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Victor Agreda Jr

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Victor's introduction to technology was the Apple ][ his dad bought in late 1978. Since then he's used Amiga's, Commodore's, Tandy's, even a PC and a Mac or two. Victor's background includes 3d animation and filmmaking, a bit of web development and programming. He taught multimedia and game design for 5 years at a technical college. His favorite artifact: a cassette tape with Applesoft BASIC on it, copyright 1979, by Microsoft.

Victor Agreda Jr's Latest Posts

TUAW One to One: Author Michael David Anderson

TUAW One to One is a monthly podcast where I take a variety of people, sit them in front of a mic and have a conversation. It won't always be about Apple, but it will often deal with the intersection of liberal arts and technology. You've probably never heard of Michael David Anderson, but that's...

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Apple renewable energy use grows from 35 to 95 percent in less than 4 years

As of today, Apple has been able to convert its corporate campuses and data centers to using 95 percent renewable energy sources for their power. According to this great article over at WIRED, in 2010 that number was at 35 percent. Apple appointed Lisa Jackson, former EPA administrator and once...

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My grandmother's iPad

Shawn Blanc wrote about how his grandfather's iPad has enabled him to take more photos, just a few days after my dad told me how much my grandmother in Bolivia uses her iPad. My grandma, who is now 80, does yoga regularly and volunteers constantly. She uses her iPad for web surfing, email, Skype...

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TUAW by social media, podcast or newsletter

The fact that you're reading this now means you've found TUAW. Welcome! Did you know we have three fabulous podcasts to subscribe to? First there's our weekly call in show, the TUAW Talkcast. We hope you'll join us for the next live taping, but if you miss it you can listen on iTunes. There's also...

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The Sea Monkey app that never was

As a kid I loved Sea Monkeys. As a college student I loved Sea Monkeys. And as an adult, I still have a fondness for the little brine shrimp brought to life from a powdery packet. They are a part of pop culture, appearing in South Park and even having a Saturday morning cartoon ages ago. When the...

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TUAW One-to-One with Jonathan Kressaty of Levers

In this episode of One-to-One, I'm speaking with Jonathan Kressaty of the marketing analytics company, Levers. Kressaty moved to San Francisco a short while ago, and we spend most of the episode talking about public perceptions of the Bay area's tech scene versus what it is really like from someone...

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Four weather apps, four radar experiences

Other than checking the temperature or the forecast, I often use the radar function of weather apps. I like seeing radar in motion, so I can guesstimate what's going to happen in the future. In the video below, I tried the radar experience in four apps: The Weather Channel, Weatherbug, Yahoo...

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Apple wish list: Show battery percentage on the iPod touch

Sometimes it seems like Apple moves in mysterious ways. Most of the time I can chalk up decisions made in Cupertino to one of two things: Making life easier/simpler or "engineering difficulties." The iPod touch is Apple's gateway to iOS for those who can't or won't get an iPhone. It's great for...

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CARROT Fit uses the stick to whip you into shape

I've long been a fan of CARROT To-Do for keeping me motivated with my daily list of "things I must do today." Our review of To-Do is here, but the basic idea is that the app's "AI construct" gets mad when you don't check in or accomplish tasks. While being berated, overall, isn't a good thing,...

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North Korea goes from Windows 7 to OS X with latest Red Star Linux

Wait, what? Yep, you read that right. North Korea, with embargoes out the wazoo, has its own national operating system (of course), a Linux variant called Red Star OS. According to Computerworld, North Korea has changed the look of the OS from a Windows 7-style interface to a...

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