After hearing about the news that the iPod Classic will no longer be sold, it had gotten me reminiscing about the click wheel era and how it’s coming to an end. But it had also gotten me thinking about the first iPod that I owned which happened to be my first Apple product.
I knew about the iPod for a while before I could get my own. I remember the first time I interacted with one. It was a 1st generation (rev 1) iPod that my friend’s father just purchased. It was inside of a black leather case and when I ran my thumb across the click wheel, it felt like performing a magic trick over and over again. I was probably around twelve-years old at the time, but old enough to appreciate the expensive new MP3 player from Apple. One that I knew I wanted and a company that I now was interested in.
By 2004, the iPod gained even more popularity and some friends with well-off parents were starting to get their own iPods to bring to school. Also, broadband internet was on the rise and downloading MP3’s was an after school pastime. I settled for a Dell Pocket DJ which held 5 GBs of music for a reasonable price that a sixteen-year old part-time buss boy could afford. It got the job done, but it was clear to me that the DJ wasn’t as elegant or as fast as an iPod. I knew it was only a matter of time that I would get my hands on one of them.
Now that the iPod was getting more mainstream attention, I had more vested interest in what Apple was doing. The first keynote that I remember watching was in October 2005. They were expected to release new iPods and since there was no such thing as internet connectivity in your pocket while at school, I remember getting off the school bus and rushing inside to log onto Apple.com and see what was on its home page. It was the iPod Video; or at least that’s what I called it. Technically it was just called the iPod 5th generation, but when Steve Jobs unveiled it to the world, it was a dramatic redesign over its predecessors.
Watch its unveiling around 22 minutes into the keynote:
I was blown away by the announcement and marveled at the keynote presentation. The iPod Video was gorgeous and I had to have it for myself. And ultimately I did get it. It came with a carrying slip cover and earbuds. That iPod never left my side. I spent countless hours listening to my favorite music and marveling over this great piece of machinery I had in my hands. It truly was the start of a love affair between me and Apple.
Though technology advanced very fast. The iPhone and iPod Touch soon became the new top contenders and the iPod all of sudden became a true classic. We all knew the click wheel was going to see its last day — It was inevitable. We just didn’t know when it would be. It’s truly an end of an era. One that I am just glad I was a part of it.
With all of the announcements made on September 9th, something like a site redesign may have been overlooked if you aren’t one to keep up with web design trends. Apple’s full site redesign that launched after the keynote stood out to me and was something that I really wanted them to do for a long time. Its adaptive site looks amazing on any device and the compare iPhone models page in particular has a beautiful layout. If you haven’t already, I would recommend browsing around.
I love Tweetbot; Well, loved it. It’s a great third party Twitter client and I’ve been a user of it for years. It has a unique design and uses clever ways to keep me away from the terrible stock Twitter app. There’s only one issue; Tapbots, its developers, have neglected the iPad app and didn’t even redesign it for iOS 7 last year. We barely got an iPhone redesign a couple of months after iOS 7’s release.
The app still functions on the iPad, but every other single app on my devices have been at least updated past the iOS 6 interface. With iOS 8 around the corner, I can’t do it anymore. I’m now using Twitterrific which has progressed a lot further since I’ve last tried it. It now utilizes the streaming API and syncs my reading position more accurately than it did in prior use. The iconfactory have been speedy with their updates which is a plus for their users and seem to value all iOS devices.
With using my iPad as a main device, it’s important to have a consistent experience alongside my iPhone. I’m going to stick with Twitterrific for the foreseeable future and maybe one day Tweebot for iPad will return to the quality that I expected more than a year ago.
The Extra Point is a new American football blog by Joe Arico that has launched with its first post just in time for the NFL regular season. Joe is a close friend of mine and I trust his insights on sports more than anyone else I know. His unique approach, background, and seasoned writing style makes it joy to read.
I think this part of the about page sums up the site pretty nicely:
We know there are plenty of places you can go to read and hear people’s points and opinions on sports, so getting another may not seem necessary. But just like in a football game that ends 31-30, sometimes getting that one extra point can make all the difference.
This week, Joe and Matt discuss all of the cameo appearances over the course of the series including Jon Voight, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler, Keith Hernandez, Paul O’Neill, Derek Jeter, and much more. Also, they talk about Jason Alexander retweeting the link to the show and Seinfeld at the Emmy’s.
When I read this news I should think “Great! Now I can store more data in one place.” But all I can think is “Great! Now even more of my data can fail at once.”
I think Seagate and all of these other manufacturers should focus more on getting SSD externals at a reasonable price released rather than making more spinning disk hard drives that could fail at any moment.
