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Blank Slates

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Michael Lopp, Rands In Repose:

This New Year, I wish you more blank slates. May you have more blank white pages sitting in front you with your favorite pen nearby and at the ready. May you have blank screens in your code editor with your absolutely favorite color syntax highlighting. May your garage work table be empty save for a single large piece of reclaimed redwood and a saw.

Turn off those notifications, turn your phone over, turn on your favorite music, stare at your blank slate and consider what you might build. In that moment of consideration, you’re making an important decision: create or consume? The things we’re giving to the future are feeling increasingly unintentional and irrelevant. They are half-considered thoughts of others. When you choose to create, you’re bucking the trend because you’re choosing to take the time to build.

And that’s a great way to start the year.

Yes, indeed!

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January 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Can your smartphone really replace your point-and-shoot camera?

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James Galbraith, Macworld:

When I see something that I’d like to capture and save for posterity, or share with friends and family, I reach into my pocket for my ever-present iPhone. I don’t leave my desk, much less my house, without my iPhone, but the days of habitually grabbing my stand-alone camera before going on an outing are over.

For me, it’s about convenience. With my keys, wallet, and phone already filling my pockets, I don’t have room for another device, and I’m not one to carry a bag.

But, what, if anything, do I give up in image quality for the convenience of leaving my camera at home? Do the photos that a dedicated point-and-shoot camera captures justify the hassle of packing yet another device?

Smartphone photography has come a long way since the original iPhone with its 2-megapixel camera, but to find out how phones today compare to a popular point-and-shoot camera, I gathered four popular smartphones—an Apple iPhone 5, a BlackBerry Z10, an HTC Droid DNA Android phone, and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8—and a Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS, and started snapping.

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March 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

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