- Arrived bright and early at Gnomedex to get my traditional seat, front and center. Wifi here is BLAZING (20Mbps both ways), with no one here #
- If you hate people tweeting about Gnomedex, you might want to unfollow me until Sunday (set a reminder to follow me again then, though!) 🙂 #
- @marusin Bummer that you’re not here this year. This is one of the only times I get to see you, you know, in person. 🙂 #
- Reminder: I converted the Gnomedex FF room I made into a “chatter” room, with different input feeds. Come chat! http://tinyurl.com/6dmoa3 #
- @jrnoded I’m looking for an excuse to come to Chicago. Can’t make it to C4, and MAX is in CA this year. What’s a good reason? I need pizza! #
- The best part about Gnomedex? Seeing old friends again. I missed you guys! 🙂 Second best part? Making new friends. (Aww. 🙂 #
- @kk was one of the 20,000 accredited photographers at the Beijing Olympics. That’s a lot of photographers. Ask @scobleizer why. 😉 #
- @kk (Kris Krug, awesome photographer) gave a TON of great photography tips in the first Gnomedex session. Loved it. I need to do shoot more! #
- @kegill I’m in the front row, just to the left of the center aisle. 🙂 #
- I love OpenID, OAuth, the Open Web in general, but I’m sorry, this talk is boring me to death. Maybe @missrogue will spice it up. #
- @penmachine just asked “what the heck does ma.gnolia DO?” Sad it got to the end of the preso before that tidbit was mentioned. #
- @harrisja Use this to see the whole Gnomedex conversation on Twitter: http://tinyurl.com/6jh73q Or TweetDeck. Or Track. #
- Next Gnomedex session should rock – Ben Huh, the guy who bought I Can Has Cheezburger from the guy who began it. Saw them at SXSW. They rock #
- Congrats to @RTVLivetopic for winning the HP 2133 Mini Note at Gnomedex! 🙂 #
- @benhuh is great, but it’s a bummer that @ericnakagawa isn’t here. They were HILARIOUS together at SXSW last year. 🙂 #
- At SXSW, the I Can Has Cheezburger guys actually brought cheeseburgers for the audience. I wonder if we’ll get them at Gnomedex? 🙂 #
- @maryamie Yes, the kobe sliders last night were, in fact, very yummy. 🙂 #
- You can preorder the I Can Has Cheezburger LOLcat book for $8 on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/6r98p3 Comes out on Oct. 7, 2008. Will buy! 🙂 #
- The vast majority of people at Gnomedex are WAY out in front on the Otaku/obsessive curve. Answers about tech skew appropriately. #
- @dannysullivan is Googlestalking Gnomedex attendees, calling them, asking them personal questions. I kinda hoped he’d call me! 🙂 #
- @geekgiant Yes, I’m definitely on the “oversharer” end of the spectrum, too. But being so findable/trackable increases seredipity potential. #
- Nice! All Gnomedex attendees just got a 1 year premium Picnik (online photo editing on Flickr) account. Sweet! 🙂 #
- Gnomedex lunch with @buzzmodo. Nice to see him again. One of the most gregarious guys I know. 🙂 #
- @markbao on stage now. 16yo internet entrepreneur. Generation Y.5. #
- Francine Hardaway Gnomedex timetravel striptease FTW! 🙂 #
- Francine Hardaway: “Things I Had Before Technology – […] an extramarital affair that no one found out about!” :-O #
- Hypothesis: Young people adopt tech faster because they see the benefits of it more readily than old(er) people. Discuss. #
- I just realized how much HARDER it would have been to concentrate in school with today’s tech. Twitter, iPhone, FriendFeed, etc. Whoa. #
- As @jowyang’s niece famously said, “I only use email to talk to old people like YOU.” @markbao says all of his comms are Facebook and text. #
- @influxx Right, but @markbao was the one that said “we see the benefits of tech more readily”, which is what made me think about it. 🙂 #
- @kk’s comment on “turn off the TV” WRT fear of ID theft, etc. So true! Fear of web gets blown WAY out of proportion. esp at companies. Fear! #
