Monthly Archives: November 2011

iPad photography – why it’s good, even though it’s pixelated…

I was having a few drinks with a friend on the weekend and the children were doing some funny stuff. The closest thing on hand to take photos was the iPad. So I snapped away. I know the photos are grainy (it IS only a 5 megapixel camera), but to be able to grab that moment in time is priceless.

It does not matter that the photo isn’t the best quality, it’s the fact that I can TAKE the photo in the first place. Not only this, but a succession of rapid-fire photos. I love the way that the iPad just keeps taking photos one after the other if you keep pressing the ‘shutter’ button… great feature!!

Have you seen the Photobucket app?

I have to say, I only downloaded it yesterday as I was having issues with my iPad (yes… I said it… ‘ISSUES WITH MY IPAD’). More pointedly, I was having issues with WordPress uploading photos that I’ve taken on my iPad. It would only allow me to ‘Browse my computer’ for images to upload. Silly, I know…

So at the top of the screen I saw the ‘Load from URL’ tab (it’s not called this exactly, but you get what I mean), and I thought ‘hmm – maybe I should see if Photobucket have an iPad app?’, and low and behold! they do!

It’s pretty damn awesome. You can create albums, edit your photos (crop, red-eye), email images, display them as a slideshow… I could go on…

Not only does it do all of this wonderful stuff, it will also provide you with access to your images via the Photobucket website.

I know it’s been around for aaaages… you know, a full year, but it’s awesome…

Photobucket for iPad – http://photobucket.com/ipad

Twitter – It’s not for me…

After a lot of hunting around the best # tags I found for my topic are #iPad, #iPod, #apple, #app, #Facebook. These are synonymous with what my blog and generally what my twitter account is all about. There are thousands upon tens of thousands of tweets using these # tags. They are very popular subjects amongst tech-heads, apple employees, and newbies to the apple game.

Now, don’t get me wrong, some people LOVE Twitter and what it’s all about… but not me. It could be that I just don’t get it (or don’t want to get it) that makes me dislike it a little bit (just a little bit). Generally, I love technology. But this… I don’t know… I understand the concept of micro-blogging, but this just doesn’t make sense to me and I don’t really know why this is so. I think I feel, in a way, that there is too much information to try to decipher within twitter which makes it appear extremely overwhelming? I like to know how technology works and why people use it, but Twitter just doesn’t really do it for me. This could actually be the crux of WHY I don’t like it. Not only do I not understand the social networking site itself, but I don’t understand why people like it so much?

Tweets and re-tweets that I composed

How to make your web presence design portray what you want

Original Design

After adding quite a bit of information to my blog, the original theme just didn’t work anymore. It wasn’t really portraying the image that I wanted convey. So I basically changed everything except the blog name and existing text within the blog posts themselves.

I still wanted to use a black and white theme, but I needed to introduce some more elements to it (as well as a bit of colour that wasn’t just orange). This makes the blog look more attractive which in turn, will attract people to it. That’s what I’m hoping anyway.

Interactivity is a large factor in what I wanted to achieve. By adding pop up elements in the header bar (RSS, Twitter and Facebook icons), I feel that this had been achieved. The rollover elements below my profile image also make it feel a bit more ‘with it’ considering my blog is meant to be about technology, the look should reflect this.

I also changed my theme as the new theme allows a mobile version made specifically for iPads (yayyy!). It’s quite slick with a ‘Swipe Me’ line on the right hand side. Once you’ve done this you will see all posts in a jumbled up fashion on the one page. Once you click on one, you’re taken to the full blog post. Of course, you have the option of viewing the Standard Site (located at the bottom of the page).

The original design was definitely a very static page. I now feel that it is The new awesome-ness...

definitely more dynamic with the colours, form and interactivity that I’ve added. It’s a bit more Web 2.0 than Web 1.0.