Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

Diversification And Legacy Data

May 23, 2014

I’m told that I’m a very loyal customer. That I’m loyal to Apple, Starbucks, Portland Fruit West, etc. — very few companies receive my business, and those who do receive my business receive a lot of it. Instead of making things complicated by buying from a diverse array of companies I keep things very simple by only buying from a handful.

There are many benefits to not diversifying yourself in computing platforms, and probably the most clear example of why it’s good to stick with one company is legacy data. Apple is what I know, so I’m going to try to stick to it for this blog post, though most of what follows can be said about other large companies which provide a wide array of services.

TL;DR: Through backups, my iPhone 5s and iPad Air have a data trail that dates back to 2006 with my MacBook Pro.

In 2007 I synced my brand new iPod touch with my MacBook Pro, and moved over .Mac mail, Calendar Events, Contacts, and Music/Movies. Every iOS device I’ve purchased since my iPod touch has been set up using backup data from the iOS device preceding it. I’ve actually gone through four generations of backups setting up new devices.

  1. 1. My iPhone 3G was just my iPod touch in a new shell.
  2. 2. My iPad and iPhone 4 were copies of my iPhone 3G in different shells.
  3. 3. My iPad 3 was a copy of my iPad.
  4. 4. My iPhone 5s, iPad mini and iPad Air are really just copies of my iPhone 4 and iPad 3, but they can also be considered simply grown up versions of my 2007 iPod touch.

(In addition, my iPhone 5s and iPad Air seamlessly share a remarkable amount of data with each other through iCloud.)

If I mixed things up with an Android device now and then, and if I used a different Mail service, 3rd party Contacts, Calendar, Notes, web browsers, office suites, photo management apps, etc., I could have moved over everything from device to device regardless of platform. The problem is it would require more work than I’d like! There’s beauty in simplicity.

Diversification is an important part of our development as humans. It’s great to travel and be around people who aren’t like you, who take you out of your comfort zone and force you to develop new ideas of culture and humanity. What I’ve learned traveling is that people are at a base level the same everywhere, although there are differences which have been imposed through the arc of time. When you immerse yourself in a culture other than your own, you can learn those impositions and adopt the ideas that you like, making yourself a truly unique individual.

Where diversification falls short of being important for development, is in our product purchases. You see people who have an iPhone, a Samsung Android tablet, and a Dell Windows PC, and use Yahoo! e-mail. This can be in the name of diversification, that different platforms have different benefits, and that it’s generally a bad idea to put all your faith in a single company in case it goes out of business.

As far as Apple goes, however, it’s very far from shutting down with its $151 billion in the bank and all. And the more companies you tie yourself to, the greater the chance you’ll find some services you rely on disappearing. It’s important to measure everything such as functionality, profitability, and how the company has handled product/service transitions in the past. From what I’ve measured Apple is the company I feel safe relying on.

Wearable Computing: The Future?

March 21, 2013

One topic that has been plaguing much of the tech news cycle is how glasses by Google and potential watches by Apple and electronic shoes by who-knows-who are the next big thing. These devices — the real and the rumored — act as an accessory-type interface for the phones in our pocket, and the idea that it’s the future is nonsense.

The fantastic thing about post-PC devices is their reluctance to accessory-type interfaces like (hardware) keyboards and mice. Post-PC devices are free from the user-facing complexities that traditional computers have. Interface-removal is a trend that needs to continue, not reverse, which is what the people promoting watches and glasses oppose. What follows is my view of what the next wave of computing will be.

We do everything on our phones; The phone is the life, Mr. Renfield. So we don’t need new ways to do the things we already do with our phones; we need our phones to do what they do now with less user-effort. That requires our phones to be smarter and capable of learning what we want them to do. As an example:

At present, when I walk into my favorite Starbucks, my iPhone knows and a Passbook notification for my digital Starbucks card appears on my iPhone’s lock screen. I then swipe the notification and put my phone next to a scanner at the register, and my Earl Grey tea is paid for.

