Monthly Archives: February 2006

My PersonalDNA

Wow, I’m doing a ton of posting tonight, aren’t I? Well, I finally got around to doing my own PersonalDNA quiz, and the interface is amazing. The slick AJAX features make the experience all the more fun. Anyway, it didn’t take me long to complete, and I think I learned a few things about myself in the process. My report can be accessed below, and I suggest everyone take their own as well.

My Personal Dna Report

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That Fake Video iPod…

I thought this was way too important of a link to just push to the sidebar. Sinc ethe launch of my article there’s been one specific photo of a video iPod that’s been leaked evrywhere. I myself didn’t link to it, but you’ve probably seen it everywhere.

Well, a video was just released on YouTube documenting the creation of this fake video iPod. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ4wzEEpk1A

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Welcome Home

No, I haven’t been listening to a lot of Coheed and Cambria lately. Okay, I have, but this post isn’t about their song of the same title. This is about something far more important.

My Mom’s finally home from business, and this time it’s permanent. She’s been on the road for over the past year and the only time’s I’ve seen here have been for a week at a time eveyr few months. She’s been to well over ten states in the US, and also spent a few months in Peurto Rico. The details of her job were vague, but she’s been travelling around the country supervising the construction and setup of new store locations for AutoZone.

Anyway, I’m happy to have her back and can’t wait to spend some serious time with her in the near future.

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I Blog for the Ladies

Ok, not really, but it got your attention, didn’t it? I recently hopped aboard a new community project that I can’t divulge any information on right now, but myself and 9 others have been throwing ideas back and forth for the past week now, and the community forums we started are really coming in handy.

Well, to get to know some of the other members a little better I created a new topic on the forums titled “What are your stats?” I quickly scribbled down my stats and a topic intro and went on my way. A little while later Angelique posted her response, which sparked the thought behind this post.

 

lolll when i first saw the topic title i thought you were trying to hit on the girls

 

So, why do you blog, for the fame, the glory, donations, attention, to meet new people, what for? I blog for personal pleasure. I love putting my thoughts and ideas out into the open,a nd blogging is a great escape from the boring life most lead. It’s also a good way to meet new people.

I might as well turn this into a meme and pass it along to a few people:

Elliot Swan
Angelique
Matt Bob Jones
Bryan Veloso

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Sitting ’round the Campfire, roasting Mallows

So, on the official day of its launch I had the opportunity to mess around with Campfire, the newest product from the guys at 37Signals. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Campfire is a group chat tool aimed to replace Instant Messaging for client based communication.

During the test phase I was able to chat in a public chat room hosted by Jim Coudal. It’s really the first time I’ve been able to actually have some fun with well known designers. Among some of the people who attended the chat were Jason Santa Maria, Cameron Moll, and Dan Cederholm. But that isn’t the best part. Before the chat session was ended I even had a chance to participate with all of them, sans JSM, in a match of Photoshop Tennis.

If you’d like to see the results of our Photoshop Tennis match then view the full size image at http://www.coudal.com/i/camtennis.jpg or to see who added what head over to the annoted image at my Flickr page

The bottom line is, Campfire is a great tool for any type of chat communication. With easy to use features like file uploading and inline document previews, Campfire has everything you need and none of the nonsense you don’t. There are multiple plans available, including a free plan which allows for 4 simultaneous chatters. For more information see campfirenow.com.

Please note that this is my own personal opinion. I wasn’t forced or bribed in any way to write this, but if anyone from 37Signals comes across it, feel free to add it to your testimonials.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I just wanted to say Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the Textonic readers out there, your support means everything to me. And though they have no idea I even have my own blog, I’d like to wish a happy V-Day to the following people:

Leslie, Amber, Samantha, Christina, Ashley, Heather, Big Josh, DJ, Sheldon, Little Josh, Darelle, Timur, Cris, Elliot Swan, slickplaid, missingo, bird-E, Hacker-X and anyone else I’ve forgotten. The same wishes go out to all of the great people I’ve met through the web as well.

