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Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-06-18

  • I just ousted @ashokraj as the mayor of Intel – JF1 on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/7f8CZ8 #
  • Free iPhone app worth getting: Guess the News. Combines hangman with Google News. Was $2.99, free today. http://bit.ly/9GyQ40 #
  • RT @laughingsquid @wordpress 3.0 "Thelonious" has just been released, it includes 1217 bug fixes & feature enhancements http://bit.ly/cVtga1 #
  • Impressive – not only did Apple make all the WWDC10 session videos available via iTunes U in record time, they have subtitles, too. Cool. #
  • Been using Osfoora HD for a day or so (a Twitter client). It's quite good, and on sale for $1.99. #
  • Wiping the hard drive of an old pc with a DBAN disc before we get rid of it. Remember when 30GB was a lot? #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-06-17

  • Germany travel question – what about power? Is it 220V? Do I need a plug adapter (from the U.S.)? Most of my bricks are 110/220. #
  • Thanks to @amstel et al for the superfast answers on German power adapter needs. πŸ™‚ (Answer: it's 220V, need a plug adapter.) #
  • Can't believe @emmabancroft turns 7 today. I'm in awe of what an amazing, smart, talented, beautiful little girl she is. So proud. πŸ™‚ #
  • Test shot from a Canon ef16-35mm f/2.8L II lens – razor thin depth of field. http://post.ly/jkZ1 #
  • Dear #lazyweb – Best way to turn a USB stick into a bootable hard disk wiper from a Mac? #
  • @matdotcx Thanks – I've got DBAN on a CD (burned the ISO using Disk Utility on my Mac). Just want a USB stick for convenience. πŸ™‚ in reply to matdotcx #
  • @brainwagon Must have iPad apps? Instapaper, Twitterrific, Kindle, Simplenote, Godfinger, and We Rule. πŸ™‚ (You already have Reeder.) in reply to brainwagon #
  • @brainwagon What kinds of iPad apps are you looking for? Games? Office stuff? Video streaming? Photography? I have tons more recos. πŸ™‚ in reply to brainwagon #
  • iTunes 9.2 adds the ability to sort your Apps by Genre. Handy! (FTR, I'm up to 753 πŸ˜‰ http://twitpic.com/1xdq7x #
  • Off to a little birthday celebration at home for @emmabancroft. She's a Friend of Cheese, so she requested a cheese-themed meal. πŸ™‚ #
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Test shot from a Canon ef16-35mm f/2.8L II lens – razor thin depth of field.

Click to embiggen.

Got to play with a Canon ef16-35mm f/2.8 L series lens on my T1i today, and got this completely lucky shot that really shows off the wide aperture and corresponding narrow depth of field. I love how the controls on the lens in the foreground are in focus, but everything just outside that plane is nicely defocused. An amazing lens.

Shot at 35mm, 1/50s, ISO800, f/2.8.

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-06-16

  • Parrot AR.Drone to attack this September, for $300 http://j.mp/avi3oN Insta-add to my wish list. πŸ™‚ #
  • I love my job. πŸ™‚ #
  • The plastic clamshell packaging for the new aluminum Apple Remote is pretty cool. So is the remote. http://post.ly/jbwr #
  • @shadowbottle Yeah, I was wondering what that extra button is for. πŸ™‚ in reply to shadowbottle #
  • As someone who played trumpet for 8 years in school, I salute the lip stamina of those droning vuvuzelas. πŸ™‚ #
  • @hoffer7 Once in a while I get out my trumpet and play, and my numb lips remind me how out of shape I am. I miss making music, though. πŸ™‚ in reply to hoffer7 #
  • It just got dark and stormy out here in Hillsboro… #pdxtst #
  • @dsearls Only way to get non-Amazon docs into Kindle app is their (non-free) email delivery service: http://j.mp/cIofJr in reply to dsearls #
  • Gran Turismo 5 will be 3D? If they wait a little longer, they'll be compatible with that telepathic controller coming in 2015. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just installed OS X 10.6.4 update (via the combo updater, learned my lesson there!), no problems. πŸ™‚ #
  • Hmm. Mail.app got upgraded, wants to upgrade my messages/database. #
  • My beloved Letterbox plugin for vertical reading in Mail.app got disabled in the 10.6.4/Mail 4.3 update. Any update, @aaronharnly? #
  • My local AT&T store = FAIL. They have no idea when they're going to receive pre ordered iPhones. Cash in hand, they can't guarantee one. πŸ™ #
  • And now the Apple Store iPhone app (my plan B) says "there's a problem, go to an Apple Store location." Blerg! πŸ™ #
  • Took me ten tries or so, but I ordered an iPhone for delivery from Apple online. (from my iPad in front of the AT&T store πŸ™‚ #
  • @k1mb3rly I'd say Plan A = get an order in at store.apple.com. Be persistent. It worked for me. Plan B = early at AT&T store on 6/24. in reply to k1mb3rly #
  • @k1mb3rly don't pre-order with AT&T. It's not the same as last year. I was told there won't be a separate pre-order line. in reply to k1mb3rly #
  • Wow. AT&T and Apple sold out of launch day iPhones? Both showing a ship date of July 2. I was lucky… #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-06-15

