Monthly Archives: June 2010
Last week, we announced that the Google Docs viewer supports .doc and .docx attachments. Today we’re also releasing a mobile version of the Google Docs viewer for Android, iPhone and iPad to help you view PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files you’ve uploaded to your documents list, without needing to download the file.
With our mobile viewer you can switch quickly between pages and pan/zoom within a page. On your iPhone and iPad, you can pinch to zoom in or out.
You can try it out by going to docs.google.com on your Android-powered device, iPad or iPhone and select any document in these formats that you”ve previously uploaded. Let us know what you think in the Mobile Help Forum.
Next comes editing — that will be big news.
For the third time in the last 6 days, another line of nasty storms rolled through Chicago on Wednesday evening. I love coming home and being able to watch and capture nature’s beauty from my balcony.
“Wed’s storms towered up to 63,000 ft, unleashed 80 mph gusts, local 3″+ rains and 15,000 cloud to ground lightning strikes in a single hour.” via @Skilling
Music: Sufjan Stevens – To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament
Here is a quick test of the video recording and editing capabilities on the iPhone 4. This video was shot in low light while the iPhone was held stationary with an In Your Face viewbase. I used iMovie for the iPhone to edit down several different takes into one 30 second spot–then I exported and uploaded to YouTube–all from the phone.
The process was relatively simple with the biggest hitch being the amount of time it took to trim the video clip. You highlight and drag, recenter, highlight and drag. It was the only part of the entire test that wasn't a breeze.
The IYF viewbase is still available through amazon for $29.95. My only note would be that it makes a better holder for watching videos than it does for shooting them. There are probably better solutions out there, but I had it handy and it worked in a pinch.
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The challenge: Find my friend a stylish monitor stand / notebook dock. It was harder to find than I thought. A trip to Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max turned up bulky plastic eyesores that would have taken up too much desk space.
Plan B: Design a stylish monitor stand / notebook dock. The Container Store came through with some unusual components, that when combined – create something unique and functional.
What you'll need:
4-Bottle Iron Stacking Wine Rack 
10-1/8″ x 9-3/4″ x 10″ h
Wing Glass Shelf 
8″ x 24″ x 1/2″ h
Clear Dot Adhesive Surface Protectors
-Available at retail, but I couldn't find them online.
Assembly is a breeze – attach the adhesive protectors over the pin holes on the top of the wine rack and center the glass on top. The weight of the glass is enough to keep it in place. Rubber ducks are optional.
We headed out at 6:30 AM to the Apple Store at Willow Bend Mall in Plano, Texas. If I had to guess, I'd say that when we arrived shortly after 7:00 AM, we had about 500-600 people in line in front of us. I've attached a rude sketch of the line that shows where we started on the other end of the mall, wound around the play area into a zig zag queue, before making it to another line in front of the store. We entered Apple around 3:30 PM and breezed through getting the whole family new iPhones in less than 15 minutes.
Eight or so hours in a line was made bearable by the folks at Apple providing food and drinks from mall vendors. We had Chic-fil-A, Auntie Anne's, Krispy Kreme, Hagen-Daz, and California Pizza Kitchen. A big thanks to the staff of Apple Willow Bend for making a long wait tolerable.
Oh, and the new iPhone rocks.