A Thousand No’s For Every Yes

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things. ~ Steve Jobs, WWDC 1997

Kitschy Upcycled Macbook and iPad Sleeves

Etsy seller Finders&Keepers is in the business of taking normal, everyday items and recycling them for novel uses. Take for example that old Polo shirt sitting in your closet. They’ll take Polo’s just like that forgotten one in your closet and repurpose it into something useful – like a MacBook or iPad case.

I’m not too sure if I’d use these for my own MacBooks or iPads, but I can totally see a certain niche of people loving this item. This would make for the perfect gift for the techie that loves to frequent garage sales, swap meets, second-hand shops, and craigslist. And let’s not forget what a wonderful conversation piece these cases would make.

The Finders& Keepers Recycled MacBook and iPad cases are available now from Etsy and range in price from $55 to $75.

Jobs > Gates

Steve Jobs > Bill Gates. Steve Jobs is greater than Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. UNDRCRWN got it right with this shirt. I absolutely love it. I adore it. I admire it. It speaks the truth. And as a longtime Apple nut I can believe that. As a MacAddict that stood by Apple even when Steve wasn’t arount, I can believe that. As a MacHead that cheered when Steve Jobs returned as iCEO and proceeded to resuscitate a near bankrupt company, I can believe that.

Steve Jobs created and innovated. Steve Jobs conceptualized products that changed the world. Steve Jobs redefined multiple industries. Bill Gates simply made sloppy copies.

UNDRCRWN1 got it right. Jobs > Gates is available now from UNDRCRWN for $28.

1. Jobs > Gates is actually a part of UNDRCRWN’s Greater Than Series. They also have a Jay > Wayne T-Shirt, which is awesome, and then I saw this. Disappointed!

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I am totally absorbed in this book. For a second, I thought about buying it from Amazon for use on the Kindle app for iPad. However, I realized that THAT would be wrong. So iBookstore it was. Don’t worry though, I am getting a hardcover version of the book just because. And that I will get from Amazon.

I hope to get a review of this book up soon. I’m still debating as to how I should go about doing that. Maybe I’ll highlight my favorite parts from each chapter across multiple posts. We will see. In the meantime, get your hands on this book.

Buy from Amazon or the iBookstore.

I miss you Steve.

But That’s All I’m Allowed To Say: Awesome Apple T-Shirt

I thought that I’d post this exclusive Apple T-Shirt while it’s making the rounds on the Internet. I first spotted it over at Cult of Mac, but later realized that it was originally posted over at iLounge. The shirt simply reads:

“I visited the Apple campus. But that’s all I’m allowed to say.”

So awesome. The shirt sells for $17, but to get one you’ll need to get you butt over to the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California. Why? Because this shirt is only sold (officially) at the official Apple Company Store. I’ve been there. It is awesome. If you’re an Apple fanboy/fangirl then you MUST visit the 1 Infinite Loop before you die.

Of course, if you’re looking for more Apple tees, you’ll need to check out my list of 101 Apple T-Shirts.

Via iLounge + Cult of Mac.

The Official Threadless iPhone App Reviewed

I’ve reviewed a couple of Threadless iPhone apps in the past, notably Threads by Ian Marsh and ♥s Threadless by Hung Truong. Both were pretty okay apps, but they left more to be desired. First off, I’m surprised that Threadless waited this long to release an iOS app. Mobile is where it’s at, and I’m so stoked that they’ve finally entered the mobile game.

So let’s take a look at what the Threadless app has to offer. First off, you’re presented with a menu bar featuring 6 different options that you can tap on. The first two options, the “Home” and “The Challenge”, don’t offer much. The “Home” button, basically provide links for you to score designs or shop for tees. But, there are already options in the menu to do those things, so that’s a little redundant. “The Challenge” menu brings you to four screens that you can swipe to the left or to the right that tell you what Threadless is all about. They’ve also got news on current design challenge (right now, they mention the iPhone case challenge). And once again, they offer a page that links to yet another page were you can score designs. So far, three different links that you can click so that you can score designs. They must really want you to score designs! But once again, a little redundant, no?! I think that they could have probably consolidated both the “Home” and “The Challenge” screen into one menu option. So, instead of having “The Challenge”, you’d just have “Home” and that would serve as the main news/updates outlet for the app.

The “Score” page is really slick, I really dig how they implemented. Scoring is simple and straightforward here. You can even choose to be notified if the scored design is ever printed. You can even post the design to Facebook or Twitter. Nifty! You score tees just as you would on the Threadless website, using a scale of 1-5. However, one scoring option is notably missing … the famous Threadless “$”, indicating whether you’d buy the design if it was indeed printed. Despite this, scoring designs was well implemented on the Threadless iPhone app.

