Save the words!
“Save the words” is an interesting web site put up by the folks at the Oxford English Dictionary. The site lists all those words in the English language that are in danger of extinction and allows you to adopt one such word to save it from disappearing from the English language. Lexicographers continually scout written content for the usage of words in the English language and those...
Amazon should open up the Kindle
The next rev of Amazon’s Kindle electronic book reader is due out in a week. With speculation running high on the type of features and functions Amazon will introduce with the new rev, here’s my small wish list: Drop in price, both for content and for the device. The same model has worked well for other digital entertainment media. hulu hosts a whole lot of content and forces me to...
Digital TV conversion officially delayed...not!
There was quite a bit of back and forth on the DTV conversion with one side of the camp (Obama administration) saying that the conversion should be delayed and the other camp saying, hell no. Today, it became official as the US House of Reps rejected the bill that was requesting the delay. The Obama administration was requesting that the conversion from analog to digital tv broadcasting be delayed...
Moving your ratings from Lightroom to Aperture
The one thing most people get stuck on when attempting to move from Lightroom to Aperture is how to keep their ratings intact since there’s no real clean way to carry over your ratings metadata (specially for JPGs). Well, try this: Within Lightroom, select all your pictures based on ratings and then add a keyword to all the pictures based on the rating group they belong to. In the end you...
CES 2009...the drool factor
CES 2009 is here and along with it comes a whole new line of gadgetery that’s bound to make the audioholics amongst us drool. I am amazed the speed at which product innovations are hitting the market. Just a year or so back, people were talking about their ideal TV’s having 4ms response times, capability to do 120MHz, built-in blu-ray players, thinner, lighter, etc, etc….looks...
Creating site specific unique/strong passwords
Looking back at some of my posts, I see that I tend to use the phrase “your privacy is an illusion” a lot. One of the reasons why accounts get hacked is because folks have weak passwords and to compound that issue, they use that same weak password on all their sites, including banking sites (sacrilege!). There are several software solutions out there that will generate and manage your...
Steve's open letter about his health
Apple CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter detailing the reason for his perceived declining health. Good to hear that he’s on the path to recovery. Full text follows… “Dear Apple Community, For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote. Unfortunately, my decision to have...
Google releases Picasa for the Mac
Finally! Google today announced Picasa for the Mac. Although it’s still a beta release, the application looks good and performs well. If you don’t know about Picasa, it’s a neat app that allows you to manage your photo library and does an excellent job of integrating with Picasa Web Albums. The Mac version still needs work, for instance the current release does not support...
Macworld tomorrow...rumor mill roundup.
Apple’s last attendance at Macworld happens tomorrow and traditionally there’s a rumor mill abuzz with what the new product announcements are going to be. Macrumors.com has a nice roundup, take a gander.
Twitter gets hacked
Reiterating the fact that your privacy is an illusion, this weekend marked the coming of the service we all love to hate …. twitter. Several prominent accounts were hacked including the one for our president-elect. Looks like the hackers were doing this is to get a point across which is that twitter’s infrastructure is hackable. The one message that they posted from a hacked account...
JPG Magazine buyer shootout
So word is out that some of the potential buyers for JPG Magazine include Flickr, Smugmug and about a dozen or so others. Personally, I hope that the deal goes with Flickr. Makes the most sense from both a photo content producer and consumer point of view. But then Flickr is part of the not-so-well-run Yahoo fiasco so that future is also up in limbo.
JPG Magazine archives...free!
This was predictable (sadly), once the magazine announced that they were going under (well, a buyout still might be possible) I was ready for this announcement. All past issues are now available in PDF format. Go grab them while they are up and archive them someplace. Pull them out when you are looking for some photographic inspiration. I am really looking forward to news from them that they...
OpenDNS still rocks my world
Here’s a way to stick it to the man…switch your default DNS settings to use OpenDNS and enjoy the following: prevent your ISP (a.k.a ‘man’) from snooping on where all you are virtually traveling prevent phishing attacks gain from and contribute to the 100’s of thousands of OpenDNS users automatically fix typo’s in URLs (for e.g.: if you are using OpenDNS and you...