Category Archives: Technology

You’re Not Doing Social Media Right

So you’ve got a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and maybe even Pinterest and InstaGram.  You post and you “Like”.  You “Follow” and ReTweet and you probably even add some #hashtags, from time to time.  I’m the one who has to tell you that you’re not doing any of this, the right way.

Read the rest of this entry

Photography Tip: Stop. Pull Over. Pay Attention.

WP_20150227_7742Today’s photography tip doesn’t require you to buy any special equipment of grasp any concepts or even practice to get it right.  I just want you to slow down in life, notice what’s happening around you and find things you want to capture in your photography.  Sometimes when you’re driving, you might want to pull over and park, because you see something that you want to take a photo of.  You might want to walk a new area or even your own neighborhood, to seek out interesting subjects.

When you get in this mindset, you’ll see photo opportunities everywhere.  While you’re doing that, you’re also training your “eye” and your photo framing will get better and you’ll find interesting perspectives.  Don’t worry about any of that now, just remember: STOP. PULL OVER. PAY ATTENTION.

The past few days, I’ve been doing just that with my Lumia 1020.  Let’s see what I found! 🙂

Read the rest of this entry

My Complaint Email to USDOJ RE: Chase + BofA Anti-Competitive Activity Against Windows Phone

image

In the last week or so, Microsoft had some really big news with the announcement of Windows 10, HoloLens, and Surface Hub. They were showing true innovation on screens of all sizes and getting good press. The day before the Microsoft event and a couple of days after, something strange happened: Chase and BofA pulled their banking apps from the Windows Phone app store. Considering that they are the headline banks for ApplePay, something seemed a bit fishy to me.

I’ve never written the United States Department of Justice, but I honestly feel like something anti-competitive is being acted on here, with collusion between the banks and Apple. It bothered me so much that I sought out the email to contact the DOJ. Please find that email below.

Read the rest of this entry

Dose of 2015

Photo1420055186660It was a year, 2014.  We had some victories together and we also left some challenges unfinished.  As we rollover into 2015, it is a great time to reflect on where you’re at, envision where you want to be and how you plan to get there.  There will be a lot of “enlightened” people calling resolutions by different names.  I don’t care if you call them goals, intentions, plans, resolutions or wishes upon a star.  There is value if you reflect, envision and plan (REP).

This post will feature my 2015 REPs for myself and apparently my IntimiDATER alter ego has decided to weigh in.  This should be fun.

Let’s start with me. The real me.  JD, El Jefe, The Great Jefferini or any of a host of nicknames you might know me as.  I have some big stuff in store for 2015 and these are the highlights:

Read the rest of this entry

Tap That – My Tap To Pay Experience

JD Money AppIt has been promised for years, but today actually having a wallet in one’s phone is now a real option.   The media’s love affair with all things Apple has made Apple Pay very visible in the headlines.  Outside of the orchard, there are phones that, for years, have had the proper hardware, NFC (Near Field Communications) to get job done.

How does all of this work in the real world? Does it work at all?  Is this all worth it?  I will attempt to answer those questions, with first hand experience.  I setup my Windows Phone powered Lumia 1020 and…well…no spoilers.  Read on to see how it all turned out.

Read the rest of this entry

Apps That I’ve Been Playing With on my Lumia

6tag_120414-125400

It’s no secret that I rock Windows Phone.  Currently, in the form of a Lumia 1020.  The media loves to badmouth the platform as having “no apps”.  Even owners of Windows Phone jump in when the app they want isn’t available.  While there is some truth to that, there are also lots of really great apps and I’d like to showcase some of them here.  Don’t worry if you’re stuck on Android and iOS, some of these are available to you, as well.

So read on to see what apps that I’m using that you might not be using.

Read the rest of this entry

Images to Video on my Lumia 1020

Chinese Theater - HollywoodI needed to be down in Hollywood for an appointment and I decided to do a little tourist walk.  I took 10 minutes and gathered some pictures and a couple of videos.  Later, I had some Pho for dinner.  You don’t know what Pho is?  Not to worry, you’ll see it in the second video.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is perfect for capturing great images.  The Windows Phone ecosystem has a ton of apps to use with imaging, as well.  Today, I’ll show you examples of  two of these apps I used to quickly put together video content to share on social media.

Read the rest of this entry

JD Reacts to 4D!

AdobePhotoshopExpress_4b076d19e3944d44ad511be3683951e2

I had the fortune of being invited to see a movie in 4D Motion Effects.  Yeah, that sounds a full 6 syllables of impressive.   What is 4D Motion Effects? Is it really that amazing?

Well, check out my post-screening reaction below and then read along for some more thoughts and information about where you can experience this yourself  in Southern California.  Hint: You can pick up a load of fresh strawberries while you’re there.

Read the rest of this entry

All of those selfies w/ my Nokia Lumia

 

130390561973905047

Ahhh, the selfie.  There’s a song about them and even a new TV show that bears the name.  I kinda hate most of them, but then I thought I’d take them to another level. Obviously, I’d be in them (BONUS), plus I’d use my Windows Phone as the consistent prop and I’d inject bits of awesome inspiration, into every shot.

There are 25 pictures in this collection that I did over a few weeks, recently.  There were kind of a hit and I’ve been asked to put them all in one spot because my friends didn’t always see the “selfie of the day”.  Now they are here in one spot.  I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

All 25 images were shot on the phone and edited on the phone.

Tools

  • Nokia Lumia 920 (the red one in  most shots)
  • Nokia Lumia 1020 (the white one in some shots)
  • Fhotoroom – my workhorse editing app and also the community where I first displayed these images!
  • Fantasia – another editing app I used for tone-mapping and some precise edits
  • Melange – app I used for cutting and pasting (see #22 & #25)
  • Tripod

Read the rest of this entry

Social Media client, eCMS, gets Klout!

eCMS Klout Screen Capture

If you’ve been keeping track of me these past few months, you know that I’ve been going to Portland, Oregon from time to time.  Sure it’s been a lot of fun, but I’ve been going there to work with eComMerchantSolutions.  It appears that the social media work that we have been doing is starting to work.

Read the rest of this entry

%d bloggers like this: