Posts Categorized: Technology

Computer age

How do you measure a computer’s life?  Is it in “dog years”, where each one is really seven?  Is it even a measurable item or does it change for every new chip or circuitry breakthrough? It’s frustrating, for sure. In my continuing quest to polish off my trailer, my biggest snag has been the voiceover… Read more »

Oops

It was bound to happen.  It was probably inevitable.  Still, I made it more than halfway through the year, so that’s something. After multiple updates to my blog and forum, I finally managed to obliterate my discussion board two days ago.  Poof!  Gone. Oh, the files are still there.  The directories are still there.  I… Read more »

Voicing my displeasure

A few days ago, I finished my mock-up of my first book trailer (I have more than one planned, if all goes well with the first one).  The basic design and structure I created as a series of slides within the Microsoft PowerPoint application.  When run as a slideshow, the presentation simulates what the trailer… Read more »

If only a picture were worth a thousand words

I’m in the midst of designing my book trailers, or more exactly creating “mock-ups” of the trailers by using PowerPoint to simulate the eventual video as a slideshow. I’ve tried to keep the videos simple for two reasons.  First, because simplicity is a cornerstone to effective communication; less is more (unlike my blog posts).  The… Read more »

Fantasy life

Incredibly, it looks like the immovable object and irresistible force that is the NFL may actually be finding a way to agree with each other, making a football season this year more likely.  And if football is back on, then expect tens of millions of distracted workers over the next 5 months because fantasy football… Read more »

Hooking up to a trailer

Apparently, a new wave is sweeping the market when it comes to promoting books.  Everyone, from publishers to individual authors, is creating video previews about their books, similar to movies.  Appropriately enough, they are called book trailers. So I says to myself, I says, I should probably look into this newfangled idea.  How hard can… Read more »

The dark side of anonymity

Raise your hand if you’ve ever posted your opinion on a message board. Based on today’s title, some of you might have thought I was going to ramble about the online dating phenomenon.  Certainly that has its share of dangers due to the potential misrepresentations that can occur.  But I don’t have first-hand experience with… Read more »

Sheesh

This whole webmaster stuff is an enormous pain in the neck (sometimes literally). I have accumulated both a greater respect and greater sympathy for those diligent and silent suffering people who are responsible for keeping everyone’s sites up, running and current. When I contracted with my web hosting service for design work on the web… Read more »

Computer’s block

We’ve talked about my process for writing the first book before (you can find references in a variety of posts and even in the FAQ).  It’s time to start working on writing book 2, so I thought a little more exposition on my unique affliction was in order. For whatever reason, the desktop computer has… Read more »

Get that camera away from me!

Technology is an astounding thing.  It evolves and grows almost as a living creature.  Tempted as I am, I don’t purchase every techno-toy that is generated out of the inventive minds and manufacturers.  Some items find their way to me through gifts (e-reader, Bluetooth); some I have always tended to stay current (home computer, home… Read more »