Mar 28 2012

The Digital Mosaic: 7 Impressive ASCII Artworks

  Think back, real hard, to the time when Music Television actually played music videos and Chia Pets were common gifts.  A time before multi-layer graphics with alpha channels and fancy compression.  A time, yes, even before you had a “clip art” library on your “Macintosh.”  In the early days of personal computing, screen graphics …

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Mar 26 2012

Can Twitter Really Be Bought?

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This recent Businessweek article about the strategic purchasing options of Twitter has got me fuming, and it’s not just because I’m a Google guy. Barry Ritholtz, a widely followed financial analyst and blogger, argues that Apple should buy Twitter, primarily because doing so would add the crucial social component that Apple still lacks, despite its growing …

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Mar 21 2012

The Evolution of Jewelry…For Phones?

Leave it to the Japanese to make use of every available nook and cranny to make something cuter. It’s way beyond customizing the phone cover you already have – it’s inventing new jewelry that originally served no other purpose than adding character. Enter: the phone charm. Considering the human tendency to decorate *everything* (Bedazzled jeans, …

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Mar 19 2012

Understanding Android: Three Ways to Find Your Location

It’s not all GPS.  How exactly does an Android device obtain your current location?  I had to hunt the webs for each answer separately, so for users and developers alike this article quickly highlights the three ways Android discovers where you are.  In order of power consumption, Cell-ID, Wi-Fi, and GPS can be powerful tools. …

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Mar 18 2012

Idyll Ramblings 2.0

Dear Readers, Idyll Ramblings has moved from to a self-hosted WordPress!  I’ve lost the retweet/like counts, but everything else is here and on its way to better than ever. It’s been a long time, folks.  I had a strong start, disappeared, tried to come back, and disappeared again.  I loved pursuing acting here in …

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May 13 2011

Our Dangerous Dependence on GPS


It’s becoming hard to imagine a life without GPS.  In our quest to find ourselves and connect with others, this tool offers instant results and emergency assistance.  However, as recent events and reports point out, there can be a terrible price to pay for relying too heavily on our guardian satellites. You may not have …

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May 07 2011

Netflix and Pandora Scratch Your Most Basic Itch


Why settle for filling a niche when you can cater to consumers’ instincts and take it much further?  Streaming media services Netflix and Pandora help sell themselves by scratching a basic human itch.   Your project barely made deadline (only thanks to your unpaid overtime), and traffic crawled all the way home.  You kick off …

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Feb 02 2011

Resurrecting The Jukebox With Mobile Phones


While some old favorites, like Pogs, are probably well and truly faded, some, like jukeboxes, are just waiting for the right new technology to rescue them from dusty obscurity.  In particular, the rapid expansion of wi-fi and smartphones paves the way for the revival of this magical music box.     Almost ubiquitous in ’50s-style …

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Aug 30 2010

Letting Go Of Hope


It’s hard to think of hope as being a hindrance.  We’re taught from a young age to hold on to our hopes and our dreams no matter what happens in our lives.  While this may be generally good advice, there are times when holding on simply holds us back.   ‘inner demons’ by Drew Cusick The …

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Apr 11 2010

[] Powerful Instant Presentation Feedback


You’re standing on-stage, in front of three hundred seated and raptly-staring people.  In your hand: your iPhone, remotely controlling the brilliant presentation you’re giving.  Suddenly, a little red box catches your eye from the laptop screen on the podium.  My second post at details a way to integrate emerging technology with large presentations to …

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