Investorideas.com Newswire – Ozoshare Launches as First Social Networking Platform for The Green World

August 9, 2012 by  
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Ozoshare Launches as first Social Networking Platform for the Green World

New Social Network, Designed Solely for the Green Community, Connects Individuals and Businesses/Groups/Federations who Share the Same Eco Concerns and Goals

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 7, 2012 (Investorideas.com renewable energy newswire) Ozoshare, the first social networking platform dedicated to the green world driven solely by the green interests of its members, marked its public launch today. the new site is the first and only private, secure, user friendly social network dedicated to the green community where members connect and share in an increasingly eco-focused world.

“People are realizing that the world “going green” is no longer a choice but our responsibility” said Thomas Smith, partner, Ozoshare. “Going green is our responsibility for a healthy future and social networking is the current means of mass communication. Ozoshare is the ideal combination of both, it is one step ahead and is the vehicle where people and companies participating in the green world share and connect with others in an interactive, member-driven social media platform. It’s the first social network of its kind for green community members at every level and category from personal interests to technologies and organizations.”

Prior to official launch, grassroots promotions and people’s green passions have built the Ozoshare site to over 3000 members and growing daily. the site is ideal for green entities such as businesses, groups, organizations, federations, charities, institutions, websites, schools, universities as well as green individuals as they work to raise funds, gain support for green movements, buy and sell green products, educate on green topics and create green related partnerships.

Members share their green messages and missions while staying up to date with current green issues with the members they are “partners” (friends) with. Rather than complicating the experience with other social dimensions, such as the members’ gender, parties or friends, Ozoshare provides a platform specifically for members via their green interests they designated on their Ozoshare bio (profile). Members can have a business page and/or a personal page and an unlimited number of “partners.” Members can also create custom pages with personalized tabs that include their website, donation page, newsletter, mission statement, blog and more. other Ozoshare members “approve” the pages they agree with and all can see the “approves” tally up, just like “liking” a page on Facebook.

  • The Buzz: Electronic wall to log discussions and “buzz’s”(posts) between partners
  • Tree Mail: Inter-network private communication message channel
  • Business-ready platform: Ability to own a personal and/or business page and have a limitless number of partners (friends)
  • Customization: create unique pages with custom tabs within the “bio” section such as a website, donation page, newsletter, mission statement, blog, or other. Members can visit while on Ozoshare and “approve” them
  • Multiple Accounts: Efficient multi-account management with the ability to “tab” through accounts without logging in and out.
  • Interest Aggregation: the Green interest Page – assembles interest-based content on the site via members green passions. This includes groups, events and members associated with specific green interests such as recycling, green technology, ecology, etc.
  • Pow Wows: an open, private or secret pow wow (group) customized and formed by the Ozoshare member via their desired “green interest”. Members create, participate or search for Pow Wows to branch out further and share ideas, links, photos and video. Every member of a Pow Wow receives a “rooster” notification when there is a buzz (post). Privacy settings are customized by the Pow Wow administrator to set up an 1. an “Open Pow Wow” that anyone can view and request to join 2. “A Private Pow Wow” where anyone can view but only join through invitation or 3. “A Secret Pow Wow” which can not be found or viewed and joined only by invitation.

Julie Benz, known for her work on Dexter and Desperate Housewives and also a green/eco advocate expressed support for the new green community.

“Ozoshare helps me learn how to live more eco-friendly and green. it makes me feel like a part of the green community and I can now share what I learn with others. plus it’s really simple to use. I really believe it’s only a matter of time before other celebrities, organizations, and consumers find out about this exciting resource. Go green!”

According to Seth Leitman, green living expert at GreenLivingGuy.com and provider of information and tips on Green Living; as well as the editor of McGraw-Hill’s Green Guru Guides, “the green steamroller is increasing in momentum with individuals and companies accelerating the movement.”

“Ozoshare provides a platform for the green world that allows for collaboration, discussions and activities in a way that really differentiates them from other social networks,” said Leitman. “The ability to have multiple accounts under a single login with simple tabbing that really simplifies management. There is no limit to the number of partners (friends) that personal or business page owners can follow, removing the limits to collaboration. the biggest advantage of Ozoshare is that it is driven by green interests which link members to the people and organizations they want to connect with. This results in greater conversion for organizations and a more satisfying experience for individuals.”

Ozoshare members using the “Ozo Seal” on their websites or marketing materials identify themselves as active in the green movement. While serving to increase a member’s partner network with like-minded individuals it also serves as a brand of integrity and conscience. the “Ozo Seal”, when clicked, directs the user to the bio page of the member on Ozoshare.

For more information on Ozoshare, please visit: www.ozoshare.com

About Ozoshare

Ozoshare is the first “green” social networking platform to be driven solely by members with green interests. the green social network is available to businesses, organizations and individuals focused on eco-focused interests, activities and goals. Founded in 2011, Ozoshare is headquartered in Los Angeles and has more than 3,000 members. for more information, please visit: www.ozoshare.com.

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Windows desktop destined for long slide to oblivion, says Gartner

July 26, 2012 by  
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Computerworld – Microsoft will de-emphasize the Windows desktop in future releases of its operating system as usage of traditional Windows applications falls to just 10% of users’ time by 2020, analysts said this week.

A quartet of Gartner analysts, led by Michael Silver, released a report Tuesday that spelled out the market research firm’s prediction for what it described as a Microsoft-initiated “technology shift,” the first in nearly two decades.

“Sometimes a new version of Windows represents more than a major upgrade,” said Silver in the report Windows 8 Changes Windows as we know It. “We call these ‘technology shifts.’ we don’t see technology shifts too often.”

In fact, for Gartner’s money, the only other example in Microsoft’s 37-year history was the shift from DOS to Windows NT technology that kicked off in 1993 and wrapped up with the 2001 launch of Windows XP.

“Windows XP was the first Windows version based on NT technology to be targeted at businesses and consumers, and signaled the end of the DOS technology era,” Gartner said.

Likewise, the emergence of WinRT — the name for the new runtime and programming model linked to the Metro user interface (UI) and its touch-first apps — is a technology shift. Namely, it’s a shift away from Windows NT (the core of every edition prior to Windows 8) to WinRT and Metro.

That shift will probably run much like the one from DOS to Windows NT: A long process (eight years for the first shift to run its course) that for some time features both technologies (the DOS prompt remained key to Windows for years) and a gradual diminishing of the older technology’s importance.

