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Epic iPad 2 review at Noodletron

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Sterling Zumbrunn and I are excited to launch Noodletron, a new technology website dedicated to discussions about technology, digital workflow, social media, and photography.

Our first big article is a review of Apple’s iPad 2, a device that still has people lining up at Apple stores nearly three weeks after its release date. Sterling has tried more iOS apps than anyone else I know, and his thoughts about iPad and iOS are always worth reading.

We could use some help spreading the word about Noodletron and the iPad 2 review! If you like the review, please share it with your friends. :)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Mar 30, 2011 09:12:20

Sonic.net says no bandwidth caps

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I was happy to receive this email today from Sonic.net (my ADSL provider). I love their service: I’m getting 30Mbps down and 2Mbps up, and their current plan (which I’m going to switch to) offers 40Mbps down for less than $70/month. I don’t abuse my bandwidth, but it’s good to know that I have no caps.

With news about AT&T’s announcement last week that they will be imposing usage caps on their ADSL and U-Verse VDSL customers, we have received a lot of inquiries about whether or not this will affect Sonic.net customers, and whether we plan to follow the lead of Comcast and AT&T. We are also being asked why AT&T is imposing caps, and about their $10 per 50GB overage charges.

Here’s the bottom line: Sonic.net has no plans to impose usage caps on our customers. For more details and discussion of this topic, please click to read the article on our site, Drilling Through the Caps.

Thank you for very much your ongoing patronage, and for spreading the word about Sonic.net — uncapped, unlimited, and the best customer service around!

Sincerely,
Dane Jasper
CEO & Co-Founder
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| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 28, 2011 18:14:41

