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Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-01-31

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  • Old school! http://ech.cc/icJMAL #
  • iGotYa — awesome anti-theft iPhone app (jailbroken phones only) http://ech.cc/dG0EAk #
  • Noise Industries offers Manifesto for free — titling plug-in for FCP, Motion, After Effects (for FxFactory) http://ech.cc/g4O9DS #
  • For hours now, I've been arranging recorded audio and animation timing. Wheee! #
  • Fuji FinePix X100 first look. Beautiful camera! http://ech.cc/fI5W4b #
  • BlackBerry 6 OS update available for Verizon Bold 9650: http://us.blackberry.com/update/ #
  • Hmmm. OS 6 on the Blackberry 9650 started off a bit sluggish, but things seem to have cached now… #
  • I had to System Restore because a Win7 update caused Boot Camp to blue screen on boot. Hate every minute of using Windows. #windows #fail #
  • @meen WhatsApp crashed my Blackberry, too, after I upgraded to OS 6. Trying most recent version, and will uninstall if it still fails… #
  • Congrats to Sensational Seas producer Anna DeLoach for being selected into the Women Divers Hall of Fame class of 2011! http://bit.ly/agIwWG #
  • @meen Latest version seems to work! #
  • @echeng Decades of amazing work? ;) #
  • @sterlingz Hmm. Thinking of going to MacWorld tomorrow. Worth it? Any cool photo stuff? #
  • Wow. Turning off the Internet a last resort in Egypt. This will not end well for many. (via @johnolilly) #
  • @gillat Are you at MacWorld this week? #
  • The 24 Hours of One Day In One Single Photo http://ech.cc/i28Dt2 #
  • Looking low-power 2nd video card for mid-2010 Mac Pro. Any advice? NVIDIA GT 120 says 2009 only, and doesn't support 1920×1200 (whaa?) #
  • Headed to MacWorld Expo with @sterlingz #
  • Lunch with Daniel Brown. Macs / iCrap brings everyone outside their geek caves! ;) #
  • En route to Herbst Theater to play in a Chinese New Year performance (or, as the Chinese say, "The Herbert Theater"). #
  • There are dozens, if not hundreds, of dancers dressed in mice and crazy costumes backstage at Herbst. #
  • What's a little air bowing between friends? #
  • We playing after the "Spicy Hot Pot Girls" dance and a vocal duet from Phantom of the Opera. #
  • Article and video from Jim Abernethy and the shark bite earlier this week. http://ech.cc/eEeYpi #
  • I liked a YouTube video — Shark bite victim speaks http://youtu.be/uOvmpnXJQvU?a #
  • @leyanlo once you go SSD, you'll never go back! #
  • Vienna Teng (@viennateng) & Alex Wong at Yoshi's, Oakland on March 13. Tickets available now. http://ech.cc/fKuhRK #
  • Hours and hours and hours of photo contest judging coordination this weekend. Tiring. Too much screen time in the cave. #
  • Whoah. Just discovered http://osx.iusethis.com/ and AppFresh (http://metaquark.de/appfresh/). It's MacUpdate / Versiontracker for free. #
  • Northern Mariana Islands Passes Shark Fin Ban Legislation http://ech.cc/gFOk4h #
| link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jan 31, 2011 07:01:00

Why Blackberry is the only viable international phone (for USA residents)

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If you travel out of the country a lot like I do, you need a Blackberry. Here’s why. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 29, 2011 22:38:31

Walkera Lama3 RC helicopter with GoPro HD Hero camera

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@echeng and his chopper

I went up on the roof with Sterling to fly my Walkera Lama3 RC helicopter, which has custom carbon fiber skids and GoPro HD Hero camera mount (made by my good friend, Don Kehoe). It was my first outdoor flight with the rig — scary, because the ‘copter is front heavy now, which means that it really wants to go forward, and because there was quite a bit of wind. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Jan 29, 2011 12:59:57

Little Snitch (useful network monitor for Mac) is 50% off today

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Little Snitch, a Mac utility that monitors and control network access from a computer, is on sale for 50% off for 47 (more) hours. I find Little Snitch to be absolutely indispensable, and feel naked using a computer without it. I rely on Little Snitch to tell me which apps are requesting connections to the internet, and approve/deny access appropriately (you can set permissions for the session, or for all time).

It’s useful as a monitoring app, but I’ve actually found it to be the most useful when I’m traveling and using low-bandwidth internet connections. In these cases, I tell Little Snitch to block ALL internet access and open specific pipes for whatever I am using at the moment (usually, email, twitter, and web). This prevents your computer from going online and, for example, downloading OS and application updates.

Little Snitch is on sale via MacUpdatePromo no longer on sale.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jan 29, 2011 00:00:45

Connecting 3 monitors to a Mac Pro / ATI Radeon 5870

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3 displays attached to a mid-2010 Mac Pro / ATI Radeon 5870

Last week, I sold my MacBook Pro, which means that I am finally back to running on a single machine (plus a MacBook Air for work)[^1]. I used to run the MBP on a 30″ monitor, using teleport to share a mouse and keyboard across machines, but when I sold the notebook, I decided that I’d like to connect all 3 of my monitors to my Mac Pro. This has proven to be more difficult than I thought it would be. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 6 comments » | Jan 28, 2011 17:40:19

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-01-24

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  • @sterlingz "You Are Not A Gadget" costs more on Kindle than it does in paperback shipped to my house. #kindlefail #
  • Special thanks to Antoni and Laurel for cooking us an incredible pseudo-Japanese dinner last night! #
  • So far, there are 6 people in the audience at my talk. It's going to be intimate. #
  • Ok! 29 now. Feel better. :) #
  • Successful and fun talk at the Wildlife Photographers of Silicon Valley monthly meeting in San Jose. Thanks for hosting me! http://wpsv.org #
  • Keyboard shortcuts, Word 2011 for Mac: CTRL-SHIFT-M increases indent. What decreases indent? #
  • @tonywu Oh no! What about yum yum yellow? RT @science: Study finds sharks are probably color blind. http://bbc.in/fVzTjW #
  • These 13 hr days (incl driving) before starting my photo and other work are really starting to affect my energy. #
  • OK. How do I turn off Scroll Lock in Excel 2011 for Mac? I don't have a scroll lock key. Infuriating! #
  • @wooster I have no F14. I have up to F12. (I saw those articles — tried trashing prefs, which also didn't work) #
  • Uploaded 250MB TWICE to El-Co Color Labs for a print order. Both failed after complete upload (tried two different browsers). Waste of 60min #
  • Nothing like a 90 min commute to start the day. Terrible traffic today! #
  • Anyone (domestic) want a Canon 2011 datebook? Got it from CPS. Free, plus $2 for shipping. http://yfrog.com/gyn3oasj #
  • Due to poor planning (not on my part), I will be commuting 200 miles today. Yee-haw. #
  • @alexkingorg Infinite battery life! But no backlighting. #
  • @johnolilly Probably for USB optical drive? I have a housed SuperDrive with no eject button. #
  • @johnolilly I discovered on Monday that the Air has no IR port for remotes. Had to borrow someone's iPhone for Keynote remote. #
  • I liked a YouTube video — Amazing Pool Trick Shots http://youtu.be/cKlgwrxvwOQ?a #
  • I have joined the Board of Directors at Shark Savers. If you're interested in sharks, check out the site! http://www.sharksavers.org/ #
  • @uwfotog SO CUTE! http://yfrog.com/h0523lj #
  • I just bought a $20 Amazon gift card for $10 through #livingsocial I'm told it's a real deal! http://ech.cc/dSyz8w #
  • Google Voice now allows number porting (people are going to be confused!) http://ech.cc/fXoR6L #
  • Migrating primary data from notebook back to Mac Pro (less travel this year). It will be strange to be tethered to a desktop again! #
  • Hmm. DropBox supports sync over LAN, but I just connected a new machine to my account, and it is pulling data from the cloud. #
  • Just noticed that the background music I used in one of the videos for my WPSV talk had a bunch of f-bombs in it. #oops #
  • Hrm. Buy a $12.97 CD for lossless transfer, or $9.99 MP3s? Give me lossless download, please! #cdbaby #
  • Pam's company is "doing Glee" for a company offsite. Sounds like hell to me. #
  • I liked a YouTube video — Angry Birds Peace Treaty http://youtu.be/bMltvlqEM54?a #
  • I have broken apart my SSD RAID to recondition the individual drives in prep for MacBook Pro sale. No going back, now! ;) #
  • RT @adamnash: Mike Schroepfer (@schrep) joins the BoD of Ancestry.com. #in http://j.mp/ihtz1l #
  • @sterlingz Whaa? where are you going? SFO is local to me, you know. :) #
  • People, stop using noise reduction so aggressively!! #
  • Seriously, who is teaching people to use noise reduction until there is no detail left? Someone must be teaching — it's everywhere. #
  • Duke Nukem Forever shipping May 3. Yeah, right. http://ech.cc/fV41fu #
  • @dhiin Thank you! I'm not sure what Shorty Awards are, but I'll check it out. :) #
  • I love the Wetpixel community classifieds. I sold my MacBook Pro in like 2 hours. http://ech.cc/fYtWGd #
  • @marjoaho You're probably right. I'm judging a photo contest and there are hundreds of images ruined by aggressive de-noising. #
  • @alexkingorg Where did you get OS6?? #
  • I liked a YouTube video — Berliner Philharmoniker YouTube Symphony Masterclass Viola ?? http://youtu.be/pTKSPQmu7xc?a #
  • @adamnash Happy birthday to you and Carolyn! Great to see you, @schrep, @johnolilly, @sharonnash, and Mr. 1-Tweet, @jeremyhenricks. ;) #
  • @sterlingz Will you move here already?? ;) #
  • Pam tried to make sea salt coffee (a la 85C). #fail #
  • Uh oh. Chase.com is down. It's bad when financials orgs have infrastructure failure. #fail #chase #
  • @johnolilly I just gave Pam an ultimatum: get all paper off of the dining table before leaving for work trip tonight. #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 24, 2011 07:01:00

Classical shredding

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If you are a classical musician or music buff, you MUST see these incredible videos. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Jan 23, 2011 19:48:40

London robbery scam

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This is the second email like this I’ve gotten from a friend’s compromised email account. People, please don’t fall for stuff like this!

This had to come in a hurry and it has left me in a devastating state. I am in some terrible situation and I’m really going to need your urgent help. Yesterday, unannounced, I came down to London for an urgent situation. Well we actually got robbed and they made away with my wallet (which included my cash, diaries and credit cards). My cell phones were not brought along since I did not get to roam them before coming over. The phone cables have been burnt including internet connection cables and the Hotel’s database has been compromised as well. So all I can do now is pay cash and get out of here quickly.
I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively,I will appreciate if you can lend me the sum of $2450 to sort-out my bills and to get the next available flight home, I’ll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return, let me know if you can be of any help. Please be rest assured that I’d have your money reimbursed to you immediately I get home. I hope to read from you as soon as possible. Please keep this to yourself only! i will explain better to you when i get back home.

It’s a common scam, and I’m putting it here on the web to add yet another page for Google to find and index in the hopes that people will find it.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Jan 21, 2011 16:19:45

Angry Birds Peace Treaty

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Say what? Say what? F- off!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jan 20, 2011 22:23:45

Malaria parasite invades human blood cell: the video

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A Plasmodium parasite invades a human blood cell, and is caught on video.

Jake Baum at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues used transmission electron microscopy and 3D immuno-fluorescence microscopy to record a series of still images during the 30-second-long invasion, and combined them into a movie.

Pretty cool.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 20, 2011 17:53:13

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-01-17

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  • Why would an app take focus and have "Stop" be default button (for space bar to activate)?? Terrible UI design, ScanSnap Manager for Mac. #
  • Why isn't Normal #10 Envelope the first option when I search for "envelope" in Word for Mac 2011's Document Gallery? #ui #fail #
  • Jen Shyu in the New York Times yesterday! Congrats, Jen! :) http://www.nytimes.com/slidesh…..azz-8.html #
  • SynthCam – synthetic aperture camera app for iPhone (shallow depth of field, background object removal) http://ech.cc/g8jhBD #
  • Verizon iPhone with mobile hotspot capability! http://www.engadget.com/apple/verizon-iphone/ #
  • My Verizon Blackberry Tour 9630 eBay auction ends in 8 hours! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA…..0561900354 #
  • Why are there no tweets for 11:11:11 on 1/11/11? My geeky friends usually love that stuff. #
  • Chrome joining Firefox by dropping H.264 support. Video is too important to be encumbered. Next move.. http://t.co/tO31l0I (via @johnolilly) #
  • "What They’re Not Telling You About HDR Images" http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2010/archives/10746 #
  • So tempted… http://ech.cc/f9x3tm ;) #
  • Adobe Reader X 10.0 install takes 415MB?? http://yfrog.com/gzwz8p #
  • Penguin tracking bands affect survival, reproduction (duh) http://ech.cc/hmhrkD (via Howard Hall) #
  • Economic types, please tell me how these numbers work. http://yfrog.com/h8tsnkp #
  • This Freecom drive with USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 could be the Wiebetech replacement we've been looking for (thin). http://ech.cc/f9kUXt #
  • Have kids who play w/your iPhone/iPad? Do yrslf a favor: Turn ON Settings>General>Restrictions & turn OFF In App Purchases! (via @manukumar) #
  • Why hello there… http://yfrog.com/h4yw7gj #
  • "What is 'waking gibbons?'" – Pam, regarding moon phases #
  • Amy Chua's article surprises no one who was raised by a "Chinese mother." What's the big deal? http://on.wsj.com/hWTurD #
  • Spammers finally found my #Smugmug account. Had to turn on global comment moderation. How about some collaborative filtering, guys? ;) #
  • @tonyylu How do I "like" a tweet? ;) #
  • Sales tax for a Quicktime 7 Pro unlock key? I am so confused. No physical product. #
  • @adamnash I protest by not wishing you happy birthday until I see you in person. ;) #
  • What is going on at 16th and Harrison? Lots of young, scantily-clad women / girls. Tutus and other such clothing. #
  • My Sonic.net DSL has been down for more than 30 minutes, and their support lines are closed. ISP that closes? Strange! #
  • @dane yeah. Already rebooted everything. Will wait until morning. Have VZW MiFi as backup. :) #
  • @sterlingz QuickCursor doesn't support Chrome? Bummer. #
  • Survey claims 26% of AT&T iPhone users will switch to Verizon. http://ech.cc/hLRrlD #
  • Amy Chua Responds to Readers on Chinese Parenting – Ideas Market – WSJ http://instapaper.com/zVnhyrk1M #
  • I really don't like the recent "news as slideshow" phenomenon — cheap way to log a few page clicks. #
  • I liked a YouTube video — 3D No glasses by Jonathan Post http://youtu.be/Uef17zOCDb8?a #
  • Angry Birds on Blackberry http://ech.cc/faTw2H #
  • Basking shark inspired turbine could replace dams (AKA "Strait Power") http://ech.cc/eHriwx #
  • I liked a YouTube video — Strait Power Anthony Reale pat. pen.mov http://youtu.be/Y7iLjMLQbCs?a #
  • Wow — found this repository of the old Sierra games I used to play as a kid. http://sarien.net/ #
  • My 12-core Mac Pro is 88-92% idle when rendering a basic 2-video comp in After Effects CS5. #
  • I liked a YouTube video — Graphic Violence http://youtu.be/bAC4Nvb2f0M?a #
  • I liked a YouTube video — Construction with Quadrotor Teams http://youtu.be/W18Z3UnnS_0?a #
  • A friend asked me recently for book recs so I put together this list using Amazon. List of what I've read recently: http://ech.cc/ericbooks #
  • @AdobeAE Ahhh. "Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously" is off in After Effects by default. I see. #
  • @adamnash You trusted Fry's? #trustfail #
  • Just went through 81 friend requests on Facebook (diverting those I don't know to my fan page). There has to be a better way to do this. #
  • @sterlingz no — never read that. Will check it out! Already have a queue of dozens, so one more can't hurt… :) #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 17, 2011 07:01:00

Walkera Lama3 RC helicopter with GoPro camera

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My buddy Don Kehoe built new landing skids and a GoPro HD Hero camera mount for my Lama3 RC helicopter. I popped it off of the ground briefly to see whether the new rig is balanced, and it is! Can’t wait to take it somewhere to take some aerials.

One issue to deal with: the GoPro is vibrating harmonically. I think we may need a larger mount with more foam to dampen it.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jan 16, 2011 16:46:52

I’m speaking in San Jose tomorrow, Jan 17

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I’m giving a talk on photography tomorrow, Monday, January 17, 2011 at the monthly Wildlife Photographers of Silicon Valley event. The meeting is at 6:30pm in the back room at Harry’s Hofbrau at 390 Saratoga Ave in San Jose, California, and should run for about an hour.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 16, 2011 16:36:17

The future of 3D (prototype no-glasses method)

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I can’t wait to try it. ;)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Jan 15, 2011 16:43:05

