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Posts Tagged ‘gadgets’

Google Nexus 4: How to Undo “Android sync of Google Contacts will sometimes auto-merge contacts with the same last-names”

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/04/05

On my brand new Google Nexus 4, I had this problem that some contacts were merged based on their last name.

They were merged only on the phone: at the Google Contacts web page, they still were separate.

The issue was very much “in my face”, as one of the merges was my brother and mother. For which I am pretty sure they are separate entities, both alive and kicking.

Browsing for a solution, I found these links (the first one got me to the others):

The issue is still there (I synced 3 weeks ago).

The solution is per device (the sync breaks on your device, not on Google Contacts).

The steps of the solution were not completely clear, so below are screenshots. Click on each screenshot to get a larger crisp 768×1280 HD image. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Chapters 1-4 Professional Android Programming with Mono for Android and .NET/C# | Wrox P2P

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/27

Cool: free starter is a PDF with chapters 1-4.

–jeroen

via: Free Xamarin Studio and Free Chapters 1-4 Professional Android Programming with Mono for Android and .NET/C# | Wrox P2P.

Posted in .NET, Android, C#, Development, Mobile Development, Mono for Android, Software Development | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video (awesome 25 minutes, via: Scott Hanselman – G+)

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/02/21

A couple of weeks ago, Scott Hanselman posted a great Windows 8 instructional video.

It contains all the stuff that geeks like me will find out themselves over time, but in a well paced and complete manner:

… to give new users to Windows 8 a near-complete understanding of the major features including the Start Screen, Hot Corners, Full Screen Apps, Desktop Apps, The Store, Browsing, Doing Social Stuff, using the Mouse effectively and exploiting keyboard Shortcuts.

It also shows what a power user like Scott uses besides the standard Microsoft Windows/Office combo.

Oh: and it includes the “Windows-X” shortcut (:
(no: not the mobility center any more)

Recommended watch!

–jeroen

via: (12) Scott Hanselman – Google+ – The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video. It’s 25 minutes….

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Geek stuff: Pebble – E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/01/20

Any geeks that already have this one?

If so, please let me know what you think of it.

Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

–jeroen

via: Pebble.

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If your system is configured as Metric, then any app not honouring that have a UX #Fail

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/01/19

I love Google:

Especially since there is still software like Garmin Training Center for Mac on Mac OS X with – in the System Preferences – the Measurement Units set as Metric, insists on entering weight as lb, and workout distance in miles.

The reason is that Garmin Training Center on Mac OS X has its own “Measurement Units” settings. Where Mac OS lets the system wide setting be either “Metric”  or ” US”, Garmin choose between “Metric” and “Statute” (the latter is default, not the OS X setting).

The problem is twofold:

Garmin has head offices and most of their customers outside the USA, so why insist on US units being default, and why not link the setting to the Mac OS X Preference?

UX #fail.

Oh BTW: if you connect your Garmin device, and GTC still indicates “no fitness device was found”, then use a different USB Cable and don’t connect it through a hub: the device is very picky on talking over USB (charging over USB works with virtually any USB cable).

Garmin Training Center on Mac OS X insists in imperial units, even though the system is configured as metric.

Garmin Training Center on Mac OS X insists in imperial units, even though the system is configured as metric.

Garmin Training Center on Mac OS X has its own

Garmin Training Center on Mac OS X has its own “Measurement Units” settings. Where Mac OS lets the system wide setting be either “Metric” or ” US”, Garmin choose between “Metric” and “Statute” (the latter is default, not the OS X setting).

Even after setting the Garmin Training Center to

Even after setting the Garmin Training Center to “Metric”, it still lists “Miles” in your workouts.

–jeroen

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