Monthly Archives: June 2010

★ iOS 4, it's awesome

This morning, Australian time, Apple rolled out the latest iPhone operating system update, now called iOS. And I must say, it’s pretty darn awesome!

So far my favourite new features are;

  • home screen wallpaper
  • app folders
  • the universal inbox
  • multi-tasking
  • gmail / mail app support

I’ll give you a quick little pitch about each of the new features I’m digging so far.

Home Screen Wallpaper

It’s such a little ‘feature’ but it completely changes the look and feel of my iPhone. One of my favourite things about the iPad is that I can change the wallpaper based on my mood, the work I’m doing, and whatever other justification I decide to use each time I change it…and now I can do the same on my iPhone.

App Folders

Previously I had about 10 pages of apps, seriously, and it was a pain in the butt to organise each page of apps, and then to navigate between the 1st and last pages. Now with the ability to add ‘folders’ of applications I’ve managed to turn 10 pages into 3, AND I’ve also managed to hide all the Apple default apps that I never use and cannot delete.

Better Gmail Support

Recently I moved all my personal “domain name based” emails over to gmail, it’s made life a lot easier….however it wasn’t really well supported in the mail app on the iPhone and any time I did anything gmail related on my iPhone I ended creating new mailboxes because the mail app didn’t play as nicely with gmail….well now it does.

Universal Inbox

On my work iPhone I have 5-6 different email accounts, it used to be a bit of mucking around to navigate between the accounts, specially when I was folder deep in one account and needed to get all the way out and into another account. The universal inbox makes it a whole lot easier to see all your new emails in one handy location, of course if you’re folder deep in one account it’s still the same process to navigate back out but if you’re like me and keep a very clean inbox then you’ll find it does make life easier.

Multi-Tasking

I never new I was missing multi-tasking until I had it….well Apple’s version of multi-tasking that is. Basically it’s like fast app switching, which totally makes sense and so far has worked well for when I’m flicking in and out of mail, my rss reader, and all the while listening to a podcast. I just became that much more productive, don’t tell my boss though!

With these new features being a bit of a teaser of what to come with the new iPhone, I for one cannot wait! Bring on iPhone 4!

★ iOS 4, it’s awesome

This morning, Australian time, Apple rolled out the latest iPhone operating system update, now called iOS. And I must say, it’s pretty darn awesome!

So far my favourite new features are;

  • home screen wallpaper
  • app folders
  • the universal inbox
  • multi-tasking
  • gmail / mail app support

I’ll give you a quick little pitch about each of the new features I’m digging so far.

Home Screen Wallpaper

It’s such a little ‘feature’ but it completely changes the look and feel of my iPhone. One of my favourite things about the iPad is that I can change the wallpaper based on my mood, the work I’m doing, and whatever other justification I decide to use each time I change it…and now I can do the same on my iPhone.

App Folders

Previously I had about 10 pages of apps, seriously, and it was a pain in the butt to organise each page of apps, and then to navigate between the 1st and last pages. Now with the ability to add ‘folders’ of applications I’ve managed to turn 10 pages into 3, AND I’ve also managed to hide all the Apple default apps that I never use and cannot delete.

Better Gmail Support

Recently I moved all my personal “domain name based” emails over to gmail, it’s made life a lot easier….however it wasn’t really well supported in the mail app on the iPhone and any time I did anything gmail related on my iPhone I ended creating new mailboxes because the mail app didn’t play as nicely with gmail….well now it does.

Universal Inbox

On my work iPhone I have 5-6 different email accounts, it used to be a bit of mucking around to navigate between the accounts, specially when I was folder deep in one account and needed to get all the way out and into another account. The universal inbox makes it a whole lot easier to see all your new emails in one handy location, of course if you’re folder deep in one account it’s still the same process to navigate back out but if you’re like me and keep a very clean inbox then you’ll find it does make life easier.

Multi-Tasking

I never new I was missing multi-tasking until I had it….well Apple’s version of multi-tasking that is. Basically it’s like fast app switching, which totally makes sense and so far has worked well for when I’m flicking in and out of mail, my rss reader, and all the while listening to a podcast. I just became that much more productive, don’t tell my boss though!

With these new features being a bit of a teaser of what to come with the new iPhone, I for one cannot wait! Bring on iPhone 4!

★ This iPad thing will never catch on

According to Mac Stories

Apple is shipping 1.2 million iPads per month, and should be rising to 2.5 million units per month by the end of this year. According to Digitimes Research analyst Kuo Ming-Chi, shipments stood at 700,000 units per months when the product launched in April.

Not bad for a device written off by so many.

★ This iPad thing will never catch on

According to Mac Stories

Apple is shipping 1.2 million iPads per month, and should be rising to 2.5 million units per month by the end of this year. According to Digitimes Research analyst Kuo Ming-Chi, shipments stood at 700,000 units per months when the product launched in April.

Not bad for a device written off by so many.

★ Let the twitter outage begin!

There’s been quite a few little twitter glitches over the past week, mostly blamed on network hardware, but this looks a little larger than that.

