Saturday, July 30, 2011

Logitech G11 command editor problems

If you own a Logitech G11, G15 or G19 keyboard you know what a godsend the "G" macro keys are.

However.....ever had problems with copying large blocks of text into the command editor? Basically the text will come out but sometimes jumbled.

Make sure you tick the "Use Delays Between Characters" options, even if you only set it for 1millisecond the amount of text able to be stored on a "G" key using the command editor is huge.


The USA blows up Libyan TV

I just read this article;
Nato said Saturday that it had disabled three Libyan state television transmission dishes in Tripoli with airstrikes overnight, as the alliance took steps to remove the main instrument of Muammar Qaddafi’s propaganda from the airwaves.

This is getting freaking ridiculous why aren't democrat liberals out protesting in the streets of New York about this?

How would you feel if Russia decided to blow up the New York Times or Jon Stewarts television studio on 10th ave etc one day because Vladimir Putin woke up one morning and decided he didn't like what they were saying*.

This makes me so mad that the sovereignty of the USA is yet again spilling over into the rest of the world.

This is unacceptable for the president that ran on "Hope" and "Change".

(*Which would be a real shame as i thought this was one of the funniest shows this year - /dodd-frank-update/)

Friday, July 29, 2011


I wonder if people writing these mobile OS articles remember SavaJe?
- We're also interested in the firm's tightly-knit cloud services, with users receiving 100GB to store their "contact information, call logs, text messages, notes and photos" -- accessible from both PCs and Aliyun-toting handsets.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

What went wrong with google TV.....

Great article in ZdNet today.

Logitech's Google TV debacle: What went wrong (everything)

My personal thoughts are iptv/web connected tv's are at about V0.2 of where real end users need them to be. You should expect at least another screwup or two before you start to see a real reason to buy.

i'd still prefer to buy seperate standalone devices rather than an internal to the TV bought o/s trust me on that one. The Yahoo iptv debacle has already proven that one.

USA Supreme Court to invalidate software patents

For the USA Supreme Court to invalidate software patents would be huge - possibly equal in importance to ending segregation

Is it possible we can dream?


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Who is Chim Pom - (hint they're not hipsters)

I was watching frontline last night (mainly for the story before) but then this story about these Japanese artists came on and i thought cool lets see what this is about.

Whats funny is at about 5min into it there is a scene of a girl in a hoodie and i was thinking fucking hipsters they're everywhere..... and about to change the channel.

Then they covered two of the coolest "art projects" i'd heard of recently.

Whoever came up with the idea of blowing up designer bags and ipods in Cambodia with landmines and then auctioning the framed results for fundraising is a genius.

Then the idea of "adding" a piece to an existing art work and culture jacking to make a point with the Level7 addition is a neat way to get attention fast, i love the viral idea of foretelling the future by jacking something in existence already but with hindsight.

Check out "Who is Chim Pom"  and watch this video if some of these ideas resonate with you.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pendulum waves

Natural cycle pendulum waves - you have to admit maths rocks.

The state of 2D barcodes

So if some of you read my twitter feed @DeanCollins you'll know that last night i was at a pretty big 2D barcode event 

It was pretty well attended with about 150 of exactly the right people- agencies, customers, vendors, journalists, even a handset manufacturer.

Unfortunately it quickly resolved into a mess.....

...and i'm not sure if i helped or hindered the destruction by jumping up 10 minutes into the panel to throw out the first audience comment about how Dan Frommer - "Death-to-the-qr-code" - on the panel was full of shit for calling out QR codes being useless as it didn't work underground in subways and why wasn't he writing articles about the death of web sites because URL's dont work underground in subways. (you have to respect the guy turned up to be on the panel though....nice guy too, we chatted afterwards about his new venture SplatF).

What didn't work was the moderators insistence that they base the panel on her article about the 14 best QR practises to follow- - whilst Angie's article is was way to basic a discussion to have with such an experienced audience....and with such high level panel members where we could have had much more advanced topics about why/were and how the industry needs to move forward.

i honestly dont know how to write this blog post; it could be summarised in a couple of different ways-

"the discussion was vigorous and varied because there is no right answer"

"the discussion was that different people had different points of view because of their real world experience working with end users and customers".

