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

My Fatal Mistake

Naturally, since Chloé, our Nissan Leaf, is at the hospital, this makes me think about a new car. I am unquestionably hooked on electric cars now. With solar on the roof of the house, aside from the actual cost of the car, driving the car is free! At first we started talking about just getting a new Leaf. But the… Continue reading

@Apple and Feature Regression

This Apple fan boy is growing aggravated with Apple coming out with new software versions that drop features, sometimes significant features, without much, if any, warning. Recent Example The most recent example is the new iWork software. I am a huge Keynote user. Yes, I guess I’m a power user, now that I think about it. The new software is… Continue reading

My Latest RSS Feed Reader Strategy

RSS has been, well, “up in the air” since Google entombed Google Reader. I’ve been exploring various RSS reader solutions ever since the hatchet fell this past summer. Currently I’m trying 2 strategies at the same time to see which one wins out. So far, I like them both. In this post I’m going to share the more unusual strategy,… Continue reading

Crystal Surround Air Track = Cool Beans

I’ve spent the past week-and-a-half putting together a little condo in Decatur. Pictures are coming soon, but not too soon so as not to spoil the reveal! (I feel like a renno TV program or something.) One of the purchases: a Samsung Series 7 7100 LED TV. I love Samsung’s SmartTVs! They are so thin (less than an inch deep),… 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