I’m writing this post while traveling home on CalTain using my iPad which is hotspotted (tethered) to my new HTC Thunderbolt smartphone on Verizon’s 4G network. To do so, all I had to do was tap a couple icons in the phone to get the mobile sharing up and running, then have my iPad scan for a wireless network and connect (authenticate). I normally would.
Before you know it, my iPad is seamlessly online and communicating with whatever I need to talk with on the Internet. The current power level is at 68% so we’ll see how that serves us by the time this article is finished.
The tl;dr for this review is simply this: Thunderbolt > iPhone 4.
Now, let me explain why…
Let’s set-up this problem…
I am on a Mac desktop. I have iCal up and running which pulls calendars down from both my (soon to be expired) .me account, and from work’s exchange server.
Side note — explaining how to set-up iCal to sync with exchange is not part of this article as I’ve no wish to re-live the pain of interacting with (any) Microsoft product unless absolutely necessary.
Since I’ve nearly completed by migration from .me to Google, the last element of the move was to get my calendars in-sync with each other.
Under my gMail account, I have a calendar linked to my gMail address. However, I cannot sync my iCal from my desktop up to Google in a way that the calendars that I’ve subscribed to on iCal are automagically transferred to gCal.
I love PHPStorm as my IDE of choice — this replaced my Zend CE IDE last year following the PHP-Conference in Santa Clara which I was fortunate enough to be able to attend. Yesterday, I discovered add-ons, or in the PHPStorm nomenclature, Plug-ins. Plug-ins are programs which integrate into the IDE with the intent and purpose of making your life a lot easier.
Initially, what caught my eye was a plug-in called “CSS-X-Fire” which integrates the Firebug CSS editor into the IDE with CSS capabilities. Since I’ve been debugging my fair share of CSS lately, I thought this would be a pretty cool tool to have at my disposal. Let’s see what else they have…
*gasp* SO MUCH COOL STUFF! *gasp*
I installed the BASH shell next just for fun which not only gives me a shell within my IDE, but also provides BASH syntax highlighting. And, yes, my work-site I support has a lot of BASH utility scripts, so cool.
Next, I see a gem called Database Navigator written by Mr. Dan Cioca. This plug-in gives you access to your MySQL environment, through the IDE.