February 23, 2010 by Ryan
So I’m lying in bed, writing this post, while listening to the new Ok Go album, all from my phone! It’s ridiculous how much of a fanboy I am of the Motorola Droid! This picture…got the link while doing all this! It’s called multi-tasking…take that iPhone!
YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, ESPN, Google Reader, Google Buzz, Gmail, Google Maps…basically everything Google. All from my phone! I’m one of those guys that basically needs internet access pumped directly into my bloodstream and the Droid is my IV. Yes, I know I’m an addict.
Being a Verizon-Loyalist/AT&T-Hater, I envied all the capabilities and apps the iPhone had. I waited year after year for the iPhone to come to Verizon, but it’s still “next year”.
With Android, I finally have an app-friendly phone! So many cool apps! My favorites:
- Qik- Broadcast video straight from your phone to Facebook, YouTube & Twitter
- PhoneMyPC- Access & control your computer from your phone
- WorldTour- Changes the background on my phone to live images around the world: Times Square, the Pyramids, the Effiel Tower, Boston Harbor, Sydney Harbor, etc.
- Rhapsody Beta- They finally released a beta for the subscription music service that I love! I can listen to anything, anytime, as many times as I want!
So far I’ve convinced two guys from work to get a Droid. I wish I had to disclose endorsements or getting paid for any of the products I’ve mentioned but, unfortunately, I am not being paid for any of this! If any of the aforementioned companies want to pay me I would be glad to offer my endorsement!
P.S. This post was written on the new WordPress app!
April 14, 2009 by Ryan
I’ve read that the government can track you, listen to you on your cellphone even if it’s off as long as there is a battery in it. For some people, that’s one of the scariest things out there. Personally, and I emphasize personally, I don’t mind. For one, I don’t have anything to hide. Two, I using this surveillance to stop people that are dangerous is worth it. (Let the 1984 comments commence)
My point is, this is already out there. It’s done. It’s part of our connected world. Yeah there’s negatives, but there are also many positives (I love listening & watching educational & inspiring podcast & videocasts). But why let Big Brother have all the fun?
I have been a fan of Google Maps for a while and recently installed it on my new Blackberry Storm. After overlooking it several times, I noticed another option in the menu for something called Latitude. Basically it allows you to broadcast your location to a network of connections you choose. Here’s an fun little stunt the Google team pulled of using it:
Depending on how you want to view this, it can be seen as either very cool or very scary. Imagine citywide scavenger hunts! Imagine every one knowing where you live and when you are and are not home! I can definitely see both.
Ideas for Improvements
One good feature is that you can turn it on and turn it off. Turn it on when you want to broadcast and find others to meetup with. Turn it off when you are about to head home (before you get there, so you don’t lead everyone back to your house). I was discussing this with a friend on Twitter (@wmchan) and two ideas came up:
Maybe I’m in the minority by not worrying much about the “big brother” aspect of Latitude, mostly because it’s there whether you like it or not. But I think privacy features like these, or just plain common sense, can make Latitude relatively safe. My biggest problem right now is that no one I know uses it/knows about it, and so I haven’t been able to do much. I want to do some kind of TweetUp or scavenger hunt with it. I think it could be used for a crazy promotional thing for some local company.
What do you think? Too invasive? Too cool? Let me know if you would want to mess around with it and maybe we’ll have to do something.
July 22, 2008 by Ryan
Photo by rwp-roger
I have 28 34 (and counting) blogs that I read through my Google Reader. I follow 100 +600 people on Twitter & Plurk (thanks to ProBlogger). I find more and more friends from childhood, high school, college, etc. on Facebook everyday. How do I process all this information!?
I’ve actually cut down the number of blogs that I read (I had some that would post 5-6 times a day)! My reading of ZenHabits has got me to try and simplify. But at the same time, I just added like 80 people to my Twitter/Plurk/Facebook! One good thing is that the additions are not as demanding as the blogs. Which reminds me! I have like 5-6 books that I want to read!
I guess it comes down to priority. What priority is all of this information for me to get through? How thoroughly do I want to digest each source? It’s pretty easy to “fill up on junk food” with all the social networking. Even some of the blogs are low-nutrition! I know that I should spend more time of the information that has the best return on investment (i.e. books, quality blog posts & family info streams). Being that I aspire to income generating blogging, I also need to invest time into developing contacts and relationships. So, while there is going to be a good deal of personally irrelevant info, I do plan on spending time with my “new” friends.
Anyone else dealing with this? How do you handle it?
This post is part of my Information Overload Series
- How Do You Process All This Information?!
- Waiting on Diamonds to Play with the Rough
November 20, 2007 by Ryan
Today, reading through my RSS feeds, I ran across this post about Firefox and a new browser called Flock. It caught my attention because I have been a big fan of Firefox. I seriously get annoyed with Internet Explorer. I hate how it screws with my websites and how it messes up transparency on png files!
I have been a longtime user of Firefox. I love the tabbed browsing. I love all the customization and extensions. But I have noticed with how many tabs I typically have, Firefox can get pretty heavy on the memory usage on my computers. At home on my laptop it’s less of a concern, but at work with my measly little memory it can lock things up pretty easily. That’s what caught my eye in the TechCrunch post.
I’d read about Flock before…well, more just skimmed over a post about it. It’s big thing is that it’s a “social browser.” It tries to integrate more of the social networks people use (blogs, flickr, del.icio.us, Twitter, etc., etc.) and do so more seamlessly into the browser. I decided to give it a shot, downloaded it and have been pulling in some of my accounts. In fact, I am writing this post from Flock!
Blogged with Flock
November 1, 2007 by Ryan
A while back I wrote about making the move from PCs to Macs. Well, I was close then, but I’m decided now! There have been many contributing factors:
- Macs have always been beautiful as far as graphics go
- Everyone in design uses them
- Parallels (read my previous post)
- The iPhone
- Everyone says that once you go Mac you’ll never look back…even Mark Cuban!
The last straw is the new Mac OS Leopard. So many cool features, so well thought out. If you haven’t, watch Apple’s video about Leopard. It’s kinda long but worth it if you’re considering jumping the MS
March 31, 2007 by Ryan
Hopefully, you’ve all seen the “I’m a Mac…and I’m a PC” commercials. They are one of the few things that will stop my DVR-commercial-skipping just so I can watch them and laugh. It has to be one of the best ad campaigns in the last few years.
As of right now, I am a PC. I have been a PC for so long that it’s hard to even think about switching. But there is a new program out called Parallels that is really making the idea of switching more feasible. Since Apple switched to Intel chips you’ve been able to install Windows on Macs, even to where BootCamp is coming standard on all Macs. But Parallels does something that is very appealing, that is that it allows you to open Windows documents in the Mac OS! No need to pull up a virtual machine, just click on the Windows file and it pulls up the Windows program. It also supports more 3d gaming that BootCamp and other programs.
So yes, I am a PC, but I wonder how long I can hold out.