I’d be hard pressed to find someone I know who hasn’t see this famous photo that Microsoft purchased for its default background in Windows XP. What I didn’t know was that it is untouched and not photoshopped.
You may not have heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you’ve seen their work. Before their recent split, they collectively ran the most successful and well respected type design studio in the world, creating fonts used by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.
I wouldn’t call myself a font snob, but I do love a good typeface. Typefaces are so interesting to me and the two in this video have created the most iconic typefaces in the world.
H. Jon Benjamin (“Bob’s Burgers,” “Archer”) stars in this exclusive animated adaptation of the famed McSweeney’s Internet Tendency piece, “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero,” by Mike Lacher. Rejoice!
I would call this the most accurate account of how I perform tech support for my family.
The “end” of XP has been pushed back multiple times from Microsoft over the years, but it looks like they are committing this time. After 12 years, Microsoft will drop support for XP.
What does that actually mean? They will no longer provide software updates, but XP can still be used as normal for those of you who are still clinging onto their compatible machines. It’s truly the end of an era.
Calendar apps are quickly becoming like weather apps to me. So many good and innovative choices and only one is really necessary. Peek Calendar is the newest option with a style that is very similar to the Clear app. Super gesture based and some unique features.
Once we wrapped up his session, Tika walked off set and John came to me and whispered in my ear “Hey can you sneak a few more portraits of me?” and I said “sure of course”. He said “there’s something going on and I just need a photo.”
So I grabbed my camera again and John walked back on set.
The Podcasting Handbook covers all aspects of podcasting including topics like gear, software, tools, the recording process, tips and techniques, creating content, production and distribution, promotion, iTunes integration, live streaming, and making money with podcasting, due for release in Q2 of 2014.
If you want to be successful at podcasting, then you will want to take every word of Dan Benjamin seriously. If you’d like a taste of just how seasoned Dan is, just take a look at his Podcasting Equipment Guide which is extensive and shockingly available for free to read.
If you are as big into the awards season as I am, then you’ll know that the nominations for the Academy Awards (Oscars) are sometimes just as exciting as the big night itself. Tomorrow, 8:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 a.m. PT, you can watch it live online or on TV. I look forward to seeing some surprise nominations and I also am excited to try and watch all of the Best Picture nominations before the awards are given out (Something that I attempt each year).
I’m sad to find out about ‘The Newsroom’ news from HBO. Its first season was something magical and after changes in the writers room, the second season fell short — big time. The second season’s lackluster and confusing plot is what most likely put the nail in the coffin for the series.
I was under the impression that Ultra HD was the marketing term the industry would use for 4K, but it appears that the two are different. The difference may not phase your everyday consumer, but for the nerds this is a great condensed explanation of why they differ.
Fascinating stuff coming from Netflix. I’ve jumped on the Netflix bandwagon late, but now I can’t live without it. Their chief product officer makes some great points about 4K adoption, but my concern is mostly with how they are going to push 4K resolution over the internet. ISP’s are so frugal with their bandwidth and even hardwired right now, Netflix drops quality just trying to stream standard 1080p HD. I’m hoping for the best, but I’m skeptical.
Speaking of Yahoo, David Pogue and team launched Yahoo Tech yesterday. After reading the introductory post, at first glance, the site seems nicely designed and the layout seems to mimic the current trend of text over a semi transparent layer with a picture behind it. Time will tell if it will keep up with the heavy hitters, but Pogue does make it clear that he’s taking the ‘everyman’ approach and is going to skip the low level tech details and tell you what’s the best, fastest, and why.
This seems like a “too good to be true” price, but according to The Verge, Vizio’s panels seem really nice. To reiterate, 4K content is still going to be hard to get, but if a 50” panel is a thousand now, it seems like when 4K content is more ubiquitous, we can see a lot of sub-one thousand models to choose from.