Showing posts from June, 2010

HTC MyTouch Slide

Just bought this little beauty today. The MyTouch Slide has't gotten much attention from bloggers or Android forums. Maybe because it's a T-Mobile exclusive, or maybe because it's regarded as a mid-tier device due to having a slower processor and lower screen resolution...

To be honest though, none of these are real negatives. The 600MHz processor seems to be handling the OS just fine. There's no noticible lag anywhere at all. Everything is very smooth and fluid. So the CPU choice seems like a good pairing so far. And it's still only running Android 2.1. A Froyo update is expected very soon which should make things even faster!

As for the screen - text is sharp, colors are rich, touch sensitivity is great, and multi-touch works (however, I just tried the Multitouch Visible Test and it's experiencing the same axis swap bug as the Nexus One, which is a little troubling).

The custom Sense hybrid UI is also a pleasure to work with. Highly customizable, nice layout,…

Apple labels iPhone target audience as idiots

The new iPhone 4 has a front-facing VGA camera that allows for Apple's new innovative, revolutionary and magical FaceTime service.
Watch the video below to find out exactly how this never-before-seen feature works (you get bonus points if you can make it all the way to the end without cracking up in hysteria).

FaceTime is nothing more than a Skype application for the iPhone - it only works when you're connected via Wifi, and only works when talking to other iPhone users, also on Wifi...

Have all the engineers and people in this ad never used Skype before? Was it really that shocking when they saw it working for the first time? Do they all live in a bubble and have no contact with anyone outside of Cupertino? Have they never touched a gadget without an Apple logo on it for fear of being condemned to eternal damnation?

And what does this say about what Apple thinks of it's target audience? They're treating everyone like a bunch of idiots who'll swallow this BS.

But, Apple…

Adding a Generic Wave to your Blog

It's pretty easy to add a single generic Google Wave to your blog (like the one seen all the way down the bottom of this page). The instructions for doing this are mostly outline here.
The only gotcha is that if you have Google Wave enabled for your Google Apps custom domain account, you need to substitute the!w+line with!w+.
To create your Wave, just login to your Wave inbox, start a new Wave, and look at the URL. It should end with something like w%252B0A2HNMAlH. The actual ID is the part after the %252B (w%252B is equivalent to w+).
Now the next step...integrating a new unique Wave into every post to replace the comment box...

Blogger Template Designer

If you're using Blogger and haven't heard about or tried out the new Template Designer, you're missing out.

The stock Blogger templates are quite old and boring. Most Bloggers have turned to third party templates in the past to improve the visual appearance of their site. Some of these freely available templates are better than others, but finding a good one is usually a process of trial and error and manual tweaking of the XML code.

None of this is really necessary anymore. The Template Designer provides a great deal of flexibility in customizing the look of your Google Blog, with no manual coding required. Just go through the wizard selecting a standard template to start with, then select whatever background image you'd like from a list of categorized royalty free photographs, then choose the number of columns and column alignment, then the widths of the various elements and you're done. You can also tweak the color scheme, the fonts, the css and basically everyt…

Integrating Google Wave into Blogger

It's possible to integrate a Google Wave into your blog site, such as the method described here.
This seems to work with one Wave, but what if you want to replace your comment box in each post with a new Wave specific to that post?
I haven't found a method to do this yet, but I think it would be a great feature for any blog! No more having to create membership accounts, sign-in, post comments, then come back to check for replies, etc...
Google needs to release a widget or gadget or checkbox that will make this easy to do for blogger accounts. A widget could be similarly integrated with WordPress and other custom blogs.
This is the best feature of Wave I can think of, and the feature that will really help it take off. Just throw us blogger users a bone to get things started, and the rest will follow once they see how effective it is.

Google Wave - Where are the Surfers?

I watched the Google Wave tech demo when it first came out early last year. I was impressed by some of the collaborative features, and even more so by the potential to have Wave integrated into other websites like blogs and forums. Wouldn't it be great if you read something on Engadget, or some other Tech blog, and instead of having to become a member to post a comment, you can just post a comment with your Wave id? And the Wave automatically gets added to your Wave inbox so you get all future replies without having to return to the website.
I think Wave will have two primary use cases - a corporate environment where Wave is integrated into the core of business processes for collaboration, project management, and internal communication; and the non-corporate public consumer who uses Wave for personal communication and information management.
Both have potential, but I don't think either will take off unless Wave is very tightly integrated with regular email. For the corporate u…

Flickr - Take Two

I expressed my initial thoughts on Flickr in a previous post. One week later, and after having played with some of the more advanced features, my opinion has changed a little so I thought I'd post an update.
I still think the Flickr interface is a little ugly. There's too much white and it seems a little old and unstructured, but you learn to live with it I suppose. A few themes would go a long way I think. Especially some darker flavors.
As for the interface, it's actually not bad. The online uploader is easy to use, gives great progress indicators, and even resumes the upload if your network dies, or you restart your computer. Great!
The online Organizer is also fairly good. It makes easy work of dropping photos into sets and changing permissions (although batch operations seem to take quite a long time for some reason, changing permissions on a group of 100 photos takes about 10 seconds or more). Anyhow, the Organizer is usable.
The GuestPass system makes it easy to share …

Flickr - almost good

UPDATE: read Take-Two here.
Most people with a digital camera will collect hundreds and hundreds of photos each year. And with 10MP+ snappers becoming the norm, each pic is usually over 5MB big. We're all faced with the same two problems: Where do you store all these photos?How do you share certain photos with certain people?Storage may seem easy. Just buy a cheap portable hard-drive and throw everything on it. But what if the drive dies or gets stolen? You need at least two copies for peace of mind. So buy two hard-drives, and find a way to keep them synchronized. But how do you do that? If you keep them next to each other connected to the same home computer, what if a power surge hits and kills both at the same time? Or what if there's a fire or someone breaks in and steals them? The two copies should be geographically dispersed. So maybe you can keep one at home, one at a friend's house. But then you have to go over to visit your friend every time you want to update your…

Should you throw out your old 6MP Digicam?

No! Throw out your new 14.1 megapixel compact instead.
Pull out some photos taken on an older 4MP to 6MP digital camera, then head over to or and compare your photos to sample shots taken on some of the latest compacts or super-zooms. Take a close look at the pictures, and you may be surprised to find the older cameras, in many cases, produced the better results.
There's no better example of successful marketing increasing the perceived value of a product. We have all been brainwashed to focus on the megapixel number as the ultimate indicator of performance. The best way for a manufacturer to increase their chances of success with a new model is to increase the MP count. Unfortunately, MP does not equate to image quality.
Compact digital cameras have a limited image sensor size. The more megapixels the camera adds, the smaller and closer these pixels are crammed in on the sensor surface area. Smaller, more crammed pixels equate to less light sensitiv…