Publishing your Twitter feed

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one twitter user to publish his contents as a book this is a way to do it.

The obvious choice would be to print a book and sell it in huge numbers. Unfortunately printyourtwitter.com has been discontinued due to changes in twitter’s authentication methods.

It has been fun while it lasted we hope you enjoyed the tool.

Source: “Archive & print all your tweets” printyourtwitter.com

Maybe it is better to publish the tweets as an ebook. This way one reduces the costs of production and distribution. Also the interesting content can be read on popular reading devices such as the iPad. Tweetbook.in comes to mind.

With tweetbook you can generate a pdf e-book of your latest tweets and favorites. Also share the tweetbook with your friends!

Source: Tweetbook.in

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It is quite simple. You log in with your twitter account and the service creates a PDF for you with your entire tweet history. It looks quite fancy on the iPad. Only on question remains: Is there anyone who would read it? I suppose not, so I will keep this one to myself.

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Using Plex with aTV Flash for AppleTV

Since the US Copyright office has officially declared jailbreaking legal and FireCore has introduced aTV Flash for the new AppleTV, I decided it was time to try it myself. So I pre-ordered the aTV Flash package for just $ 19.95 and installed the beta on my black box.

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aTV Flash (black) is a user-friendly software package that supercharges your new black AppleTV, unleashing a plethora of new functionality. Don’t worry about the technical details – aTV Flash (black) is simple to use and safe for your AppleTV. Installation is a snap and doesn’t require any physical changes to the AppleTV.

Source: “aTV Flasch (black)” FireCore

In order to install the software package the AppleTV has to be jailbroken. This can be done in various ways, I tried SeasOnPass which was recommended in the aTV Flash support forum. The app downloads the latest AppleTV firmware, patches it and installs the custom firmware via iTunes. A micro USB cable is needed to do the jailbreaking. Compared to previous jailbreaking procedures on the iPhone and other devices this process is quite easy. With the current version of the jailbreak the AppleTV requires a “tethered boot” which means you have to connect the AppleTV via USB during startup. I hope this will get fixed over time.

After jailbreaking the aTV Flash software can be installed over the air. It just takes a few seconds and the AppleTV is good to go. So far the software comes with apps like Last.fm, NitoTV, CouchSurfer Pro and most importantly PLEX. The main reason for me trying the aTV Flash is the connection to my PLEX Server and the advertised ability to play additional media formats such as .MKV.

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It is just a alpha version but in my brief tests it works nicely already. I hope to see a quick development to empower my AppleTV to be the best media center solution I can imagine.

CouchSurfer Pro is a browser providing a rich and interactive web experience and supports HTML5. The handling of the browser with the Apple remote is not very promising. I don’t see me browsing the web on my AppleTV.

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If you are interested in getting more out of your tiny black box, I can highly recommend thinking about the aTV Flash.

What I really want: Microsoft Surface

A few years ago Microsoft introduced a multitouch computer called Microsoft Surface. It was extremely expensive and came in a form factor with the size of a table. It was a combination of a 30″ display and a camera in a box which tracked the multitouch gestures. At this time Apple introduced the iPhone which seemed far more attractive in both price and size. This spoof video sums it all up.

During the CES 2011 Microsoft introduced the next generation of Microsoft Surface and it looks far more promising. It lost the box and camera and looks far more like a normal LCD display. Also it is supposed to be affordable. Take a look at the keynote presentation:

If this device really was affordable and powered by a Mac, it actually might be just the thing for my living room.

My brand wew Nespresso “I can do it all” machine

As I haven’t written anything for 2 weeks now, I owe you an explanation. The main reason is: christmas holidays. In addition my Nespresso machine broke down which means I can not be reasoned with. Since yesterday I am back with the living with my brand new Delonghi EN 720 M Lattissima Premium.

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Basically it does the same thing the old one did: very nice espresso. Of course it has far more buttons and does fancier blinking. In addition it has a nice cup warming plate, a removable milk container and most importantly it has a metal finish.

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So, rest assured I am back to the real world.