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Tuesday
Oct232012

WANT: iPad Mini. NEED: iPhone 5.

I really want an iPad mini.

The only reason I upgraded from an iPad 2 to the iPad 3 (or whatever it's called now) is because I could get LTE tethering from Verizon, which has been a gift from the universe on the few occassions that I've needed it.

However, ever since I got the first iPad and gave my wife my first generation Kindle, I've missed the smaller form factor of the Kindle eReaders.

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Thursday
Oct132011

iOS 5 Install Notes for iPhone 4

I've been installing iOS 5 since about 10 PM. The download went faster than expected (about 45 minutes).

Here are some of my notes.

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Thursday
Oct062011

Steve Jobs is gone. Why am I so upset?!

Steve Jobs is gone.

He's a guy I never knew. I bought computers and gadgets from a company he founded. He wasn't family, a close friend or even an acquaintance.

So why the hell am I so upset?!

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Tuesday
Jul262011

Amazon Adjusts to New App Store Rules with Clever Marketing

Apple has been asserting control of its App Store rules by asking app developer to remove the "purchase" buttons for third-party stores in certain apps. The most obvious ones impacted by this have been the Google Books and Kindle apps.

Last night, I discovered a bit of clever marketing on Amazon's part in response to this change.

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Monday
Jun062011

Why did Twitter partner with PhotoBucket? iOS 5.

Twitter has gotten into the photo sharing game, but not on their own - they've partnered with PhotoBucket.

Apple's WWDC Keynote (which is happening as I write this) tells us why: Twitter is going to be heavily integrated with Apple's iOS 5, the operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Having worked with for a company that was (and still is) an Apple partner, I can tell you that it probably went down like this:

"Hi, Twitter? Yeah, this is Apple calling. We want to integrate Twitter pretty deeply into iOS 5. You cool with that? Oh yeah, and we're going to announce it next month."

In the interest of secrecy, Apple likely waited as long as they could before contacting Twitter. Once the company understood the time horizon for getting into the photo sharing game, they most likely decided to partner in order to meet the WWDC deadline.

The details of how it really happened will surely surface over the coming months but I'll bet that's how it happened.

Monday
Feb082010

Today's Tweets

11:36pm, Feb 08 
Amazon Job Posting Hints At Full-Color Multi-Touch Kindle With WiFi http://ow.ly/15jRq
 
11:30pm, Feb 08 
@eduardoortiz Have you had hands-on a Nook yet? Thoughts?
 
10:42pm, Feb 08 
Nook Available In Time For Valentine’s Day, New ‘More In Store’ Content http://ow.ly/15j50
 
9:59pm, Feb 08 
ZoomIt Lets You Read SD Cards On Your iPhone. Will It Work With iPad?http://ow.ly/15iq9
 
9:40pm, Feb 08 
Get a Free iPad (or Nine) Here http://ow.ly/15hRI
 
9:35pm, Feb 08 
How Digital Marketing Helped 'Avatar' Break the Box Office http://ow.ly/15hQK
 
9:30pm, Feb 08 
The Majority of You Aren't Interested in Paying More than $10 for an E-Book [What You Said] http://ow.ly/15hPO
 
9:12pm, Feb 08 
Rumor: MacBook Pro refresh imminent, SKUs dropped from Best Buy systems http://ow.ly/15hM0
 
5:45pm, Feb 08 
Battle of the Deathburgers: Heart Attack Grill sues Heart Stoppers Sports Grill [This is Why You're Fat] http://ow.ly/15dug
 
5:40pm, Feb 08 
Netflix Streaming Getting a 1080p Upgrade [NetFlix] http://ow.ly/15dqz
 
5:35pm, Feb 08 
Minute Suites: Rest and Recharge, Airport Style http://ow.ly/15dq5
 
5:30pm, Feb 08 
Report: EMI Plans 'Radical' Cost Cuts, More Layoffs http://ow.ly/15doo
 
5:25pm, Feb 08 
Degrees of Personalization http://ow.ly/15dn8
 
5:20pm, Feb 08 
(Pic) Cargoshell’s Flat-Folding Shipping Containers http://ow.ly/15dmw
 
5:15pm, Feb 08 
Mobclix and Nielsen Ink Mobile Ad Targeting Data Deal http://ow.ly/15dlg
 
5:15pm, Feb 08 
Stat Shot: How the iPhone Changed the Handset Market http://ow.ly/15djZ
 
