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iTunes Match - some reasons items are not uploaded/matched

I checked my iTunes library and 255 songs were not matched/uploaded. Out of 11752 total tracks this ain't too bad.
Reasons for not matching are shown when you hover the little cloud symbol:
* duplicate
* ilegible (mostly for Voice Memos)
* videoclip
* digital booklets

Looks like actually all my content has been uploaded and matched properly. Yay!

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)

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"

iCloud Photo Stream annoyances - adding to Dave Caolo (@52tiger)'s comments.

That’s fast and convenient, but also a hindrance. Specifically, my iPhone, iPad and Mac are now cluttered with space-hogging one-offs I shot for the sake of a tweet or a Facebook update. 1 What’s worse is that you can’t delete such throw-away photos from your Photo Stream with an iDevice. Instead, you’ve got to visit icloud.com and click “Reset Photo Stream,” which nukes the lot, good and bad.  That’s why I’ve started using Camera+ again for tweeting pictures.

As Dave Caolo mentions above, regardless what you shoot, it will end up in your Photo Stream. Apart from the random twitpics, also the screenshots you may capture to show a bug, feature or just your favorite homescreen layout.

But there's a bigger hindrance. Not so much with the Photo Stream itself as with iPhoto.

use case:
my wife, my two kids and myself all have iDevices and we all have our own iCloud account (MobileMe Family but that's defunct now).
We have one computer that has our iTunes collection of music, movies, TV shows and apps. And I would like to use that same computer to collect all Photo Stream content.

However, iPhoto only connects to one single Photo Stream. You just "enable" Photo Stream, and it will use the one that is currently active on your computer. There is (afaik) no option to import other Photo Streams.

This makes the whole feature a lot less interesting and useful.