"the discussion was an example of why the end customer is confused ....because there are so many points of view".

I mean we had the brand manager from MsTag saying it was a good thing that there was only 1 tag reader available and that Ms managed end to end experiences. (he based his comment on having 200+ QR readers available in the iPhone app store was a bad thing)

btw personally I really think Microsoft missed a golden opportunity to become the "google analytics" of QR codes and could have captured a significant portion of the market if they allowed other readers to read their qr codes and other publishers to create their short urls. Microsofts MsTags analytics isnt bad but a closed system is doomed for failure.

We had Dan saying QR codes and MsTags were going to die and that NFC's were the way of the future (though pointed out that there was no way Kellogg's could afford to attach NFC's to every cereal box for their recent QR campaign - )

Of course there were a few "Image Recognition" is the future supporters in the crowd (you already know that image recognition sucks compared to door knobs) and once every image in the world is classified then i'll be a strong supporter...until then it is always going to be a fail.

It was dissapointing that the best use case examples of QR codes put forward by the panel were a little weak and not doing anything innovative (though I think innovation in QR codes is overrated and we should just be building more rather than needing to be different).

The discussion fell apart with people saying the reason 2d codes aren't taking off is there are too many choices, too little choices, too much control, too little control, we need a centralised ecosystem, that the current open system of QR codes is best...... i think you get the point.

What did i learn......  That Microsoft have plans to incorporate MsTags into other parts of the business, although the product manager wouldn't say (i think more because it hasn't been decided rather than he didnt want to tip off the competition) there were allusions to end users would be able to create codes across more Microsoft interfaces.....
- eg imagine writing a word doc and being able to save it on your cloud drive to pass on to other people as a MsTag (eg like passing on a tinyurl) which whilst i like the idea.... its dumb that they are doing this as a "sole provider" and there is nothing that they are offering here that couldn't have been done as a QR code vendor....the brand managers response to that was "that decision has been made and the boat sailed"....yeh maybe but a ticket on the Titanic still sucked.

I also learnt that nothing has really changed since i stopped actively working in the QR space 2 years ago.

At the end of the day my answer to everyone who asks me after reading is the same, be aware of the issues of direct versus indirect codes, be aware of the differences between open QR codes and proprietary MsTags, be aware of the issues surrounding image recognition so when the CEO comes into your office next week after reading a Techcrunch article about how its the next big thing you can calmly respond, be aware of where NFC is going and when it's appropriate to use...... but at the end of the day just get out there and use QR codes for various projects and just build great campaigns that add value.


More facts about NY state sales tax

Btw just read article clearing up some facts about the NY state sales tax post a few months back
“Amazon decided to comply, kept its New York affiliates, and collects sales tax in New York, depositing the money in an escrow account, but the issue is still in the court system.”

So basically they are closing down any state except NY where this has been implemented and are waiting for the NY case to resolve itself before handing over the fees collected.

Lol I hope they win….i’ll be getting a minor windfall back considering the amount of stuff I buy from Amazon over the last few years.

BTW interesting Amazon only had 25,000 affiliates in California, I would have thought the number was higher, easy decision to kill off affiliates with the size of the CA market.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brooklyn Heights Fashion shoots

lol sucks to be trying to do "fall" fashion shoots in summer. snapped two different fashion shoots in brooklyn heights walking Lou Lou this morning (might have even been same vendor etc but was two seperate operations)

felt sorry for them shooting in this weather wearing those clothes.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Copyright for robots.....

Hmmm I had no idea……

"In order to be entitled to copyright registration, a work must be the product of human authorship," says a quote by the U.S. Copyright Office. "Works produced by mechanical processes or random selection without any contribution by a human author are not registrable."

So basically any photo taken automatically cannot be registered unless a human fires the shutter. But what this also means (I’m assuming) is any computer generated content cannot be copyrighted eg auto generated Shakespeare.

Interesting point to know.

Followup posts, including UK law (photographer) and Indonesian law (the country of the monkey....   :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Apple wins patent over HTC

FFS this is ridiculous  you might be reading lots of articles about how Apple won an ITC patent case against HTC for their Android handsets today (btw its preliminary not final eg HTC will appeal).

