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Synchronizing RSS feeds from your Desktop to your Nexus 7

Synchronizing RSS feeds from your Desktop to your Nexus 7

Today I found an interesting site about Ubuntu, my preferred desktop operating system:

http://www.webupd8.org/

I noticed that they had an RSS feed button on the top of their page Ā  Screenshot - rssĀ Ā  Just like the one at the top of my blog – hint, hint šŸ™‚

I thought it was about time I set things up for me to read them, so here goes:

For those of you who don’t know what RSS feeds are and how useful they can be, here is brief description culled from the net:

RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works…………………

Simple eh? Some people have a way with words, the wrong way !!! – Well that’s the Wikipedia format for you.

It is easier to think of it as a funnel that sites that you like, are asked to pour their latest offerings into. That enables you to read them all in one place. This saves going to your favourite sites on a regular basis to see if there is anything new. When you look for it, there are lots of interesting feeds out there and lots of junk too. You choose. To show how bad it can be, there is even one for Strictly Come Dancing, so you have been warned.

RSS Funnel

RSS Funnel

There are many ways of doing this, but the one I decided to use was Google reader on my PC:

http://www.google.com/reader

and the Google reader app on my Nexus 7 :

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.reader&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5nb29nbGUuYW5kcm9pZC5hcHBzLnJlYWRlciJd

The reason I made these choices was that The Google reader on the PC allows you to create folders to put your RSS feeds into, for example one for Nexus another for Ubuntu etc. Great for organising things.

I tried various apps and widgets on the Nexus, but the official free one from Google was the only one that seemed to recognise folders. I am currently using a few of them at the same time to convince myself that it is the right one. If anything changes I will blog it.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Nexus 7

 

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Sharing Bookmarks between Ubuntu and a Nexus 7

I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t let go when I go to bed. Now, no mucky comments Keith.

I want to carry on browsing and watching my YouTube favourites on my Nexus 7 in bed, where Iā€™m nice and warm and cosy. So I looked for a solution for having the same links on my tablet as my PC. Here is my solution.

I looked at Pocket, which works great on the Nexus but I could not find it for Ubuntu and it didn’t really do what I wanted, namely being able to carry on browsing the same links as I was on my PC.

I also looked at Evernote. No native Evernote program for Ubuntu. You can of course use Everpad, a nice

solution but Evernote is a bit of an overkill for what I wanted.

Up until now I had resorted to emailing myself links and going to bed and reading the emails to pick up the links. Silly I know, use delicio.us I hear you say. The ‘word on the street’ is that Yahoo are going to stop that, so I took a look at Google Bookmarks instead.

On the Nexus there is an app for this called: Gbookmark. So far so good. I use Firefox on my PC, so I could drag the Google Bookmark button to the toolbar. Getting better.

Even better is the way you can categorize the links on Google Bookmarks.

Google calls these Labels, but you may just think of the as tags. Give each links a number of relevant tags and a list of them is then given on the left hand side of the screen.

When you have built up a large number of links over time, finding the one you want is simplicity itself.

You can either search for the term that you want, for example: Nexus and it will show you all the links that contain the term Nexus, or you can click on Nexus on the left hand side of the screen and you only get the links you have tagged with this. This all assumes of course that you have labelled some links with the word Nexus.

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This may not be your cup of tea mug of cocoa, but it gives me exactly what I want.

Off to bed to look for a ‘Mug of Cocoa’ App šŸ™‚

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Getting developer mode on a Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2

Getting developer mode on a Google Nexus 7 Android 4.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I eventually took the plunge and got myself a 32Mb Google Nexus 7

My choice was based upon the following

  1. Google backs it.
  2. Canonical have chosen it to release Ubuntu 12 on it
  3. It is easy to root
  4. It is easy to revert to the shipped O/S
  5. It is cool, and the right price (I.M.H.O.)

I turned it on and found developer mode so that I could root it, and went to bed.

The next day I switched it on and great, it upgraded to the new release of the OS that shipped that day.

Not so great, I went looking for developer mode to do my dirty deeds and lo and behold, it had gone.

I looked everywhere, but could not find it. Stumped!

I even tried R.T.F.M. – Computer support people will know what that means.

After much searching on the Internet I resorted to posting the problem on various BBS’s, sorry, users groups šŸ™‚

Oooh just I hate doing that, it’s so not me. (I sound like a girly there) šŸ˜‰

This is the solution for anyone lucky enough to be in the same position:

Go to settings -> About Phone, and tap it
Scroll down to build number
Tap it seven times, after the third tap you will see a dialogue that says “You are four steps from being a developer”
Keep tapping and you have got your developer settings back.

It couldn’t have been simpler šŸ™‚

Thanks to nxtablet@googlemail.com for the info.

Now where is that spanner and wire cutters…………….

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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