Alphabet Soup for the Tech Age

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Blogging Break

Taking a break ….

Be back, soon!

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I Really Really REALLY Don’t Like This

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 8.41.58 AMI usually love all gadgets. I love my iPhone, my iPad, and my Kindles. Other tech stuff is fun too. I have some remote gadgets, step-counting gadgets and kitchen gadgets. I rarely meet a gadget I don’t like.

But I don’t like this one.

This is just plain creepy.

The Narrative is a clip on camera that you wear. It automatically takes a picture every 30 seconds.

The point? To create a “narrative” of your life. All the regular moments. The things you don’t remember… remembered.

I don’t want to be on either end of this device. I don’t want all those photos of …. ???? and I sure don’t want to be talking or working with a person who is wearing this little camera. I know I’d find it highly distracting.

(I suppose there is an argument to be made for wearing it to capture candid photos of your children, or maybe at an event …. I’ll go with that. But it’s the “all day” and photographing unsuspecting people that just seems yuchy. Bye bye privacy.)

You can read more about it in this article, and view examples of the photos that this gadget takes:

Cool or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

If you’re interested, the Narrative sells for $279.

Just don’t visit with me if you’re wearing one. :roll:

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Brief Blog-Pause ……

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I wish someone would develop an app that would shovel the snow, melt the ice and clean the salt off the car …..

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Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving to all followers in the US!

and wishing those beyond this land of turkey-eaters a lovely weekend, as well. :)

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Multi-tasking: Use your iPad as a Cutting Board (not really!)

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I’m not really suggesting you use your iPad to cut slabs of cheese. :shock:

This cutting board is designed to look like an iPad … and I’m sure it attracts quite a bit of attention when set out with cheese at a party.

You can get one of your own for $29.95, but you’ll have to wait in line. According to the website, they are all sold out at the present time.

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Going, Going, Gone … for a while

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I will be absent from the blog-o-sphere for a while. It is possible I may be able to slip in a post or two (although unlikely) and during this time I will not be able to keep up with my blog reading.

So please don’t think I’ve abandoned you. :shock: I’m just going to be “out of the office” i.e. away from my computer and regular internet access.

Hold my place, please. I’ll be back!

Note to new followers: Please use this time to check out some old posts. You can find the links to the “how to” posts for the iPhone and iPad, and also for Kindle-specific posts, by clicking on the pages at the top of this blog or by clicking here and here.

Lovin’ the Google Doodle

Doesn’t everyone enjoy the Google doodle?

The very first Google doodle appeared long before the company was even incorporated, back in 1998. The founders were just fooling around, and came up with this doodle … just a stick figure behind one of the ‘o’s’ …. to represent to others that the founders were “out of the office.”

The very first google doodle.

The very first Google doodle.

At first the Google doodles celebrated only familiar holidays. Over the years they have broadened their scope and they now doodle all kinds of anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones. To date, Google has made over 1000 doodles that have appeared on homepages all over the world.

Mother's Day in Ireland March 10, 2013

Mother’s Day in Ireland March 10, 2013

One of the most popular doodles celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac Man in 2010. It was an interactive doodle. By clicking on “insert coin” the game would begin and you could play the arcade classic on the Google logo.

You can see ALL the Google doodles (searchable and sortable by year and/or by country), by browsing through the Google Museum.

There is also a Google Doodle Store so that you can sport your favorite Doodle on a t-shirt, a mug or many other products.

To learn more about Google Doodles and the doodlers who create them, click here and here. If you have an idea for a Google doodle, you are welcome to submit a proposal to proposals@google.com (they get hundreds a DAY, however, so it better be good!)

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“World’s First Laptop”: Do You Remember it?

Screen shot 2013-02-04 at 7.07.38 PMCalling all “Readers of a certain age”!

Do you remember the Etch A Sketch? It has been referred to as the “world’s first laptop” and I certainly remember mine.

Bright red, with two dials. Turn them each or turn them together and draw lines across the screen. Turn them in the perfect combination and you get a diagonal. Hours of fun. Technology of the 60’s!

The Etch A Sketch was so popular it has been named among the most popular toys of the 20th century, and I’m not surprised. I’m guessing that at some point, every child of the 60’s crossed paths with an Etch A Sketch.

Sadly, the inventor of this wildly successful toy died last month in a suburb of Paris. Andre Cassagnes was a French electrician who invented the toy after noticing how pencil marks transferred to a decal he pulled from a switch plate.

As often happens with inventions, it seems, the patent was incorrectly attributed to another, but Andre Cassagnes was the actual inventor, and Ohio Art (the Etch A Sketch company) proudly gives him the credit. (They bought the rights from him in 1959 for $25,000.)

Enjoy these samples of Etch A Sketch Masterpieces!

Twitter Lights Up the World

Screen shot 2013-02-03 at 6.25.31 PMI came across this on the internet the other day and I thought it was really

interesting

cool

awesome.

A web designer, using a map of the world, displays a bright pixel for EVERY tweet, as it happens. When you open the page, the world is basically dark. But as the tweets fly, it gets brighter and brighter.

There are bunches of statistics at the bottom of the page, too, and if you are interested in learning more, you can stick around on his website to take it all in.

I just enjoyed leaving the image on my screen and watching as the tweets made the planet brighter and brighter. Remember, it’s dark at first, because the tweets are counted from the moment YOU access the page. The longer you stick around, the brighter it gets.

(When you first open the page, tap the center arrow to drop the statistics down to the bottom.)

Then prepare to be mesmerized as you watch the Tweets light up the world at:

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