Gear


The iPhone has been out for quite sometime and has been a wonderful platform not only for phone usage but also for all other means of communication. Email, texting, and Internet browsing were great right from the start, however, the functionality really tapered off there. Then, several months ago, Apple allowed third party developers to create applications that they would distribute through the AppStore.

This decision alone suddenly transformed the iPhone from nifty gadget into a full-fledged, multi-platform, communication device. Applications sprung up from so many developers it was unreal. The first App that I downladed was from SmugMug, which is an online photo sharing website. Now the camera in the iPhone could share images with the world in an instant! I could launch SmugShot, snap a picture, tag the image, and upload it to my website in about one minute!

It was not long after the launch of the AppStore that the Facebook interface was released. This application allows users to continuously and instantly update their status on the social-networking website and also monitor and read the status of all of their friends. You can also very and comment on pictures and many other handy features are included on the Mobile App.

I recently started this blog and was amazed to see that WordPress had an iPhone App that allowed users to submit blogposts straight from the iPhone! I find this simply remarkable and only served to reinforce my notion that the iPhone is a true mobile communications tool!

I am inserting a token photo to show that imbedded images are also possible from the mobile blogging platform!

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I have been watching the new MacBookPro release with great interest. I tuned into Apple’s big release announcement to see all the new features revealed.  I was instantly impressed with the new all metal chassis and the very high end graphics capability built into the laptop. New releases always come with certain bugs which is just the nature of new product introductions.  This new MacBookPro has been no different.  Some customers have experienced weak screen hinges causing the screen to close with the slightest bump.  Others have complained about the lack of a matte screen. I was concerned about the glossy screen as well, but after seeing the laptop in person I decided that the beautiful images that come from the glossy screen outweighed any negatives from increased glare.

I was waiting for the Photoshop guys to get a new MBP laptop and was waiting for their impression as they use the laptop in exactly the same manner as I have intended. Here is their review.

Here is an image of the new 15-inch MacBookPro, image courtesy of Apple.

After reading the Photoshop guy’s review of the MacBookPro I am no closer to making a decision on getting this new laptop yet. There is no harm in waiting, as it gives Apple time to address some of the initial concerns with this new laptop.

I did order up a lens that I have been lusting over for many years. The Canon 17-40/f4.0L.  This is not the fastest wide-angle lens that Canon offers, but it will work very well on both my 1D and 40D bodies. The reviews on this lens are outstanding and it will be a great addition to my gear bag.

 

I just got a phone call from UPS and the lens should be delivered tomorrow!!