Category: General

Made in the U.S.A. is not viable Apple

iPhone made in ChinaThe New York Times posted an article this past week titled How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work that got a lot of attention. Pando Daily, Cult of Mac and 9-to-5 Mac chimed in on the subject, and the topic even made it into the Republican Presidential Debate.

The sad fact is that Apple is no different than any other electronics company. Heck, forget electronics; practically everything you can buy at Walmart appears to be made in China.

While Steve Jobs stated at a dinner with President Obama that there aren’t enough skilled workers in America to Apple products in America, and that the current tax situation prevents them from bringing their oil-tankers full of cash back to the U.S., I believe there’s another reason as well. (more…)

Easily create vector format QR Codes – and know when to use them

I’m not a huge fan of QR Codes, I think they’re a great idea that just hasn’t taken off. Regardless, if you have a client that wants to use them, you’ll need a way to create them. There are more than a few iPhone and OS X apps that can create them for you, but most only allow you to save a JPG or PNG version. Not very flexible.

QR Code generator

Simple QR Code creation with vector file output

I set out to find one that allowed me to save a vector version so I could edit the colors freely, and scale the QR Code to any size I needed. Here’s what I found. (more…)

Vizio’s new computer line

Vizio recently announced their new entry into the consumer laptop and all-in-one desktop market with what I consider a stunning pair of computers.

Vizio computers

Welcome to good taste, Vizio!

The linked article shows off some closeup photos of these awesome looking pieces of hardware, but perhaps more importantly, points out that they will run an optimized and bloatware-free install of Windows. I’ll not be switching to Windows any time soon, but if I had to run Windows daily, these are the machines I would want to run them on.
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Rant: The annoying year that was 2011

Like any other year, 2011 brought a lot of highs and lows in my tech life. Unlike any other year though, 2011 was filled with situations and trends that just wouldn’t change to my liking.

Social

2011 was just too much sharing for my taste

There were lots of great things happening in tech this year, too many to talk about here. But I have put together a list of things that managed to annoy me to no end. (more…)

Tips for better PowerPoint & Keynote presentations

PowerPoint is the standard tool for giving presentations. In fact, you don’t give “presentations,” you give “PowerPoints.” Quite frankly, I find them the most boring, uninspiring method for conveying information to clients and potential clients.

I don’t dislike them because the idea of looking at slides on a large screen is bad, but because the people who create these presentations are generally out of touch with what inspires the very people they create them for. They appear to be more interested in taking advantage of every feature found in PowerPoint or Keynote.

Presentation tips

Which of these PowerPoint slides would you rather look at from across the room?

Giving a great PowerPoint presentation is relatively simple once you understand a few of the basics in giving a memorable presentation. (more…)

Ever wonder just how big Apple is? You’d be amazed… (infographic)

Apple’s market cap is hovering around $376 Billion dollars, trading the top spot with Exxon Mobile for the last several months. Clearly, that’s a lot of money. But just how big is Apple? It’s a bit easier to show what’s smaller than Apple.

What's smaller than Apple

The entire US pharmaceutical market is jealous of Apple

Visual.ly, my favorite infographic site, posted the great infographic below to show you what’s smaller than Apple. (more…)