In the future, not only will my iPhone know that I’m walking into my favorite Starbucks, it will also know that I’m going to order a tall Earl Grey tea and it will order the drink for me over WiFi. I won’t have to stand and wait in a line, I’ll just walk into the Starbucks and my drink will be paid for and in the queue with absolutely no effort on my part.

That’s the near-future (10 years give-or-take a few) of computing that I see. I see our phones not only being the hub for everything we do, but also taking over our current responsibilities. It’s a future where our devices are invisible to us and not a distraction. Where most things are done without us even knowing that they’re done; the complete opposite of having computers strapped to our body which makes us see everything always.

“Apple Is Doomed”

March 15, 2013

The sentiment that Apple is a failing company is expressed seemingly everywhere. Blogs, news sites, TV news stations, the water cooler; it’s hard to avoid the message that Apple is being obliterated by Samsung and Google. As a former Apple representative (at Portland State University) and current Apple fan and observer, all of this nonsense sometimes drives me insane. Apple isn’t flailing like a fish out of water, it’s one of the strongest companies in the world.

The iPhone 5 singlehandedly increases the U.S. GDP by .5%.



This narrative that Apple — the most profitable company in the world — is sinking into oblivion is a-series-of-words-I-shouldn’t-say-here.

However profit isn’t the only way to evaluate a company; we have to look at its accomplishments, too. What follows is a short list of Apple’s activity in 2012:

  • Two new 9.7″ iPads, introducing the most impressive display ever on a portable device.
  • An addition to Apple’s iPad lineup: the iPad mini.
  • A new iPhone with a completely new design.
  • Completely redesigned iPod nano and iPod touch.
  • Redesigned 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros featuring retina displays.
  • An extremely redesigned iMac.
  • Two brand new operating systems; iOS 6 and Max OSX 10.8. Three if you include iPod nano’s “nano OS”.
  • Even more updates to its software and services; iTunes, iCloud, etc.
  • Apple also designed and introduced a new processor, the A6 chip (and its A6X variant for the 4th gen iPad) — it also introduced the A5X for the 3rd gen iPad and a redesigned A5 for the reduced-price iPad 2.
  • And the MacBook Airs, Mac mini, and Apple TV received spec bumps.
  • And that’s just a top-of-my-head list. That doesn’t include things such as iTunes Store milestones, Apple’s strategic acquisitions, advertising, retail improvements, data-center-building, and everything else that Apple does with its money.

    Apple has been busy. It’s far from sitting on its laurels and letting its competition pass it by. The idea that Apple is doomed is outright maddening, and it would be nice for the nonsense to end.

    21: Paying The Bills

    January 26, 2013

    1. Unlocking Phones Is Illegal Again

    I’m not sure that this was ever a concern of mine, but this is an example of the US government just not getting the tech industry. I feel slightly ignorant since the decision to make unlocking phones illegal today happened in October, but one thing is clear: Jailbreakers beware.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    2. Mean Girls Is Amanda Seyfriend’s Best Work, So Says Amanda Seyfried

    Yesterday I basically raved about Amanda Seyfried, and she’s already in the news again; this time for telling IndieWire the film that she considers her best work.

    I’ve just worked a long time. I’ve gotten a lot of cool opportunities here and there and I’ve made some good choices with the help of my amazing team…. I still look back at ‘Mean Girls’ as my best work.

    I guess that I need to watch Mean Girls again.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    3. Django Unchained Tied To Pulp Fiction

    Now this is cool. Apparently Quentin Tarantino links his films together in little, pretty unnoticeable ways. Christopher Walken’s character in Pulp Fiction is a descendant to a gang member named in Django Unchained. It’s very interesting, and of course something that Tarantino would do.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    4. Miley Cyrus Eats Pizza, Gets Sick

    Honestly I’m slightly biased because I have a strong distaste for “Hannah Montana”; Miley Cyrus’s use of my name led to me being teased a lot by my friends. Some people outright called me “Hannah”, others who knew my nickname “Tanner” called me “Tannah Montana”, and it’s been very irritating.