5:10pm, Feb 08 
Win A Mentoring Session With Founders Of Digg, Flickr, Mint, Ning, Slide Or Zynga http://ow.ly/15dhL
 
5:05pm, Feb 08 
Sketchpad: Simple web-based painting/drawing app. No Flash. http://ow.ly/15dfL
 
5:00pm, Feb 08 
‘The Gadget Disappears’ http://ow.ly/15dek
 
4:55pm, Feb 08 
Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies http://ow.ly/15dgA
 
4:55pm, Feb 08 
Google Wave in Action: Real-World Use Case Studies http://ow.ly/15dbh
 
4:50pm, Feb 08 
100,000 Fans Send Target's February E-Card http://ow.ly/15cY0
 
4:50pm, Feb 08 
@ Local Online: The Hyperlocal Rev Model: Sell Services, Not Just Ads http://ow.ly/15cWy
 
4:45pm, Feb 08 
New Tweetdeck Puts Twitter On Crack – Adds YouTube and Flickr http://ow.ly/15cSP
 
4:40pm, Feb 08 
Vitamin D Webcam Monitor Hits 1.0, Still Has a Free Option [Updates] http://ow.ly/15cPF
 
4:35pm, Feb 08 
How Nerdy Is Your City, In Dollars? [Data] http://ow.ly/15cG5
 
4:30pm, Feb 08 
Linus Torvalds is now a happy Nexus One owner, pinch to zoom put him over the edge http://ow.ly/15cCl
 
4:19pm, Feb 08 
Wisair-based wireless display adapters head to Macs http://ow.ly/15cBo
 
10:15am, Feb 08 
The E-Book Marketplace: Does Anybody Really Know What Price It Is? http://ow.ly/152Kx
 
10:10am, Feb 08 
Canon Rebel T2i: 18MP and Legit 1080p Video for $899 [Digital Cameras] http://ow.ly/152Ec
 
10:05am, Feb 08 
Social Media Engagement Trends http://ow.ly/152BA
 
9:50am, Feb 08 
Loopt Partners With Mobile Spinach To Offer Location-Based Deals http://ow.ly/15281
 
9:45am, Feb 08 
Online TV Shows May Get More Ad-Heavy http://ow.ly/1526o
 
9:34am, Feb 08 
iPad in the family: What it'll take http://ow.ly/1524n
 
9:26am, Feb 08 
My own private... hydrogen power station? http://ow.ly/151IK
 
9:23am, Feb 08 
Using Calibre to convert an RTF ebook to MOBI so I can read it on my Kindle.
Tuesday
Feb022010

Adobe is Running Scared from Evolving Standards

Buy this from SpreadshirtLike the iPhone and iPod Touch that came before it, the iPad runs the same slimmed-down version of Mac OS X complete with it's multi-touch controls, icons and menu bar.

The iPad also shares with its forebears a lack of support for Adobe's Flash. Flash is an application runtime environment (a nerdy way of saying "software that lets other software work") that competes with the native applications on the iPhone, so it would make business sense that Apple might exclude it from the native capabilities of the "iPlatform".

More likely however, is the fact that Flash is buggy, crashes often and can suck up CPU cycles like crazy.

Case in point: now that I'm running Google Chrome on my MacBook, I can see how often Flash crashes as the browser will remain functioning but indicate that the plug-in has crashed. These are crashes I used to blame on my browser - Safari, Firefox, Opera, Camino - all of them. Shame on me.

Given how maniacal Apple is about the user experience and stability of the iPlatform, it's a no-brainer for them to exclude Flash - competitive issues aside.

And now, with the triumvirate of the iPhone, iPod Touch and soon iPad, Adobe is getting a little uncomfortable. If there's one company that can utilize its momentum and marketing prowess to shift an industry from de facto standards to web standards, it's Apple - and in this case, that web standard is HTML5.

Apple did this for the Webkit rendering engine that now powers Safari and Mobile Safari, but also Google Chrome, Android and soon a variety of other Webkit-based browsers for mobile devices like BlackBerry. They did it for video with H.264 and soon, they'll do it for HTML5.

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Monday
May252009

Buying Software for Jailbroken Hardware

So, yeah. I jailbroke my iPhone. I did it primarily so I could use Qik and uStream and so I could add Search functionality.

A funny thing happened after I did that: I found some software that I can't live without. But therein lies a dilemma.