  • Team lunch after sorting food and clothes at Sunshine Pantry. Yay! πŸ™‚ (@ Hall Street Grill) http://4sq.com/awG3vm #
  • An iPad optimized version of Google Earth is now available in the app store. /via @steverubel #
  • iPhone pre order plan: if my local AT&T store can guarantee 7AM pickup on launch day (like last time), they get my order(s). If not, Apple. #
  • iPhone pre order plan: if my local AT&T store can guarantee 7AM pickup on launch day (like last time), they get my order(s). If not, Apple. #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-06-13

  • Headed to the zoo. Hoping everyone else went to the Rose Festival parade, and it won't be too crazy there. πŸ™‚ #
  • Two guys in front of us on the train playing with an HTC EVO 4G. First one I've seen in the wild (outside Goigle I/O attendees). #
  • Puzzle Quest Chapter 1&2 for iPhone is free this weekend. Played the heck out of this on my DS. http://post.ly/jIRB #
  • Spotted another EVO 4G "in the wild" at the zoo. #wrongkindofwildlifewatching πŸ™‚ #
  • Man, schlepping around the zoo all day in the heat really takes it out of you. #exhausted πŸ™‚ #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-06-12

  • RT @reederapp Good news, Reeder for iPad just got approved, finally πŸ™‚ Should appear in the store shortly (might take up to 24h) (WOO HOO!) #
  • Now, to decide what app I'm going to boot off my iPad home screen to make a place for @reederapp. πŸ™‚ #
  • Got rid of Notes on my iPad home screen to make room for Reeder. Can't wait for folders in iOS 4 to make wrangling apps easier. #
  • Searching for Reederfor iPad and striking out? Go to Release Date in the App Store on your iPad and page to the "R"s. πŸ™‚ #
  • Enjoying exploring Reeder for iPad. Interface has many elegant surprises. Don't forget to tune it in Settings.app. Thanks Silvio! πŸ™‚ #
  • I think I prefer Reeder in portrait mode. Super fast for skimming articles/first few lines (my favorite Reeder feature). #
  • Reeder for iPad – It's Exquisite http://post.ly/jEOq #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-06-12

  • RT @reederapp Good news, Reeder for iPad just got approved, finally πŸ™‚ Should appear in the store shortly (might take up to 24h) (WOO HOO!) #
  • Now, to decide what app I'm going to boot off my iPad home screen to make a place for @reederapp. πŸ™‚ #
  • Got rid of Notes on my iPad home screen to make room for Reeder. Can't wait for folders in iOS 4 to make wrangling apps easier. #
  • Searching for Reederfor iPad and striking out? Go to Release Date in the App Store on your iPad and page to the "R"s. πŸ™‚ #
  • Enjoying exploring Reeder for iPad. Interface has many elegant surprises. Don't forget to tune it in Settings.app. Thanks Silvio! πŸ™‚ #
  • I think I prefer Reeder in portrait mode. Super fast for skimming articles/first few lines (my favorite Reeder feature). #
  • Reeder for iPad – It's Exquisite http://post.ly/jEOq #
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Reeder for iPad – It’s Exquisite

I am a long time feed addict, and I have I tried all the feed readers for iPhone. I always went back to the web version of Google Reader. Too slow, too clunky. Until I met Reeder.

Once I got addicted on iPhone, I couldn’t wait for the iPad version. I followed Silvio’s tweets (@reederapp) like a stalker. I searched in the App Store several times a day. I have a saved Twitter search that let me commiserate with everyone else anxiously awaiting Reeder for iPad. Finally, this afternoon, we got word it was approved.

It was worth the wait.

The speed in syncing with Google Reader is perhaps the best feature. I have hundreds of subscriptions arranged and ordered in folders, and it’s super smooth. All my ordering is respected.

All the great sharing options are there – Instapaper, Pinboard, Twitter, Delicious. Mail the full article (I use this one a lot). Share with a Note on Google Reader. It even let’s you choose between the Instapaper or Google “mobilizer” engines.

My favorite feature is the ability to skim through feed items and see the first few lines of the body text. This lets me quickly decide what to read, and skip the rest. I can go through feeds faster this way than even in Google Reader on the desktop. In fact, I wish Google Reader had this feature.

The interface abounds with elegant little features that you’ll be discovering for days. Ways to touch, slide, and pinch/spread that you wouldn’t immediately think of, but that make perfect sense. So good.

Thanks and congrats to Silvio Rizzi, the lone developer of the best way to read feeds on the iPhone and iPad. I have no idea how Silvio or anyone else is going to top Reeder.

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