How social media tools can enhance and extend the reach of an event

screens_300.jpgThis past Friday I went to a fundraiser Celebrity Chef event hosted by a friend and local Edmonton social media personality (and Bacon Guy) Jerry Aulenbach.

Held at a local premier burger restaurant, the evening was one of good food, good conversation, and a lot of glowing screens.

The restaurant had set aside a section for the fundraiser crew, complete with a laptop and projector.

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Protecting your tech

When ever I get a new tech device, especially one that’s small, portable, and has a display screen, I immediately look to protecting that screen and device. I’m kinda clumsy at times, and anything that can protect my hardware from *me* is a worthwhile investment. I dropped my iPod Touch down the stairs last year, without a case, and the screen developed a hairline crack that killed about 2% of the pixels. The Touch works fine otherwise, but it’s annoying to have to deal with that flawed display part.

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Protection
On my camera, I protected the view-screen with a clear adhesive protector.

In the past, with my various Palm devices, I’d gone with an aluminium-lined leather book-style case, and a clear adhesive plastic screen protector.

For my iPod Touch, I have a simple leather pouch, and my wife has a flip-style case — also with an aluminium panel over the screen, and a rather nifty full-body ‘skin’ from BestSkinsEver.com. It’s transparent, made from reinforcing plastic used in helicopter blades, and very tough.

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For my iPad, I opted for a portfolio-style leather case from Fossil, and a full body clear skin similar to the one on my wife’s iPod Touch. She’s got an Apple silicone iPad case.

Defence in depth
So you see a bit of a pattern here. I’m using two layers of protection on my devices; a robust and shock-absorbing case to carry the device in, and a clear protective skin to protect the unit from scratches and wear. The skins make it easier to keep the devices clean, and I have less worry when using them in a mobile environment — if the skin gets too scratched, simply peel it off and replace it.

Your turn, how do you protect your mobile devices?



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The ‘best music player ever’ gets hardware

The following post is a QuickHit(tm) — an article or post I found online and thought was important enough to share directly with you. Of course, you’ll see my thoughts or opinions prepended or appended to this post, otherwise I’m just scraping content, and that’s not the intent.

TechCrunch is reporting that Songbird has a hardware deal with Philips – Bundled With Millions Of Portable MP3 Players

Don’t count Songbird out yet. The open source media player that’s increasingly positioning itself as an alternative to Apple’s iTunes has forged a deal with global electronics maker Philips. Under the agreement, which will be announced later today at CES, Songbird’s software will come bundled with the Philips line of GoGear portable music players, available worldwide.

Nice to see Songbird continue to grow…hey, where’d that cloud behind the bird’s butt go?

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I get a new label

The following post is a QuickHit(tm) — an article or post I found online and thought was important enough to share directly with you. Of course, you’ll see my thoughts or opinions prepended or appended to this post, otherwise I’m just scraping content, and that’s not the intent.

According to this article on MarketingDaily, I’m a Techfluential…though I could be a bit ‘old’ 🙂

Technology and electronics marketers may want to begin 2010 targeting a small but influential group of consumers who have some undue weight when it comes to influencing the purchases of others.

According to David Krajicek, managing director of technology with GfK Custom Research North America, this group of “techfluentials” is made up of highly connected individuals (indexing mostly under 30) who like to share their opinions about products that make their lives easier.

Or am I just an opinionated guy that likes to talk tech?

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This is the week that was

Aside from the Boxing Day Madness, the period between Christmas and the first working day in the new year is pretty quiet, from a tech perspective. Yet this year, we did have a few ‘interesting’ things happen in the tech world. …more



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This is the week that was

The Plethora of Presents edition: Yep, it’s boxing day, so I hope you’ve all received the gift’s you’ve wanted, ’cause you won’t find them here. Instead, I’ve got a gaggle of goodies found around the internet; things that happened this past week both interesting and fun. …more



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Blogging at 31312 ft.

As I write wrote this I‘m was cruising along at 485 mph, just over 30,000 ft. Over the Rockies.

This vista was shot with my digital camera, and wirelessly uploaded to my flickr account.

Sure beat's inflight movies!

The tech that let’s me post this (delayed, as my airline doesn’t have in-flight wi-fi yet) is pretty commonplace these days — but would have been science fiction just 5 years ago:

  • iPod touch
  • WordPress iPhone app
  • digital camera
  • eye-fi network camera card

The mélange of this hardware and software ( note, no laptop in the mix ) let’s me create something, gather the elements and produce the content while still in the environment — I’m not tied to a computer in a workplace or residence.

In this case, this post will be completed and posted once I find a wi-fi hotspot.

If I had used an iPhone, I could have simply posted it using my cellular data plan, but i’m in Canada where these are kinda pricy, so I make due.

But this type of live journalism is now a reality for many. I’m cool with my near-live ability, your local TV, Radio and print newsrooms will all be adopting some varient of this in the near future. They have to, or they won’t be around very much longer.

Think of it as Darwinism for the news media. I’m curious what kind of mutation will survive 🙂