Change keyboard type

This post is most of all an answer to a question in the Google Mobile Help Forum. There are limitations when it comes to embedded pictures in that platform so I’ll take it here instead. Who knows, it might find other readers searching the web as well.

To change your keyboard type on a HTC Magic, same on Hero, and as far as I know all devices running the HTC soft keyboard for Android (like my Samsung Galaxy). Note that this is to change between the different stock keyboards, not installing a custom one which is a whole other question.

Start to type a new message, just to get the keyboard up. Then push the little “Settings-button” marked in red on this picture.

This brings you to the keyboard settings (mine is in Swedish but I’ll translate the important parts for you). Select the row marked in red that should be called something like “Keyboard types” in English.

Keyboard settings

Which brings you to this screen where you just select the input you favor, QWERTY, Compact QWERTY or Phone.

That should be it! Enjoy the keyboard of your choice.

Original question can be found here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=54e9b7303f968cc0&hl=en

Blogger vs Joomla vs WordPress part 2

This is part 2, the first part “Joomla as a blog tool” can be found here: http://einartysen.se/2009/12/blogger-joomla-wordpress/

On to part 2 – Changing to WordPress

After giving up on Joomla (I don’t like to admit it but that was the case) I figured it’s time to make it easy for myself. That’s why this blog runs on WordPress. Was it as simple that I imagined, after all I had never used it before? Actually yes. WordPress installation is quick, simple and straight forward. I think the actual blog was up and running in 10 minutes approximately. I won’t describe the installation here, http://www.wordpress.org gives you everything you need including instructions.

On to more interesting things, importing my blogger posts etcetera.

This wasn’t that much of a challenge either, I found this blog: http://hellosam.net/lang/en/post/397. That’s really all you need. Instead I will tell you what remains to be done.

Permalinks and pagerank from blogger. hellosam goes through this but in my quick quick attempt it didn’t work out. I haven’t found the time for more attempts, but that’s what holidays are for right? I’ll get back on the matter I think.

Layout. Right now I’m using a WordPress theme called iNove by NeoEase. I think it’s a fairly good looking one but…for one thing it’s a bit to fancy for me. The black shiny header just doesn’t seem quite right to me, neither does some of the objects in the right column. I actually tried to edit these already since I thought it would be a walk in the park. The only accomplished result is that I now have two identical archives :)
Need some time to look into this as well.

That’s it for now, but now that I wrote my migration posts I can start posting other fun stuff again!

Blogger vs Joomla vs WordPress

So this is it, welcome to the new home of pinnapedia! The address changed and so did the platform, the author however is the same as always.

On to the fun stuff, changing platform! I have some previous experience working with an Open Source CMS (Content Management System) called Joomla. Joomla isn’t really made for blogs, it’s much more than that. So I was prepared on some workarounds, problems and obstacles. This is where my story begins…

Part 1. Joomla as a blog tooljoomla_vert_logo_90x70

Challenge was my first thought when I started looking at Joomla for the blog, I was right. For a couple of days this site actually held a fully working Joomla-blog! It’s not here anymore and of course there is a reason. I was never interested in paying for a blog plug-in so my experience is only from some free tools. First thing I did was to make a small list of what criterias I had for claiming success, it was something like this:

  • Blog-like layout
  • List for archived posts
  • Support comments
  • Some kind of categorizing similar to tags
  • Static pages supplementing the blog
  • No lack of feature compared to the old blogger (why would I then change?)

Bonus features

  • Import from the old Blogger blog.

Joomla actually managed to give me most of this. The layout was a bigger problem than I could’ve imagined, there are lots and lots of free templates for Joomla out there but almost none aimed at blogging. With some template edits I managed ok but was never quite satisfied. Comments, Categorizing (and tags) was accomplished with a plugin called Lyfftenbloggie. Of the plugins I looked at this was by far the most competent. Still…the posting wasn’t that straight forward, the comments suffered from some bugs, the plugin limited my layout possibilities even more and the archive just looked like…a bag of junk.

I decided that it wasn’t worth it anymore, Joomla is not made for blogging and that was painfully obvious. Next time I’ll set up a full homepage though I’m quite certain that it will run on Joomla which is still my number one choice for CMS. This is where WordPress comes into the picture. Wait for Part 2 to get the full story on how I gave up and decided to take the short cut. Part two can be found here: http://einartysen.se/2009/12/blogger-vs-joomla-vs-wordpress-part-2/

>New look on Google

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Google is planning a release of a new look on their search/result page. According to Swedish publication IDG you should be able to try it out. Note that it only works with google.com. Not any local domains. As I tried the instructions bellow I had some problem with Google redirecting me to google.se instead, if that happens to you just use http://google.com/ncr (ncr meaning no country I guess) and you will force it to use the US version.

