Expected: Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its coffee cups totally backfired

I’m amazed that someone thought that apply­ing DRM to a cof­fee machine was a good idea. Using single-use dis­pos­able cof­fee pods is not great for the envir­on­ment — we use a refil­lable pod, which would be locked out under the Keur­ig 2.0 sys­tem.

Con­sumers hate DRM — in music, in movies, in any­thing — but apply­ing it to cof­fee feels espe­cially galling. It’s the most open caf­fein­ated bever­age there is; all you need is beans and hot water and, I guess, a ves­sel to brew it in. Lock­ing it up in plastic cups was already a little silly, though some­thing lots of people were happy to buy for the sake of con­veni­ence. Build­ing a com­plic­ated infrared scan­ning sys­tem so that you can only use Keur­ig-approved cups was a step too far.

Read more at  Keurig’s attempt to ‘DRM’ its cof­fee cups totally back­fired | The Verge.

Goodbye Apple. Hello Alberta School of Business!

I guess it’s about time I men­tion it broadly, rather than simply hint at it or just let a few folk know.

As of the end of the month, I’ll be leav­ing my very cool and amaz­ing world-class fam­ily at Apple retail and join­ing the team at the Alberta School of Busi­ness at the Uni­ver­sity of Alberta.

It wasn’t an easy decision, leav­ing the industry-lead­ing unique cul­ture of Apple retail. But it basic­ally boiled down to life­style; I wanted my week­ends and even­ings back to spend time with my fam­ily.

I leave with very fond memor­ies. Apple is an amaz­ing organ­iz­a­tion. I con­sider it a per­son­al priv­ilege that I was able to learn and grow with­in, and per­haps help influ­ence and con­trib­ute to the growth oth­ers.

Yes, I’ll miss the people and the unique Apple cul­ture.

In my new role at the Alberta School of Busi­ness, I’ll be work­ing with the mar­ket­ing and com­mu­nic­a­tions teams to bring my social media, PR and com­mu­nic­a­tions know­ledge to bear on the School’s stra­tegic plans. Sim­il­ar to what I’ve done with the AMA, Empire Aven­ue and BioWare.

So, yes, bit­ter­sweet, and full of prom­ise and excite­ment!

I can’t wait!

A sid­e­note: it’s very cool when the Dean of the school fol­lows you on Linked­In and you’ve not even star­ted yet! Reas­sur­ing, in fact.

Testing a newsletter. Want to help?

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 6.57.57 AMHey all, I’m test­ing out some news­let­ter soft­ware for Tess’s Steeped Tea con­sultancy and I’ve a favour to ask; I want to test it tonight but need warm bod­ies to receive it and offer feed­back 🙂 If you want to help, sign up here (http://g1z.me/1fjAbBk). Feel free to unsub­scribe after the test, or if you can’t (soft­ware fubar etc) then just let me know and I’ll remove you.

Ques­tions? Com­ments? Let me know!

And thanks for let­ting me ping you about this!

– Brad

What is it about a Moleskine?

ms1.jpgIt’s a note­book, plain and simple. A very well-made note­book, to be sure. It is, per­haps, a premi­um note­book (which would jus­ti­fy the price). I know, I have one. And it’s quite nice.

Yet, Mole­skine is also a brand that brings a lot of emo­tion and sen­ti­ment to the humble note­book. Note­books are about remem­ber­ing things, writ­ing them down to have later — and the Mole­skine brand is based around the concept of being the best note­book you can use to remem­ber. Just check out this descrip­tion from the Mole­skine website’s about page:

Mole­skine was cre­ated as a brand in 1997, bring­ing back to life the legendary note­book used by artists and thinkers over the past two cen­tur­ies: among them Vin­cent van Gogh, Pablo Picas­so, Ern­est Hem­ing­way, and Bruce Chatwin. A trus­ted and handy travel com­pan­ion, the name­less black note­book held invalu­able sketches, notes, stor­ies, and ideas that would one day become fam­ous paint­ings or the pages of beloved books.



Today, the name Mole­skine encom­passes a fam­ily of nomad­ic objects: note­books, diar­ies, journ­als, bags, writ­ing instru­ments and read­ing accessor­ies, ded­ic­ated to our mobile iden­tity. Indis­pens­able com­pan­ions to the cre­at­ive  pro­fes­sions and the ima­gin­a­tion of our times: they are intim­ately tied to the digit­al world.



A lot of fam­ous people use(d) Mole­sk­ines, and a lot of people wax elo­quently about the vir­tues of the note­book.

And now, they can do the same about the free offi­cial Mole­skine app, for iPad and iPhone / iPod Touch:

The offi­cial Mole­skine App for iPhone and iPad allows you to express your cre­ativ­ity through text, images and sketches. Pick a clas­sic Mole­skine note­book paper style, cre­ate a new thought and start to type or draw choos­ing amongst dif­fer­ent col­ors and sizes. Once you are done with your thought, you can store it on your device and make edits whenev­er you want.


