A Little Little Printer

I’ve tweeted a few times about my Little Printer, but thought I would write a little post about it as well.

I first heard about the Little Printer a few years ago and loved the idea of a small printer that could print out little snippets of news for you. I forgot about it for a while, until a few months ago when I came across their website again. I set up an alert on eBay, and stalked the listings until I managed to win one for £40 (not bad considering the other auctions were going for £80, and it’s £150 new)

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Size wise, the Little Printer doesn’t take up too much space on my desk – it’s about 4 inches square. It always has a face on it, and you subscribe to various things – they can either be specific to you (e.g. getting print outs of your Google Analytics, copies of your to-do list, what was the most popular photo on your Instagram feed yesterday) or just a series of things – I like the Mr Men series.

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The printer is really simple to set up – you plug in a box into the router, then plug your printer in wherever it is going to live. You’ll get given a code to set the printer up with your account, and that’s it.

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I love the Little Printer for printing out those things that you don’t want to write down on a huge piece of paper (like, a code to get your train tickets does not need an A4 print out) but prefer to have something physical rather than a note on your phone. The Little Printer would be really useful for a shopping list or a to do list – I send screenshots of my iOS to do list as a photo message to the printer (using Moldiv to stitch screenshots together) and it appears on the printer within a minute or two)

What would make the Little Printer amazing? Integration with IFTTT. I love IFTTT, and use a few different recipes, but to be able to combine them with a printer would make them extra amazing. Another thing I would like to see would be to make it easier for people to send me little messages to the printer – I am in the process of getting this application set up on Heroku to allow anyone to email the printer (and also so I can work around the lack of IFTTT channel), but having never used Heroku before, it’s a little confusing to me! I love the idea of creating your own publication, but have no idea what I would want to receive on a regular basis!

 

Organising Christmas

I love a good list. Who doesn’t? At this time of year, it feels like you need a list for everything. A list of cards to send, one of presents to buy, one for all the yummy food to cook, and of course, one to Santa because I have been a good girl this year, honest!

I’ve blogged previously about how my iPad has been super useful in terms of blogging, but if you’re like me, and spend a lot of time out of the house, the iPad is brilliant for trying to get everything done without anyone at home being able to see what you’ve been buying. Sneaky, yes, but when you want to keep something a surprise, the iPad is perfect for that.

I have the normal sized iPad, but after Alex came home with one earlier in the week, I can’t help but eye up the iPad mini at Carphone Warehouse – it’s a perfect size for slipping into your handbag (which I have tested by trying to sneak off with the new addition to the house, of course!)

My favourite apps for list making would be ones I have talked about before – either the built in Reminders app (which can sync from your iPhone to your iPad, meaning your to do/to buy/to eat list is always up to date) or Office HD (which is great for working on things saved in Google Drive), but the best part about the iPad would be the apps that are available to shop at various sites – and even if the site you want to use doesn’t have an iPad app, at least you can shop as normal on their site.

Now I know how to organise myself about Christmas, perhaps I actually should start thinking about it!

Written in collaboration, but that doesn’t stop me writing more lists of things that need doing

Review: Snap Fashion

Technology in fashion is an area that really fascinates me, bringing together two of my favourite things and smushing them together to create something that you didn’t know you needed. Bringing together two areas that are seen as very gender divided is quite a hot topic at the moment as well, with this article on BBC News highlighting a campaign I was previously unaware of called Lady Geek. (I read the BBC article on Friday, ordered the “Little Miss Geek“* book off Amazon straight away and it arrived on Saturday directly from Lady Geek with a handwritten note thanking me for my purchase. ) It was also Ada Lovelace Day yesterday, which I always seem to miss to post about women in technology.

All this in a roundabout way brings me to Snap Fashion. Snap Fashion was created by Jenny Griffiths, who studied computer science at the University of Bristol. She created the site (and the app) when struggling to find high street versions of higher end looks on a student budget – something we’ve all done (and still do…).

It’s kind of brilliant. You just take an image on your computer and upload to the website, or take a photo of the item with the app, tell it what you’re looking at (a dress, a mini skirt, some trainers) and Snap Fashion then searches through hundreds of retailers to find the closest match. The app allows you to save your searches for later, and can direct you to the website to buy the item.

The problem with most sites and apps that find items based on a description is that they are usually US based – it’s always so annoying to fall in love with a dress and find the retailer doesn’t ship to the UK! – but Snap Fashion has a huge list of UK based retailers. The site and the app aren’t just useful though, they’re well designed – the look is so clean but colourful, it’s pretty obvious what to do!

You can find the Snap Fashion* app here (iPhone only) or use the website, snapfashion.co.uk.