“Microsoft is not forcing anyone to eliminate Win32 applications or preventing developers from writing them, but Gartner believes that Win32 and the Windows Desktop will become less strategic over time,” said the firm.

Most enterprises that adopt Windows 8 will continue to use Win32 applications and a traditional desktop browser through 2015, said Silver and his colleagues, but by 2020, users will spend less than 10% of their time on that platform, and thus on the desktop. By then, the browser and most applications, including what Gartner called “OS-neutral” apps, will run in Metro using the WinRT runtime.

That means Microsoft will likely spend little energy from this point forward improving the Windows desktop.

“Gartner expects Microsoft to include the Windows Desktop in future releases, but improvements will be relatively minor,” the research firm said, comparing future support for the desktop to the longtime inclusion of the DOS command line in Windows.

Microsoft’s bet on WinRT and Metro is, of course, huge, but it was necessary.

“Gartner believes Microsoft needs to make such a change, an idea we first suggested in 2006,” said Silver’s report. “Our hypothesis [then] was that having to support legacy products was becoming a drag on Microsoft, slowing innovation, and that Windows had become too large for any systems designer to implement radical changes.”

In 2008, Silver and Gartner analyst Neil McDonald, who also contributed to this week’s report, called Microsoft’s then-current position “untenable,” and said Windows was “collapsing” under its own weight of legacy code and the need to support old software, both its own and that from third parties.

Microsoft, Gartner said then, had to address the problem by building a Windows system able to run on low-powered and low-priced hardware — this was years before Apple introduced its iPad — by crafting an operating system that was “thinner, smaller and more modular.”

Windows Store pricing detailed

July 24, 2012 by  
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The October 26 launch of Windows 8 is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time for Microsoft to rally developers to make sure that the Windows Store is well-stocked with apps and games for the impending rush of shoppers. the doors are already open to users of the Windows 8 Preview builds, and it’s been smooth sailing so far. Now, Microsoft has put up a blog post designed to answer that all-important question: how will developers monetize their apps?

The methods are the same tried-and-tested ones you’ve encountered on Windows Phone, iOS , or Android. the Windows Store allows developers to offer ad-supported apps, in-app purchases, trial installs, and even support for developer-hosted billing systems.

One interesting twist with the Windows Store is Microsoft’s “commission.” while the initial cut is the same 30% that’s become standard in pretty much every app market, things change once an app’s total sales pass the $25,000 mark (and that includes in-app purchases). After that point, Microsoft reduces its cut to 20%, allowing developers of successful apps to pocket a little additional cash. 10% might not seem like much, but for developers of successful titles it’s another strong incentive to get their apps Metro-ready and submitted to the Windows Store.

Microsoft is also raising the bar slightly when it comes to purchase prices. You won’t find any 99-cent apps or games in the Windows Store. They’ll start at $1.49 — a modest bump to be sure, but just one more way Microsoft is trying to differentiate the Windows Store and remind developers that getting paid is an important part of building an app.

Users will appreciate the fact that Microsoft is pushing hard for trial apps. In their blog post, it’s mentioned that trial apps can lead to five times the sales of paid apps that don’t offer a test drive. Microsoft is keen to point out that developers benefit in other ways, too — such as harvesting useful telemetry data from customers that may otherwise never have used their apps.

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Launch Tech tools diagnose 4-wheeled patients’ woes

June 3, 2012 by  
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Jeffrey Qu (center), CEO and president of Launch Tech USA, and VP of Diagnostics Harlan Siegel (left) accept the Motor Top 20 Tool Award from Motor Magazine’s Dave Marlowe (right) in November 2011. provided to China Daily

Jeffrey Qu is excited about traveling next week to China, the latest of his regular trips there during the past decade.

This time, the CEO of the US subsidiary of Launch Tech co Ltd is flying to Shenzhen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company’s founding.

Launch Tech, which makes equipment for diagnosing and testing automobiles, will use its birthday party to unveil a new product – Diagnosis Based Solution for Car, or DBSCar. its internal semiconductor, designed in China, sends signals from a car to the “cloud”, or virtual information storage for computers. The data is accessible by authorized end-users such as insurance companies, auto mechanics and fleet managers.

Victor Rivilla, marketing director of Launch Tech USA, said the Ontario, California company and its Shenzhen-based parent are the first to use cloud-computing technology in auto-servicing scan tools.

“Drivers can share information about their cars with each other through this way too,” he said.

The DBS chip isn’t Launch Tech’s first foray into the retail market. Experience with other products aimed at do-it-yourself mechanics has shown the company how important it is that such tools be easy to use.

Toward that goal, Launch Tech offers a version of its MD4My-Car product as a free application through Apple Inc’s iTunes online marketplace. Users can download the app to their iPads or iPhones and configure it with their cars’ onboard computers to obtain realtime readouts on engine performance, problem monitoring and driving data.

Offline, Launch Tech USA is in talks with Wal-Mart Stores Inc to put its primary DIY product, Pocket Tech, on the shelves of the world’s biggest retailer. It’s already carried by major auto parts stores in the US.

“Pocket Tech would arm individuals with vital information about their vehicle’s condition prior to visiting a repair shop,” Rivilla said. “We’re indeed creating a need in the market.”

The device is hooked up to a vehicle after a dashboard light has indicated a problem. Pocket Tech displays the trouble code and code definition, which can easily be further researched on the Internet. this gives the owner, whether weekend tinkerer or complete novice, an idea of what’s wrong with his wheels before rolling in to the repair shop.

At that shop, the customer may encounter Launch Tech’s professional-grade equipment for mechanics. The company’s presence in this market is better established than in retail. In the US, Launch Tech’s three product lines are diagnostic, under-car and fluid-maintenance equipment – proven top sellers among all products the company has adapted from its initial Chinese business.

“In China, Launch Tech has everything in the automotive aftermarket,” Qu said.

He was referring to the industry’s secondary, or post-sale, market. it entails the manufacture, remanufacturing, distribution, retailing and installation of parts, fluids, equipment and accessories after a car or truck has been sold by the original-equipment manufacturer, or OEM, to the consumer.

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, whose 2012 edition takes place this fall in Las Vegas, has more than 20 major product classifications. The market generated $285.7 billion in sales throughout the US in 2010, according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association.

Diagnostics approach the modern car as though it’s a human body. No longer is a vehicle taken apart for problem-checking; since the late 1980s, scan tools and attached computers have done the job of electronic pathologist.

