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No Joost for me!

Phil Gerbyshak (the Make It Great! guy) sent me an invite to Joost.

Thanks Phil!

Sadly, Joost only runs on Intel-based Macs right now, so I couldn’t check it out.

That’s not great at all!

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We Must Adapt

Just a note for any one toting around an Apple laptop, be it an old iBook or a new MacBook: Get a video adapter!

More than a few times in the last year I’ve seen someone show up with an Apple laptop, and then look at the VGA connector on a projector, and have an “oh shit” moment where they realize things won’t plug into other things.

Even before my (pre-owned) iBook arrived, I had tracked down the needed VGA and s-video/composite video adapters on ebay. (I got both for under $20.)

I tend to carry my adapters around with me, and even offered one up at BarCampMadison to someone. Of course Apple in it’s infinite wisdom likes to change things each year, so my adapter didn’t work. (I ended up just letting the presenter use my iBook, though I warned him if it wasn’t interesting, I’d take my iBook and leave.)

For the modern folks, it looks like the Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter is pretty cheap, around $20. That should work for the MacBook and 12-inch PowerBook G4. If you have some other model, track down what adapter is used and order it today so you’re ready for the next user group meeting or BarCamp presentation.

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DTV Beta 3

The folks at Participatory Culture just released DTV Beta 3, most likely because I just installed Beta 2. That’s ok, such is the upgrade cycle of life… (They even got a shorter url with dtvmac.com now as well.)

On the flipside, the latest beta releases of the Mac version of FireANT have also been very impressive. They’ve both got features that the other one is lacking. Competition is good, I think they’ll both find dedicated users.

(As far as licensing, DTV is open-source, released under the GPL, and FireANT is free right now, but may become commercial in the future.)

(Update: See comment from Josh below about FireANT.)

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Going Digital (Video!)

If I’m lucky, a “CVS Disposable Digital Camcorder” will arrive at RasterWeb! World HQ later in the week…

CVS Camcorder

Fun! Fun! Fun! Let the hacking begin!

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Speedvlogging

Oh sure, I thought perhaps Spatulacasting would be the Cool New Thing, but now it looks like Speedvlogging is going to be it

Well, those wacky videoblogging fools at We Are The Media did a Speedvlogging Challenge!

The results:

I like the speedvlogging idea because over time, as you create something (be it text, audio, or video) I think you sometimes tend to become too critical of your own work, and almost hesitant to put it out there, perhaps for worry that it doesn’t live up to your previous work, or some level of standard you’ve set for yourself. The important thing though, is to keep creating. Stay creative and productive in your work! If something doesn’t turn out exactly how you wanted it to, that’s ok, move on to the next idea. Isn’t there a saying about ideas being useless, because it’s all in the execution of those ideas?