Scoring made easy! I love how they have the scoring set up, except, why is the iconic $ missing as a scoring option?

This next option on the menu bar is the “Shop” option. You’d think that since selling stuff is the business that Threadless is in, this part of the app would really shine. It doesn’t. Buying tees using the Threadless iPhone app is really clunky. It seems as if they just link straight to the Threadless website and used a stripped down, mobile version of their online store. It doesn’t seem optimized at all for the iPhone app. Browsing through the shop was often times very slow and unresponsive to the touch. Another issue encountered was that although I was logged in to my Threadless account on the Threadless app, I wasn’nt logged in when I tried to shop for tees. You had to log in once again if you want to purchase and checkout tees using the “Shop” option of the app. Don’t you think you should already be logged in to shop if you’re logged in to the app already? I think that the Threadless app developers really need to rethink the “Shop” option on the app, and really consider optimizing it for the iPhone, instead of simply using the a mobile version of the Threadless online shop. Shopping for tees on the Threadless app is mediocre at best.

Clunky shopping UI. I should be able to see pricing and T-Shirt info as I am looking at the design. In fact, here, I can’t even see all of the design unless I scroll up. They really need to optimize the shopping experience for the iPhone app.

I’m already logged in to the app, why do I need to log in again when I want to purchase some Threadless tees?

Now, the BEST part of the app is the “Wacky Stuff” option. This part of the app is genius. First, you have a little doodle pad that you can use to sketch stuff on a makeshift T-Shirt or iPhone case. Think a digital version of the Threadless Field Notes booklet. You have the option to change pen tips, and then when you’re done, you can save it to your Photo Album or email it. My favorite part of the Threadless app, though, is the “Festasizer” and the various other “Threadcams.” These cameras allowing you to take wacky photos of your face, with iconic Threadless designs layered over (or Charlie Festa’s iconic beard). Nifty and fun! The one option, though, that I feel is missing from the Threadcams is the option to switch to the front facing camera. Why not? I mean, what if you want to take a photo of yourself? Using the rear camera would make it very difficult to position the design perfectly over your face.

All in all, the official Threadless iPhone app is pretty neat. It definitely offers more than the other Threadless apps available in the Apple App Store. Although the Threadcams and the ability to score designs shine, the developers really missed the mark when it comes to shopping for tees on the app.

Threadless
by SkinnyCorp, LLC
Price: Free

iPad: My Initial Reactions

Note: This very long 2400+ word post was written entirely on my iPad. Approximate reading time = 10 minutes.

So I’ve had the iPad for about two weeks now and I thought that I’d give my two cents as to what my experience with it has been like thus far. First off, the iPad is fucking amazing, but it’s not without its faults. Yes, I am a MacHead and probably the least bias person you’ll find to review this product. So when reading this review, just keep in mind that this is coming from an unabashed Apple fanboy.

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That’s me on April 3rd at the Apple’s Honolulu flagship store. I look pretty happy holding my iPad in my Slide To Unlock tee by Milk & Eggs Co, which by the way you can pick up for $20.

To start, I should say that I did pre-order the 64GB model and I did stand in line at my local Apple Store on April 3, like every other Apple geek in Honolulu and across the nation. Having purchased the device sight unseen (it was an early birthday gift .. do you see me smiling), I was not really sure what expect. What would I use the iPad for was the big question. So for the past two weeks I have been trying to figure out what the killer features and apps on this device would be for me. I think I found more than a few.

Hardware

Let’s start off by talking hardware. The device weighs in at just 1.5 pounds but I have to say that it feels lighter than what I expected a pound and  half to feel like. The weight of the iPad is comfortable to hold and use for a significant amount of time. The black border that surrounds the screen was initially a turn off for me. I didn’t much care for the thick black border but once I started using the device I understood the reason behind such a thick border – my thumbs. When you grip the iPad your fingers need to go somewhere and the black border allows you to rest them on the screen without interfering with the useable real estate.

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As far as buttons go, Apple follows the footsteps of the iPhone. Physical buttons on this device are kept to a minimum and I like that. You will find an on and off button on the top right of the device like you would on the iPhone. On the right border you’ll find a volume button and a screen lock button. The screen lock allows you to keep the orientation of the screen in either landscape or portrait mode. This is especially useful when watching movies or video clips or want to keep your iPad in landscape mode while you type away on the larger keypad.

