Online Photo Editor

August 20, 2009

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I haven't given it a spin, but this looks interesting: picknik.com. An online photo editor that can tie into other sources like flickr for images. While I don't have a lot of interest in using something like this myself, it might make a nice tool for someone less heavily into photography. If it's simple enough, it might also be a nice transition for someone who's not that computer savvy as well. That could make for a smoother transition for those folks that are still hanging onto their file point and shoot cameras.


Good little (open source) clip art site

August 19, 2009

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While looking for an open source clip art light-bulb the first site google returned was openclipart.org. However, it looks like they are in the middle of moving stuff around so most of the images aren't showing up for me. After a little more digging, I found clker.com which is showing me the images. I'm just dropping a note here so I can find it easily later.


Business Idea - Web based replacement for Power Point

August 19, 2009

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light-bulb-1-150x150.png I've been in my fair share of meetings where a Power Point presentation was the key focus. Even if print outs are provided, you'll often here attendees asking if the presenter can e-mail them a copy of the Power Point file. Sometimes the info in the presentation is enough to stand on its own, but often it falls flat when taken away from the talking points of the presenter. This got me thinking about another approach to the display portion of a presentation that could be called "WebPoints" or something like that.

The basic idea would be something like this:

  • Instead of using a desktop application like Power Point, a browser would be used to create the presentation via a web application that provides the same basic layout tools.
  • In addition to the core presentation, talking points and notes can be added to each page as well.
  • When the presentation is being given, the talking points would be turned off, but when attendees come back to the web app, they would have the option to see the notes as well as the main presentation pages.
  • There could even be discussion board type functionality built in so that there would be an ongoing discussion for each individual page or the presentation as a whole.

Other features could include:

  • The ability to export either the presentation, or the presentation and its notes to a PDF or other file. Among other things, this would ensure that the presentation could be given even if it was on a computer without access to the web site.
  • For conference calls, the web site could sync what page is being shown to multiple locations. This way the presenter could control the display for everyone instead of trying to constantly try to ensure everyone is looking at the same page or having to install something like WebEx to provide the functionality.

I wouldn't be surprised if there are already services like this out there, but if there aren't, it is something worth exploring. The overall setup of a system like this wouldn't require a tremendous amount of development. The biggest obstacle would be in creating a nice interface for creating the pages in the web app. Of course, it could just take images as uploads. Or, better yet, just ingest an existing Power Point and convert it directly.


Using mysqldump on Mac OS X Leopard

August 14, 2009

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Originally found this here after lots of searching. Making my own link to make sure I can find it again. To use mysqldump on a Mac running OS X 10.5 (Leopard), run the following from the command line: sudo ln -s /usr/local/mysql-5.0.67-osx10.5-x86/bin/mysqldump /usr/bin/mysqldump (I think I had to manually install MySQL from the supplemental CDs that came with the Mac. I'm assuming this version of mysqldump was installed at the same time.)


Improvement idea for Wordpress iPhone App

July 23, 2009

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The Wordpess iPhone app is a pretty solid little piece of software. (I'm writing this very post with it.) There are a few key upgrades that would make it even more useful. 1) the ability to define the maximum photo size when uploading from in the app. 2) The ability to override the keyboard auto-rotation and select either a full time horizontal or vertical layout. 3) Spellcheck. According to the app's "about page" it is an open source app. Guess I'll take a look and see if I can put in the changes myself.


Amazon's Kindle iPhone app is pretty good but needs a dictionary

July 23, 2009

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I've only used it a little, but Amazon's Kindle iPhone app is a much better reading experience than I thought it would be. I'll let you know if I have the same feeling after reading an entire book, but after a few sessions, I'm pleasantly surprised with how little I consciously think about the fact that there are only a few sentences on the screen at one time and how often I have to flip pages. One of the best User Interface elements of it is the little lock that pops up for a moment when you trun the device from vertical to horizontal or vice versa. Tapping the lock keeps tells the app to keep the display in that perspective. Without this it would be difficult to read lying down because the app would have a tendency to flip to a vertical display when turn to the side. One key improvent I'd like to see is a dictionary lookup. In the current version, you can't even copy a word to paste into another app. Makes a real pain when you come across a tricky word that you are unsure of. You'll need an Amazon account (and an iPhone or iPod Touch, of course) but the app is worth checking out. There are some titles that are offered for free. So, you can get a feel for the experince with something like Dracula without having to pay a dime.


iPhone 3GS Camera is Impressive

June 30, 2009

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I'm pretty impressed with the camera on the iPhone 3GS. Here's a snap. All I did to this was crop a little to straighten the image, resize down to 550 pixels wide and then apply "Smart sharpen" in Photoshop. iphone-test-photo.jpg Pretty damn good quality considering it's a tiny camera on a cell phone. (Also, the wind was blowing a little so the blooms were moving a decent amount. It was bright enough that the action was stopped pretty well.) Note: I know that the image is breaking the current design. Eventually, when I get time to drop in a real template it'll fit…..


Go subscribe to KEXP's Song of the Day

June 29, 2009

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kexp-sotd.jpgIf you want to discover some new music, check out KEXP's Song of the Day. I dig the general style of music they push. Combined with the fact that each "episode" is really an mp3 of a single song, it makes it one of the best podcasts I've found. As a bonus, they have all their old stuff up. If you subscribe in iTunes and then hit get all, you'll receive hundreds of individual songs. Awesome.


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