Well today started with a blast! Fred Armisen from SNL and Portlandio!
He was interviewed by Chris Breen, who was probably geeking out as much as I was. I had the perfect question ready for Q&A, but they ran out of time. Here it goes, for those of you who know a bit about Fred, Question – How do you think punk music would be if it just came about today, given all the technology available to make music? Fred was a drummer in a punk band, so it was the prefect question. Of course Chris asked him about the famous iPhone 5 skit that was done on Saturday Night Live. If you’ve not seen it, immediately click on the previous link, or watch the embed here.
I was surprised to hear that he didn’t write it, especially after you watch this videos from Portlandia.
I was looking for the other video they showed, which was even funnier, as Fred went nuts over dosing on email, web videos, Facebook and twitter. It was amazing.
After Fred, I actually went and started walking the show floor. I got to meet up with my buddy John Martin from Reallusion and the rest of the gang.
They actually won best of show for their new CrazyTalk for Mac! I had to pick it up and I quickly pulled together something freaky here: CTdemo. I had done one with my own head, but it was even freakier. So you get the cool kitty.
I also stopped by a bunch of app developers for things that I use every day: Smile and ECamm Network. I also picked up a new microphone from Blue Microphones, they have incredible technology and this is my third microphone from them.
I also sat in on part of the future of Apple talk, but to be honest, there was nothing new in the discussions, and I was much more interested in the session on networking trouble shooting by Dave Hamilton from the Mac Observer. The most informative aspects of his talk was around using DD-WRT to setup your own VPN. I’ve been putting that off for some time, but it certainly seems doable now.
The next section I went to was Tom Negrino’s trouble shooting iCloud. The session prior to him ran long, and the one after him was not as forgiving as he was, so he was a bit rushed. He did a great job of explaining all the feature / functions of iCloud, but was rushed to cover most of the good content on actually trouble shooting. I am hoping that the presentations will be posted soon. The one thing that I shared with him was that you can also get to the raw iCloud files on your Mac by going to ~user/Library/Mobile Documents ( I can’t find the article where I learned this, and you can really screw things up here… but if you need to access a file directly this is where they are kept).
The final section was Don McAllister from Screencasts Online going thru AirPlay. A great tip was AirServer and Reflector, I have been using Reflector for some videos on this site. I think I now need to check out AriServer. The rest of the section was a live demo, explaining the ins and outs. He was fantastic! I really need to check out his Screencasts.
Finally I grabbed a quick beer with some of the podcasters I’ve been listening to over the years.