    So as far as I’m concerned, Cyrus getting sick from eating pizza is definitely news. Normally I don’t like to hear that people get sick, but in this case it’s awesome.

    via @cambio on Twitter

    5. Steve Wozniak Hates The Steve Jobs Movie (So Far)

    Any Apple fan could have told you that the trailer for jOBS looks to be inaccurate, but no one has more authority than Steve Wozniak himself. So what does Wozniak have to say?

    “Admin”, Studio Briefing:

    in two emails to the Gizmodo tech site, has pronounced it “Totally wrong.” In fact, he said, he was “embarrassed” by the entire clip. What actually happened in real life, he said, is that he had been “inspired by the values of the Homebrew Computer Club” to build an affordable computer. “Steve J. wasn’t around and didn’t attend the club,” he pointed out. “Steve came from selling surplus parts at HalTed [and] always saw a way to make a quick buck off my designs.” As for how he himself was portrayed in the film by Josh Gad: “I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. … I never wore a tie back then. I wore blue jeans and the same style blue button-up shirt every day of my life.”

    Not surprising at all. Tap or click here (YouTube link) to watch the clip in question.

    via IMDb

    6. Android Redefines Feature Phones

    Preston de Guise,

    Android is going into two entirely different markets when it comes to mobile phones. There’s the area everyone focuses on – smartphones. That’s where people get confused over number of phones sold vs web usage coming from the phones. Then there’s the other market – the market where the cheaper Android phones are going head to head against the feature phones.

    And this is why Android’s market share means next to nothing. Android is a smartphone OS, but that doesn’t mean the phones it powers are deserving of the title.

    I’d wager that if you were to remove the people who only use their Android phone to make phone calls and txt friends, the iPhone would have a higher share if the smartphone market than Android phones. But that’s just my guess.

    7. Rumor: The Next iPad (5th Gen) To Look Like iPad mini

    I use both a 5th gen iPad and an iPad mini; in fact at this moment I’m using the two side-by-side. It’s honestly disgusting how much better the iPad mini looks. It’s solid. It’s beautiful. It f***ing glistens in the light.

    Apple should be ashamed that the iPad mini — which costs $170 less than the 5th gen iPad — looks so much better in comparison. If the 5th gen iPad doesn’t take design cues from the iPad mini, it will be a tragedy.

    This rumor had better come to fruition.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    8. Men Commit More Research Fraud Than Women

    Now this is interesting albeit maybe unsurprising. Apparently, of researchers who commit fraud of one sort or another, 2/3 are men.

    I say that this is “maybe unsurprising” because, while I don’t know the numbers, I’m guessing that male researchers outweigh female researchers. If A) there are more male researchers than female researchers, and B) we assume that each gender is equally ethical, then C) females would likely commit an equal amount of fraud as males.

    Of course I have no proof of my above guess, so take it as the speculation that it is.

    via @dougcoulson on Twitter

    9. Apple Terminates Relationship With Chinese Manufacturer Because Of Underage Labor

    Apple fired Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics — one of its suppliers — for employing underage kids. Good for Apple.

    I’m surprised that the headline of the original article doesn’t read “Apple Responsible For Layoffs In China”.

    via FlipBoard for iOS

    10. Paying For Articles

    Despite me writing basically for free, I’ve long held the belief that writers deserve to be paid for their work. This stuff isn’t easy; it’s a job, paid or otherwise. My mom classifies blogging for yourself as an internship, which is a good way to think about it. I’m not getting paid but I am gaining experience and learning something new every day.

    But even internships are considered “work”, and internships do lead to paying gigs in the future. Or so they should.

    Some of my favorite blogs are written by writers who go unpaid. These are people who pour their heart out into onto the web sometimes every single day, putting in an hour or two or three, and receive nothing in return except satisfaction. Last I checked, satisfaction alone doesn’t pay a single bill, which is kind of unfortunate.

    Some writers have a large enough audience where they can plaster ads on their site and make at least a little bit of money in ad revenue. That’s all fine and well, however the problem that I see is that our readers become a product that we’re selling to advertisers, which isn’t cool. If I’m going to earn money, I should be selling my articles, not selling you.

