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  • Paul Hurst 4:51 pm on October 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cancer, christ, , , eulogy, faith, imac, , iphone, , , mona, simpson, , words, wow   

    In Medias Res… 

    “Some boat builders in the Netherlands have a gorgeous stainless steel hull ready to be covered with the finishing wood. His three daughters remain unmarried, his two youngest still girls, and he’d wanted to walk them down the aisle as he’d walked me the day of my wedding.We all — in the end — die in medias res. In the middle of a story. Of many stories.”

    These moving words were spoken by Mona Simpson as part of her Eulogy for her Brother, Steve Jobs.  Steve Jobs designed, pioneered and invented many products that people use all around the world, the iPad, iPhone and iMac all products from his company, Apple.

    Steve found out that he had Cancer in 2003 and although his health obviously deteriorated, to his credit, he still died ‘In the middle of something’.  Some reports say that before his death, he worked hard to help create a product ‘roadmap’ for Apple that will see out the next five years.  No matter what his legacy, it’s still easy to see the tragedy in his passing at the age of 56, a life with much more to give, cut short.

    Mona Simpson’s words are very true.  None of us live for the purpose of dying although we all will.  Death may be inevitable, but it isn’t the benchmark or defining moment of our lives.  We don’t see it as our finest hour and even for those who are unwell, it is seldom welcome.

    There is an exception to the this though.  In Jesus Christ, we find a man who’s entire purpose was to die. Christianity teaches that the victory of Christ’s death and Resurrection brings hope to all mankind, a hope that while we may pass ‘in medias res’, we only pass on to something new. Something we can’t claim as our own but that is given to anyone who will receive.

    Steve Jobs once said that he was 50/50 on whether there was an afterlife or not.  He couldn’t be sure but he wanted to acknowledge that there could be something else.  He pointed out that many of his products don’t have ‘off switches’, they are always ready for us, they go on and on.  He went on to say that his instincts similarly told him that life itself doesn’t have an ‘off switch’ either.

    The teachings of Jesus before his death on the cross also point out that although we may be destined to die ‘in medias res’, we are still only partway through a journey which stretches on into eternity.  Steve Jobs died on October 5th, 2011.  According to Mona, his last words as he looked into the distance were “Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!”.

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  • Paul Hurst 9:47 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ceo, , died, email, illness, , iphone, , , obituary, , praise, stanford, statement, , steven, , thought   

    The technology world is remembering the life of… 

    The technology world is remembering the life of one of it’s giants today.  Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Inc. has died at the age of fifty-six.

    Renowned for his ruthless and unwavering determination, Jobs had been battling through ill health since 2003 but in true typical fashion, he worked on, only stepping down as boss on the 24th August this year.

    I only dealt with Steve Jobs once.  Soon after the launch of the iPad,  I emailed him to say how happy I was with the product and how useful it was with my day to day work.  Steve Jobs was well known for replying (albeit briefly) to emails that were sent to his work address.  On this occasion, I didn’t expect a reply given that no question had been asked or suggestion made.  As it turned out, I did receive a very public reply as a few weeks later, Steve quoted some sections of my email during his TV interview at the ‘All Thing Digital’ event.

    Steve’s comments reminded me that it’s often important to give positive feedback, we’re quite used to complaining but it’s equally important to make sure we don’t let moments of thanks or praise pass by too.  Often a little ‘thank-you’ or ‘well done’ give us all a better perspective on both successful and unsuccessful endeavours that we find ourselves dealing with day by day.  The Bible says ‘Don’t grow weary of doing good’ (Gal 6:9), and no matter how successful or confident we are, we can all lose sight of what we may be achieving from time to time, thats where some simple reassurances can make a big difference.

    Steve Jobs also had quite a shrewd and philosophical view of life, and death.  In 2005, during his Stanford Commencement Speech, Jobs addressed his own mortality.

    “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

    Steve clearly lived by this principle, today he gains a degree of immortality with what he leaves behind. We all do well to remember that his life is one lived and used to the fullest.

     
  • Paul Hurst 12:56 pm on June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 3gs, @documentally, , iphone, , twitpic, , , youtube   

    Unleash the power of video via your tweets. 

    Twitter continues to grow as more users share their thoughts and photos via the micro-blogging platform but did you know its easy to add your videos too.

    There are various ways in which you can share your video footage with your followers so this isn’t going to be an exhaustive list by any means but it may still be helpful for anyone wishing to take their tweets to the next level.  Tune in and tweet out!

    1. Vidtweeter:  This website allows you to easily attach pre-uploaded web content from a number of services (like YouTube & Vimeo) to your tweets.  Its advantage is that it kind of loads the video’s over your own twitter page when clicked which means that users don’t have to navigate away from your profile to view your content.  This looks great and works well for your visitors too!

    Unfortunately, vidtweeter does not offer a mobile app.  This means  you have to use your desktop or laptop computer to post your tweet.  This can make it impractical if you want to upload video to Twitter while you are on the go.

    2.  YouTube:  The big boys of web video have finally made friends with their smaller, cooler cousins from Twitter, you can now choose to share youtube clips via your tweets in exactly the same way you can share them with facebook ‘et al’.

    Unfortunately, once again this is done via your laptop or PC so not much scope for mobile portability and unlike vidtweeter, your content will open in a traditional youtube page.  This is much more kitsch rather than cool.

    3. Finally some good news for all you iPhone 3Gs users out there too.  You obviously want to show off your new (and some may say, overpriced) toy and what better way than shooting video footage and then sharing it via twitter directly via your handset.  Well you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s an app for that.  Less pleased to hear that it isn’t free unlike the superb Tweetdeck.

    Twitelator Pro offers 3Gs users the opportunity to easily shoot, upload and share video footage to Twitter via the yfrog service.  As a twitter app, its nowhere near as classy as tweetdeck but it does get the job done, especially if you want to share your footage on the fly.  Finally if I may, a word of advice if you are using said app on the 3Gs.  You are better ‘pre-recording’ your footage before uploading via TP.  Although TP does allow capture from within the app itself, if the upload fails, your footage is lost.  You have been warned!

    So there we have it! Not content with mere tweets?  Not content with twitpic?  Not even content with audio tweets via the simply superb audioboo?  why not give video a go!

    Inkeeping with the spirit of micro-blogging, should also mention micro-videoing too over at 12secondstv.  This service limits your vids to 12 seconds but they can easily be shared via a tweet. Its used to great effect by twitter users such as @documentally so drop by for a nosey.

     
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