The first generation of autodiagnostic equipment was costprohibitive, with most retailing at over $30,000, Rivilla recalled. “They were also as big as today’s refrigerators,” he said.

Over the past three decades, the detection devices have gotten smaller and cheaper.

“Automotive technology changes every year, and that will never change. For people who like tools, this is a good thing,” said Jacques Gordon, editor of Professional Tool and Equipment News, a magazine for the autorepair industry.

Launch Tech, which is the world’s third-biggest maker of diagnostic scan tools by revenue, offers the handset-size Diagun in its line of products for professional grease monkeys and savvy amateurs. The device is equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology for connecting to computers. The wireless feature means the Diagun enables one mechanic to do jobs that typically required two men, enhancing the repair shop’s efficiency.

According to Qu, Launch Tech’s tools enjoy the advantage of broad coverage; they’re able to diagnose US, Japanese and European models, including “smart” and hybrid cars.

Through the use of its relatively new global diagnostic solution, or GDS, technology, the cost of a vehicle diagnosis could be slashed by two-thirds from the price of original-equipment scan tools that target only a specific manufacturer’s makes and are available only to dealers of that brand.

Foreign cars and light-payload trucks accounted for 65 percent of the growth in light-vehicle aftermarket products in 2011, according to Jim Lang, president of Lang Marketing Resources and an expert in the vehicle-products industry. “The foreign vehicle aftermarket will achieve its strongest growth in the service sector, as foreign repair expands its 2011 share of the independent [nondealer] service market,” he said.

To ensure that independent mechanics and DIY customers of its products always have the latest in vehicle coverage and repair information, Launch Tech made over 850 updates last year to its software offering and added an all Data link, the largest single source of OEM information on repairs and performance, to the GDS.

NBC television’s International Innovators program in 2011 highlighted Launch Tech as an exemplar from Shenzhen, China’s first special economic zone, based on its C-Recorder and X-Sonic clean products. The two were among Motor Information Systems’ Top 20 Tool Awards for

2008 and 2011, respectively. The C-Recorder, a kind of “black box” for cars, enables the owner to test-drive the vehicle and record crucial engine data for the repair shop, saving time that would be spent by the technician.

Also in 2011, Launch Tech USA was recognized as Vendor of the Year by Mac Tools at the automotive equipment distributor’s National Tool fair in Nashville, Tennessee, cited for outstanding performance in inventory, delivery, product innovation, sales and support.

Launch Tech co. Ltd. was started in the early 1990s in Shenzhen as a computer hardware trading company by two brothers, Louis and Charles Liu. Two years later, through a product dubbed “electric eyes”, the company entered the automotive aftermarket. In fact, “we’re a pioneer in introducing the aftermarket concept to China”, said Qu.

In 2003, he took about $7,000 in cash in his pocket with another Chinese colleague to start Launch Tech’s US arm.

“We spoke Chinese English, in a goofy manner and asked some awkward questions,” the CEO recalled. “At the very beginning, we looked a little bit clumsy, unprofessional, and we experienced a steep learning curve for a while.”

That includes lessons such as litigation over patented technologies. Qu said proudly that Launch Tech hasn’t “lost” a lawsuit and when it has settled, the company wasn’t ordered to pay royalties or penalties or reimburse the plaintiff’s legal costs.

wangjun@chinadailyusa.com

How Face(.com) Recognition Could Fit Into Facebook Mobile

June 2, 2012 by  
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Face.com’s CEO has shrugged off rumors that it is being acquired by Facebook for up to $100 million when we asked. But the addition of its facial recognition tech to Facebook’s mobile apps could make sure friend tagging continues as the social network’s user base shifts away from desktops.

In fact, about 45% of users of Face.com’s app KLIK end up sharing their photos on Facebook, which shows how popular mobile facial recognition could be.

For the record, Face.com people are keeping their cards close to their chest. Face.com’s CEO Gil Hirsch flatly tells TechCrunch: “we have nothing new to announce or share at this time.”

But even while Facebook has been pushing a lot of fancy new enhancements to its mobile offerings (its Camera mobile app being the most recent) there are still a surprising number of features that have yet to be covered by the company.

So, perhaps because nature abhors a vacuum, we’re now getting a full whack of reports of what the company might buy or launch to make up for that, including today’s Face.com news that Facebook is looking to buy mobile/PC browser company Opera and hiring ex-Apple hardware engineers to work on its own phone. (Btw Opera is also giving a similarly no-news line: “Everything I’ve read has been news to me,” one Opera person told me.)

We may just, quite possibly, be in the middle of a Facebook news bubble and that half of what we are reading about Facebook and mobile may never come to pass — or could take ages to come to fruition: Buffy the Android slayer is reportedly still six to 12 months away going by the timing in the AllThingsD post from November. and this is not the first time we’ve heard that Face.com is in the Facebook acquisition line.

But, if you swallow that large grain of salt, there is a huge amount of sense in the social network looking at beefing up its mobile arsenal with companies like these, which offer features that Facebook currently does not, and therefore offer the promise of getting mobile users to spend more time on the social network — something that is a concern for the company.

At the moment, Facebook’s popular photo tag suggestion feature does not work from mobile, only on web uploads on PCs; on mobile, users can tag by starting to type a name for tagging options to appear, a spokesperson notes to us.

Face.com meanwhile offers facial-recognition software both for PC-based and mobile usage, with the key being that it covers mobile.

Face.com has its own iPhone mobile app, KLIK, beta-launched in January, and then rolled out as a 1.0 version in the app store earlier this month, which shows off the full range of its features.

These include facial recognition, facial-friendly photo filters and a location-based photo network — all services you could see sitting naturally in Facebook’s existing services.

Face.com tells us that Klik had over 100,000 downloads of the app in the first three days — signs of stickiness and popularity.

Equally interesting, Face.com also offers an API to integrate its technology into other apps. (One company suggested for an integration: Path.)

The API functionality could come in handy as Facebook looks at more ways of extending its functionality and touchpoints outside of its walled garden, especially since an Android version is likely to come soon from Face.com.

Opera, last week’s acquisition rumor, offers a similar promise of covering new ground for Facebook.

In its case it’s about a web browser — which, as others have reported, would be an essential feature if Facebook were to launch its own mobile platform.

That would be to compete against the likes of Android from Google and iOS from Apple in smartphones. But having web browsing capabilities could also help Facebook make more of a push in the lower-end feature phone space — an area where it has already made advances with services like Facebook zero and its acquisition of Snaptu to improve the feature phone experience to target users in developing markets.

