A couple of months with the MakerBot

At the beginning of the year, I picked up a MakerBot for (relatively speaking) cheap.  As best as I could tell, it was “last year’s model” and being closed out to make room for updates — but the nice thing about the MakerBot is that it is Open Source and modular.  As updates occur, you … Continue reading A couple of months with the MakerBot

From atoms to bytes and back again

Last night I went to a belated Winter Solstice party.  It’s a yearly thing with a fun mix of people and a very particular gift-giving tradition.  You are required (or, at least, highly encouraged) to bring something from your life as a gift.  It’s not exactly “white elephant,” but something more symbolic.  What you bring … Continue reading From atoms to bytes and back again

I should probably have that looked at

’tis the season for broken laptops.  Last month, I took in my laptop-turned-server with the broken video chip and expired AppleCare.  Fortunately, it was a known defect and they covered it, even with the expired warranty.  My main computing device, an older-model (Rev. B) MacBook Air (also with expired AppleCare) has been slowly deteriorating over … Continue reading I should probably have that looked at

My reverse iPad/Moleskine hack

I have seen plenty of “iPad Moleskine hacks” out there that all boil down to attacking a Moleskine with an X-Acto blade and inserting your iPad inside, rendering the Moleskine’s quality as being a blank book useless.  The DODOcase is a professionally made iPad case that has perfected the Moleskine-like look.  I really like the … Continue reading My reverse iPad/Moleskine hack

My installed iPad apps. Let me show you them.

In the last two days, three people have asked me about iPad apps.  I used to occasionally post what apps I was running on the iPhone (the last being in 2008), but have never done this with the iPad.  So in the interest of sharing, let me walk you through my apps. My dock apps … Continue reading My installed iPad apps. Let me show you them.

30 Hour Day on the iPhone

A little over a month ago, I had this crazy idea.  It wasn’t quite as crazy as no sleep for charity, but it was a little out there.  You see, I have played with iPhone development, technically, since before there was an official SDK but for most practical purposes, for a little under a year. … Continue reading 30 Hour Day on the iPhone

iOS 4: Folders in the Dock

A feature new to iPhone OS 4 (iOS 4) is the ability to create folders.  You can stack a few icons atop one another and they turn into a folder.  You touch the folder, it pops open, then you can touch an item in the folder to launch it. BUT!  Did you know that you … Continue reading iOS 4: Folders in the Dock

A vuvuzela iPhone ringtone. You’re welcome.

Because the world does not yet contain enough vuvuzela, I made an iPhone ringtone of a vuvuzela. You’re welcome. Just download it and drag it into iTunes. The original audio file that I used is from the above-linked Wikipedia article, so if you can think of other uses for the sound clip, go crazy! I, … Continue reading A vuvuzela iPhone ringtone. You’re welcome.

Most expensive cat toy redux: iPad + Meowmania

It looks like I am a little late to the party on this one.  Various technology blogs have now featured videos of cats and dogs on the iPad.  (…although technically I did this on day two, but have been lazy about posting.)  As with the iPhone and Meowmania post, this is the Meowmania [iTunes link] app, … Continue reading Most expensive cat toy redux: iPad + Meowmania

Streaming AVI video to the iPad & iPhone

A few weeks ago on Twitter, I asked the lazyweb if they knew of a way of streaming an AVI (or really, any video format that is not directly supported by the video player) to an iPhone for viewing.  This was before the iPad, so that was not even a consideration.  There were a number … Continue reading Streaming AVI video to the iPad & iPhone