Say No To Vertical Video Syndrome

Check out this awesome and hilarious PSA from Glove & Boots about a major pet peeve of mine – people who rotate their phone while shooting videos and create “vertical videos”.

When trawling YouTube and other sites for content for a network, vertical videos drive me bat-shit crazy, especially when they are good, because when I go to post them the automated system we have for grabbing and re-sizing thumbnails creates crap thumbnails due to 70% of the image being black bars, and I end up having to do the thumbnails manually. Trust me, it’s really hard to get a good 620×250 thumbnail from a video where the content is only 100 or 200 pixels wide.

Anyhow, heed this PSA folks and learn to use the camera in your phone properly. It will make my life so much easier and stop us all from having to buy Star Wars again.

Mobile Video Calling Is A Fad – Bust Before It Begins

2001 A Space OdysseyiPhone 4, video calls, WiFi, 3G, 4G… Video calls on the move? Screw it! It’s a bust and if you hadn’t been dazzled by the technospeak you’d engage your brain and move on to something worth focusing on.

Answer me these questions honestly and you’ll understand why it will be nothing more than a fad:

  • Which do you do more – text or call?
  • Why do you text rather than call?
  • When was the last time you made a call?
  • How long did it last and why did it end?
  • How was the call quality?
  • How often do your calls drop?
  • When was the last time you went outside because it was too loud to hear?
  • Do you use Skype to call other people?
  • How often do you actually turn the webcam on?

Also, video is damn intrusive. It requires more attention than listening to audio and in the case of video phone calls, unless you want to appear to be a complete ass and not look at the video, you can forget about multi-tasking while on the call. It’s more than a little difficult to take notes, type that email, hold that ice cream, pour that drink or change that child while holding a cellphone out in front of you so you can see the screen and they can see you.

Will you really feel like having to get dressed or cleaning your living room just in case  the phone rings?

People who cheat in relationships, no more pretending there is no-one in the house with you. She (or he) will just ask you to turn on the camera and pan it around…

Still think video conferencing on cell phones is the way to go?

What If ISP’s Operated Like Cellphone Carriers?

The following video and the transcript below, is a direct result of conversation I had with Sara about the fact that there are currently no Android phones available on the Sprint network.

Transcript of the video:

What would the world be like, or what would your communications be like, if ISP’s operated the same way cellphone carriers do?

Imagine a situation where, with ISP’s operating the same as cellphone carriers, every time you wanted to change from one ISP to another you had to buy a new laptop, and the laptop that you bought had to be one approved by the ISP for use on their network!

Imagine every time, if you wanted to go out and buy an Alienware PC or but the latest Mac notebook, laptop or whatever and you couldn’t do it because they weren’t available to your ISP. Further to that imagine if you the got hold of your new laptop after moving to your new ISp and found that you can’t run the software you want on it because the software has to be approved buy the hardware manufacturer in conjunction with the ISP.

This may sound like a really, really stupid situation considering the cost of laptops and the cost of an ISP for a year but it is a situation that we go through and deal with everyday, especially in the US. Not so much here in Europe, but especially in the US in terms of our cellphones.

Now, many cellphone handsets are just as expensive as an entry level laptop or low end laptop. You can pay 300, 400 dollars or more, 500 – 600 dollars for a handset sometimes and yet you can only use it with certain networks.

Here in Europe things are very, very different on that front. I can buy any handset I want (except an iPhone) and as long as I take a contract and get a SIM card, with the network that I want to be on, then I can put it on any network that I want to put it on. And I can move it from network to network just by changing the SIM card.

Now, you can buy a phone here discounted, because of your contract with the cellphone carrier which locks your phone to that cellphone carrier. However, when you finish your contract you are allowed unlock your phone and move it to any other network.

But, you know, that’s besides the point.

The point that I’m trying to make here is that cellphone handsets are expensive. We buy them they are our hardware, once we purchase them.

They have also become very, very central to our communications and they’ve become central to our productivity. They are  just as essential to our productivity in some cases as our laptops are. They allow us to do many of the same functions while we’re on the move and stay in contact. But why is it that while we wouldn’t put up with this behaviour from ISP’s we put up with it from cellphone manufacturers/carriers?

Cellphones cost approximately the same as an entry level laptop yet if somebody was to tell you that you can’t use your laptop with us because we only allow Apple or we only allow say, Dell PC’s on our ISP, you’d be in uproar. The whole place would be in war over it.

So again, why do we allow this to happen with our cellphone handsets?