The iPad screen is fantastic. If you own a newer MacBook and you like the glossy screen on your MacBook then you will love the screen on the iPad. The glare on the device can be annoying if looking directly at the device but tilting it a bit alleviates the problem for me. When reading at night, I find myself reducing the brightness to about 35%. This reduces the strain on my eyes significantly.

Audio on this device is quite nice. The speakers on my original iPhone sucked. The iPad speakers, on the other hand, are surprisingly good.

Battery life on the iPad is fantastic. I have not found a situation yet where I had run out of battery while doing something on the iPad. I’ve even gone a few days without charging and this was after a couple of days of video and game play. The occasional moments in which I need to sync the iPad with my MacBook is really the only times that I have recharged the battery.

Finally, I’d like to say that the device feels very sturdy and solid. One thing you won’t get with the iPad is a generic plastic feel.

Software

When Apple first announced the iPad I initially thought that it would be great device for media consumption (i.e. movies, podcasts, music, games, reading, browsing) but suck at content creation (i.e. writing papers, blogging). For the most part, I was right.

Media Consumption

The iPad was born to consume and feed us rich media. Video on this device is amazing and interacting with photos is inspiring. On the iPhone, video is clumped together with music in the iPod app. On the iPad, video has it’s own dedicated app where your podcasts, movies and music videos live. I’m happy Apple gave video it’s own app. The device has been a godsend when it comes to watching podcasts while I work on the MacBook Pro.

AppStore

The Netflix app is one of my killer apps. Having the Netflix app on your iPad is equivalent to having thousands of movies and tv shows at your finger tips, literally. I was able to watch a 2 hour movie flawlessly. I was able pause, go to the restroom, return to my desk and then carry on right where the movie left off. Even after a few hours away from the movie, upon return, the Netflix app picked up right where I had left off. The Netflix app is awesome and is a definite must have (it’s free) if you own an iPad and have a Netflix subscription. And if you have an iPad but not a Netflix subscription then I highly recommend that you subscribe to Netflix – it’ll enhance your iPad experience significantly, I guarantee it.

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Another media consumption app that I have been using a lot is the ABC app. I admit that I am not a fan of streaming tv on the Internet. Other than Hulu, streaming TV sites like ABC, CBS and NBC aren’t very good. The interfaces on these sites are typically very clunky and the streaming is often unreliable. And so I was skeptical when it came to streaming shows using the ABC app on the iPad. I was mistaken. The ABC app was made with the iPad in mind. It looks beautiful and works flawlessly. I have been using the ABC app to watch Modern Family and I have fallen in love with the show. I will admit, though, that the app did freeze on me once towards the end of an episode. Unfortuantely, the app does not allow you to fast forward. So if I had wanted to finish the episode I would have needed to watch it from the beginning. Kind of lame, but I can deal. The app does show commercials intermittently. The commercials are short, about 10 seconds a piece, and are actually not that annoying.

So many people considered the iPad to be the Kindle killer. I’ve never used a Kindle before so I can’t compare the two. What I can do is tell you about my experience in using iBooks on the iPad. iBooks is Apple’s book application, built into it is the Apple iBookstore. I found it weird that iBooks was not a default app on the iPad, instead, you need to download it from the AppStore (it’s free). iBooks does come with a free book, Winnie the Pooh and they also offer the entire Gutenberg Project Catalog in the iBookstore. I thought this was great considering that if you’re interested in reading a classic (over 3000+ classics), you can, for free!

I decided to make Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ($9.99) my first iBookstore purchase. My reading experience thus far with reading this book on the iPad has been great. You are able to swipe to turn the page and you can increase and decrease the font size to your hearts desire. One of my favorite features is the dictionary feature within iBooks. Don’t know a word as you’re reading? Click it and select dictionary and boom, instant definition. Want to bookmark a word or paragraph, you can do that too. The iPad will make me read for enjoyment more so than I did pre-iPad and that is a good thing.

iBooks

I’ve had a few people ask me what the iPad is like when reading outside under sunlight. Unfortunately I can’t answer that question because I normally don’t read outside. I have only used this device indoors.

