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Apple iPad Mini Review – Day 1: What Can I Do With This New Form Factor

This morning I did the ceremonious ritual and stood in line at the Apple Store / NorthStar Mall in San Antonio. to buy a new iPad Mini. Part of my decision to get the iPad Mini is that aside from the fact that I buy Apple gear, I am trying to make some changes in the way I work, create, collect and store information,  and create media in 2013.  I believe that new form factors combined with a terrific user experience will contribute to how I approach helping clients. Work aside, I like to take photos and have become a pretty avid Instagram user for on-going story telling as I travel, and continue to put my more serious photos on my Flickr site.  My YouTube Channel has over 500 videos. I also just ordered a MacBook Air, which will soon replace my MacBook PRO.  Six weeks ago, I made the switch to the iPhone5.  Getting ready for 2013, I now have a core toolkit for voice / data and video communications worldwide. Today I spent of my my time with the iPad Mini just walking around and carrying it.  It’s noticeably light, easy to hold in one hand, looks great, easy to use, and has a terrific screen.  I believe this device  is on its way to becoming the most serious extension to my brain since I started using computers thirty years ago. More to come…       There were maybe only 50 people standing in line when the doors opened at 8:00...

BlogCatalog – A Community of Conversations- The Lingua Franca of the Blogosphere

I ‘m a huge believer in the power of Technorati and Google Blog Search.  I use both as a benchmark to see where my business and my clients get covered. It’s also a great benchmark to understand what conversations are taking place, and what’s on blogger’s minds. Now, enter BlogCatalog.  Their position is that of being the premiere social blog directory on the Internet. Whether you’re looking to promote your own blog, find blogs on various topics, or connect with other bloggers, they’ve developed a very elegant and easy to navigate site. But unlike Technorati and GoogleBlog search, by its intent, BlogCatalog is a community of bloggers.  At first glance, I thought I could find like minded bloggers who have an interest in technology, PR, marketing, communications and new media.  Yup- they are there.  But in the process of digging around the catalog, I started finding myself jumping over to other blogs-  particularly political ones that are not necessarily relevant to my business. Of late, I am interested in politics and of course, the new presidential election cycle that will be on everyone’s mind now, through November.  Yes, I do read Huffington Post and Politico, but here on BlogCatalog, I find more grassroots and more mainstream political viewpoints. I may not agree with what’s on people’s minds in the vein of the written word, but that’s not the point or why I am digging into and figuring out BlogCatalog.  Aside from its community building focus, BlogCatalog is a good barometer for indexing and tuning into the lingua franca of the written word- in the language of the...

Using or Getting a .Mac Account? Get a Good Name That Goes Well With .Me

I’ve been a long time .Mac user.  And now with introduction of MobileMe and the new @me.com naming convention, here’s your chance to get in early on having a great email address name. For me, .Mac has been great place to store content and have an alternative email address (or an alias) when needed. Now with the changeover to the .Me platform, if you are a .Mac user, don’t forget that you get an additional 5 alias addresses.  If you want to get a new alias address, think about what might go well with yourname@me.com. Me?  I now have….or what will soon be: alanweinkrantz at me dot com weinkrantz at me dot com uverse at me dot com itsyouandme at me dot com seeits at me dot com   And if you are not a .Mac user and want to become one soon, sign up now, and create a great name for...