    Unfortunately that isn’t reality, and sometime in the near term (1-2 years) ads will go up on, at least until I’m comfortable asking you to pay for my articles. I’m hoping that I never lose sight of my goal which is to make money in an honest fashion.

    To remind me of my goal I do outright pay for some of my news, The Magazine and Matter. Those two publications are very good, and the reason they are very good is that they have to be worth paying for. With ad-based compensation, we only need to be good enough to drive traffic. If we’re asking you to pay us, our work better be outright fantastic otherwise you’ll go elsewhere.

    If you’re a regular reader, and you spend four minutes on my blog every day of the week (in the future when I write more) on average, that’s two hours of entertainment that I’m giving you each month. The cost of a two hour movie in theaters is $10. Now, the cost of movies is overpriced, so if we’re comparing just time of entertainment, this blog probably deserves $4 each month from each daily reader.

    Obviously I’m not good enough to ask $4 each month from anybody yet, but when I am good enough, that’s probably going to be what I ask to read articles here. Just a multi-year heads up. ;-) In the interim you should pay for other articles that are worth paying for; don’t be intimidated, trust me, those articles will usually be better than anything ad-based. Because they have to be.

    17.5: Locked In

    January 19, 2013

    At present I own three computing devices that I use regularly — iPhone 4, iPad (3rd generation), and iPad mini — all Apple products running iOS 6. Including previous purchases, I’ve owned six iOS devices in a little over five years. My computing lifestyle is shaped by a single company, and what follows is an argument in favor of that scenario.

    To say that I’ve invested a significant amount of time and money in the iOS ecosystem is an understatement. I’ve spent $2,554 just on iOS devices themselves over the course of a little more than five years, and probably a similar amount in software and services.

    Let me rephrase the previous paragraph; even if I wanted to, leaving iOS for a competing platform would be difficult and the financial hit would be depressing. It’s in my best interest to stick to using iPhones and iPads because otherwise I’d have to start over which, again, is unreasonable. The kicker is that the longer I stay with iOS, the more I invest in it and the more locked-in to the platform I become!

    Fortunately I haven’t ever wanted a device powered by Android (which you may know as Apple’s primary competition). In the history of iOS and Android I haven’t once paused and thought that Android might be the superior operating system; the “open” ideology behind Android clashes with my own behaviors, whereas I align with iOS.

    Unfortunately I actually like what Microsoft has done with its Windows Phone operating system. So while I do still genuinely prefer iOS, my potential future with Windows Phone is definitely a casualty of being locked-in to the iOS ecosystem.

    So the question becomes is it a smart idea to heavily invest in a single ecosystem and lock yourself into it? As far as I know, the time and money I’ve spent on iOS has let me get the most out of the platform, and its value to me is very high. If a company’s ideals closely match your own and you believe that it has a future, locking yourself into its platform and getting the most value for your time and money is probably smart.

    If you aren’t sure, it’s probably a good idea to keep an open mind and not invest too much in a given platform until you find the one that you can stand behind no matter what. I’ve stuck with Apple in times good and times bad, and when the day ends I’m rewarded for it; but maybe that’s just me. I’ve copied and pasted the following quote before, but it’s one of my favorite web comments and it’s relevant enough to end with.

    LareneDepopiet, CNET Commenter:

    Companies, or brands have a style, a culture, a language, and that adds up to something close to a personality. This is very clear internally in the way decisions are made, priorities assigned, and generally what values are held. Finding that a companies values or priorities are a good match for your own, which you may not do consciously, will make you more receptive to its products or services. there is nothing wrong with that, it does not make you a fanboy or a zombie.
    Just like you are more forgiving of your friends’ faults because you value their qualities, you can be more accepting of a product’s weaknesses because you appreciate a company’s culture. That does not make you stupid. In fact, in the long term, it may be smarter because you reward the companies who have values consistent with yours, even when their products are not, objectively, the absolute best in a category.

