With the time I have while I wait for the arrival of my new iPhone 5 (yes…I am so dumping the Sprint and Samsung Epic 4G), I will be getting services and software up to date.
The iOS 6 update has precipitated the updating of all sorts of iOS apps. Thank goodness for the improved connection with Cox (so do not miss CenturyLink!). The new Nintendo 3DS XL had an update which was quickly downloaded and applied.
So far, I committed to the $20 annual plan for iCloud (had that 14 month grace period with the “end” of MobileMe; don’t get me started), updated to version of my Flip4Mac pro product (allows playback as well as conversion of WMV files on the Mac). So I am going to get 1Password for Windows added to our family plan, get the latest Blu-ray plug-in for the latest version of Roxio Toast.
Will be managing my various domains and hosting accounts to park more with my web hosting account. Even had updates for the version of WordPress and plug-ins used on this blog!
I have been issued the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2 at work so have been tentatively setting it up. It merely adds to some of the frustration that I have with the Samsung Epic 4G telephone that I have right now. Where is that darn iPhone 5 when I am so ready to upgrade to it now!?
Do you have contacts who insist on forwarding unsolicited email, cute websites, calls to action that unfortunately include the email addresses of every person they have ever known? Well, I have received one too many of these so have decided to take some drastic steps. What happened to the use of “bcc” if you have to send these out?
I am going first see if my service can deactivate my address without deactivating my entire account. If I can then I will transition to a number of forwarding addresses for vendors as well as personal contacts to be used by the account.
If the service can’t work with me to keep my business, then I will still create the forwarding addresses but will have them sent to other existing full service email accounts.
I will be sending some people, even members of my extended family, to electronic purgatory for this but I choose to share my email contact with people but don’t give carte blanche permission for others to pass it on!
After a week and a half in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons plus catching up at work, I am following up on my post-vacation postings. Starting with an introduction to photographer Ed Firmage Jr., whose book Red Rock Yellow Stone was featured in the grand lobby of the Old Faithful Inn during our stay. Ed was there at a drawing table to greet visitors and to sign his book.
Ed was gracious when signing our copy of Red Rock Yellow Stone. I gushed about the inclusion of haiku in the book, which will be read and admired for years to come. Even though we took many photos of our own, it is always extraordinary to possess collections like these.
It has been a week but we have let go of CenturyLink Prism and said hello to Cox Cable. I hope to never have to deal with the slow speeds and lack of support or compatibility for 802.11n wireless equipment that we had lived with since subscribing to this not-quite-ready-for-primetime service.
The edited presentation of my CES 2012 footage is uploading to Vimeo while I am typing this at my neighborhood Starbucks. To further satisfy my need to share, I’ll be compiling of my still images into animated slideshows. I will do one with ProShow Producer from Photodex (for Windows) and at least two other slideshow presenter packages. For the highest resolution I can manage, they will only be presented on Vimeo.
For more details on my CES 2012 adventures, go over to the new companion blog, technotraveler.com.
Maybe I am shallow. I like to think that I am unique in what affects me. Hearing on the radio about Steve Jobs passing affected me much like the passing of Bob Hope did in 2003. I just expected they would live on to be part of my life forever, having done things that had been part of my conscious life.
Mr. Hope was an entertainer with class and versatility, a triple threat who was able to connect with all. Even if leaned toward one side politically, he didn’t disengage from the other. Every special, every program he was on – I was there. He didn’t possess classical male beauty nor was he an operatic threat. Bob Hope was endearing, charming and approachable. My model (no, I haven’t excelled at any of the listed attributes but that’s OK). When I was performing on the community theatre stage, doing solos at church and otherwise showing off, Bob Hope was my ideal. Like an angel, he was supposed to be on my shoulder, always.
Mr. Jobs headed the company that manufactured the first personal computer I didn’t return during the store’s return period: the “transportable” Apple //c. It was the first computer that I purchased where the retailer didn’t also sell tires, jewelry or baby cribs. This Apple //c computer took me from the beginning of my junior year at the University of Oklahoma through almost the first year of my masters degree in educational technology, influenced significantly by my work with Apple desktop computers (Apple II and Macs). After having gotten my hands of my own IIGS as part of my public access TV show (see the picture), I moved to the next level. My first public school teaching position – in 1987 – was as the founding full-time computer literacy teacher at Longfellow Middle School in Norman, Oklahoma teaching with Apple IIe and IIGS computers. After three years there I moved to Norman High School to teach television production. The last three years I taught high school television production (1999-2002), we had fully transitioned our advanced students to digital production with iMacs.
I purchased the 3rd generation iPod as soon as it came out; my colleagues and friends thought I was wasteful and frivolous. Who would have enough music to want to carry it around with a box like that (this wasn’t my first portable music player so I knew what I was doing)? This device is still very much in use in my Honda Accord, providing me with the sounds for my daily commute to and from work at UNLV. In gradual succession, my personal collection of Apple products – created during Mr. Jobs second tenure with Apple – expanded significantly. Two more iPods, the first iPhone and the 3GS, the MacBook Unibody and 8-core MacPro and, of course, my iPad (I). All are still in some level of active use as I type. All were made possible under Steve Jobs leadership. They have shaped me as much as I have used them. Even if I use non-Apple products, they are but mere support for the Apple devices I own and use.
As I type this brief and inadequate tribute to Mr. Jobs (not forgetting the contribution of Mr. Wozniak, Mr. Kawasaki, and all of the Apple luminaries from those days) on my Mac Pro, I can only sit in awe at what the existence of Apple has done for and to my life. The tools that I use in my work life, the toys I relax and create with in my other life – Apple’s products have had a significant impact on my world. I don’t feel that that’s too shallow.
For these and, I expect, for more to come, I say “Mr. Jobs: Thank you, thank you…and thank you”.
This has been a busy few weeks with new hardware and software to play with. As a blogger who works with technology at work, I am sometimes too tired to play with the toys at the end of a day or a work week, much less play with them.
The new Roku arrived almost two weeks ago so I wanted to get some information out and some pictures for comparison. By clicking on the image with this post will bring up a slideshow of some of the initial encounter with the unit as well as some side-by-side comparisons. The original Roku and the Apple TV 2 are compared to this new, much more compact unit. Even the remote is different (intended for Angry Birds game play, no less!).
- The site is going to be tweaked this weekend. A more informative jQuery-based slideshow (so, no Flash required) is being implemented in the header area of the blog.
- I’m thinking about implementing the Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting Plugin.
- Recent acquisitions will be shared, including the long-delayed thoughts on the QMadix iPad portfolio with Bluetooth keyboard.
- Since the last CES, I had the opportunity to visit the exhibits at NAB 2011. Images and a video available soon.
- An update was released for the nook color that essentially turns it into an e-reader that is also a modest Android tablet computer…
- I had, again, an unhappy with the da*n copyright police at YouTube. You would think these people would have better things to do with their time. I don’t…so I will be post about it, of course.
So many interesting toys, so little cash and time…