Posted July 30th, 2013 @ 01:07pm by Erik J. Barzeski
This article on Kait Weston parlaying her YouTube success into a career reminds me of what my friend Dave always says about American Idol: it's genius, because the buying public is literally voting on what they'll buy. It's irrelevant what the judges think - they're for show - the voting public is constantly refining their choice, week after week, guaranteeing at least some level of success to the recording company.
Posted July 29th, 2013 @ 01:04pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Steve Jobs did it.
Einstein supposedly did it.
Even Charlie Brown did it.
So did this woman, for a year, and she wrote about it.
Posted July 28th, 2013 @ 12:59pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I still have an eMate 300, and this article explores connecting one to Mac OS X.
I miss the handwriting recognition. It was quite good, Simpsons jokes aside… Or, let me put it this way: it was less frustrating than Siri speech recognition and network availability.
Posted July 27th, 2013 @ 12:57pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 26th, 2013 @ 12:57pm by Erik J. Barzeski
How stupid are some companies? Seriously?
The tweets look completely real, but SFGate discovered that while the Twitter users who are featured are real, their tweets are not. The users featured raving about TV commercials never said anything of the kind, and were unaware their profile pics and accounts were being presented in a post on Twitter’s blog sent out to hundreds of thousands via the @Twitterads Twitter account and retweeted to more than 1.5 million.
Posted July 25th, 2013 @ 12:53pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 24th, 2013 @ 12:52pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 23rd, 2013 @ 12:51pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted July 22nd, 2013 @ 12:46pm by Erik J. Barzeski
TUAW has the story:
But then a funny thing happened. Last week, Verizon reported its earnings results from Q2 2013 and the results were better than what most analysts were expecting. Last quarter, Verizon activated 7.5 million smartphones, of which 3.8 million units were iPhones. Put differently, nearly 51% of all smartphones Verizon activated last quarter were iPhones.
Posted July 21st, 2013 @ 12:41pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Like it's 1984 all over again!
Samsung (as always), and even Google.
Posted July 20th, 2013 @ 12:38pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Upload bandwidth has always been constrained. On DSL lines, it's often 8x slower than download bandwidth. People consume more than they create, yes, but people are creating more and more these days. A good article from are on this:
Since I'm on a Comcast business-class connection, the next tier up from my current tier of 16Mbps-down/3Mbps-up only bumps my upload speed to 5Mbps—but it adds another $40 per month onto my bill. I know I said that upload speeds trump price, but there are limits. It doesn't trump price quite enough for me to justify almost $500 more per year for a measly additional 2Mbps.
Posted July 19th, 2013 @ 12:26pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I've never cared for the "everyody wins" nature of modern youth sports, and I care quite a bit less for the fact that girls are excluded from sport by way of people looking down on them competing as if it's not "lady-like" or some such nonsense. This article explores the link between successful women and their athletics, competitive upbringing.
Posted July 18th, 2013 @ 12:24pm by Erik J. Barzeski
TidBITS: Explaining the Apple Ebook Price Fixing Suit - that's about all you have to read if you haven't been following it too closely.
Posted July 17th, 2013 @ 12:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Uh, yeah. I feel like the Bond movies just keep getting a little worse each time.
Edit: The three things wrong with Skyfall adds a bit more to it.
Posted July 16th, 2013 @ 11:53am by Erik J. Barzeski
Dropbox is bringing the Chooser, Saver, and the Datastore API to iOS and Android.
Nice. And still ahead of iCloud.