Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-12-09

  • Woo! It's a nice chilly 12 degrees F outside. Yikes. This is Portland, not Spokane! πŸ™‚ http://twitpic.com/ssq9k #
  • I just ousted @kfcochrane as the mayor of Intel – Jones Farm on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/6f6D7H #
  • Live video broadcasting finally hits the iPhone: UStream Live Broadcaster is out. http://bit.ly/7DGuOv 3G or wifi, 3GS or 3G (it seems?) #
  • I always figured I'd go with whoever among Qik, Ustream, etc. got live video broadcasting to the iPhone first. Looks like it's Ustream. πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey! I'm live on Ustream from my iPhone – http://ustre.am/uFE #
  • Sorry about the "I'm live on UStream" tweet. I'm not live. Just testing the app/settings. Too much supar sekrit work stuff to go live now! #
  • Ustream's live video broadcaster app for iPhone is a big deal. Works on 3G or wifi. iPhone 3G or 3GS. Very slick and easy. Game changing. #
  • @turkchgo Something like that. πŸ™‚ Let's just say there's stuff going on around me that shouldn't be broadcast live. πŸ˜‰ in reply to turkchgo #
  • @gregleff I try to post about one really cool app/tool/service a day. Compulsively. Usually iPhone stuff. It's my flavor of nerdism. πŸ™‚ in reply to gregleff #
  • There are different UStream apps – one for watching live streams, and now, one for making them. Choose accordingly. All are free. #
  • @influxx I haven't done any UStream live iPhone testing yet, but from what I've seen and heard, the quality is great (320×240 default). in reply to influxx #
  • Had a fascinating conversation with @jerry_makare and @artigupta about privacy, journalism, the future, and the UStream broadcast app. πŸ™‚ #
  • The UStream broadcaster app claims it works on the iPhone 3G. It can record to the local device. If true, this gives the 3G video recording. #
  • Final Fantasy XIII doesn't come out until March in the U.S. (next week in Japan), and I'm already getting excited about it. πŸ™‚ #
  • Some helpful tips for using Dragon Dictation on your iPhone: http://bit.ly/5f9MIu Formatting, punctuation, etc. #
  • Frantic call from @rachelbancroft. Frozen burst pipe in our garage. Got plumber/fixer recommendations in Beaverton? #
  • Got the water shut off, but plumber can't come until the AM. Luckily, nothing more the lawnmower got wet. Still, huge PITA. πŸ™ #
  • I'm broadcasting, from my iPhone, live on Ustream – http://ustre.am/8VFN #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-12-08


Free Speech to Text on iPhone – Dragon Dictation

Hey everybody this is Josh. Today’s cool iPhone app pick is Dragon Dictation. It’s free in the App Store and it has text to speech dictation. I wrote this post almost entirely by talking to my iPhone. Very little editing was required – mostly punctuation, because I was lazy and didn’t speak it. You talk to the phone and it will send the words to be transcribed to a server and send it back to your phone, so it requires a net connection. It works very very quickly and very very well. Check it out to the app store. It’s definitely worth downloading and playing with, at the very least.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-12-07

  • Cool: AT&T launched an iPhone app "Mark the Spot" to let you report network problems. Hope they use the data well! http://bit.ly/8DbnZf #
  • @gregleff I think it's a fantastic idea – crowdsource your network reporting. very geeky. hope it gets put to good use. πŸ™‚ in reply to gregleff #
  • RT @GlennF: get my favorite 2D tag reader for the iPhone at no cost (Google underwritten) if one of 1st 40K downloaders: http://is.gd/5fgAV #
  • RT @mpoppel: Dear KOIN Local 6, this is not what breaking news email alerts are for: "Must-see video: dogs decorate tree" /me: LOL #
  • Oh great. Now I have the hiccups. Maybe they'll keep me warm as I venture out into ARCTIK BLAST 2009 RAWR!!11!One πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-12-04