- @annaliese_h I can understand a teacher wanting to ban the stuff, but what if you could adapt your teaching to include it instead? #
- @mellowynk I think that the “unwillingness to learn” is our biggest problem as a society. Not sure if it has to do with age. Need to fix! #
- @mellowynk Yes, the desire/ability to learn new things is super important to maintain throughout life. I’m terrified of ever losing mine. #
- Regarding “how do we get more smart, motivated kids in school”, I firmly believe you have to do it in the home, not in school. #
- Too many kids are unlucky enough to miss that opportunity to learn to love learning in the home. Go mentor a kid (or five)! 🙂 #
- Getting lots of great ideas to scribble down in the special little moleskine “big ideas” notebook here at Gnomedex. Yay for brain food! 🙂 #
- Beth Kanter is a technology trainer for non-profits, teaching how to use these tools to do good. I think I want that job! 🙂 #
- I love, love, love seeing @kanter’s pictures of Cambodian kids in tech schwag t-shirts (CC, Foo Camp, etc.). Heartwarming! #
- @influxx Portland Ignites Gnomedex tomorrow morning at 9:15 AM! 🙂 #
- @kanter wants 250 people to donate $10 to send a young cambodian woman to college before Gnomedex ends. Go do it! http://tinyurl.com/5aj6fv #
- I just donated to @kanter’s cause. Have you? http://tinyurl.com/5aj6fv #
- @kanter’s donation experiment at Gnomedex was brilliant. Not only will the people in the room want to help, many will ask their own networks #
- Whoa. @kanter has achieved over 50% of her $2500 donation goal in the last *ten minutes*. Gnomedexers rock! 🙂 #
- Less than 30 minutes later, counting the cash donations in the room (passing the fez), we smashed @kanter’s $2500 donation goal. Sweet. 🙂 #
- @influxx The ChipIn widget, yes. It takes PayPay, credit card, etc. Thanks, if you donate! 🙂 #
- @autiomaa Faster? Hmm. Maybe with a bigger group. This was an experiment, a smashing success, and something I’m proud to have been part of. #
- Dear Gnomedex Attendees: After Beth @Kanter and Amanda Koster, how many of you want to quit your jobs and go do good in the work? Hands up! #
- @missrogue That’s awesome. I can’t wait for the day when I can do that. 🙂 #
- Serial Cyborg on stage. I think I just agreed to have something implanted in me. Oh well! Not like I’m unwilling. Implant me! #
- Nate Wade (Gnomedex “Serial Cyborg” presentation): “This is where it gets REALLY high tech…” 🙂 #
- I’m half expecting Sarah Connor to storm in and try to kill Nate Wade, since he’s obviously the guy who’s going to create Skynet. 😉 #
- Little known fact: I’m deathly, irrationally afraid of Terminator-style cyborg endoskeletons. Nate Wade is giving me a panicky feeling… #
- I’m hyperventilating. I’m going to have nightmares. The Serial Cyborg video (movement through playing with the lighting) is SCARY! :-O #
- Nate Wade: “If we have to die in the process of [helping human evolution on its way to artificial intelligence], then so be it.” AAAAHH! :-O #
- Yay, @rachelbancroft is here! In the back of the room. Her first Gnomedex/Ignite experience! 🙂 #
- @lyric911 I’m JoshB on Ars. #
- @jmoriarty I did see that T-800 DVD player. It made me cry a little. Nobody EVER give me one of those, K? #
- And we close out day 1 of Gnomedex with everyone dancing onstage with Where the Hell is Matt. Awesome. 🙂 #
- Ignite Seattle rocked HARD. Going to be a tough act to follow tomorrow morning for the Portland Igniters, but they’re more than up for it. #
- New iPhone Flickr app Klick uploads pix taken with the app at full size, geotags, and has a great map interface. And it’s free. #
- Klick compares very favorably to Flickup. I’m told I need to retest a newer version of AirMe too. And Mobile Fotos. iPhone Flickr apps ahoy! #
