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While I must admit it took me a while (and tweets from a lot of different people) before I actually saw it, this has to be one of the best videos I’ve seen on YouTube for a while. While obviously these parents have way too much time on their hands to be able to something like this, I must admire the creativity it took to put together. When I went to YouTube to copy the link I saw that it had well over 2.3 million views so far. Rovio must be proud. Instructions for making the cake can be found at  So with no further adieu, bon apetit and let the games begin!


Where’s my Gingerbread???

Posted: February 23, 2011 in computers
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Well…after seeing Engadget’s post saying that Google had started the Over The Air update (OTA) of Android 2.3.3 (A.K.A. Gingerbread) for the Nexus 1 and the Nexus S I had hoped that today’s post will be a first glimpse of the changes. Guess not because I haven’t gotten my OTA yet nor have I been able to find a link for it…With luck – this time tomorrow I’ll be letting y’all know what I think of it…
Update: I still haven’t gotten the OTA and the last time I checked there was no download link on XDA…maybe I’ll get it later today…

Update 2:Writing this on my phone with Gingerbread installed 🙂

OK.  I will preface this review with the simple statement that I am not a tech journalist.  I am a computer programmer and user who is also an Android phone user.  I will also preface this with the fact that I was unable to test the navigation functions of the app (which is the main reason one would download it) for one simple reason – I was unable to get any results for a search.  I tried searching my office and used both Hebrew and English spellings that will get me results in both the GPS in my car and on Google.  I tried searching for my address.  I tried searching for Park HaYarkon – which is a very big landmark in Tel Aviv.  None of these searches got results.  One of the things that this app was supposed to do was to give good free navigation options for users outside of the US.  To do this they used Open Street Maps.  I tried searching with the web based Open Street Maps and had no luck either – so it might not be the fault of the people at MapQuest, however – the app is completely unusable until this issue is fixed.  To sum it up, I don’t know about in other countries but, if you’re in Israel, don’t bother.

Defining the Internet

Posted: January 30, 2011 in computers, General
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While we all use the Internet on a day to day basis, most people don’t realize it’s been around since the 1970s. Someone tweeted a link to this video from 17 years ago (around when I was working on my first web page…) and I just thought I would share it with everyone…

SMS Location version has been released and is available on the Android Market.   I added some new features:

* Drop down linked to the contacts for ease of picking the recipient (OK this was done in yesterday’s but today I made it able to search both first and last names!)

* The message is editable prior to sending.  It’s limited to 160 characters for now but if I get requests I’ll remove the limit.

* The message is split if necessary since some languages are limited to 70 characters in SMS messages this could have caused problems in some countries.

That’s about it.  If you like the app, please go into the market and rate it and comment.  Thanks!

Just figured I’d post that I added a Contact drop-down to SMS Location.  Start typing in the contact name and it will show you all of the phone numbers.


Just a reminder – if you downloaded please go to the market and give a rating and maybe a comment or 2.  Thanks!

I’m planning on doing some revisions to SMS Location and adding the following features:

1. You can type a name and search contacts (similar to Handcent SMS)

2. Ability to send e-mail.

3. Ability to edit message prior to sending.

Hopefully I’ll release at least one of the features over the weekend.  If you have any other feature requests, leave them here (or better yet on the Market page along with a rating…) and I’ll see what I can do!


Thanks everyone…

Posted: January 25, 2011 in computers
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I just wanted to thank everyone who has installed SMS location up till now. It’s passed the 50 download milestone…Now all it needs are ratings and comments.

SMS Location Update

Posted: January 24, 2011 in computers
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I updated SMS Location to fix a problem where the link sent in an SMS would be used as the start location for a directions search and not show up as a search result.

To market…to market…

Posted: January 20, 2011 in computers
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OK.  Now you can download SMS Location version from the Android Market.  Just use the QR code below 🙂


Download SMS Location!