Coincidentally, Opera pushed itself as a “social mobile” company in February, when it launched the Opera Mini next browser, offering “Smart Page” social media sharing features specifically for feature phone users.

Opera says it has some 200 million users of its browsers today, but if its social functionality that Facebook is after, there may be others worth watching, too. For example, the social mobile browser company Rockmelt, which has raised nearly $40 million from Andreessen-Horowitz, Accel, Khosla Ventures and others, currently offers an iOS app.

In the meantime, Opera has seen a little lift in its fortunes since the rumors broke last week: today its share price appears to have been its highest in a year, rising by 24.4 percent and closing at €5.70 a share.

[Additional reporting by Josh Constine]

Windows Phone 8 ‘Apollo’ Should Be Windows RT

April 30, 2012 by  
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Microsoft has a lot going on in 2012 with a variety of major products and platform rollouts. Windows 8 and the accompanying Windows RT are expected to launch this fall, and many suspect that Microsoft will also introduce Windows Phone 8 around the same time. Instead of making Windows Phone 8 available, though, Microsoft should move its smartphones to Windows RT.

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There has been a tremendous amount of chaos and confusion lately about Windows Phone 8 and what it means for existing Windows Phone customers. will current Windows Phone models like the recently launched Nokia Lumia 900 be upgraded to the new version? There are mixed reports, and the answer seems to be leaning toward “no”.

Microsoft doesn’t need two mobile platforms–just consolidate on Windows RT.If that’s true, Microsoft will be shooting itself in the foot…with a shotgun. It’s bad enough that Android users with cutting edge smartphones or tablets often have to wait months to get the latest update. but, at least most eventually get it. It’s not good practice to sell “cutting edge” hardware that is obsolete before it’s unboxed.

It may not change the reality of whether or not existing Windows Phone smartphones get upgraded, but Microsoft could remove some of the confusion and build a stronger mobile platform in general if it got rid of Windows Phone altogether. Just move Windows Phone devices to Windows RT.

There are differences in features and capabilities between an iPhone and an iPad–but they both run iOS. There are differences in features and capabilities between a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and a Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet–but they both run Android.

As it stands now, Microsoft smartphones will ostensibly run Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft tablets will run Windows RT. but, both are variations of a Microsoft Windows theme using a Metro interface, and designed to run on ARM-based hardware architecture. why bother developing and maintaining both?

Onuora Amobi, editor of Windows8Update, agrees that consolidating Windows RT with the upcoming Windows Phone 8 “Apollo” OS makes sense in theory. however, Amobi thinks it’s a Herculean strategic shift that Microsoft isn’t prepared for. “I have to assume that a successful dual OS (RT and Apollo) would require a lot of internal reorganization within the Microsoft Windows development team structure. I don’t see any signs of that happening anytime soon.”

Wes Miller from Directions on Microsoft, says that it has been widely predicted that Windows Phone 8 will switch from Windows CE to the Windows NT kernel. He points out some tactical hurdles Microsoft might face trying to consolidate Windows Phone with Windows RT, though. For example, Metro on Windows Phone is strictly portrait, while Metro on Windows RT is strictly landscape. Also, Microsoft has announced that Windows RT will include versions of the key Microsoft Office apps, but the smaller display on a smartphone is too small to run those adequately.

Miller is correct. but those are the same sort of differences in features and capabilities that exist between iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. There are better ways to handle the variations in hardware capabilities than creating entirely separate mobile platforms for each.

Maintaining both Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 simultaneously seems like a redundant waste of resources for Microsoft, a burden for developers to create separate apps for both platforms, and a confusing disconnect for users that could hinder the success Microsoft smartphones and tablets.

Notebooks are the Past, Tablets are the Future

April 29, 2012 by  
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This may be one of the more controversial columns I have written in sometime, although my goal is not to be controversial but to spur thought- so please hear me out. it is no secret that I am very bullish on the tablet form factor.

I have written extensively about them since the launch of the first iPad about my beliefs in this product’s role in the future of computing. But there are still many in the industry who have long watched, predicted, and benefited from the evolution of the desktop computer to the notebook and its success world wide that disagree with the more bullish thinking about tablets replacing laptops eventually.

At analyst meetings I attend and during many conversations with industry folk, I constantly hear a theme of tablets turning into notebooks. in essence there is a belief that the tablet form factor will evolve in form and function to look more like a notebook rather than less. this device is in essence the convergence of a notebook with a tablet. there is a good chance that with Windows 8 this form factor will appeal to a segment of the market. Even if that happens, and because of Windows 8, I believe that it is inevitable that all major software going forward will be re-imagined for touch interfaces first and foremost.

Notebooks of old will become Relics

Because of the incredible growth of the iPad and smartphones over recent years, nearly all software developers have turned their eyes to touch. I have been one of the foremost proponents of touch computing and I firmly believe it is the foundation of our computing future. with that reality in mind, it seems clear to me clear that the software industry has been reborn around touch computing–R.I.P Computer-Aided display Control (aka Mouse).

It is because of this new computing paradigm built from the ground up around touch that when I see notebooks I feel like I am looking at the past. yet when I see how kids, elderly, non-techies, first time computer users in emerging markets, and more, all use the iPad, I am convinced I am looking at the future.

If you read my column on the new era of personal computing, I made the statement that notebooks are not actually mobile computers but are really portable desktops with compromises made on behalf of portability. in fact it was fascinating to hear Apple’s COO Peter Oppenheimer refer to the Mac business as desktops and portables–that’s my kind of industry terminology! Many desktop use cases are the same on notebooks. The only difference between the two is that one is portable and one is not. The iPad is however much more of a personal mobile computer than a notebook ever was or will be and the drastic change in use cases between the iPad and notebooks is significant.

I don’t know anyone who owns an iPad who has stopped using their notebook or desktop entirely. Sometimes there are times when you want a larger screen and a keyboard to accomplish some tasks. this is the best argument for the hybrid tablet / notebook computer. However, acknowledging that for some tasks a larger screen and keyboard are convenient, there is another scenario I can see playing out that may make the notebook form factor irrelevant for many consumers.

The Desktops new Role

Believe it or not, I see desktops making a comeback due to a role change. there is an interesting trend emerging around desktops. Consumer all-in-one Desktops (Like the iMac) are being designed to be showcased prominently in the house rather than stuck in the den or office. These computers will be very elegant, very powerful, and very affordable. so rather than try to converge a notebook and a tablet, I think a better solution is to pair a desktop all-in-one with a tablet. this would especially be interesting in consumer markets.

