersteeg #
  • @chugg But if I get GH:WT, I’m locked out of any and all RB potential. Stupid Wii incompatible fake plastic musical instruments… *grumble* in reply to chugg #
  • Oh, man! Now that I’ve pretty much settled on Rock Band 2 Wii as the gift I want for my bday, I find out it doesn’t ship until 12/30. πŸ™ #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-06

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-04

  • @marusin I assume the new Apple buds work with iPhone, but I’ve heard conflicting reports, too. Waiting on a review. Would be silly not to. in reply to marusin #
  • Hey, remember when the iPhone 3G launched, and AT&T said they’d sell unlocked ones for $499 “after a while”? What ever happened to that? #
  • @junesix No, I remember them specifically saying that unlocked iPhones would be available in the U.S. for $499, sometime “after” the launch. in reply to junesix #
  • Hmm. Amazon Remembers employs *two* HITs on MTurk. One to say “is this identifiable and like to be on Amazon” for $0.01, and another… #
  • And another HIT for $0.10 that says “find this on Amazon”. So they have a penny filter to keep crap/nonsense out of the “identify this” pool #
  • here’s where you can see both HIT pools that Amazon Remembers uses on MTurk: http://tinyurl.com/5msskg #
  • @brampitoyo I use “non-trivial” as the opposite of trivial. Seriously. πŸ™‚ in reply to brampitoyo #
  • Hmm. I’m likely going to break 3000 followers or 10000 tweets sometime this week. Wonder which will happen first? πŸ™‚ #
  • Was finally able to get my Twitter Tools daily digests working again on my blog by grabbing this update: http://tinyurl.com/6p4xsc #
  • @adamd I was going to submit a picture of myself to AR, just to see what they’d do. Maybe they have a sense of humor? πŸ™‚ in reply to adamd #
  • Oh awesome! I’ve finally found a video streaming site (like UStream, Kyte, etc.) that works behind the firewall. Yay Mogulus! Messing now… #
  • @Jerry_Makare If you ever wanted to do Take Five Live, this is how I’d approach it. Come over sometime, I’ll demo. in reply to Jerry_Makare #
  • RT: @rachelbancroft: “Mom, listen to my great rhyme. I know an old lady who swallowed a bell. WHAT THE HELL, she swallowed a bell.” #
  • @ahockley I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and I can’t stop laughing… πŸ™‚ in reply to ahockley #
  • Hey, can you help me for a second? Join me here: mogulus.com/thejoshbancroftshow #
  • Thanks everyone for helping me expriment with Mogulus! That was REALLY FUN! πŸ™‚ I’ll tweet/blog about the results, and you can expect more! #
  • @jmoriarty Hmm. It works (as a watcher) on the Intel network. At least we know that it doesn’t on VPN. Thanks for the data point. in reply to jmoriarty #
  • @petegrillo Don’t think I’m going to be able to make it to @cyborgcamp πŸ™ but I always have my toys with me. Will share next time we meet! in reply to petegrillo #
  • Ooh, Google Reader gets a makeover. I haven’t seen it on my account yet, but I like the screenshots: http://tinyurl.com/63a7l8 #
  • RT @IgnitePortland Want to influence the next Ignite? Come to the planning kickoff on Monday: http://is.gd/afWR #
  • @Jerry_Makare @psteinb I don’t have butterscotch, but I have some Werther’s Originals, which are better, IMHO. Come get some! in reply to Jerry_Makare #
  • @psteinb Ah, I missed your sweet thief tweet. πŸ™‚ in reply to psteinb #
  • @psteinb You’re not supposed to chew them. Just suck on them, calmly. That way, no teeth stuck together. in reply to psteinb #
  • @psteinb Actually, you’re welcome to any and all candy and snacks at my desk. And you get style points for tweeting a photo of the theft. πŸ™‚ in reply to psteinb #
  • RT @amybarton New video on ISN: Developer Viewpoint – FarCry 2 and Intel Core i7. http://tinyurl.com/takefive #
  • Ooh, I got the new Google Reader interface in my account. I like it. Much cleaner, and feels quite fast. Can’t wait to try on a netbook. #
  • @croncast Actually the old Google Reader layout, with the browser fullscreen and hit “u” to hide the sidebar, was quite good on netbooks. in reply to croncast #
  • Welcome @rogoway, tech reporter and Silicon FOREST blogger at the Oregonian, to Twitter. Glad to see you here, Mike! πŸ™‚ #
  • You know, with all these new Google Reader features, it would be nice if we could rename a freaking folder by now. πŸ™‚ #
  • Just trained about a dozen Intel folks in China on how to post to the ISN blog. That puts me at about 14 for today, and ~20 on the week. πŸ™‚ #
  • @lunarobverse They may have made the advanced “beta” iPhone GReader interface default now. I’ve been loving it for months. πŸ™‚ in reply to lunarobverse #
  • @pdxCJC How did you manage to rename a folder in Google Reader? in reply to pdxCJC #
  • According to iLounge, its only the new volume buttons on the new Apple in-ear buds that don’t work on iPhones. Clicker and mic should work. #
  • At least, I think that’s what iLounge said. Anyone have another source? #
  • Ah, excellent. Gizmodo says it IS only the volume that doesn’t work on the iPhone. Mic and clicker do work. I think I’m going to get them… #
  • Goodle Reader for iPhone got a little makeover today, too. Buttons are a lighter color, and it feels faster. #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-12-03

