Techie Things

August 2, 2013

Currently typing withSlideIt keyboard. For all you Android users, this is the best swype text keyboard! Not only does it practically predict every word I type, but you can program short cuts to expand. Tired of typing in your email address when you leave blog comments? Create a shortcut like “KAY” that expands magically to “Kath [email protected]” Brilliant!

Currently blog reading withFeedly! Since Google Reader closed its doors, I converted to Feedly for my blog reading organizing and love it 1,000 times more. I love that you can see thumbnails of the post, swipe to mark as read, click through to the website to leave comments without switching to a new app, and more. Great job, Feedly, great job!

Currently brainstorming with….Google Keep. I follow the Gmail Blog and the Google Chrome blog (among others) and since reading about Google Keep it’s been my go-to digital note taking spot. I open it while I’m out walking to jot down post ideas and love that you can make notes or lists and color code them and email them seamlessly. Check it out!

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Currently browsing…these three great nutrition blogs full of great tips:

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Smart Eating For Kids {founded by RDs and packed with good tips for foodies of all ages}

The Starving Dietitian {Josh just passed his RD exam and writes about nutrition news in such a friendly way}

Eating Made Easy {Amelia’s blog has always been a favorite of mine with simple food and nutrition ideas written in a clear and simple way}

Currently drinking withPintley! Both a website and an app, this beer tool is like a Pandora station – you plug in beers you like and it recommends others to try. Neat!!

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Currently learning aboutDreamPress. Dreamhost’s new WordPress-centric blog server …program…thingy. Looks like a great way to start a new WordPress blog.

Currently typing on…a new wireless keyboard and mouse. Love not having cords to tie me to the ole machine!

Currently researching…a new Bluetooth headset. I have this one, which works well but is just not that comfortable. Some of you recommended this one and I’m just nervous to pay $75 without trying it on first. I use mine daily when walking, though, so it will get its use. Also I would like a new Garmin-style GPS watch but am unsure where to start with that research process…

Currently coveting…the Samsung Galaxy S4. I have the Galaxy S3 and love it, but my sister recently got the S4 and I got to play with it while she was in Europe. Want!

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Currently frustrated with…a Windows Live Writer + KERF war. One hates the other and I don’t know how to fix it!

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1 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac August 2, 2013 at 8:31 am

I have a bluetooth speaker for the car, because I don’t like having to keep something on my ear. This is the one I have and highly recommend it: http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Bluetooth-Portable-Speaker-Packaging/dp/B002IKEB14/ref=sr_1_21?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375450071&sr=1-21&keywords=bluetooth+car+speaker

I also recently bought the Garmin Forerunner 10 and so far I really like it. It’s nice and small and does everything I need it to do. Some of the complaints in the reviews are that you can only see two things at a time (like your total time and mileage) and that you can’t see the splits until you plug it in. This doesn’t bother me though because I can wait until I’m home to see my splits and it tells you your pace at the end of every mile. People who are more dedicated runners might want more I understand, but I’d rather have less and pay the lower price! http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Forerunner-Watch-Black-Sliver/dp/B00BT6NZJ2/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375450259&sr=1-2&keywords=garmin+forerunner+10

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2 Katie August 2, 2013 at 8:40 am

I have a friend who loves the G10 from Garmin, with the low price she doesn’t have to worry about it, and it looks more like a watch than a computer on your arm. I have also heard some good things about the Nike Fuel band, but I think a new version will be released soon. I also am obsessed with Feedly!

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3 Kinsey August 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

If you’re looking for a new GPS watch, I recommend the Garmin10. It’s light, simple, and more inexpensive than most. And I can’t wait to try Google keep!

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4 Lauren @ The Highlands Life August 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

I’ve been reading my blogs with bloglovin and really like it but I hate how I have to view original post I order to comment. Maybe I should look into Feedly more.

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5 Maggie August 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

Definitely going to download Pintley! And want/need the S4 as well.

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6 KathEats August 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

Need. It’s all need ;)

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7 char eats greens August 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

That google keep looks amazing. I am a colour coding freak so that app is singing to me! Must get asap!! Thanks for the recommendation ;)!!

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8 Emma August 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

Your sister went to Europe *for a day*? How glamorous!

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9 kristen August 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

haha! grammar saves lives.

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10 Emma August 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Oh! Duh, I get it now.

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11 Ashton August 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

Have you checked out the Untappd app for logging beers? I highly recommend it. You can rate the beer and write a brief description about it which I think is awesome to refer back to. It also links to Twitter and other social media so you can easily share your finds with others!

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12 KathEats August 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

No thanks for the rec!

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13 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

Kath I just got this bluetooth from a kiosk in the mall. I paid $75 but it’s $29 here and I love it. Wireless, great sound, cannot go wrong for the price! http://tiny.cc/ml260w

Love this post! I know you’re super efficient and organized and on top of all things tech, so I love hearing your recs and opinions!

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14 Joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

That Google Keep thing looks cool! I’m terrible at becoming in the know about techy stuff.

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15 Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

I am loving Feedly, too … mostly. The one feature I don’t like is that if you accidentally click the little number that tells you how many unread posts you have (beside each category on the left sidebar), it marks all the posts as “read” without asking if you are sure/ confirming! Any fixes for that? I love my Garmin Forerunner 410 … it’s a little big (they have much smaller versions now), but it works so well!

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16 Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 2, 2013 at 10:37 am

Do you like Feedly better than Bloglovin? I’m still caught up on the demise of Google Reader and getting used to the switch!

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17 Kim August 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

Great post… It is always fun to read what others like and don’t like! I too LOVE Feedly. I haven’t used it too much on my phone or iPad, but I use the website and love the organization and nice, clean look of it.

Google Keep looks really cool! Google comes out with the most awesome stuff. I’ll have to check it out.

