Though I’m sure there’ll be reservations about this development, I can hardly wait for it to be available. Having already connected my HDTV to my computer via HDMI cable, I already appreciate what the bigger, clearer screen means to using the computer. Being able to use the computer to find and watch TV shows with the power of Internet search technology is a far cry from the days when my father would tell my mother to “change the channel” — and she would do it compliantly.
I only hope I live long enough to see it and that it isn’t so expensive that I can’t afford it.
Just sharing Gina Trapani’s excellent video illustrating Google Wave. Thanks, Gina.
I’m enjoying experimenting with Google Wave but at this stage having trouble finding playmates for this new toy.
In this short video, I demonstrate a few of the shortcut keys I use in reading RSS feeds in Google Reader.
I’ve taken the video showing the entire screen, so trying to read detail will be difficult, but having you see the detail clearly wasn’t my purpose in recording it. The idea was to show the global view of what is happening when you press the various short cut keys. The keys illustrated in this video are in order of their appearance: G+A which displays All Unread Items, 2 which switches to List View (conversely 1 switches to Expanded View), U which toggles Full Screen Mode, J which displays the Next Item in the list (conversely, K displays the Previous Item), and V which opens the Current Item in a separate tab or window (depending upon your browser). As mentioned in my previous post, you can see the various shortcut keys by typing a question mark in Google Reader. Also illustrated in this video are some navigation keys in Firefox. For instance Ctrl-Tab moves among the open tabs and Ctrl-F4 closes the current tab.
Experiment with using the shortcut keys in Google Reader and you’ll be amazed how quickly you can get through a large number of items in the list of your feeds. I should note that much of the procedure shown here is just my personal preference and none of it is required to read the feeds in Google Reader, but this particular combination of keys work well for me. If you’d care to comment on your preferences in the comments, you are welcome to do so.
After seeing a link to this video of Bruce Sterling‘s presentation to Google’s Tech Talk on April 30, 2007 on the RSS feed for George Siemens’ always-interesting blog elearnspace, I decided to watch the 49+ minute presentation about spimes. It was one of those experiences that I have from time to time that I feel stretches my mind. I’ll admit I have no immediate practical use for the knowledge I gained from watching it, but I have no doubt it will make me a better Trivial Pursuit player at some point in the future.
If nothing else, I found Sterling’s speaking style to be interesting, a little over the top but interesting nonetheless. The idea he explores in this talk is the concept of what he calls “The Internet of Things” where he envisions a world in which objects have identifiers, in the form of RFID tags, that can be cataloged and searched, such that the ability to keep track of them in this way contributes to the sustainability of the planet. Sterling thinks of himself as essentially a science fiction writer rather than a technologist or designer, but those who conceive of the-not-yet-created sometimes lay the groundwork for those more practically-oriented people who convert fantasy into reality. Spending the better part of an hour in this kind of activity and focusing on the ideas he presented is one means, it seems to me, to keep my mind from atrophying and a good way to stay aware of that what may someday come to be. I found it to be far more entertaining than spending the same amount of time watching daytime television.
Think layers, originally uploaded by CaptQuirk.
The beta version of Google Calendar was launched last night. There are already many articles about it on the 'net, so I'll only mention it here and point to some of them, such as this and this and this. You can see screen shots of it in this collection that Dave Winer put up on Flickr.