Testing Blogsy For The IPad

The other day I saw one of my good friend tweet about Blogsy and thought I would give it a look.

I was looking for an easy software where I could easily create a blog post without having to know any HTML codes (god forbid I would have to learn how to code) to use on the iPad. The WordPress App is ok for being able to quickly approve comments or quickly update a post, but I didn’t find the interface all that great when compared to the PC/MAC. I guess I’m just so use to using the WYSIWYG for quickly editing and writing my blog posts.

This App is great as it uses the iPad’s touch capabilities for easily dropping in links, photos and videos as you can see by this video.

With this tool I’ll be able to easily update and create blogs on the go without having to bring my MacBook Pro along. After all this post was created by using Blogsy.

Sad – I'm older than the Internet

Today I found out by reading Mashable and CNN’s tech page that the internet just turned 40 years old today. Yup I’m older than the internet by 8.5 months folks!

40 years ago, a message was sent between two computers and thus began the great world of the world wide web. It’s hard to phantom that I have been apart of the internet generation for that long. I’ve seen the internet blossom to what it is today. I’ve seen computers grow in power, I’ve seen internet speed connections grown, I’ve seen internet content grow where now I couldn’t imagine not having it.

It’s amazing how quickly technology has grown during that time and I can only imagine how much it will grow in the next 40 years.

As Kimli on Twitter told me today, I don’t look a day over world wide web.

Happy Birthday Internet! Welcome to the 40 crowd!

I Got Me a Snow Leopard

I’ve been a Mac guy now for 3 years. I’ve loved the moved from the PC world to the Mac world and I have no regrets.

I have been using Tiger for the past 3 years now and my MacBook Pro has been acting sluggish lately that I have started to think of buying myself a new computer. Though the price of a new MacBook Pro is still hard to swallow ($2600), I was starting to think long and hard, especially when Apple announced their new operating system Snow Leopard.

I knew I wasn’t going to spend the $160 to upgrade to Leopard and then $35 to upgrade to Snow Leopard when I was only a few months short form probably purchasing a new MacBook Pro. But then a good friend of mine, during the Friday launch, told me that I could just purchase the $35 upgrade and it would convert my Tiger into a Snow Leopard. So I purchased it on his advice and also his reassurance that if it didn’t work, he would buy it off me.

Photo by Tris Hussey

So here I was at Future Shop on Friday afternoon purchasing the Snow Leopard operating system.

I got home that night and started to read if it was true about upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard. I was pleasantly surprised that it was true. The upgrade was actually a full install. I couldn’t pass it up I had to install Snow Leopard that night.

I performed my backups to make sure all my important data files were secure and I proceeded to upgrade. I was scared to death as I have performed this same task many times with Windows and it never went smoothly. I thought the worst case scenerio was that I would have to install Tiger back and begin from scratch.

I was pleasantly pleased how easy the process was. One click and a reboot and Apple took care of everything. Granted at one point during the install the “42 minutes” left stayed for a fairly long time. At that point I just took Junior and went for a walk.

When I got back my system was back up and I was now running Snow Leopard. Yeah that easy! The simplest operating system install I have EVER done!

I quickly began starting some my programs to see if they were compatible and running and I had no problems. Everything was great.

I felt like I got myself a new computer. Everything seems to look crisper. Icons look great, the system loads quickly, and some how I’ve gained more than 20GB of space. Yeah I can’t explain it either as most I’ve heard of you get back about 7GB of space. I’m not complaining mind you, but very happy indeed!

As I’m a Tiger user, I’m not use to a lot of the features Leopard users are used to, including Time Machine, Expose, and Spaces. These are all new to me and I’ve managed to get all but Time Machine working. For some reason everytime I try to create a time machine, it doesn’t see my Network Drive and it always opens Airport Utility.

After a full day of using Snow Leopard, my computer is new and improved. The $35 investment has given my 3 year old MacBook Pro some new life and I probably won’t be getting a new computer just yet.

Prepared To Be Elfed Again!

Last year OfficMax created a huge viral campaign called “Elf Yourself” and I had fun cutting up a few images and placing them over Elf bodies.

Today OfficeMax is launching the new Elf Yourself 2008 with new songs (Disco, Charleston, Country, Classic) and better options (allowing you to embedded the video, greater control on the face mapping, and up to 5 photos available for uploading).

Disco Gus – Elf
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Charleston Gus & Junior – Elf
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Elf Yourself is powered by JibJab which offers other fun and entertaining ways to create eCards. 🙂

My First Launch Party

On Wednesday I attended Launch Party 4 at Republic on my way home from work. I wasn’t going to attend the event as I was tired from work and I had to attend Convergence 2008 the following day.

Launch Party is a venue where start up tech companies, techies and others come together.

As I don’t consider myself really a “techie” I did feel a little out of place. I’m naturally a shy person and takes me a little while to open up to people. I find it hard to just approach people and introduce myself as I feel I might be interrupting their conversations or that they might think I’m trying to sell them something. I have to thank a few people in the blogging community for encouraging me to attend the event and for saying hi to me. Hopefully I’ll get better at these events in the future.

At any rate, it looks like the event was a great success, even though they were competing with the Vidfest opener.

You can find some photos of the event on Flickr.