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is hgvc good?

There’s a few time shares out there linked into hotels. I’ve got a friend who has a Marriott deal and he seems pretty happy with that. We went for hgvc. Why?

We stay at a lot of hotels anyway – usually either Hilton or Radisson (although this clearly does not help with Radisson). The membership provides us with gold membership for life, good points conversion (West 57th has a higher points conversion than most other hgvc properties), free breakfast & internet in hgvc and Hilton locations. My favourite is that Central Park is just 2 blocks up and there are some really good places in the neighbourhood. Resell value of West 57th still remains high on ebay, etc. Every time we go there, we get asked to a sales meeting to discuss our investment (and more to discuss whether we would like to upgrade or buy something else) – but those meetings also have their benefits.

Downsides: you need to pay maintenance every year (we pay approx 1000 USD). When booking there are some extra charges (approx 100 USD) that you need to pay.

Overall: I am very happy still with the deal. If you want to find out more views from other owners, then check out tugbbs, Judi’s page and wikipedia.

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Posted by admin - October 22, 2012 at 13:57

Categories: Feeling At Home in New Places, Mobile Living   Tags:

forgotten keystore password for android apk signing

First tip: always remember your keystore password.

Keystore is used for signing apps before they are submitted to google’s playstore.
After about 6 months away from android, I had forgotten mine. If it is more than 5 characters (which it should be), it is pretty hard to crack. Luckily I remembered mine. But if not, then second tip is to check this page to recover your keystore password. Only works with Java 7 and above though. And probably takes ages. So don’t forget your password!

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Posted by admin - October 22, 2012 at 13:43

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admob vs adsense for mobile (AFM) – what is the difference?

I always get confused whether I should be using admob in my android code or adsense for mobile – but the answer is here (it’s admob for those who are impatient).

And what makes it even more confusing is the download for the admob sdk is from the google site.

And unfortunately there is no combined view of your earnings yet in adsense.

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Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 18:06

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unable to resolve target android-8

I recently upgraded to the latest version of the android sdk. I got an error: unable to resolve target android-8. This was corrected by going to Window/Android SDK manager and selecting Android 2.2 (API 8)

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Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 16:01

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could not find SDK folder android-sdk-windows

Upgrading to 6.2.1 of admobs, I got the following error: could not find SDK folder android-sdk-windows. It was fixed by changing the properties to android-sdk.

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Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 15:51

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Collaboration Software

Back in 2006 my old company invested in touch-sensitive whiteboards which we could use in meetings. However I never saw those being used across distributed, global locations. I think one of the reasons that face to face meetings don’t die (apart from being able to shake hands, look people in the eye, etc) is that it is so hard to share a virtual whiteboard such that everyone can draw on it. Here’s some solutions (not yet listed in priority order):

  • Conceptboard
  • Whiteboard Lite
  • cosketch.com
  • dabbleboard – stopped in August 2012
  • SyncSpace
  • ZigZag Board
  • LucidChart
  • Note: some of these are from: 5 Free Collaborative Whiteboard Apps For the iPad… you can go there for the links.

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 13:38

    Categories: Startup, Tech   Tags:

    Startup tools

    Sources of info: http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2012/04/rww-recommends-the-startup-too.php

    1. Productivity Suites. Winners: Google Apps AND Microsoft Office
    2. Project Management/Tracking. Winner: BaseCamp, possibly MS Project for more complex stuff. Comments: Trello (www.trello.com), Minigroups, DeskAway (www.deskaway.com)
    3. Accounting. Winner: QuickBooks. Comments: Freshbooks
    4. File Sharing. Winner: Dropbox. Comments: GoogleDrive
    5. Payments. Winner: PayPal, possibly Recurly for recurring subscriptions
    6. Web Content Management. Winner: WordPress
    7. Support. Winner: Zendesk
    (from comments):
    8. Hiring, Submittable’s Resume Manager
    9. CRM. Zoho CRM – it’s very important for a start up to have a centralized place for managing clients, prospects, etc.
    10. Email. Rapportive. The info that it gives you in your inbox is so valuable. It brings emails to life 🙂

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 13:29

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    Heatmap by Stuart Wider

    Follow on to my blogging reloaded post… in March (2012) I shelled out the 67USD for the professional version of Heatmap by Stuart Wider.

    (Apologies: loaded sentence coming up): I won’t do a Heatmap review or comparison, but definitely is not rubbish, nor is it a fraud or scam. (End loaded sentence). The only thing I could fault is that the last update (to v5.2) was done in October 2011, and there have been no updates since.

    In order to install I had to ask my web hoster how to do that. However they were really quick to reply and help me out.

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 13:04

    Categories: General Blog   Tags:

    Improving Google SEO with Webmaster tools

    Google’s webmaster tools can provide you with an idea of how to optimize your website within google’s page ranking – need more info?

    And here’s the link for Microsoft/Bing webmaster tools and for Yahoo! Note Yahoo is now using Bing webmaster tools – is this a sign of things to come?

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    Posted by admin - October 21, 2012 at 12:26

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    Inspirational people on the road to tech nirvana

    Quite often I wonder whether what I am doing is what I want to do. That’s usually an easy question to answer. What is harder is to work out what I really want to do: CTO vs CIO, enterprise architect vs program manager, application vs infrastructure, enterprise vs ecommerce, mobile vs mainframe, Switzerland vs Silicon Valley vs Chicago vs uk vs Australia… To help me and maybe you, I thought I would start to list a set of inspirational people. Idea being to see what path they took and create my own…

  • Mike Schroepfer, Vice President of Engineering at Facebook
  • Cory Ondrejka, VP Mobile Engineering at Facebook
  • And then, not yet filtered this list, but there will be some here
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    Posted by admin - October 7, 2012 at 17:05

    Categories: General Blog, Startup, Tech   Tags:

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