Oldschool Awesome – Sword and Sworcery brings it!

Night

With an allusion to a massive psychological experiment, the new Superbrothers Role Playing Game release, Sword & Sworcery, brings a new / old 8bit look to iPad gaming. Oh, and the game can integrate with your Twitter account, extending the gameplay into the Social Media world.

While I download the app and start playing (for an upcoming review, of course), why don’t you check out this video and then read this excellent interview with the game’s creator / artist / animator, Craig D. Adams.

Audience Calibration Procedure from Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery on Vimeo.

Oh, almost forgot — it’s a Made in Canada game 🙂 or Art Project. Something.

Update: Currently iPad only, though an iPhone version is in the works.

I read the news today (oh boy)

If you’ve been without power and not heard the news today, The Beatles music library is now available from Apple’s iTunes store for download.

Joy.

No, I’m not overly enthused by this, as I already own digital copies of all the Beatles music that I’m interested in. I bought them on CD years ago, and have since copied the music to my various .mp3 player devices. This is legal in Canada.

I’m not sure what additional value there is in then in the music being available through iTunes, other than to make it easier to buy songs or albums conveniently if you suddenly realize you’ve got the Blue and Red albums, but are missing the White.

Meh. It’s news, but it’s not the big news it’s being made out to be.

My device isn’t what it was yesterday.

Reactable_500.jpg

One of the neatest things about computers, and now portable computing devices (like my iPad) is that with a quick download, the unit’s function changes. If the promise of portable tablet computing plays out, mobile technology will be the next big wave in the tech biz. And why not, we’re only limited by the imagination of the application
developers.

I was reminded of this most recently when I noticed and explored variety of music synthesizers and ‘instruments’ for the iPad.

Some of these synth apps replicate oldschool electronic sound engines of the ‘80s, and other incorporate new thinking and technology.

Continue reading “My device isn’t what it was yesterday.”

Interesting business model for eBook

Earlier this week I found an eBook over on ZenHabits. The book looks interesting and I’m looking forward to giving it a read, but the think that caught my eye was the business model; you can get the book for free. The whole book, as a downloadable eBook. Free.

Now, there is a Premium version of the eBook available that includes a lot more interesting looking content.

This business model reminds me of  ‘Director’s Cut’ DVDs. You get the basic movie, the Director’s cut, the out-takes, the concept art, maybe a making-of video, and director commentary, over and above the basic movie.

Content you’re paying a premium for.

So, this 27 chapter eBook is free, and the premium stuff looks like it might be worth paying for, if you think it’ll add value to the basic content in the eBook.

Well, I’m going to bite, and give it a read. It’s free. It may (or may not) entice me into checking out the premium version, but at the very least, I’ll get some ideas. And hopefully learn something.

And try and figure out how this business model really makes sense.

1. All 27 chapters of the free ebook
Along with a crapload of extra material …

2. How-to videos
Going into more depth on focus-related topics:

  • How to Single-task
  • Beating the Fears of Disconnecting
  • How to Find Stillness & Disconnect
  • Focus & Health, Part 1: eating healthy and getting active
  • Focus & Health, Part 2: sleep and stress

3. Audio interviews with experts

4. Bonus chapters from Leo

  • creativity and practicing deep focus
  • finding stillness and reflection
  • how to start changes on a broader level

5. Bonus chapters from other writers

6. Bonus PDF guides

  • How to create new habits
  • Quick-start decluttering guide
  • Focused email guide

Space. The final frontier.

Winter in Canada means cold winter nights — nights that, if you’re on the prairies, are usually cold, crisp and clear. Which means perfect evenings for stargazing. But if you’re temperature challenged, live on the ‘wet’ coast, or are located in much cloudier environs, then perhaps these two astronomy software applications can help. Bonus points…they’re Linux, OSX and Windows rated. …more



This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techblog. Check out the full post here.


3 windows applications improve your desktop’s appearance

Lately I’ve been trying to keep my windows desktop icon and clutter free. In my case, this has meant that I’ve been saving less to my desktop (my default save-to location) and more to working directories. And, since a cluttered desktop reflects a cluttered mind, I like to think of this as a bit of personal mental-floss. …more



This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techblog. Check out the full post here.


How to easily install essential applications on a new Windows 7 computer

It doesn’t matter if you’ve upgraded from Vista or XP, or if you’ve bought a new Windows 7 based computer, you’re going to need to install some basic and essential applications on your new baby.

And this awesome website makes it so, SO easy. 4 easy steps:

  • Visit the site
  • Select which applications you want
  • Press the button to start a download
  • Run the downloaded application

Visit the site
Ninite.com is a very cool web app with a single function: to make a custom downloader and installer that will save you time and mouseclicks to install commonly used open-source and free applications.

The page looks like this, a long list of applications and utilities, divided into sections by application type.

Ninite includes everything from office suite applications (Open Office, MS Office trial), image and  audio editors, to system maintenance utilities, virus scanners, and media burning tools.

Get your applications
This couldn’t be simpler. Click on the apps or utilities you want. Unfortunately there’s no link to a product overview so if you’re not familiar with the application you will need to Google it.

Press the button
This initiates a bit of back-end magic at the site. A custom download/installer application is built and sent to your computer. It contains all the information necessary to, when run, download and install (in background) the applications you selected in the previous step.

Make it so
When  you run the installer, a window opens showing you the progress of the process. If you’re curious, you can ‘show the details’ and each phase of the install can be viewed.

Why?
The big benefit for me is the time saving and the click saving. What would normally take over an hour for a new install, basically takes 2-5 minutes of my time, the rest happens in background while I do something else. To quote from the developers:

Ninite runs on Windows XP/Vista/7 and works
in the background 100% hands-free.

We install apps with default settings and
say “no” to browser toolbars and other junk.

All we do is install the latest versions of the apps
you choose. Not even Ninite is installed.

How can that not be cool?