Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Delicious Dying?

Say it ain't so! Popular bookmarking site Delicious.com is going to be phased out by Yahoo!. So now I have to try and remember my password, way back from when I was briefly enamored with Delicious and make sure there are no gems that I bookmarked way back when, that I need to remember. Of course, if they were so important why haven't I migrated them to my browser bookmarks? Well, so many bookmarks, so little time...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Programming in Ruby. Pt. 1

I have been spending some time getting to know the programming language Ruby. I was torn between studying Ruby or Python, but I decided on Ruby due mostly to it's forgiving nature, syntactic sugar, and that line indentations are meaningless! The last reason may seem a bit trite, but I tend to code first and beautify later. I tend to write in the same manner, I don't like being weighed down with minutia while I am inspired. I'd rather write first, and do house cleaning later. Of course have a good code editor that auto indents doesn't hurt either. I haven't written anything impressive yet, but I'd still say I have learned a lot and it's only been a month!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tablet Computing pt.2

While it may have taken 6 months; there is a new tablet on the horizon. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a serious contender for the tablet computing market. The Galaxy Tab will run Google's Android operating system, and it's specs are impressive. How impressive you ask? Well let's list them!
  • 7 inch multi-touch capacitive display.
  • 3g, wifi a/b/g, and bluetooth connectivity.
  • Social hub, a combo of social networking tools, e.g: facebook.
  • Flash support! (take that Ipad users!).
  • Support for all pertinent audio and video formats.
  • E-Reader functionality.
  • G.P.S.
This is not a full list, I encourage you to visit Samsung and discover more. The multimedia support I found to be particularly impressive. Samsung has chosen to support formats far beyond the ubiquitous mp3 format. Divx, Xvid, Ogg, Flac, and more are supported, enabling users to have a rich multimedia experience on a very portable device. Flash support means on the go gaming, and more!
Of course you will have access to the ever expanding Android app store, where you can download everything from basic utilities, to musical applications.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tablet Computing.

In case you have been living in a cave the past month; you have probably caught wind of Apple's Ipad. Now I personally am not that excited over this device, it's basically a jumbo Ipod. However, I am excited about the direction this could potentially take computing. Let's face it, touching is in, it always has been, that is why it is one of our five senses! More manufactures are becoming interested in the market of tablet computers, which may mean exciting times in the future. Hopefully it will mean, better technology at lower prices, as competition heats up. Will this also be the end of the E-Reader fad? I mean, why buy a $300 E-Reader when you can buy a tablet pc for $100 more, and that's just for now.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Winter madness.

With a little more than a foot of snow on the ground, and another 12 inches scheduled to fall. I can say with all certainty that I am officially sick of winter! I really try not to let it get me down, but sometimes it just wears a bit thin. I always wonder if I should relocate to a locale whose winters are not as harsh. I guess it comes down to what you can tolerate, and so far I suppose our winters qualify as tolerable (barely).

Friday, January 29, 2010

Last Namm '10 post.

I just wanted to summarize the things I was most interested in from the years Namm.

Now, The Solaris and OP-1 have been in development for 2 years now. So who knows when they will actually be available commercially.
The others we should see fairly soon.
ps. Oh, I almost forgot to mention Akai's synth app for the Itouch/phone. They also announced a keyboard dock for the ipod/phone, but it's mysteriously disappeared from Akai's site. If I discover more about that little mystery I'll let you know.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

More Teenage Engineering thoughts.

I dunno, after watching this video, and the others; I really want them to hurry up and present a more polished (final) product.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Teenage Engineering...

Okay, so I mentioned Teenage Engineering's OP-1 synth two posts back. I said I would like to see a working demo. Now I've had my wish granted, but I'm not sure if I like what I heard...Check it out for yourself and hit me up with thoughts.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Winter Namm 2010

To continue my previous post; one company I'd love to hear an announcement from is Clavia. More specifically I'd love to hear that they are developing a Nord Modular g3. While you can not necessarily call the G2 outdated, there have been plenty of advances in DSP since it came out. If they came out with a G3, I'd definitely start saving my pennies to get one, heck even if they don't I still may consider trying to get a G2 off Ebay.
I realize that the Nord Wave is relatively new, so I may have unrealistic expectations, but the Wave just doesn't tickle my fancy...