Monthly Archive for January, 2007

Disable Snap Previews

Q: Can I disable Snap Preview Anyhwere?
A: Yes, you can.

Goto the Snap FAQ page, wherein the second question tells you how to turn off those stupid Snap previews everyone seems so fond of putting on their website.

[via DaringFireball Linked List]

Are Spammers Spoofing Your Newsletter?

Neil Schwartzman of Return Path just posted this article: Are Spammers Spoofing Your Newsletter?. If you’re a publisher, and you send out email, definitely read that article… very insightful… and anyone with a domain should go through the trouble of setting up their SPF headers… please.

Make your Pictures Pop

4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop!

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Going into Business?

Are you thinking of taking your photography to the next level, and making a business out of it? If you are, bookmark PhotoBusinessForum and excellent blog about making a run at being a professional photographer.

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Note to JobSeekers: Don’t save your resume in Office 2007 format

I’ve got two job openings that I’m trying to fill:

A Sales Manager position and an Account Manager or Coordinator position (if you’re looking in Austin, shoot us your resume … contact info on those job postings – or if you can find my email address on this site (it’s on here somewhere, but I don’t want to get more spam), email me.)

Anyways, I’m trying to fill this position. And someone just sent us their resume in Office 2007 format.

I don’t have Office 2007. In fact, I’d make a bet that most people don’t have Office 2007. I’m still using Office 2003 on Windows, and Office 2004 on my Mac. So, I try to open their resume (which looks weird with the .docx extension by the way) and Word prompts me to download and install some Office 2007 backwards compatibility stuff. So I hit Okay. And the installer makes me restart my computer.

“What the fuck?” I think to myself.

And I’m thinking about hiring this person? They just cost me 20 minutes of my day. Nope, next.

So, lesson to all of you that might be job-hunting. Save your resume in a format that’s really portable. Use an older Word format, or even better… save is as a Rich Text Format (.RTF) file. That’s totally cross platform compatible, and will open in just about any text-editor, or in Word, and it’ll still look good.

Don’t use Office 2007 to send out your resume… it won’t impress people, it’ll just waste their time. Impress them by sending it in RTF.

And BAAAAD Microsoft making me restart my computer to install a converter utility.

Whoops

This is precisely why I got out of the ad network business. Whoops.

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Apple’s Weather Widget Graphics

Only Apple can make sleet look fun:

It’s cold outside, rain/ice and sleet is coming down, and it’s been coming down for a good 36 hours now, and is forecast to keep coming down for another 36 hours.

I realize that for those of you that live north of Texas this isn’t a big deal, but this kind of weather in Texas makes people drive really badly… Not looking forward to driving to work in the morning.

How to Photograph Silhouettes

How to Photograph Silhouettes

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Compare Mode in Aperture

Compare Mode in Aperture – nice little tip from O’Reilly.

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Blurb

Blurb – great way to produce a slick looking book.

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Posing Tips – Waistlines, Thighs and Bustlines

Posing Tips – Waistlines, Thighs and Bustlines – good tips for a budding photographer.

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I just ordered an Apple TV

Yes, I did it. I ordered an Apple TV. Want to know why?

Because I’m an Apple dork, and to be honest with you, I’m really not happy with the lack of content available on “standard” HD cable channels, and I’m going to pay another $50/month to get HD movie channels. I’m also tired of storing lots of DVDs in the living room near the TV, so, I’m planning on ripping all of the DVDs I want to watch (including the kids DVDs) and putting them on the Apple TV.

Despite what Robert Scoble said about 720p signals, the Apple TV will be more than capable for what I’m looking for (and it doesn’t matter that he is buying one too. He still shouldn’t be complaining about the specs for the Apple TV. Apple has built something that’ll see more Macs, I think, and more Airports, ad more music and video through the iTunes store. That’s why they built it too, I think, and I applaud them for that.):

What I’m looking for is “easy”.

I want to easily watch my Video Podcasts (Scoble Show, GeekBriefTV, RocketBoom, etc…) while I’m doing other stuff on my laptop at home. About the only time I watch those video podcasts right now, is when I’m on a plane, and that’s only about four times a month. While watching video podcasts on my iPod greatly helps me pass the time on the plane, it also interferes with work that I might want to get done, and there is still more content being produced than I have time to watch on my plane trips.

I want to easily watch movies from the comfort of my couch. I don’t want to have to get up to change the DVD in the DVD player. Sometimes I want to just be a fat lazy ass and grab the remote and browse my collection.

I want to be able to put on music when I want to just “turn off the TV” and play with my kids, and I’ve found having children focused music, or even jazz or classical music, playing in the background really helps the kids (2 years old and 3 months old) play better longer… that music in the background helps them fell more comfortable I think… probably because we play them music before they go to sleep each night. If I can get the music to stream from my iMac to the TV anytime I want it, that means I’ll have mosic in the living room whenever I want it, without having to deal with “what’s in the CD changer?” types of questions and then changing the set from “adult” music to “kid music”. Nothing like hitting play to find the CD changer has nothing but Metallica and Nine Inch Nails in it, when you’re looking for Anne Murray’s children’s albums.

Lastly, I want it to work. Apple products have a habit of “just working”. Sure, every once in a while they have technical malfuntions like the disks going bad, or RAM getting flaked, but, Apple has always fixed my technical problems in 3 or 4 days (max) and I’ve never been dissatisfied by their expertise and customer service. I have a strong feeling this thing will “just work” and I also realize I’ll be upgrading this bad boy once they come out with the 80GB version and then the 120GB version, etc.

I’m totally looking forward to it showing up at our front door. It’ll make the perfect birthday present for my wife.

update:And you should totally go read Ethan’s mini-review of the Apple TV here if you’re thinking about buying one of these. He saw them at MacWorld.

I want an iPhone

For one of the best summaries of what Apple has done with the iPhone, see the second page of this article from Time:

“The iPhone breaks two basic axioms of consumer technology. One, when you take an application and put it on a phone, that application must be reduced to a crippled and annoying version of itself. Two, when you take two devices—such as an iPod and a phone—and squish them into one, both devices must necessarily become lamer versions of themselves. The iPhone is a phone, an iPod, and a mini-Internet computer all at once, and contrary to Newton—who knew a thing or two about apples—they all occupy the same space at the same time, but without taking a hit in performance. In a way iPhone is the wrong name for it. It’s a handheld computing platform that just happens to contain a phone.”

The only thing I want it to do, that I haven’t seen it do yet is sync up with my iCal… if it does that, I’m buying the 8GB version… who cares if it’s $600… It’ll go along perfectly with the $300 Bose QC3 headphones I just bought ;)