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Blogging on the iPad

April 19th, 2010

This is just an entry to write about using the iPad to post blog entries using the Wordpress blogging app. While this app gives you the basics, I believe that it is only the beginning. Given the power of this device, I can see them improving upon it to allow for all sorts of features including drag&drop for images, improved formatting capabilities, and cool stuff like inserting maps and media.

I find this touchscreen keyboard is adequate enough to write blog entries of any length—although I do prefer a real keyboard and if needed, I could use the stealthy Apple wireless aluminum keyboard if needed. But who needs the extra baggage.

To also test this app, I am attaching a screenshot of the interface. I think this is going to change how people share ideas and their thoughts.

Future of iPad

January 27th, 2010

iPad1Now that the mysterious Apple device has been unveiled, the techies & opinionated media “gurus” are making their voices heard.  This is my opinion and hunch as to why this will be an important device.

First of all let’s just stop it with the feminine hygiene nonsense.  Yes it is called the iPad–deal with it.  No matter what they called it there would be detractors.  I personally liked “Palette,” “iTab,” or something sexy like “Tabula” with dropping the”i” prefix.  Regardless, that is my last concern with buying the product.  When someone asks you for a notepad in the office do you immediately chuckle and think you are getting a panty shield to write on?  I didn’t think so.

Next there were complaints about the large bezel around the screen.  My hunch is that it serves two purposes: one to let you handle it easily without interacting with the screen. The other is there are most likely components, antennae and chips behind it.  Given the device’s thin profile, i’m sure they needed some extra real estate.

Finally, with regard to 3G–how many people believe someone is not going to come up with an iPhone teathering solution for when you are not at a wifi hotspot?  I can do it with my iPhone and Macbook now.  It is only a matter of time.

iPad2The true import of this device is the delivery of content and productivity.  This device will deliver sharp, watchable movies, podcasts along with your music.  Coupled with something like the Orb program on the iPhone, you will be able to remotely access your home media library.  This is huge!  I do that now on my iPhone, but watching a movie/podcast on the small screen is a last resort (i.e. on a plane trip).  This makes that proposition much more palatable.

Another HUGE difference is iWork on the device.  Having the ability to work on presentations, documents and spreadsheets with a larger sized keyboard and touch screen gestures will take mobile productivity to the next level.  I already do many of these things in a pinch on the phone and on a smaller surface.  I often will FTP into my site and directly edit php, html & CSS files to make quick changes.  I feel developers will be coming up with mobile blogging/webdev apps to run on this device.  I would much rather carry this in my backpack than the laptop knowing I can do most anything with it.

When I say most anything, just think about when the iPhone first came out.  You were pretty limited to what you could do with it.  Now, there are productivity programs for almost everything.  Adobe comes to mind when I think about possibilities.  I could envision Lightroom for iPad to give you photo editing capabilities.  PS has an app for the phone.  Now with extra real estate and gestures, photo editing may be taken to the next level wherever you may be.  Especially since there is an interface to allow one to access photos directly from your camera.  Cool stuff!

Finally, the entry price point for the device is perfect to take on Kindle and the other readers.  Why buy a monochrome “reader” when for a couple hundred more, you can so much at your fingertips.  This is a remarkable achievement.  I was thinking it was going to be $699, which is where the top wifi model is priced.

All in all I feel this iPad will prove to be an important device built on a flexible, established OS which already has millions of apps ready to run.  Developers will be clamoring to design tools, applications and games to take advantage of the increased footprint.  I, for one will be among those taking advantage of what it has to offer and will in the future.

Animating A Photo Mosaic

October 23rd, 2009

I am currently working on a photo presentation for the organization I work with and I wanted to jazz things up a bit.  Okay, I know it is pretty much a slideshow, but it is meant to celebrate the hard work of people in this non-profit organization.  Me being a tad OCD, I am going at it with guns blazing.  I think all they expect area power point slides with photos that I have taken this year for them along with some pertinent stats.

That’s much too pedestrian.  Here is the intro I made yesterday.  It uses a photomosaic of some 500+ photos arranged to depict their logo and animates it in 3D space.  Software used was (on a Mac):

MacOSaiX (mosaic building program)
Adobe After Effects
Apple Motion
Final Cut Pro
Sound Studio (to cut up/fit the music in line with the sequence)
Visual Hub (to convert final .mov file)
My noggin

This version took about a couple hours in getting things keyframed and set up.  The rest was letting the computer render the animation overnight.  I plan to do another version at DV/NTSC scale for viewing on a TV.  Maybe I’ll do a video tutorial of the process in case someone else wants to do the same.


Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player.

Debate reaction

October 15th, 2008

3rd Debate between Obama & McCain

Well I have had a bit of time to reflect on the debate and I am glad they are all over.  They really have not drummed up anything interesting or novel to discuss.  Although I felt this one was a bit better in that there was a palpable tension between the two sitting across from one another.

With that said, I still feel that (and this is in no way a derogatory slight against dogs) McCain is like that old dog you passed on your way home from school.  The bus dropped you off and you have walked that stretch over 1,000 times.  Yet you pass that dig who runs the length of the fence rabidly gnashing at you.  McCain just doesn’t learn.  He keeps on about earmarks and a 3mil projector Obama wants for Chicago.  Sen. McCain…..some of your “pork” is actually good for society.  Try making a good soup without a hambone.  (Vegans need not answer that one)

He also goes on about Obama raising your taxes–even though Obama is right across from him saying he will not.  Obama said twice looking directly at the camera….I will not raise middle class taxes.  But in the next sentence McCain says he is going to.  What is the point of him doing that?  Along those same lines, McCain said he was going to cut EVERYONES taxes and keep the war going and buy bad mortgages and invest in clean energy and pay down the debt and buy himself a Maverick hip while keeping Sarah Palin focused on “Special Needs” initiatives because that is at the forefront of Americans minds right now.  How exactly Sen. McCain are you going to pay for all that?

It is time for Sen. McCain to empty his colostomy bag because he is full of shit.

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