^Harvested the core.^ / “Inter-app audio.” / ^Stay the hell away from wild animals.^ / ‘Somebody loves his soundboards.’ / “That’s that dude.” / ‘Pull data from one place and pass it on to another.’ / “A lot of rappers these days are from the South.”
‘^Hair icon^: debatable’ / “Apparently scoring movies isn’t as fun as it sounds.” / “Incredibly strange Internet stuff.” / “Card-like.” / ‘Bands that yell at you.’ / ‘Reminds me of the 90s.’ / “I don’t want to pre-roll ads.”
‘Reply, file, delete.’ / “We need to get more of your rhymes on the streets.” / ‘My Facebook feed is all brands and companies.’ / “I use a POP3 account” / ^Party pics with Solo cups on Webshots.^ / “Meta-categories of email types.”
“This number doesn’t hold.” / “Very very avoidable people.” / “People need to look into the actual data [about government debt] instead of the stupid political rhetoric.” / “There’s a shack-like little house right next door to the railroad tracks has been for sale for a while.” / “Bottom-feeder so-called news outlets.”
GCWZero: a Kickstarter project to make a handheld gaming device that repeats the design mistake of the PSP (corrected by the subsequent PS Vita) of having no right-side analog stick [pad? control point?]. It seems to emphasize retro-style gaming.
“There’s plenty of people who’ve let it lapse.” / ‘There’s like a clamminess, a grayness, a frizziness.” / “TextEdit has gone kind of like all over the place.” / “And also then there’s the publishing part.” / ‘I’m not a fan of Apple’s Maps.’ / “I’m not sure how it works, but I was using it earlier.”
show notes – DJMcloud podcast episode #62 – recorded Dec. 15, 2012
Jessica has purchased some new features and is making some new art with the Paper app for iPad.
I discuss writing tools (which were used in creating my novel Crossing the Continental Divide) [This episode discusses tools; the plot of the book was discussed in podcast #60.]: composition: Drafts (iOS) [also discussed in podcast #33]: I did a lot of the writing of the book on the iPhone with onscreen keyboard or voice recognition, on this simple creation app; when I was done I could send the text to Dropbox [or optionally also to Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, and many other services.] Epistle (Android): Writing with my tablet was less frequent but this Dropbox-friendly editor worked. Sublime Text (Mac): This provided a simple window to enter text on the computer; used sparingly. editing: BBedit (Mac): Made merging multiple text files in Dropbox directory into one manuscript easy, with word counts.
Textmate 1 & 2 (Mac): Did a little bit of editing for typos and a little bit of writing with version 1 on my iMac and 2 on my MacBook Pro. publishing: Pages (Mac): used Apple’s desktop word processor to import BBedit text file to add cover and image and then make an ePub version. iBooks Author (Mac): used to make PDF and iBooks/iPad version with consistent page numbers using Futura font.
Google Maps for iOS is now available. (In iOS 6, Apple replaced the previous default Maps app [which had until then relied on Google Maps] with an app that utilized the Apple’s new maps.)
‘The traditional resentment politics don’t work in this era.’ / “[Drone killings:] It’s just plain murderous.” / “‘Maybe he’s goin’ for the upper class?!'” / ‘These are probably the people you want to take over Egypt.’ / “There is a similar feeling going on all around the world.”
“It’s not glass anymore.” / “The red rens.” / “Very slippery.” / “You can see a lot more without having to scroll.” / “They do improve with each phone that they put out.” / “That’s pretty slick where you don’t see letterboxes easily.” / “You had to go at the right angle.” / “I would collect all that in-between stuff.” / “Even the moderator had to point out the lying.” / “This parallel universe of false notions.” / “The liberal agenda is popular.” / “I thought we were done with the mis-spellings.” / “My personal belief is: free content.” / “They’re taking another, you know, swat at it.”
0. Foursquare: Jessica has been using this app to check in to places to find friends and get deals from merchants. Jim isn’t using it because his friends aren’t on it.
1. Hipstamatic: [$8 after getting all the add-on features available as in-app purchases ($2 for basic version)]
Photo app based on a rare 1980s film camera of that name [not really; see podcast #23 for correction]; allows use of different virtual lenses, films and flashes to create a range of different looks including infrared, black and white and retro colors.
Another vintage camera simulator, this app offers five different cameras, including one based on classic Polaroid instant, and another simulating an old Russian design. You change the whole camera so it’s not as flexible as Hipstamatic but it is free and fun.
This game involves moving a candy ball that follows inverted gravity into a hungry frog-like creature’s mouth, mainly by, well, cutting ropes and also popping bubbles, all while picking up stars. Maybe it’s not totally clear from that description but anyway it’s a fun game. You can get the lite version and play some of the game for free, but for all the levels including the new Christmas one, it’s worth getting the full app. (I heard about this one from Jessica.)
5. Book (eBook reader) apps [all free for the app, with in-app book purchasing]
Which is the best for the iOS platform? Apple’s iBooks? Or is it an third party app like Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, or Google Books? Personally I like the Nook app but iBooks is also really good, and Google Books is okay.
Two kinds of pics [sic] that I just got that I love:
1. Fender thin (cloudy blue), the classic
2. Ultex 0.60 mm (yellow with rhino), with a nice snappy feel
Also I use:
3. Tortex 0.50 mm and 0.60 mm (red and orange with the turtle)
1. Wikileaks cable releases continue to roil international relations; see the Guardian’s coverage for more,
2. President Obama ditches press conference about tax cuts to go party; leaves Bill Clinton to speak to the press.
Technology news and rumors
1. How much does the Samsung Galaxy Tab suck (for that price anyway)?
2. Will the next iPad have both side cameras, improved screen and maybe a slight tweak in the design profile?
3. Are the iOS photo sharing apps (like Instagram and path.com) carving out an important new niche?
5. What will happen in tech next year? Mac OS X app store, OS X Lion, iOS 5; Lots of solid state memory in computers (?); Flood of new Android products; Google Chrome OS; Ubuntu 11.04; LibreOffice; HTML5 and CSS3 on the web; Oracle vs. everyone over Java; Novell acquisition by Attachmate, and Microsoft’s apparent role; mySQL vs. PostGRESQL; PHP vs. Python vs. Ruby on Rails vs. C; Drupal 7 vs. WordPress 3.1.