I am not a hardcore gamer. I like simple puzzle games, like Bejeweled. Nonetheless, I had to get a feel of the gaming experience on the iPad and to do that I downloaded a game called Azkend HD, which is Bejeweled type game were you need to match three or more objects in order to clear it from the board. Needless to say, I had a great time playing this game. And for someone that is notorious for not finishing games, I finished Azkend HD in a little less than two weeks. Total gameplay time was just a little over 5 hours. If you like puzzle games then definitely check out Azkend HD. It’s available now in the AppStore for $4.99. Again, I am not a gamer but that did not stop me from buying Sparkle from the AppStore and I also think that I will be buying Plants vs. Zombies in the very near future. The iPad makes for an awesome casual game playing device.

Content Creation

As a blogger, my main test of content creation was publishing an actual blog post from the iPad and straight to the web. As such, I am typing this article using just the WordPress app on my iPad. I started off typing using my thumbs with the iPad in portrait mode. That lasted two paragraphs before I began to get annoyed. I then switched to the peck and hunt method using my pointer finger in portrait mode, and that was even more annoying. Finally, I jumped on my bed and plopped myself on my tummy and began typing away with the iPad on my bed in landscape mode. I started using the slightly smaller then normal keyboard the way that I’d normally use a keyboard and I was surprised by how good the landscape keyboard was. I was able to quadruple my typing time from the very slow thumb and peck and hunt methods. Having said that I still wish that I was typing this on my MacBook Pro.

I can see the iPad being useful for short blog posts, but for longer posts like this one, it can become cumbersome. Trust, you don’t want to type long documents on the iPad. If you need to write more than 1000 words, I would suggest using your desktop or laptop.

Wordpress

The WordPress app was also a bit buggy. I found that it did not save certain pages even after I had hit the save button. The fix for me was to sync my WordPress blog every time I wanted to do a save. Also, the one thing that found very difficult to was add pictures to this post. WordPress allows you to add photos to your post but it does not allow you to specify where you would like the photo to go. All photos are place at the end of the post by default. This sucks. I ended up having to add photos using my MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, with the WordPress app you cannot make formatting changes such as bold and italicize, nor can you change font sizes. And finally, I had a lot of trouble publishing this post from the WordPress App. I finally resorted to copying and pasting the post from the dedicated WordPress app to the browser version of WordPress using Safari on the iPad. Wordpress, please fix this.

The WordPress for iPad app is very bare bones. In order to make significant formatting changes and to add photos you still need to use the browser version of WordPress, which you can access via Safari on the iPad, i just wish you could do it all within the dedicated WordPress app. This SHOULD be a killer app for me, but for now, it’s barely functional. I might have to give BlogPress as an alternative or until WordPress get’s its iPad app into working order.

The Flash Issue

I really don’t care that flash is not supported on the iPad or iPhone for that matter. Flash is buggy and is a resource hog. HTML5 is the future and Apple knows this. Flash is to the iPad as the floppy drive was to the original Bondi Blue iMac. Flash is unnecessary. For a list of iPad compatible video sites that matter, check out this short list composed by Apple.

Some side notes:

Everything is fast and responsive on the iPad. Apps load very quickly and are very responsive to your touch. Browsing on the Internet with Safari is very fast and pages load very quickly. My only gripe is that Safari does not cache pages so every time you go to a page it has to load. Also, I wish there was a private browsing option within Safari.

Emailing on the iPad is a pleasure. The interface is beautiful and very spacious. I am currently using Twitteriffic but I am patiently waiting for Tweetie to make its way to the iPad. Tweetie was actually bought out by Twitter and will be rebranded as the official Twitter app. AIM is another app that I use regularly on the iPad and it just works, in fact, the AIM app for the iPad is much better than the iPhone version.

I did purchase Pages, Apple’s software equivalent of Microsoft Word. However, I have not yet used it to write a paper or take notes. I did, however, use it to import a highly formatted Word file that I had downloaded from email. The Word file opened up in Pages but not without a formatting issues. The main issue was that the running header was partially missing on all pages, an odd error I know. Other than that, paragraphs breaks were there as well as indents and other formatting changes. Images imported fine as well.

As a researcher and academic scholar in training, I print and read a ton of articles from scientific journals. On my MacBook Pro I use Papers to organize all of my scientific journal articles. Needless to say I was surprised to find that at launch, there was a Papers app made specifically for the iPad. The iPad version of Papers and the full version of Papers on my MacBook work together flawlessly. Whenever both applications are open they sync together wirelessly and flawlessly. Papers on the iPad is a definite killer app for me. No more printing out articles. I have every journal article I’ve ever downloaded at my finger tips, much like I do my podcasts, movies and music. I love Papers!

