It’s interesting and slightly creepy at the same time.
I had a hard time believing this was actually possible, and so I took my own pulse before using the app. The results were the same. Cardiio successfully reads your heart rate by watching the late reflected on your face. Once it has an accurate measurement it’ll show it to you, and you can save it for future reference.
OS X: Desktop clutter is a distraction, and Shade is a free Mac app that lets you hide it all with one click when it’s time to focus. When you need the files, click again to pull the shade up, and when you need room to think, click to pull the shade down and make them vanish.
via life hacker
So the only one of these chairs my hind quarters has actually had the pleasure sitting in is the Aeron chair and folks it was a metaphysical experience.
According to U.S. Ergonomics, here are the top chairs for comfort and health:
#1: Steelcase Leap, $850
Also on the list (in no order):
2. Freedom by Humanscale, $1305
3. Acuity by Allsteel, $1250 (covered here by Unpluggd)
4. Life by Knoll, $1240
5. Aeron by Herman Miller, $930
6. Zody by Haworth, $880 (featured here on Re-Nest)
So I already knew about how Facebook (like many other sites) tracks your online activity after you log off their site, by the rest of this stuff…
Facebook makes money by selling ad space to companies that want to reach us. Advertisers choose key words or details — like relationship status, location, activities, favorite books and employment — and then Facebook runs the ads for the targeted subset of its 845 million users. If you indicate that you like cupcakes, live in a certain neighborhood and have invited friends over, expect an ad from a nearby bakery to appear on your page. The magnitude of online information Facebook has available about each of us for targeted marketing is stunning. In Europe, laws give people the right to know what data companies have about them, but that is not the case in the United States.
It’s interesting to note that when they found Osama Bin Laden he had a computer but it was not connected to the internet, because he knew that all your online activity may be monitored by somebody.
So we must assume that everything that we do online could monitored and that information may be being sold to 3rd parties.
Material mined online has been used against people battling for child custody or defending themselves in criminal cases. LexisNexis has a product called Accurint for Law Enforcement, which gives government agents information about what people do on social networks. The Internal Revenue Service searches Facebook and MySpace for evidence of tax evaders’ income and whereabouts, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been known to scrutinize photos and posts to confirm family relationships or weed out sham marriages. Employers sometimes decide whether to hire people based on their online profiles, with one study indicating that 70 percent of recruiters and human resource professionals in the United States have rejected candidates based on data found online. A company called Spokeo gathers online data for employers, the public and anyone else who wants it. The company even posts ads urging “HR Recruiters — Click Here Now!” and asking women to submit their boyfriends’ e-mail addresses for an analysis of their online photos and activities to learn “Is He Cheating on You?”
via new york times
Sit at a desk all day long sweating over a red hot wireless keyboard? Then take a break, stand up and remember you have legs.
BreakTime is a simple utility that’s designed to help you remember to take breaks away from your computer. It never forgets a break, running in your dock and / or menu bar (or even in the background).
PaperPort Notes by Nuance Communications does a lot of stuff…
It does text, drawing and voice to text. Oh yeah and it’s free.
The folks from Nuance Communications, the provider of Dragon voice recognition, have released their free iPad notes app – PaperPort Notes. A notes app that has a little bit of something for everyone. The app is light enough to be happy with it if you where to only use one notes capture method while still offering all the options without complicated endless menus to go through.
PaperPort Notes has the concept of a pile of pages of paper, inside of grouped stacks. Each page can be treated as an individual enhanced page so you aren’t stuck with one note type through the whole group of pages.