The Apple website has a phenomenal 30 year retrospective if you haven’t seen it yet. But buried in one of the pages is a variable that allows you to see what Macs were used for during each year based on genres.

It’s a little sad to see that in 1984, the biggest groups were Education/Training and Desktop Publishing. Now, in 2013, Graphic Design doesn’t even register and the biggest use for a Mac is Internet & Email.
The Apple website has a phenomenal 30 year retrospective if you haven’t seen it yet. But buried in one of the pages is a variable that allows you to see what Macs were used for during each year based on genres.
It’s a little sad to see that in 1984, the biggest groups were Education/Training and Desktop Publishing. Now, in 2013, Graphic Design doesn’t even register and the biggest use for a Mac is Internet & Email.

TV Sharing Apps

I performed a brief test with my 3 favorite TV logging apps (iShows, 60Hz, and iTV Shows) to see which one shared best on both Twitter & Facebook.

Results:

Twitter - 60Hz

Facebook - iTV Shows

Ideal solution: the way 60Hz shares on twitter plus the way iTV Shows shares on Facebook. Basically, using the show image as large as possible in each format.

iShows

Didn’t work for me. Links don’t show up inline for either FB nor Twitter

Trakt.tv via 60Hz App

Best Twitter sharing. Main image from show is shared as large photo with link and description inline.

Facebook not bad as well. Comment shared properly with link and small image - i.e. normal link formatting.

iTV

Best Facebook. Comment shared properly with large image but filed under iOS oddly enough.

Twitter not bad. Link shows image inline (i.e. normal sharing format) but much smaller than trakt.tv

First, 4K is the cinematic resolution. Consumers should look for the term Ultra High Definition (UHD). Let’s get that straight.

I don’t know yet if 4K is worth it or not. But PBS Is actively testing and making plans for it so when I get my first live demo I’ll have a better understanding.

What I can say is that I wish broadcasters & distributors would first focus on is the quality of their current HD signals. The compression is out of control. Some networks look like YouTube videos they’re so compressed at times - especially during live sporting events.

If networks were to increase the quality of their HD signals to the point where you can’t tell if it’s a Blu-Ray disc or an over the air signal, we’d be better off.

Blogs, Blogs, & More Blogs

When it comes to blogging I’m a restless soul. I’ve tried quite a few in the last few years.

Besides the staples…

http://itswilder.tumblr.com and http://davidwilder.tumblr.com
http://itswilder.wordpress.com
I’ve been trying a few new platforms such as…

http://scriptogr.am/itswilder (this one uses Dropbox for a publishing platform
http://itswilder.postach.io (this one uses Evernote for a publishing platform)
My new fetish is a platform called Ghost…

http://itswilder.ghost.io
It’s quite nice (albeit a bit confusing at first to set up). But, it is still in beta so while there aren’t some features the big boys might have (mobile apps) there are some nice features that it does already include (markdown, themes, etc.).

They all have advantages and disadvantages. But what keeps me coming back to Tumblr is the community. The dashboard full of content that’s easily “reblogged” and the community of people who can reblog my posts. No other platform has that so, for them, they must rely on people who are writing and promoting their stuff through various platforms such as twitter or Facebook. That’s tough for someone who isn’t a full time writer. Otherwise, you’re simply writing with no one to read and that’s pretty depressing.

Photo: Techmest

Blogs, Blogs, & More Blogs

When it comes to blogging I’m a restless soul. I’ve tried quite a few in the last few years.

Besides the staples…

I’ve been trying a few new platforms such as…

My new fetish is a platform called Ghost…

It’s quite nice (albeit a bit confusing at first to set up). But, it is still in beta so while there aren’t some features the big boys might have (mobile apps) there are some nice features that it does already include (markdown, themes, etc.).

They all have advantages and disadvantages. But what keeps me coming back to Tumblr is the community. The dashboard full of content that’s easily “reblogged” and the community of people who can reblog my posts. No other platform has that so, for them, they must rely on people who are writing and promoting their stuff through various platforms such as twitter or Facebook. That’s tough for someone who isn’t a full time writer. Otherwise, you’re simply writing with no one to read and that’s pretty depressing.

Photo: Techmest

Comcast & X2 - They Still Don’t Get It

Comcast is now touting their new X2 platform (again) which is the succesor of the X1 platform. I have to give kudos to Comcast for realizing their experiences are terrible and they need to adapt to new viewer habits and expectations. But I also have to think that they still don’t get it. Take for instance this screen shot from their most recent promotional video. It’s a shot of lots of different remote models they’re obviously testing - different form factors and materials. But, holy crap, these already look horrible. Too many buttons, too bulky, too unfriendly.

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I’d like to say I’ve tried the X1 platform to give a more robust review. But after 5 calls to their customer service center they refuse to issue me (an existing customer - they’re only for NEW customers) a new X1 cable box - despite the fact I live in one of only a few trial areas. Yet, they continue to hound me with junk mail trying to get me to purchase a land line. < sigh >

Also, I’m just not sold on the idea that multiple images on screen, no matter how “flat” the design, leads to easier communication. Personally, it’s still too much visual distraction.

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It’s good that the menus and navigation have gotten a makeover, but the UX still looks like they’re living in the 2000’s. I think someone is going to come along and present an even more simplified experience. One that doesn’t overwhelm someone with so many options on screen at once. Something like…iOS v1 - then builds on that simplicity over time.

But for now, just go buy a $99 AppleTV and download the PBS app. You’ll be better off.

Below is the video:

This looks pretty cool. A new blogging platform based on Evernote’s backend. I’ve already posted a few items from my main blogs to test it out and it’s FAST. Updating is FAST. Changing themes is FAST. And, I already use Evernote for most note taking anyway.

Check it out: http://itswilder.postach.io

I’ve been using a combination of Tumblr and Scriptogr.am for awhile. But this might be worth keeping an eye on.

Seems like there’s quite a bit of hub-bub over the fact that GMAIL is a bit buggy under Mavericks. But why this is news to anyone who understands Apple is beyond me. Apple wants you to use Mail.app.

It’s pretty bad that Apple didn’t catch this in beta testing

I’m betting they did catch it - they just didn’t have time to worry about it. They can’t control the experience from a 3rd party vendor so it’s WAY down on their to-do list.

But if you’re a Gmail user and expecting to wedge it into an IMAP client without ever hitting problems, that’s increasingly your problem.

That’s more like it.