- At Peso’s in Queen Anne for dinner with @rachelbancroft. #
- @WarnerCrocker Gnomesex is what the iPhone’s keyboard dictionary autocorrects Gnomedex to the first hundred or so times you write it. 🙂 #
- Wandering around a really cool used book store on Queen Anne and Mercer in Seattle. Cory Doctorow would be proud. 🙂 #
- Urgh. Found a flaw with Klick. Photos taken in the app (the only way to get them to Flickr full sized) doesn’t add them to the Photo Album. #
- Trying to get the kids ready to go to their cousins’ for the weekend, so @rachelbancroft and I can head to Seattle for Gnomedex. #
- At the Tacoma Art Museum on our way to Gnomedex. There’s a calligraphy/illuminated script exhibit that @rachelbancroft was dying to see. #
- @rachelbancroft sipping a diet coke at Gnomedex: http://twitpic.com/8kah #
- OMG Gwen, the cutest six and a half year old at Gnomedex, just gave us Creative Commons stickers and a paper Tweet. So cute! *head asplode* #
- Sounds like some cool stuff being announced at IDF this morning. Intel Parallel Tools (addon for Visual Studio), and a whole lot more. #
- Check out this hilarous Samsung Omnia i900 unboxing video (hat tip to @ravenme): http://tinyurl.com/5e67qs 🙂 #
- Went looking for a Gnomedex room on FriendFeed, suprised that none existed. So I created one: http://friendfeed.com/rooms/gnomedex #
- Holy cow. 28,400+ people attended SIGGRAPH 2008 last week in L.A. http://tinyurl.com/58adyh I knew it was thousands, but I had no idea… #
- @davechen Yeah, I can see them handling even bigger crowds. It didn’t seem to be anywhere near capacity. Still, biggest con I’ve been to. 🙂 #
- @kegill Absolutely. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing lots of people at Gnomedex. Just look for the bright orange Crocs (shoes). 🙂 #
- So, that Gnomedex room I created on FriendFeed? Turns out there WAS already one: http://tinyurl.com/63ccc9 Deciding what to do w/the other. #
- @verso @dieselboi I’ve heard great things about FlickUp. Does everything an uploader should, IMO. Plus, I kinda know the guy who wrote it 🙂 #
- @verso Yes, FlickUp preserves geotag metadata when sending to Flickr. Which is my #1 requirement, too. I haven’t tried it yet, though. YMMV. #
- @jltitus Flickup author (@kodachrome22) sez new 1.0.1 version fixes a LOT of issues. Still waiting for Apple to approve. I will buy it then. #
- @kodachrome22 Really? Sorry. (re 1.0.1 being out). Is everything cool with the new version? Time to buy? 😉 #
- @kodachrome22 I’m confused. Does Flickup preserve geodata when sending to Flickr, so photos are geotagged? Notes say all EXIF gets stripped. #
- Woo hoo! I just tested, and Flickup DOES preserve geodata on pics sent to Flickr. They show up on the map. Yay! 🙂 #
- Also, Flickup sends images full size (1600×1200) when the picture is taken with Flickup. Images sent from the Photo Album go as 640×480. #
- Some playing and testing with Flickup turned into a full blown review I just posted: http://tinyurl.com/5l3zfo Verdict: Best one so far. 🙂 #
- @kegill I don’t know @hrheingold, but orange Crocs have been my “signature” for a few years. That Mario Batali guy is biting MY style. 🙂 #
I use Flickr to store my photos online. You can “geotag” your photos on Flickr, to show where, exactly, they were taken (on a map). I’ve geotagged most of the 4000+ photos I have on Flickr. By hand, dragging them to the correct location on the map. What a pain.
The iPhone, with the new 2.0 software, can take pictures and tag them with your current location (if you have an iPhone 3G with real GPS, this location information is usually MUCH more precise). Suddenly, the dream of being able to get photos from the iPhone to Flickr, WITHOUT having to manually geotag or othewise manipulate them, seemed to be within reach.
So close, yet so far away.
