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The Tao of I.T. Al #58

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blame madbadcat for this episode too.

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Murder on the Avatar Express

I bought my first computer in April of 93 after my typewriter broke. A trip to the local electronics store and two thousand dollars later, I walked out with a Compaq 386 windows 3.1 jam packed with 2 megs of ram. I could have gotten 4 megs but as the salesman noted, "Nobody will ever need that much memory."

Fast forward fifteen years. Today, we can do virtually anything online. Our computer is an office. A school. A university. A shopping mall. A tennis court. A baseball stadium. It allows us to see and speak to people around the country and around the world. You can be at work and watch your nanny and your child at home. Computers can speak for the mute, type for the handicapped and remind you to take the roast out of the oven. You can create your own universe, your own countries, cities and neighbors. You can live a whole nother life in a whole nother virtual world and interact with all sorts of people and their avatars and like reality, you can get virtually screwed.

Por ejemplo: A 43 year old woman in Japan was arrested at her home in Miyazaki and jailed some 620 miles away in Sappporo, for virtually killing a virtual online husband from whom she was virtually divorced, in an online game called Maple Story. The virtual murder took place last May. When the 33 year old man discovered that his online avatar was dead, he called the police.

The woman has not been formally charged but if ultimately convicted, could spend five years in prison and pay a fine of $5,000.00. "I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning." she is quoted as saying. "That made me so angry," Using login information she got from her virtual husband when their characters were happily married, she logged into his account and killed his character. There is no evidence that the woman plotted any revenge in the real world.

That he gave her the log-in info suggests that she didnt hack at all but merely logged in. Actual hacking is a different story. And while computer hacking is a crime, Im going to assume that the Japanese police have more important things to worry about than a dead avatar, hacked or not.

And I gotta believe that somewhere in the virtual land of Maple Story, there is a virtual lawyer with a bad virtual tie, a virtual divorce court, and a virtual judge sporting a vitual set of mismatched socks under his virtual robe. If the woman was really smart, shed have sued her virtual husband for virtual alimony and virtually half of everything he owned, and called it a day.

 

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Review: Jumsoft Keynote FX Series (pt2)

iWorks Keynote by Apple is an excellent presentation application program for backgrounds and templates for text and images. The finished product (movies, reports, etc.) can be exported into QuickTime, PowerPoint, PDF, Images, Flash, HTML and iPod versions. Apple ships Keynote with thirty-six standard themes, providing the end user with a strong foundation and giving you plenty room to expand your library.

Jumsoft is just one of a number of companies that supply add-ons to use in Keynote. We recently reviewed Keynote Themes 7, Keynote Photos 2, and Keynote Stills 3.

Due to the nature of the Keynote FX series, we have created FLV video presentations to review these products. But first, an introduction to these products:

Keynote Themes FX 3.0

Keynote Themes FX 3.0 consists of seven new and visually innovative themes: These themes provide a delicately animated background style and plenty of slide layout options. These small background actions will liven up your presentations without distracting your audience from your main point.

Keynote Themes FX

Even if you already use Keynote Themes FX you will discover that your presentation will come alive with a new verve and sparkle when you apply the new visuals that are available in the ten new backgrounds in BackgroundFX 2.0. These backgrounds can be used in conjunction with any of your themes as they do not come with basic slide layouts.

ObjectFX 3.0

If you are unfamiliar with photo objects, they are images of objects with a transparent background.  they are a very effective way to “isolate” a visual to support your presentation or bullet point. Jumsoft ‘s ObjectFX 3.0 are 70 detailed 3D images  that are easily pasted into presentation pages. Optimized for 1024 x 768 frames these cleanly cut objects  suit a number of ideas and concepts.  Keynote Objects is only $39 and the upgrade from Keynote Objects 2.0 costs just $19.

Keynote Animations 5

Finally, for my own usage, the last of the Jumsoft packages that I find powerful is the Keynote Animations 5 package.  Priced slightly higher ($45) than the other add-ons, these animations allow the addition of eye-catching movement to an otherwise “pedestrian” static frame. There are 180 animated images that can be used to attract attention or produce emphasis in your presentation.  These images can be cut and pasted, resized and looped in Keynote’s QuickTime option.

Keynote Quartet FX bundles together  the latest versions of Keynote themes FX, Keynote Animation, Keynote Objects FX and Keynote Backgrounds FX at a discounted price of $99 (or as an upgrade from Keynote Quartet ’06 for $45). That’s great buy.

If you are an Apple iWorks Keynote user, check out Jumsoft’s offerings at http://www.Jumsoft.com to invigorate your next lecture, sales meeting or presentation.

Madbadcat’s Note: The road from Keynote to QT to FLV to WordPress is a long and winding one. I decided that the most important thing was to focus on the animations- not the transitions, or interactivity- so each slide holds for 5 seconds then moves on. There are many reasons for this. Mostly its because I don’t think Keynote was ever meant to “publish to the web”. It might be an option they should consider for a future version.


Keynote Background FX 2.0 (11.5mb streaming; no sound)

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Keynote Objects FX 2.0 (3mb streaming; no sound)

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Keynote Themes FX 3.0 (10.4mb streaming; no sound)

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Keynote Animation FX 5.0 (8.2mb streaming; no sound)

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