dropbox-vs-icloud

Take THAT overpriced iCloud. After spending $500 for an iPhone customers should be provided free backup storage sufficient for the device’s memory. After all, isn’t device failure the reason I backup in the first place?

Today, again I am within 300MB of my iCloud 20GB limit for my new iPhone 5S 64GB. Apple is hoping my desperation leads me to push the “upgrade iCloud” button and spend an additional $100 to keep my data safe.

We buy an overpriced iPhone and pay exorbitant fees to backup our data for when Apple’s hardware fails. We’re suckers!

Not this time! Here’s what you do…

Sign up for a free Dropbox cloud account online. Then, get this free Dropbox App, install it on your iPhone and voíla – automatic backups of your media to Dropbox, accessible from anywhere, 100% secure. Refer a few friends and you get extra Dropbox space for free.

Why choose Dropbox? It’s free and the company still has integrity. They aren’t greedy like Apple and they aren’t spying like Google (you did know they read your gmail, right?).

Get the Dropbox iPhone App here.

Sign up for your free Dropbox cloud space here.

And now you’re saving money

Google Map Settings - Tip

I don’t know when or how it happened, but I found myself in a new, interactive version of Google Maps… and I wasn’t happy. Since I figured out how to revert back to the classic version, I thought I’d share.

Still bitter about losing my Google Maps iPhone App I have no patience for browser-based map “engagement.” A map should be a map.

I don’t know why Google thinks I want to “visually explore” using their map. In fact, I want to get from A to B, and know if there’s a Starbucks in between. 

If your browser auto-upgraded, pull up http://maps.google.com and click on the HELP [?] icon in the lower right corner. Choose “Return to classic Google Maps” from the popup. 

Call me a Purist, a Simpleton, an Old Fogey, but I’m finding simple and practical are features of the past.

Let’s hope that, like a classic Armani suit, developers realize that there’s a market for “less features, more function.”

 

It’s a little late to try convincing you I don’t like this app after 14,168 check ins. Clearly it plays on my user loyalty. :-D So why quit?

paulapatrice-4square-profile

Foursquare’s developers have made a series of moves that made me lose interest. Me, Miss 14k. If I’ve lost interest, I’m sure the 2ks quit long ago.

So what were the dealbreakers?

1- The “game” of Foursquare became a secondary feature. The original appeal for me was competition – against my friends for points, to grab mayorships, badges, and even against myself. I enjoyed trying to remember where my past check ins were and check in consistently (like the game Concentration) in order to gain the Mayorship, if even on a drive-by. 

2- They changed the UI to become unusable. Then changed it again, and again, and again. A checkin was two clicks, then one click, then two forward and one back… I can’t adopt a product if it’s fluid.

3- There’s one big “search” field, and I have no idea what it searches. It’s useless. I’ve tried it a few times to find the nearest Starbucks, seafood restaurant, parking lot, Foursquare friends… I can be in front of a restaurant and it isn’t suggested to me when I search “restaurants.” 

4- This “social media” stream is anything but social. There is very little interactivity or engagement with friends. There’s a “heart this” & “leave comment” button. Whoopeedoo.

Where is the value for me, Foursquare developers? I’m your early adopter, your power user. Who is this core user that you are trying to engage by changing the UI as often as you change your undies? 

I believe there is plenty of room left for more social media streams in the cyber world. I’d love to see something new, where I can engage in a new way with a new network. But Foursquare won’t be it; no, it’ll merely be a button that you hit when you want to add a location to your Instagram check ins.

Foursquare is an afterthought because they made themselves one. #EpicFail

bad photoshop

I won’t name the retailer using this image on their homepage, but YEEGADS

The most important advice for clients is this: 

If you’re spending all that money on a photoshoot, make sure you spend as generously on the post-production.

A lot can be done in post-production Photoshop to save an image if the color is off, the lighting went wrong, or the clothes are wrinkled. A good retoucher with retail experience knows how far to take an image while maintaining the integrity. But there are bad retouchers who can destroy all the hard work that goes into a shoot with a few clicks. 

As seen here:

Lady In Red is sitting… on thin air. They removed her stool.

There must’ve been a shadow to the left. It’s blue, white, and ghostly. WTH?

Lady In Blue has a pointed shoulder blade and abnormal waist. Somebody went all Barbie on her.

We won’t even discuss Lady In Red’s expression. Caught at the wrong moment by the camera… Really, there wasn’t a better shot to choose from?

Every model’s nightmare. How did this get approved??? Epic Fail!

“Fight like you’re right. Listen like you’re wrong.”  – Former CEO of Intel and Silicon Valley legend Andy Grove

What happens in New York City over the course of a day? People come, people go. People eat, people shop. Meh, not so interesting… until it’s mapped out in a time-lapse video of Foursquare check-ins. Mesmerizing!