You: Wait - how is finding something you love a bad thing?

Well, that software requires that I purchase a software license.

You: Okaaaaay. So, just buy it!

Not so fast. Think about the premise for a moment: a developer wants me to purchase his software for a phone whose manufacturer may block me from using that software at some point in the future. It's kind of like buying a car and wondering if gas stations will continue to sell the kind of gas you need to run it.

I'm supportive of software developers, especially small, innovative shops that deliver valuable tools. I think it's great that they've found a market and can make some money for their creativity and hard work but as a buyer, it can be hard to reconcile that kind of risk.

OK, so it's not a huge risk. The software only costs $9.99. (That's like, my espresso budget for a couple of days.) But it did make me think.

The software is called IntelliScreen and it's made by a company called Rock Your Phone.

From their site:

Need to know where your next meeting is? Do you have any new email? What about a quick glimpse at your SMS/Text messages or weather? Want to catch the latest news, but Safari is too slow? IntelliScreen allows you to glimpse at your critical data on your iPhone "Slide to Unlock" screen!

Features:

  • View Calendar, Email, Text Messages, News, Sports, and Weather from your iPhone "Slide To Unlock" screen
  • Taskbar Icons for Missed Email, SMS, and Phone calls
  • QuickView
  • View/Mark Read/Mark Unread/Delete your Emails and SMS from the Lock Screen
  • 2 IntelliScreens
  • Double Tap the Clock Area to goto Page 2
  • Hide IntelliScreen with a Swipe to the left on the Clock Area
  • Swipe Right to get it back
  • Customizable Alert Reminders
  • Don't forget about a missed call, unread email, unread SMS, or repeating Calendar Alerts

 

Quite simply, it rocks. It's become an indispensible tool for me. (And no, I have no ties to the company whatsoever, financial or otherwise.)

Consequently, I downloaded another one of their apps called "MyProfiles" and yes, I will buy it, too once the trial is over. It costs $4.99.

From their site:

Find yourself constantly changing the settings on your iPhone depending on what you're doing or where you are? How about getting alerted when a critical email comes in from your boss? What about being able to sleep at night without being disturbed, unless it's a call from a loved one? Wish you didn't have to keep changing the auto-lock function when you're charging at your desk? Do all of this and more with MyProfiles!

Profile your iPhone!

Adjust how your iPhone behaves based on time, location, connected devices, low battery, and more.

Features:

  • Custom alerting of email based on Subject, Sender, Sent Only to You, and Mail Accounts.
  • Custom alerting of SMS messages and missed calls based on caller phone #.
  • Modify the Vibrate Pattern so you can be quietly alerted to a specific email.
  • Repeating Alerts for Email, SMS, and Missed Calls.
  • Silence Calls via WhiteList or BlackList
  • Escalating Rings and Vibrate 1st then Ring
  • Adjust WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Push Email, Auto Lock, and 3G based on Location, Time of Day, and more.
  • Automatic rules engine to enable profiles
  • Vibrate, Sound, or Flash Alerting with Alert Quiet Time
  • Manual Override Profile by holding down the home button and pressing up and down on the Volume buttons.

When do I really have to stop and think about buying software for a jailbroken iPhone? Probably when the price hits almost $30.

pdaNet is a software application that's been around for awhile for Palm Treos, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and is now available for jailbroken iPhones. Created by a company called JuneFabrics, it enables you to connect to the AT&T 3G network using your iPhone and a Wifi enabled computer that supports the creation of "ad hoc networks." The Mac does this easily - I'm unsure about Windows and Linux.

From their site:

pdaNet has been one of the most popular software for Windows Mobile phones and Palm OS phones. It is now ported to the iPhone! The latest version turns your iPhone into a true WiFi router for your computer (MAC or PC), and allows your laptop to go online wirelessly through the 3G network on the iPhone. It also supports USB tethering for Windows users.

