Lately I’ve been paying a bit more attention to grouping together photo galleries on this blog rather than simply pointing offsite to my Flickr albums, with more than 11,700 photos. I did a test run of two WordPress plug-ins in my photo galleries here and thought I’d share the results. [Read more…] about Envira vs. Essential Grid for image galleries
Aquick techie post here for WordPress aficionados. Back in August 2016, WordPress made a major update with version 4.6. One change that I abhorred — given that I’m a writer who’s accustomed to crafting blog posts in a standard sans-serif font — was the reversion in the admin dashboard to an ugly serif system font.
So, for my five WordPress sites, I asked my developer, David Davis, to bring an Open Sans or Verdana look back to my dashboard. (Note that none of this is visible to the public, only to the author.) [Read more…] about How to change fonts in a WordPress dashboard
I’ve been aware of the importance of net neutrality — the principle that all Internet service providers should enable equal access to all content and applications — for several years now. The last time net neutrality was under siege, in 2012, NPR interviewed me about why the threat posed by its repeal was so grave.
The 2012 day of action/online blackout, a successful campaign against the restrictive Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), was memorable because major websites like Wikipedia, Reddit, Tumblr and Google went dark or displayed prominent site interruptions for the full day.
This time around? They’re not stepping up to the plate, doubtless because their bottom lines may not be directly affected, even if their users are. [Read more…] about 4 flavors of net neutrality (and this is the worst)
Over the past dozen years, I’ve attended dozens of technology conferences and events in Greater Silicon Valley, from San Francisco down to Santa Clara and beyond. And more often than not, I take my Canon camera along to record the folks on stage who are helping to shape where we’re heading as a culture.
Flickr is the place where I’ve posted thousands of these shots. But I thought it would be fun to try out a new WordPress plug-in I downloaded today, Envira Gallery (I’ll write about it separately on this blog).
So here’s my photo gallery of Silicon Valley tech luminaries I’ve photographed over the years. (You’ll notice they’re overwhelmingly white males. Yes, that’s a problem. So I’m including some shots of rank-and-file techies to add a little bit of diversity.) Click on a photo to see it full size, including the caption, and then click the right arrow to see the next image. [Read more…] about Photo gallery: Silicon Valley tech luminaries
Outtakes from the VR Tuesday meetup in San Francisco
OK, you’ve heard about this virtual reality thing and know something big is coming down the road, but what is it, how big will it be and is it worth paying attention to?
Last night I wandered out to Shasta Ventures in South Park, the longtime epicenter of the tech revolution in San Francisco, for VR Tuesday #9, the ninth monthly gathering dedicated to unpacking the world of virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and the digital 3D world. Founder Jacob Mullins, a partner at Shasta Ventures, brings in three entrepreneurs or developers every month to talk about the real-world, commercial applications of this stuff.
A clear-eyed look at the mind-blowing changes in spatial computing dead ahead
Title: “The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence Change Everything”
Authors: Robert Scoble & Shel Israel
My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Release date: December 7, 2016 on Amazon
At the Launch Scale conference in San Francisco on Nov. 14, technologist-futurist Robert Scoble held forth for 20 minutes wearing a mixed reality headset, allowing him to interact with the attendees (startup founders, angels and techies) while projecting a presentation behind him. “Within two years,” he said at one point, “everybody in this room will be wearing a glass. And you might say ‘I’m never going to do that,’ but I’m telling you right now, you will.”
A few minutes later he insisted: “You all are going to have this in 12 months or less.” [Read more…] about ‘Fourth Transformation’ book review: Brace for impact
A portable charger for your digital lifestyle
Over the years, I’ve done product reviews for companies like Nokia, small camcorder companies and gadget startups in my role as a columnist for Engadget, all the while offering this disclosure statement that spelled out my affiliations.
Well, let’s toss another one into the mix, because the good folks at Powerocks recently sent me the Powerocks Extended Battery Pak Super Magicstick (2800mAh) to test out, and within a week I began adding it to my road warrior arsenal.
Powerocks is a lightweight portable charger that takes the worry out of heading out of the house with a less than fully charged array of mobile gadgets, including the iPad, iPhone, Android phones, digital cameras, handheld game devices, GPS gizmos, MP3 players and more. [Read more…] about Powerocks: How to get charged up
New book, out today, identifies ‘five forces’ animating modern culture
Title: “The Age of Context”
Release date: Sept. 25, 2013
Every few years someone comes along and pulls the camera back to reveal a wider view of the technological changes coursing through the business world and larger culture. Robert Scoble and Shel Israel have done just that with their new book, “The Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy” (paperback, self-published).
The authors nicely contextualize what they call the “five forces” in what amounts to a technology megatrend: mobile, sensor devices, social media, big data and location-based technologies. These forces add up to a formidable package, one that deserves scrutiny far beyond the boundaries of greater Silicon Valley, where much of the action takes place.
The book goes on sale today on Amazon (though Amazon lists its release date as Sept. 5). [Read more…] about Book review: ‘Age of Context’ captures pulse of new tech