Right now, there are a few ways to get photos from an iPhone to Flickr. The easiest, I think, is to setup the “upload by email” feature on Flickr. This gives you a secret email address that, when sent a photo as an attachment, uploads the photo to Flickr for you. This is how I get iPhone photos onto Flickr 99% of the time. The downside is, the photos get sent at a much smaller size (640×480) than they were taken at (1600×1200). On top of that, all of the “EXIF” metadata (what make and model camera took the picture, what exposure settings were used, etc.) gets stripped off of the photo when it’s emailed. This includes the geotag/location information. So it arrives at Flickr shrunken and lobotomized and unaware of where it was taken. So sad.
Once the App Store launched, Flickr uploader apps started appearing in droves. AirMe seems to be a popular one, but I tested it, and it didn’t preserve the geodata, (and I think it shrunk the photos, too). So I deleted it.
I’ve been watching the development of an app called Flickup with interest. The author, Martin Gordon (@kodachrome22 on Twitter), is someone I kind of know from Ars Technica. But most importantly, the feature list of Flickup looked promising – it can upload photos and preserve the geotag/location information. It’s not free ($1.99), so I waited a little longer to try it than I would have otherwise, but try it I have, and I’m pleased (if not 100% ecstatic) with the results.
This is a photo I took from within the Flickup app, and uploaded straight to Flickr. The app asked me for permission to use my location (like all location-aware iPhone apps do), which I granted, et viola! The photo appears on the map where it was taken (to the best of my iPhone’s knowledge). Click on the photo then click “map” to see it – I can’t figure out a way to direct link to a single photo on the map on Flickr.
Even better, for photos taken from within the Flickup app (as opposed to uploading saved pictures from the Photo Album), the photos go up to Flickr in their full 2 megapixel 1600×1200 glory.
If you’re looking for an app ONLY to take pictures, and send them directly to Flickr, you can stop reading here. Flickup is perfect, and does everything you’d expect it to (you can edit the title, description, and tags of the photos, etc., too).
So what are the caveats? They have to do with uploading saved pictures from the iPhone’s Photo Album.
First, when you upload a saved photo from the album, it goes as a shrunken 640×480 version. Martin says this has to do with some limitations in the iPhone’s APIs (which I believe). He also says that the API is the cause of all the other EXIF metadata being stripped from the photos (which is probably what makes this such a problem in the first place – fix your stupid APIs, Apple!) Don’t count this against Martin or Flickup.
Second, when you upload a saved picture from the album, Flickup WILL geotag it, but it appears to grab your CURRENT location (it asks), rather than use the location data stored in the photo. In other words, it will geotag the photo with the location of where it was UPLOADED, instead of where it was TAKEN. Martin acknowledges this is sub-optimal.
(A photo uploaded from my Photo Album, but geotagged at the time of upload.)
If what Martin says about the Apple APIs stripping out EXIF metadata (and again, I have no reason not to believe this is true), then there’s probably no way for Flickup (or any other photo uploader app) to preserve a photo’s ORIGINAL location information. The best we can hope for is how Flickup works – tag it with the location at the time of upload. If you take photos and upload them immediately, then there’s really no difference. But it’s super annoying that Apple comes SO CLOSE to making this work the way it should, yet falls short in the home stretch.
So, is Flickup worth the $1.99 in the App Store? If you’re a Flickr user that cares about a) uploading pictures at full size instead of 640×480, and/or actually preserving all that fancy location data that your iPhone can tack onto your photos, then yes, absolutely. Flickup is the way to go for full size geotagged Flickr uploading goodness.
