This is bloody amazing:
(Saw it here.)
This is bloody amazing:
(Saw it here.)
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I want the new iMac.
I want the new iPhoto.
I want the new iMovie.
I want the new GarageBand.
I want the new Keynote.
I want the new Numbers.
I’m not really impressed with iWeb.
Not too sure about .Mac yet.
I don’t really have a need for Pages – Word is good.
Best new iPhoto feature
Better organization of photos. Events is just brilliant … we have 14,000 photos and they’re just a complete blur. Events makes sense, and it’ll be a major enhancements. I called my wife down for that chunk of the demo, and it passed her keenly tuned BS filters. She even said “cool” a few times.
Best new iMovie features
Movie library just like photo library: one of those things that is obvious after Apple does it. Creating a movie in minutes: very needed, and very awesome.
Still needed: easier podcasting
I still think Apple needs a better podcasting tool. GarageBand is not the obvious place to go for podcasting, and it’s still not super simple and easy there, AFAIK.
Ethan and Aidan were playing around with Photobooth, Apple’s fun picture-taking software that accompanies the newer iMacs and MacBooks with built-in cameras.
A couple of the results:
And one that they liked better:
The painting you see in the back? It’s Jeroen Vermeulen‘s … their uncle (and my brother-in-law).[tags] ethan, aidan, john koetsier, family, pix, photo [/tags]
More content to come, as per usual. We’ve only got his recent paintings up … nothing before January of this year. That’ll come with time, however. It was important to get this up as soon as possible as Jeroen just had a show in the Netherlands, and some of his paintings are going up for public display and sale here in Vancouver next week.
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PS: Jeroen is pronounced yer-roon. It’s a Dutch name (as is mine, sort of) and Jeroen is originally from the Netherlands.[tags] jeroen vermeulen, art, website, john koetsier [/tags]
Yes, it’s a little off-topic … but I’m in love:
[tags] car, mini cooper s, mini, john koetsier, love [/tags]
This past Easter we, naturally, had an easter egg hunt. Each of the kids had a chance to hide the eggs and let the others find them.
And Gabrielle, being the creative girl she is, had to make it more interesting … with clues. Here they are …
Hrm …. in the library?
This doesn’t sound too good for chocolate ….
OK, this one’s easy:
But I’m not sure I want to eat this egg:
[tags] easter, eggs, hunt, fun, kids, pictures, john koetsier, gabrielle [/tags]
Advertising this good deserves recognition:
This is marketing from people who have read the Cluetrain. This is marketing from people who give a damn. This is marketing from people who are having fun.
If all advertising was this good you wouldn’t need to skip commercials.[tags] ad, advertising, kodak, kodak moment, guts, marketing, john koetsier [/tags]
I just happened to stumble across this Steve Jurvetson photo of an
eagle eating a rabbit or some small rodent hawk eating a vole.
Ouch! That is just nasty – predator and prey … both almost seeming to stare into the camera as one head disappears into the other. (Of course, this is probably taken with telephoto.)
I have, on occasion, felt like the
rabbit vole. Not today, fortunately, and hopefully you don’t either.
I took the day off today and we spent the day at Mount Baker. Tubing, playing, feeding the birds … absolutely gorgeous:
Here’s a short video that I took while tubing … following Gabrielle down the hill:
For the first time in perhaps 3 years, my desktop is beautifully, perfectly, empty – a wonderful tabula rasa on which I can create Anything I Want™.
I’m a bit of a freak about computer desktop neatness (which is not the same as saying I’m good at keeping my desktop clean).
It gives me a mini heart attack when I see colleagues with 15, 25, even 75 icons scattered over their desktop like dominoes that have already been knocked down. Some people have no desktop at all … just documents and applications and servers and connected disks and CDs wallpapering their computerized window on the world.
It’s almost a GTD thing for me: items on my desktop are things that need to be done, work that is calling my name, tasks that have not been completed. An empty desktop, then, is a symbol of a successful day, a caught-up workload, a mastered schedule.
The peace. The serenity.
Soon to be shattered, of course, by the relentless stampede of barbarian TO-DOs through the narrow funnel of my traitorous email in-box.
Ah well. Even a moment’s peace is valuable. Refreshed, I am ready to return to battle.[tags] desktop, screenpic, GTD, getting things done, peace, tasks, to-dos, john koetsier [/tags]
I’m seeing more and more creative blogging these days … including comic book blogging.
Maybe one of these days I’ll try a couple of posts like this … Comic Life makes it easy.[tags] blogging, comic life, comics, scott ocheltree, john koetsier [/tags]
(Pix, bios, and quote. Mine: “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”)
It’s from T.S. Eliot’s poem:
[tags] rastin mehr, premier, john koetsier [/tags]
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half heard, in the stillness
Between the two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always–
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
The problem: very slow start-up and lots of shutter lag between pictures. Hrm … need to keep looking. But I like that 5X optical zoom – very hard to get that in a compact!
Context: I was just at A VC – a blog by Fred Wilson, a New York venture capitalist that I follow from time to time.
He has about 5 million widgets and doodads hanging off his blog. He’s even worse, if possible, than Matthew Ingram.
Let me count. In the left sidebar Fred’s got:
In the right sidebar, not to be outdone, he’s got:
As I said earlier: holy freaking mother. Stop the insanity!
It’s interesting to me because visual search is getting a lot of attention right now. But don’t run out and expect it to actually work in real-world situations. ALIPR has a vocabulary of only 332 words right now, almost all simple nouns.