In this solution, when you want a big screen, keyboard, etc., you get it in a no compromise package with more processing power, graphics, memory, and storage than you would ever get in a converged tablet / notebook or a laptop. Then when you want a mobile computer you get a no compromise mobile computer with a tablet. I think this makes a lot of sense, perhaps even more than a converged notebook / tablet for the mass market.

Without fully testing one of these converged notebook / tablet devices it is hard to say this with absolute confidence but my fear with this converged form factor is that it will be a compromised notebook and a compromised tablet. Even though it is trying to be the best of both worlds, my fear is that it fails at both, or at the very least is heavily compromised on both fronts. Plus, if you buy my logic that a notebook is just a portable desktop, then the notebook becomes irrelevant in a desktop / tablet solution.

Of course the cloud and specifically the relationship between a desktop and a tablet would need to evolve quite a bit more than it is today for this to work. that is why I refer to it as a solution because it would need to have solution based thinking for this particular scenario to be done right.

This even works in a family setting where each person of the house has their own tablet screen and the desktop remains the communal screen for more “heavy lifting.” Each person’s cloud would have to work harmoniously on a personal level and also at a family level.

I have in fact been trying this experiment for myself at my house. using a desktop as my primary big screen computer and a tablet for all my other mobile use cases. it is surprisingly sufficient already even without being built with this specific use case in mind.

Now realistically the notebook form factor will always exist for a certain segment. this model may not work for business users or mobile professionals. But I am beginning to wonder whether this desktop paired with a tablet solution may be a very attractive proposition for the mass consumer market. in this scenario everyone in the home has their own personal tablet rather than everyone having their own personal notebook. this scenario is not tomorrow, next year, or even a few years away but I would not be shocked if this solution gains traction at some point in time in the future.

This topic again is meant more of a thought exercise around a scenario that I could see playing out. Rarely am I struck with such a feeling that when I look at the excitement from many vendors around notebooks that I am sensing they are investing in the past, not in the future. But that is exactly the feeling I am having of late.

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Review: The OPC musician’s computer/amp from Orange Amps

March 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Every thing you Need to Know

The first OPC from Orange Amps was made available in August 2010 and we’ve been closely following its development ever since. the bundled musician-related software has remained pretty much the same since launch but the musician’s computer was given a serious hardware upgrade towards the close of 2011, and it’s the new Core i7 system which I’ve been getting to know over the past few weeks. I’ve also managed to discuss some of the finer details with the driving force behind the OPC, and its lead developer, Charlie Cooper.

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The Orange PC project started life when Cooper’s father brought home some old Orange cabinets and the pair were lost for what to do with them until Cooper Junior suggested housing a computer inside the cab and putting a TV on top. the idea grew into an early OPC prototype that had two wires sticking out which were used to start the system and included an early Intel ITX motherboard with an Atom processor and a mATX PSU. After an encouraging showing at Musikmesse 2010, the first production model was announced in the middle of 2010. the few years since have been spent tweaking, fine tuning and refining the product into the slick, feature-packed production model you see here. so, is it any good?

  • A bright orange OPC computer/amplifier
  • Power cable(s)
  • USB extension cable
  • Wired mouse and keyboard
  • Quick start guide and activation sheet

Technical specs

The OPC runs on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition. the review unit I was sent is powered by a second generation Intel Core i7-2600K quad core processor running at 3.4 GHz with integrated Intel HD graphics on a Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3 board. There’s 8 GB of Kingston dual channel 1333MHz DDR3 memory over two slots, but there are four slots available for up to 16 GB of RAM. the 3.5-inch, 500 GB Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS HDD spinning at 7200 RPM provides the onboard storage, there are five USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and one eSATA port, and a Samsung (TSST) slot-loading DVD re-writer. the unit also benefits from 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with included antenna.

The OPC will need to be connected to a monitor or TV (not supplied) to interact with the software, catered for by two HDMI ports and one VGA connection. To the top of the unit is a 24-bit/96Hz ultra low latency instrument input next to a microphone/keyboard/instrument input with a 20 dB boost switch. These inputs feed into the OPC Sound Card, which Cooper says is “Orange’s solution to getting a cleaner guitar signal and eliminating latency, while providing more recording options for vocals/keyboard/bass etc. – it is optimized for this computer configuration.”

The OPC’s stereo amplifier features two 6.5-inch, full range JBL speakers. Both optical and a coaxial S/PDIF audio out connections feature to the rear of the unit, along with a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1 surround sound High Definition audio jacks and 0.25-inch stereo in (for feeding in keyboards or rack effects perhaps) and out (to connect to external monitors) jacks. the left output can also be used for monitoring the speaker audio via headphones and the right input can bypass the computer system to use the OPC as a very clean, although not too powerful, practice amp. Users can also choose to make use of the 3.5 mm green side speaker out jack for headphones, although the path in the system settings will need to be changed from the OPC driver to the computer’s audio.

System performance and component choices

The i7 review unit handled everything I threw at it with quiet ease – from watching full 1080p movies, playing graphic-rich games, photo processing, and of course all the instrument/voice related tasks. the OPC has already proven itself in the low latency department by being used in last year’s successful world record attempt at the fastest error-free rendition of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee by Brazilian speed master Tiago Alberto de Quadros. I can only add that I found no detectable delay between the played note or vocal and the output through the speakers, headphones or recording software.

There is a bit of an urban myth surrounding the detrimental effects of magnets in close proximity to hard drives, and as the Seagate HDD inside the OPC gets pretty cosy with the unit’s JBL speakers, I wondered whether Orange Amps had considered the issue.

“The magnets found in hard drives are powerful and it would require a massive magnet to cause any negative effects – especially as we’re using a full sized HDD (not a small laptop-sized one),” explained Cooper. “Even early prototypes of the OPC still don’t show magnets causing any issues (system-wide), even with the large range of motherboards we trialed. We still did hours of proximity tests and found that the HDDs are immune to ceramic magnetic fields as long as they don’t physically touch. We contacted all the major HDD manufacturers and asked their opinions. the overwhelming conclusion was that because the magnetic field between the heads and platter in a HDD is much stronger than the radiated field from a ferrous magnet, it is immune to any field effects.”

Color me curious if you will, but vibration and movement were also on my mind while reviewing the OPC. If it were merely a desktop PC, the product would likely remain in one position throughout its operational life, but being a PC/amp hybrid could see it frequently travel between studio and rehearsal rooms, or put through the rigors of life on the road. even the vibrations caused by playing rather loud might have some adverse effect on the unit’s computer system.

