Monthly Archives: December 2010

Personalized voice recognition

Google produced an updated version of the their excellent Google Voice Actions.  This version will save your voice and use it to learn and improve your voice recognition.

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/12/voice-search-gets-personal.html

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Comparing Day part of a Date in Java

I never knew this existed, but I’m glad it does-

If you want to compare the date part of a Date (disregarding the time) use Apache commons DateUtil.  It’s got a lot of other great utilities like adding parts to days and getting an iterator that will cycle through days, months, hours etc, returning a Calendar object corresponding to each segment.

http://commons.apache.org/lang/api-2.5/org/apache/commons/lang/time/DateUtils.html

Special thanks to the blog below for pointing this out-

http://msanjay.weblogs.us/software-designer/?p=975

Google Calendar – how I missed a bunch of meetings before creating default reminders

I love Gmail.  Love search and threaded conversations.  However, the calendar is rough.  My biggest pet peeve – silent events.  When people invited me, I wouldn’t see an email and I wouldn’t get notifications at all.  It’s pretty ridiculous.  I was missing meetings left and right.

Luckily there’s an easy solution.  Go to your calendar and click the arrow, then choose “Notifications”.  There, you can set a bunch of nice notifications – multiple reminders, daily agenda emails, and emails when events come in, get canceled, etc.

http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=37079

Phew!  I can use the Calendar happily now!