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  • (Most Compact 20000mAh Portable Charger) Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with Most Powerful 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology
    (Most Compact 20000mAh Portable Charger) Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank with Most Powerful 4.8A Output, PowerIQ Technology
    Anker

    This thing, you need. Run your smartphone for days.

  • Klear Screen iKlear Cleaning Kit for iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, LCD, Plasma TV, Computer Monitor and Keyboard (Cloth, Wipes and Spray)
    Klear Screen iKlear Cleaning Kit for iPad, iPhone, Galaxy, LCD, Plasma TV, Computer Monitor and Keyboard (Cloth, Wipes and Spray)
    Klear Screen

    I use this cleaner for my iPhone, iPad 3, iPad mini and MacBook Pro. It’s great all-around and won’t mess up the oleophobic coating on iOS device screens.

  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5 Grams
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5 Grams
    Artic Silver

    If you’re having problems with your Adonit Jot capacitive touch stylus or Hex3 Jaja, you can improve its performance and reliability with careful application of thermal paste! For more on this, check out my capacitive touch stylus how-to fix-it guide. Months later (Sep 2013), my styli are still performing great!

  • Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for iPad - Black
    Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for iPad - Black
    Adonit

    Adonit Jot with Pixelpoint, works with a lot of new drawing apps on iPad.

  • Klear Screen's iKlear 8 oz. Pump Spray Bottle 7351-IKHP, Others, Electronics & Computers
    Klear Screen's iKlear 8 oz. Pump Spray Bottle 7351-IKHP, Others, Electronics & Computers
    Klear Screen

    The stuff I use to keep my iPad screen nice and clean!

  • Cosmonaut: Wide-Grip Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens
    Cosmonaut: Wide-Grip Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens
    Studio Neat

    Awesome capacitive touch stylus created by Studio Neat. Great guys, great product. I use mine every day! Bradtastic Approved.

  • Adonit Jot Pro Stylus for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Other Touch Screens (ADJPG)
    Adonit Jot Pro Stylus for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Other Touch Screens (ADJPG)
    Adonit

    Adonit Jot Pro is an awesome capacitive touch stylus for iPad & other tablets.

  • Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3/4 - Walnut
    Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3/4 - Walnut
    FiftyThree

    Even if you consider yourself a casual doodler or note-taker, you’ll love this well designed stylus. Built for Paper by FiftyThree, the iPad app — however, many other apps support Pencil.

  • Bicycle Standard Index Playing Cards (Pack of 2)
    Bicycle Standard Index Playing Cards (Pack of 2)
    Sportsman Supply Inc.

    Playing Cards for your password creation or poker game!

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Monday
Feb132012

Status Update

Hi. I have a lot to cover here.

Also, please excuse the 2009-2010 layout/colors. I'm setting up a new one... it just takes awhile because I can't do it laying down (literally, laying down).

Note: this may not be interesting/relevant if you don't know me on some kind of personal level. Feel free to browse other things. Enjoy picture of cats in boxes, or look at this inkblog post. Or these assorted images including Hipstamatic iPhone 4 pics (more soon). And join Zurker, a social network you can own so we can become friends.

Miscellaneous personal stuff:

  • I think the satsuma mandarin orange season is at an end. Thanks to Chow Lafayette, I've managed to get almost 30lbs of oranges per week since December. Luckily, California has a lot of raspberries!

  • This crazy Bay Area weather has been giving me daily migraines. Sometimes lasting up to 20 hours, I haven't had much relief. I think my migraines have been triggered by barometric pressure changes.

  • I've been studying/trying to play Chess. Until recently, I hadn't had much interest in the game, but I played Go, then Gomoku, and that led me to Chess.

  • I dig Shortmail. Using their iPhone app and my Twitter, @bradtastic, I setup simplified email in one minute. This format is based on the Email Charter — principles to eliminate email overload — found here.

Blog consolidation; goodbye, TypePad.

I've wanted to like TypePad since using MovableType at AIS, years ago. I just... don't. I want to like it; it's got a good team behind it, some interesting features, but poor layouts and themes. I don't know enough programming to make my own, and with time constraints and constant pain, I won't be learning anytime soon. Learning programming isn't just reading, it's trial & error — and not accomplished easily on the iPad.

So unless SAY:Media or someone is willing to pay for my disability blog, I'll be moving the content here. This isn't ideal, but it'll be easier to maintain. It also means gaming info and iOS app reviews will be mixed together with information on my condition.

For now, I'll keep the domain names — they're paid for — I'll just point them here.

Squarespace vs WordPress

I've been reading some blogging guides about setting up WordPress and other things (including Posterous and Tumblr). I want to keep writing and sharing — it's therapeutic — but I also want to keep costs down. Some blogging concerns are stability, aesthetics, typography, and file management. My goal is to share my photography, illustrations and design alongside writing. I love Squarespace's themes and CMS, but I don't care for the blogging/editing UI — it isn't touch and small-screen friendly. I adore their customer service, however.

A real iPad blogging tool, Blogsy, by fomola.

I found this app called Blogsy — subsequently communicating with it's developer/owner — and am now convinced that blogging from iPad will continue to be viable, if not someday preferred. Blogsy doesn't support Squarespace yet, but I've been told that that's a planned addition. I've used each of the services that it does support, and I'm starting to question my Squarespace convictions.

I hope to continue learning about technology and tools while I practice and strengthen my writing. I've been reluctant to share my fiction attempts, but perhaps it's time for more change.

This is a big year with Olympics, elections and Mayan doomsday predictions myths. Hopefully I can learn to better manage my disability and life, and share some of that — you know, before the world ends.

Sunday
May162010

The Amazing iPad

I’ve been amazed by the iPad from the moment I first saw one…

And since purchasing and syncing it, it’s rarely left my hands. I’ve read dozens of iPad reviews but none have quite represented how truly incredible the device is for someone like me. It’s replaced my desktop and laptop; the only other device I use regularly is my iPhone, and that’s to make phone calls.

I can’t say that I was ever skeptical of the iPad, but prior to seeing the device on, in person, the hype was easy to ignore. I didn’t want to fight for pole-position in long lines, and I wanted the 3G model.

I still want the 3G model — just not as much. I’m almost never away from WiFi hotspot, and if I am, I’m generally doing something that requires my full attention. WiFi is prevalent where I live and spend time, and I doubt that free hotspots are a fading trend. That said, it would be nice to use the iPad for GPS navigation; attempting to use the iPhone for such a purpose while driving in San Francisco with a visually-impaired passenger is inconvenient, if not dangerous. Luckily, we just got a little lost.

My only other iPad complaints are fairly minor. I’d like WACOM Penabled technology built-in, the screen collects and reflects smudges (making it difficult to view the screen in sunlight), and there isn’t enough software — yet.

I’d like to see a version of Adobe Illustrator for iPad. I’m not sure that that will ever happen because of the Adobe Flash war (conflict), but something similar could be created, like Inkscape.

I know that the iPad was never created to be an everything replacement — but for me, it really could be. The iPad really is a dream, come true… I could never have imagined as a child that I’d one day have a device like this, and for it to have happened so soon! I’m excited to see next year’s model.

Looking back at the first-generation iPhone to the 3GS — the biggest improvements were software, not hardware. I think that current iPad software is barely 1/10 of what’s possible. Let’s hope the Formics don’t attack us until then.

Saturday
Apr242010

iPad Experience — Impressive

For over one week, I’ve extensively used the iPad everyday for almost all of my work tasks. The only thing that it doesn’t do for me is make calls. So far, the entire experience has blown me away — it’s been beyond my expectations.

More than a large iPod touch, yes…

I could go into this at length, and at some point, I might. For now, I’d rather talk about the quality of the software. So much has already been said about the hardware; brilliant screen, great battery, et cetera. What’s been am unexpected surprise is how great the app developers have been.

All of the developers that I’ve contacted with feedback, questions or feature recommendations have replied promptly and thoughtfully. Since the updates are mostly free and I’ve already paid for the software, they could just ignore me. They haven’t. I suppose it helps that I take the time to properly articulate my ideas and my advice is generally sought after — but that is beside the point. You could contact them, too.

This is NOT the typical computing experience.

I’ve been particularly thrilled about Maxjournal by omax media. As is, the software works… it’s just not exactly what I’d want. I contacted them about adding fonts, rich text, timestamps and tags — my questions were answered and my suggestions, noted. It’s a fry-cry from the days of generic boxed software purchases at the local CompUSA.

I like that there’s no large corporation, automated feel present in the overall iPad experience. It’s an empowering feeling atypical of computers — the ability for a single-mind to make a difference. I think that Apple’s software development kits have a lot to do with it.

It’s not perfect — nothing is — the dev kit is missing a rich text editor amongst other things, and it’s still unclear what criteria Apple uses to accept and reject software for the App Store. For every good app, there’s 3000 crappy ones, and there’s only one iPad app for every 50,000 or so iPhone/touch apps. I’m sure that these ratios will change for the better. (Note: these numbers are estimations… if you have the specifics, please feel free to share, and cite your source/s!)

Add nothing, straight out of the packaging, the iPad still rocks.

Remember what the first-gen iPhone was like? Think about how much better it’s become, all around. I think that the Apple tablet platform has a bright, grand future. The only weak area that I can justifiably complain about is the iBooks app and store. As a bookreader, the iPad isn’t better than the Kindle (or Kindle DX) — I’m not sure about the Barnes and Noble nook, but it’s probably better, too. The e-ink screen offers a much better reading experience in any lighted condition. (The iPad may be superior for people who need to read in low-to-no light often.) The iBooks store offers many books, though the process of translation from print to digital might’ve been rushed, as there are many silly errors in the books that I’ve sampled (in particular, everything written by Orson Scott Card). With Zinio, however, the iPad makes for a much better magazine reading experience than the Kindle (except, for me, the magazine Foreign Affairs, because there aren’t any pictures.) I just wish Zinio offered more magazines; namely Newsweek, and less critically, some US video game magazines (the current offerings are all foreign, mostly European).

If you’re on the fence about the iPad (but you can afford one) — get off.

Get to the Apple store, order one online, do whatever works for you. Price aside, I can’t think of one good reason not to get one. That said, if you read books more than you browse the net, listen to music, watch videos and play games, then you might want to get a Kindle first.

More on Superfluous and Bradtastic Premier soon. This entry was composed on the iPad.

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Wednesday
Nov042009

Fun and iPhone Photos

I'm testing a feature of the new Squarespace application, photo upload. I also want to mention, I'm still enjoying Borderlands — and I'm still looking for a regular group to play with. More players = more loot!

Meanwhile, I'm working on organization and workflow optimization, and because of this app (Squarespace for iPhone/iPod touch) and 37signals' new "Haystack," I'm continuing the redesign of Bradtastic Premier.

So far the site has been hard to finish because client work comes first! During moments of rare "free time" (and during on and off illness, in between migraines) I've been inspired by the TV drama, NUMB3RS and the music of Waldeck.

Lastly: I'm giving serious thought toward the migration of AIS-Insurance.com from WordPress to something else. It would be a decent time to move my Brastastic stuff as well. I was wondering if anyone has experience with email-only hosting, TypePad, and/or Jumpchart.

I'm almost always interested in more information.

Tuesday
Nov032009

Squarespace... enhanced?

I'm using the Squarespace iPhone app for the first time. It's already crashed on me several times; although that might be expected with new App Store software, their application feels somewhat "beta." After the long wait (since their "app coming soon" iPhone giveaway), I suppose I was expecting more. Perhaps future updates will address the issues.

I don't intend to make this an app review — I actually just wanted to let everyone know that I've been ill, the flu, perhaps... and that migraines have prevented me from posting more.

AIS has some brand-new stuff, and the CARA MoneyCard is well-received. That's something I'd expect — the CARA VISA check card fits a genuine need.

Hopefully I'll have website updates across the board in these next few days. As always, I'll post "what's happening" at my Twitter. (@bradtastic)