Posted tagged ‘YouTube’

Cool gadget gift for your aspiring air guitarist

December 29, 2008

One of the interesting things about technology as it matures is that the toys get better and better.  A huge segment of the technology and electronics field is devoted to making toys.  I will pass on the opportunity to poke fun at our social condition and why we are so dependent on playthings, and simply skip to the toys.

My friend’s wife got this for him for Christmas.  It was one of the cool “fun” gifts that I saw this year.  Really not very geek-esque (or maybe it is!), but it’s a great way to apply simple technology in a marketable way.

Use the comments to refer any other interesting techno-gifts you saw this year.  If they are cool enough we will feature them in a post.

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YouTube goes to widescreen format

November 25, 2008

Last night, when I was on YouTube, they had the usual default aspect ratio.  If a widescreen video was uploaded, it displayed in letterbox.  Today, however, I found something different. 

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Does this signal the death of the “standard” aspect ratio?  The site serving perhaps the most media content on the Internet has decided on widescreen as their default (and thus a “sideways letterbox” for standard ratio content). 

I personally am not totally used to widescreen yet, but then again, when I was growing up, a 20″ TV was big.  Now, people don’t even want to play games on a 20″ (I bought the 22 for my gaming and recording studio ‘needs’).  I’m starting to appreciate widescreen, though.  All that said, I am not here to rant, but simply to express fascination over the cultural implications of this minor shift.

A hilarious (and thoughtful) move on YouTube’s part

October 23, 2008

 

From www.xkcd.com, one of my favorite diversions.  There are severe implications here for Net culture.  The best part is, shortly after this comic was published, YouTube implemented a feature allowing you to listen to your comment before posting.  Apparently someone at YT is a fan.

It brings to mind one of the important rules of using technology in business – if you wouldn’t say it to someone, don’t type it.  OK, enough lecture.  You can laugh now.

Help me win this scholarship!!!

August 11, 2008

OK, I haven’t written in a while – I’ve been very busy.   One of the things I have been busy with is this video.  Watch and rate on YouTube.  The more views and ratings I get, the better my score.  The better my score, the more chance I have of winning.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLtONmU23Pg