Archive for March, 2011

Blue Pane Studio’s 14th iPhone App: EB2011

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Six professional societies comprise the Environmental Biology Conference with 25,000+ attendees over a one week period. Events apps are straight-forward to design so long as one permits time for the various testing and approval processes, i.e. iTunes App store requires about one week. We’ll deliver the Android version in time for the 9 April Conference in Washington, DC.

Heroes in Reality.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Drove to DC on the final Sunday of Winter while listening to the NCAA basketball tournament. Pleasant as usual up I-85 and then the stunning, whipsawing traffic from Petersburg to Quantico for over three hours for no apparent reason except for the large quantity of cars on the same highway at the same time. Sixty miles per hour for a few minutes and then 6 mph for a few more. In frustration, I wondered if this flow and ebb is a metaphor for our governmental process.

Our journey’s purpose was the graduation of a family friend from the FBI Academy. Among his prior successes was qualification as a Navy SEAL – are there other kinds of SEALS?- with two tours in Iraq. Joining the ceremony were his former commanding officer and his platoon Chief Petty Officer. Typical SEALS as both the CO and the Chief drove over five hours each way to witness this ceremony of a former comrade (he left the SEALS two years ago) and permanent shipmate. The Chief Petty Officer is a hero to the now FBI agent as he received twenty seven (twenty + seven) gunshot wounds on one patrol in Iraq. The firefight in a small, dark room shattered his rifle without killing him. If you say, “that’s hard to believe?!”, he replies, “I can’t believe it and I was there.”

The forty-nine newly appointed FBI agents will be based in large city offices around the country. As they accepted their badges on stage, we were informed that the Bureau has a dress code, a remnant of the Hoover era, dark suits and white shirts. As the guest speaker described the challenging training and the danger of their jobs, we wondered what the SEALs thought. And as you might expect, they praised the agents for having to respect every law in the prosecution of their responsibilities as the SEALs are called in when nearly every law has failed.

In a period where the government of the people is fair game, even for the people of the government, the sight, confidence and commitment to purpose expressed by so many and so many different types of warriors inspires one older to imitate those younger.

Cannot wait for iPad2.

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Last night at lacrosse game, shot 50 seconds of video on iPhone 4 and happened to catch a goal by Owen. We left the stadium separately, me in the car and he on the team bus. By the time that he arrived home, only 15 minutes after me, I had imported the video clip into iMovie, created a project and uploaded to our web account for sharing.You can see the clip here. Video quality from a distance of 75 yards is impressive. With the new iPad and its $4.99 video editing tool, I’ll be able to do this at the game next time.
Remember the early days, way back in 90s, when a video camera required a suitcase with the VHS tape alone being about 6x the size of an iPhone!?

At a client meeting yesterday, the pouch containing the wires and power supply for the PC of the Director of the gaming company was 1/2 the size of my iPad which has no wires, of course. A tablet computer, either Apple or Android, is better suited to the computing, reading and presentation needs of today’s mobile business styles. Someday soon, real soon, we’ll park the PC suitcase right next to the VHS camcorder at the back of the closet.

Blue Pane Studio launches Research Triangle Park Foundation website

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

a screenshot of the new RTP website home page

New RTP site designed and developed by Blue Pane Studio of Durham, North Carolina. Full disclosure: Blue Pane is Tessa, my wife’s, studio.

My kind of neighborhood

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

“This is worth repeating. It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology is not enough. It’s tech married with the liberal arts and the humanities. Nowhere is that more true than in the post-PC products. Our competitors are looking at this like it’s the next PC market. That is not the right approach to this. These are post-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC, more intuitive.” Steve Jobs at conclusion of iPad2 announcement.

In the spirit of genuine American innovation

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011