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Buying Time with a Credit Card

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

A friend and I were talking about how busy we were with finding jobs and finishing college, when he mentioned buying time with a Credit Card. I thought to myself, "that would be absolutely fantastic! ...or would it?"

Imagine what life would be like if time could be charged on credit. Some would have tons of time to do anything, while others would be falling behind on everything - all depending on their credit scores. Those will good credit history (aka productive time management) could buy more time to do whatever they wished.

Let's be real for a minute and consider what "buying time" is really like in the world of flesh and blood. You're probably thinking it all depends on what you need time for. Certainly, finding time to acquire a Master's degree is different from getting an extra hour or two of sleep at night. To me, time is something we mold and sculpt to fit our lifestyles. We each have different likes, dislikes, ambitions, and plans for the future - including exactly how we're going to get there.

How do you price time and at what cost do you buy it? I heavily invest into my future. For better or for worse, I don't rush things and take things very easily. I often fall behind on accomplishing things, because of... you guessed it... time. I have plans to take over the world, but I just can't afford the time, you know? Maybe I should up the credit line on my credit card.

Moral of the day: Time is responsible for our past, present and future. Befriend him and learn to play nice. Find your style of how you buy and spend time, get comfy, and set some goals.

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Posted In: Productivity

Adobe Flash CS5 and Native iPhone Apps

Posted on Sunday, November 8th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Flash CS5 iPhone AppA few weeks ago I learned that Adobe Flash CS5 will have the functionality to create native iPhone applications. I thought to myself, "Holy cow, this will allow anyone who knows Flash to create iPhone apps!" I've always wanted to make iPhone apps but the lack of Objective-C programming skills prevented me from doing so.

If Flash CS5's iPhone application authoring does what it promises, the future of app development is in for treat. This means that anybody with ActionScript skills can make iPhone apps/games. The average user will become the "average developer" very quickly. It appears that this will erase the dividing line between design/development professionals and the average Joe.

Click here to view the Adobe Labs page for iPhone Apps.

Despite the high chance of crap-output from developer-wannabes, this will  give people an opportunity to create quality products. From what Adobe Labs has shown so far, it proves that this model works. In the meantime, I'll be boosting my ActionScript 3 skills, learning to make some awesome apps.

Feedback: Does this make you want to develop for the iPhone, or will this saturate the App Store with even more fart apps?

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Posted In: Design & Code, In the News, Technology

Apple cuts Netbook support, which means…

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Dell Netbook - HackintoshIt's been confirmed that the latest OS X 10.6.2 build nixes support for Atom processors. This means (for now) that you won't be able to update your OS and continue running your Hackintosh Netbook. Apple's fight to keep iTunes exclusive to products whose names start with an "i" has been strong (read: palm pre).

Apple hasn't had a problem with supporting the Atom processors, but all of a sudden they're picky about it. To me, this can only mean one thing - Apple's shutting out competition. I think they're cooking something up of their own that might be a little "Netbookish." Some rumors say that they're building a device that will completely change the way we consume media on the go.

Something like this is probably since Apple has a history of reinventing existing products and concepts -- iPhone, Mac mini, Mighty Mouse, iMac, Unibody Macbooks, etc. They also have a history of being involved in media consumption with iTunes music, movies, and TV shows. Books and magazines, with an eBook reader of their own, may be a logical target. Would you be interested in a revolutionary $599 iReader?

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Posted In: In the News, Technology