    I agree completely. And this probably isn’t the last time I’ll post that quote, sorry in advance. ;-)

    13.5: It Just Crashes

    January 11, 2013

    I’ve been using Apple products seemingly exclusively over the past eight years, and I’ve come to expect a lack of “first world problems” to complain about. Anytime there is a software issue, Apple fixes it, and we all move on with our lives. The “Purchased” section of the App Store, however, is a glaring exception to that rule.

    “Purchased” is one of the nifty things that came with iCloud in 2011, allowing iOS users to browse their entire app purchase history and re-download apps on-the-fly. Unfortunately since it’s release it’s been the single part of the iOS ecosystem that reliably crashes my iOS devices.

    If I open up the App Store and tap the “Purchased” tab on my iPhone 4, and scroll for 30 seconds? Crash to the home screen.

    What if I browsed the Purchased section of the App Store on my 1st gen iPad? It crashed.

    My third gen iPad has 1GB of RAM and a dual core processor. So obviously it won’t crash like the iPhone and iPad before it? Nope. Crash.

    As you may know I recently picked up an iPad mini. This is Apple’s newest iOS device, of course it will run flawlessly when browsing the Purchased section of the App Store, right? Wrong again Bob.

    Crash, crash, crash, crash. On every iOS device that I’ve owned, old or brand new, since 2011 when Apple released that Purchased section in the App Store.

    One can argue that the Purchased section of the App Store is probably the least important part of iOS and that I’m making a fuss over nothing. That I might be one of five people in the world who bothers to ever tap that tab, that maybe the reason it crashes is because I’ve downloaded a helluvalot of apps. But that isn’t the point. The point is over the course of my time as an Apple customer, I’ve come to expect a certain level of fit and finish with everything that Apple does.

    It’s one thing for a 3rd party app to crash my iOS devices. It’s a completely different thing when the #1 cause of crashes on every iOS device I’ve owned since 2011 is something that comes bundled with them. It’s amazing that this hasn’t been fixed yet.

    Apple does great, but it needs to do better.

    13: I Remember When There Were 151

    January 8, 2013

    1. Apple Making A Low-Cost iPhone?

    We’ve been hearing this for years, that Apple is going to make a cheap version of the iPhone for people who can’t afford the version with premium components. That’s a mistake in my mind, as Apple doesn’t have a tendency to create stuff that its executives wouldn’t use personally; a cheap iPhone would fall into that category.

    If Apple is making a “cheaper” iPhone, it would be an iPhone nano. Much smaller, thinner, lighter, fully aluminum and available in a variety of colors. $99 off contract and highly ideal to pre-paid buyers. Think of the current iPod nano but with some phone components built-in.

    2. Overkill

    The next Human Centipede flick will feature a chain of 500 humans connected via orifices. This franchise is becoming so absurd that it isn’t even an insult to cinema anymore.

    3. Warner Bros. Embraces Animation

    While Warner Bros. has produced animated flicks in the past — Happy Feet Two, that Owl movie, etc — it hasn’t attacked the genre as other large studios have. Starting in 2014, however, expect to see one animated flick from Warner Bros. per year.

    Given its history, however, don’t think that this means that Warner Bros. plans to churn out good animated flicks.

    4. Pokemon X And Y

    One day Nintendo will make a MMORPG “Pokémon World”. Until then, though, the trailer for the upcoming Pokémon games, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, makes me want a Nintendo 3DS. The gameplay looks pretty incredible* and I’d wager that Nintendo has another winner on its hands.

    Pokémon X and Y will be released worldwide sometime in October.

    *I have, as of this writing, watched the trailer five times.

    5. 500 Days In A (Simulated) Mars Mission

    While it’s disconcerting that a 500 day simulated mission to Mars causes sleep problems, it’s fascinating to wonder when we’ll make the actual journey.

    6. Nokia Open To Android

    It’s good that Nokia is keeping an open mind about alternative platforms, but it seems to me that the reason Nokia is even slightly relevant is that it’s Microsoft’s premier partner with Windows Phone. Giving up that position to be just another phone manufacturer could be unwise.