“When designing what we figured would be our dream musician’s computer, we needed to address foreseeable problems that we as musicians might face – such as what effect playing ridiculously loud (nothing wrong with that by the way) might have on the system,” Cooper explained. “Early prototypes (pre-2010) were affected by vibrations to the Hard Disk but we’ve worked extensively to correct the issue properly. Like our Orange Amps, Gigabyte uses twice as much copper for both the power and ground layers of the PCB. This has lots of advantages for the PC side of things but the biggest one we liked is that it makes everything soldered onto the motherboard that little bit more secure – this motherboard looks much thicker and heavy duty when comparing it to some of the competition.”

The prototype, which was used for the first public showing of the OPC concept almost two years ago, featured a Zotac 9300 motherboard and an ATI 4670 graphics card, but feedback suggested that users might not want pre-cut holes for GPUs that date quickly, so the design was changed to a generic slot instead.

“The OPC was always designed with graphic cards in mind,” Cooper told us. “Two vents are placed next to where the graphics card would be and we’ve made the allowance for graphics cards that would be taking up two PCI-E slots (some of the ATI cards have big heat sinks). Users can choose whatever graphics card they want or even choose between different audio hardware – whatever their priority is for their machine. one user may find he really wants Firewire for recording, so will add a PCI-E card there. other users like myself, will be using the OPC for audio and gaming so I’ve added an ATI 5670 to mine.”

Providing the user with options continues through to the keyboard and mouse. my review unit came supplied with an unbranded USB keyboard and mouse, but buyers can opt to have the unit shipped without these peripherals and use their own instead.

“I looked at a lot of wireless peripherals for desktop systems and wasn’t totally happy with the solutions,” said Cooper. “The cheaper ones operated on the 2.4 GHz frequency range, where I live there are lots of wireless-G/-N routers and they would cause random gaps and pauses when moving the mouse which was especially annoying when playing online games. the more expensive versions use Bluetooth and seemed to work fine without issue. however, adding a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse would have raised the price of the OPC. what we did instead was to allow users to purchase the OPC without a keyboard and mouse to save on the cost there.”

As you can probably gauge by now, a lot of thought has gone into the design of the OPC. This considered approach continues through to the bundled software.

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 3 with AmpliTube Orange

Thinking back to when IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube hit the iPad, I remember being quite impressed by the amp and effect simulations on offer but, even with the roomy 9.7-inch screen, the layout felt a little cluttered and getting a decent sound involved wrapping myself in numerous cables between instrument and amp. the OPC experience is a vast improvement.

It’s not just the fact that the unit sports the full version of the powerful digital guitar effects and amplifier simulation suite with all of the available Orange Amps already pre-loaded, there’s bigger screen real estate to be had, much more processing oomph, the native instrument/vocal inputs and the surprisingly voluminous output from the unit’s stereo speakers (which isn’t enough to fill a concert hall without a little help from a PA system, but is enough to give my usual practice amp a run for its money).

“IK Multimedia is the only company we’ve worked with directly to get the look and sound of our amplifiers right,” said Cooper. “We still feel this is the closest to Orange Amplifiers you can get using software, so it made sense to include it on the OPC. AmpliTube 3 is really good – we’ve installed the VST/RTAS/Standalone versions of the software so users have a lot of freedom of how they use it. For example if a user wants to install Pro Tools or any other DAWs then the plugins and software would still work.”

Now I’m sure that those blessed with a professional or overly critical ear might be able to point to subtle differences between a real world setup and the digital reproduction generated by this software, but I have to say that I was more than satisfied with the results – and this from a dedicated analog effects user – although the occasional intended feedback did lack the warmth of my Vox tube amp. a few ticks in the plus column include not having to deal with excessive signal hum or contamination/corruption from cheap patch cables when chaining effects, the inclusion of very competent noise reduction, and the ease of experimentation with things like mic placement, room setup and amp/cabinet combinations.

It doesn’t require too much of a stretch to imagine this powerful suite completely replacing a pedal board for live or studio work, and taking up a fraction of the space in the process. the downside of course is having to activate virtual pedals or tweak rack effect settings via the mouse instead of a stomp, taking a playing hand away from the instrument. With a little planning and thought, it’s a minor inconvenience but an inconvenience nonetheless. Integration with something like the StompBox or a PC version of IK Multimedia’s own forthcoming iRig Stomp might offer a workable solution to such things.

I’ve now spent an awful lot of time in AmpliTube and still have much to explore. the suite includes a huge number of amp setups to choose from, although some listed in the browser (such as the Fender amps) were missing and will presumably need to be bought and added. Control freaks will appreciate being able to swap around amp and speaker configurations, being able to choose the kind of microphone setup, and room or studio settings, as well as being able to fine tweak that all important tone. I was also particularly struck by the effectiveness of stereo effects like the UniVibe considering the closeness of the JBL speakers to each other.

PreSonus Studio one Orange Edition

“The PreSonus Studio one Orange edition is an improved version of the PreSonus Studio one Artist edition,” OPC’s lead developer told us. “We liked PreSonus Studio one Artist but we requested a few upgrades to the software for our OPC customers. the dedicated VST support we wanted has been added so customers could use AmpliTube 3 with the included PreSonus Studio one software.”

Despite claims on the website that this multi-track recording, mixing, mastering and release software is painfully easy to use, I admit to being somewhat daunted and a little overwhelmed by its professional, clean design. There are numerous useful templates to get you started but even so, I spent the best part of a week’s worth of evenings touring the workings of Studio one and feel that I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible or available.

The work area of Studio one is contained within a single window, with a browser to the right of the main arrange view area that lists available panels and options, across the bottom there are counters, locators, tempo, audio record and play controls, master volume and other useful items, there’s an Inspector to the left that gives information and caters for manipulation of audio tracks. Users can directly feed in the instrument or audio track via the OPC or create their own backing tracks by engaging the virtual instruments and using the onscreen keyboard to create tracks.

There are plenty of video tutorials available on the PreSonus website to help get the best from this powerful DAW package, and Cooper told us that, “users of the Studio one will receive free upgrades to future Studio one versions and even have the option to download a nice 64-bit version of the DAW from their PreSonus account if they want to use a 64-bit DAW.”