If you enjoyed your weekend social media free or just read this site, you may not know that Jason Alexander (George Costanza from Seinfeld) retweeted my tweet to him about my Seinfeld podcast The Anti-Dentites.
I wanted to thank Jason for his generosity. Because of him, our show will find new listeners.
If you aspire to work in any form of journalism, Radio/TV broadcasting, or podcasting then you will be just as fascinated as I was reading Ira Glass’ gadget and software setup, day-to-day activities, and unique workflow.
A decade ago today—August 13, 2004—former MTV VJ Adam Curry spoke these words, recorded in his car in rural Belgium while driving to the Netherlands:
“Well, good morning everybody, and welcome to the Daily Source Code. Thank you very much for taking the time to download this MP3 file. Some of you may have received it overnight as an enclosure in your aggregator. In that case, thanks for subscribing. So first what I’d like to do is to explain exactly what this is, and what the Daily Source Code is going to be.”
It’s a long read, but if you are interested in podcasting at all, you’ll love the story.
This week, Joe and Matt discuss Kramer’s crazy jobs and schemes throughout the series of Seinfeld including the coffee table book of coffee tables, the ocean scented perfume, his modeling/acting career, and a bunch more.
I’ll never forget the day. It was a cold winter night. School was on break for the holidays and my sister was having her first ever sleepover party. As a nine-year old she didn’t want her seven-year old brother bothering all of her friends, so my father decided last minute that he would take me to the movies.
We went to see Jumanji. A film that has stuck with me ever since its first viewing and one that I love to watch often. The movie was like no other one I’ve seen before. The special effects and the story was fascinating, but more importantly Robin Williams’ performance was something special. He was crazy, funny, dramatic, and compassionate. Not many actors stand out to you as a kid, but Robin did. Prior and after Jumanji he’s done amazing things, but when I think of the time in 1995 when on a whim I was brought to see a movie, it is something I’ll never forget.
Today we lost Robin Williams, but tonight, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives we’ll be able to relive Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, and the one hundred plus film and television shows he was involved with. Rest in peace.
Relay FM is our new home on the Internet, and where you can find all of our podcasts. The shows you have known and loved for years are being rebooted as part of the new network. Everything we have done so far in our podcasting careers has led us here, and we’re pouring all of our love, knowledge and attention into this thing.
Relay FM is a new independent podcast network by Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett. It launches Monday, August 18th bringing back some of my favorite shows like The Prompt and CMD+Space under fresh new names and they have also added some great new shows that I can’t wait to get my ears on (so to speak). My congratulations to everyone involved.
Bedford-Stuyvesant resident London Kaye has been attaching her crocheted art to New York subway cars, park statues, trees and chain-link fences for a little over a year, attracting attention from tourists, residents and police along the way.
Check out London’s Instagram for all of her awesome creations. Here’s just a sampling below:
Coca-Cola’s new ‘Share a Coke’ campaign is the most genius, free advertising that I’ve seen in a long time. The concept is simple; Coke bottle labels have been updated to display first names of people, group names, and nicknames.
That alone isn’t rather special, but the phenomenon is the amount of photos that I’ve seen shared on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook since the campaign has launched. It’s unsolicited free mass advertising and my hats off to whoever came up with it.
Along with moving Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice up from May to March 2016, DC Comics has ambitiously mapped out release dates for all of its future films through the year 2020. Unfortunately the films themselves were not announced.
Warner Bros. Pictures has now mapped out a massive schedule of DC Comics properties! They’re reporting that mystery DC Comics films are set for release on:
August 5, 2016,
June 23, 2017,
November 11, 2017,
March 23, 2018,
July 27, 2018,
April 5, 2019,
June 14, 2019,
April 3, 2020,
June 19, 2020,
They’ve also scheduled “event” films (i.e., not necessarily DC Comics related) for:
November 16, 2018
November 20, 2020.
I remember when my parents paid AOL for dial-up internet access throughout the 90’s into the early 00’s, but as soon as we got broadband I made them cancel because AOL wasn’t necessary anymore to get on the internet. They didn’t get it at first because AOL dominated the market for a decade and many thought it was what they needed to get onto the internet.
Fortunately for AOL, a lot of folks didn’t have a young nerd in their households telling them to cancel. Fast forward to today, Recode estimates that 2.3 million people are paying around twenty bucks a month for a service that is a thing of the past. This figure baffles me.
Add a credit card number, allow the app to read your location, and push for pizza.
