An Open Letter to Vaynerchuk

25 01 2008

Open Letter to Gary Vaynerchuk.

Hi GV. I’ve been watching your show for sometime now, and while I can’t say I’ve been with you from the beginning I have gone back and watched most of your shows. I’m not 21, and I haven’t had much if any wine. But I’m doing what you did, I’m trying significant flavor profiles week by week and am building my palette. Its something I never would’ve thought to do. You made me think of it.

And its not just me, You’re making everyone think about there wine. How we drink, why we drink, drinking what we like, not listening to others. Its not us thats coming up with these ideas, it was you. You are more than just a wine taster and critic. You’re a teacher. You’ve been teaching to try new things, to get out of the box. And as you you’ve said this is changing to wine world. A wine world that has predominately been held in oligopoly those Sir Gary Vaynerchuks of the wine world.. But you’re breaking those barriers, and claiming that oneself it the only authority to your own palette.

You say at the end of every episode,”You with a little bit of me, We’re changing the wine world”. While this may be true, can you believe before saying, “You with a little bit of me, WE’VE CHANGED THE WINE WORLD”. In the next seven days I don’t think you can.

Gary Vaynerchuk. You’ve done a lot for us. Informed us, Taught and Entertained Us. You can’t leave now. You can’t leave for a long time. You’re revolutionary, and one day it’ll be know. Gary Vee and the Vayniacs, changed the wine world.


Sorry guys

19 12 2007

I’d like to take this time to apologize. I haven’t been very diligent or responsible for my posting or promises. I do have legitimate reasons however, it isn’t going to change anything. I’d like to take this time and tell everyone (all 3 of you), that my posting will be more diligent and of the highest quality. This coming year looks to be the golden year of technology, the web, and connectivity, & I look forward to telling you about it and my opinions on it. Thanks!

New Content , New stuff

3 08 2007

Sorry for any subscribers to the RSS that I haven’t updated in a while, a lot of exciting stuff has been happening and this blog had to go on the back burner. I won’t be trying to play catch up with any of the news before this weeks stuff. Anyways to the news.

Morgan Webb of G4’s X-Play has started a new Rocketboom type video site, but its actually relevant. Well produced its a great way to get daily tech news quick, right before work or class.

Find RSS/iTunes subscriptions over here

Today is the best day. EVER!

2 04 2007

Today EMI, the largest record company, announced that all of it’s music will be sold DRM free on the iTunes Music Store.On top of that, they are raising the bitrate for all tracks sold. This is simply a boon for digital music everywhere, as Warner, Sony, & Universal will follow suit, they just have too to keep up. And before that indie labels such as Tooth & Nail, A&M, Fueled by Ramen, will follow suit.

read the engadget blog post here

via engaget

[update: I have since found out Tooth and Nail is a subsidiary of EMI]

The iPhone “Continued”……..

28 01 2007

So Apple you released the iPhone. You created probably what is arguably one of the greatest, most powerful, innovative, and sexy devices of all time. Destined to either to become an instant icon or another Apple Newton. A user interface second to none with great fluid graphics and animations. Simple and powerful, like OS X. Yet Apple did something that Apple isn’t used to doing. Creating a great product that developers can’t use.

Mac OS X, is a great operating system. This is partly due to its extensive Unix backend, powerful Core API’s, & Cocoa Interface. These API’s allow developers to create programs that integrate well with the operating system. Programs such as Camino, Adium, and a whole mess of other open source and commerical software and integrates with iTunes or Spotlight. This is what makes OS X a great operating system, the amazing pieces of software that allow tight integration with the os, as if they were first part programs. Yet for this round, Apple has crippled their developer model, not allowing third programs, “for quality assurance reasons”, which is ridculous. Essentially Apple is going to extend its iPod model, selling you everything, in an attempt to “streamline” the experience. However the iPhone is different than an iPod, and while they share similar features the iPhone has distinct differences that makes it well, different.

So in an attempt to actually finish this post, I’m going to make a list of a few things that the iPhone should do, and why I don’t think the First Gen iPhone won’t do it, and may never do.

1) Customizable Ringtones: Apple if you think you can extort 99 cents for every ringtone you sell on the iTunes Store… you probably can. However that doesn’t make it right. They should take a cue from there great ability to make wallpapers, just search you’re library and apply. If you want to compete with Windows Mobile 5.0, Palm, & RIM, allow contact specific ringtones and global ringtones. Its ridiculous that Apple a company that has mastered the integration of common databases won’t allow us, the users , this simple feature. Seriously its probably like 15 minutes of development using you’re core api’s and cocoa.

2) HSDPA….. Oh wait it doesn’t have it: Give us faster internet access to use that super slick browser you give us.

3) Third party Applications: Okay so maybe this makes sense, you don’t want the phones to crash, understandable, but allow us the ability to install widgets, something that would allow us to use that great internet access. Oh and no one who uses Mac OS X wants to use iChat for the iPhone at least allow Adium to make some software.

4)Give us more…: What I mean by this, is that for the iPhone to really compete it needs a few more things. It needs some sort of Note taking application, maybe a stripped down Pages, maybe a Keynote viewer, something to gain the business mind.

5) We want real Widescreen: There isn’t any reason Apple would do this…

All in All, the iPhone while better than every other phone, still isn’t a good phone by Apple’s standard, missing clear integration with user’s media and lacks as a true platform to make better. I’m holding off, in hope of either hacks to make it better or for my favorite company to make some serious improvements.

The Integration Problem and a call to the Open Source Community.

15 08 2006

I’d like to preface this by saying I’m not a developer. I don’t claim to be one, and as much as I understand development and how its done and should be done, I can’t do it. I can code python and thats about it. I’m just not a true developer of sorts. However let me also preface this by saying, I know software. I know good software, bad software and just about everything in between.

Now, Apple did something many Mac users take for granted in OS X and thats the development of the Core API’s. With Core Data we have this amazing systemwide tool called Spotlight and the ablility to share content from one program to another (the iLife Browser). With Core Video we can get amazing video preformance and effects from iChat and iMovie, the same with Core Image. And now with Core Animation, applications and bring a whole new level of just usablity and interaction possibly (if developers have really good architects) totally new ways to interact with a desktop or possibly even get rid of the WIMP paradigm, and have a more Star Trekkian interface. Now with all this when will we see Photoshop plugin into Core Data so that its Scripting feature can search for the 10 viewed photo can apply a filter. When will see Firefox take advantage of Core Animation (or as it where Camino). Probably never. But how long until Safari uses it. It most likely already does. So many Compelling Third Party applications exist but how many are really taking advantage of things like Core Video. I can’t think of any. But so many things can be done with Core Video.Improve an interface like Sony Vegas and use Core Video and integrate that with Core Data and iLife so you can import iMovies, that would blow the pants off iMovie and create real competition.

I guess the real issue is that with so many great APIs and ease of use we don’t see so many great Open Source Apps specifically for the Mac platform that take advantage of Core Data/Image/Video. And now with animation it should only be a matter of time until some generates a scripting language that allows really easy renderings of things like the “City of Music” commercial or of the albums that get sucked into iPods or PC’s or maybe a video of a PC spinning with the music rushing inwards, but it shouldn’t be long. Unfortunately it probably won’t every be done because for some reason the open source community won’t develop great products for the Closed source community. A Native version of aMarok that integrates into Spotlight and iLife would be awesome. However it won’t ever be done.

PS: I will say this. Camino does an excellent job of integration. They are a model software creator.

RSS for “non-techs”

13 07 2006

For the most part, the people who i wanted to understand RSS, and tried to explain it to them, probably still don’t get it. This should be much easier.