Taking New York Times Writer Bob Tedeschi to Task for App Choices

Bob Tedeschi, a reporter for The New York Times, made a list of what he considers the 10 Must Have Apps and he graciously included a number of runner-ups (see: http://tinyurl.com/64fcyll). I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been to distill the Apple App store down to ten. Tedeschi notably pointed out that he does get paid to complete or slog through such onerous tasks.

While I share a number of choices Tedeschi assumes everybody has, Twitter or rather Tweedeck, Facebook and LinkedIn, I diverge on others.

Evernote, a Tedeschi choice,  has been sitting on my iPhone almost since I made the big switch from WebOs. I guess I don’t have sufficient motivation to do anything with it. I tried Angry Birds and played the game for a couple of days, but found the action and the skills required either just not fun enough or just plain frustrating. Maybe that says something about my tolerance for that kind leveling of up when I don’t see the objective as particularly satisfying.

I’m compelled to make some alterations to Tedeschi’s three categories: “apps that will save you time, make your life easier, and make you smile.” George Carlin condensed the ten commandments down to two so perhaps that gives me sufficient license to do as I please with Tedeschi’s app categories.

I consider saving time and making life easier as one category probably because I’m becoming increasingly aware that I’m holding onto the short end of life’s stick. I call my category not wasting time.

I find the Tedeschi “smile” category insufficient to the needs of the time we live in. I need a laughable distraction category which lasts longer than a smile.

My third category is an app that serves a personal passion (substitute your thing here); in my case the joie de vivre is photography/video. Read more..

Donald Schwartz November 23, 2011 Filed in Gear/Apps No Responses

PDN Photo Expo & Shoot NYC – What the PR People Didn’t Want You to Know – Part 1

I always go with a purpose just like any self-directed New Yorker to the PDN Photo Expo at Javits Center. This year I added Shoot NYC at The Terminal Building off 11th Avenue so my plan became even more specific than in previous years.

My targeted areas of interests in order of magnitude:

Finding affordable equipment appropriate to my small business seminar, Using What You Have and (Still) Produce Great Video to Increase Sales for the Web & Beyond.

Looking for any new or interesting gear or anything that might suggest trends, e.g. the use of constant lighting, in the photo industry.

See if any blog story ideas I’ve been mulling over were worth pursuing, e.g. how to improve camera image quality without having to step to a full-fledge DSLR (digital single lens reflex)
camera. Read more..

Donald Schwartz November 9, 2011 Filed in Photography No Responses