The Next Big Thing

I occasionally actually overhear conversations about the next big thing all around the bay area. After all, this is the epicenter of the tech industry. In this post, I’m going to let you in on what I think “the next big thing” is going to be! Reflecting on the Recent Past Back in 2003 – 2004 I discovered the most… Continue reading

What Could Be Worse than Pervasive and Perpetual Surveillance?

That all of our emails and phone calls and everywhere we go would be collected and stored by our democratic government was completely unimaginable to me just 10 years ago. Unthinkable! It’s the antithesis of free society! But we now live in a surveillance state. But to think that it will even get worse speaks to complete fascism. Hang On… Continue reading

RadiON Rocks!

I never thought I would want to listen to internet streaming radio stations. I have so many music options: my huge iTunes library, Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio, and on and on. But then I discovered advertising-free AM Radio Sausalito, which I love! I discovered their website has a live stream; so, I wanted to listen through my computer while I worked.… Continue reading

Keep It on the Milk Carton!

Subtitle: Am I just that much of a jerk in my old age? Californians got a startling late-night introduction to a statewide emergency alert system when their cell phones began buzzing, blaring and flashing with the news that San Diego County siblings had been kidnapped. For many, it was the first time they knew about an all-but-hidden feature on their… Continue reading

New 360º Panoramas of Horseshoe Cove

These are my first two experiments with a different way of making 360º panos with the camera lens way up high on a tall pole. With the wind (extreme wind yesterday when I shot these), this becomes a huge challenge! Precision is the name of the game with panos, and a wobbly tall pole makes shooting anything but precise. Add… Continue reading

Clever iOS Photo Editor App

I recently discovered a new photo editing app for the iPhone and iPad: Gridditor. It sports a rather clever approach to photo editing. At launch the interface contains a grid of thumbnails of the image being edited. At the top and bottom are two filters: Contrast and Vibrance. On each side are two other filters: Brightness and Darkness. The user… Continue reading

Too Much Clutter in Your Life?

Well, yes. In my life, anyway! I once loved gadgetry. Now I suffer from gadetnoia, and I’ve got it bad! So, for the past few weeks, well, months now, actually, I’ve been cleaning house—digital house and real house. Light Switches Yes, you read that right. Even the light switches in this house are driving me insane. Why can’t I just… Continue reading

How Times Have Changed!

Keep in mind that we recently got the piano on which I practiced as a child. Keep in mind that we spent a small fortune to bring it into good playing condition. Keep in mind that Van Cliburn, my musical inspiration as a teenager, just passed away. And, keep in mind that piano is my first love. So, I’ve been… Continue reading

My Über Christmas Gift

Yes, I’m known as a geek, and I frequently get “geek gifts.” I wasn’t expecting this one at all. It really is interesting. I just now got to play with it. The small device connects through bluetooth to another bluetooth device (my phone in this case) and projects a keyboard with a laser. It also makes a tick sound when… Continue reading

No. No More. I’m Fed Up!

I loathe corporate America trying to own American culture. But I double loathe it when they try to own my contributions to culture and do not allow me to opt out! I will not have it. I’ve been a huge fan of Instagram, ever since it first arrived on the tech scene. I love that app. You have seen me… Continue reading