Mixcraft 5 from Acoustica

“I wanted to provide a lot of choice so we have two DAWs – Acoustica Mixcraft and PreSonus Studio one,” Cooper explained. “The great thing about these companies is that they didn’t request us to supply LE or scaled down versions of their software.”

I found this multi-track recording software package quite easy to get into because it reminded me of my real-world Fostex multi-track recorder – albeit in a much more complicated and powerful package. This familiarity allowed me to jump straight in and in typical try without reading the manual fashion, it took me a little while to work out how to hear what was being recorded – there’s a selection on each track to monitor the audio via the PC or OPC output. the suite offers similar virtual backing track creation possibilities as Studio one, with musical notation or visual representation of an instrument loop timeline and a huge variety of instruments available.

Users can apply many effects to the audio input, and there’s quite a selection of pre-recorded music loops if you’ve no inspiration to create your own. After only a short while I quite easily managed to generate some quality clips of my rock and blues repertoire.

Toontrack EZ drummer Lite

“I wanted to include full versions of software without any Trial/LE/Limited versions,” said Cooper. “Often PCs arrive with useless software that is trialware or even request you to pay to continue receiving updates. EZ drummer Lite is the only exception to the no LE/Limited Edition rule as I feel it added extra features to compliment the other programs. For example, Mixcraft and Studio one have drum features included already but feedback from some people was that they wanted something a little more dedicated for creating drum loops. EZ drummer was everyone’s favorite and I was able to include only the Lite version in the OPC – customers do get a huge discount if they choose to upgrade though.”

I can’t say I was taken by this basic version of the full digital percussion package, it seemed a might easier just to make use of the percussion capabilities of either multi-track studio suites when creating songs rather than using this software. With the Lite version, only the snare, one Tom, the kick drum, hi-hat and crash were available to play with in the software itself, although there were quite a few pre-recorded patterns to choose from, which were also available for use in both DAW suites.

LickLibrary Guitar Lesson Center

“LickLibrary contacted us about creating some software specifically for the OPC to help users learn guitar,” Cooper said. “The company’s videos are top-notch so I was happy to add it as long as the program didn’t interfere with the normal operation of Windows.”

Like many players, I’ve spent my fair share of time working through freely-available guitar tab only to quickly discover that the author’s interpretation of the song I’ve chosen to learn is more than a little off. I find video lessons a much faster and more reliable way to learn than tabs or from software like Guitar Pro, there’s something comforting about having a competent player walk you through a difficult piece.

My review unit came supplied with 20 video lessons pre-loaded, plus a few DVD trailers. I’ve seen many free video lessons on YouTube and while it should be quality of tuition that makes the difference, it’s quite obvious from the LickLibrary samples that the quality of the video production is also very important indeed.

More videos can be downloaded from LickLibrary’s online archives but with so many quality tips and tricks available, it would be quite easy to get carried away, and while a lot of the content is relatively cheap, filling up the OPC’s hard drive with lessons can soon add up.

Before closing this section on the included software, there is a known issue where certain software packages running at the same time will fight for the use of the OPC driver, with only one being the victor. Fortunately, both DAW packages are able to make use of AmpliTube via VST plug-in so there’s no real need to have a recording suite and the amp/effects sim open simultaneously.

As I’ve said before, the OPC combines two of my passions – computers and playing music – and it does so very well indeed. so much so in fact that since taking delivery of the OPC, my Marshall and Vox amps and my modest collection of analog and digital effects units have been completely ignored. the computer is very capable and there’s an abundance of connectivity options and expansion/upgrade opportunities. the sonic output is superb and what is there not to like about the design?

As what is generally termed a bedroom musician (with youthful gigging and recording experience), the recording software included with the OPC did not take up as much of my playing time as the AmpliTube package. Were I a hands-on kind of musician who wanted to control all aspects of my creative process then the OPC certainly has the tools for that, including DAWs that include many features used by professional studios. It has other potential, too. the 500 GB HDD has lots of room for games and videos to entertain users when they’re not being creative.

That said, I’ve spent a while discussing the unit with musician friends and have been a little surprised by the rather tepid reception shown by some to the idea of a combined computer and amplifier sporting some serious music production software. Whether this is due to such artists having already found their own distinctive sound or setup and see no need to experiment further, or that they prefer to leave mixing and recording to seasoned specialists, or they’re a little hesitant about new technology, I can’t really say. Whatever the reason, I suspect that such thinking would benefit from getting to know the OPC a little better.

“The person who probably wouldn’t be buying this is the guy who already has a home studio setup that works and he’s totally happy with,” Cooper told us. “This system is for those who don’t want all that drama and want something looking and sounding special on their desk.”

There is one more thing I discovered that’s worth mentioning – when cranking up the OPC’s volume all the way up, some of the chosen amp/effects sims in AmpliTube 3 caused the audio to falter or cut out altogether (although in some instances, this kind of audio break up is desirable – think ZZ Top).

“I know about this but the fix would be simply lowering the overall volume of the OPC,” admitted Cooper. “Some audio sources need the amplifier to boost the volume a lot to get a nice sound. Listening to a song could be perfectly fine when you have music from an external source playing via the OPC, but sound too loud when you’re playing, say, a cranked up virtual amplifier with overdrive pedals.”

“Rather than lowering the volume of the entire unit we added orange marks on the volume dial to let users know when their volume is being amplified at a massively loud level – which is fine for audio sources that have a low audio volume but bad for these that are already cranked. We figured we’d let the user decide what volume they like. Personally, I have my volume at the 12 o’clock level and move it when needed. We didn’t want to limit anything where possible – we love speakers that allow users to go to 11.”

One thing that is conspicuous by its absence is a dedicated vocal processing package, even though both DAW packages are more than capable of dealing with vocal input via the OPC interface. Cooper said that this is something that Orange Amps is currently looking into.

The Core i7 configuration that I reviewed is currently shown as available for US$1,579, which may seem like a lot to part with in one go but consider what you’d need if you wanted to mix and match your own version of the OPC (which is not strictly possible, but for the sake of argument).

A quality Intel second gen Core i7 desktop computer running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition and coming supplied with 8 GB DDR3 RAM will slice your savings by at least $800 (I’ve seen a few cheaper options available but they’re cheap for good reason). next you’ll need to grab yourself a practice amp, something from the Orange Crush PiX line (starting at around $100) would probably be a good fit but as Cooper points out, the OPC includes two flat response JBL Hi-Fi speakers instead of guitar or Celestion speakers so that the output is not flavored by the tone of the amplifier speakers but allows the computer-based software to dictate the sound.

