Damn You iPhoto (for iOS)!!!


Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in… Al Pacino in The Godfather

I know it’s an overused line… but seriously… I just thought that I might be able to get the job done without using iPhoto except to move images from my iPhone or iPad to one of my computers for editing and posting. Ha! This just isn’t fair.

I got a copy of iPhoto for iOS right after last week’s keynote and it looks like such a great way to do the kind of editing that I was originally doing on my macs with more than a few neat twists like the photo journal mode. Damn. So, to recap my previous decision to not really use Photostreaming or iPhoto… it really came down to a workflow problem. Basically the initial version of Photostream built into iCloud and iPhoto was for those who like taking an occasional photo at an event and then have the photo show up on all of one’s devices where it can be shown to one’s friends. Period. That’s it. It’s basically for the digital polaroid gang. Shoot, view, have a few laughs with your buds. Yeah, not my bag.

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Goodbye MobileMe, we hardly knew ye


During Monday’s Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) I was at my normal multiple monitors position tracking several live-blogs and twit.tv’s live stream and was intrigued about what the demise of MobileMe was going to mean to those of us with blogs and websites hosted on the service.

In typical Apple-style with it’s lightning-focus on delivering the perfect user-experience across three different platforms (desktop/laptops, handhelds and tablets) Jobs proposed the next step in the online evolution. I was there, at a Steve keynote in 2000 when iTools was introduced as an easy way to make websites and send email iCards. Contrast that to today’s announced iCloud services, where we’re not posting websites but making our media seamlessly accessible across multiple devices. Alas, there are still some of us who are just looking for online disk space where we can host our webpages and associated media. Apparently, and not too surprisingly, “we’re” in the minority.

A cursory survey of friends and family pretty much confirms that almost no one really is into creating websites or having an online presence beyond a Facebook account. There are a few, very few, among my geek friends who created slideshow galleries back in the day, mostly of their kids, and there were a few who did blogs back in the LiveJournal days. But as the tools have become more and more powerful, I see virtually no draw amongst my friends and co-workers. A couple years ago I gave pro-flickr accounts to my four siblings. One is being used by my niece to share photos of her first born and another account was taken over by a brother-in-law for his business. The others went unused. None of my immediate co-workers have a personal blog, though they all have personal and professional facebook accounts. A few coworkers use Twitter but I don’t know if any use it personally or just have a “work” account. So, what an online presence means for most is mostly about micro-posting/social networking a la facebook and having this connection available on one’s handheld device(s). And, except for our current dependence on using MobileMe to host student capstone project websites (which could easily be hosted anywhere else), I do not know that anyone would care at all if iDisk or the web-hosting part of MobileMe disappears. Does this, my concern about creating and hosting my own sites and blogs… does this put me ahead of the curve or terribly behind it? I love what Apple has done over the years and plan to continue to explore new ways to use my iPad2, Apple TV, etc., etc. But somehow I do feel like I’m getting lapped and left behind. Adios, mm, we hardly knew ye.


The same day I wrote this post Steven Sande at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) speculated about the transition from MobileMe to iCloud, with the delightful subtitle: “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish.” Sande listed the following four speculations about what this transition will mean:

  • Speculation #1: Web-based versions of Mail, Contacts, and Calendar will be de-emphasized
  • Speculation #2: iDisk disappears
  • Speculation #3: Gallery is toast
  • Speculation #4: So long, iWeb hosting

Though completely based on speculation, Sande seems to agree with my fears that those of us needing web-hosting are going to be EOL’ed. Awesome. I guess I need to look into how/whether one can post iWeb sites using DropBox hosting (next post…). Check out Sande’s article here: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/06/07/mobileme-some-speculation-about-the-transition-to-icloud/.

CNET News: Steve Jobs introduces iCloud, http://youtu.be/O_C1TZIT-qQ retrieved 6/7/2011
Apple – Introducing iOS 5, http://youtu.be/LLJIef-e-7g retrieved 6/7/2011
MobileMe: Some speculation about the transition to iCloud by Steven Sande, http://www.tuaw.com/2011/06/07/mobileme-some-speculation-about-the-transition-to-icloud/ retrieved 6/9/2011.

Beware of Joe & His Camera


2011-02-15: 365/46 Dangerous PhotosThis is a vent and a bit of a rant. It’s probably unwise for me to share this, and so I want to offer a blanket apology to anyone who feels that I’m being unfair or that it’s wrong for me to write about this. I guess that’s kind’a what this comes down to: as a writer (and photographer) I’m compelled to share my work with the biggest audience possible. In the pre-Full Sail days, it was the need to share that motivated me to post my musings and photos. But I had little concern about who was watching/reading because the truth was I was probably my own audience of one most of the time. Since then I’ve become aware that I have students, co-workers and the occasional relative visiting. Believe me, that makes me a bit more cautious, but the artist in me still compels me to share.
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The Postcard that Started it All


06-14 The Postcard That Started It AllGot this postcard and mostly ignored it until I talked to my account. He said that it was time to buy. That got me started looking. Alas, when I went to the development advertised in the postcard there was the model building and then one small group of homes on the opposite end of the development with a giant section in the middle with paved streets and graded lots but no homes. This appeared to be a clear sign that this development began before the economy stalled and then ran out of money. There was a huge difference between what they were describing on the website and what I found at the development. I drove on without talking to anyone. Oh yeah, all the creases and folds in the postcard come for the weeks that it was in my pocket. Ack.

Teleport & Share-screen for Ultimate MacGeek Control Out of the Office


Sitting in my dining area I want more screen real-estate and want to control my iTunes playing on the Mac Mini in the bedroom. Teleport and Mac OS X share-screen function to the rescue. Teleport, possibly a descendant of the much loved synergy, was recommended by iJustine on MBW #133.

“Griffin Evolve Wireless Sound System for iPod” (Griffin Technology)

Nephew Dan w/ Decrepit Birth on Tour


I was bitching last week about feeling like the only one I knew using the ‘Net to connect with family, so my sister surprised me this morning with this amazing photo of my nephew, Danny, on stage playing with his band. It’s a friggin’ awesome photo. Now that’s what I’m talking about, as far as using the web to share stuff. Kat & flickr (& Danny) FTW! jbb