Tuesday, July 12, 2011

May I Have the Definition Please?

If you use Google's Chrome browser, you may or may not know about the Chrome Web Store.  You can access it from the new tab page, and in it you will find a wide variety of apps and extensions for Google Chrome.

Probably the most useful extension I have found so far is the Dictionary Extension by Google.  The extension puts a button in your toolbar where you can quickly type words to define.  This button however, is not what's exciting about the Dictionary extension.  After installing the app, when double clicking any word on any webpage, you'll get a nifty little pop up definition, as seen here:

Many times you will also see a microphone icon that will pronounce the word for you when clicked.  Extremely handy.

The Dictionary Extension by Google is the first extension I install when using Chrome on a new computer and I highly recommend trying it out.

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Domain, Same Old Blog

As you may have noticed, you're now viewing this blog at drewhannay.com rather than drewhannay.blogspot.com.  This is thanks to me finally being willing to put down $10 for my own domain name.  I figured considering how often I tell people of the importance of owning their online identity, I should probably follow my own advice.

The whole domain buying process was actually incredibly simple.  After a quick Google search, I ended up at the Google Apps Sign Up page.  You get the option to either set up an existing domain you own with Google Apps or buy a new domain name.

After finding out that my domain name was available (Not many other Drew Hannay's out there, thankfully), I just typed in my Google Checkout password and I was off and running. About five minutes of clicking through wizards and I had my own custom Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sites, and Google Docs set up with a @drewhannay.com address.

I did run into a bit of trouble setting Blogger to point to my new custom domain (which was the original goal after all...), but a quick search for the error message got things sorted out.  Turns out the problem was that by default, Google Sites redirects all your traffic to itself, rather than letting it go to Blogger. One setting change later, everything was working.

I highly recommend snatching up the domain name for your name if it's still available.  Even if you're never planning on using it, owning the name will prevent anyone else from buying it and using it for stuff you don't necessarily want to show up when a potential employer googles you.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pi is Wrong

It's a shame people are so opposed to change.  Most of trigonometry would be a whole lot easier to understand if we didn't use Pi.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wheaton College Android App

So for all of you members of the Wheaton College community, and for anyone who might be visiting campus, I have a gift.  The (Unofficial) Wheaton College Android App.

Student made by yours truly, Andrew Wolfe, and Alisa Maas, this application for Android phones features several useful tools for students, faculty, staff, and those visiting campus for the first time.  You can browse the college's intranet (provided you're on campus wifi!) including the popular "Who's Who" area.  Daily dining hall menu's are also available for viewing, so students can easily decide whether or not they will make the trek out of their room for a meal.  Similarly, students can view the semester's chapel schedule to see upcoming speakers.

A useful feature for visitors unfamiliar with the campus is a interactive map showing the locations of every building and including easy check ins with Foursquare and the ability to see who else is currently checked in at that location.

Rounding out the feature list is a collection of links to those obscure pages on the college website that you frequently need but can never quite figure out where they are.  An upcoming revision to the app will let you add and remove your own links to create your own custom list of shortcuts.

So the point here is basically that all of you with Android phones out there should head over to the Android Market and download the Wheaton College Android App.  Enjoy!