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Switching Google for Bing

The great thing is, of course, you can just switch. Hit up your browser preferences, and swap your default to Bing. I know, I know, but yes I'm serious. Sure, Bing had a rocky start. But if you haven't seen it recently it's worth another look. It has a super clean interface. It's fast. And operators work the way you expect them to. Best of all it's relevant.

I've been using Bing as default search engine for at least half a year now. Never felt the need to go back.

Listen to Music With Your Friends

Today, with music services on Facebook, there's a new way to listen with friends. This feature lets you listen along with any of your friends who are currently listening to music. You can also listen together in a group while one of your friends plays DJ.  

That's a pretty awesome feature. Rolling out today. I wonder how long until they release a "you might also like" friend list based on music tastes..

Regardless what everyone says, Facebook is my favorite (open for all) social media platform.

Which apps did survive 2011 on my iPhone?

A slightly different take on 2011. While everyone is rehashing the news, I'll just go through the list of apps on my iPhone and see which apps really stuck during the whole year. Is this list useful? Probably not, unless you are interested in what I have on my iPhone or you are looking for something specific.

How do I know which apps to choose? Well, apps stay on my iPhone when I use them. If I do not use them for a few weeks, I remove them. I won't list apps that were recently released here.

Tools (links open iTunes):

The above tools have been installed on my iPhone for a long time, and get (almost) daily usage.

Social Networking:

No, Google+ did not survive 2011.

News:

Space/Science:

Those are all the apps that have stuck throughout 2011. Some were released in 2011, but most of them have been available longer and have only been updated. Special mention for Path, which must be my most-used app.

A request for Apple; I'd like to (automatically) organize my apps by times used. So I have the most used apps within easy reach. Yes I can do that manually, but it's extra work, and I'm kind of lazy.

Of course I have more apps on my iPhone, but most of them are cycling on/off the device. Others I install and after some time remove because I just don't use them. And some are only there when needed (e.g. Navigon US West, I'm not there that often)

Happy Christmas all! Don't have faith: Think.

Here is my Christmas card for you, I thought the Darwin Tree of Life might be a nice X-mas tree. I added some Christmas ball earths and of course at the bottom the "evolution" of men..

My wishes to all: Don't have faith. Think.

Cosmonaut vs Deal eXtreme Stylus using Penultimate

I received the Cosmonaut capacitive stylus last week (finally). I backed Studio Neat's Kickstarter project a while ago, and after quite a few production and design issues, they finally released it. Now you can order it from their store. The stylus is $25 excl postage, which is $7 for international orders. Total is thus $32.

Months ago (even before the Cosmonaut project was announced), I bought a cheap stylus from DealeXtreme.
This stylus set me back a whopping $5 and shipment is included. 

I was actually perfectly happy with the cheap stylus, but since I love my Glif from Studio Neat, and I love well designed productsI decided to back their Cosmonaut project anyway. 

Alas, last week I received the Cosmonaut and did some comparisons. Using the excellent Penultimate iPad app by Cocoabox of course.

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When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface, and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 degrees Celsius.

The Russians used a pencil.

Fuck faith.

The only real argument against religious terrorism is to try to share the reality of the world. The world is plenty. We have each other. We have love. We have family. We have art. We have time. We have an impossible universe full of awe and wonder. We have an infinite number of questions we can work on. We have all the glory that is real and is us. We must stop glorifying faith. 

Fuck faith.

-- Penn Jillette, "God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales"