The best defense is a good offense. An even better defense is to buy some PC Weenies books and stickers. :)
There’s a new tablet monitor in town. It’s priced at $389, looks sleek, and it’s available from Monoprice. It sounds too good to be true, right? Ray Frenden got his hands on one and put it through its paces. He writes:
For a price lower than a large Intuos tablet, let alone a Cintiq, and performance equal to the more expensive Yiynova MSP19U…
This could be a game changing device in a market ripe for disruption. Let’s face it: competition in this space is good for everyone (except, maybe Wacom). How does the Monoprice 19″ Tablet Monitor fare?
Read on for Ray Frenden’s review.
I really find those ads / promos / social network begs that obscure a site’s content to be incredibly annoying. And it turns out I’m not alone; there’s a website that outs the major culprits.
Obscuring a site’s contents is just about as annoying as an app that insists its users to rate it upon launch. And, yes, there’s a website that outs the apps that are guilty of doing that.
Here’s a thought: Instead of begging for a review, app developers should make great quality apps. If the app is really stellar, reviews will be written. Don’t force your users to rate your app, especially when he or she launches your app with the intent of using it to get work done. It’s a distraction that only fuels my need to respond by leaving one star reviews.
For a limited time, I’m open for commissions. You can see more samples of my work via my Tumblr site. Only $25 for a signed custom colored print on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock. I’ll be closing commissions off next Wednesday.
Here’s a piece I worked on last night.
Here’s a fun little piece I’ve been working on this week. One of the best things about ForeverSave is that it preserves snapshots of my work, should my digital drawing tools crash. My wish for the program’s next iteration is to have an easy method by which to save these snapshots in the form of an animated GIF to showcase the work coming together.
Keep your favorite Art / Design Geek happy this holiday season with some handy hardware, tools, and apps vetted out by yours truly. Each of the items on this year’s list are items that I personally own, use and love. These are not ranked in any particular order, freeing you up to decide based on needs and budget alone. Up this week: my favorite hardware.
Yiynova MSP19U tablet monitor: Without a doubt, the best hardware investment I’ve made this year. If you’ve dreamt of owning a Cintiq, you can get a very similar experience for a fraction of the price. $599 on Amazon.
Newertech miniStack: I’ve had this drive (1 TB model) for over a year. It runs very quiet, it’s wicked fast and has multiple ports (eSATA, Firewire 800, USB3.0) – perfect for back-ups. You are making back-ups, right?. Starts at $79 for a bare enclosure via Macsales.
Mount-IT Articulating Computer Monitor stand. Perfect for running dual displays on your Mac or PC. The best part about these arms are that they are easily adjustable and rock solid. The Mount-It works with any VESA-capable monitor. Only $49 on Amazon.
Kenu Airframe: Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel with the Kenu Airframe. It easily slides into your car vent and holds your smartphone. The Airframe is light, portable, and well built. I liked it so much, I bought one for my wife. $24.95 via Kenu’s website.
Patriot Xporter XT 16GB Flash drive. The newest version sports USB 3.0 speeds and a neat blue color scheme. The older version I own has been my go-to drive to take back and forth between home and work. It’s rugged, comes with a secure metal clip, and it’s fast. Also $24.95 or thereabouts.
You can’t go wrong with any of these devices. In-depth reviews can be found on this site.
Next week: my software picks for 2013.