The Pebble Watch is here

Feb 01

You may have seen the Pebble watch when it was a project. It sure garnered a lot of attention as its initial funding goal of $100,000 was met in a couple of hours. When it was all said and done, it raised over $10,000,000.

My Pebble arrived yesterday, and I must admit that I was impressed by the packaging, the design and its ease of use.

If you haven’t been following Kickstarter, the Pebble watch talks to your iPhone and Android device.

You can choose your own watchfaces:
like this analog one:
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or this text one:
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and you can use it for as a music remote (handy when you are jogging or skiing):
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It also is a caller ID for your phone (and if you have your headset on, you can answer the phone from the watch.)
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I can’t wait to see what new Apps take advantage of this, and yes, for the first time since I’ve had a PalmPilot, I’m wearing a watch again.

Infographic of the day!

Jan 03

What happens on the internet in less than a minute?

60 Seconds - Things That Happen On Internet Every Sixty Seconds
Infographic by- Shanghai Web Designers

Todd’s tech 2011 in word review

Dec 27

I discovered this fabulous program called Wordle that shows the strength of your words from your blog, website, text, etc.

The graphic below is the top text from this tech blog in 2011:

Thanks to Kelle Senye at the Apartment Association of NM for sharing this resource!

Ideal office setup

Dec 09
Todd Clarke's ideal office setup taken with iPhone 4s

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup taken with iPhone 4s

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

Todd Clarke's ideal office setup

I have been pursuing my ideal office for decades and this arrangement is the closest I have come to a nirvana of office productivity.

What you see here includes 7000 gigabytes (7 terabytes) of storage, 9 screens, 4 computers all controlled by one keyboard and mouse sitting on an Ikea desk.
Additional equipment on deck includes 2 iPads, one Kindle fire, one iPhone, a Fujitsu Scansnap S510 scanner (for going paperless), a Brother PT-2430PC labeler and of course the all-important Aeron chair.
Most of the monitors are 22” to 24” Samsung’s with a 22” Samsung USB Driven monitor a Phillips Boom Boom monitor and a Mimo 7” USB driven monitor. The desktop computers are redundant setups with a physical keyboard/mouse switch and Multiplicity software that ties them together with the MacbookAir, and the MacMini.

The computers are task driven and run software during the day based on their portability. Starting left working right they include:

I have found this setup to be very efficient. The two HP desktops run jobs that take a long time – like backups or print runs, or they are used for big projects we have going – stuff that I want to leave up (like maps). The Mac mini is used mostly for coding apps for the iPhone/iPad. The MacbookAir is my main day to day machine – so its running email, contact management, quickbooks, and document management. It is configured in such a way that on a moments notice I can pull its plug and dash out to a meeting.

The glass wall you see to the left of my desk is a 8’ wide x 4’ tall white board that we write on and/or tape things to as we work through projects .

How is your office configured?

One of my favorite blogs – has a great gallery of office setups – including this mobile one or thi sone in a barn – and this map shows where everyone is located that has made a contribution to Lifehackers Workspace show and tell.

Just a few days after I posted this article, I came across this showcase of minimalist office setups.

A cool kickstarter keyboard project

Nov 28

I am a big fan of Kickstarter, a website that matches investors with inventors.

I just came across this new hardware design for a “Tron Like” keyboard and mouse:

If you pledge $350, and the inventor raises another $31,000 – by April 2012, you too could own one of these futuristic keyboards/mouse combos.

my iPhone 4s is on its way

Oct 12

In a scene out of the book Aerotroplis: They way we will live next, Apple notified me yesterday that my iPhone 4s has left its facility in Shen Zen, China (where Foxconn makes the phones), and has passed Hong Kong and is enroute to LAX on the way to being delivered to my door this Friday.

See the Aerotroplis CCIM webinar here, or even better – see the author, Greg Lindsay, at CCIM Live This Friday August 14th, 2011 in Phoenix.

Ahh Ahikabarra

Sep 20

What a treat to finally get to visit the world’s largest electronics market Ahikabarra in Tokyo is full of electronic parts, Robots to be built, Anime “girls” and more laptops/tablets and iPhone accessories than you view in a week!

QR Codes in Kyoto

Sep 20

Having long written about the benefits of using QR Codes, imagine my surprise when I came across this real estate sign in Kyoto that included a QR code!