  • Pick a Mole­skine note­book paper style: plain, ruled, squared
  • Write and edit a text note
  • Sketch­ing tool
  • Insert and play with your per­son­al images
  • Cata­logue as many memor­ies as you want with a full range of cat­egor­ies
  • Play with images provided by Mole­skine
  • Geo-tag each note cre­ated and cre­ate a vir­tu­al map of your memor­ies
  • Share your notes with friends through email or social net­works

Of course, the Mole­skine app is also a mar­ket­ing tool to get the Mole­skine name on your iOS device, get you com­fort­able and famil­i­ar with the Mole­skine name, and pre­sum­ably get you curi­ous about the actu­al paper note­book.

Mar­ket­ing aside, the app is a fairly good note­book app, with some inter­est­ing fea­tures. And it’s free, so what have you got to lose — maybe it’ll work for you, as the ori­gin­al note­book worked for Hem­ing­way, back in the day.
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And we have a winner…

This week­end was a busy one with the reg­u­lar life stuff, as well as draw­ing a win­ner for the Palm Pre 2 giveaway con­test.

Through a rigirous and exact­ing pro­cess of fil­ter­ing new fol­low­ers review­ing tweets, and gen­er­at­ing a ran­dom num­ber a ran­dom num­ber of times — the win­ner of the Palm Pre 2, Touch­stone Char­ger and case is:


Con­grat­u­la­tions to Audemars02, and thanks for play­ing to all who entered and tweeted.

Oh, and I’ve got anoth­er con­test and announce­ment in the works — stay tuned!

Woot! New Canon Rebel T3 cameras


Last year around this time, Can­on intro­duced the Rebel T2i (also known as the EOS 550D). An awe­somely speced-out cam­era, as all the Rebel’s are, aimed squarely at the con­sumer Digit­al SLR and home video mar­ket — yes, the Rebel T2i was a true hybrid.

Well, today Can­on reprised that tune with the announce­ment of the two new Rebels; the Can­on Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) and Can­on Rebel T3i (EOS 600D).

The T3 (pic­tured above) looks like a great, mod­ern entry-level DSLR with some power­ful fea­tures. Here’s a few that caught my eye:

  • High Res­ol­u­tion 12.2MP CMOS Sensor
    A 12.2MP (APS-C sized) CMOS sensor and DiG!C 4 pro­cessor cap­tures high res­ol­u­tion images boast­ing excep­tion­al sharp­ness, clar­ity, ton­al range and noise reduc­tion.
  • EOS scene detec­tion tech­no­logy
    Enhance Pho­tos Eas­ily — When you want to go bey­ond Auto­mat­ic Mode, Cre­at­ive Auto allows you to change the photo fin­ish to exactly how you want it.
  • Live View Func­tion
    Live View allows you to com­pose your shots using the large LCD mon­it­or. This func­tion is now avail­able in ALL shoot­ing modes includ­ing Full Auto and Movie Mode.
  • 63 Zone Dual-Lay­er Meter­ing Sys­tem
    This Meter­ing Sensor ana­lyzes col­our and lumin­os­ity inform­a­tion sur­round­ing the chosen AF points to optim­ize expos­ure and image qual­ity.

That’s just a few of the fea­tures on the inside. On the out­side the T3 is a very styl­ish cam­era too — avail­able in Black, Red, Brown and Metal­lic Grey — some colour’s you don’t find often on DSLRs.

For a full-up pre­view and more details, check out DPReview’s writeup.


Mov­in’ on up
But if you’re a more advanced pho­to­graph­er look­ing to gradu­ate into a cam­era that offers you more cre­at­ive options with more ser­i­ous tech, check out the Can­on Rebel T3i.

T3i_screen.jpgMore closely aligned with it’s pre­de­cessor, the Rebel T2i, the T3i breaks tra­di­tion with the pre­vi­ous Rebel mod­els by adding this one cool fea­ture; a large Vari-Angle LCD dis­play screen — A First to the Rebel Series.

The 3.0” Vari-Angle LCD screen makes it easy to shoot from very high or low-angles. Fea­tures a 3:2 wide aspect ratio, and an incred­ible 1,040,000 pixel res­ol­u­tion, allow­ing for pre­cise focus check­ing.

Anoth­er neat fea­ture when you’re using multi-flash light­ing lay­outs is the abil­ity to remotely trig­ger and con­trol the power of extern­al flash guns — the fea­ture is called ‘Integ­rated Wire­less flash con­trol­ler with multi-flash sup­port’.

Full HD 1080
And one fea­ture that rein­forces the hybrid status of the Rebel line is the abil­ity to record full HD res­ol­u­tion movies at 1920 x 1080p.

Con­sumer or Prosumer?
Both cam­er­as are part of Canon’s con­sumer line. Yet the line between con­sumer and pro­fes­sion­al equip­ment is get­ting quite blurred — espe­cially with the intro­duc­tion of power­ful equip­ment like this. I can’t wait to get my hands on them and give them a workout :smileyhappy:
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