In 2004, Tom Preston Werner created something huge. His idea was cemented in history as Matt Mullenweg and Automattic acquired the service in 2007. Matt and his team developed WordPress, and integrated Tom’s creation into the code base. What what is creation? Gravatar. The idea was simple really – a central repository for your digital … Read more Free idea: decentralized avatar repository for Social VR
Before we get to Social VR, let’s recap. It’s 2017, almost 2018, and Virtual Reality systems are selling better than ever. The variety of VR hardware is stunning, with prices ranging from a simple $10 “cardboard” system to multi-thousand dollar haptic VR rigs with 360 degree rotation. The individual titles available are getting more immersive … Read more Free idea: An open Social VR API
Recently I spent some time reading, researching, and watching the state of the art in several areas of interest, notably CGI/computer animation, VR, text to voice, and facial pattern recognition. The takeaway is that all of the pieces are in place for an idea I’ve had for several years. Be advised, many of the videos … Read more What do computer graphics, assisted intelligence, Watson, and actual humans have in common?
I’m thinking about forcing a potentially life changing event, and I need your help to make the decision. But not everyone qualifies to answer. The qualifications for participation are important here – I’m asking for advice on a very specific problem, and you’ll need experience with all three platforms to offer the most relevant input. … Read more Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft Office 365?
Absolutely yes. And here’s what you need to know about the hardware. For as long as we can all remember, web development has been done on a laptop or a desktop computer. It’s an obvious choice given the power and screen sizes available. The late, great Steve Jobs posited that PCs were more like trucks, … Read more Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop for developers?
Remember 2005? In 2005, Panasonic introduced the TH-65PX500. It was the world's first 65″ 1080p Plasma (the press for the display actually defined the HDMI acronym). It was a cool $9k. In 2005 I was using a Nokia N-Gage as my phone – it didn't have a camera, but it did allow me to install … Read more 2005 was neat. But this is way better.
One evening, while on the topic of high speed internet, a friend of mine told me that he'd just upgraded his cable modem and was now getting even faster internet. Comcast, our local cable internet provider had recently upgraded the network in Colorado to DOCSIS 3.0. Among other things, DOCSIS 3.0 in Colorado means internet … Read more What do you do with a 50Mbps internet connection at home?
Unless you're a live sports fan, Cable and satellite subscriptions are no longer required. Internet sources in the living room are becoming a common means of video entertainment – most TV shows, from today's popular hits to classic TV shows are available for viewing online. Movies of all kinds are available for rent (or purchase), … Read more A PC in the living room? Here are the Basics
What's with all of the hype around the iPhone? Haven't we had phones that have all of these features for years? In 2003 (6 years ago!) I had the Nokia N-Gage. I was able to install apps, play games, browse the web, and text like crazy. Ok, so it didn't have a camera, but I … Read more Who cares about the iPhone?
This is a story that cable and satellite TV providers will find increasingly familiar. It's possible and even easy to ditch your cable/satellite box for good. We've done it – I'll show you what we use, and if you have questions ask away – I'd love the answer them. First up? AppleTV. AppleTV is hands … Read more TV and movies neuvo: Getting rid of cable and satellite TV
The day Windows 7 RC was released, I wanted to get it installed on my MacBook Pro. My MacBook has the power, and I already have a 40 gigabyte partition dedicated to Windows Vista Home. I rarely boot directly in to Vista using Boot Camp, but I do use Parallels to run that copy of … Read more Moving a Boot Camp disk to a Parallels Virtual Machine
Since my first post on piracy, I've been asked a few times to outline the programs I use day to day. Today I'm covering word processing and notes. I use a mix of online services and desktop programs. It sounds cumbersome, but it is pretty simple as each program has a specific use. For notes … Read more What I use for: Word Processing
Great news for those of you that want to start building web apps that utilize the new client-side database storage system in HTML5… Webkit supports an initial implementation now. Check it out. Webkit is the open-source foundation of the Safari web browser. It is cross platform on the desktop (Mac and Windows), and has two … Read more Client side databases in HTML5 soon, Safari NOW.
Back in June of 2007 I wrote a post that asked a simple question: “Does your email inbox reflect your productivity level?”. I mentioned that I had just successfully cleaned out my inbox, and that I was going to keep it that way. Today, three months later, I still have zero (0) emails in my … Read more The unofficial Inbox Zero – It is spreading.
For the past three years, my wife and I have had a group of friends over for dinner on Thursday evening. The intent is to relax with friends, have dinner (spaghetti, bread, dessert, beverages) and watch several time-shifted TV shows (Survivor, Hereos, Eureka, Smallville, Lost!, and Grey's Anatomy) and any other video content that the … Read more Survivorghetti, and the iPhone unlock?
How many of you have heard about entrepreneur groups in Second Life? Until recently these groups were filled with gambling and club owners. No more, gambling is now illegal in Second Life. Sucks for them, great for us. Many many see this as a problem for Second Life. I think it is a fantastic opportunity … Read more Second Life, a new beginning for entrepreneurs?
The world has been abuzz about the iPhone, since even before Apple acknowledged its existence. Why? Who cares? My mom does… and so will you. First, let's take a look at the state of mobile phones. For better or worse, mobile phones have become far more than simple phones. Text messaging, email, browsers, and custom … Read more iPhone – blah blah blah. I want one, so will you.
I've been testing a theory for a while now that has to do with my productivity level as it relates to the number of emails in my inbox. Simply put, the fewer emails in my inbox, the more productive I feel. There are times that my inbox reaches 150 to 200 emails… it has been … Read more Does your email inbox reflect your productivity level?
John Gruber has a great post about the silly stuff going on around meta-data embedded in iTunes Plus music tracks. Listen, let's put this in terms anyone can understand. You own the tracks and can put them on any device you want. They are DRM free tracks. DRM free however, does not mean it is … Read more iTunes Plus and meta-data
As my friend David says, good ideas are a dime a dozen. Well David, here's another one I had, then found. I hate when that happens. “Data de-duplication, also called data de-dupe, removes duplicate information as data is backed up or archived. It can be done on the file level, where duplicate files are replaced … Read more De-dupe and the desktop
[This entry originally appeared in the old blog on 03/25/07. I've reposted it here for those that requested it. Enjoy.] When Apple mentioned the AppleTV last fall, I wanted one immediately. It was made by Apple, it connected wirelessly to my Mac, connected my HDTV, and frankly that was enough. I bought one Friday night. … Read more Repost: Why Apple TV?