How to Turn Your Apple Watch Gold – Casey Neistat

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A lot has happened in the month I’ve been quiet. I have a few longer posts I’m working on (one specifically talking about the Apple Watch) but in the meantime I thought I would share a video. Casey Neistat makes some awesome videos. I think a lot of it has to do with his nontraditional style. The videos feel different because they are different.

I’ll leave my ranting about the watch for another post. Till then, enjoy.

 

-Martin

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MKBHD – The New Macbook Impressions!

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MKBHD also known as Marques Brownlee is a YouTube tech reviewer. That being said, he has grown to a level of YouTube stardom usually reserved for funny cat videos and music videos (do people not know about Spotify?) making his videos something mainstream people actually watch. This is half of the reason I’m publishing it here. The other reason is that I haven’t finished my hands off write-up/thoughts. He always seems to produce quality work. I’ll have a later post talking about his videos and make sure to get my own write up done soon.

But without further ado, MKBHD’s initial impressions of the new MacBook. Enjoy.

-Martin

Idiot Proof Computers: Do They Exist And Can They Save Us?

First off let’s make this really easy and say that for the most part many people who use computers do not really know enough to really be in control of such a powerful machine. I try to equate it to a toddler driving a car. Sure you can jury-rig it so they can reach the pedals and steer but at the end of the day they are still too young and in experienced to be driving themselves.

The real problem

All of this being said, you might think I’m blaming the users. Quite the opposite in fact. It’s actually less like a toddler driving a car and more like an average person trying to fly a fighter jet. In a war zone. Running on reserve fuel. 

While it may not feel like this when you are working on a computer, the fact is we are all under constant attack, and it’s scariest when we don’t realize we are under attack. This map in fact starts to give you an idea of that. Link – Norse IPViking Live Map

Norse IPViking Map

Norse IPViking Map

So who’s fault is this? Who is to blame? I think a lot of this falls on the programmers and the companies developing all of this new fancy technology. There tends to be a focus on what a product can do and not how secure it really is.

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Humans Need Not Apply

Robots. In the movies they are usually the clumsy helper or deadly enemy. Today we think of them more as over priced, over sized, stupid helpers. They are here to serve us, but could that change?

This video outlines a future where even the most impressive resume won’t get you the job. It’s a longer video (15 minutes) but well worth a watch.

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-Martin

The Future of Cars. Electric? Maybe. Maybe not…

Cars. I love em. I don’t have the nicest car around but I drive it to it’s limits (and often past) enjoying most of it. I’m not sure what my next car will be but I can tell you I doubt it will be an electric car or a hybrid. Why you ask? Well I’m a college student. My next car will be used. It might be unrealistic for me to still be looking at 2002 M5s (with that awesome big V8) with the way gas prices are going, but I also can’t afford to get an electric car. Regardless I still am very interested in the future of the car industry. Even if I won’t be buying the future for a while.

Edison with a prerelease version of the Tesla.

Edison with a prerelease version of the Tesla.

Electric cars aren’t anything new. They’ve been around for a while. I won’t go into a history lesson but seeing a picture with Edison and an electric car should tell you all you need to know.  I feel like things are changing now. Blame it on the gas prices going up or people talking about the end of the world. Either way most people will agree electric cars are in the public eye again. I think they have a ways to go before they are in every garage though. So here are my notes.
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Coding. 01000011011011110110010001100101. Watch this!

Code. Code is what makes all of this possible. From the HTML that is the foundation of this webpage to Objective-C that is the foundation of the OS on my Mac. (Yes. I am a Mac guy) It’s important. And when done right the user should never know what code looks like.

But users aren’t the people making money. They are the one spending it. Young kids are growing up with this technology and they are absorbing it like a sponge. I am 21 and wrote my first lines of code during Easter on a family vacation. I’m sure I still have the Javascript file somewhere. It was a Hello World pop up. Then I made it ask questions. And like any 13 or 14 year old I had it make jokes about peoples ages. Things like “WOW! You’re old!” and stuff like that.

Coding is an important thing for people to learn. Just like those teachers in high school telling you that advance calculus class is super important.  Coding is similar. Some people taking those calculus classes will use it later in life but a lot of them won’t. However it will still help them. It will help to expand the way their mind work. Give them a different way to look at problems that aren’t about math.

So regardless if you learn Python, Java, HTML, Lua, BASIC, VB, or C++. Learn a language.

Oh and watch this video first.

-Martin

Google Glass. This changes everything… Again.

Google Glass. I’ve talked about this before (One small step for man… one giant Leap for mankind). It’s old news. So why bring it up again?

Simple answer? Google is probably paying me to talk about it… Well they aren’t (but if you’re from Google I take donations and sponsorships.)

First off they have great new video that looks like it was taken by an old cellphone. Awesome! Who doesn’t love bad looking, not even full HD, with blown out highlights, video?

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Moves. An App iPhone Users Should All Try!

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I have been thinking about investing in one of the new FitBits, Nike FuelBand or the new JawBone Up. For me it was never really about the price. They are all in the $100-200 price range which isn’t chump change but its not a fortune either. For me it was trying to figure out which one would fit my life best. It would have to be able to integrate easily into my daily activity while also tracking me and hopefully improving my habits. So far none of them really fit the bill perfectly…

Enter The Moves App
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GoPro. Emphasis on the Pro.

(c) 2012 GoPro

I was a happy and proud owner of a GoPro HD Hero. Then the Hero 2 came out. I was bummed that mine didn’t have the adjustable field of view but over all it was no big deal. Then Go Pro released the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition and completely out did themselves.

Go Pros have always been good cameras but they are the extra camera. The video quality is good but you also have the excuse “well the camera is super small. What do you expect?” You can take that excuse and throw it out the window. The new camera is playing with the big boys now.

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One small step for man… one giant Leap for mankind.

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

The year is 1968. 2001 A Space Odyssey just came out and people all over the world are imagining what the future will hold. 44 years later I’m asking myself why we are still living in the past.

Sure we are futuristic to a point. We have phones that are mini computers. We have tablets that are suppose to be our portable window into the world. We have computers that have immense power and yet we are still in the 1960s. We are still managing our digital lives with files and folders. We limit ourselves to the two-dimensional world and the few times we try to go into a three-dimensional digital world it kind of sucks!

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