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-03-28

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  • @HootSuite love your platform! Feature request: send to Instapaper w/o opening a link. #
  • Had to delete @Evernote off of my iPhone and re-install—was crashing on start (& continues to be unstable). Love the service; app needs work #
  • @johnolilly I'm on NV / Elements / DropBox, but I still have some PDFs and web clippings going to Evernote. #
  • @johnolilly Found a way to migrate from Everynote to NV/Dropbox? (I haven't looked, yet) #
  • It is painful to continuously be turning down FAM trips that include airfare. #
  • Change or change: your choice. @ Whole Foods Market http://instagr.am/p/CcDE3/ #
  • Awesome: Play any HTML5 Video over AirPlay from your iOS device http://ow.ly/4jgFI #
  • It's on! (face timelapse) http://ow.ly/4jgNh #
  • @atow It's too bad you didn't have this years ago. ;) http://ow.ly/4jgQs #
  • The Aurora (beautiful timelapse) http://vimeo.com/21294655 #
  • @tjx time to switch to @mailchimp! #
  • Glasses-free 3D LG Thrill 4G. It's coming. http://ow.ly/1sdnf2 #
  • "Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power" http://ow.ly/1sdxGn #
  • Whatever Nuclear Power’s Threat, No Easy Alternatives http://ow.ly/1sdxNS #
  • Have heard others talking about two of my friends tonight (at a restaurant) #smallworld #
  • @danemhoward Good luck with the hire! Sounds like it would be fun. :) #
  • @marjoaho I think his point is a little more complicated than you're making it out to be. #
  • @marjoaho I was just saying that the story always changes when you zoom in and look at a few people (instead of big picture). #
  • @marjoaho You're pointing out a micro-effect and using an emotional argument. #
  • @marjoaho the point, for me, is that it is easy to complain and not come up with viable alternatives #
  • @marjoaho the current methods for acquiring materials and generating energy are also terrible. #
  • @marjoaho Yes, I agree. But it is also easy to take a polar stand when you are directly affected. #
  • @marjoaho If you consider "emotion" for one, you must consider for others. http://ow.ly/4kOou #
  • @marjoaho I'm done here. Twitter is hardly the medium for a debate. #
  • @davekim True. Both of the friends I mentioned are fairly well-known… #
  • I'm giving a talk this Saturday at ImagingDNA in Pasadena. Come see pretty pictures / learn about ocean conservation! http://imagingDNA.com #
  • Someone at Pam's company sent her a 650MB email attachment. That should be grounds for termination! #
  • Does anyone know what kind of foam this is? http://ow.ly/i/9tZY #
  • Tight Web Saves Cut-Off Japanese Villagers – NYTimes.com http://ech.cc/hPscDf #
  • @daveclarkpdx Thanks, Dave. I went to McMaster-Carr and was instantly overwhelmed with choices. #
  • My call for foam ID has yielded more than one definitive answer. #crowdsource #fail #
  • Read string quartets for 2 hours tonight. Felt great! #
  • My iPhone and Google Exchange are totally screwed up. Asks for passwords on all accounts every time I wake it up after deep sleep. #
  • Color Looks To Reinvent Social Interaction With Its Mobile Photo App ($41M in funding!) http://ow.ly/4lFQu #
  • Color already getting panned in reviews. $41M well spent! http://ow.ly/4lGKr #
  • Wow. It is really miserable outside. Dark, windy and wet. #
  • Tried @color. It pushed my user photo immediately (didn't expect that). Don't think it's as bad as reviewers say, but the Ux isn't great. #
  • @daveclarkpdx Thanks, Dave! That looks like the right ID. You are the winner. :) #
  • When I see a tweet I want to "like", I go to the user's Facebook account to see if it is also there (and "like" it, if it is). #
  • @choccobo Thank you—saves me from removing it, each time. ;) #
  • I have had my conference talk idea and outline done for some time, but making the slides is taking hours! #
  • MsgFiler, @atow's great plugin for Mail.app, gets reviewed in MacWorld http://ow.ly/4mq2j #
  • Bowling with the company http://instagr.am/p/CiPHR/ #
  • Pool jaguar http://instagr.am/p/CiPTw/ #
  • @sterlingz Let me know what you think about Sparrow 1.1—I liked 1.0, but it was too flakey for production use. #
  • Swiftkey, great soft keyboard replacement for Android, is free today. http://ow.ly/1seTQh #
  • Getting a callous / blister on my pinky… from my iPhone!! http://ow.ly/i/9zIw #
  • Interesting. I can tell my iphone from Pam's by how it vibrates during a soft tap (blind tests). #
  • Hello, fat sheep. http://instagr.am/p/CisyM/ #
  • The only thing I want in Mac OS X Lion is SSD trim support. #
  • ImagingDNA! @ Art Center College of Design http://instagr.am/p/CjmWT/ #
  • Art students, these days @ Art Center College of Design http://instagr.am/p/Cjniz/ #
  • There are airsoft gun pellets in the bathroom here. Wonder what happened… #
  • @henrik_pejer yes, it is supposed to be! #
  • The "iPhone bristles with censors" [sic] ironic misspelling. ;) #imagingdna #
  • "Computational photography is the 'dark energy' of imaging" – Mark Buczko #
  • Uh oh. An Adobe guy just referred to "legacy Flash apps." #
  • Panel with Jim Lanahan (Blurb) at #imagingdna conference. I haven't seen Jim for years! #
  • Educators are whispering and passing notes in the audience. Role reversal! #imagingDNA #
  • No food or drink allowed. @ Art Center College of Design http://instagr.am/p/CkXOv/ #
  • Congratulations to my friends in the Gryphon Trio for winning a Juno Award for best classical album! http://www.gryphontrio.com/ #
  • Congrats to Scott and Lara St. John for winning a Juno, as well! http://ow.ly/4nlfj #
  • Atomos Ninja and Samurai HD video recorder / monitors encode ProRes 1080p http://ow.ly/4nmIe #
  • Shave ice @ Cafe Jack http://instagr.am/p/CmqiO/ #
  • Titanic photos line the wall of the cafe @ Cafe Jack http://instagr.am/p/CmvP_/ #
  • Staging area for new photos @ Cafe Jack http://instagr.am/p/CmvXO/ #
  • Earth hour starts at 830p. Oops–we'll be boarding a flight. #
  • Oops. Earth hour was yesterday. *sigh* #
  • How Mac OS X Came To Be [Exclusive 10th Anniversary Story] | Cult of Mac http://j.mp/fnxSs5 (via Instapaper) #
  • Just arrived back in SF, and am now preparing for a photo talk at Head-Royce school in Oakland tomorrow morning. #
| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 28, 2011 07:01:00