  • Are you the developer of a cool app that would rock on a netbook? I need to talk to you. jabancroft at gmail dot com. πŸ™‚ #
  • I just ousted @kfcochrane as the mayor of Intel – Jones Farm on @foursquare! http://bit.ly/6f6D7H #
  • Tiny Lego guitars on BoingBoing? WANT. http://bit.ly/6HWV3V (Been playing Lego Rock Band, I'd spend money to buy that stuff IRL…) #
  • The Power Outlet of the Future Includes USB Ports http://j.mp/7vWsPz Brilliant. I want these all over my house. πŸ™‚ #
  • An iPhone app for DARPA's Network "find 10 red balloons" Challenge from ArmyofEyes.com – cool idea! πŸ™‚ http://bit.ly/4WSm0e #
  • I bought favstar.fm's new Favit iPhone app this morning ($3 – http://bit.ly/8Qcu9v). It elegantly shows popular, funny tweets. Addictive. #
  • (Repeat) Are you the developer of a cool app that would rock on a netbook? I need to talk to you. jabancroft at gmail dot com. πŸ™‚ #
  • There's someone who wanders around the office whistling like a virtuoso in concert, nameless melodies at high volume. Weird… πŸ™‚ #
  • @macfixer It's totally the old timey warbling whistling. Kind of soothing, but jarringly out of place. in reply to macfixer #
  • @macfixer Did you get my DM? Send me your address, and I'll mail out those earhoops you need. Huge thanks for the Jawbone charger! πŸ™‚ in reply to macfixer #
  • Quick: count how many teeth you have, and post the answer! πŸ™‚ Me: 30 #countyourteeth #
  • Spent the afternoon cleaning out boxes of old geek detritus in order to make our home "office" back into a bedroom for @gabebancroft. Whew! #
  • Gave about half of my Nerf gun arsenal to my niece and nephew who helped me clean out my home office. Memories of cube warfare. πŸ™‚ #
  • @macfixer I still need to send you those earloops, right? I still don't have your addy. Sorry this has become so convoluted. πŸ™‚ #
  • @k1mb3rly I highly recommend the Nerf N-Strike Maverick. Spring fired, 6 shots, inexpensive, easy to mod, and easy to find. Get a few. πŸ™‚ in reply to k1mb3rly #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-12-03

  • Heh. It looks like we wiped out Monoprice's $15 iPhone battery (it's backordered now): http://bit.ly/Jo9rv Hope you got yours! πŸ™‚ #
  • OH: "Are you a vegetarian?" "No, I like food." πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley Exactly. I love vegetables. They're so cute and cuddly. I just can't bring myself to kill them by eating them! It's so cruel! πŸ™‚ in reply to ahockley #
  • Take Better iPhone 3GS Photos with TrueHDR http://post.ly/E3M6 #
  • RT @geekygirldawn: Planning to officially launch next week, but it's not too late to send your @ACrazyNeighbor pics: http://bit.ly/5MjWWJ #
  • I am up to my ears in netbooks of various types. Too bad it's all for work, but I'm still having fun with them. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jaacob Nice! That's an amazing picture! Hard to believe it came from a phone. πŸ™‚ (His TrueHDR result here: http://flic.kr/p/7kgd4g) in reply to jaacob #
  • There's a Flickr group for people to share photos taken with TrueHDR on the iPhone: http://bit.ly/4U2MRj Some amazing examples in there. #
  • I lost count how many different netbooks crossed my desk today. What fun. I love doing cool stuff for developers. πŸ™‚ http://bit.ly/4PHUcx #
  • Another TrueHDR iPhone 3GS Image http://post.ly/E55h #
  • Geolocate me, Twitter mobile! /via @marshallk (me: I don't think that's how it works, Marshall… πŸ˜‰ #
  • Digging the new Twitter mobile interface at mobile.twitter.com. Big improvement over the old m.twitter.com. Thanks, @Twitter! πŸ™‚ #

Take Better iPhone 3GS Photos with TrueHDR

(This sounds like an ad, but it’s not. I have no affiliation with the makers of the TrueHDR iPhone app, other than as a satisfied and impressed user. πŸ™‚

If you’re a photography nerd, you know that HDR stands for High Dynamic Range – where you take multiple photos, some with the bright areas exposed correctly (which makes the darker areas underexposed, really dark and unviewable), and some with the dark areas exposed correctly (which makes the bright areas overexposed and “blown out” – usually pure white), then combine the multiple shots in software to get wider “dynamic” exposure range than you could otherwise. It’s a cool effect, and so far, I haven’t found a good way to do it on the iPhone.

