Dana Point via point glass
Dana Point via point glass
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This video was captured with Google Glass
Well the first day with Google Glass is in the books and I have to say it’s very impressive technology that is only going to get better. Today, I simply took some photos and video while out and about. Later I posted them through my tumblr account (which forwards to Twitter and Facebook) and I posted directly through Facebook. This was accomplished by tethering to my phone via FoxFi on Android (does not require root privileges). All this worked pretty well. However, I wasn’t able to connect my phone to glass via Bluetooth using FoxFi so that may require some rework. I’m in line to add full Verizon tethering with my next data plan (should I say with Verizon). I really want to see how the navigation and GPS work. Overall, the video quality was pretty good including the ability to pick up sounds. The photos were pretty good but shooting without a zoom was different. I’m really looking forward to day 2 at San Juan Capistrano.
So next session at DCC2012 is on MongoDB. Last session had me wondering if Kanban might be better for us than Scrum or maybe some combination (Scrumban?).
Brought my Surface along to DCC2012 today. Boy, I should get a spiff for selling the surface because I’ve already given like 3 demos. First session is on Agile: Scrum & Kanban. Fortunately, I got the guest network working here at GCCC so I can blog. The surface wouldn’t boot this morning so I discovered that I needed to pulse the power button to trigger it to start. Grrrr. Still, I like using it at the conference.
Was able to arrive late to techphx this year. First session: The Legal Side of Blogging with Ruth Carter (@rbcarter). The surface is being field tested today. I have a camera to the left and wordpress to the right. Pretty interesting in this form factor. The theatre room at UAT has small desks but the Surface seems up to the task.
Forgot to put in a title in the previous post 😉 Oh well.
Well, here’s something I never would ever happen: I’ve purchased Microsoft’s Surface and will be selling my iPad. The hope is that my youngest daughter would buy the iPad so it would stay in the family and because she uses it a lot. Reasons for the change? Well, it’s the road not traveled in some ways. At the moment, I’m posting this from my Surface with a an attached USB keyboard. While this is possible on the iPad without jailbreaking, somehow it seems more of an integrated experience on the Surface. I don’t think the performance is fully tuned up on all of the apps (it’s definitely pokey in the his app). Still, there are many delights in the surface. For desktop mode, I recommend a USB or Bluetooth mouse. The USB keyboard makes typing great but the typepad cover seems more than adequate for short writing. This morning, I was able to hook up printers via Wi-Fi; much easier than with iPad. So far…so good.
Well, after a half a day at my first hackathon I really have little to show. I’ve discovered that my Yahoo pipes application doesn’t actually have a GUI behind it; the yahoo pipes site is simply able to take advantage of certain kinds of feeds to display how they look. This means I actually have to spend time on the rendering side of the equation. With a deadline rapidly approaching, I’m less confident that I’ll actually have something working. However, free breakfast, free lunch and some shwag is not bad compensation, even if I don’t have a working program. I hope I can find some green beer….:)
Well, tomorrow, I dive headlong into an entirely new experience: A hackathon. There’s a Wired article on hackatthons and the subculture they engender among software professionals (a scene in “The Social Network” movie pays this off as well.) I suppose I’m feeling a bit anxious to perform. There seem to be a lot of steps to creating an interesting mashup that takes advantage of the Choice API. This includes selecting a language to write in, how to select a framework to wrap around the API, presentation design, how to host, etc. Admittedly I have pretty nothing much to start from and I’m feeling anxious whether I’ll even have something to show by the end of the day. Perhaps failure isn’t such a bad option if there’s the opportunity to learn. WIth a grand prize that seems more and more out of reach, I would be satisfied with something that works.
Wish me luck. Increasingly I see that I’ll need it.