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April Fools Day 2009: The niPod

I've been doing April Fools Day jokes online for long enough to know that there are good ideas and bad ideas.

This year, I had a rather indifferent idea.

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Introducing the Nikon iPod or the niPod. The idea is an iPod Classic merged with a Nikon Coolpix camera modeled off of something like the S52c.

You can read all about it The Gadget Grill where the announcement landed.

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Honestly, it's not my best work. It's good Photoshop work but not a great AFD joke. 

We actually were working on something big but it didn't get out in time. I think I've put far too much creative energy into my Easter Boxes, to be honest, and didn't start working on the April Fools Day stuff 'till late.

Review Updates & Important News (about me)…

No… I haven't forgotten.

I'd never forget you blog. Never. Ever.

Okay… maybe a little.

Stuff has been happening. Lots of stuff. Stuff for Gadget Grill, stuff for work.

I am… no longer working at CyberShack… which is probably a good thing for me. 🙂

I am now a freelancer… at least for the moment, anyway…

In any case, more review updates below!

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The beginning of 2009

It's only the first few days of 2009 and already I'm feeling good.


My animation is done.
While a few things need to be cleaned up (fades, small animation pieces, possibly some colour & contrast issues), the animation that I've been working on for so long is done. Finished. Completed.

It feels good to be done with it, and the response from people who've seen it so far have been nothing short of blown away & amazed. I'm not just tooting my own horn here (do people even say that anymore?), people really do seem to like my stuff.

So yeah… online soon. Just working out the bugs. Should be done by Saturday easily. 

I'll probably work on getting a high definition version ready too. Not sure yet.

The Gadget Grill is being noticed… by iTunes.
Search around on iTunes in the podcast directory and if you hit various sections, you'll find me at the moment. I'm on their fourth tab in the Gadgets podcasting section for Technology under "New & Notable" and in the first tab for "New & Notable" in the audio podcast section for Gadgets under Technology.

Click on the image to see my fame! (sort of) 😛

Pretty cool and I'm enjoying making the show with my Dad. If you haven't checked it out, you might want to do that.


Yet another iPhone bug / design issue / reason to hate it

With only a couple of weeks before Apple's last grace at MacWorld, I find it nice & coincidental that my first New Years with an iPhone I of course come across a bug that shits me to no end on the iPhone.

The following bug really does cement the idea that the iPhone is barely a phone. Already it has issues with making calls, ignoring calls, and generally being "a phone" but now, let's add something else to the SMS complaints list. I don't have a drafts box, no copy & paste, and not being able to forward pisses me off to no end, but one that popped up last night just seems remarkably silly for Apple to have missed it. 

Here we go…

When sending a bulk SMS out (like one does at New Years to friends), if the iPhone receives an SMS in the midst of this bulk message transmit, the iPhone will stop transmitting the bulk SMS and ask you to unlock the phone to read the SMS. Doing this – from what I can tell – stops the transmission.

Now from here, you might just assume that you can go back into your mailbox and just pull up the message to resend it… but wait! It might not be there!

This was weird, actually. The message wasn't there for me and only appeared in my mailbox after syncing with my computer several hours later when I had woken up. I'd received several messages in the interim and each time, the message was still not there.

After syncing, however, the message had returned with an error message informing me that it had not sent out to all people (duh) and would I like to resend. I chose to cancel and interestingly, even though the message had sent itself to about half of the people on my list (I know because they'd either told me online or through an SMS), any trace of the message being sent out had disappeared from my SMS box.

Wow, Apple. I mean wow. 

Is this a bug? A design flaw? 

Whatever it is, it's just plain irritating.