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-01-10

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  • Process "awacsd" in Mac OS X 10.6.5 (related to Back to my Mac) was using 4.5GB memory. Niiice… #
  • Last night in Taiwan! At a brewery / thai restaurant with Dad, sister, Char and Peter. http://yfrog.com/h6qleacj #
  • Polar bears destroy spy cams (video) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie…..t-12070732 #
  • Stuck in Taipei traffic on the way to the airport. We may not make our flight. #
  • On our way here, a United flight attendant put a bag of peanuts and napkin on my stomach while I was sleeping. Let's see if they do it again #
  • Need to stock up on food at Narita to hedge against the likelihood of nasty food on the flight back to the States! #
  • Hrm. Looks like it's senior flight attendant night on United NRT-SFO. #
  • Pam and I should have had a themed wedding. http://ech.cc/gGUyDF #
  • Jetlag sucks. It's 2:15am and I'm NOT TIRED AT ALL! #
  • I'll be at CES tomorrow (Thursday). Anyone want to meet up? #
  • How do I auto-Instapaper every link @johnolilly includes in a tweet and auto-buy the Kindle version of every book he reviews? #
  • I think I'm going to give up on the "Context" field in Omnifocus. I can't be a hardcore GTD guy. #
  • Going to export and create my first 4K (16:9) timelapse video (that Kyoto tilt shift one I uploaded yesterday). #
  • 4 hrs of sleep, and off to Vegas for CES. It's a good thing I'm jetlagged! Waking up was easy. :) #
  • @sterlingz is the new Twitter for Mac better than Tweetie and Tweetdeck? Feel like abandoning Tweetie cuz no bitly api support. #
  • RT @saveourseas: President Obama signs the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 into law: http://sosf.me/dOworm #
  • @gillat hope to see you at #CES Headed to SFO now bound for Vegas. #
  • I have a bunch of images in this book! Post: The Secret of Pig Island published: http://wpx.in/hPW3ST #
  • @sterlingz hate hootsuite when I tried it because of owl.ly implementation. Is it better now? #
  • Calling iphones in the bay area: why bother? #
  • I think I'm losing my mind. Missed flight to vegas, and on standby now. Was a clock at my house an hour late? Or my brain?? #
  • @dane my verizon phone works very well in the SF Bay Area. Wonder if iphone for verizon will take down the network when it comes out? :) #
  • Reading a book on eels. Eel blood contains a neurotoxin? I did not know! #
  • @LeisurePro certainly, the freshwater (catagromous) eels. Book is mostly about them. #
  • @sterlingz yes — going to CES! #
  • #CES theme this year seems to be crappy 3D source material on nice 3D displays. #
  • Lady Gaga is here. http://yfrog.com/h2h7jvj #
  • Vincent Laforet on the Canon stage #ces http://yfrog.com/gzierloj #
  • Just bumped into Russell Latimer of Eye of Mine! #CES #
  • @gillat hey ziv! How do I tell an Eye-Fi card not to transfer images directly to a computer when I don't have the target computer with me? #
  • Verizon and Novatel disabled the routeroverusb bit in it's newest MiFi firmware. Lame. #
  • Crashing the Philips suite at #CES to hang out with Tammy. #
  • Looks like the Adult entertainment expo is starting. I see sexy costumes everywhere. Always a funny combo with #CES #
  • @gillat Hey ziv. Does Eye-Fi work if we're using double NAT? we are stuck with it at the Venetian and can't upload images through hotel. #
  • Backstage at D@CES acting as @atow's photo and tech assistant. #
  • "Foursquare, the quintessential tool in the social media douche belt" http://ow.ly/3Aefz ouch! (via @sterlingz) #
  • My photos from #CES (ongoing): http://www.facebook.com/album……175898c7d3 #
  • @manukumar You were the first #earthquake tweet in my list. #
  • Enjoying listening to the interview of Twitter's Dick Costolo at D@CES. Liveblog here: http://bit.ly/gnARug #CES #
  • At the D@CES party at V bar. I'm proud to (probably) be the only one wearing a t-shirt. #
  • @gillat thanks, ziv. but I wanted only jpg online transfer to go, ignoring raw files. Eyefi was continuing to relay all, including raw. #
  • There are pigeons in the plaza at the Venetian in Vegas. Now, it feels authentic (except that all I can hear right now is loud Mandarin). #
  • Driven away by Beijingers. #
  • @tonywu :) http://yfrog.com/h3dgrbj #
  • Bumped into @schrep and shared a cab to the airport! Small world at #CES #
  • Damn — I missed the Tesla Model S while at #CES #
  • I'm sure the 100,000 iPhone users at CES will remember AT&T's epic coverage #fail when the Verizon iPhone is announced. #
  • @adamnash when are you going to invite me to lunch at LinkedIn? I still have that mouse you wanted. :) #
  • Catching up on iPad organization. Making folders and downloading apps like GV Connect (glad it's back!) #
  • Is Southwest ever on time? It is supposed to be, but all I've seen this week are delays and cancellations. #
  • I can see my breath here in SF. Cold! Humid! #
  • I was just dubbed, "best plane friend ever." Thanks, Brendan! #
  • Hah! Smugmug offers 20% off of first year membership with discount code "flickr" http://ech.cc/fdIwh2 #
  • WOW — coelacanth filmed in the wild at ~115m off of Mozambique! http://ech.cc/hCG8WJ #
  • After the last Mac OS X update (10.6.6) I have a rogue java app constantly taking up 15-100% CPU on MacBook Pro. Annoying. #
  • Jack's cool shoes. http://yfrog.com/hsbhaej #
  • I'm speaking at the Wildlife Photographers of Silicon Valley club meeting on Mon, Jan 17 @ 6:30p (San Jose, CA) http://wpsv.org/ #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 10, 2011 07:01:00

