Since we talked about 4k screens the other day, it occurred to me that some people may not even know where to begin when trying to decide on a regular old HDTV purchase. It seemed like a perfect time to revisit the advice that Matt Smith (no, not Doctor #11, but The Matt Smith!) once shared. While this was written a few years ago and some of the details may be out of date, most of this excellent advice holds true today if you’re not yet committed to going 4k. [$5+ patrons can read the rest of Top Five Things to Look for When Buying an HDTV here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Whether you’re doing a video or audio podcast (or vlog), the importance of good quality audio remains throughout. Your production value is absolutely determined by the ability of the audience to hear and understand the message conveyed in your content. Here are my top five audio mistakes frequently made by vloggers and podcasters… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of Five Audio Mistakes Made by Vloggers and Podcasters here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
VGA has been an active video standard for personal computers for a very long time. DVI and HDMI (along with the newer display port standard) are making a tough case for the aging analog port, though you might be surprised to find out that VGA is still superior in some ways… [$5+ patrons can read the rest of Analog VGA Vs. Digital HDMI and DVI Video Connections here. Not a patron? Consider the benefits here!]
Riquochet is a newer Patron who is curious about my search habits. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! When you search the Internet for information, would you rather whip out your wallet and get your hands on what you’re looking for quickly, or spend time searching around for a ‘free’ answer? After all Time = Money. If I want it, need it, and know it fits the bill… I’ll pay the bill. I think it’s asinine to hear people whine about how they got their computer infected with malware because they downloaded a movie through less-than-proper channels. That’s hilarious, really. People spend more by trying to avoid spending money. Free doesn’t always mean totally free. An hour of my time is worth more than minimum wage.
AirWolf asked: What PC game of old would you like to bring back from the grave, give a fresh start and re-release (or just be able to play!) – and why? Oh, man… you just can’t replace the classics! If I could do anything, I wouldn’t reboot or update a favorite game – but bring it back to its last “best” state. I think a good game plays well forever, and that (too often) newer versions can destroy what made a game work so well for you in an earlier edition. So, I just found out about JummMan Forever the other day – and I’m thrilled that it’s a project that’s actively shipping code to platforms (with more major platforms coming). I loved Jumpman Jr. on the Commodore 64, and have played it through emulators over the years. The developer is doing a great job at bringing back what he loved, but while I appreciate some updated graphics coming down the pike… I wouldn’t mind seeing and playing with the “old graphics” either. I am so grateful I was around for the classic home video games – because I think they’re all timeless. Not all simple, not all perfect, but […]
ClosetFuturist asked via Facebook: I’ve been trying to stay aware of trends that are arising in the technological revolution. I’ve been researching it through Documentaries, Keynotes, and even scientific papers. I see a number of discoveries and innovations that could have moral and ethical dilemmas attached under the current system. Some are already occurring. There’s also the reality of biological interfacing that is already happening. Are there any aspects of the tech revolution that has you concerned or even a little creeped out? It’s pretty much as you laid out, there. I’m concerned that while technology may be advancing at a rapid rate, the human condition is still operating in the dark ages. No, seriously. We have all these great tools around us that are here to make our respective lives better (and, for the most part, I’d say that the quality of life has improved thanks to advancements in high tech and Internet access outright). But the same tools that can build can also destroy, and if we don’t accept responsibility for what we do with technology… it’ll destroy us altogether. Let’s illustrate the problem with a simple tool: Twitter. It’s easy to send a tweet that uplifts, inspires, […]
Patron George Barrett is interested in kids and their early gaming years. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! When you introduce your child to gaming, will you show him/her the classic games from the NES era, or let him/her discover them for his/herself if it develops as a personal interest whilst playing the current games? This is actually an easy one to answer, George. I’m sure that at a very early age, Baby Pirillo will start being introduced to educational games. There are so many great ones out there that teach little ones everything from hand-eye coordination to counting to reading and back again. Once s/he is old enough, our child will be allowed to choose their own path with most everything in life… including gaming. That’s not to say Diana and I won’t provide guidance, of course. It’s not like the child will be given free reign to do things that are simply not appropriate. But I would never “force” my child into doing things that I prefer instead of what they would choose. Yes, of course I’ll show off the old-style games. I’ll also help him or her check out the […]
GadgetSuperHero asked: What do you use the Internet for? At first, I wasn’t going to answer this one. My initial reaction was that the answer should be obvious. However, I realize that there’s far more I do online than what all of you see. I’m sure that’s how you are, as well. Obviously, I use the Internet to work. I stream live to video twice per day on weekdays, write blog posts, post to social media, answer emails and upload the vlogs. That’s definitely far from the sum total of what I “do” when online. I listen to music through streaming services. I catch up on television shows the same way. I handle many of our household bills and finances online. I do research for shows and posts online. I shop. I read. I learn. When you stop to think about it, we do so many different things online every single day that it would be hard – if not impossible – to go without it. Yes, impossible… because we rely so heavily on the Internet to get things done, we’d be at a complete loss/standstill if that connection were suddenly taken away. What about you? What do YOU do […]
Matthew Rappaport seems to be concerned about what’s going on within Google’s social sphere: Is Google+ still alive and what do you hope to see announced for it at Google I/O? It’s not dead – yet. I have little patience for the typical jingoistic navelgazing that often seems to come with some of Google+’s most vocal supporters, though. I don’t eat, sleep, or breathe any single social platform, though – nor does my life revolve around any single company apart from my own. For Google I/O, I’d hope to hear more about how they’re going to continue to improve the Android experience – and, with just about every change they make, Google only reinforces my positions early on regarding their platform (despite me being perceived as persona non grata by many whose personal identity is tied into a piece of fucking software).
