It’s Official!

by Eric Ebert on 22. Januar 2014 – 10:00

The new click.to version is here! After working so hard to fix some of our initial problems. We are happy to announce that we are officially through with the Beta Phase. I would personally like to thank all of our testers for their feedback and patience during our initial stages. You are a very valuable part of the development of click.to.

We are very excited to announce some changes in the first official version:

We’ve made some changes to the look and design (don’t worry, the functions you’ve come to depend on are still there)

click.to is now available in German (Herzlich Willkommen!)

And of course we killed a few bugs in the process!

We are very excited to be entering into the licensing phase of the project and will be offering the new and version for free, for 14 days! After the initial trial is over, you can buy your click.to license here: click.to

If you have any questions or support problems, please don’t hesitate to contact our click.to support team at: support@clicktoapp.com

Or leave me a comment below.



Unleash the fury, Mitch!

by Eric Ebert on 11. Juli 2011 – 11:46

I’ve been having a lot of fun with click.to in the last couple of days. I unleashed it on my Facebook news feed. You know the guy that always puts up those politically motivated posts and attributes them to one of his heroes, of course you do. Check it with a Ctrl-C Wikipedia search and see if he’s blurring the lines of reality.

For example:

‘Evil is the absence of God.’  Albert Einstein

He never said this.

‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.’
Normally attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, or Albert Einstein none of them said this.

It was more likely Rita Mae Brown.

I’ve also been checking song lyrics and movie lines that people post. Try a Google search with the title of this post to get one of my all time favorite movies.  Right click -> copy, click.to Google. When you have it, (stay with me here) highlight the title click.to Amazon and buy it. It’s great!



The revolution will not be televised, but it will be well informed!

by Eric Ebert on 8. Juli 2011 – 11:42

My new found use for Click.to…ending mis-information! I’ll admit, I’m not a huge message board user, but I do use them to stay up on current events. I also read the posts that people like to add to the end of news articles online. What always ends up happening though is someone comes up with some outlandish statement and represents it as fact. Enter my precision guided click.to Google or Wikipedia search and boom goes the dynamite! It’s a one-click solution, which ends the life of the troll before he can even get started. All you do is, highlight the ‘Fact’ and click.to Google search. It might even pull up similar posts on other message boards, so you can be sure that you’re dealing with a troll. Next to spam, trolls are the worst. I now have a click.to troll filter!

Do you want to fact check Fox News? Highlight, right click-> copy. No more wondering if Glenn Beck is correct when he says that Mrs. Obama has 43 staffers working for her. Click.to google search and bam! 25 people. How can a news organization get it so wrong? The election cycle is heating up, and we’re going to have to be a little bit more diligent to get the truth.

So, thanks click.to for all of the hard work you’ll be doing.



Google+ and the Facebook fight

by Eric Ebert on 4. Juli 2011 – 11:37

Since I blogged about it last time, I thought I would take a closer look at both of these platforms. The internet is buzzing right now and it’s a very healthy debate. It goes without saying that people love to cheer for the underdog, which Google + is. Let’s face it, they’ve tried this before, and Facebook has just said that they have over 750 million users worldwide. That puts Google + squarely in the underdog category.

With the recent news that Facebook has struck a deal with Skype (who also happen to be a top dog) it looks like the power duo will continue to stick it to the competition, or maybe not. I see a couple problems with the Facebook platform as it now stands. First, is that the Google + ‘Circles’ is more like real life. Facebook has groups, but who uses it? With circles, at least you can group people how you see fit, and eliminate the 93% of the garbage that shows up on your newsfeed, because people will also put you in a group. Which means that you only get information that your friends think will be relevant to you. Your boss will never know that you put him in the group that will never see any of your posts, and he doesn’t need to. Like real life!

Second, the video chat on Google+ will be better too, (Early reports are that it still has some work to do) but it will feature group video chat. That is huge! The current Skype-Facebook collaboration focuses on one-on-one PC to PC video and you will only be able to use the feature through Facebook. Forget the contacts that you already have in your Skype address book. We are going mobile right? Why wouldn’t they make the feature available on a phone? I mean, I can use Skype on my mobile, but the Facebook feature will be off-limits.

One more problem that I just read about on www.techcrunch.com, what about the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? They have been in a battle with Skype over the last couple years and have officially banned the service. What will they do when Facebook has the video chat built in? Ban Facebook? For the 4 million Facebook users that live there, that would be a tough deal.