Whether is stands up under appeal we'll see (btw Apple filed for 10 breaches but only these 2 were approved)

but what burns me is what the patent actually covers.

"system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data", US patent No. 5,946,647, filed in 1996 and awarded in 1999.

Essentially, it allows elements such as email addresses or phone numbers to be recognised so that when they are activated via a mouse or, on a smartphone, by a finger, they activate the relevant program.

Apple implemented this idea as "Data Detectors", implemented by Apple's Advanced Technology Group.

So basically they got a patent for something that looks like a phone bring up the dialler, for something that looks like an bring up the email app.

How is this even a patent??


I wonder if this is going to happen more often? when will the issues with the USPTO be seen as a negative for doing business in the USA?
App developers are withdrawing their products for sale from the US versions of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market for fear of being sued by companies which own software patents - just as a Mumbai-based company has made a wide-ranging claim against Microsoft


Loving my new Droid3, just upgraded from a Droid1 last week.

Couple of initial thoughts.....

Disappointing that when i sign into google it doesn't copy across all the apps previously installed on my Droid1.

Basically it auto downloads the "paid" apps but all the have to re-download. Even to the point that the Touchdown exchange "pro license" downloads...but the actual app itself you have to download.

Touchdown rocks though….if you use exchange and have a android handset don’t even consider not using this app.
Not a big deal but seems like something that could have been easy for them to implement, this also means you have to "reconfigure" all of your apps again from scratch (most are easy but some like touchdown exchange, 1-VPN, Sipdroid etc take a bit of configuration, also favorites etc don't copy over either...whats with that?).

Absolutely loving the new screen, although the handset is only about 1/2" longer and 1/4" wider because of the size of the display the handset actually feels thinner, more tablet like.

Would i prefer a 5" display instead of a 4" display… for sure absolutely, but that's just me.

Keyboard.....ahhh physical keyboard what can i say, you are either going to get why a real keyboard makes sense or you aren't, enough said, if you are sitting here thinking i like my iphones virtual keyboard...its the best... well good luck to you, skip the next paragraph.

Loving the extra row of number keys, though i kind of miss the Dpad I’m not finding the 4 arrow keys working out with the same ease. I do feel that the Droid3 keys have more travel and are easier to press than the Droid1 keys which i like though i didnt mind the Droid1 at all apart from wanting bigger keys (i hated the Droid2 keyboard when i tested in the store).

Dual CPU...... not noticing heat issues (yet) so so far loving it. Some people online are complaining about battery life but i think this is probably because they left their CDMA + GSM radios on (i'm clueless as to why they didnt switch off the GSM radio by default...lets face it how many Americans are going to use the "world" part of this world phone.....? BTW I'm heading home to Australia in December for a month so will post back how easy i find swapping out to a local sim when i get there.

What i have noticed however is how much faster pages resolve, so whereas i thought it may have been the network speed slowing things down.....its actually cpu speed related as such the Droid3 is way better experience.

As for Motoblur.....haven't noticed too many issues yet (though i'll be hacking it to cyanogenmod as soon as they have a rom available for it). I don't like the new carousel view for favorites. I also don't like the home page layout manager, it's wonky and sometimes causes objects to be misplaced in the wrong space.

The Motoblur picture gallery is crap (could be i'm just not used to it...will reserve judgement), also sharing photos to facebook etc sees more complicated that it needs to be now.

I did however notice no pre-installed QR reader which was a surprise (though Barcode Scanner 3.6 is now sitting on the home window).

Well thats about it for now. Check back again soon and i'll update as i get more of a feel for it. For $200 its an absolute steal.

-Update 1 week later-
So after a week of using this phone i wanted to say i'm loving it, apart from a 5" display and bringing back the Dpad there isn't a thing i'd change in teh Droid4 next year.

Feels as solid as a rock and the kayboard is even better than ny Droid1 

There is an engadget review up now as well -


BTW things you should know...

Wallpaper is 1080x960

ifixit tear down located here -

Death of QR codes

Dan Frommer seems to write about QR codes a lot considering....they are dying.

lol and another Death to QR article in March 2011 just 3 months ago.....

