Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Submitting... comments to the FCC

The FCC recently stopped accepting public comment on "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet". I think delivering feedback using technology is a good thing, but as you might expect there were some issues.

Love seeing stack error messages on the webpage!
I know this is a public comment, but if I refresh the page I shouldn't be staring at someone else's form. 
Finally after many tries my comment was accepted.

Nice, now I wonder if anyone will read it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Samsung Galaxy S5 with Facebook Privacy Loop

So I got myself a new Samsung Galaxy S5 as my new phone. Moving from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus it didn't seem like a big jump to make (minus the unremovable bloatware it still is very much an android device). One thing that stuck out for me is when I went to install the Facebook App.  Here is where I got annoyed at how Samsung may be programming or configuring their OS in poor taste.

First you get the notification:
Then you get "Allow Access" even though Facebook is working fine. 
Then it prompts from inside FB: "Galaxy S5 will receive the following info: your public profile, friend list, email address, custom friends lists, News Feed, birthday, notes, status updates, events, photos, videos and personal description and your friends' birthdays, status updates, events, photos and videos." Although it does say "This does not let Galaxy S5 post to Facebook. Your public profile is your name, profile picture and other public info."... phew.
 Then the notification pops up again...
 Which brings you back to the FB authorization page...
 And round and round we go...
... until you clear your notifications bar without clicking the notification itself.

To get out of this click "Clear All" under notifications without clicking on the notification itself.

Three things bother me about this:
  1. This is designed to make sure you give "Samsung Galaxy" access to all of your Facebook content. It has nothing to do with your phone's ability to use the Facebook App!
  2. They make it circular (Notifcation -> App -> Notifcation) so they get as many people as possible to give them this information.
  3. They tell you absolutely nothing about what this information will be used for.
The whole thing just seems skeezy. In an age where we are sharing all of our information online and in the case of Samsung where all communication is done on their devices, do they really need your FB info to get ahead. At least make it optional to be totally at Samsung's mercy. Now I know there are other options on the market and that would give you an out when it comes to personal privacy, but come on guys. You have a good product and a good market share. Don't listen to the bean counters when they say "Hey, we can make a few extra bucks by mining FB data." Respond with, "Yeah, but why? What does that do for our customers?" And if they have a valid answer, let us know (the people who pay you monies).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Headed to NAB Show 2014

In little over a week I'll be heading out to Las Vegas for this year's NAB Show. I had heard about the show for years, but this will be my first time attending and working the show. I'm excited to see all the new gear and services these companies roll out including FreeFly (Movi), Panasonic (GH4), Adobe, Canon, Kessler, etc... The list goes on and on. I'm also looking forward to talking to some people in the industry who are going to be there like Andrew Kramer, Brett Ratner, Wally Pfister (DP of Money Ball, Inception), Cali Lewis (GeekBeat Fame), and David Pogue (Tech Writer for NYT).

Istrico Productions is a Digital Content Partner with NAB this year and we'll be putting out a daily show called "All-in at NAB Show". Here's a little promo spot we put together for our trip out there.

And here is the "Press Briefing"

See you at the show!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Logo Bumper

Here was a job I did a while back creating an animated bumper for NAB. They provided the logo, we came up with everything else.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Another Comcast Issue: The Help Button

I recently ran into another issue with Comcast as I moved apartments and decided to keep my service. There was a strange discrepancy between bills when I moved, but I can see something getting messed up in the digital paperwork. I was also amused with the $249 one time installation fee when I used all the same equipment and installed it myself. All those little hiccups were fine, it's when I went online I started laughing out loud.

I saw the incorrect amount on my bill and found this helpful lonesome link on the page.

And wouldn't you know it when clicked this is what I get.

Good one Comcast! [that was sarcasm]

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Peak Design Capture Pro v2 Review

A little while back I contributed to a Kickstarter project from the innovative team at Peak Design.  The project was a complete success and netted them over $800k.  Their product: the Capture V2. It's a quick release clip system designed for your belt, backpack, or anything else you clip it to. Here is a review video we did based on my Kickstarter perk.

After we finished the review we sent it over to the team at Peak Design to make sure our facts were right. They were very helpful and they even gave us a discount code for our viewers to save 10%. Just go to PeakDesign's website and use the code "istrico" at checkout.
I really like their products and they are cool bunch of cats out there is San Francisco. (although I have to say they suffer from the same color scheme issue as every other camera/film gear production company).

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GoDaddy Hosting: Password Setup is dumb.

I recently went through the hosting setup for GoDaddy. The process was very simple and walked you through every step. The issue I ran into was when I went to create my password. Security is very important in our digital age. Apparently GoDaddy believes that security should only start with a letter.

Either get rid of one of your six password requirements or at least allow right brackets.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Istrico Makes 300

Facebook is a great medium that I use to catch up with friends, coordinate events, and stalk... um... I mean check out friends of friends.  Istrico Productions recently hit 300 likes so we put together a quick thank you video.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Awkward Starts and Stops of the GoPro

I just love this! Nora put this video together and it's so true. Even though GoPro's have LCDs you can attach to the back and the iPad/iPhone app to preview the shot I still think most people have these types of clips lying around somewhere. Put together your own Awkward GoPro supercut.

Friday, June 14, 2013

BlackMagicDesign - Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

I love gear! Anytime I can get my hands on new tech it makes me giddy and a school boy [Who, Atilla The Professor? He was never giddy, even when he was a schoolboy.] This little beauty gives us some pretty flexible recording capabilities and it's made by the same folks who brought us some great cameras.  Blackmagicdesign FTW!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bio Video - Yeah, we do that

Where I work at Istrico Productions we like to give people an inside look at who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Bio videos are a big part of that. Recently, it was my turn to go under the introspective video knife. Check it out... if you dare.

And check out Nora's Bio

Monday, June 10, 2013

Gmail Quick Links | Good Idea

I just noticed in my Gmail inbox these handy dandy quick links to a video listed in the email. You can simply click on the link without opening the email. I think this is a good idea, and it saves me a click. Now just add this functionality for Vimeo and we'll call it a day.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Vine for Android, FINALLY!!!

It's about damn time!
...oh and it doesn't work so good...much like my grammar.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Weston and Kennedy Visit

Michael Kennedy and Weston Gardner came down to DC this past weekend with a project. After they recovered from a night of frivolities with cohort Joe McGrann we spent a few hours capturing their mostly dialog based banter and ultimately the project went smoothly. Big thanks to Istrico Productions for providing the lighting for this shoot. More importantly they lent themselves to the new 2013 Flying Friends collection.
While Weston went with a relaxed yet inquisitive leap, Mr. Kennedy busted out an emphatic "HEY!" jump as only Mr. Kennedy could. Good to see those guys and I can't wait for their new web series.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Goals for Istrico Productions

In the beginning of every new year there is a need to set goals.  Here's our shot at it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nora gives her 2013 Predictions for the Marketing Space

I work with Nora, and every once in a while I get an inkling she's a little psychic.  Turns out I was right!

Shot on Nikon 7k

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jeremy Chops - Shot on Sony NEX-5N

My brother Jeremy has a Sony NEX-5N which he took on his trip to Bali over the summer. He got some great shots, but also took some impressive video with it. The small package really packs a punch!  It has just enough manual features to be dangerous. The body of the camera is so small there aren't very many physical buttons when it comes to the manual settings. This means you have to navigate the menus to change some pretty heavily used settings. So I figured I would give it a shot and cover my brother chopping some wood. And voilĂ ...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

More Flying Friends

Here are some more fantastic Flying Friends for your viewing pleasure:

Flying Kevin