We are so accustomed to computer-generated graphics, it’s hard to believe this is 100% human-generated beauty! Like the song in the video? I did, so I bought it! You can find more music by Yasmine Hamdan here. I wonder if she’s considered Qatar pop? THE CHALLENGE:  Prove ‘The Power of X’ by attempting an Idea Worth Doing to open TEDxSUMMIT in Doha, Qatar. WE ARE Pi collaborated with the Koener Union and Paris’ BIG Productions. Together, they fused architecture, dance, math and magic into a bespoke18-meter high triangular mirrored structure that hovered over a multi-colour moving floor to create the world’s first Human Arabesque (with no computer graphics). Just wow!

at first glance, this is just another crazy japanese pop video… until you realize that it isn't pop, it's the 95lb pop "singer" HRP-4C !

Nutrisleuth Logo (c) 2010
The latest technology innovated by my company, PPweb Technologies, is powering the NutriSleuth iPhone App. It is a life saver, literally. Not only does it make Mom’s life easier at the grocery store, but it has severity settings that no other product can offer. A Mild severity setting allows it to be used as a tool to “just eat healthy” while Anaphylactic Keep Reading »
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When I tell people I create iPhone apps, 6 out of 10 times they'll say "I have a great idea for an iPhone app!"  

The thing is, creating a successful app that makes money isn't easy, and it takes money to create an app, so it's a balance. The few projects I have taken on all have unique marketability that I believe in, because it's a lotta sweat that gets invested into the devleopment.

Here's a funny overview on what has become a success story for Eugene Lin and his Peek a Boo App. Congrats Eugene, I like board games too!!!

 

 

PPweb Web Services LogoThis is the year of reorganization, including my website development business.
My oh my how it has grown, but organically, the way a business should. It's not just website design and programming anymore- everything is integrated, so over the years I've become full service. 

 

PPweb is a full service web development company providing domain name brainstorming & url registration, hosting, information architecture, database development, user interfaces (UI), design, programming, social networking integration, web app & iPhone app development, CMS, ecommerce, merchant accounts, SEO – it's the whole package whittled down to the best technologies, all in one place with one POC  – me, Paula Patrice!

 

I have quite a large team now at PPweb.Net and we are turning out some beautiful websites, each optimized for web 2.0 but nothing based on a fad. Technology needs to be scaleable, tried and true, reliable, and most important clean.

A lot of people don't realize that clean coding is really important for SEO. Search engine robots will skip over indexing your site – ie no google listing – if your house isn't in order!

More on that and a lot more later… once PPweb.Net becomes PPweb.Com in January 2010. 

New beginnings, new passions, same ol' fashion tech geek me =)

 

i am who i am …and i really am me! so i’ve been taking a ribbing from my online forum friends, seeing as there is no real way to prove that i am me. silly as that may sound, it got me thinking – how does one prove in the online world that they are who they say, yet not lose the privacy that the internet provides? i mean, given the con man situation i recently experienced (yeah, read below if you missed it), who can you trust? and in this age of online monikers, how do you know who is real? aside from posting a picture of course, but even then many people that post pictures on the web either alter them or post fake pics. i dont know how to solve this. i’m not sure it needs solving. it’s just something that keeps arising. and further, what bothers me about it is that it belittles all the work that i put into this website, and makes my words seem hollow. i started my site to touch real people, to communicate with model wanabes… to be real. and even more, whats so great about me that someone would actually want to impersonate me?! heah. that one really gets me. you want my life? TAKE IT! like i said, just thoughts i wanted to share. i have lots of updates to post, but ive been creating a new website on a new server using a new language & applications, so i havent posted much new til i have that up and running. see, new site but journal page still isnt completed and if i wasnt sitting in this hotel room i could do more, but i am so i can’t. but at least im sitting here being me =)
Original Blog Design For PaulaPatrice.com circa 1999

Original Website & Blog Design For PaulaPatrice.com circa 1999

I first began blogging in 1999. We didn’t call it blogging, and I wasn’t sure why I was doing it except that it was fun. Here we are 15 years later and the world hasn’t changed in the ways I thought it would, nor could I have imagined how tech-dependent we’d become.

My “job” for double decades has been to convey a message to you, the public, via an image without the use of words. I’m a fashion model.

My “other job” is conveying a message via virtual imagery. I make websites.

I chose two professions where talking isn’t a prerequisite. In short, I emit a quiet external existence, but dang it’s noisy inside my head! 

Let’s share our experiences and engage through this website, our social medias and chat forums. After all, it’s a tiny world when everything is only happening in your head.

Thanks for stopping by, 
-PP