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Touch Screen Video iPod Coming Soon?

Think Secret just recently published an article outlining the belief that Apple may be ready to start manufacturing a touch screen video iPod where the screen is the size of an entire normal video iPod. For some reason this just doesn’t sit right with me. While Apple just recently filed patents related to touch screen technology, the concept of a full screen video iPod seems almost impossible.

For starters, what would the video look like? Assuming Apple keeps with their current trend of tall, skinny players video would have to be extremely distorted to fill that entire screen. Along this thought, video will either be cropped along the sides, stretched out to fill in the player, or Apple will start contacting producers to put out widescreen versions of their current offerings. This seems like a lot of work just to get an enlarged screen.

And what about usability issues? The best part of the clickwheel scroller is that you could adjust the song you were listening to or skip to something else without even having to take the iPod out of your pocket. With a touch screen interface we lose the ability to adjust our music on the fly. A touch screen requires users to actually pull the iPod out and look over the screen before making a move. This also brings up something else. How is apple going to handle scratches and smudges. We all heard about the complaints a few months back about scratched screens and Nano plating, wouldn’t the same problem come up with a full screen player where the only interface option requires that you touch the screen? I know I’d find watching LOST kind of hard with my fingerprints blocking out half of the show. And a stylus is out of the question. That just adds to the hassle of having to carry around extra components. Sure Apple could include a free glove and cleaning solution, but how ridiculous would you look walking down the street wearing a white glove pressing invisible buttons on your full screen iPod? There would be one upside to distributing gloves with this new iPod; Michael Jackson may be willing to do a commercial or two for them.

Now let’s look at the few positive aspects of a new touch screen iPod. A touch screen would allow for content input and might even be able to be hacked to replace your palm pilot or other portable advice. Going with the hacking scheme, the iPod could even be turned into a mini tablet for illustrators on the go. When Apple first filed its new patents readers originally thought they were going to delve into the Tablet Computer market, producing their own version of the Tablet PC, but that market has virtually fallen off the face of the earth.

Okay, now for some neutral discussion. When Apple first announced the video iPod back in October, many Mac Addicts speculated that this was not the video iPod, but rather a souped up 4GB iPod with minor video capabilities. Now many are saying that this could be the true video iPod Apple has since promised. One thing is for sure, this incarnation of the iPod will most likely be extremely pricey. Some even expect a product like this to run in the $500 to $750 range.

While not much solid information has been gathered a press release is suspected by Spring, maybe as early as March or April. At the Macworld Expo in San Francisco earlier this year Steve Jobs alluded to a major announcement on April 1st, Apple’s 30 year anniversary as a company. Though it is unknown at this time it is also suspected that this iPod will also lack any wireless connectivity support. Inside sources say that this new iPod does indeed exist and sports a 3.5 inch diagonal display. The sources also report that the iPod features a digital click wheel, one that overlays the touch sensitive screen.

So what do you think of all this? Is it just nonsense? Is Apple working on a touch screen iPod, or maybe their own version of the Tablet PC? Do you think a touch screen iPod is a good idea, and would you shell out the big bucks for it? What features would you like to see, and what improvements would you like to see to the design of the iPod itself? Do you think Apple has already come up with solutions to all of the outlined products? Anything else you can think of, add that to your comment as well.

Two great artist’s renditions of what this touch screen iPod may look like can be found here and here. Have your own rendition, let everyone see and post a link to it in your comment.

Update 1: Another user over at Think Secret posted a page with his own view of what the new touch screen iPod will look at. Check it out here

Update 2: Now there’s even a blog dedicated to the full screen iPod with some nice concepts. Check it out over at http://ipod-fullscreen.blogspot.com/

Update 3: This blog has some great details on the new iPod, and they were even kind enough to send me some traffic. Thanks guys, and good job with all the mockups you found.

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