The fight is just starting, but in the end, it’s great for users. We get a choice! Competition is always good for the customers. Remember the Blu-ray, HD DVD battle? I think we came out ok in that one. Prices dropped like a stone and the better platform won. This will force both companies to take a hard look at the features they provide and also what their customers (us) are saying about them. May the best man (company) win!



The Life of a Mouse

by Eric Ebert on 8. Juni 2011 – 10:35

What does Wikipedia says about our dear mouse?

The modern mouse:

Around 1981 Xerox included mice with its Xerox Star, based on the mouse used in the 1970s on the Alto computer at Xerox PARC. Sun Microsystems, Symbolics, Lisp Machines Inc., and Tektronix also shipped workstations with mice, starting in about 1981. Later, inspired by the Star, Apple Computer released the Apple Lisa, which also used a mouse. However, none of these products achieved large-scale success. Only with the release of the Apple Macintosh in 1984 did the mouse see widespread use.

Andrew Chan (Nov. 2004). “The Macintosh Phenomenon: Celebrating Twenty Years of the World’s Most Adored Desktop Computers”. HWM: 74–77.

I wanted to know how far my mouse travels in its lifetime. It turns out that I’m not alone when I asked myself that question. Here is some of what I found:

MOUSE MILES:

You can easily travel a mile a week over your mouse mat. Moving 2 inches on your screen between 2,000,000 clicks is 63 miles or 100Km a year.

CLICKING:

Clicking your mouse uses some of the smallest muscles of the body, those in the fingers. Word processing can easily require pressing or clicking the mouse buttons 3,000, 4,000 even 5,000 times a day. Add in hours of web surfing on top, which is mostly mouse work, then maybe 10,000 clicks a day are possible, even normal for some. In a year this is well over 2,000,000 plus clicks, based on a working year of 222 days. What extra do you do at the weekends and at night? It alls adds up and we talk of a one in a million event as being rare, not when mousing.

http://www.aerobicmouse.com/Computer_Mouse_Fatigue.pdf

Although I don’t always believe what a company study that sells Mice to help with fatigue says. I do find it plausible. Its kind of Ironic that the less running a person does (ala heavy computer users) the more distance the little mouse has to cover.

There are several programs out there if you would like to check your own mouse usage, and most are free! My new goal is to run the same distance per week that my mouse does. I’ll call it my ‘Of mice and Men’ (Steinbeck, 1937) challenge!

As a side note: I even found a paper written at Stanford, where they are trying to map human mouse movements to help rid the world of BOTs. After all, I’m pretty sure a computer Bot doesn’t have the same random click movements that I use on a daily basis. If it helps eliminate Spam in my inbox, I’m all for it!

http://www.stanford.edu/class/cs229/proj2009/Winslow.pdf



How far have we come??

by Eric Ebert on 5. Juni 2011 – 10:43

As I was checking my computer this morning for any new software updates, I started thinking about how far computers have come just in my lifetime. You see, I grew up with a PC that was a hand me down from my fathers company. They were out dated and slow. They used the MS-DOS Line Command interface. (Not easy to use as a hyper-active pre-teen) Back then, it was a real luxury to have a PC in your home. In fact, I don’t even think they used the word PC (personal Computer) back then, it was just a computer.

The big players were still dominating the market, Xerox and IBM. They had built proprietary software to function on the machines that they were building. And that makes sense to me. The only problem was, what if I want to update my software? And which computer classes do I have to take in order to do it? What if a company came out with a better OS, can I use that on my ‘Big Blue’ computer?

The answer was No, not surprisingly….

Not that tech savvy…

In the early days, (mine, maybe not yours) I had to memorize command lines, or put pen to paper to remember where my files were. That kind of defeats the purpose of having a computer in the first place. IBM machines in the early days were not a time saving affair for me, but an interesting gadget that I could play around with. Kind of like my TI-82 calculator (which had more computing power than an Apple II) that I had in High School. I never learned most of the commands on my TI-82, because I didn’t like line command structures. In the end, it was too much hassle to try and tease out the functions that I wanted.

Enter the GUI interface…..

The rise of the common man. While I do agree with most computer experts when they say that a line-command structure is faster (because you don’t need a lot of add-ons to make it work) I think the GUI interface changed the future for PCs. The computer companies stopped building machines for each other and started concentrating on the end-user. It’s like when a doctor has a very complicated procedure with a lot of steps, but he has to explain it to me. We are going to grow an organ in a dish and put it in that human over there. He knows that I don’t need to know the inner workings of his field. (I don’t have time to go to Medical School) I just want to know if it’s going to work. Computers focused more on the end result often are more readily accepted than the ones that need a degree to operate.