There’s still room in this field for perfection. But it seems that it will depend on Apple making changes to the photo and location APIs on the iPhone, or some really clever developers figuring out ways to get around those restrictions. Guess which one I’m betting on happening first? 😉
- Why, yes, I AM having a Coke Slurpee for breakfast. Why do you ask? 😉 #
- Oh dear. The guys behind I Can Has Cheezburger have launched a new site: http://engrishfunny.com/ Subscribed! 🙂 #
- @StevenWalling I think I’ve got a good grip (ha!) on the @igniteportland Twitter account, but thanks for offering! 🙂 #
- Whoa. It seems the *real* @JohnCleese is not only on Twitter, but also on FriendFeed: http://tinyurl.com/5z8kle Rock on, old dude! 😉 #
- @mellowynk I suppose it could be an elaborate ruse from an imposter, but hey, if he’s funny, what do I care about authenticity? 😉 #
- I believe I’ve found the very best way to post to a WordPress blog from the iPhone: The “Press This” bookmarklet http://tinyurl.com/5jyq7s #
- Updated iPhone to 2.0.2. No noticeable changes yet, but I’ll keep an eye out. #
- Apple decides to shut down the only blog they run, MobileMe Status, after barely three weeks on the air. Why? http://tinyurl.com/5mnrmj #
- Download a free copy of “Blue Planet Run”, a photo book about water in the world, from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/2p2xpp (hat tip to Scoble) #
- @hangry Ah ha ha ha! I would totally wear those if they made a cargo pants version. Seriously. 🙂 (http://bit.ly/ucvCw) #
- Getting a Jamba Juice. #
- ZOMG just saw a Nissan GT-R on the road for the first time. Had a minor tizzy fit in the car. Family still laughing at me. I WILL own one! #
I’ve become a bit obsessed with blog editors lately. I’m a long time fan of MarsEdit on the Mac, which, all other things being equal, is my favorite way to write a blog post (in fact, I’m using it right now). But I’ve been exploring options for other platforms, where I can’t use MarsEdit (the ScribeFire plugin for Firefox is my second favorite, because it runs everywhere Firefox does, including my little Eee PC 901 that runs Linux).
For the iPhone, there’s the WordPress iPhone app, available for free from the App Store. It’s actually a really great app, and I highly recommend you get it and use it if you have a WordPress-based blog. Even my self-described non-techy wife Rachel loves it, and uses it all the time to post pictures to our family blog. But of course, I can’t help but explore other options.
All of the functionality seems to be there – grabbing an image from a web page, or video embed code (which probably won’t work too well in practice, without the ability to copy and paste on the iPhone, although the bookmarklet is supposed to automatically grab the embed code from YouTube pages, and possibly other video sites, too). It seems to be able to do everything the full blown iPhone WordPress app can do, and even a little more (for instance, including a link to a page in your post, which is a pain in the butt without copy/paste, or including images from Flickr or any other web page without saving them to your iPhone’s Photo Album first). At the very least, it’s another option to add to your growing blog editor arsenal (what? you don’t have one of those? I do!).
I might go so far as to say that this is now the most flexible, powerful way to post to a WordPress blog from the iPhone. Yes, even better than the WordPress iPhone app itself.
There’s one small speed bump. I don’t know of a way to add the “Press This” bookmarklet to your iPhone without adding it as a bookmark on your computer first (find it on the “Write a Post” page of your WordPress 2.6.x blog), and they syncing it over to the iPhone via iTunes. Also note that each “Press This” bookmarklet is specific to a single blog – if you have many blogs, you’ll want to create a bookmarklet for each of them, and name them appropriately to avoid confusion.
What other iPhone blog editing hacks do you know of? Share them in the comments, along with any questions, enhancements, or anything else you feel like. 🙂
- Totally loving the wild weather we’re having this morning. Lightning strikes, booming thunder, giant raindrops. Awesome. #
- Waitaminute. SquareEnix is doing a Chrono Trigger remake for the DS? Oh, yeah! I know what I want for Christmas! http://tinyurl.com/55h3ny #
- @ShannonRenee I’m at work in Hillsboro, Oregon. I luckily have a great window view from my desk. 🙂 #
- Hey everybody. If you’re interested in helping as a volunteer for Ignite Portland 4 in Nov., there’s a kickoff meeting tonight. #
- Here’s the IP4 volunteer kickoff on Upcoming: http://tinyurl.com/6ehbw6 and you can hit up @adamd for more details. #
- Retweet from @ravenzachary (aka Mr. iPhone): iPhone software 2.0.2 is out. Grab it from iTunes. #
- I love uninstalling Mac apps with AppZapper (http://www.appzapper.com/). Pew pew pew! 🙂 #
- @harrisja If it makes you feel any better, the Marriott charges for wifi, too. And it doesn’t even reach the rooms (lobby only). #
- @billpearson Don’t worry. Some people will never get it. I just take deep breaths, and go to my happy place. 🙂 #
- To paraphrase Cory Doctorow (from the preface to Little Brother): The answer to controversial “bad” speech is MORE speech. NOT censorship. #
Speaking of Ignite Portland, Chris and Ponzi Pirillo, and the other organizers of the best geek conference I’ve ever been to, Gnomedex, pinged me last week to see if any Ignite Portland alumni would be interested in giving their talks at Gnomedex 8.0 this year.
