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Google Talking in the iChat Theatre

On 04, Feb 2008 | One Comment | In Apple, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Ever wanted to play some video remotely for a friend over chat, but think .Mac is Apple’s worst invention since Phil Schiller’s mullet? Well you can if you’re a Mac user with Leopard and have a Google Mail account!


Simply enter your Google account info into iChat Preferences, invite your similarly-configured friend to video chat, and you’re off.

The first time I tried it, I showed a friend travelling overseas the intro to the season premiere of LOST he had missed.


View enlarged. If that ain’t glee, I don’t know what is.

It also works with things less exciting than season premieres like images, and PDF files, etc. I have not gotten it to work with screen sharing yet, although video and audio chat has worked since at least Tiger.

TIP: If you had a .Mac account back when Apple promised, sorry strongly implied, that e-mail would be for life, it may still work in iChat. Mine does. If yours does, you’ll be able to do a few things you can’t do with your Gtalk account like File Transfers.

I cut the mustard at Idée!

On 02, Feb 2008 | No Comments | In Toronto, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

logo.gifWhew! I can finally breathe a large sigh of relief. I passed my three month probationary period at Idée!

I met Leila and Paul at the first BarCamp in 2005 when they demoed their image identification software. Few companies in Toronto have so clearly found their calling. Their mission to propel the image business forward drops more jaws every month. Last September I took on some freelance design work with their wunderteam. Shortly thereafter I was offered a full time position as Senior Designer.

In the first few months alone we have gotten a ton of things done. New names and brands for Idée’s two products PixID and Piximilar. A site redesign. Interface design for the labs. A new blog. Print materials. And top secret projects which, if revealed early, would ultimately result in your death.

It’s an amazing environment where everyday everyone gets gently nudged into outdoing themselves. The results are surprising and incredibly rewarding. If you’d like to join us, we (me + Idée) are hiring!

DIY TTC Surface Route Timetable

On 25, Jan 2008 | One Comment | In TTC, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

pdf.pngIf you’d like to make a Cologne-style TTC surface route timetable for the stops you care about and happen to be an iWork-owning Mac user, I have attached a template created in

How did I get the data? On my Mac, I copied the text from their web schedule, and then used a text editor to process the text into rows. The rest was done with a whole lot of copying and pasting.

TIP: You can select columns of text in TextEdit by holding down the option key. It will bring up a crosshair and allow you to select squares of text. This technique was applied liberally during the creation of the timetable.

* in Google Maps near you.

On 21, Oct 2007 | No Comments | In User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Ever need evidence that a specific address is surrounded by civilization? Well you probably know that googling restaurants near 100 Elm St. will list the restaurants nearest to 100 Elm St., but did you know could you simply search for * near 100 Elm St.? It works, although somehow not for every address.

Here’s a map of what’s near the CBC buiding and a complete list of * near 250 Front St. W.