Random observations, teachings and musings of a well trained cubicle superhero.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Be more productive!

Few new services I've been tinkering with.

Tomorrow Fido is disabling conditional call forwarding.
This service allowed me to forward calls to the awesome Phonetag.com service for transcription when I missed a call or my phone was off.
Phonetag takes the voicemail, transcribes it, and send you a txt message to your phone, and to your email, the actual recording, and the transcription. Their pay-as-you plan is 35 cents/msg or ten bucks for 40 messages/month.

-Rather than bowing to Fido and buying a voicemail plan, I'm going to start giving out my voicenetwork.ca number which I snagged for $1/month unlimited on promotion. I then bounce those calls to Google GrandCentral and sprays the call to all my contact numbers, whch includes a Sipphone.com account that rings on my home line's VoIP ATA. The best part, it has some sort of integration with PhoneTag. If Google keeps GC going (they've shuttered a number of services) this seems like a winner.

I've been relying on MS Exchange for my calendaring, leaving me pretty much hopeless when I can't get VPN or OWA. For the personal stuff I'm switching back to Gcal and with the terribly named service from GooSync.com acting as a go between, my cell will be updated on the fly. The free version syncs 30 days ahead and 7 days back.

Now, how am I supposed to create those calendar entries? Use the buttons like a chump.
Non! Dial2Do.com has a local number that records and transcribes your voicenotes, and organizes entries into either reminders or caledar entries. The service also allows you to record txt messages, or email messages which are also transcribed and sent to yor contacts.
Reqall.com seems to let you do alot of the same stuff, and I actally signed up Jan last year, but it's not recognizing my Caller ID, or sending alerts.

I'm sure you're all using it by now, but Evernote.com is awesome too
Edit: Reqall emailed me. It seems caller id is a problem for some Canadian carriers, they've provided me with a test case, and an alternate access number. I'll report my findings.

EDITED EDIT - So Reqall seems to work with a new login number, PhoneTag no longer offers compatibility with GrandCentral

EDIT THE EDIT THAT I REEDITED: LifeHacker is reporting that a NEW GrandCentral will be released soon. "Jeff Huber from Google writes that 'a new [GrandCentral] version on new infrastructure will be coming soon."
OTHER EDIT: Fido still hasn't turned off the Conditional Call FWD - thanks holmes. This whole thing has been quite a dick move. Just leave it on. kthnx
PhoneTag VoiceNetwork
GrandCentral Dial2Do

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Evil Nine next week

19+ Doors@10pm: Limited capacity
$15adv tix @ wantickets.com

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Greg Wilson on the Essential Mix

Greg Wilson was one of the first DJs in the UK to mix two records together. He was a resident at the legendary Wigan Pier in the 1970's and 80's. And in 1983 he became the first DJ to host a weekly dance music night at Manchester's Hacienda.Greg was also the first DJ to mix live on British TV

He stopped DJing in 1984, but picked up his headphones again in 2003, playing at the likes of The Electric Chair, Fabric and Basics to widespread acclaim.Check out Greg Wilson's full biography here

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

They are the undisputed leaders of the revivalist movement that is re-creating the golden age of funk, soul, and R &B. Theyput on a dynamic live show, at a level not seen since the heyday of JamesBrown.

They are Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and they played to a packedhouse at Toronto's Guvernment nightclub. The club is fortunate to stillhave a roof, and the patrons were very fortunate to have seen a band with oneof the best live shows in the world right now.

Get ready for a funk 'n' soul experience

Full Concert recorded in Toronto Dec 2008 - link

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