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Posted on 14. Jul, 2012 by Brandon.
I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth – I’ve just been much less disconnected in Bali for the past 5 weeks. I’ll update more appropriately soon. This poor blog turns 10 years old in a couple of months – need to breathe some life back into it!
Posted on 20. May, 2012 by Brandon.
If you happen to lose your beloved iPad or iPhone, wouldn’t it be nice to rely upon the chance that the goodness of people will prevail in returning it to your hands?
Naive? Perhaps. Nonetheless, it’s worth a shot. Pondering this today, I decided to create my own custom lock screen with my basic contact info overlaid on top of the image.
- Using an image editor (I used Photoshop), create a new file at a resolution of 2048 x 1536px for the iPad 3 (new iPad). iPhone 4 / 4S would be 960 x 640px. iPad 1 / 2 would be 1024 x 768px.
- Plan to design your contact info to fit with the consideration of the top menu and lock area. (roughly 230px from the top and 192px from the bottom)
- Add new layers with your contact info (link them so you can move them around together)
- Save as a layered file (PSD or TIFF in Photoshop) so you can repeat the process with other backgrounds.
- Save as a jpg or PNG
A couple of issues with this method – obviously you’ll have to consider that the contact info will be oriented to either landscape or portrait. There are apps out there that overlay the text from an app but I found them to be less than ideal and unsupportive of retina displays at this point. So if your info is oriented to the side on an image such as below, it’ll get cut off when you turn it to portrait. However, you can also simply put your info more centered as in the second example.
This method isn’t perfect, but it really only takes a few minutes once you get a template set up. For now I feel slightly more at ease knowing that there’s a better chance my iPad will get returned to me should I misplace it. If you have other ideas or another method please do share!
Posted on 28. Apr, 2012 by Brandon.
Stunning and disturbing photos from Earth Day 2012: (The Big Picture)
Posted on 12. Apr, 2012 by Brandon.
Man it’s been a busy 6 weeks. I’ve been in Bombay/Mumbai, India, Bangkok and Koh Samet (Samed) Thailand, all whilst working on a Master’s degree. Photos to come soon. Just a quick update to acknowledge that I’m still vertical.
Posted on 02. Mar, 2012 by Brandon.
Canon 5D Mark III – Hands-on Preview [Dpreview.com]
Posted on 01. Mar, 2012 by Brandon.
In 1990, Irish journalist Susan Jane-Beers noticed a herbal medicine clinic in the corner of a hair salon in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, her adopted home. A victim of age-related chronic knee pain that conventional pharmaceuticals couldn’t numb let alone heal, Jane-Beers decided to try jamu — traditional Indonesian medicine.
The results astounded her. After three days of taking only one third of the prescribed dose of herbal pills, the pain had vanished, making her wonder if she’d found “the magic bullet of all time.”