Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category
“apple tv has really enhanced our creative mtgs at @theorchard.”
Yesterday I twittered tweeted this and immediately received several replies and DM’s from people asking me to be more specific and asking to share some of the ways we use Apple TV in our creative meetings at The Orchard. So now I feel pressure to somehow make this sound really impressive. But I won’t. I’ll just keep this brief and to the point.
How does Apple TV enhance our creative meetings at The Orchard?
AirPlay allows you to stream music, photos, and videos from your iPhone or iPad directly to your television.
A few specific examples of how this looks in our creative meetings:
- Our Creative Arts Director will share and stream song ideas with the team directly from his iTunes library to Apple TV.
- Our Media guru shares design ideas (motion, print, web, etc…) with the team directly from an iPhone or iPad to Apple TV.
- We easily and instantly stream video from Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo for creative ideas and inspiration. (BTW…we love the inspiration that comes from TED Talks as well as many indie and foreign filims. Next on our list to watch together is Exit Through The Gift Shop.)
- We can create digital mood boards by uploading the images to Flickr – and then accessing our Flickr stream through Apple TV.
- Apple TV gives us instant access to The Orchard’s entire creative digital library. (720p HD)
I’m sure there are other creative ways of using Apple TV, but those are some of the ways we’re currently utilizing it.
On a side note…and in case anyone from Apple is reading this… We would LOVE to find a way to do screen-sharing through Apple TV. Although I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.
Do you use Apple TV for your creative meetings? If so, how? Please share!
Collide Magazine recently asked me to contribute to their “Weapons of Choice” feature for a recent issue. Other contributors included Carlos Whittaker, Barton Damer, DJ Chuang, Michael Buckingham, and others. You can read the entire feature here.
Thought I’d share my weapon list in this post, but would also love for you to share yours in the comment section. Here’s mine:
This is the Getting Things Done system for creatives. Action Method is flexible and allows you to organize based on you rather than a “set” system.
Adobe Connect makes my online coaching community run smoothly. It’s expensive, but the consistency and features are amazing. My likes: consistent video quality, voice via phone (which saves bandwidth), multimedia capabilities, and a great iPhone app.
TUL Black Retractable Gel Pen
I love a good pen. I have a small collection of Mont Blancs that either belonged to my dad or were gifts. But I also lose things, so I no longer travel with them. I’ve found a good alternative in the TUL pen (only available at OfficeMax).
It’s the Scott Hodge Brain Collection Agency. Evernote is a great place to store things such as articles, documents, spreadsheets, quotes, photos, emails, screenshots, voice memos, design ideas, etc. And the best part? It’s free.
15-inch i7 MacBook Pro
I’m going into my fifth year using a Mac. I love it, and I can’t imagine my life without it.
Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G
I move around a lot, and there’s nothing worse than paying a gazillion dollars for airport or hotel Internet access. The Sprint Overdrive works great and allows you to share the signal via WiFi with up to five users.
Mindmapping has forever changed my life. I use it to prepare teachings, organize projects, jot down ideas, and prepare articles like this one. There are also some great (and free) online alternatives.
I love me some Google. Our entire team uses it for everything from docs to email to calendars. It’s easy to share and Google even offers the business edition free to non-profits.
I’ve been using the black, hard cover, ruled notebook for more than five years. I use it every day for everything from journaling to sketching creative designs and ideas.
I love great food! Yelp has a great iPhone app for finding the sweet eateries in whatever city you’re visiting.
Skype is still the best and most consistent call and video quality I can find. It’s the way I stay connected to my family when I’m out of the country.
Anthony Bourdain is hangin' in South Asia right now. Kinda jealous. Especially after what I just saw outside on my driveway. Several inches.
Apple Insider's review of the new Apple iPod In-Ear Headphones. I hate the standard headphones that they give with the iPhone and iPod. C'mon, whose ears are shaped for those things???
Ben Arment has some good conversation happening on "mission statements" VS. "mantras."
Found this new site. If you're into design it's worth checking out.
Just downloaded a Christmas album called Advent Songs. It's a nice, eclectic mix from the folks at Sojourn Music. And it's free if you tell five people!
My foot is asleep right now. Hate that…
Watch & hear Sol Sender talk about how they designed President Elect Obama's campaign logo. Fellow Chicago folks btw.
I have no idea why I thought of this, but did you know they have Shakey's Pizza in Tokyo? I remember walking through the Takeshita-dori district (I think…) and seeing one. For some reason that blew my mind. Apparently, they're all over there. Anywho.
To bed I go. G'nite.
Now, let me talk about the iPhone….
In a lot of ways, the iPhone truly is a revolutionary phone. It's freakin' sexy…. The navigation is amazing. And there are some pretty cool apps available for it. So when 3G version came out, I upgraded.
Or so I thought…
Because now after having the phone for a couple of months, I'm starting to wonder if this really was an "upgrade." Where do I begin? Hmmm…. Let's see. I'm going to bullet point this, which is something I only do when I can quickly rattle of more than three things. Which, in this case, isn't good.
- Network Switching – The phone does not effortlessly switch from 3G to Edge. In fact, if I'm on a phone call in 3G mode and the signal goes weak, instead of switching over to Edge – the call is dropped! So now, whenever I need to use the phone for talking, I have to go in and switch it off of 3G first.
- Crack - Which I think I need a little bit of right about now…. Ok, kidding. But the casing on the phone is starting to show little hairline cracks along the edges UNDER the glass. I'll try to post a photo to show you what I'm talking about.
- Battery Life – Complete Crap. (Even WITH 3G shut off…)
- Lag Time – When I click on my contacts……it shows the opening page, but then reacts SLOWLY. It just sits there. Same with a couple other programs.
(TIME OUT – ORCHARD PRAYER RHYTHM TWITTER TEXT JUST RECEIVED….BRB.)
Ok, that was good. Needed that! Ok, where was I??
- iPod spontaneaously turning on. Every once in a while, the iPod just starts playing. Which stinks when I'm in church or a meeting.
- Email issues. I have no idea why this is happening, but sometimes the only way I can get my email to download is if I restart my phone. Otherwise, it just sits there and acts like it's looking for emails, but doesn't do anything.
- Pagination for SMS. When I scroll to write someone an SMS, my phone doesn't paginate correctly. I have to RESTART the phone so that I can even get to the text box to type the SMS message.
Now, I know that I'm opening up a can of worms here – especially with all my Blackberry friends who are reading this and thinking to themselves, "HA! Scott! See, we were right!" Well let me just say that I've already instructed my assistant, Terri, who approves all of the comments on this blog to ignore all of your comments and to also add your personal email to the Florida Revival Email List. So please, don't even bother!
Secondly, if you know me, you know that I'm an optimist. I hate complainers. So….let me also mention that I have faith that Apple is going to fix this and make it right. And I will keep you posted as to how that goes. I'm taking my first step towards getting this worked out TODAY.
That's it for now…. I'll update the above list as I recall what else has been going wrong with the phone. I know there are others, but I really have to go now.