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Will the iPad work as a skateboard?

May 27, 2010 3 comments

Not for the faint-of-heart geek. We know the iPad blends but will it shred?

(From my good friend and best man, Jim Martin. Check out his blog! He’s got some AMAZING pictures)

Categories: Humor, Mac, Other, Stupid shit, Tech

iPhone woes

May 24, 2010 2 comments

So my wife and mother-in-law left yesterday for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Being the good husband, I made sure my wife’s car had all the fluids topped off and gas tank filled. Concurrent to this is my current obsession with 4sq.com and their geolocation game. Apparently, mixing gasoline stations/Priuses/Foursquare and a forgetful husband is a recipe for disaster.

Trying to check in at the Citgo just as the pump completed its duty, forced me to set the cell phone down. On the rear spoiler of the Prius. After replacing the pump handle back on the pump, I drove away. I noticed I couldn’t find it last night but it wasn’t of much concern to me. I was sure it was in the house. then this morning, while showering, I was hit with the realization of what I had done with my phone.

I loved my iPhone. I had jailbroken the phone so it was modded with extra features. I had thoughts of getting an Android phone but I wasn’t sure. In the interim, I’m using my old Samsung Blackjack 2 which is more than adequate. My question to all two of you readers is, what phone should I be looking at as my next phone? Please take the survey to help me select as I am easily swayed in trying to determine something as mundane as a new phone.

Categories: Family, Other, Tech

Lost…and found

May 21, 2010 6 comments

So, I never got into the TV show Lost (or House or Grey’s Anatomy or the Office or Idol, for that matter) but here’s a funny graph for those of you who ARE ardent fans. While I have never watched it, I can still see the humor in this. Just one question. Who is Benjamin Linus? (from joyoftech.com)

Lost...and graphed

Categories: Humor

iPad 3G vs. the Kindle vs. the Nook (con’t)

May 20, 2010 4 comments
Note 4  reader apps on the screen

OK, here is a more in-depth analysis of the three types of e-readers. Unfortunately, they’re really two e-readers and a hybrid netbook so as a result, it’s almost an unfair comparison. The iPad is more of a whole entertainment/business handheld computer system. As a result, while I jokingly declared the iPad the winner, I mainly focus on the reading applications for the iPad.

Having said that, while the iPad looks good, the eReader applications LOOK nicer and obviously the color pictures look better (I downloaded a Berenstain Bears book for the kids and the color was great), I can read faster and with less strain on either the nook or the Kindle. The eInk used on the Kindle and nook is optimized for bright viewing and the weight of the devices (see chart below) make reading a tad easier than with the iPad. Believe it or not, that extra .75 lb does make a difference.

Another difference is the cost. $249 for the eReaders and $849 for the model I purchased ($699 for the 64GB iPad plus $130 extra because I got the 3G model PLUS, unlike the Kindle (where 3G connectivity is free), the mobile broadband costs at least $14.95 per month.

So how do I declare the iPad the winner, given I’ve just said that the eReaders are lighter, cause less eye strain, AND are cheaper? Because I can read anything I purchase for the nook and the kindle on the iPad. Because it’s an entertainment device, I simply downloaded the Amazon Kindle and B&N nook apps from the app store (free) and I can read anything that was purchased by my wife on the nook OR purchased by me on the Kindle on the iPad via the proprietary apps. Moreover, there are many other eReader apps, including one that provides 25,000 free books. You will never have to purchase another copy of Moby Dick, Ethan Frome, or Grapes of Wrath again as all works in public domain are available to you via the Gutenberg Project.

Yes, it’s more expensive, but because of the flexibility and variety of uses, spend the extra money and get the iPad. I find myself using my iPhone, my PC, and Kindle less and less because I have all that I need at my fingertips.

Windows Explorer on iPad using Citrix App

*UPDATE*

I wanted to add some images of the iPad and what I was talking about with regards to the choices in book readers. I also wanted to show a screen displaying Windows Explorer using the Citrix app. While not perfect, I am able to do 90% of what i need to do – albeit slower than normal – using the iPad.

e-Reader Comparison: iPad vs. Kindle vs. nook

iPad Kindle 2 Kindle DX nook Sony Reader
(3 models)
screen (inches)/ resolution 9.7 /
1024 x 768
6/ 600 x 800 9.7/ 1200 x 824 6/ 600 x 800
(second screen – 3.5)
5-7.1/
800 x 600 – 600 x 1024
screen type LCD E Ink E Ink E Ink E Ink
color? yes 16 shades gray 16 shades gray 16
shades gray
8/16
shades gray
capacity 16GB-64GB 2GB 4GB 2GB (expandable) 512MB (expandable)
connectivity WiFi, 3G 3G 3G WiFi, 3G 3G
connectivity cost US$14.99 –
$30/month
free free free free
required contract no no no no no
e-book format ePub (Kindle, via
Kindle app), PDF
Kindle, PDF, MOBI Kindle, PDF, MOBI ePub, eReader, PDF, PDB ePub, PDF, TXT, RTF, DOC, BBeB Book
web browser yes no no no no
multimedia audio + video audio audio audio audio + images
games yes no no no no
third-party apps App Store no no no no
size (inches) 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 8 x 5.3 x 0.36 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.50 varies
weight (pounds) 1.5 0.64 1.2 0.75 0.485-0.798
price US$499-$829 US$259 US$489 US$259 US$169-$349
reviews iPad review Kindle 2 review coming soon nook review Sony Reader review

Categories: Mac, Other, Tech

If you get this, you’re a nerd.

May 20, 2010 Leave a comment

IPv4 version of 'The call is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!"

Categories: Family

Tetris Hell

May 16, 2010 2 comments

From xkcd.com a few weeks ago. God, I used to LOVE playing Tetris!

There's also a Katamari level where everything is just slightly bigger than you and a Mario level with a star just out of reach.

Categories: Humor

iPad 3G vs. the Kindle vs. the Nook

May 16, 2010 2 comments

The iPad wins. That is all (more to come, I promise).

PS – sorry for the quality of the pics.

PPS – I’ll post up other pics in a bit

Categories: Mac, Other, Tech