Missing: location

While it’s really such a minor trivial thing, it’s still quite annoying that my “home” location won’t appear in the Facebook app on my iPad, only in Firefox on my PC.

It does result in quite many incorrectly location-tagged posts, to be adjusted later sometime. It’s just such a waste of time.

(Another annoying triviality is that the iPad still hasn’t picked up the change of site icon which the rest of the devices has. Should I really need to reinstall the app just for this detail? It works, but still…)

(And, updated, I reinstalled the Facebook app as well. It didn’t help.)

Reinstalled Firefox

Today I got tired of the problem with Facebook in Firefox and reinstalled my Firefox profile. (Which is not as simple as it sounds considering all plugins and settings to handle).

But while cloning the Firefox profile seemed like such a good idea from the beginning, once it turned out that this didn’t work well with Facebook it got too annoying having to login with a 32 character randomized password plus two-factor verification every time I switched computer.

Interestingly though, it rather nicely illustrates the extent of usage of Facebook I’ve reached, as well as the number of other sites using Facebook-based logins.

I find myself constantly using WordPress as second choice

Despite an intention and a private decision to use my blog(-s) more I still find myself constantly using WordPress as my second choice.

Meaning I take a picture, or I jot down some notes, and they still first go on Facebook, and only after some hours I get around to posting the same on WordPress (and with the added twist that I then exclude sharing the post through the Facebook integration, since everyone there has already seen the post directly).

And I know why this keeps happening. It is quite simply that WordPress still lacks necessary functionality I need to use it as my primary place for writing, such as

  • Uploading an image through the Facebook app is quick and simple, no settings can be changed so width, position and such is just whatever Facebook decides, while on my blog I like to keep things neat and in style, pictures should be centered, they should fill the width of the column, etc, and I also like to have a consistant naming of the photos, which is due to the fact that I’ve looped the number series over several times and don’t want to risk overwriting photos, or having duplicate names with strange appended numbers by some automagic feature.
    And this simply can’t be done through the WordPress IOS app.
  • Tags in WordPress are not converted to Twitter tags when publishing a post with the Twitter integration enabled. A detail, but still something that would have simplified the steps of publishing if automated when posting.

Writing is also a pain in the WordPress app,

  • First I need to have witty title, while on Facebook I’m able to just post some quick notes without having to consider a fitting headline for them. Maybe I could just go with “Untitled” or todays date, but still…
  • Second and more important is the issue that while I can browse categories and add a post to the proper place, there is no way to browse tags, these can only be written and comma-separated, and having several hundred tags I’m not going to go around guessing how I spelled this particular tag last time I used it.
  • And third, a bit back to images again, when having written a post and added an image, and being almost ready to publish, I want to set a featured image. And I really hate that since I always want to use the same featured image which I’ve just added to the post, I’m still forced re-upload the same image a second time. Not that the actual storage is the main issue here, but rather the bandwidth usage on the mobile phone but also the even bigger problem of later trying to navigate in a media library where every image exists at least two times.

Today WordPress works great through a webbrowser, on a large screen with a full size keyboard, but it doesn’t feel quite as easy to use through a mobile, for example on the bus, which is where I’d like to use it rather than having to power up the old slow PC in the evening.

I hope there will come a better WordPress app for IOS in some future, making it more user-friendly as I’d really like to be able to collect thoughts and photos in any of my WordPress sites and from there sharing to social media when and if I want to.

The long chain of linked accounts

So Tech-Ed Europe posted on Facebook about their new conference app. That seemed interesting and I of course had to try it out, and so downloaded the app for IOS (seems it is available on Surface as well, that would be one of the few I’ve found that I might use, but I won’t drag the Surface with me with only that one app, anyway enough about that…).

And login failed… ? And I had to read the manual… 🙂 And discovered that I needed an EventBoard account, which could be linked to my Channel9 account, which I believe I created just to be able to create the Tech-Ed schedule, and was linked to my MSDN account which was linked to my Windows Live account, which in turn is linked to my company account.

In theory all this works well, even though I now have 5 different accounts (or maybe MSDN is just a profile, so 4 then ?), with 4 (or 5 ?) different passwords, (and some people wonder why I think the absence of a working Metro-release of Password Safe is bothering me), and all of this just to be able to attend a conference, know the schedule for the sessions I plan to attend, and have those show up in the conference app. Not the smoothest way to go, but as the linking is quite seamless once in place it’s fair enough.

Except that it doesn’t work! Since the schedule only shows up in the PC webbrowser and does not show up in the app…

Ragequitted Google+

In a bit of temper I ragequitted Google+ yesterday, since it refused to link my accounts properly and insisted on using Norwegian Bokmal as language (since when I initially created my first account I was invited by a Norwegian colleague).

Anyway, I still need the Google-account so I got around to recreating it with proper language and country settings, and even got to change my emailadress to a better than the one I had before. The only things missing right now are all my contacts, but since I really didn’t use Google for them anyway that’s no real loss, they’re still on Facebook or LinkedIn anyway.