Friday, April 22, 2011

What is in my Dock?


Click on the snapshot to see the icons.




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Applications to Run and Improve your System
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1. Finder
2. System Preferences

3. Superdocker
An extension of System Preferences
4. AppCleaner
Thoroughly uninstalls any app
5. Pando
Send large files
6. iOS Simulator
Comes packaged with XCode
7. MINTControl
Allows some touchscreen devices to work with Macs. I use it with the KeyTec DUO ($99)
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Internet Connected and Productivity Apps
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8. TubeTV
A Youtube video downloader
9. TurboWeb
A super speedy web browser for slow internet connections
10. Safari
11. Google Chrome
My default web browser
12. iChat
13. Facetime
14. App Store
15. iTunes
16. Mail
17. Google Earth
The best digital map in the world!
18. Microsoft Word
19. Microsoft Powerpoint
20. Microsoft Excel
21. GSP5
Geometry software (for math class)
22. Stickies
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Music and Movie Apps
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23. Muse Score
An open source music score writing software (comparable to Sibelius, which costs money)
24. Garageband 2011
A huge improvement from earlier versions
25. Celtx
An open source screenwriting software (comparable to Final Draft, which costs money)
26. iStopMotion
An easy stop motion movie creating software
27. iMovie HD
I use this for effects
28. Final Cut Express
Version 4. It is best to wait until later this year for version 5. I can't wait!
29. LiveType
This comes with Final Cut Express. It is a title creating software
30. HandBrake
Converts video formats
31. iSquint
Compresses videos
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Art, Imaging, and Games
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32. LiveBrush
A free Adobe Air app with many cool brushes that Photoshop lacks
33. iWeb
34. Pixelmator
A great image editor
35. Img2icns
Converts image files to icon files
36. SmillaEnlarger
Enlarges images with great results
37. Bryce 5.5
Create and render 3D landscapes
38. Shaderlight
Renders Google Sketchup models
39. Google Sketchup
Best free 3D model creator
40. LEGO Digital Designer
Make legos! On the computer!
41. SPORE Galactic Adventures
An extension for SPORE
42. SPORE
I love creating creatures in this game!
43. SimCity 4 Rush Hour
Build a city!
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I have also added a Recent Applications folder to the dock.
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kodak Zi8 Review



Rating: 4 stars

Best Uses:
HD Shooting, Documentaries, Travel, Movies/Short Films, Home Movies


Recommended for the video enthusiast.


I am currently using the Kodak Zi8 to film a documentary for a film festival. Both my friend and I own one, and we are currently using two of these to film the movie, in addition to a higher-end $800 camera. The only difference between the two cameras is 3mp and a difference in lens size. The Kodak is obviously not quite as good, but it becomes extremely handy for filming footage on the go. For a student filmmaker, who wishes to create real quality footage, this should be your number one choice, unless you happen to have at least $500 on you.

PROS:
I couldn't ask for a better camera within this price range. It beats any model of the Flip any day, and for a significantly lower price, too (you will save aprox. $40). I did tons of research to try to find a cheap full HD camera with external mic input, and this was only one of two I could find with both of those features. The other option was the Kodak Playtouch. Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the Zi8 predecessor was the big awesome touchscreen, but other reviewers say that its glitches outweigh its pros. Many prefer the Zi8 over the Playtouch. I for one actually strongly prefer the physical buttons over a touch screen, because these make the more important features easier to access. Using the buttons, I can quickly switch between video capture and browsing photos and videos. The built in settings allow me to adjust all the bare necessities, including the amount of audio captured through the built in mic and external mic. This makes this camcorder much easier to use than most. The Zi8 can film in WVGA, 720p, 720p (60fps), 1080p, and take 5mp stills. I can transfer my footage into my computer using the built in USB plug. The computer only recognizes the SD card (which is totally fine with me. much faster too) and opens by default in iPhoto. I usually just open it up in Finder, where I open up a folder to reveal all the SD card's contents.


Large Clear LCD, Quick Focus, 1080p Full HD, Lightweight, Tripod Mountable, External mic input, Easy to Use, Audio Output, HDMI Output, USB, SD Card Slot, Great Picture Quality, Strong Blacks


CONS:
The screen quality does not reflect the video quality, so I am not able to watch my movies in full HD after I have filmed them. When shooting in low light, the dimmer spots are almost black, and the video becomes very grainy. I wish it had flash, but if I really need that feature, I just pull out my iPhone 4. As a high-schooler, I cannot afford a lot of gear, but possibly in the future, I see lighting and bounce boards being very helpful. The Zi8 sports a 5x zoom: not quite ideal for filming objects from a distance. Instead, I have to move myself and the tripod up to the actual scene. When I take the camcorder off its tripod, I find it difficult to hold the device completely still, as opposed to a traditionally shaped camcorder. The fact that the Zi8 is thicker on top makes it slightly more so.


Limited Zoom, Top Heavy, Poor In Low Light, Only 5mp



Accessories I Recommend:

  • Polaroid 72 inch Tripod
  • Opteka TH20 Ball Head with Quick Release Plate for Tripods
  • Audio Technica ATR-55 Condenser Shotgun Microphone

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Mars Rover: Live Stream!

Check out NASA's new mars rover -in construction -live after the break!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus Review



The Logitech Pure-Fi Express Plus is built for simplicity, and that proves to be true. This well-built speaker is both cheap and of great quality -the ideal choice if you're tight on money. Read on for the video review and some photos.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dollar ReDe$ign

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Techlev Apple SlideBook Pro Concept Product

What you see above is Techlev's first of some upcoming concept designs, made in Google Sketchup. The idea came to me when I was thinking about the growing number of touchscreen products. Because of this, all other "non-touch screen"products might start to feel old and "out-of-date", and their sales would probably begin to decline. With no clear change of trend in sight, the future of the standard notebook is grim. In order for this amazing product to survive, it will need to gain a touch screen. The most successful touch screen product today is the cell phone, and that inspired me to create a variation of a phone with a sliding qwerty keyboard.
The  Slidebook Pro concept looks like a normal MacBook Pro at first, until the screen is tilted all the way backwards. It is then slid down across the keyboard, completing its transformation into tablet mode. It closes like any other MacBook.

I modified the MacBook Pro SketchUp model from this link to create the image above:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Lamp Fixtures for the Future (Part 1)


Lamp fixtures, from my perspective, are art pieces. A lamp fixture designer can design a form never seen before, one you can set up in your own home. Click "read more" to see Part 1 of this series.

Friday, August 20, 2010

CNET Touch Display Comparison Chart

After HOURS of research, I finally found the three best, full-featured touch displays out there. You can contact Techlev if you need help finding Mac OS X drivers (maybe you could help us too) or to reccomend a different monitor. The comparison chart is after the break.

CNET iPod Speaker Comparison Chart

There is a list of five reccomended iPod speakers after the break -fully researched. There will be more comparison charts to come.

P-Flip Foldable Solar Power

Have you ever been stuck somewhere with no outlet around? Today is your lucky day. This compact solar iPhone charger (supports all models!) doubles as a dock, too. It apparently extends talk time for up to eight hours for the cost of 15 hours in the sun for a full charge. Not to worry: you can still plug this into a wire as your backup plan. $79.90
Head past the break for another cool (and better) solar charger.