I don’t think that most kids today would even know what a line command structure looks like. It’s hidden in the glitz and glamour of the OS. Do you think a kid that’s trying to pull up ‘Angry Birds’ would be able to tease out the command line for something like that? I don’t think so, and that is fine by me. They will be the future developers and I’m sure, like me, they will focus more on the function, than the path to get there….

I’ll be talking about the ‘Life of a Mouse’ next time. Feel free to leave comments below!



To stay or not to stay, the trusty PC Vs. The new Apple gadget??

by Eric Ebert on 2. Juni 2011 – 10:45

I know it’s an ongoing debate, and sometimes a very heated argument, about which is better, but I want both. I have my trusty PC at home and at work. I have my Apple I-pad and my Iphone, but why??

I, like many of you, was a little sceptical when the first generation I-pad came out. I had my laptop and my Iphone and the old desktop….What would I need an in-between tablet for? Surely an iphone would be enough for small on-the-go internet searches, and when the task is too big for the phone, I could always slip into a cozy corner at Starbucks and hack-away at the laptop. In the end though, also like most of you, curiosity got the better of me…and my money!

I love my Ipad, I can sit and read an e-book at the beach or quickly grab it to show my friends my latest vacation pictures.(the ones I didn’t put on Facebook) Its simple to grab, doesn’t take time to load, and its well organised. I could, from the first day I got it, use it like a pro! I move files around like WOPR in war games! (I may have just revealed a little too much about my age) Shortcuts and easily accessible tabs and drop-down menus make me feel as if I’m in control. But what about my PC?? A friend told me, ‘A PC is like a wife, sometimes a little boring, but always there and always ready to help out.’

I agree, but that’s also part of the problem.

Is there a chance for my wife to become my new fling?

You see, I grew up with a PC. We learned to talk together. We learned our likes and dislikes (Especially her dislikes!), But it takes a lot of time to learn to communicate. I’d tell her that I want to look for something and she would yell something at me about 404. I get it, she’s upset, but then we talk it through and it works out. My fling on the other hand, seems to be easy to talk to, but we don’t have a shared history. I’ve spent many hours with my PC and I don’t want to just throw it all away on a tablet that will want to be updated to a new version within a year!!

Is it possible that my wife could learn some new tricks from those younger girls?

That’s the question that we have been working on for awhile! And the answer is a definitive yes!

The click.to program that is scheduled to be released soon is that quick new make-over before the big day or those 15lbs that your wife has been talking about losing for over a decade. This year, just in time for the beach, she’ll do it! I get my tablet feeling on my PC. Drop down menus and quick click posts. I post pictures to facebook in a flash. I search for information I need with just one click. No more foreplay, I just click and off we go! I’m falling in love with my PC all over again, and that’s a good thing, because I like talking to her, I just don’t like fighting with her.

I’ll let you know how we’re getting along in my next post, feel free to comment below!



Copy & Paste – used daily, but who invented it?

by Eric Ebert on 30. Mai 2011 – 10:47

Today, almost every one of us, who has a modern operating system, uses programs with a”copy & paste” – function. We’ve gone off to search for the history of this function.

The underlying technology is not complicated: We select some text and this is copied to another medium, usually a clipboard. Now we can paste the selected text again, and again, at any point.

When files are copied, for example, travel photos from the desktop onto a USB stick, only the file path is loaded into the cache.

We save system resources and also have the ability to copy larger files.

In our search for the origins, we must also examine the “cut & paste” method. Here, the selected text passage is removed from the file or the original context and added to another.

The ‘meaning’ of cut & paste is from the area of ​​manuscript editing, in which the text is physically cut (cut) and then glued in the desired position (paste). This method was used to physically alter documents until the late 1970s. Can you imagine?

The medium (clipboard), which we use for temporary storage, was first implemented in 1973-1976 by Lawrence G. Tesler while working on the programming of the smalltalk-76 at Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center. The function became only really well known under the two operating systems Apple Lisa (1983) and Macintosh (1984) in which the CMD – or the apple key – in combination with the keys x (cut), c (copy) and v (insert ) was used to perform the desired operation. Later, Windows simply copied the function, and the Ctrl key, previously used for sending control characters, turned into a command button.

Today each of us uses the “copy & paste” feature several times daily. We don’t only us it for a quick Google search, but also with many other Internet applications. Whether you’re a PC or an Apple user – It’s a certainty that we will continue to use this nice and easy function well into the future. The use of this function, as we see it, will continue to be fashionable, as long as we don’t have to back to using physical paper!