    7. Dish Wants Clear

    Dish Networks is offering to purchase Clearwire for $5.15 billion. Unfortunately, Clearwire has a strong partnership with Sprint which basically kills the entire idea of a buyout. But this is certainly fun to think about.

    Disclaimer: I used to be employed by Clearwire, although I did almost nothing for the company.

    8. Who Woulda Thought: Robert Pattison And Kristen Stewart Like Mexican Food!

    You have to love the gossiping media.

    via @cambio on Twitter

    9. Virtual Assassins

    I’m not sure if this is good parenting or bad parenting: Instead of taking away his son’s computer, a Chinese man hired expert gamers to assassinate his son in the online games that he plays to discourage him from playing.

    More or less a WTF of the Day.

    via @sidewaysburnout on Twitter

    10. Age Appropriate

    One of the silly arguments which I got into on Twitter a while ago was whether or not it’s socially acceptable to like Pokémon as an adult. My argument: Hell to the yes. His argument: Hell to the no. With the Pokémon X and Y announcement, it’s appropriate to revisit that discussion.

    So is it socially acceptable for adults to pick up Pokémon X or Y in October?

    Hell to the yes.

    Most of my fondest gaming memories involve the Pokémon games. While I haven’t been to one in a few years, I’ve attended Pokémon conventions as a little kid and as a young adult, and the audience at the conventions I’ve attended range from pre-teens to middle-aged adults.

    Pokémon — be it the video games, trading card games, or TV shows — transcends age. As it’s okay to like Cinnamon Toast Crunch as an adult it’s okay to like Pokémon as an adult. Fun things aren’t restricted to minors and the idea that it’s not socially acceptable to have fun is absurd.

    11: 3rd Place is the Worst Place

    January 6, 2013

    1. Griffin’s PowerDock 5

    One thing I didn’t see coming when I picked up an iPad mini to use as an addition to my iPhone and iPad (3rd gen) is the charging headaches it would cause. At least for me, the iPad mini doesn’t replace the larger iPad and vice versa, meaning I use them interchangeably throughout the day. For the most part I end up charging the iPad and iPad mini at the same time, so I have to manage two different wall chargers and two different cables. Throw in my iPhone which is a bit of a wild card for when I need to charge it and the fact that rooms have a limited supply of wall outlets, and it’s become maddening.

    The Griffin PowerDock 5 is a single dock which will charge five devices at once. It’ll be available in a few months for $100, and it’s sure to solve the first world charging woes that tech geeks face.

    2. Consumer Reports Says The iPhone 5 Is The Worst Top Smartphone — Or Not

    Headline on iDownloadBlog: Consumer Reports places iPhone 5 among the worst of top smartphones

    Actually, Consumer Reports said that the iPhone is the third best phone. Unless #3 out of hundreds has become a bad thing, consider this the Dazzling Display of Headline Bias of the Day.

    3. Yeah, Why Is He So Popular?

    Paul Harris over on The Observer asks: Why is Superman still so popular?

    The article is a bit more deeper than that and dives into the changes Superman has gone through as time changed, but I dig the question. Being fully honest, I haven’t ever liked Superman; the hero or the shows/movies that he shows up in. Superman has a single weakness which conveniently is exotic and pretty hard to find. As he is a God-like character, there isn’t much for us puny humans to empathize with. So what’s the draw?

    4. The Waterproof Hearing Aid

    Siemens never fails to impress me, and while The Ramones haven’t ruined my hearing yet, I certainly appreciate progress for people who are disabled. Hearing aids are electric, and as such, subject to the same water damage that voids your iPhone’s warranty. No longer, as Siemens has created a hearing aid that can be submersed in as much as three meters of water. If you are hard of hearing, ask your doctor if the Aquaris hearing aid is right for you.

    5. So Why Is Leatherface So Popular?

    Texas Chainsaw 3D brought in an estimated $23 million at the domestic box office, bringing it to #1 in the U.S. charts.

