Google Analytics now plays the Sitar & Piano [April Fools]

Google Analytics piano and sitar playbackHipsters, now you can playback your website statistics while you enjoy a fresh cup of that crazy expensive coffee bean each morning.

Google has just released a new feature in Google Analytics that allows you to express your inner rock god by playing back your site statistics as though they were staves on parchment. You have the choice of two different instruments, the fairly pedestrian piano, and a rather exotic sounding sitar.

I must admit, I was sceptical at first, but after listening to a few staves of a site I’m currently working on, I could really hear the nuances!

I’m not sure how long the feature will last, but hopefully they will realise the benefit of listening to your stats while doing things like housework and taking cat pictures.

UPDATE: The Googlers responsible for this awesome April Fools joke are Leo Deegan (G+ Profile), who came up with the idea, and Sergey Yaroshenko (G+ Profile), the engineer who implemented it. Brilliant work guys :). Ben McCann suspected it was them.

Will the new iPad work on Telstra’s 4G network?

Apple iPad LTE not available in Telstra in AustraliaIn news that has disappointed many potential iPad buyers in Australia (including yours truly), the 4G LTE modem in Apple’s “new” iPad is not compatible with Telstra’s new spanking fast LTE network.

Telstra only took the wrapping off their LTE network a few months ago after extensive testing in Sydney yielded very satisfactory results.

There may be a consolation prize though.

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The “New” iPad & Apple TV: where I was right and wrong

I set about over a day ago to write down some of my thoughts on where I thought the iPad was headed and I have to say from a specs point of view I pretty much nailed it, with the exception of one important factor: no 3D maps… yet. My projection of the Apple TV however was an utter failure on almost all counts…

Read on the find out where I was right and wrong.

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Apple TV: Is tomorrow more than just a hobby?

Siri Remote control for Apple TVI have been waiting for a time when Apple would draw all of it’s offerings together in one wholly integrated ecosystem. I think the final two products standing outside their walled garden are OS X and the Apple TV. Steve Jobs famously called the Apple TV a “Hobby” and the haphazard development of the product has shown Apple as a somewhat disinterested parent.

I think thats all about to change tomorrow. Keep reading to find out why. Continue reading “Apple TV: Is tomorrow more than just a hobby?”

Is 3D mapping coming to the iPad 3?

I’m very much looking forward to Apple’s announcement for the iPad 3 on Wednesday (Thursday morning early Australian eastern time). I have a suspicion this will be the biggest upgrade of the iPad yet. Apple tends to have a major release cycle of iPhones every two years with a minor spec update every alternate year. I think this was the case with the iPad 2, it received a speed bump, a slimmer and lighter case and cameras – certainly a worthy incremental upgrade to one of their iOS devices. So based on Apple’s pattern of behaviour(s), I think the iPad 3 will be their first major overhaul of the iPad. So I am adding my 3 cents 🙂 to the mass of speculation out there.

Read on to find out my reasons for why I think Apple will up the specs on the next iPad.

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I just started a Stand Up Paddle Board blog!

A few months ago I went Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Alan Lim from church for the first time. With a bit of a “crew” in tow be proceeded to tare up the alley down at Leo’s Currumbin SUP hire for an amazing 2 1/2 hours.

I loved the experience so much that I decided to start my own SUP blog to record my experiences Suppin and also explore the possibility of selling SUP boards & accessories online.

So I created my first blog chronicling my experiences that day, so go on over and check out my first SUP blog post.

Google+ Todo List

Hi Google!

A few things for you todo for me:
  • Send me an invite for G+ (DONE)
  • Fix up Google Apps Profiles, I know you are working on it! (thanks for finally making my apps account a dinky-di Google Account!) (DONE)
  • Figure out how to move my old “Matthew Sweet” stuff from one account to another… and not make it hard. (MMM, not yet)
  • Add a chrome +1 extension that allows me to tag circles of sites and articles I think my friends will love
  • Tight integration between Spark and Reader – Reader is my favourite Social Network (YUP)
  • And kill facebook by respecting our privacy… I know you can do it, it’s in your DNA. (You’re on you way – 90m+ users)

Thanks Google!

Sincerely,
Matt Sweet


How I fixed my dead wireless Apple bluetooth Keyboard… with steel wool

For the last year I have been without my constant Apple companion… my bluetooth wireless keyboard. I never left home without it until one day a year ago it just stopped working, for no reason. It was out cold, dead and lifeless, like a piece of lifeless space junk it drifted… around my desk, bedroom, top draw, bottom draw till finally rested for months in a plastic container with all my other dead end gadgets.

Until one day I did a google search to see if anyone else had the same issue!

Fortunately someone else had the same problem, asking the same question I had in a forum somewhere “why is my wireless keyboard dead?”. Everyone had a possible answer, batteries. No!

The issue wasn’t actually with dead batteries but with the contact that the batteries made inside the keyboard. Apparently over time the springs ware out a bit, much like Grandma’s old spring mattress and need a bit of help to make the difference.

The fix? Grab some steel wool from the kitchen and tear off a small piece, take out the batteries and pop in the steel wool, put the batteries back in and it should work!

Failing all else (and I do think this is a last resort) take it in to your nearest Apple store for a warranty claim.