As for a Garmin watch, I have the 610. It is pretty cool. I haven’t taken advantage of all the nifty features since I set it the way I like it and then don’t mess with it, but being able to swipe the screen is nice. I can check the time with a swipe and then swipe back to my running information display. I don’t know how other Garmin models work, but you can upload all your data from the 610 to your computer wirelessly, which is super convenient! The battery connection does get a little gunky from sweat and sometimes the watch goes a little haywire in the middle of the night, losing and regaining the battery connection, but when that happens, I take it off the battery charger all together and throw it in a drawer and deal with it in the morning. Also, on the downside, I’ve noticed that it doesn’t like to travel on airplanes, but the best way I’ve dealt with this is to not turn it off, despite the “Please turn off all electronic devices” announcement from the flight attendants. (Shh, don’t tell them I leave it on! ;) )

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18 Cristina @ Pink Smiles & Miles August 2, 2013 at 10:44 am

I agree with you, I love Feedly! I used to use an app called Reeder. I like being able to take my RSS feeds on the go, and it’s a nice surprise that the blogs I read day to day come to life with Feedly. I haven’t heard of Google Keep. I wish it was available for the iPhone!

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19 Nicole August 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

I just started up Feedly last week and I LOVE it. I’ve been way behind on the whole blog reader thing. Now that I’ve started it I will never go back!

Eating Made Easy. Just looked it up and I made be adding it to my feedly! Just from skimming the last few posts, I love how she seems very sensible about food. Like you, I love that in a blogger. Too many extremists out there.

Fun post! Thanks for sharing!

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20 Cara Gillen August 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

A bluetooth in your ear is the same as holding your phone to your head and talking, radiation-wise. A hands-free head set with a cord does not emit radiation to your head like a bluetooth and phone. Just an FYI, since neurologists are quite concerned with cell phones and increasing tumor rates. Yikes!

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21 Josh (Starving RD) August 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

Are you me? No joke I use Feedly, Swype, Google Note, and Pintley on a daily basis. It’s actually kind of spooky, oh and I have plans to pickup a GS4 next month. Too cool!

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22 KathEats August 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

Haha kindred spirits!

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23 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

LOVE this idea for a post ;-)

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24 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Kath, do you and Matt use untappd? Another great beer app but for checking in.

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25 Anna @ On Anna's Plate August 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Ugh…I had a TIME with live writer when I bought a new computer a few weeks ago. Technology is not my friend, unfortunately. Got it worked out, but only after forcing my husband to get on the phone with the best buy geek squad, ha. I should have them on speed dial. ;-)

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26 Karen August 2, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Love this post…so badly wishing I had your tech savvy-ness though:)

Happy weekend to you, my friend!

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27 Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile August 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I definitely NEED Google keep. I have about a bazillion notes on my iPhone for recipe ideas, blog posts and random things I need to remember. Google keep sounds like it would make it so much easier :)

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28 Shel@PeachyPalate August 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Windows Live Writer Wars are NO fun!! I’d be lost without it! Be interested to hear about the new Dreamhost thingy….also great blog links to check out!

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29 Ellie@Fit for the soul August 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

It’s fun knowing what stuff is out there these days! I’m always a BIT TOO behind on the techy stuff so any breakdown like this is helpful. I was contemplating getting a galaxy last month because my android was ancient, but ended up with an iPhone since we had a deal! All my friends love their galaxys though. ;)

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30 Dee August 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Ooh so many fun things to check out. Thanks for sharing. :)

ps. I’ve given up on Windows Live Writer. I mean I still write my posts in it (I just code it accordingly) and copy & paste online.

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31 Spice Chicken August 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

This has nothing to do with tech stuff, but I have to tell you that I made the chicken and bean bake in my slow cooker tonight and it was AMAZING! I used boneless, skinless thighs, black eyed peas, sweet potato, onions, and green beans with plenty of garlic and rosemary from my neighbor’s garden. Delicious! Thanks, Kath!

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32 KathEats August 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Good to know it can be done in the slow cooker!

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33 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I’ve been loving Bloglovin as a Google Reader replacement! I tried Feedly but Bloglovin won me over first! ;)

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34 Ashley August 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

I switched to Feedly too, and I read this post on it!

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35 Sandra Blaine August 3, 2013 at 8:01 am

Wow! These are great techy lessons. It’s a good timing that I just bought my android phone. Anyway, thanks for sharing the links. :-)

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36 Amelia August 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Honored to be included here, Kath :) And love all your other tips!!

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37 Katie M August 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

To help with your GPS watch decision, you might want to check out Ray Maker’s blog. Among other topics, he writes awesome product reviews for pretty much any athletic device that is on the market or soon-to-be for sale. On this post: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/11/my-2012-sports-gadget-recommendations.html he gives his 2012 product recommendations, including recs for GPS watches. Have fun with the research!

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38 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 4, 2013 at 12:55 am

Pintley! I just downloaded it and told my boyfriend to do the same :)

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39 Sarah Blunt August 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

I love this techie topic! This is so interesting. Thanks for sharing the awesome links. I will check everything and see if I can use it. Thanks again! ;-)

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40 Lindsay August 4, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Reading this showed me how out of date I am in the techie world. Hopeless! But I adored the links, already went over to Eating Made Easy and thoroughly enjoyed her posts! Thank you for sharing:)

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41 Kate @ Smart Eating for Kids August 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Thanks for the Smart Eating for Kids shout-out, Kath! I’m going to have to check out Google Keep – I think I currently have at least 20-some-odd random notes on the “note pad” in my iPhone which syncs to absolutely nowhere meaning I come back to a note 2-weeks after the thought would have been useful:-)

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42 Diana @ Eating Made Easy August 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Thanks for including us Kath!

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