Patron Louise Izzabelle recognizes that we don’t always get what we pay for. You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! What is your thoughts on Broadband and Fibre Optics & the way that people still do not get good speeds, the cost for what you get & the infrastructure systems serving a country, city, or area? I wish fiber optics were a reality for more people rather than a pipe dream. Unfortunately, the cost of laying anything in the ground is outrageous – and I do believe that wireless technologies (and speeds, of course) will quickly improve to the point where the need for wired connectivity won’t be as crucial as it is for us today. So, even if wired speeds continue to rival wireless speeds, there may be a law of diminishing returns for most use cases – and wireless will kill any kind of need for costly infrastructure.
Patron Tom Grieve seems to really be interested in wearables! You, too, can become a Patron and receive priority answers to your questions! How far do you think wearable tech will go in the next 10 years? I think it’ll become invisible. Well, maybe that won’t happen in the next ten years, but that’s where it’s headed. Wearing a watch is already old-school; developers will slap a few features onto wrist-worn gadgetry and we’ll use it if it brings a benefit to our life (beyond the idea of style). For wearable tech to work, it has to blend in with our lifestyles – not get in our way. And for the foreseeable future, technology will continue to be IN YOUR FACE (and that’s not a good thing at all). Imagine a 21″ CRT monitor strapped to your face and how silly that idea sounds. That’s what we’ll think about today’s state of tech affairs ten years from now.
Cj Peradilla asked: What do you think of 3D printing for the future of tech? I’ve talked about this so many times over the past few months in TLDR. I’ll probably continue to cover the subject ad infinitum over the next few years, too. So, if you’re dissatisfied with how I choose to respond today, my suggestion is that you take some time to catch up with what I’ve said about the topic before and continue to tune in for when I’ll more than likely tackle the topic again. 3D printing is not even in its infancy at this stage; it’s expensive, clunky, and overwhelmingly frustrating. That will thankfully change, and we’ll eventually see more viable real-world applications apart from printing out crappy-ass doodads with no quality control involved. It certainly has its place within certain industries today, no doubt – but that’s not really what you’re asking about. 3D printing will (in the future) destroy an array of industry strangleholds.
Marc asked: Why does it take so long for an app to be approved for the App Store? The company takes its sweet time to approve apps, yes. However, there’s a reason for that. The employees must be sure that the apps don’t contain spyware or malware. They need to be sure there are no significant bugs and doesn’t have a poor UI. They verify that the apps do what you say they’re going to do and that there are no private APIs being used. They are careful to check that the apps don’t crash all of the time. And, of course, they have to be sure that there’s nothing embedded that is disallowed by Apple. It’s all about user experience. This is the reason so many people prefer to have an iPhone or iPad over an Android device… the quality of the apps. Before anyone screams at me – I know there are great apps available for Android devices, as well. However, overall… the App Store is simply superior when it comes to making sure that you’re getting exactly what you’re promised.
iFreakShow asked: So I do videos, and I want to make better vlogs. I have a hard time “being myself” or feeling not awkward. Any tips on making better vlogs? Why do you feel you have a hard time being you? That’s actually the biggest key to creating a great vlog: be who you really are. Act natural. Don’t try to stage things – especially funny moments. They always end up falling flat. Talk to the camera as though you’re talking to a friend… exactly the way you normally would. I do recommend, though, keeping your language family friendly! Are you afraid that your normal YOU is boring? Think that you’re just not interesting? You’d be surprised, actually… I’ve seen many popular vloggers who let their nerdy/geeky/goofy/weird selves shine through and they’re wildly popular because they aren’t trying to be what someone else thinks they should be. YOU are the reason people watch, right? Why would you think that’s not enough? Being in front of a camera can be daunting much of the time. It’s scary to know that people will see your every expression and hear every sound that comes out of your mouth (or body!). Let go of […]
Matthew asked: What are some good features to look for when selecting a new web hosting service? There are a lot of different things that people find important. Some only care about cost. Others feel that uptime is crucial. There are a few things that you should look at, though: Uptime – Does the company have sites that crash often? Also, how quickly do they resolve issues? Addons – Many companies offer freebies when you “subscribe” to a hosting plan. What are these addons? Are they even useful to you? Customer Service – Do your questions regarding pricing get answered quickly? How good are the reps at finding the answers you need – no matter the question? Do they answer professionally, or do they treat people rudely? Technical Service – Even more importantly, do issues get fixed quickly and properly – even little things? Are issues explained to you? Are glitches brought to your attention? I’m sure I’m missing several points to consider. This is where all of you come in: what do you look for when choosing a web host? Photo credit to Funny Pics