Another busy day sees yet more content going live. First up, at CNET.com.au, a review of a very nice trackball. I’m going to be sad to see this one go back, frankly:
Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring:“The design of the Orbit ball makes it stand out from the trackball crowd, which traditionally goes for a bright red design that usually ends up giving off a distinct Hal 9000 vibe.”
Then in the 30 Seconds Of Tech field, business is picking up. Firstly, yet another S-themed 30 Seconds:
And then an entry brought to you by the letter ‘N”
(and yeah, I know, the music’s the same in both of them. You weren’t here for the disco, were you?)
I nearly — but not quite — forgot to blog the fact that, once again, I’ve made the finalist cut for the IT Journalist Awards (informally known as the “Lizzies” for reasons that I won’t go into here. I miss the bronze lizard statues, though). This year, they’re being sponsored by Microsoft, which formally makes them the Microsoft IT Journalism Awards For 2010.
Anyway, I’m in the finalist categories for Best Reviewer and Best Consumer Journalist.
My competition? Well, for Best Reviewer, that’d be Adam Turner, Angus Kidman, Campbell Simpson, Craig Simms, David Braue, Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson and Ty Pendlebury. For Best Consumer Journalist, I’m up against Adam Turner, Andrew Ramadge, Angus Kidman, Asher Moses, Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson and Nick Broughall.
Wow. That’s an insanely talented bunch of folks to even be considered in the company of. It all happens next Friday night, which leaves me pondering; should I once again live tweet the event?
While I ponder on that one, a quick video that came out of a trip I went on with Canon last week. Not so much 30 Seconds Of Tech, more 30 Seconds Of Floating Around.
It’s been an astonishingly productive week. Possibly because my brain is gearing up for the second half of March, where I’ll be even busier but significantly less productive (if you know why, you know why. If you don’t, you probably don’t need to know).
Over at CNET.com.au, another uDraw title got a going over:
At MacTheReviews, I’ve tested the new, shiny, Thunderbolt-Underpants-Wearing 2011 MacBook Pro:
MacBook Pro (early 2011):“For lo, through its magical and revolutionary technology, Apple has summoned the god of thunder and lightning, Zeus himself, within your MacBook Pro.”
And all of this while I was actually out of my office all day, attending product launches and events. Which led to a bit of video work. But instead of just one 30 Seconds Of Tech, you get a hefty three to pick from. What’s more, in startling news, and contrary to all we’ve seen go on before, one of them doesn’t even start with the letter S… although most of them do.
Keeping with the Windows 7 tablet idea, another entry in the 30 Seconds Of Tech series, this time looking at the Samsung 7 Series tablet. For those keeping score, I’m aware that the series to date has been a little Samsung-heavy, but that’s to do entirely with exposure. Any vendors willing to show me their shiny new gear are entirely and absolutely welcome to do so. It’s more of an oddity that every single vendor so far has started with the letter “S”. Must do something about that.
*Rumours that I have an optional attachment for removing stones from horse’s hooves are as yet, unsubstantiated.
The 30 seconds of tech concept evolves a little. A deliberate challenge: Can I make a thirty second video about a tech product that, underneath the surface has some nice numbers, but is externally very bland?
Still experimenting with the format and getting a few details, such as the requested superimposed subtitles in there. Thoughts, comments and offers of more exciting gear to film gratefully accepted.
An experimental idea I’ve been kicking around in my head for a while now. I attend a lot of product launches, and get some good hands-on time with products. It’s typically not enough to form a proper review, but it is good for showing off products. And that’s what thirty seconds of tech is meant to be all about. Not so heavy on the detail, or for that matter the lingering shot. Just the shiny, shiny gadgets and gear.