Thursday, March 29, 2007

London Aquarium


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Originally uploaded by Jazza2.
Yesterday I was in London and spent some time in the aquarium, and took many photos. Lucky for me, a lot of them came out ok. It's tough focusing though glass and water, at moving objects. Also there's not alot of light, so I increased the ISO, and it seems to have worked.

Also while in London, I popped in the the Apple store on Regents Street. It's the biggest Apple store in the world, beating the New York 5th Avenue store. I wanted to have a look at the Macbook Pro, as many people have suggested I move to Mac. Also as it can also run Windows either via Boot Camp or Parallels, it should keep the Windows boy in me happy. I'd had a look at one in PC World, and there was just something about it that I didn't like, the laptop that is.

After talking it over with a couple of people, I thought maybe the one in PC World had been around for a while, so probably wasn't the best example. So after looking at them at the Apple store, I must say they looked much, much better. Though I think the 15" might be too big for me, so I might wait and see if they release the rumoured smaller MacBook Pro, that and I can't afford one right now.

While in the store, I sat in on a workshop, and was surprised to see many Windows machines, and only a couple of Mac's. It was about how to use iTunes, and they showed the radio feature, and how to record the radio streams to disk, which I'm sure is illegal ;) also explained podcasts. When that finished, they had a switchers 101 for Windows users moving to Apple. The host said there was no viruses for the Mac. And said some people say that because the install base of mac's is small, compared to Windows, they aren't attacking it, and because it's unix based, there won't ever be a virus. Well from my experience unix/linux is more secure. But just because it's better, doesn't mean a user can't be careless and disable something they shouldn't. I just thought the host gave them a false sense of security. That, and there was a virus for Mac's last year ;)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Twitter

I've been using Twitter for a while now, and it's an amazing service. If your new to Twitter, it's a service that asks the question, what are you doing right now?, in 140 characters or less.

You can add friends, to see what they are doing, or people like Leo LaPorte, Robert Scoble, Chris Pirillo and Darth Vader.

You have the option to make your "tweets" private, so only invited friends see them. Which reminds me, I need to invite more of my friends to it, although many of them aren't geeky enough to want to use it.

This past weekend, I noticed that Leo (via Twitter of course) was going to do an episode of This Week In Tech, on TalkShoe, and when I joined, it seemed they were all talking about Twitter there, especially a mashup of Google Maps and Twitter called TwitterVision, which maps where people are twittering from. It's kinda cool in away, and reminded me of the Twitter screens I'd seen on Flickr taken at SXSW last week.

It really does seem to have taken over the net recently. I was listening to the latest podcast from MajorNelson, and he mentioned it as well.

What's next for Twitter?
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