Air Tweets


It has been suggested that I’m addicted to Twitter. This is, of course, nonsense, as evidenced by my stats 😉

If I were addicted to Twitter, however, Lufthansa’s MySkyStatus is the Twitter/Facebook app I’d be really looking forward to use. Actually, who am I kidding? The only reason I haven’t actually used it is because I have no plans to get on a plane anytime soon.

So, what’s it all about?

As you probably know, for more or less invalid reasons, planes do not provide Internet access. This means that you can be trapped for hours inside a metal tube without being able to tell the world what you’re doing in 140 characters or less! As I see it, this is torture for yourself and for your followers, who will not be able to follow your every move. In comes MySkyStatus.

While you’re in the air, sweating and scratching, MySkyStatus will send altitude, location, departure and arrival updates automatically to your Facebook and/or Twitter pages.

This, of course, is about as useful as a Nabaztag—unless you’re a kidnapper and you’re victim’s using the service—but, I admit, I really wish I could take the plane soon, just to test it.

The service is obviously free an works with pretty much any airline and any flight. So go ahead and try it; I’ll follow on Twitter to see if it works 😉

Tweets aéreos


Se ha dicho que soy adicto a Twitter. Esto es, por supuesto, absurdo, como lo demuestran mis estadísticas 😉

Sin embargo, si de verdad fuera adicto a Twitter, MySkyStatus de Lufthansa es la aplicación de Twitter/Facebook que me moriría por utilizar. ¿La verdad, a quién estoy engañando? La única razón por la que no he usado el servicio, es porque no tengo planes en este momento de tomar el avión.

¿Entonces, de qué se trata?

Como probablemente ya lo saben, por razones más o menos inválidas, no hay acceso a Internet en los aviones. Esto significa que podríamos quedar atrapados durante horas dentro de un tubo de metal sin poder decirle al mundo lo que estamos haciendo en 140 caracteres o menos! Como yo lo veo, se trata de tortura: de sí mismo y de los followers, que no podrán seguir cada uno de nuestros movimientos. Ahí es donde entra MySkyStatus.

Mientras estamos en el aire, sudando y rascando, MySkyStatus actualiza automáticamente nuestras páginas Facebook y Twitter con nuestra altitud, posición, y horas de salida y de llegada.

Esto es, por supuesto, tan útil como un Nabaztag—a menos que sea un secuestrador y sur víctima utilice el servicio—pero admito que me encantaría tomar un avión pronto, sólo para probarlo.

El servicio es gratuito, obviamente, y funciona con prácticamente cualquier aerolínea y cualquier vuelo. Así que, adelante, pruébenlo y los follow en Twitter para ver si funciona 😉

Tweets aériens


J’ai entendu des gens suggérer que suis accro à Twitter. Ceci est, bien entendu, absurde, comme en témoignent mes stats 😉

Si j’étais dépendant de Twitter, cependant, MySkyStatus de Lufthansa est l’application Twitter/Facebook que j’aurais vraiment hâte d’utiliser. En fait, je ne suis même pas crédible : la seule raison pour laquelle que je ne l’ai pas encore utilisé, c’est parce que je n’ai pas du tout prévu de prendre l’avion dans le court terme.

Alors, de quoi s’agit-il ?

Comme vous le savez probablement, pour des raisons plus ou moins non valides, les avions ne proposent pas d’accès à Internet. Cela signifie que vous pouvez passer des heures dans un tube de métal sans être capable de dire au monde ce que vous faites en 140 caractères ou moins ! Pour moi, c’est la torture pour vous-même et pour vos followers, qui ne seront pas capables de vous suivre pas à pas. C’est là que MySkyStatus intervient.

Lorsque vous êtes dans les airs, à transpirer et vous gratter, MySkyStatus enverra automatiquement des mises à jour de vos statuts Facebook et/ou Twitter avec votre altitude, position, heures de départ et d’arrivée.

Tout cela est, bien entendu, aussi utile qu’un Nabaztag—sauf si vous êtes un kidnapper et que votre victime utilise le service—mais j’avoue, j’aimerais bien pouvoir prendre l’avion bientôt, rien que pour le tester.

Le service est gratuit, évidemment, et fonctionne avec à peu près toute compagnie aérienne et tout vol. Donc allez-y, essayez-le ; je vous suivrai sur Twitter pour voir si ça marche 😉

“The Art & Science Of CSS” FREE Download through Twitter

The Art and Science of CSS

Sitepoint is giving away its book The Art & Science of CSS during a two-week “Twitaway” (5 days left as of the writing of this post).

The book looks pretty interesting from what I browsed when I got it a few minutes ago, so I actually recommend it at least as a quick reference for some pretty useful CSS techniques.

What do you have to do to get it? This is where it gets interesting:

Follow @sitepointdotcom on Twitter*! You’ll get a DM with instructions on how to get it.

I’m quite a fan of Twitter (you can follow me if you want), so I really like the idea. If you’re worried about your “stats”, don’t: @sitepointdotcom will follow you back 😛 And if you’re worried about spam, you can always stop following the account with a single click 😉

* If you don’t have a Twitter account (although I really encourage you to create one, you might like it) you can also get the instructions by e-mail.

Opening twhirl Links in Google Chrome

Twhil links to Chrome

In spite of its bugs, I’ve been using Google Chrome as my main browser for a while now; mainly because it is generally fast and because it allows me to kill Flash whenever it bugs (often) without having to kill the whole browser.

I also use Windows Vista because I like it and it doesn’t feel slower than XP even on my computer.

Finally, I use twhirl to follow my Twitter friends. It’s far from perfect, because I’d like to have a single client that allows me to follow not only Twitter but all the social networks in which I might have an account, but twhirl does a good job in the meanwhile.

One thing that’s bothered me from the beginning though—and I don’t know if this is a Windows (Vista?), twhirl or Chrome bug—is that whenever I click on a link on twhirl, it will open in Internet Explorer instead of Chrome, which is set up as my default browser. I tried different settings, but I didn’t find a solution until today, so I’m sharing it here because I’m sure others might be having the same problem.

(Warning: this solution involves modifying the Windows registry, which if done incorrectly might prevent your machine from working properly. Following my instructions carefully should be safe, but use at your own risk.)

  1. Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Windows Start Menu.
    You may see a confirmation window if UAC is enabled on your computer.
  2. Verify that the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTChromeHTML exists.
    If this key doesn’t exist, you can stop reading here.
  3. Look for the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.htm and change the (default) value to ChromeHTML. Repeat for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.html.

That should do it!

Alternatively, you can also import this file into your registry: correct_chrome.reg