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Final Thoughts

Overall, I am very happy with the iPad. I was skeptical when it was first announced, but having actually used one for a good two weeks I have to say that I am officially sold. The iPad has met and surpassed all expectations that I had for it. Apple has innovated once again. Now, when I head to the coffee shop the only thing that I am left to worry about is whether or not I really need to lug that “big” MacBook Pro along with me.

Steve-In-Sane: Hipster Steve Jobs + Might Tees GIVEAWAY!

What happens when you combine a 20-year-old hipster version of Steve Jobs, with a Davie Bowie as Aladdin Sane and then throw in the retro Apple 6-colored logo into the mix? Well, you get the new Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt from the very mac-centric tee brand, Might Tees! Don’t let this epic Apple T-Shirt get away, it’s been out for less than a day and the inventory bars are already running low for a few sizes. Steve-In-Sane is available now from Might Tees for $31.99.

“The design is lovingly screen printed onto one of our resilient organic cotton shirts with our vibrant eco-friendly water based inks. The shirt color is a dark bluish grey, we call it coal grey”

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Want to Win a Free Steve-In-Sane Tee? There are 3 Ways to Win:

Note: Do all three of the above and you’ll have three entries in the contest!

1. Become a fan of Might Tees on Facebook and post a comment on our wall telling us that you WANT THE STEVE IN-SANE T-Shirt.

2. Become a fan of Co-Tee TV on Facebook and post a comment on our wall telling us that you WANT THE STEVE IN-SANE T-Shirt.

3. For a third entry in the contest and to triple your chances at winning, simply tweet out the following (Click To Tweet): I want to WIN the new Steve-In-Sane tee from @mighttees! http://su.pr/1msq2A #mighttees4free

I will randomly select one (1) winner from the pool of people that leave a comment on the Might Tees and Co-Tee TV Facebook fan pages and those that Tweet out the above message to receive a Steve-In-Sane T-Shirt from Might Tees! Do all three of the above and you’ll have three entries in the contest!

Contest ends on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm Hawaii time. The winner will be announced the following day!

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Fan up Might Tees and Co-Tee TV on Facebook and WIN Steve-In-Sane from Might Tees!

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Make Bacon Not War

Because there’s always enough bacon to go around. Unless you run out of pig. You can also find Make Bacon Not War in the brought back from the dead Downloads section (in the site menu above). You’ll also find a less nauseating, non-striped version of Make Bacon Not War in the Downloads section.

Who wants this as a T-Shirt? Leave your comment below.

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And to settle any qualms about Bacon Gate, here are links to bacon lists that existed BEFORE my list of 101 Bacon Products for Fans of the Other White Meat:

Bacon Bacon Everywhere: Top 10 Ways To Love Your Bacon (November 2008)

11 of the Worst Bacon Products Ever Produced (July 31, 2009)

The 10 Weirdest Bacon Products on the Market (October 21, 2009)

20 of The Craziest Bacon Products Around (January 12, 2010)

Wallpaper inspiration credit awarded to OvenRude aka Matt Borchert. Thanks Matt for making my evening so eventful.

Co-Tee TV Episode 53: The Mothership, Might Tees and Apple

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear I Visited The Mothership by Apple, Inc. and review Say Anything (Steve Jobs) by Might Tees, a Seattle based T-Shirt company with a passion for sci-fi flicks, technology, Star Wars, samwise gamgee, Steve Wozniak, and making cool shirts.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod or iPhone by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Say Anything (Steve Jobs) by Might Tees. Pros: Super soft shirt! Might Tees uses Alternative Apparel organic shirts along with water-based inks so the print is nice and soft as well. Shirt comes packaged in a nice eco-friendly box made from recycled cardboard and is wrapped in recycled paper. Perfect shirt to get for any Apple geek – especially one that worships at the church of Steve Jobs. Cons: My only con for this shirt would be the wide neck opening, other than that – love it! Price: $26.99

Say Anything by Might Tees

I Visited The Mothership by Apple, Inc. Pros: If you ever visit the Apple Headquarters then you must get your hands on this shirt  because you wont be able to find it elsewhere (except maybe on eBay for an inflated price). It makes for the perfect conversation starter. I guarantee that every time you wear this shirt people will ask: where’s the mothership? Cons: Makes me feel like an Apple retail store employee – just a little bit. Price: $16.

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Also mentioned in this episode:

101 T-Shirts For Apple Fanboys and the Mac Faithful

iPad

In Love With Lisa

His Steveness

The Gentleman

The Forbidden Nectar

If you want to send me a product to review, please feel free to do so. You can find my information in the contact menu above. Thanks!


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