Over at the Interchange Project, Patrick Thornton does a great job of breaking down his iPad setup:
When I first got the iPad, I purchased Pages, which is a pretty good word processing program in the abstract. It has a critical flaw, however: syncing a document between the iPad version and the Mac version of Pages takes a lot of work and is anything but intuitive or seamless. I would not recommend it, and it’s not worth describing the broken process here (a quick note: I would recommend purchasing Pages if you ever need to open and edit Word files, because Pages works really well for that).
Let’s just say that that Pages is nothing like the experience I get with Byword, where I start a file on one device, and it syncs automatically via Dropbox, allowing me to pick up where I left off on another device. All my changes are automatically synced via Dropbox, and I don’t have to do anything to get the latest version of a document.
A big part of what I do is write and take notes, and that part of my workflow will be the main focus of this post. I use several programs for this purpose: Omnioutliner, Byword and Simplenote (note: Simplenote is both an app and a Web service). They each serve a purpose, and I do not like programs like Word that try to be all things to all people.
Patrick goes on to provide a very detailed breakdown of how he has setup his iPad for writing (and other efforts) – passing along a number of great tips and tidbits on what he’s learned along the way.
Over at the NY Times Bits blog, Nick Bilton takes a look at a new popular iPhone app called Snapchat that lets you keep your “indiscreet” photos under tighter control:
All of this sexting, as the practice is known, creates an opening for technology that might make the photos less likely to end up in wide circulation.
This is where a free and increasingly popular iPhone app called Snapchat comes in. Snapchat allows a person to take and send a picture and control how long it is visible by the person who receives it, up to 10 seconds. After that, the picture disappears and can’t be seen again. If the person viewing the picture tries to use an iPhone feature that captures an image of whatever is on the screen, the sender is notified.
While I don’t think anyone will believe for a minute that this will necessarily stop the embarassment of your indiscreet photos getting out when you don’t want them to – it should at least provide someone more security than before over your “sexting”.
I posted a short video over at The Blog Herald showing my morning blogging routine…. sorta…
Now that grad school is almost complete, you’ll see our blog sites and clientwork begin to pickup once again.
I’ve also been invited to begin blogging at The Blog Herald, where you’ll see me several times a week with news and featured posts – along with the weekly BH podcast.
Here’s a look at my initial feature piece on the idiocy of Shel Israel and the humor of Loren Feldman:
I’ve read Naked Conversations, the book by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel that talks about the power of blogging for individuals, businesses, and communities. I’ve even used their examples with clients – a few of which are mentioned in their book.
I walked away from the book thinking that both of these guys totally “got” the blogging and social media thing. My online experiences with both of them on and off over the years confirmed this – at least until I began watching Global Neighborhoods, Shel’s new show on Scoble’s new gig at Fastcompany.tv.
We’ve posted edition 2007.4 of The Blog Herald Podcast over at The Blog Herald wherein we discuss the 6th anniversary of September 11th, 2001.
July of 1947 from the daily column of Miss Eleanor Roosevelt
“In reading quotations from Russian papers in our papers, I find that, in the way they express their attitude against the United States, they strangely resemble some of our papers in their attitude against Russia. The difference, of course, is that the Russian papers are government-controlled and therefore supposedly represent the government point of view, whereas our papers, thank goodness, represent only the point of view of their owners and editors. Undoubtedly they also represent the thinking of a considerable group of people, since they have large circulations, but it is not the official point of view.
The readers of our newspapers sometimes do not read the news at all, and when they do, they sometimes do not believe what they read. I once asked a man why he read a certain New York City paper, when he was expressing to me such completely different political views from those held by the paper. He looked at me and said: “The sports sheet is good and that is the only page I really read, except perhaps some of the comic strips. They have some of the best in this paper.” That remark was illuminating.
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A blogger I recently found via Facebook shares his story about StumbleUpon. I can attest that StumbleUpon is a great source of traffic. A site I consult for saw roughly 4k new visitors come to their site in about 4 days time. The real goal is keeping these visitors around and keeping them involved in the site.
One cool thing to do to help market your sites is to take part in StumbleUpon Groups in Facebook.
I’ve just started doing this and I find some pretty cool things by networking with fellow Stumblers.
My Name is Kate: Pitching Bloggers: This delightful blog I stumbled on had some great insights on how to make an effective pitch to blogggers. It’s all about making them feel important and loved.
Marisa’s Dandelion Patch: My own internet marketing consultant: It’s folks like Marisa that give me hope in the blogosphere. There are real people who aren’t afraid of being themselves that don’t want to be famous and are geniune. Thanks Marisa for sharing some honest insights.
Bootstrapper: The 100 Daily Reads for Entrepreneurs: Not sure who passed me this link today but it sure was a nugget of goodness. I found a few really good reads and I expect you will too.
I recently read a book I can not for the life of me remember what it was. But one of the key points in the book that I took away was a really awesome point. It was about regaining manhood. About how so many men are neutered. One of the ideas that the author left us the readers was that we should go out into a mall or a public place once a week and ask women for phone numbers. The conversation would be simple.
Hi, I couldn’t help but notice how ‘gorgeous’ or ‘amazing’ you are can I have your phone number?
One thing I’ve found in doing this experiment. Yes I actually did this. And you know what I walked away with a pretty high yes to no ratio based on the level of confidence and how engaging I was.
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First off an introduction is in order. My name is Gregg Williamson, I’m the New Editor of The Rocky Mountain Herald, yet another production of the Krugster. I hope he doesn’t mind me calling him that. I’m a journalism student at the University of Montana and am very new to the whole internet publishing industry. So bear with me as I feel this one out.
One thing that a lot of people here in Missoula and I am sure elsewhere have noticed is a severe lack of high quality content on the local level. I was alerted by an email to a few newspaper sites that did a good job of incorporating local content including Flickr,YouTube, and Blog Content. Sadly enough it doesn’t happen in this town.
Also a deep focus on the ultralocal is something newspapers around here do a poor job of. Bloggers are slowly picking up the slack. So a partnership is ideal newspapers utilizing blogger’s content in exchange for revenue and exposure. In an ideal world it’s a match made in heaven.
From time to time I will jump on here and share some tidbits of wisdom that I learn from embarking on this experiment of crafting an online newspaper on the local level. One thing I’ve learned already is how easy it is for just about anyone to publish a website. I think a lot of people have false assumptions about web publishing. Hopefully I can help share some layman tips to help debunk the intimidation that is falsely heaped upon us by those without knowledge.