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Let’s do Lunch 2.0

On 13, Feb 2008 | One Comment | In Toronto | By Ryan Feeley

Lunch 2.0 logoEvery Wednesday my company buys lunch (usually from Thai food from Salad King or rotis from Gandhi Cuisine). A week Friday they are buying you lunch! If you often find yourself at the intersection of technology and business and eat food, drop into the Idéeplex for good food and conversation. Idée is hosting Canada’s first Lunch 2.0, and this young blogger designed and open-sourced the vector watermelon you see before you. Please come and RSVP too.

I cut the mustard at Idée!

On 02, Feb 2008 | No Comments | In Toronto, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

logo.gifWhew! I can finally breathe a large sigh of relief. I passed my three month probationary period at Idée!

I met Leila and Paul at the first BarCamp in 2005 when they demoed their image identification software. Few companies in Toronto have so clearly found their calling. Their mission to propel the image business forward drops more jaws every month. Last September I took on some freelance design work with their wunderteam. Shortly thereafter I was offered a full time position as Senior Designer.

In the first few months alone we have gotten a ton of things done. New names and brands for Idée’s two products PixID and Piximilar. A site redesign. Interface design for the labs. A new blog. Print materials. And top secret projects which, if revealed early, would ultimately result in your death.

It’s an amazing environment where everyday everyone gets gently nudged into outdoing themselves. The results are surprising and incredibly rewarding. If you’d like to join us, we (me + Idée) are hiring!

DIY TTC Surface Route Timetable

On 25, Jan 2008 | No Comments | In TTC, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

pdf.pngIf you’d like to make a Cologne-style TTC surface route timetable for the stops you care about and happen to be an iWork-owning Mac user, I have attached a template created in Pages.app:

How did I get the data? On my Mac, I copied the text from their web schedule, and then used a text editor to process the text into rows. The rest was done with a whole lot of copying and pasting.

TIP: You can select columns of text in TextEdit by holding down the option key. It will bring up a crosshair and allow you to select squares of text. This technique was applied liberally during the creation of the timetable.

Zunior Digital Music Downloads

On 20, Jan 2008 | One Comment | In Apple, Hi-fi, Ontario | By Ryan Feeley

ZuniorWhen I buy music I tend to lean towards purchasing local, independent music. Until recently I have been starved for an option that satisfies my embarassingly particular needs:

  1. Downloadable. Why take up any more space on the planet when we’ve long since moved on to digital formats.
  2. Lossless format. Why amass an inventory of MP3s that are less than CD quality? Sure, I might convert tracks to MP3 for my iPod, but I want nothing less than CD quality in the archives.
  3. iTunes and iPod-compatible. If I can’t get it to play in my iPod, it might as well be 8-track.
  4. Open Source. Music purchased from the iTunes Music Store will only play on devices licensing Apple’s technology. Cars for ages have supported MP3 CDs, but I’ve never seen one support AAC. Why build a library of songs that might not be future-friendly? No, transcoding is not an option.

Finally there’s Zunior. Canadian. Indie. And they offer FLAC for an extra $2 per album. Now that a solution exists to get FLAC into iTunes (which can be later converted to MP3, AAC or even Apple Lossless) I finally have a legimate source for the music I love in the format I love it. Thanks Zunior!

UPDATE: As expected a $10.42 charge for the album appeared on my credit card statement.