April 15, 2012

The Evolution of “Photography”: A Personal Perspective

When I was in high school, one of my favorite classes was Photography. I took photos using a manual SLR (Single Lens Reflex), and I developed my film manually in the school’s dark room (I smelled of vinegar quite frequently). It was a wonderful process, and I still have several of my prints framed.

One of the main appreciations I had regarding photography was that out of three rolls of film, you were lucky to have two images turn out well. The reasoning was because of the way the film developed (involving almost half an hour of mixing components in a canister by hand) along with efforts in the dark room. For example, if you left the developer light on a mere 1/2 second longer, it could change the entirety of your photo. It took time and a whole lot of patience.

Sara Gorsky

April 10, 2012

To Instagram or Not to Instagram?


According to my Facebook and Twitter feeds, apparently everyone is using Instagram now. I had been contemplating downloading it when a girlfriend of mine sent me a text reading “Why aren’t you on Instagram? It’s so much FUN!”.

My natural response to a text like this is, “Now I definitely won’t download it.”

April 6, 2012

Google Glasses: Absolutely, I Would Wear These

I’ve said for years, that if there was a chip I could get to embed my cell phone in my forearm I would totally be down for that.

Google Glasses don’t go that far, but they are still pretty darn “the future is now.”



(image from engadget.com)

April 4, 2012

Camera+ (and Flickr) – My Answer to Instagram

Surf Motel

OK.  So I get why Instagram is such a big hit.  It makes creating and sharing awesome-looking images from your iPhone super easy. But for me, Instagram has always been a bit of a deal-breaker.

There is no public web-based interface for sharing your pictures.  You can share them on Facebook and Twitter, but that’s not generic enough for me.  Shocker – not everyone is on Facebook or Twitter.

And what if you want to reference your masterpiece of iPhotography on your own blog or elsewhere?

April 3, 2012

Audio Books via the App: Tapes No More!

Years of road trips and long commutes has led me to have a stack of audio books on hand at all times. Looking back on my history of travel, it’s comical also thinking of the evolution of the audio book.

First, we had massive plastic cases holding “pages” of cassette tapes. That evolved into a CD case of sorts. Then, the download happened! And now…the app.

Tom Hickey

March 29, 2012

OSX and Windows: Bringing Some of Your Favorite Features Together

Since I bought my first 386 in 1992 I’ve been a Microsoft user, first DOS and then Windows.  Since getting my MacBook a year and a half ago I have had to train myself to learn the in’s and out’s of OSX compared to Windows and to get used to switching my head back and forth between them since my home PC is still running Vista (yes, yes, I know, but it hasn’t been that bad).

I have since grown very fond of certain features of OSX that I wish Windows had.  Likewise there are certain basic things Windows does that I have wished, wished, wished that OSX could do as well.  I’ve since discovered a couple of neat plugins/utilities that allow me to have it both ways.