  • http://twitpic.com/puyo – Oh, sweet! Amazon launched a free iPhone app! This is going to be dangerous… πŸ™‚ #
  • The Amazon iPhone app has a feature called Amazon Remembers, where you take pics of stuff you want to buy and they match it (like SnapTell). #
  • If Amazon Remembers works well, it’s going to be a great feature. I’ll try it out later and report results. #
  • Tested Amazon Remembers by taking a picture of my Kindle. A little while later, I got an email with a match/link. Cooool! πŸ™‚ #
  • @DavidLuzsi The app is called Amazon Mobile, I just searched for Amazon in the App store. It’s free. in reply to DavidLuzsi #
  • @philmartinez Yeah, and 1-Click purchasing is enabled by default in the Amazon Mobile app (though they do warn you, and you can turn it off) in reply to philmartinez #
  • @mas90guru That is cool (when it finds a match, the link in the email takes you to the item in the iPhone app, along with a regular URL). in reply to mas90guru #
  • And when Amazon Remembers finds a match, it shows up in the iPhone app as well, not just in the email they send you. Nice touch. #
  • Apparently, Amazon is using Mechanical Turk (human beings) to match photos taken for Remembers, and not algorithmic matching. Interesting. #
  • @BrianEnigma Yeah, it’s cool that they’re using Mechanical Turk. I guess Amazon is the one who pays for the HITs. Wonder how it’ll scale? in reply to BrianEnigma #
  • @egrigg9000 Cool idea (taking a picture of an event poster, getting an iCal file back). Doubt Amazon would do it, but someone else should! in reply to egrigg9000 #
  • @adamd @camikaos I’m sock-sock-Croc-Croc. πŸ™‚ And @rachelbancroft and our kids can’t stand shoes and socks, and are often barefoot. πŸ™‚ in reply to adamd #
  • @camikaos I don’t think they can help it. @rachelbancroft was raised by hippies in Eugene, and passed the barefoot tendency on. πŸ™‚ in reply to camikaos #
  • Want to browse (or work on, for $0.10 each) the photos that Amazon Remembers users send? Here’s the HIT on MTurk: http://tinyurl.com/5g89an #
  • @warnercrocker Thanks for the nod in the 4th annual Ink Blot awards. πŸ™‚ Would definitely love to have a beverage with you some day! πŸ™‚ in reply to WarnerCrocker #
  • Anyone know of other iPhone/mobile apps using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk – human processors? They have an API, but I don’t know of many apps. #
  • You know, Amazon’s iPhone app could add Shazam-like “listen to a song then buy it from AmazonMP3 Store” functionality. That would rock. #
  • @feedle Yeah, yeah, buy a gPhone. But here’s Amazon’s oppty to horn in on iTunes’ music buying monopoly on the iPhone. Disruption! πŸ™‚ in reply to feedle #
  • @feedle Easy on the iPhone/Apple/Jobs hate there, fella. πŸ˜‰ in reply to feedle #
  • @feedle Meh. T-Mobile and Google will lock you in just as much as Apple and AT&T. Yes, lock-in is evil, but my iPhone makes me happy! πŸ™‚ in reply to feedle #
  • Wow, Amazon Remembers is getting faster. Took a picture of a Nintendo DS on my screen @ Amazon, AR identified it within about a minute. #
  • @feedle Why do you pay for three different cell phone service plans and have three SIM cards? in reply to feedle #
  • @feedle Ah. I don’t travel internationally enough to pay for another account in another country. So unlocking gets me nothing. in reply to feedle #
  • @jkuramot I’ve tested AR with my Kindle, my MBP power brick, my Timbuk2 Metro bag, and a screen image of a DS Lite. They nailed them all. πŸ™‚ in reply to jkuramot #
  • Yay! Another free Creative Commons story from Cory Doctorow (and Ben Rosenbaum). Going on my Kindle right away. http://tinyurl.com/63whwd #
  • testing post to twitter using vlingo #
  • @jkuramot I don’t feel TOO bad. They’re getting 10 cents per match from Amazon. Now, I feel bad costing Amazon 10 cents a pop just messing. in reply to jkuramot #
  • @bkwalker I just tested three rather obscure devices I had at my desk. We’ll see if AR identifies them all. in reply to bkwalker #
  • AR nailed the Asus R2H UMPC, got kind of close with the Aiptek Action HD cam (showed a similar model), and flubbed the Cingular 8525 phone. #
  • Playing with post to twitter using vlingo I phone app #
  • Psst. Do you like the FAILBlog? Here’s it’s counterpart, http://onceuponawin.com/. #
  • @adamd Congrats on your Wired Epicenter blogging gig! πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/5wcv34 in reply to adamd #
  • I feel lonely and sad to not be with my community at #pdxwi tonight. Wish I was there listening to @turoczy. But I <3 being with my f … #
  • Sometimes I feel like an outsider to all the cool PDX geek events because I live in the burbs, and often can’t make evening events. Oh well! #
  • I may not be at #pdxwi tonight, but I follow so many people who are, it’s like I’m attending remotely, from inside all of your heads. πŸ™‚ #
  • Getting new people involved in a community is hard. I say it’s more about a friendly, willing-to-teach attitude than any magic site or tool. #
  • A lot of us (including me) jump to “let’s build an X for that!”, but I think we’d get better results from more mentoring and friendshipping. #
  • @funkatron @jtkendall The new unibody MacBooks and Pros do support audio input via the iPhone earbids’ mic. in reply to funkatron #
  • Speaking of earbuds, I’m torn. I need new ones. Do I spend $80 on Apple’s new ones, or $20 on another pair of Sony MDR-EX51s? Decisions… #
  • @monkeysplat Yes, the new Apple buds with online mic and controls are available for order, shipping in a week. in reply to monkeysplat #
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