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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...

You Are What You Eat. Or Rather, What You Read…. Why I Am on Alltop

Part of being socially present, means you have to be on the social web.  I'm on LinkedIn, FaceBook, FriendFeed, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Delicious, amongst others.  Oh I also blog here but also over at 3Screens, Everywire and San Antonio StartUps. And now I am on Guy Kawasaki's Alltop, where you can see my profile here. To me, there is a practical and social aspect to Alltop. 1.  As a practical matter, it makes for a great reader (or summarizer) of content I am interested in.  Because there is so much content, I find Alltop to be a great way to see what's on the minds of great thinkers, writers, and thought leaders in one fell swoop. I have an interest in PR and Social Media.  But I also like gadgets, gizmos, news about Israel, and sights that could impact coverage for my clients so Alltop gives me a good snapshot of this world. 2.  I know some of these people, or have had the chance to meet them at conferences.  At SXSW, I had the opportunity to visit with Doc Searls, catch up with Chris Brogan, and hear Brian Solis talk about his view of where PR is headed.  They, amongst others are on my Alltop page. 3.  You are what you eat. Uh, I mean, you are what you read.  Being present on the social web let's me write, communicate and exchange ideas with others.  Alltop adds value to the ecosystem of personal expression, for in an as much as my writing and communication style is a reflection of me, so is what I read.  And that's where Alltop...