Google Buzz: Turn off the Buzz

Friday, February 12th, 2010 | Personal | No Comments

A few days ago Google buzz launched.  This included automatically starting up Google buzz in your Gmail account, and automatically setting your followers.

While nice of Google (and scary), automatically assuming Gmail users would want Google buzz to share who you are following with your followers — was a poor assumption. › Continue reading

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iPad Makes Appearance at the Grammy Awards

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 | Personal | No Comments

For those of you who missed it (I didn’t see most of the Grammy Awards either), here is a video of the iPad making its television debut in the hands of Stephen Colbert:

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iPad, iPhone, Apple — and Flash. A Sad Story.

Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Personal | 1 Comment

Anyone who regularly reads this blog (sorry) can see how optimistic I am that the iPhone will eventually support flash.  Today I read news that entirely dashes those hopes.

I just hopped over to (I love that site) and saw this, Steve Jobs at Apple Town Hall Meeting on Google, Adobe, Next iPhone, 2010 Macs and More.

In the article MacRumors reports:

Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.

That is, what I consider to be, the final nail in the coffin.  Steve Jobs has shown his hand with regards to Flash.

A few weeks ago, news hit the internet of a clever developer who had implemented his own HTML/Javascript version of Flash — and it worked on the iPhone.  You can see this at the demos of Gordon – An open source Flash runtime written in pure JavaScript with SVG.

What does all this mean?  Flash won’t be allowed on Apple’s most cherished devices.

If Steve Jobs is experiencing headaches because of Flash and there is an alternative, why wouldn’t he pursue it?  HTML flash handle Flash like effects in an open format, a format in which Apple can control and mitigate the reach of Adobe into its own products.

It has been over a year since Adobe was able to demo Flash running on the iPhone.  Why hasn’t it made it on the iPhone?  Well Steve Jobs and Apple both believe the future is in the canvases of HTML 5.  Video can be properly (and easily) embedded, sound included, animation effects that surpass today’s AJAX packages, and many other facets that make HTML 5 a candidate to replace Flash.

This doesn’t make me happy.  I’ve come to love Flash as it has evolved.

Apple will use all forces it can to stop Adobe from growing their Flash install base.  While Apple has control over a large platform, the iPhone/iPad, they will force developers to adapt to the new technologies such as HTML 5.

Apple has zero intention on ever letting Flash hit the iPhone, iPad, or even any computer if they could do that.  I don’t foresee them stopping Flash from their full fledged computers, that would be suicide.

Say goodbye to the romantic notion of Flash on your Apple device.

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On the Apple iPad: Problems I See

Friday, January 29th, 2010 | Personal | 4 Comments

For the first time in years I think Apple has missed the target.  There are so many problems that I see, right now, with the iPad. › Continue reading

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Apple Announces the iPad

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 | Personal | 2 Comments

It’s finally here.  No more rumors / guessing.  Apple has finally announced the iPad.

This afternoon Steve Jobs announced the upcoming launch of the iPad at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. › Continue reading

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Apple: iTunes won’t transfer HD tv show to my iPhone 3GS

Thursday, January 14th, 2010 | Personal | No Comments

First of all, I’m on tech support with Apple and couldn’t say better things about their tech support staff.  They are intelligent, helpful, polite — and very easy to understand and work with.

Just today, before going to the gym (you can tell I haven’t done this in a while) — I went to sync season 3 of Heroes (very good show) to my iPhone to entertain me while on the treadmill.  It doesn’t work. › Continue reading

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Nexus One Pricing Leak, Release Date Confirmed

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 | Business, Personal | No Comments

As seen at Gizmodo on the blog posting, Leaked Nexus One Documents: $530 Unlocked, $180 with T-Mobile — prices have been leaked for the Nexus One.  Talk about a difference from earlier rumors of $99 for Google users. › Continue reading

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Google Nexus One leaked video

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

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EEE Keyboard – Computer in a keyboard

Monday, September 14th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

Saw a post on the Asus Eee Keyboard on taranfx, Asus Eee Keyboard is Actually a PC: Featuring Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Wireless HDMI, Atom.

Initially I’d say “I want this”, as I do all cool technologies.  Realistically it seems like more of a distraction than a useful “keyboard”.  It boils down to a computer in a keyboard, so your keyboard becomes all you need along with a monitor.

I’d rather have a laptop and just connect it to a monitor.  It feels like this product is paying entirely for the (very cool) keyboard screen.  I doubt the screen will result in much increased productivity — since you have to shift focus down to just use it.

Maybe instead of touch screen applications, a little touch pad instead?

It definitely demos very well:

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To Tame the Perilous Skies

Monday, September 14th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

This is off topic for my blog in general.  It is very personal, but I’m so excited to get the opportunity to play a piece of music again I had to post it.

Not really mentioned on my blog anywhere, but I play horn (french horn).  I used to spend every minute of my free time playing music.  This was mostly back in high school.

I got the amazing opportunity to play with some of the most talented young musicians on Long Island back in the late 90s through groups such as Nassau Suffolk Concert Band, Long Island Youth Orchestra, and Gemini Youth Orchestra to name a few.

I have so many great memories of playing with those groups.  At the time I never realized it, but that was going to be the furthest I ever would take my music career.  In college music conflicted with computers, rehearsals got in the way of classes, and private lessons took too much time.

Recently I’ve joined a small community band in Newport, RI called the Newport Community Band (at Salve Regina).  A friend directs the band, my fiancee plays in the band, and I get to play horn.  I’m very grateful I get to play horn again, and be attempting some pretty cool music (last year we managed the Divine Comedy, and it came out sounding pretty good).  The band has achieved some things I never would have imagined from such a group, and always seems to surprise me.

We are going to be attempting to play one of my favorite pieces of music I have ever performed (with the Nassau Suffolk Concert Band back in 1998 I think) — To Tame the Perilous Skies (iTunes).

As a horn player, of course I like David Holsinger music.  I still get goosebumps up my arms every time I listen to the song, and it can’t be loud enough.

Below are parts 1 and 2 of a band performing the piece (not us).  It’s not the greatest quality but they do a fantastic job.  Give the music a chance, it’s really great stuff.

Part 1:

Part 2:

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