    As a Horror hound I understand the satisfaction of seeing (fictional) teenagers get sliced and diced in 3D, but it amazes me that the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise — or at least its characters — can stand the test of time. I have to reserve judgement since I haven’t seen Texas Chainsaw 3D yet, but I’m not sure that anything other than more impressive gore can be added to the franchise. The biggest problem with remakes and reboots is that creativity is restricted. Even in unoriginal films, at least the characters are new. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is done in my mind.

    6. Facebook Standing Up For Privacy?

    This is news to me: Facebook is refusing to grant access to users’ private information that could alter the results of a murder case. Honestly I’m surprised that Facebook doesn’t sell it to the highest bidding lawyer, but I’m happy to know that the posts I set to “friends only” will only be seen by my friends. Kudos, Facebook.

    7. Rebel Wilson To Kidnap One Direction

    Honestly I just find this story funny.

    8. Ornithologist Forced To Explain Why Humans Can’t Become Birds

    As reported by The Onion, ornithologist Ethan R. Lewis was forced to participate in the History Channel’s new program, What If Humans Suddenly Became Birds?

    To be honest I wasn’t even aware that “ornithology” was a thing. I knew that there were people who studied birds, and I knew the study had to be called something, but I was never curious enough to actually look it up. Thank you Onion editors. :-)

    9. Processing In The News!

    It’s interesting to see The Verge doing a story about the programming language that I’m learning, Processing (and others). One thing that I’ve noticed about Processing is that not very many normal people even know what it is, so seeing it get a shoutout on a large blog like The Verge is encouraging (maybe even inspiring) and makes me want to work even harder at being a generative designer.

    Honestly in learning this coding language I need all the encouragement I can get, as prior to a week ago I knew next to nothing about code and, while I already a statistics fan, I’m learning that I have to invest time in learning geometry and algebra if I want to be good at Processing. Learning geometry and algebra is something I don’t want to do, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking for excuses to try my hand at a different hobby.

    10. iPad mini Day 4

    I’ve now had an iPad mini for four days, and I have a load of thoughts on it, but my biggest surprise is how my iPad and iPad mini are already diverging. Instead of starting fresh, I restored my iPad mini from my iPad’s backup. Four days ago the two devices had the same use at face value. But every day the app selection I have on each changes, and in examining my usage habits it’s clear that the iPad and iPad mini are very different devices.

    I don’t set the iPad mini down in use; it’s very much meant to be held, whereas the iPad usually lays flat on the table. Think of the iPad mini as a lounging device, and the iPad as a productivity device. I haven’t closed iA Writer on my iPad since I started writing this post, and right beside it I’ve been finding news that I want to write about using Flipboard, Thirst, and Safari on my iPad mini.

    If you prefer, you can think of the iPad mini as a second screen to the iPad. In the end that’s effectively how I’m using it most, and together the iPad and iPad mini cost less than a single MacBook Air (the cheapest Mac that has a display) which doesn’t come with a second screen. Since I type faster on the iPad’s software keyboard than I do a traditional keyboard, I’d wager that the $928 that my iPads cost combined was money well spent.

    9.3: Apps for Directors

    January 2, 2013

    If you’re a movie director — large or small or aspiring — and you have an iPhone or iPad, you should check out this list of apps to download put together by Neptune Salad. These apps will genuinely help you on your quest as a filmmaker.

    via Twitter user @horrorgeek

    6.2: “Ditching the iPhone”

    December 30, 2012

    Another not-new-news piece, this one by Erica Sadun over at TUAW about getting rid of the iPhone for an iPad mini + Tracfone combo.

    It’s an enticing idea — having an iPad mini and an iPhone seems so pointless it’s almost criminal — and I’m seriously considering it. Tracfones and the plans for the phones are super cheap and off contract, and iPad mini is kinda awesome. The closer I get to not cashing in my holiday earnings for an iPhone 5, though, the more I realize that I’d miss using the iPhone to make phone calls and listen to music while jogging.

    It’s definitely something to consider though, and admittedly I’m still thinking about it.

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