While there has been quite a few other third party software (iPhoneModem, NetShare etc. and also the built-in OpenSSH) that tether your iPhone through a junky SOCKS proxy solution. PdaNet, on the other hand, is miles ahead! Here is a list of what PdaNet can do:

  • You will get FULL Internet access on the computer! (Instead of only applications that support Socks proxy.) In technical terms, all applications make direct TCP/IP connections to the server. Since there is no proxy involved, that also means less problems and less delays.
  • VPN connections are supported on the computer.
  • You don't need to configure anything on the computer end whenever you connect PdaNet. No proxy settings, no extra software installation, no messing with static IP assignment, no switching settings back and forth when going back to your home's WiFi router.
  • Yes it will connect at 3G speed if your phone has the coverage. Feedback from our users shows pretty fast speed even for the 2G version.
  • WiFi Router Mode supports PC, MAC, Linux or anything devices that supports ad-hoc WiFi connection. See WiFi setup instructions.
  • USB Tether Mode makes things even simpler. It allows you to with one click from the computer end. See USB setup instructions. USB mode even allows your computer to go online using the iPhone's WiFi Internet connection.
  • PdaNet runs in the background so you can still use other iPhone features when PdaNet is connected.
  • PdaNet has a built-in "insomnia" feature so you can turn off the phone when PdaNet is in the foreground and it won't drop your active connection. This will conserve battery.
  • When PdaNet is connected, you can SSH/SCP to your phone using domain "my.iPhone".

However, once again, a software update for the iPhone could render the application useless. Additionally, it's really meant for the person who occassionally wants to connect their laptop to the interwebs. If you're going to connect often, get yourself dedicated hardware and a service plan or suffer the rath of AT&T who will most certainly suspend your account for a "Terms of Service" violation.

Would you buy software for your jailbroken iPhone? Have you already? Why? Tell me in the comments.

Wednesday
Apr152009

Free Shipping

Just in case you didn't realize that The Apple Store wasn't going to charge you for the download...

 

Monday
Nov032008

Into the Cloud

Cloud from the Inkscape Tutorials blogToday is the day I moved completely into the Cloud.

After having my netbook (an Acer Aspire One) for a few weeks, I've been trying to determine my optimal workflow. Today, I realized I had a couple of holes that needed to be filled.

Here was my original setup, BN (Before Netbook):

  • Productivity: Office 2008; iWork (Keynote, Pages, Numbers)
  • Corporate Email: Microsoft Exchange (Entourage on the Mac with occasional use of Outlook Web Access)
  • Calendar: Microsoft Exchange (Entourage on the Mac with occasional use of Outlook Web Access)
  • Contact Database: OS X Address Book
  • GTD: Remember the Milk Pro Account
  • Personal email: Google Apps (as spam filter and mail archive) forwarded to Mobile Me, then using this effective workaround to send email from my domain.

I used over-the-air (OTA) sync for everything (calendar, contacts) and had push email for both my personal and corporate email. I like the OS X Address Book for contacts instead of Entourage/Exchange because I enjoy having people's photos appear in their contact entry and when they call on my iPhone. ;)

Over the past few weeks, I've begun using ThinkFree Office for reasons you can learn about here. It's been a pretty seamless transition and has really helped me use the netbook effectively.

Today however, while in a meeting, I realized that I needed to send personal email from my netbook. That's when the fun began.

The first problem with Mobile Me is that you can't set the "FROM" address to use your own domain. (Hence the above workaround.)

The second problem is that the Mobile Me online Address Book just plain sucks. I needed to get an email address from my contact database and it was such a painfully slow experience. Even on a fast Mac using Safari, it takes an inordinate amount of time to load.

That's when I realized that I needed to go into the Cloud a bit more deeply in order to get my workflow right. So, here's my setup as of this evening:

  • Productivity: ThinkFree Office Netbook Edition + ThinkFree Office for Mac
  • Corporate Email: Exchange (Outlook Web Access for the netbook + Entourage on the Mac)
  • Calendar: Exchange (Outlook Web Access for the netbook + Entourage on the Mac)
  • Personal Email: Google Apps
  • Contact Database: OS X Address Book syncing with Google Contacts
  • GTD: Remember the Milk Pro Account syncing with Todo from Appigo on my iPhone (thanks to Brad Feld for the tip)

What I lost:

  • OTA syncing of my contacts. I now have to sync my contacts with a cable between my iPhone and my Mac. Any additions to my contact database while on-the-go with the netbook will have to be done on my iPhone (if I want to use them while away from my Mac) then sync'd up when I get back to my desk.
  • Push email for my personal mail account. 

What I gained:

  • The ability to send and receive email from my own domain from any modern browser.
  • Access to my contacts in from any modern browser and natively on my Mac.

Those simple changes should allow me to get the most out of this little experiment. I'm sure more of my computing will move into the cloud, at some point.