We’ve spent a lot of time trying to find the right group communication tool at Karbon. We tried Campfire, HipChat, Kickoff, HipChat again, and then finally Slack came around and blew them all out of the water.
Slack’s well designed, fully-featured and makes chatting, sharing files and screenshots and setting up Google Hangouts a breeze. They also have native apps for OS X and iOS with push notification support. Slack launched publicly today but we’ve been using it for months now and we love it. Seriously, you should give it a shot.
I’m going to try using App.net for feedback here on the site. I know, I know, comments, bleh. But the nice thing about doing it this way is these aren’t comments, they’re public @replies on ADN to me with an attachment link to the post you’re writing about. So hopefully that’ll keep things civil.
I don’t know how long I’ll try this for, but it’s a nice way to track feedback to specific posts so let’s give it a shot. You can find the post form on any permalink page (hint: that timestamp link), including this one.
I spent some time today updating this list of all the applications, tools and utilities we use on a daily basis at Karbon. We’ve added a few new apps and retired a few as well. If you’re into big lists of awesome software, dig in.
These days I’ve been shooting mostly with the Leica M Typ 240. Before that, a majority of my photos were with the Sony NEX-7. Further back there are a lot of Canon 5D Mark II and Fujifilm X100 shots. (I wish I could link to the X100 shots easily but I can’t because Flickr’s camera finder is broken for that model.)
Many months ago I tried the Sony RX1 but couldn’t really get into it and returned the camera a week later. After shooting with the Leica M these past few months I think the M is the best camera I’ve ever owned or shot with, but it’s very large and heavy and valuable so I don’t feel comfortable throwing it on my back every single day, especially with a kid running around. Based on this (and constant gushing from friends), I decided to give the RX1 another shot as my every day camera for 30 days. This time I put an EVF on it (huge difference) and so far I’ve been pretty happy with the results. Shots come out a little overblown and fringed, but they’re fixable in Lightroom and compared to the M this camera is tiny and light and quick.
Search the source of your Look Back page for the video
embed and its
flashvars attribute, which is a giant URL-encoded string. Decode that (you can use this online tool) and then grab the
hd_src value. You’ll need to take out the escapes on the slashes (replace \/ with /) and then you’re left with the full HD URL. Go download it!
For their 10th anniversary, Facebook auto-generated a video for every user called “A Look Back”, which seems to have split my friends between those who enjoyed watching their version and those complaining it’s emotional cheap-trickery. For what it’s worth, I think the whole concept and execution is terrific. Sure, it’s tugging at easy heartstrings, but what’s wrong with that? It’s your content.
Technically speaking, Facebook did a good job of automatically selecting content for these. While watching friends’ videos I kept waiting for something awkward to happen—a series of photos with their former boyfriend or girlfriend and then photos of their current wife or husband, 90% are photos of their coffee foam art, etc—but the automation here seems to make decent choices based on your profile. If you’re married, it prefers photos in which your partner is tagged. If you have a child, boy oh boy Facebook will pick up on that and go to town. Wrap everything up with nice animation and music and overall you have a very attractive, successful look back at your Facebook history (and probably several of the meaningful events in your life over the past few years). And then Facebook had to generate these for a billion people—that’s an entirely different success.
I complain about Facebook more than anyone, but this is exactly the kind of thing they’re in a unique position to create and I’m glad they did. If you have a Facebook account, you can find your video at http://facebook.com/lookback.