Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Fitness for Geeks

“Getting in shape: using agile and other development methodologies” If you know what agile is and want to get in shape, this book is for you!  Unlike other fitness books that focus on just one aspect of getting (or staying in shape) this book is a great broad overview that doesn’t tell you what to do, but empowers you with the information to do it yourself. No wonder, since it’s part of the Maker series affiliated with that great DIY publication and culture. I’ve been on my own weight loss journey and really wish I had this book when I started.  No “program” for losing weight or getting in shape is included but rather various modalities such as diet, exercise and sleep and analyzed.  In each section the reader is empowered with various alternate theories on the subject (when is a good time to eat, what is a good sleep schedule, etc)  and since this is a book for geeks, a whole slew of smartphone apps, websites, and electronic gadgets are included to assist you along the way. Readers looking for a how to guide or a diet program won’t find it in this book.  Just like a manual for programming won’t make you an expert coder, this book provides you all the objects you need to assemble the right set of changes for yourself.  A great example of this was the sections on fasting.  I’ve read mixed theories of a 16/8 or 15/9 fast vs a 24 hour fast,  etc.  After reading the book I felt comfortable experimenting a bit more and playing around with my windows of meal times. Programmers and other tech geeks:  this is the book for you!  You are used to this style of writing and deriving benefits from a set of feature guides and menu options.  It’s up to you to put all that together to make something worthwhile. Think of it as hacking your body and this is about overclocking your aging processor and lack of RAM.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

GigaOM: Quick Tip: Backing up iOS to iCloud and iTunes simultaneously

In this article for GigaOM/TheAppleBlog, I cover how to backup your iOS device to iCloud and locally at the same time.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

GigaOM: The three-year itch: Why Apple needs to do more to keep older systems secure

In this article for GigaOM/TheAppleBlog, I review recent security updates for the Mac and Apple's refusal to support older operating systems .

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

Book Review: iPhone Obsessed

With the amazing capabilities of the modern iOS devices, the camera that you have with you is often the best camera to have because, well it’s always with you.

iPhone obsessed, while written primarily for the iPhone 4 and 3GS camera, still applies to any iOS device with a camera. Although some tips and tricks for finding a great photo are included, the book’s focus is on apps and procedures to take a good photo and turn it into a great one. It’s all about post-production without a desktop. Use your iOS device to perform advanced manipulation that rivals some of the best desktop programs.

What I really liked about the book is QR codes in every section taking you to the app for purchase as well as online videos and tutorials that go into greater detail if you are interested. No long URLs to type: smart!

As a very novice photographer, some of the language and techniques used were a bit above my level and this book is written for photographers well-versed in concepts such as filters, lens flares and blurs. The audience for this book is experienced photographers wanting to take some of their techniques to iOS devices. This is the book when you’ve mastered Instagram and Hipstamatic and want more, much more.

Overall a great book and the apps and procedures reviewed should definitely improve the quality of my shots.

Pros: QR codes extending the book online, details of how to use the apps to make great photo manipulations
Cons: Requires photography knowledge

Four out of Five Dogcows

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