To test Google’s new look, do the following:
1. Go to google.com (or google.com/ncr)

2. When the page is loaded, paste the following code in the address window in your browser:
javascript:void(document.cookie=”PREF=ID=20b6e4c2f44943bb:U=4bf292d46faad806:TM=1249677602:LM=1257919388:S=odm0Ys-53ZueXfZG;path=/; domain=.google.com”);

Remember to replace everything in the browser address bar with the above code.

3. Press Return.

4. Reload the page google.com or open a new tab
Personally, I like it. Probably I won’t be using it a whole lot since most of my searching needs are already covered, but I like the “filter” for blogs, news etcetera. Looks quite neat if you ask me. The debate on copying Bing or other providers doesn’t bother me that much, I rather feel that they are following a trend that you can see all over the Internet. All companies will be inspired by their competitors from time to time, as long as you add something new and not only plagiarize I see nothing wrong.

The CNet article that is the source for the Swedish version:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-10405227-265.html 
Swedish article:
http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.273320/sa-kommer-du-at-googles-nya-utseende
Original article (as far as I know):
http://searchengineland.com/google-streamlines-search-options-30143
Gizmodo article presenting how to try it out:
http://gizmodo.com/5412801/how-to-try-the-new-google-search?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+gizmodo/full+(Gizmodo)&utm_content=Google+Reader

>Blogger post template or justify by default

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Another one right away!
This is really a minor how-to, only interesting for other bloggers I would guess.
If you’re like me you like your edges on a text block as even as possible, when you’re not making a break row just to bring focus to a specific point. Also know as “justified”.
I haven’t bothered with this before (see earlier posts) since I know myself. Sooner or later I would forget to push that little “align=justify” button and having one or several posts differing from the rest is…not aesthetically appealing to say the least :)
Now however, I actually changed the posts on this page and all further posts will be justified and cute. What changed? I changed the default so it will always be justified, this is not hard but a feature that is easily forgotten (of course you could do the same for other layout preferences you might have).
This is how it’s done!
First we need some code, you’ll acquire this by making a new post. So choose to create a new post and then make the layout preferences of your choice, in my case “justify” (1. in figure).
Then you select the tab, “Edit HTML” (2. in figure). There you go, that’s your code. Now select it and copy.

Now we are going to set this as your default posting template. Discard your post and go back to your Blogger Dashboard. Select “Settings” for your blogg and then formatting. Right at the bottom you’ll see a field called “Post template”, this is where your code goes so paste it in.

Now that field should look something like this (depending on your formatting choice):

Save it and you are all set! From now on your posts will be created with this formatting template and you’ll don’t have to remember pushing any buttons or making any changes, now how bout that?

>Use Google Analytics with Blogger

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So here it is, as promised: a simple how-to for enabling some nice stats for your Blogger blogg. Google analytics actually gives you a lot of fun data. Things I know about my blogg that I found interesting: About half of you found me through a search engine, the rest on reffering sites (some very few typed the address in). Only 10% of the visits comes from Sweden (look at previous posts and you’ll noticed how almost everything is in English now) and a smashing 45% comes from the US. As mentioned earlier I also know what you read and what you ignore (at least as long as you look at the details on an entry).
First of all you need a blogg but lets assume you already got that part (uninteresting reading ahead otherwise). Now here we go!
  1. Start using Google Analytics
    Now, head over to http://google.com/analytics/
    If you are new to Analytics well then you click the “Sign up now” on your right.
    Otherwise you log in and add a new profile.
    These steps are rather straight forward, just answer the questions (IF you find something unclear, please post a comment and I’ll add this to the instruction).
  2. Collect your tracking code
    As one of the last steps both when signing up and adding a new profile you’ll find your Tracking Code. This is simply a block of JavaScript code that you Select and Copy.
  3. Get that code into Blogger
    Go to www.blogger.com (don’t you just love Tabs?:-)
    Sign in and choose the blogg that you want to track.
    Click on the tag “Template”.
    Scroll down to the end of the code in the html box and paste your Tracking Code just before the ending tags so it looks something like this:



    Save your template changes and choose Republish

  4. Was it tricky? Check your status!
    In Google Analytics your “Status” tells you wither or not you succeeded.
    It should now say Receiving data and not be a big warning sign :)
    If it is still a yellow sign saying Tracking unknown or Tracking not installed, well my instructions was a big fail. Give me a slap on the fingers and I’ll update the instructions so others won’t have to make the same mistake.
Epilogue
I’m well aware that this is not the only place you can find this info. You can even find it scattered among googles own support articles. One more place won’t harm, and maybe I gave some light to some part that was unclear earlier. Most of all I would like to know if there are still things you don’t understand so make a comment and I will get back to you.

>Google is Skynet and all is evil in the epic future?

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Just read a quite interesting article about Google in the Swedish paper “Dagens Nyheter” or “Daily News”.
Since it’s in Swedish I will do exactly what the author is afraid off, provide it to Google for translation! Link at the bottom.

In short it’s all about conspiracy theories concerning computers and Google in particular.
It’s an interesting text and has a couple of good points, we have all Googled our name right?

The article rendered quite a few comments one of my favourites being:
“The difference between govermental supervision and Google is that Google only can watch if you let it”
This is not entirely true with google satelite maps and street views, what other writes about you will be indexed etcetera etcetera but you can hide from most of it’s services (and clear your “preferred add history” if I don’t remember it wrong).

One thing struck me while reading, the big problem (if you choose to see it as one) is that we like what they do. At least I preferr relevant ads and hits when searching. I like that people, you maybe, can find this blogg. On the other hand I try to stay somewhat restrective on what goes online, specially if we are talking about photos and so on. There is a reason why this blogg is not some kind of diary, well it is but not that personal.

A sequal to the ill-hidden we-don’t-like-Microsoft film conspiracy.com (worth a see if you got some time to spare) maybe?

The full article in: English and in: Swedish
The picture above is from Wikimedia Commons, photo by brionv

>Brag

>Just to brag a bit, normally I’m very humble as some of you know…

I’ve been active in the Google Mobile Help forum (users help users forum run by Google for it’s Mobile services, with the additional touch of google employee presence). To encourage people to keep on helping they use something called Levels. I have no clue about the exact algorithm behind it but it seems to build on your amount of answers, correct answers. And so on.

To the point, a while ago I became the first user to reach level 3, cute. Last Friday I got to Level 4 which turned out to be the highest level, now we’re talking! :)
If I’m not misstaken I was first again which is always nice, especially since this is a global forum for all their Mobile services, I’m quite flattered actually. I’ll send you my application later on Google :D

>Vulnerability in Gmail

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Security experts have revealed a vulnerability in Googles mail service, Gmail.
This is not my area of expertise so if I make any mistakes they are mine and not the original authors.

The reason for publishing the details is according to the author that Google was informed of the risk in August 2007 and they have decided not to take any action.
The vulnerability lies in the “Change password” function, and the problem is that the authorization for changing password is stored in a session cookie and could be collected by other sites. This is called “Cross-Site Request Forgery” or CSRF (and this is fun, you read this as Sea-Surf).

A website with this malicious code could under the right circumstances (i.e. the visitor has logged in to Gmail during the same session, and stay on the “evil” website during the whole procedure) use the cookie to change the password for the visitor.
Even worse in my opinion, they can by trying to change to a simple password (that Gmail won’t accept) confirm that the password analysis is correct. That way an attacker could get access to your Gmail account without you knowing it. The difference to if they would change your password is that you would of course notice it when not being able to log in.

Google have no records of any use of this vulnerability and say that it is unlikely that it will be used since the circumstances are so precise. I don’t know about you but I stay logged in to Gmail and other Google services all the time while browsing (Gmail Chat anyone?). I just don’t see why they don’t change it, as far as I understand it would be enough to add an extra authentication (i.e. ask for password again) to render the exploit useless, so why not Google?

“Proof-of-Concept” – Seclists

Article (in Swedish) – IDG

>Statistik är roligt

>Jag erkänner, det här är ganska poänglöst och säger egentligen ingenting, “Det finns lögn, förbannad lögn, och statistik” som vi alla vet. Ibland vaskas och vinklas lustiga “fakta” fram och då är det svårt att låta bli.

Rolig fakta 1.
De porrsurfar mest i den mormon täta staten Utah (över 70% av invånarna är mormoner enligt Wikipedia, Salt Lake City är också kyrkans huvudsäte). Utan att undersöka källan närmare citerar jag Wikipedias citat:
“Enligt kyrkan läggs stark tonvikt på familjelivet, avståndstagande från alkohol och tobak samt tillämpning av goda moraliska principer.”
Skönt att veta att inte porr strider mot goda moraliska principer.

Rolig fakta 2.
8 av de 10 porrsurfgladaste staterna röstade på McCain.
Den konservative kandidaten kämpade för kärnfamiljen sa han va?

Om man vill läsa statistiken ur en annan vinkel så kanske McCain anhängarna och mormonerna helt enkelt är väldigt inne på det här med ny teknik, jag är dock försiktigt skeptisk. Utan att ha läst grundartikeln i Journal of Economic Perspectives är det ju svårt att säga men jag gissar att man inte tog annan porrkonsumtion i beaktning. Om de gjorde det är svenska mediers rapportering under all kritik. Även om jag kan förstå dem om så är fallet, det blev ju mycket roligare såhär :)

Enda frågan som kvarstår är när vi får se samma undersökning i sverige, och hur går det då för Jönköping?
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