Setting up Gmail properly on iPad and iPhone / iOS 4

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A post I wrote in April 2010 called How to properly set up Gmail on your iPad has gotten nearly 50,000 page views since it went live. Users of Gmail are used to its archive-instead-of-delete model, but by default, Apple devices prior to iOS 4 were deleting trashed messages when integrated with Gmail. iPads running the original OS and iPhones running iPhone OS 1.1.2 -> 3.x needed special instructions to set up Gmail accounts properly, which is detailed in the post I linked to above. (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jan 8, 2011 19:01:10

iPad only (plus Blackberry) for 3 days

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As I was running out of the house on Thursday for CES in Las Vegas, I opened up my small messenger bag, removed my MacBook Air, and replaced it with my iPad. My reasoning was simple — I’d be running around the show floor at CES, and using a notebook computer would be impractical compared to whipping out a tablet and showing pictures or looking something up on the web (I use my iPad with a Verizon MiFi, so I still had network access — AT&T users were out of luck). I was also originally scheduled only to be away for the day.

When I arrived at the airport, a series of events led to a decision to stay in Las Vegas for 3 days. Suddenly, I was worried. I didn’t have a charger with me and had never tried to be productive on the iPad for such a long period of time. (read more »)

Las Vegas, NV | link | trackb | 3 comments » | Jan 8, 2011 14:47:51

Lady Gaga is Creative Director at Polaroid. Whut?

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Lady Gaga at the Polaroid booth at CES

When I walked by the Polaroid booth yesterday, I thought to myself, “Hmm. I should go by their booth to see why they still exist.” Instead, I walked to the Canon booth (next door) and started looking at the prints in one of their displays. About half an hour later, Lady Gaga appeared at the Polaroid booth to unveil a few new products: a portable printer, some sort of camera, and glasses with an embedded camera (the first, they claim, but they were beaten by the Liquid Image Goggles long ago). She took a picture of the audience with her Blackberry, yelled “You’re fucking famous!” and printed the photo out on the portable printer.

Apparently, Lady Gaga is the new Creative Director at Polaroid. I find this to be totally bizarre — and, distracting. I’m not even a fan of her music, but I was so distracted by her presence and the huge crowd around her that I still have no idea what the new Polaroid camera is or does.

Las Vegas, NV | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jan 7, 2011 18:19:56

Kyoto Tower Hotel intersection tilt-shift timelapse

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A timelapse video of the intersection in front of the Kyoto Tower Hotel taken from a room at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto. Shot with Canon EOS 7D. Individual frames processed / exported in Lightroom and lens-blurred with alpha channel depth map in Photoshop. Timelapse video created in Quicktime 7 Pro. Shot and processed to emulate tilt-shift miniaturization videos.

Kyoto, Japan | link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 5, 2011 04:26:36

Kyoto taxi stand timelapse, Japan

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I took this timelapse from my window at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto. There was an excellent elevated walkway above the train station as well, but I didn’t have time to shoot it.

Frames captured with Canon EOS 7D, processed/exported in Adobe Lightroom, and built into a video using Quicktime 7 Pro.

Kyoto, Japan | link | trackb | no comments » | Jan 5, 2011 01:46:09
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