Category: Stuff Happening on the Net

App Store About to Hit 50 Billion Downloads

50 Billion Downloads

So as I toil to get 2 apps updated and into the store [find one bug, six more hiding behind it], it looks like Apple is about to hit the 50 billionth download.  While I could really use that $10,000 – I have the feeling I am just not going to make it.  I don’t really download that many apps – I barely use the ones I have to their fullest [except for Zite, Feedly and Evernote – love them!].

Let’s sit back and wait for the teenager who will hit this jackpot.  Although come to think of it – I still have $25 in iTunes from almost a year ago.  Maybe I am not trying hard enough?

Last Chance to Stream The Wedding Banquet

The Wedding Banquet

The rumor is that NetFlix.com is pulling The Wedding Banquet from their roster.  Here is a partial list from Gizmodo, and I noticed ‘my film’ in the list. This is probably the most famous movie of my brief time working in film [well, it was 10+ years – mostly commercials].  If you wait until the very end you will see a Best Boy credit with my name attached to it.  It was interesting working with Ang Lee before he became Ang Lee - But I was way too far down the line to ever really interact with him, but you have to name drop when you can.

You can also catch a credit on one of these:

Living in Oblivion [there wasn’t a non-union crew that didn’t work on this. Bonus: Peter Dinklage]

Six Ways to Sunday [the movie that killed my feature career,  too long to explain here]

The Daytrippers [I think I have a credit – did a few days.  You should really see it either way]

This concludes today’s rambling.

Decode DC – Worth a Listen

DecodeDC

My sister brought the podcast Decode DC to my attention not too long ago, because Andrea Seabrook is an alum of her college – that and I work for a DC paper at times.  I have to say that I am, so far, quite impressed with what I have heard so far.  I am a bit of a podcast ‘freak’ – it is pretty much all I listen to in the car, doing dishes, at the gym.

I just finished ‘Episode 7: Cerfing the Net‘ – which was pretty interesting conversation with Vint Cerf – “One of the Fathers of the Internet”.

I do have one very small issue with podcast though – and that is the it seems a little over produced.  Something I see happening more an more with several podcasts.   I call it the ‘This American Life’ syndrome.  TAL mixes a fair amount of ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ background and transition music into their broadcasts, for the most part very well.  Occasionally you might wonder if they need to pad the hour, but generally it is done quite well.

Those with TALS – try to achieve the same effect as the ‘masters’ of this, but generally do not accomplish the same feel.  There were several points in these episodes where the music became too dominant [loud] and went on for such a long time that I was wondering if I accidentally hit a music button on my iWhatever.

The worst sufferer of this syndrome that I have come across is Freakonomics – fantastic listen, subject-wise – you will wonder if the podcast would only be 3 minutes without lead-ins, transitions, pauses and padding to the end [and the podcast ALWAYS cuts off before the actual end, but it only credits].

Well, I have digressed way off the path in my rant.  I do strongly recommend Decode DC – they are looking for sponsors, funding and advertising – I am hoping for more stories from them more frequently and hope at least someone will take a look at them after reading this.

Go – and please enjoy.

Financial Times Deactivating iOS Apps

Financial Times

So, I read today that the Financial Times is deactivating their iOS apps over the next few weeks.   Some time ago FT.com built their HTML5 version of their site and have decided that they no longer need to support their iOS apps.

HTML5 version of FT.com

Personally, I find this very interesting.  I work for a news organization [not to be mentioned] and at this very moment I am anxiously awaiting Apple’s approval to release our latest iPad app with a deadline for being the App Store that I don’t think we are going to make.  When I read the story above I realized that despite having over a dozen news apps installed on various devices, I only really use one Zite – which I think rocks. Continue reading