I just refreshed twitter.com, at 10:25am AEST in my web browser, and was greeted with this;

Wonder how long it’ll be out for this time?

Just goes to show you can throw millions and millions of dollars at a website / web app but it doesn’t necessarily make it work any better.

★ Let the twitter outage begin!

There’s been quite a few little twitter glitches over the past week, mostly blamed on network hardware, but this looks a little larger than that.

I just refreshed twitter.com, at 10:25am AEST in my web browser, and was greeted with this;

Wonder how long it’ll be out for this time?

Just goes to show you can throw millions and millions of dollars at a website / web app but it doesn’t necessarily make it work any better.

★ Pacific Star II

Check this video out, it’s by a guy named Colin Rich who built a little camera rig, hung it off of a weather balloon, and sent it off on it’s merry way…..it reached an altitude of 125,000 feet, snapping photos and videos all the way. Fricken awesome!

This is the second trip of my home made high altitude weather balloon photography project, Pacific Star.

The balloon was launched at 5:37pm (PST) from Oxnard, CA and reached an altitude of 125,000 feet snapping photos and recording video along the way.

The balloon burst, the parachute deployed, and the payload floated down for 35 minutes, landing near an old olive orchard Northeast of Santa Paula.

Created by Colin Rich

 

★ Pacific Star II

Check this video out, it’s by a guy named Colin Rich who built a little camera rig, hung it off of a weather balloon, and sent it off on it’s merry way…..it reached an altitude of 125,000 feet, snapping photos and videos all the way. Fricken awesome!

This is the second trip of my home made high altitude weather balloon photography project, Pacific Star.

The balloon was launched at 5:37pm (PST) from Oxnard, CA and reached an altitude of 125,000 feet snapping photos and recording video along the way.

The balloon burst, the parachute deployed, and the payload floated down for 35 minutes, landing near an old olive orchard Northeast of Santa Paula.

Created by Colin Rich

 

★ Born on this day

Apart from yours truly, here’s a big ol list of people I share the 17th of June with as a birthdate.

And how could I possibly resist posting a song from my old mate Barry..hehe

★ Born on this day

Apart from yours truly, here’s a big ol list of people I share the 17th of June with as a birthdate.

And how could I possibly resist posting a song from my old mate Barry..hehe

★ For the photographers, Sylights

There’s a myriad of different lighting diagrammers out there, both Windows and Mac apps, along with the obligatory iPhone apps, but none really allow you to share your lighting setups with other people simply. Sure you save them as a jpeg and upload to flickr, but it’s just not the same…..and along comes Sylights.com

Created by French photographers Pierre-Jean Quilleré and Olivier Lance, Sylights is quite simple in it’s approach with the main pages of the site being a diagram editor and a browse section to check out other photographers’ diagrams.

Check it out at Sylights.com

★ For the photographers, Sylights

There’s a myriad of different lighting diagrammers out there, both Windows and Mac apps, along with the obligatory iPhone apps, but none really allow you to share your lighting setups with other people simply. Sure you save them as a jpeg and upload to flickr, but it’s just not the same…..and along comes Sylights.com

Created by French photographers Pierre-Jean Quilleré and Olivier Lance, Sylights is quite simple in it’s approach with the main pages of the site being a diagram editor and a browse section to check out other photographers’ diagrams.

Check it out at Sylights.com

★ Super massive article clean up coming

I’ve done a bit of a redesign today, I’ve got something special coming up but I don’t really want to do much of a reveal at this stage. With all the work I’ve done so far, and with all the behind the scenes happenings, I’ve turned off commenting on a large number of posts….this is only short term, commenting will be back across the board once I’ve completed these tweaks.

★ Super massive article clean up coming

I’ve done a bit of a redesign today, I’ve got something special coming up but I don’t really want to do much of a reveal at this stage. With all the work I’ve done so far, and with all the behind the scenes happenings, I’ve turned off commenting on a large number of posts….this is only short term, commenting will be back across the board once I’ve completed these tweaks.

★ 500 Days of Summer

Did you catch that movie with Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it, 500 Days of Summer?

Well here’s a recut of it, from a slightly different angle, and with new music. Completely changes the tone of the movie, well the preview at least.

This version of the story line might actually be better than the original….

★ 500 Days of Summer

Did you catch that movie with Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it, 500 Days of Summer?

Well here’s a recut of it, from a slightly different angle, and with new music. Completely changes the tone of the movie, well the preview at least.

This version of the story line might actually be better than the original….

★ Travis vs Cherry

Having a quick play with HTML5 video embeds in my WordPress weblog / website / blog.

Grr it was way too hard to use my own HTML5 compatible player on the site here, so I’m uploading to YouTube now and will post the video back here shortly.

★ Travis vs Cherry

Having a quick play with HTML5 video embeds in my WordPress weblog / website / blog.

Grr it was way too hard to use my own HTML5 compatible player on the site here, so I’m uploading to YouTube now and will post the video back here shortly.