And a real-world test reports mixed results:
In its first real-world test, the program processed thousands of publicly accessible images available on the photo-sharing site Flickr. At least one accurate tag was generated for 98 percent of all the pictures analysed.
“At least one accurate tag” is not a great success rate until we also know how many incorrect tags the software generated … and how the images were selected.
Still, it shows promise:
[tags] visual, search, tags, tagging, alipr, riya, flickr, john koetsier [/tags]
For 51 percent of these images, the first word generated by ALIPR appeared in users’ tags.
All you need is a label-maker. No computer required. On the other hand, it is helpful to be beautiful.
(I ran across this by accident while searching for music-themed photos at Flickr.
Thought it was too cool to pass up and not post.)[tags] woman, tagging, john koetsier [/tags]
This post in the Tabblo blog got me thinking. Tabblo’s saying that Shutterfly is competing against nonconsumption … i.e., not printing your photos. And they’re right.
The other reason Shutterfly having a tough time is they’re in the bloody printing industry, which traditionally has margins of around 6% when things are good, and massive capital costs in the form of printing presses.
What a depressing industry to be in. Sure, there’s a ton of printing going on right now, and will be for the foreseeable future. But, printing is a commodity business, there are lots of printers, and printers compete on price and turnaround speed. Quality is assumed – you ante up quality to get in the game.
Shutterfly probably looked like a great technology start-up at the beginning. It must have seemed that way to the founders and investors. However, Wall Street seems to know better and is valuing it as a manufacturing company.
Shutterfly’s shares had a brief run-up after their market debut on Sept. 29, but since then they have dropped to $13.35, or 11 percent below the offering price of $15.
Realistically, the only technology piece to Shutterfly is how the photos come in, and how the products are created by clients online. Everything else is traditional manufacturing/printing/shipping … even if they are using the most modern PDF-x1A to paper printing workflow.
What’s worse, its competitors are similar companies who are owned by major, well-heeled giants.
Shutterfly’s two main competitors in online photo printing, Ofoto and Snapfish, have been acquired by Kodak and Hewlett-Packard, respectively.
But even that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that those parent companies, HP and Kodak, both build digital presses that are used by all three companies, Shutterfly, Ofoto, and Snapfish to print photos and assorted photo products.
Who do you think can buy them cheaper? Don’t answer, it’s a rhetorical question. And it explains this:
Early last year, the standard price of a 4-by-6 print was around 29 cents. Today, they cost 19 cents at Shutterfly, 15 cents at Kodak and 12 cents at Snapfish, though volume discounts are available.
Sucks to be in a commodity industry. ‘Specially when you’re competing against the people who built the playing field.[tags] shutterfly, ofoto, snapfish, photo, printing, commoditization, john koetsier [/tags]
We regret to inform you that as of November 21, 2006 Rogers Photo will no longer be available.
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If you are looking for a photo storage and sharing solution, Rogers Yahoo! Photos makes storing, organizing, uploading and sharing your digital photos easier than ever, for more information take an online tour now. To subscribe to Rogers Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet go to rogers.com/internet or call 1-888-ROGERS1.
Interesting. Maybe I’m the last guy on the planet to figure out that Yahoo! is offering private-label sites for photo-sharing (and, in this case, internet access).[tags] yahoo, photos, private label, rogers, john koetsier [/tags]
Somewhere, I forget where, I read that blogs that have pictures for each post are more popular. Since I know I read it on the internet, and everything on the internet is true, that’s precisely what I’m trying.
(I think it just makes everything look better, to be honest. It’s just a little easier on the eyes.)
So I’ve been looking for places to get appropriate photos. Unless you have hundreds of thousands of photos, you probably don’t have enough for every possible blog post. And, even though I have over 10,000 photos in my iPhoto library, do you think they’re nicely tagged, sorted, keyworded, and therefore searchable? Think again.
I checked out stock.xchng, which is cheap. Some photos are free, others cost one or more credits, which you can buy. However, the photo library does not have a photo for every possible need, and I have a constitutional aversion to paying for things when I don’t have to.
Instead, I’m using Flickr.
Nothing compares to the tagging and indexing that dedicated Flickr members (including myself) tag their photos. Which is wonderful, since things are easy to find.
Most people, including myself, put their photos up on Flickr entirely or mostly free of restrictions. So it’s easy, free, and high quality. Flickr hosts the photos, and I, in turn, link to them.
Which makes a great bargain.[tags] photos, blogging, flickr, john koetsier [/tags]
Apparently I’m influenceable by blogs. Don’t tell anyone.
Now I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.[tags] flickr, moo cards, tara hunt, horsepigcow, john koetsier [/tags]
All the everlasting Apple iPhone rumors have me in a constant state of unsatiated geek lust. What’s worse is that I need a new phone … and the iPhone isn’t rumored to be arriving until next year.
Maybe this is the next-best thing:
From the website:
Ummm … and it’s a phone too.
I am still wondering about the K800i, however … which is more oriented toward phone and camera features.[tags] geek, lust, phone, helio, cell, mobile, john koetsier [/tags]
I’m wondering if the Sony Ericson K800i isn’t the ultimate blogger’s camera/phone.
I’m kind of looking for a new cell phone – have been wondering about the new Treos. And I know I need a camera that is always available.
You want something you’ll always, always have with you … and you want something that will give you at least acceptable quality. This might just be it:
Check out this Flickr pic made with the K800i. Not bad!
Memories of San Diego this past spring:
(And testing Zoomr!)[tags] zoomr, flickr, photos, john koetsier [/tags]