1.31.2007

Skiing Big Sky

Pictures from my trip to Montana on Flickr.

Photoshop Vanishing Point Tutorial

A great tool and a great example of making parts of a picture vanish if they are on a flat surface that has a vanishing point.

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/tt-cs2/vanishing-point-tutorial.html

It only takes a few minutes to learn more about how vanishing point can be used.

1.19.2007

Eliminating Duplicate Files in iTunes (Sometimes)

I had to re-import my MP3s to recreate my library in iTunes. Unfortunately, I imported my iTunes Music directory with the "copy to libary" option set. Removing them was simple. Just do a search for file names ending with 1.mp3. iTunes just appends a space and a number before the file extension.

This doesn't really find duplicate files in your library if they came from different sources. Sorry if the title mislead you.

1.13.2007

Posh Spice Comes To America !!!

David Beckham is coming to play for L.A. Galaxy. This is great for MLS Soccer.

Things haven't been too good for Beckham at Real evidently.

Upgraded

I just upgraded this blog to the newest version of Googles Blogger. The tagging of content is going to be interesting. Surprisingly, they don't offer a tag clound, just a linked list.

A number of things have changed including the archiving. Shorter titles would present better.

1.06.2007

Mac OS X better than Vista

I've been using MS products for about 20 years. It has been sad to watch them waste their market position on legal battles and marketing instead of real innovation. Unfortunately, they did everything they could to preserve their position by trying to lock you into their products with gimicks. While it might actually be possible, computers are not Shick razors and they continue to evolve. My feeling is the P.C. is dead and that the age of appliance computing is quickly arriving. Appliances along with the Internet, Open Standards, and On-Line Services (like Flickr) will be the new paradigm.

Here's how Information Week sums up the difference.
In a nutshell, Vista vs. Mac OS X is Revolution vs. Evolution. It's about a massive, long-delayed upgrade that has to account for almost 6 years of progress by its competitors, versus a well-executed strategy of regular updates. While updating an operating system is never something that can be called easy, Apple's strategy has been the better one for keeping their OS on top of things, something Microsoft has admitted to in a roundabout way.

1.05.2007

Who is "Stuart J. Johnston" and why should I care about his opinion.

I have been facinated by the Microsoft Public Relations machine as they attempt to make Vista be anything but a huge flop. Sure, there is residual momentum and Vista will sell. But at this point, I'm not sure it will ever replace XP. Personally, I'm upgrading to Mac.

So who is this guy? Does he consider himself a journalist or does he just copy and paste whatever Microsoft sends him? Granted, the piece that got me going was ENT news titled: Windows Vista To Launch a Day Early. My favorite part was...


Despite the excitement and pent-up demand, Microsoft's celebratory
gathering cannot come close to this week's New Year's Eve celebration in Times
Square that drew at least a million attendees. Public relations spin or not,
lines around the block to buy Vista at midnight won't be able to hold a candle
to that.

WOW, the spin starts here!!! (that should probably be all caps and each letter in a different color).

His bio at Redmon Mag says:

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February
1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as
for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

I couldn't find anything that old, but we'll take Redmond's word that he is a seasoned veteran.

Interestingly, He often writes about bugs. But there always seems to be the mention of bugs in other products of competitive interest (like ipods and flash).

In looking over his writing, it also looks like Microsoft may start calling XP buggy in order to make Vista look more attractive.

Good Luck Mr. Johnston.

1.03.2007

Ten things I wish I had known before I switched to OS X.

Cameron Banga writes about his experience of moving from Windows to Mac. Since I just went through this with my son, I found it interesting. His #1 was mine as well, you don't have to install stuff on a Mac. There's just the executable to copy into any directory you want. Windows lovers won't understand until they try.