The show floor doesn’t open until Wednesday morning, but thanks to the Pepcom’s Tuesday evening press/media-only event, and also to Discover Blue, the Bluetooth press/media event, ShowStoppers’ LaunchIT, and the general miasma of Press Day (press conferences the day before the floor opens), I’ve already seen a bunch of interesting stuff. Here’s a highlight handful. Prices and other info subject to my having taken notes badly, I’ll recheck when I can… Continue reading
With New Year’s Day now a few days old, it’s time once again for me (and thousands of my press/media colleagues) to head to Las Vegas for the annual CES (which used to stand for, and continues to be referred to as the Consumer Electronics Show), where thousands of vendors and resellers will hawk new and recent stuff to potential buyers and resellers, and to us press/media types. Continue reading
In part as as part of getting ready to go to CES 2015, and also because having, or being able to do, these things should be part of my “mobile toolkit,” I’ve been trying a bunch of things, and, true to the name of this blog, they’ve been trying, in particular:
1) Tweeting from my phone.
2) Posting to my WordPress blog(s) from my phone.
3) Having a mobile device good for writing in trade show/travel circumstances.
Digital cameras make it easy to take not just dozens, but hundreds of photos at an event like a graduation, wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, reunion, or convention, at, unlike “analog” photography, no “cost per click” for film or developing. Wrangling these batches of photos — culling duds, naming the keepers and batch-naming a collection, turning into a postable set — takes time. I’ve been exploring and experiementing with some of the free/cheap tools.
Here’s one such batch (hence, including it in my TryingTechnology blog), from the 2014 Readercon (“conference on imaginative literature,” July 10-13, 2014 in Burlington, Mass., per my event report in SFRevu.com.
This one uses NextGEN Gallery’s free plugin for WordPress, rather than the free Galler Terrarium TV feature built into WordPress. I’m still exploring some of the settings — for example, why am I not seeing the photo captions, mmm?
NextGEN Gallery’s non-free versions offer more viewing and commerce features, and there are also a bunch of interesting-looking third-party add-ons to NextGEN Gallery I plan to look explore.
And so off to this year’s (2014!) International CES, the show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, or, as I refer to it, “Consume Electronics!” I’m packing a camera, my iPad and Asus Nexus 7 tablets — plus, for most of my note-taking, if the AC charger still works, my trusty old NEC MobilePro, which flips open ready for being typed into faster than anything else I’ve got. Continue reading
There’s a balance — not always delicate — between “what we’re used to” and “new and improved.” Cases in point: Microsoft’s Windows 8.1, and Apple’s iOS 7, which went to a lot of trouble to break some of the basics. Continue reading