Online Friends Are Real

A number of years ago, before the world of social media, the idea of having a friend that you met online and never in person, was considered weird. In fact, many dismissed any friendships I had from the internet as not being real. Can you imagine?

Well, as someone that has been a netizen since the beginning, and even before that a citizen in the BBS realm, I can promise you these friendships may have a different dynamic, but can be every bit as real as an in-person friendship. Continue reading “Online Friends Are Real”

Camera Phones Are Very Cool

It really is true that sometimes the best camera is the one you have with you, as touted by Chase Jarvis and celebrated at his site dedicated to this form of photography which can be found here at  I admit that I often forget I have this device with me when I have an opportunity presented to create something really cool.  This photo was taken in the garage at my work in the early morning.  As you can probably tell then is I am facing east as the sun is just screaming to get inside.  But what I really find cool about this photograph is how it shows light picking up the color of whatever it is reflecting off of including the pond just on the other side of the wall.  I admit this picture has been enhanced a bit with Chase Jarvis’s Best Camera App, but the difference in color is still very pronounced even in the original image.

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The "Switch" is on.

First let me say that I am in no way a fanboy for any one platform. I am the type of person who attempts to pull the best from every option. I love the Apple hardware and at this point even some of their software. I see the advantages of many of the Microsoft products. I embrace the free world of Linux. Yes, it is true, I want to have my cake and eat it too.

Isn’t this how we should all be to some degree though. Why settle for one method, implementation, or product when the capability to aggregate some, if not all, the positives offered by companies exists. Obviously in the past this hasn’t always been possible, but since the first trash-80, technology has trended to convergence. Mobile phone/PDA/MP3 Player/Video Player devices exist today. Some are more mature in the convergence walk than others, but the trend continues.

Generally speaking, I believe the everyday consumer wants convergence and standards for technology. They do not care about Mac vs. PC or iPod vs. Zen. They just want something that works. They do not want to carry multiple devices. They just do not care about the battle lines between competitors. You will not see the general public wearing Microsoft Shirts or Hats as if it were their favorite sports team or preferred automaker. There is no loyalty here. It just has to work and work for everyone.

An example; My in-laws are nothing but Apple users. They aren’t musicians, photographers, or directors. The Mac is used by all of them because one of them, my wifes uncle, is a Appleholic. He has been a mega Mac guy forever, possibly all the way back to when apple introduced the world to “Lisa”. My household on the other hand has been 85% Microsoft and 15% Linux. On occasion one of my in-laws will send a file to my wife in a format that is not native to Windows world. She of course has a problem opening this file and then complains to me about it. She, in this instance representing the general public, not only doesn’t care about Mac vs. Windows vs. Linux, she is actually upset by the lack of integration. She wants convergence! Incidentally, I want convergence as well so she will stop yelling at me when she can’t open a file.

So that brings us up to the here and now…

I have purchased a 17” Macbook Pro and so far, so good. I will be using this for most of my day to day non-work related activities. Things such as emailing, surfing, blogging, netcasting, communicating, photo editing, video editing , audio editing, and maybe some j2ee development will be the order of the day.

My primary goal is to document my adventures in “Switching” to the Mac as my primary machine where it makes sense. I have no plans to leave Windows or Linux behind. As I said, I want my cake and I want to eat it too. I am planning to have a netcast to accompany this blog. If all goes well the first netcast will be up in a week or less. In both of these mediums I will be highlighting tips, trick, processes that are new to me and that I find useful as well as any interesting news that comes out about tech and my Mac.

Good Luck,


To Podcast or Not To Podcast

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY techstreet blog on 1/29/2007

So here I am debating on if I should create my own podcast. It seems everyone has one, so why shouldn’t I? I have thoughts and feelings that should be expressed and set out for the masses don’t I? Don’t my ramblings mean anything to anyone?

Maybe these are questions I should have asked before I created a blog. I think these are valid questions one must ask themselves before publishing themselves for all to see or hear. So I started a blog… Why? I am not really interested in being known by the world. Truth be told I am a polite and approachable type, but all in all a bit of a loner. Being that I stand on my own two feet and don’t really seek approval from others, I wouldn’t really start a podcast or a blog because it is a fad or to be cool.

So why is this podcast idea stuck in my craw?

I have come up with a few answers that I think you could plug in the answer box.

  1. Because it is fun. (Not because it is a fad, big difference)
  2. Because I do have something to say that is important for someone to read. (Even if that someone is me…)
  3. Because I feel I have a perspective on various topics that other people could benefit from.
  4. Because I learn best by teaching and I still have so much to learn.
  5. Because ……. I said so.

Having decided this might be worth the effort, I have called an old friend who happens to be a .Net architect and asked if he would be interested in doing a podcast. He was keen on the idea and between the two of us we have come up with several podcast ideas. A few of them aren’t even half bad.

We shall see…..