The simple premise for the new app Push For Pizza by Simple Food Solutions. You only put in your information once then If your are in the mood for pizza, you open the app, tap one single button, and it does the rest. Genius or ridiculous?
But interviews with the men and women behind the masks reveal a fluid and loosely knit population of independent freelancers that has turned one New Jersey city into an enclave of Mickey Mouses and Sheriff Woodys and supported a brisk trade in Peruvian-made costumes. But it has also been unsettled by low-level tension, pitting fluffy cartoon characters against sleek superheroes.
Most of the performers are immigrants and many of them are undocumented, living hand-to-mouth while trying to negotiate a fraught relationship with the police and support families in the United States and in their home countries.
Living in New York City, I try to avoid 34th and 42nd street only visiting those locations when I have to. Luckily I work in lower Manhattan so I only go midtown for a concert at MSG, a Broadway play, and during the holiday season.
I’ve encountered these people in knock-off costumes of cartoon characters and superheroes a lot over the past years and it has become a nuisance walking through certain sidewalks and other cordoned off areas where the tourist congestion is at full capacity.
The Times has profiled the people behind the masks and even if you haven’t visited NYC, it’s an interesting look into the daily lives of mostly undocumented workers.
Ever [SIC] year, Adam Savage walks the floor of Comic-Con incognito, hidden in plain view wearing one of his elaborate cosplay costumes. This year, Adam debuts a costume he has been working on for almost a decade: a perfect replica of the environmental space suit from Ridley Scott’s Alien!
Adam Savage is one of the coolest nerds out there. I’d also recommend you take a look at his amazing creation cave.
Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further.
And we can’t wait to hear what’s next.
I particularly love the pair of all white Beats that is on the Beats by Dre homepage and the statement that goes along with it.
Musicians rely on their instruments to give structure and form to their imagination. At the dawn of digital recording, the Macintosh computer was the instrument of choice. At the beginning of portable digital music, the iPod placed the library of the world’s music in your pocket. The iPhone became not only an instrument for music but also the center of your connected life. The iPad extended this capability with a user interface and apps that allowed you to compose a symphony on the subway. Starting today, we at Beats are fortunate to add our instrument to this legacy by joining Apple. The products we build together will allow us to reimagine sound once again and to continue this great tradition of bringing imagination to life.
Bompas & Parr enlisted Syracuse University professor Robert Wysock, whose improbable—yet awesome—specialty is artificially manufacturing lava, to conduct a sizzling 2,100° cookout over of a stream of molten liquid pouring out of an industrial bronze furnace. The grill was placed over a specially-designed rig lined with dry ice, with a spout to catch the lava overflow, and a hazmat suit-like get-up for the brave grill-master.
It cooked as soon as they laid it on the grill. Mesmerizing.
I stopped using Wunderlist partially due to its old design language, but I’ve always thought it was one of the more unique and solid to-do apps. Today, Wunderlist goes 3.0 with a refreshed design and if you are in need of an app that’s available on virtually any platform, this is your choice.
Recently, I found out about an artist by the name of James Blake. I’ve been listening to his latest LP release Overgrown on repeat and I can’t get over how original and musically genius it is. His vocals alone could cut through a crowd of thousands.
The entire album front to back is owed a listen to with headphones on. You might already know his most popular song “Retrograde” which has been featured on the televisions shows Suits and The Leftovers.
The blog has become an interesting monster. With more and more people blogging each day, the attention of readers is stretched thin. I deal with this issue every single day. I feel that I post enough interesting content each month that it should be seen by more people, but it doesn’t work that way in 2014. To just naturally build up readership today is an uphill battle where its hilltop is unreachable. In 2002, there was only a small fraction of people blogging compared to today’s numbers. Most of the barriers to entry broke down once technology advanced, but how does one get their voice heard though the crowded millions? Writing and posting consistently isn’t enough.
Getting linked by someone with a bigger following sure helps, but in my experience doesn’t retain as many readers per page view that you received from it. There are times where I’ve linked to something and someone more established links to the same content later and is being praised for their curation of the web. Sure, if I was in my twenties ten years ago, I’d definitely have a better chance in gaining readership, but discovery is not the same anymore. It’s a pain in the ass and it’s not going to get any better. I respect and am happy for bloggers who have started in this medium early, but how does it all work now?
I love posting here. I plan on continuing not because five people may read this, but because I love to do it. Just sometimes I wish more people would see it. It only gets me down for a moment, but I soldier on. I hope this doesn’t come off whiny because that is not my intention. My intention is to find out what it takes to have a steady readership on a blog in 2014 and maybe there is no handbook, but if I have to write it myself — I will.