Happy to announce that a website I helped develop was featured in Newsday yesterday. Run by April Yakaboski, Aerial Fitness is a yoga studio based in Riverhead, Ny that does those crazy acrobatic style yoga techniques.
They also do TRX … I’m not a yoga person but I am very amazed by the pictures I saw of their work. HIGHLY recommend it if you’re looking for an interesting workout routine that’s better than “normal yoga.”
Remember when you went into a Tower Records to buy cds…? Yea, me neither. That’s exactly what Napster caused, the destruction of the music industry as we know it because mp3s gave you the ability to get all the music you want for free. The same holds true for Computer programs. I don’t have the facts in front of me but I’m sure Photoshop is one of the most pirated programs out there. And it’s unfortunate because in the end it ends up being us loyal people that bought the shit the proper way that end up suffering.
There’s no question that web developers, web designers, and graphic designers are the best fields to be in right now and with the Freelancer BOOM that’s occurred over the past 3 – 5 years there’s been an unprecedented amount of copies of the programs like Photoshop and Illustrator that’s been pirated and pirated and pirated. Why pay when you can get it for free right? A lot of fault lies on Adobe, you make a group of programs like the Creative Suite over $1000 and guess what… people are going to figure out how to steal it. Mark the price down and maybe…just maybe people will purchase it legally.
But whatever the case those days are over now with the Creative Cloud. Adobe says they “believe the creative process can be better” … what they really mean is it can be more “profitable”. I mean damn what a deal for them?? Monthly subscribers vs Single one time payment? You got us caught on a leash for life that way! I saw the monthly option a while back on their site and I thought “Oh that’s a good idea for people that only want to use it for a little while.” Little did I know that it was a test to maneuver people away from the old cereal boxes of software cds to the up and coming cloud based world… sneaky bastards.
So in a nut shell what the Creative Cloud is you pay a monthly fee to access all of the latest and greatest design tools that we hold so near and dear [and count on for our livelihood in some cases] instead of going to the store and buying the programs. Then you can use it like you normally would execpt with a MUCH heftier price tag attached to it. And, oh boy, it can even connect to your Behance account to “find inspiration, showcase your work, get feedback, and gain global exposure for your portfolio”… yay.
The price tag for Students is currently $20/month for the first year… but you know that’s going to go up. SO the first year student can maybe afford it but fast forward to when they have to pay $30 or $40 the next year then you run into trouble.
For us none students we’re looking at $50/month…. good god. So now someone out of college who works from home will have to pay rent, cable, internet, electric, netflix, STUDENT LOANS, utilities (I’m, assuming), car payments or transportation fees, car insurance, cell phone, food/beer, maybe news subscriptions, and oh yea another $50 a month for ADOBE…. It’s as if society doesn’t want us under 30 people to live on our own…
For us already invested in this industry, hey it could be a good thing…
The upside I see to this is it could help weed out the new developers and graphic designers from entering the market in the future since there’d be a heavy price tag to pay to do it… I can’t see most college kids who can barely afford their own food and beer to be able to shell out $20/month for this. The computer room is going to get MIGHTY crowded…
In closing, I say to all my software designers out there now is the time to end the monopoly Adobe has and create an open source program like you did with Microsoft Office or even just a similar lower cost version for Creative Suite… Think about it. Your market possibilities just opened up TEN FOLD which means, if done right, you could be a millioniare.
Took me a bit of time to figure this out myself so I figured I’d post it on my blog to make it easier for all of you. In a business world where you need to be in 40 places (facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, wordpress, blah blah blah) at once just to survive on a social media front it certainly helps to condense all this so that you press submit in one platform and it’ll follow suite to all your others.
Combining Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were fairly simple since apps already exist in their backend to accomplish this. For those who may need this info, I’ll provide it at a later date. Posting your wordpress blog posts to your facebook page however was a little more tricky to figure out but once you follow these instructions you’re gonna go “Oh thank fu&#-ing god!”
So if you have a wordpress blog there’s a VERY handy plug in I discovered to accomplish this. Go to Plugins > Add New and type in “Facebook Page Publish“. There should be two options at show up first both with this name. “Facebook Page Publish” & “Facebook Page Publish 2“. IGNORE the first one. This is an older version and it sucks because you’ll go through the motions and won’t be able to connect. Instead install and active “Facebook Page Publish 2”.
Next go to Settings > Facebook Page Publish. Follow these instructions they provide or read below to get the Application ID and Application Secret code. Next Press the “Grant Access” button and follow facebook plugin options so that the app can get permission to post on your page. Finally go to my previous post to get the link to retrieve your Page or Profile ID and press “Save Changes” and that’s IT. Now when you create a post there will be a check box above the Publish button that says “Publish to Facebook“.
1. Click Here and register as a developer, if you haven’t already.
2. Click “Register as a Developer” and accept the terms, then just press skip a couple times as the next pages are just survey crap.
3. Once you are registered as a developer select “create new app“, name it “Post My Blog” and press continue (*ignore the name space and hosting option as you won’t be needing it). This won’t affect your page in anyway, it’s only to create the app that will allow you to connect the blog with facebook.
4. Do the damn Captcha thing that only god can read and press continue
5. Now you have your App ID and App Secret but jus ta couple more steps
6. Under Basic Info type in your domain link to your blog without the http://www in the App Domains field: (e.g “streetcarpro.com“)
7. Then at the bottom select “Website with Facebook Login” and type in your domain again this time WITH the http://www (e.g. “http://www.streetcarpro.com“)
8. Lastly select the “Disabled” button to make the app like and out of the developers sandbox.
9. That’s basically it for that now go back to the above instructions on finalizing the plugin connection…
For any app developers, bloggers, or facebook novices out there that are in need of knowing how to find your facebook id after creating a customized url here is a VERY VERY VERY easy link I found to get it:
The North Shore of Long Island has ALOT of history attached to it so I figured what better way to view it than as if you were living in the past? …well to be fairly honest the true story is I just got a new phone and the camera is AMAZING so I’ve been snapping too many pictures and posting on instagram.
Check out my latest ventures in Northport Village, Huntington Village, and Centerport… I threw a few of Hurricane and Lulu, just because they love the cam. Below are my latest photos so it will continuously cycle. Locations I’ve posted include Munday’s in Huntington – GREAT for grabbing some breakfast food, Ruvo in Greenlawn – for my fellow gnocchi lovers, Gunther’s Tap Room where Jack Kerouac used to hang out alot in Northport, the Trolley tracks that run through Northport Village, Bru Na Bo – an interior decorators vintage dream in Northport, the Centerport Bridge on Centerport Harbor, a rastafarian charlie brown I came across at Kashi in Huntington Village, among others…