I guess he likes the SEO benefit.



Interesting tidbit posted in Dan Primacs mailinglist this morning.

Adobe Systems has acquired EchoSign, a provider of web-based electronic signature and signature automation solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Palo Alto, Calif.-based EchoSign had raised around $8.5 million in VC funding from Emergence Capital and Storm Ventures.

btw....i have a theory about how Echosign are doing it wrong :) solving this issue has been in my to do list for a while, just waiting for the time an opportunity to reveal why i think there is a better way.


Friday, July 15, 2011

U.S. Recognizes Rebels in Libya
The United States formally recognized the rebel leadership in Libya as the country’s legitimate government on Friday.

This is freaking nuts??

I dont understand why more Americans arent complaining about this.

Can you imagine what would happen if Libya decided to recognize the KKK as the true successionary government to the USA and decided to support them with arms drops and shipping ammunitions??

Or if Qaddafi decided to personally visit Waco Texas to show his support for the Branch Davidians and McVeigh (like Robert Ford did with Syria last week).

What is wrong with people?? Help me understand why this isnt a bigger issue.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gigi D'Agostino - L'Amour Toujours

I dont care if it is eurotrash disco, there is something really happy about Gigi D'Agostino's music that just makes me smile and want to to spin around like a goofy Sufi Dervish.

Things that make me smile

You know i was thinking a few minutes ago...there are very few toys that make me smile as much as my Logitech G11 Keyboard, using the G keys for shortcuts just rocks in a way you cant understand until you've used it for a while.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

LinkedIn spam control = Fail

Does anyone else find it distressing that LinkedIn allows spam to stay on the site even AFTER it's flagged as spam.

Whats the point of having "Flag as inapropriate" and then hiding the message from you BUT everyone else has to still read it....oh and when you visit the article later....the spam has reappeared and is sill there.

Spam flagging on LinkedIn = fail.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Amanda Palmer

I just found out about "The Dresden Dolls"this weekend from watching a Masha Terentieva video.....btw you think that was good watch her here...amazing to see what she can do with her body (she's in Cirque Du Soleil) lol she's welcome to fake fall over me again anytime she wants.

I picked these tracks because in the beginning you get to see her and Brian as Dresden Dolls but then you get to see what a powerhouse solo performer Amanda Palmeris. The Radiohead cover in particular is perfect for a one take live clip.

I've just loaded up my Amazon cart with everything they've hope the neighbours like them :)

 and in case that was all a little too serious:)

Monday, July 04, 2011

who do you think would be better in an international drug deal? Evan Williams, Biz Stone or Jack Dorsey?

Which one do you think will become the Oliver North of our times?

Happy 4th of July of July

Happy 4th of July everyone.

I snapped this photo of the flag hung by our neighbours across the street.......i didn't have the heart to tell them they hung it the wrong way around.

BTW funny article; "America's wall, like it or UnFriend it"


We went to see Zarkana last night.

O is still my favorite and although i didnt like Wintuk, last night was fantastic and a heap of fun.

Do yourself a favor and get yourself a ticket up the front as there is so much amazing stuff to see.


Friday, July 01, 2011


made me chuckle so passing it on….

GSM 20 years old today

Engadget posted an article about GSM turning 20 years old today.

having moved to Verizon....i really miss not being able to swap my sim card from device to device. (also not being able to use my phone in australia with a local sim card).

cdma sucks in regard to this.

having said that ATT sucks stuck with verizon for now but i'd change back to gsm just for these features.

Grecian accounting

lol in the book This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Follyit talks about how in the 19th century Greece was in default for 53 straight years.

Personally i'd be happy to lend Greece money at 10% - i wouldn't however be happy to lend money to the USA at 0.25%, i think the chance of getting paid back from both is fine.....the issue is kind of moot about reliability of being paid (when is a different matter), the bigger issue with the USA raising the debt ceiling is how this affect the ability in the long term to pay for "other" stuff apart from interest know like care, space exploration etc.....oh and sending $1m tomahawk missiles to blow up rocks is an expensive way to do landscaping as well.