Overall it was a great series as all of Netflix originals have been so far.They ended the last episode with a nice epiphany (cliffhanger), so I look forward to the next season of it. If you have a #Netflix account I definitely recommend you watch it because apparently Orange Is the NEW BLACK!
Now I am one of the first to not complain about ads when it is a free service, but this is setting a alarming precedence that I don’t think I care for.When I was clicking on my tabs in GMail I thought it was viewing a new labeling look for mail, YEH I WISH, because I use the crap out of some labeling in GMAIL.
It even acts as mail. You can open it and forward to other people… Ironically in the right hand of the “admail” it describes itself as:
“It’s a new type of ad which you can forward to a friend, or star to save it to your inbox. If you dismiss this ad, you won’t see it again.“
I have never noticed this before so I did some digging and turns out that this ad is based on information from my Google Account.
I have never noticed this settings page which made me speculate that is was new: https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads/preferences?wta=1#wta
So down and down the rabbit hole I go. I found the page that allows you to control your ads: https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/ads?wta=1.
This page was very interesting to me because if I go edit and view some of the information Google’s algorithm has collected from me I can tell that it’s pretty accurate. Like my interest for example.
What I can tell though that their ad setting help page has gone from this: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662856?hl=en
On April 5, 2013 to this: https://support.google.com/ads/answer/1634057?hl=en&ref_topic=2971788
Updated On June 27, 2013:
So that’s what those blanket privacy Terms of service that we agree to while ago… lol
I don’t know how many of these can fill up in GMail or how often they pop up, but I’m keeping my eye out.
I’ve done this effect a while now and Here is a step by step of how to achieve this. This is done in Photoshop CC but should work with any version of Photoshop.
The photo was taken at 1/50th of a Second at f/1.8, ISO 1000 with a Nikon 35mm lens.
Here is the comparison of the photo:
I didn’t exaggerate the effect because I wanted to keep the photo usable, but It’s a nice tool that you can use. It’s mainly an effect you can use to bring out a lot of details in certain areas.
After you load your image in photoshop simply duplicate the background layer so we aren’t affecting the original image. Ctrl J or Command J on the mac is the shortcut key to do this.
Change the blend mode of that layer to vivid light.
At this point convert the layer to a smart object. If you are on an older version of photoshop that doesn’t have a smart object option duplicate this layer because what we will do next is destructive if it is not converted to a smart object.
Now apply a layer adjustment to get rid of the color. To achieve this use the layer adjustment of Hue/Saturation and bring the saturation down to 0.
Here is a list of some of the accessories that I bought for the iPad that are mentioned here:
Bamboo Stylus+Pen: http://amzn.to/19PvwHt
CTech Leather Case: http://amzn.to/11YjfLT
Griffin Survivor Case: http://amzn.to/11YjqH5
Apple Bluetooth Keyboard: http://amzn.to/12amEDb
A long time ago. I made the effort to try to ditch my Mouse for a Wacom Bamboo Tablet: http://bit.ly/YO5auw
Well today I am happy to announce that I have made the final plunge and my mouse is no longer on my desk. I gave up for a few months and went back to the mouse, but that was because I didn’t have my tablet configured correctly. I tried to have it function in the same way as a mouse and not as a tablet. I decided to revisit it and dive in the configuration and discovered the correct way to set it up and it works wonderfully. I use it all the time for #LightRoom and #Photoshop and now I use it full time for everything else.
Don’t get me wrong… It is a HUGE learning curve to use a tablet for non retouching and photo-editing tasks, but once you accomplish that it is a great tool to add to your technology toolkit.
If you are interested in getting a Bamboo Tablet check here.
Now I see why all the other #photographers use #tablets for #photography and everything else.
Here’s my desk now.. (Mouse removed… lol)
Since I am a soldier and student I use Google Drive religiously. I use it to take all of my notes for classes and housing resources that I want to access online at any given time. I recently opened a .docx file in +Google Drive and this popped up:
It seems to me that the team has updated the Google Drive viewer. Basically any view-able Non-Google Drive formatted files will be viewed in the viewer. (images, pdfs, word docs, PowerPoints, and spreadsheets) show up in this light-box experience. Similar to Google+. It also works for files that use a Drive app. So you can quickly
preview Google Drive Docs by selecting a Google Drive file and pressing the “p” key. You can select more than one file at a time which is great. If you use Google Drive enabled apps like I do you can manage defaults that a file opens up with by using the gear as shown in the photo. This experience feels like it took a thing from Google+ and has a similar look and UX which is not a bad thing at all. I am glad it was updated and I look forward to using this feature as I continue to utilize Google Drive. I wonder what will come next. I see a long road for Google Drive. Drive could be the next GMail in a sort of way. Applications like Drive have definitely created a shift to moving things solely in the cloud.
Here’s what the Full new Google Drive viewer looks:
What Do You Think?
Busy flow is basically a system in beta that allows you to collaborate on projects with others while integrating many different cloud services. It allows you to connect with services like +Dropbox annd +Google Drive .. . It is a neat service and works fine… What I want as a great service would be a locker or place that I can take all the great features and utilities from all these great services like +Box and +GitHub Anywhere and access it in one location taking my 50GB from box and my space from Drive and access it and edit etc… and utilize it in 1 spot…
What busy flow has done is close.. It is more project oriented, which don’t get me wrong isn’t bad, but not what I need at the moment. What they are doing now isn’t anything that you can’t do anywhere else… seems to be basically a share script and a link to the sharing space on each platform, but it is convenient and a time saver… one step closer to what I need a virtual “corner office…” in this Google campus of an internet… lol
They seem to know how to set things up right for example they allow you to oauth into the service because no one likes the username and password input fields anymore.. and they are mobile in the App Store and Google Play.
Ever since I got my high-end laptop I haven’t really even touched my nexus 7. I have been neglecting it. I’m not sure if it is due to the uncompelling apps that have limited capabilities or if I just get more done quicker with a laptop. Regardless of the circumstances, I really need to utilize the technology that I have spent my hard earned money on. What I plan to do is reintegrate the #Nexus7 into my workflow. The things that I use it for and that it is great for is consumption. Whenever I do pick it up one of the first apps I use is flipboard. Other than that, all I use it four is light gaming, which I hardly ever have time to do, and use the browser. Finding other use cases and finding what the #Nexus7 can be used for will be a good step forward to make the #Nexus7 useful again. I plan on keeping it with me from now on though.
What do you do to keep using your tablets?
Right now I plan to integrate it as a GPS/Music Center for my Jeep! I use my phone, but I feel that this could allow me to prolong my battery life on my phone throughout the day. I use CoPilot for GPS which requires no DATA connection and my music is saved to the device.
+Google+ (of course) :
I have been a little bit away from Netflix in the past few weeks and Netflix has had a drop in users in reports that I have been seeing. House of Cards was definitely an awesome production. It baffles me every time it comes on that it is a Netflix Original. House of cards is good on many levels since it shows the the reporter and media side of the line and the political side of the line, which is what was missing from The Newsroom. The actors fit the roles and I must say that Kevin Spacey is great in this series. I like that Netflix released the entire season in one swift motion. It shows that Netflix is really keeping up with the wants of today’s time. There’s been reports of a world wide drop in productivity and I am sure a boost in activity on Netflix servers.
Now the One Million Dollar question: Can they keep it up?
If you have a Netflix account and you are into Politics, Media, and how a Pissed person gets their revenge, this is a definite MUST WATCH!
Here’s a link to it: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/House_of_Cards/70178217