Using Eye-Fi to automatically transfer images to DropBox

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I have become dependent on DropBox as my cloud solution for working files (with versioned backups!), and for cloud syncing support in many of the apps I use. I’m also an Eye-Fi user, and really like the idea of having a camera that automatically dumps images into a folder in DropBox. I asked Eye-Fi for this feature, but they told me that it’s up to DropBox to integrate with Eye-Fi—not the other way around.

Eye-Fi did, however, recommend that I give Pixelpipe a try. I successfully configured Pixelpipe so that I could automatically transfer all JPG images on my Eye-Fi card to a folder in DropBox, but I want everything to be transfered, including RAW files and videos.

My current solution is to use Eye-Fi Center on a Mac Mini that is (already) running all the time in a closet at home. That Mac Mini has a temporary DropBox account running on it, and Eye-Fi dumps images into a shared DropBox folder there. Once it arrives on my Mac Mini, DropBox pushes it into the cloud, and images and videos are then accessible on all of my machines and mobile devices.

This method is totally wasteful, but it works! I hope someone comes up with a better solution in the long run.

I’m also looking for an iOS camera replacement that shoots directly to DropBox. At the moment, I use the DropBox app to push individual images, which is inconvenient.

Mountain View, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Mar 23, 2011 19:06:25

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-03-21

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 21, 2011 07:01:00

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-03-14

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 14, 2011 07:01:00

Mother humpback whale and calf

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A mother humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) stays close to her young calf to be prepared to help it breathe at the surface. Vava’u, Tonga. 060728_154530_echeng5002

I never processed and shared this set of images because I had so many to go through, at the time. Looking back through my archive is making me realize that I have quite a few interesting images that no one has else has seen…

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 14, 2011 01:17:11

Whale shark cover shot, Dive Magazine UK

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I have the cover image on this month’s Dive Magazine (March 2011 issue), which features whale sharks, manta rays, tiger sharks, and humpback whales.

The image features a friendly, 13-meter-long whale shark near Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos Islands. We surfaced from a dive to find the gigantic fish rubbing her back against our small dive skiff. She then proceeded to swim directly at the divers in our group—one after another—and even made contact with our dive guide, who was unable to get out of the way quickly enough!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Mar 8, 2011 01:05:14

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-03-07

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| link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 7, 2011 07:01:00

My underwater photos @ barber lounge, sf – april 2, 2011

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(actual print, with text overlay)

The barber lounge in San Francisco is hosting its 4th Anniversary Spring Art Opening this coming April 2, 2011. Nine of my aluminum underwater prints are on display at Barber Lounge now and will be on display there until July 5.

Please come celebrate with us! Drinks and music will be provided. :) (read more »)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Mar 4, 2011 00:19:17

I’m performing this Friday night at Stanford’s Memorial Church

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I’m performing (on the cello) with the Stanford Chamber Chorale this coming Friday, March 4 at 8pm (MemChu). The theme: light!

See you there, maybe. :)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Mar 3, 2011 00:33:38

Steve Jobs’ Stanford 2005 commencement speech

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I finally watched the commencement speech Steve Jobs gave to Stanford’s graduation class of 2005—it was an excellent speech and is worth 15 minutes of your time. Watch it now! :)

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 2 comments » | Mar 2, 2011 23:44:20
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