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Month: January 2009
The Gadget Tribes of Technology
I think that I fit pretty easily into the blogger category, but iFan isn’t far off. I really need a NetBook….
Via Boing Boing Gadgets:
Technology was once about big things, but smallness rules the day: we are the gear that gets us through it. Augmented and assisted by the gizmos we buy, break and make, we’re taking tech culture out of the tubes. How to spot a species? Look inside the gadget bag!
Claim solidarity with your stereotype in the comments and send us evidence of any undiscovered tribes (email: rob o’ boingboing.net): we’ll be sure to forward it on to the Internet Anthropogogical Society for near-immediate updates.
Had a fun time, it was cool to see some tricks that people are using. Great time to learn when you can watch and follow others.
Photos From Zions Bank
So, I am up on the 18th floor of Zions Bank tower, what a view.
These images were all taken with my iPhone, so no complaining about crappy quality. With the clouds and the light, the temple looks like some kind of dystopian structure, rather then the holy edifice that it is.
Why Video Won’t Happen On The iPhone
Lots of discussion about Qik and the iPhone today. As a preface, I don’t want you to think that everything is glowy and that I have drank some form of apple flavored Kool-Aid. I like Apple stuff, I have bought a ton of it. I use their stuff, I have broken it, hacked it, forced it, and on an on.
Now, on to the big picture.
Apple does a lot of things very well. They are known best perhaps for having one of the best vertical integration systems in the world. They build the hardware, then write the operating systems, and follow up with world class software that resides on their machines so that the consumer, you and me, are never let down. There aren’t device drivers, there isn’t phantom hardware that doesn’t work, it all does, because they can control the environment where it resides. Because of this, the consumers stay happy, knowing that if it is supposed to work, it does.
Now, enter the iPhone. Pictures are taken in two different varieties, portrait and landscape. Portrait are taken in the conventional manner of holding an iPhone, with the home button at the bottom. Landscape is taken with the phone rotated 90 degrees so that the home button is on the left or the right. Due the accelerometer in the phone, the shutter button rotates with you. The phone knows that it is ok to rotate, and the interface changes with that. In my mind, this is the perfect solution. You should let your users know when the interaction is going to change. Hats off to the interaction designers at Apple.
Now with video, there is are a few formats, but in essesnce, everything is shot landscape. You may shoot 16×9, 4×3, or even in a cinema format like 2.35:1.
So, imagine this situation, you are at an event, and want to capture a moment of video, what do you do? Pull out your iPhone and shooting some video. You are shooting in a portrait landscape, because that is where the button is, and you can do it with only one hand. What happens when you get back to the house though? You kick start iMovie, and go to start editing, and here is your video, turned 90 degrees the wrong way.
Not that this was shot with the iPhone, but to illustrate what video would end up looking like if done with it.
So, here is my rationale, Apple has a decision to make. They have to reformat the screen for video, making it so that you are stuck shooting one way as part of the video application. The problem with this is that people want to take pictures and video at the same time. So, jumping from one framse size to another would be jarring. If they keep it like the camera app, they would get people who when they get home see that there video is all turned 90 degrees. When they load it into iMovie, it would come out that they have to rearrage all of their clips. My take, is that this isn’t going to happen.
Now, what about Qik and other streaming applications? Do they take the video at portrait, and they rotate it? Do they make an interface that forces the user to turn the phone on the side? I don’t know, I haven’t pwned my phone yet to see the results. (Tried, but it didn’t work. If you have a suggestion, let me know.)
So, what do you think? Will we see video on the iPhone? Are we doomed to let the peeps with Nokias hog the streaming space on Qik and other sites?
Sound off in the comments.
Odd Post Of The Day
Did you know that The Wonder Years has never had a DVD release because they can’t get the music rights? I mean, the show of my childhood, Kevin, Paul and Winnie can’t have a comeback because they can’t get the rights to some of the songs? Fred Savage needs this to reboot his acting career. He might always be over shadowed by younger brother Ben and reruns of Boy Meets World. BTW, remember Tompanga? Hottie.
Back to the Wonder Years, Daniel Stern who is the tall thief from the Home Alone movies is the narrator. Never really put that together until now.
Slug Games – Candyland Jam | Ride Utah Blog
The boys from our sister site RideUtah.com swung by the Candyland Rail Jam at Brighton last week. I stopped by the Slug Games at Brighton today. I got there a little late because I spent the morning teaching my 3 year old how to shred, and then the lunch hours riding with my 14 year old neighbor. […]
The boys from our sister site RideUtah.com swung by the Candyland Rail Jam at Brighton last week.
I stopped by the Slug Games at Brighton today. I got there a little late because I spent the morning teaching my 3 year old how to shred, and then the lunch hours riding with my 14 year old neighbor. The Candyland Jam seemed well attended by groms, but, I ran into some friends and everyone seemed to be having fun. Check back here or check out Slugmag.com for the results.