“We were worried that using our current guitar speakers found in the Orange range would be coloring the sound that the software/computer delivers to them,” Cooper explained. “We wanted the sound that musicians hear when playing to be the sound that ends up on the final recording played on other systems – the OPC doesn’t use guitar speakers. the same goes for the amplifier unit, this is a special amplifier unit we made designed not to color the sound. the software makes the sounds/tones you hear. We also use a different type of wood to most of our cabinets, the wood you’ll find in the OPC sounds better for the particular speakers it’s housing. It’s also lighter than the alternative.”

To connect the two, you’d need to add a low latency instrument interface into the mix, something like IK Multimedia’s StealthPlug CS ($100), Ion Audio’s GuitarLink Air ($60) or the GuitarPort from Line 6 ($100), for example.

AmpliTube 3 costs $349.99 for the full suite (although there is a free version with just a few amp models and effects), then you will have to grab 145 AmpliTube 3 gear credits from the Custom Shop to gather all of the various Orange models into your library (at an additional cost of $120). Mixcraft 5 starts at $74.95, but the version of Studio one bundled with the OPC was specially designed for this product. the standard Artist version on which it was based, though, is shown as $99 on the PreSonus website.

Toontrack EZ drummer Lite is available to OEMs only so you’d have to plump for the whole package at EUR119 (about US$155). a free basic account with LickLibrary will give you access to a few sample video tutorials but there’s a monthly fee to get to more involved lessons.

Adding that all up, we come to around $2,000 (give or take). the OPC is not only cheaper but presents everything in one neat, cool-looking, great sounding package. Opting for the Core i3 version will bring the price down even further.

The next public appearance for the OPC will be at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany (March 21 to 24, 2012). I heartily encourage you to take a closer look for yourselves if you can, it will be well worth the effort.

Sources: OPC Core i7 model, OPC Core i3 model, OPC website, AmpliTube 3, Studio One, Mixcraft 5, EZ Drummer, LickLibrary

The Acer Revo is a moderate forge broker computer, a nettop, that is the desktop terpsichore of the netbook.

January 16, 2012 by  
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Instructions     

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Repay Drivers  

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Acer AspireRevo

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Difficultness: Middling Casual

Instructions    

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 Impart Edits        

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Disassembly manual may variegate depending on your production pattern.

Winning separated the Acer Revo voids your warranty.

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Difficultness: Middling Casual

Instructions     

1)Sound the "Begin" agenda at the of your screen, and "Uphold." Wait for the Windows operating method to prevent strike, then move the boot-up enation.  

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Repay Drivers  

1)Immediate strike any programs currently flying, and hit the "Begin" agenda. Guide to "All Programs," and the "Acer" folder. Sound the "Acer eRecovery Management" .  

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The door’s open, come on in, neighbor

December 24, 2011 by  
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Looking out the window of their Scott Street Victorian, David Landis and Sean Dowdall noticed that a car parked by their new neighbor had license plates emblazoned with the words “Family Values” and an image of a traditional family.

“Wanting to make sure they felt entirely at home,” e-mails Landis, “I printed a sign and put it on their windshield saying, ‘Welcome to San Francisco from your gay neighbors.’ “

It’s juicy gossip when athletes trash their habitats, but many pros have the means and taste to feather their nests in style. Modern Class Design, a company founded by San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis in partnership with music executive Antone Barnes, focuses on designing elegant homes for athletes. “My love for art inspired me to do interior design,” says Davis, a former fine arts student at the University of Maryland.

The company’s stated aim is to encourage athletes to own art (bobbleheads don’t qualify), collecting works by such well-known artists as Martin Puryear and Keith Haring. the formal launch of the company and website was celebrated Sunday with a party at the Ferrari showroom in Mill Valley, and similar events around the country will follow.

Arriving at Yellowstone during a family road trip through national parks, Jeff Hawkins says his 3-year-old grandson, Mike, asked if the family was finally going to see “Old Facebook.”

Richard Moran‘s new book, “Sins & CEOs: Lessons From Leaders and Losers That will Change Your Career,” provides some handy tips for career advancement:

– “Don’t ever use the word ‘whatever.’ “

– You’ll know your CEO is arrogant if he discusses his SAT scores.

– if arranging off-site employee meetings that include such leisure activities as swimming, “beware of dermatologists.” if the facility is also hosting a convention of dermatologists, no one will want to strip down in front of them.

– At the front desk at SFMOMA on Monday, Demi Moore asked for the location of the retrospective show of photographs by Francesca Woodman, “spent a bunch of time in the galleries,” and then stopped by the shop to buy publications related to Woodman. the photographer committed suicide in 1981, at 22, her work pointing to what Kenneth Baker described as “an artistically bright future that sadly never came to pass.”

– Gov. Jerry Brown, Anne Gust Brown, Cynthia Brown Kelly (the governor’s sister) and 19 members of the Kelly family attended Saturday’s big St. Ignatius versus Sacred Heart game at AT&T Park. the gov is no rabid sports fan, but he is an SI man (SI won).

David Christensen was sitting behind a teenage girl at the California Academy of Sciences’ planetarium show, “Life,” about cosmology. “Wow, this is so cool,” the girl said to her pals. “But we don’t believe any of this stuff.”

Bonnie Thoreen saw the sign painted neatly in the window of Martin Design in St. Helena: “Sane. Rebel. Righty. Love Them All … but There Is no Excuse for Michele Bachmann.”

Adda Dada says passengers broke out into “guffaws and chuckles” aboard a crowded 38-Geary when a woman who’d just gotten off reboarded and said, “Has anyone seen my wallet? I must have dropped it on the floor.” One recent day, three people were arrested on that line for pickpocketing.

HIT THE DECK THE HALLS

“This Christmas,” begins an essay by Eileen Wacker, a children’s book writer e-mailing her list of holiday recommendations, “It’s all about ‘The Gift.’ ” if it’s going to be monetary, make it green. “Holding money is exciting, holding a check is boring.” if it’s a gift card, “it has to be the right store.” furthermore, teen girls “love the blue Tiffany box. … they also like backpack decorators from places like Juicy Couture. Tween and teen girls are all about the brand.”

And peace on Earth to you, too.

Public Eavesdropping

“I live in my heart and I don’t go upstairs. or if I do, I leave pretty quickly.”

Woman on Harbor Bay commuter ferry, overheard by Diana McDonough

This article appeared on page E – 10 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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