There are lots of “HDR” apps in the App Store, but all the ones I’ve looked at, like “HDR for Free”, don’t actually do multiple exposure HDR – they just tinker with the exposure and saturation levels to produce an effect like HDR. They fake it, in other words. Then, over the weekend, I stumbled across an app recommended by TUAW called TrueHDR, that actually does HDR processing – you take multiple shots, one correctly exposed for the brightest area, one for the darkest, then it combines them. It was $1.99, so I sprung for it, and I’ve been quite impressed with the results.

Check out the shots above – I noticed the sky was really colorful this morning on my way to work, so I took the first two shots (light and dark), then merged them into a nice HDR image with TrueHDR. Pretty nifty, eh? I never would have been able to capture all that color in just one shot on the 3GS camera. I also used it to take the photo of the Monoprice $15 iPhone battery in my last post. Even though it was only on my desk, the photo came out looking better than a single shot would have, in my opinion.

Be aware that, because it requires the ability to take multiple shots of the same thing with different exposures, it will only work with the camera on the iPhone 3GS (where you can change the focus and exposure by touching a specific area), though it says it will work with photos from your photo library, if you wanted to load them from another source on an iPhone, 3G, or iPod touch. Also note that it does align the pictures if they’re not exactly the same (which is going to happen if you’re not using a tripod, and who uses a tripod with their iPhone?), which is a nice touch.

So, TrueHDR has earned a spot on the page of photography and imaging apps that I keep on my iPhone 3GS. Do you have any great photo apps, tips, or tricks to share? How do *you* do HDR on the iPhone. Let me know in the comments, on Twitter, etc. I’m always on the lookout for nifty new apps! πŸ™‚

Update: Here’s another (blurry) one I took on the way out of work last night:

Another TrueHDR iPhone 3GS Image


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-12-02

  • RT @IntelSoftware: Intel Atom Developer Program Beta SDK Now Available! Submit apps, and win big! http://bit.ly/AtomAppArticles #dev4atom #
  • Twitter 360 iPhone augmented reality app looks cool – see geotagged tweets around you. It's $2.99, I'm still waffling. http://bit.ly/6QNSsD #
  • @adamd I agree re: dearth of geotagged tweets. I've been using Tweetie's Nearby search, and it's apparent people aren't geotagging much. πŸ™ in reply to adamd #
  • Unsubscribed from KATU's hyperlocal "neighborhood" blogs. No text in the RSS feed, and the stories were crime + fluff. Buh bye. #
  • Now, could EveryBlock.com just hurry up and launch in Portland? I'm dying to have hyperlocal news (and a slick iPhone app is a plus)! #
  • Egad! I just discovered you can drag entire Spaces around in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The whole set of windows moves intact. Nice! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just stopped following @BreakingNews. I gave the MSNBC takeover a shot, but they're putting out too much noise. Glad for the BNO iPhone app. #
  • @adamd in Tweetie, start a tweet, hit the char counter button, hit Geotag. Have to auth at Twitter the first time. Can toggle thereafter. in reply to adamd #
  • @palmsolo yes, that number is your Twitter ID. I like that Tweetie shows when you joined. We're oldsters, way back in 2006! πŸ™‚ in reply to palmsolo #
  • @KevinCTofel December 2006? You bandwagon-jumper. All the cool kids were on by the end of July. πŸ˜‰ in reply to KevinCTofel #
  • Wow. The moonlight is amazingly abundant tonight. Almost dawn-like levels of illumination. ? #