As a result, at Gnomedex on Saturday morning, there’s going to be a “mini-Ignite Portland” with selections of popular talks from past Ignite Portland events. (This isn’t an official Legion of Tech event.) There’s also going to be a similar “mini Ignite Seattle” on Friday afternoon, with Brady Forest and his cadre of Igniters.
I somehow got roped into being the “emcee’, introducing the talks, etc (I’m not crazy about getting up on stage), but I hope to get through the intro quickly and sit down fast. 😉
Rick Turoczy over at Silicon Florist has a writeup, with a list of the talks that will be featured, and you can see the “speaker bio” page for the talks on the Gnomedex site.
Here are the talks that are migrating north to Seattle:
- Kevin Fox – How To Buy a Car for Under $1000
- Mario Schulzke – Why Deutschland Loves David Hasselhoff
- Eva Schweber – How To Run a Startup and Not Lose Your Mind
- Vanessa Holfeltz – Boiling Water in 5 Easy Steps
- Jason Grigsby – Cup Noodle: Innovation, Inspiration, and Manga
The coolest thing about all of this? The idea for Ignite Portland was hatched at last year’s Gnomedex. They highlighted some of the previous evening’s Ignite Seattle talks, and I loved them. The energy and excitement were off the charts, and I immediately started thinking (and Twitter-ing) about how awesome it would be to do an Ignite event in Portland. Connections and plans were made, venues were filled to capacity, Legion of Tech was born, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Besides the obvious coolness of these talks, there’s something poetic about Ignite Portland making an appearance at Gnomedex. It goes to show that a lot of really cool things can happen in the space of one year! 🙂
Just put up a note at IgnitePortland.com about the volunteer kickoff meeting tonight at Cubespace. If you’re interested in helping plan, organize, and pull off Ignite Portland 4 on November 13, check it out.
In the past, we’ve had almost more volunteer help than we can handle. Which is an awesome problem to have. 🙂 This time, we’re going to focus on being organized, and trying to streamline the whole process (since there’s nothing really new about it, now that we’ve done three of these).
Oh, and don’t forget to fill out the volunteer survey, to let us know where you’re interested in helping out.
It’s going to be fun and interesting, no matter what! 🙂
- @gkleinman PulseOfPDX, and countless other experiments, has been dead in the water since Twitter took away the ability to see “with_friends” #
- @smykes Design is how things work, more than how they look. Kindle LOOKS weird, but in hand, the design effort becomes clear. #
- @atmasphere No Kindle regrets. If you love reading, you’ll love a Kindle. Still too pricey for mass adoption, but I love it anyway. 🙂 #
- @SarahCofer Hmm. Did the calendar data get synced to iCal on the Mac? Might be there. What does “wiped” mean, and how did it occur? #
- @SarahCofer Ugh. I hate to say it, but Entourage is kind of a piece of crap in my experience, especially as it pertains to syncing. 🙁 #
- @SarahCofer That’s not to say that there’s no way to recover the calendar data, but… 🙁 #
- I broke down and did the FaceYourManga thing. Yes, yes, I am a sheep. Baaaaaa! 😉 http://tinyurl.com/6mtzwb #
- @gialyons @jmoriarty As of this month, there are more than 4500 Intel acronyms documented on Intelpedia, our internal wiki. #
- @gialyons @jmoriarty And that’s only the ones that have been documented. I’m sure there are thousands more, dozens born every day. 🙂 #
- Finally got around to upgrading my blog from WP 2.5.1. Installed K2 RC7, then WP 2.6.1. In the 5 minutes Akismet was disabled, a dozen spam. #