Recently, well just last week, we decided to launch the latest round of upgrades for Mindlogr and amongst them were a couple of big upgrade features which we wanted to write about so that new and old users can see what this means for their logging experience.
As the world of vlogging explodes on the internet, there is still an ongoing need for a private place where people can store their video snippets and that’s why we continue to improve Mindlogr with a hope that we can fulfil that gap.
While it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, the trouble is that you don’t have any say whatsoever over the thousand words people choose to attribute to your picture. Pictures are just moments frozen in time, and most don’t offer any real context as to how you feel, what’s going on around you, or especially who you are.
So while you may be loading up dozens of pictures at a time to your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, there is no real story – there’s no real “you” coming through, unless you decide to actually tell your side of the story.
Social media provides, at best, a very short summary of your life and who you are as a person. Think about it. With a site like Facebook, what do you actually put on there that’s representative of you? A relationship status? A quirky status update begging people for Likes? A few “LOL” photos and different memes you find hilarious? Pictures where you’re posing with the duck-face? Seriously, social media doesn’t say very much about who you are at all. It mostly just acts as an outlet for you to goof off and to see what other people are up to.
Video logging has many different, practical uses in today’s world. The technology is seriously high-tech, even compared to a mere decade ago. With the explosion of social media and the Internet available through a wide array of tablets and smartphones, the human race is now more connected than ever. But what does that have to do with video logging for future generations?
Michael Keaton (the original modern-age Batman) once appeared in a very heart warming movie, My Life, about a terminally ill man who prepares for his death. In the movie, Keaton shot a series of videos for his young son to watch later in life, such as shaving tutorials and moral life lessons. This type of thing obviously doesn’t happen only in movies. Former star Safety for the New Orleans Saints, Steve Gleason, is currently deteriorating due to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and is chronicling his life for his son while there’s still time. Continue reading
Since the 1980s when lifelogging first started to make a big splash, technology has advanced leaps and bounds faster than anything else on the planet. Cars haven’t changed very much, despite using some extra batteries to supplement the fossil fuels. Homes haven’t changed too much. They’re still as susceptible to the elements as ever.
And people certainly haven’t changed very much at all. Technology, however, as in camera size and picture quality, has advanced exponentially since the ’80s. In fact, technology in 2013 has surpassed what anyone imagined in even 2003 – a short yet explosive decade.
Lifelogging tools are available via small HD cameras, medical trackers, fitness bands, and much more. For lifeloggers who enjoy the visual side of the art, devices like Memoto are serious game changers. If you have yet to hear of Memoto, we’ll go over it in detail throughout the article below.
You might think Mindlogr is a private video logging tool, but there are some really cool features which can be used differently if you want to.
Take for example the shared logging facilities. Here you can create a shared video log in which you and any of your invited sharers can participate in.
Since this is an invite only sharing system, it is completely private which means you could use it to create private conversations and knowledge sharing through video. Continue reading
Video logging is an art form that’s known by many names. Some call it vlogging, lifelogging, and others refer to it as a video diary or journaling. What you call it isn’t nearly important as how you do it, though, or as important as your reasons for doing it. So, what would be your reasons for wanting to keep a video log of your life? Well, there are many potential benefits you can reap from keeping a video journal.
Throughout this article, we will go over quite a few benefits that you can experience if you start video logging. But remember that this short list isn’t going to clue you in on everything. You may have your own reasons for wanting to start a video log, or you may find something here that inspires you to start recording your life. Either way, video logging can be a very effective tool. Continue reading
Many of today’s lifeloggers aren’t that interested in recording amazing airplane jumps or spur-of-the-moment dance sessions at the local strip mall. As we become more health-conscious as a society, more lifeloggers are actually interested in monitoring their vital statistics to help improve their health. This is especially true as it pertains to stress.
Stress is one of those medical conditions which is very much ambiguous. The science on it isn’t conclusive, and some doctors argue about the effects it can have on the human body. However, the consensus is that stress is a real thing. The bickering comes into play as it pertains to how people develop stress, how to handle stress, and how stress has physical effects.
Stress can manifest itself in a slew of different ways. You can think of stress, in very simple terms, much like anxiety or incessant worrying and the overall affect this can have on you. Losing sleep, constantly worrying, and being bogged down by negativity can have dire effects on your health. Below, we will look at different ways in which stress has been known to harm people, and also the different causes of stress. Continue reading
As lifelogging increases in popularity, we’re beginning to see a new type of lifelogger emerge. Back in the 1980s, the main lifeloggers were basically self-video journalists, chronicling their lives and adventures in what can be described more as a video diary.
And while this is still technically considered lifelogging today, with smaller devices of exceptional quality, others have entered the lifelogging field, logging their lives for a completely different reason: Their health.
This type of logging carefully tracks vital statistics related to health and fitness. For instance, someone may want to log their calorie intake, the number of steps they take or the miles they walk, their heart rate, and other crucial data to help them live a healthier, happy, stress-free lifestyle. Continue reading
So we have a lot of users ask us the question, why are recordings limited to 5 minutes?
There are two main reasons why we decided to set the recording limit to 5 minutes per video.
One of them is philosophical and the other is technical. Here are the reasons why this is in place.
- Efficient thought – we want Mindlogr to be a place where you can quickly ruminate over your thoughts and not a site where you spend hours on end recording. Life is for living, and the fact is, you can say a lot in 5 minutes. The lesson we would like users to learn is that being concise and efficient will be more beneficial in the long term, than spending hours in front of a webcam!
- Technical restrictions – we want our users to have the best experience they can, and currently, global upload bandwidth speeds are on average 10x slower than download speeds. Since the system is recording live video streams, it requires a fast upload bandwidth in order to capture all the data. That’s why if you are on a slow connection, you might see irregularities with your recordings. We need to maintain this 5 minute level so that everyone has a pretty good experience of the system. When technology and global upload bandwidths start to match current western world download speeds, we will start to look at increasing the time limits.
Mindlogr is supposed to be a faster way to record your thought than writing a journal. It wouldn’t make sense for us if we allowed continuous recording with zero limit, even if technology and bandwidth permitted it.
There’s been a development recently that affects mostly MAC users and it has to do with the compatibility of Adobe Flash player with browsers.
It might affect your first experience of Mindlogr as it will render your camera or microphone inoperable.
When you get to the recording screens, and you try to enable your webcam you will get presented with the Adobe Privacy settings. However it might not allow you to close the box once it is opened, and the selectors seem to be disabled. Continue reading