Archive for September, 2010

Your iPad as a Netbook? Magical!!

 

We interrupt what could have been a post on weighing out the options of buying a Kindle/Nook versus a Tablet PC/Netbook or iPad. Instead, we bring you what will possibly tempt me even more to get an ipad.

 The cool folks at Dvice have a post on this iPad case that has a built in Bluetooth keyboard in it….Brilliant! It’s called the Keyfolio from Kensington. Yes, the makers of fine laptop accessories Kensington. It’s another item in the chain of Foleo (R.I.P) type devices that extends the functionality of the much vaunted oversized ipod touch (not that it’s a bad thing, mind you). Now, looking at the picture I’m wondering how this thing is staying upright considering the keys are reported to be soft and the iPad is heavy. Gravity, people. I assume that has been taken into account, though. Also, it has it’s own power supply, it would be nice to charge the iPad with it. According to the article, it does not. Bummer, but still sounds cool enough to have when it ships in October. It seems a bit pricey at the reported $99-$100 mark, but considering the price of what you’re using it with, you probably won’t care (how about buying me one and a pad to go with it). 

This is actually kind of cool given that the iPad had been billed more as a consumption device than a productivity one. It’ll be no wonder why the Best Buy CEO said that it’s been eating up Netbook sales now. Anyway, check out the link below for the post and a pic. I will be lurking Amazon in a couple of weeks myself. You know, for research.

Ingenious gadget turns any iPad into an Apple netbook

 

NaBloPoMo: Better late than never?

In my quest to get back into things and shake the dust off the blog, I needed a way to stir the creative juices (aka focus my lazy bottom). It just so happens that this is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). Similar to NaNoWriMo (which I still plan to do), you make a post on your blog every day in the month. Sounds simple, right? At the time of this post it’s 13 days in. I thought about and kind of started doing it around 8 days in. For those keeping score, I’m a little behind. What’s funny, there’s enough in my head to catch up and then some. The problem is, the brain faucet’s stuck between drip and deluge with deluge being a Niagara Falls type non-coherent white noise of which I could not write to if I tried. Don’t cry for me ardently, Tina. I’m just saying that 1) if you see a few dozen posts in the next couple of days, you’ll know why. 2) I’m really not really apologizing for the content of said posts, and 3) you know I had to let you about the month even if we are almost half way in. It’s what I do.

If you’re signed up for the site, feel from to add me there. Oh, and if you have any ideas about what you care to see me write about, let me know. We might be able to make it happen. No, really.

Android, HTC, and me

So this is something I didn’t get to talk about during my hiatus. Up until November 2009, I was rocking a considerably old XV6800 (aka the Mogul). It was a pretty good Windows Mobile running phone made by HTC (whom I love*). Decent screen, physical keyboard, built like a tank (HTC phones are usually built quite well). It had its issues, mind you, but served me faithfully. Pretty easy to hack too, thanks to the help of the fine folks over at XDA developers. At end of use, I had Wm6.5 running on it, albeit it a little slow. Anyway, I was due for a new phone thanks to my contract upgrade and there were a few phones out or coming that made the gadget lust tingle within me. Some of that lust came from the promising nearly year old Android operating system from the Google folks. I’ve already accepted my Google overlords at this point, so this should not be a big surprise. Don’t get me wrong, windows mobile is a pretty good operating system, but its windows so it sadly had windows type issues. Windows phone 7 is said to address some of those issues, by the way. And while there is still to this day much over-hype about a little phone made by a fruit company, I never drank the kool aid ( though there is this pad that I have my eye on for some reason). This is in addition to not so much caring about AT&T’s service. Yes folks, I choose my phones carrier first as it was to be intended.

Like I’ve said, Android phones had been around for a minute, but there was nothing that fit my criteria. Yes, there was Android’s flagship phone the G1, but it was G1 hardware. That’s a no no. Plus, that lip it had bothered the hell out of me. What I really wanted was hardware comparable (read: sexier) than my beloved XV6800. Preferably, the HTC Touch Pro 2(or the even sexier HD2) running Android. That STILL hasn’t happened yet. And while the Motorola Droid had a physical keyboard and decent specs for the time, I dislike Motorola phones and that keyboard was not a very good experience for the little time I played with it. Plus, I don’t like Motorola phones….Oh, did I say that twice? Yep.

So what did I end up getting? Surprisingly enough (and against my better judgment at the time), I ended up with the then brand new HTC Eris. I say surprisingly enough because it had pretty much all of the criteria I was looking for. It was built well (by HTC, of course), it ran Android (though it came with version 1.5 and 2.0 was shipping with the also brand new Moto Droid), and it was sexy for its time. It had everything except for a physical keyboard, which to me was and sort of still is, kind of key in my decision. I hated to have to rely on virtual keyboard because I felt I needed physical keys and virtual keyboards on the whole don’t give you that. Well, after using as long as I have, I still miss the physical keyboard, but I seem to be doing alright without it. It’s not like I’m the world’s fastest typist anyway.

I say against my better judgment because I knew then when I bought the phone there was hotter, better phones coming down the pipeline. The Nexus One was the soup Du jour, I believe. What I didn’t know about was the HTC Incredible or the Evo 4G that came out this past summer. Every 6-8 months, it never fails. And I definitely didn’t know that apparently my phone was at end of life around time the Incredible came along and rumored to be replacing the Eris. I went with it despite that what I did know and do not really regret the decision. It’s been giving me exposure to a great operating system, and just as cool, apps! No Oses or phones are without flaws, and that is true for Android and the Eris. That said, I love the experience and while I am looking into a new phone, I know I’m sticking with Android and HTC. I am seriously considering porting over the Evo (I’m on Verizon, it’s on Sprint). I’m even thinking of trying my hand at making app for the OS. It would be nice if the big G would let me play with their app inventor, but I have checked out the alternative as well.

So basically what you should gleam from all of this is that, if you have a chance to try an Android phone, do so. If you already have one, be on the lookout for upcoming posts from me as I will be (as I have been) diving into the app market and trying to pull out some gems. Oh, and that I dislike….

*- the makings of an HTC fanboy, I know

Amazon-xbox one two punch

So this little tip might be old to most of you, but here goes.

Now, I’m pretty certain you were aware that you can buy video games at Amazon, but did you know that you buy online codes for games on the Playstation Network(PSN) and PC game downloads(I’m a little more partial to Steam at this point, but hey)? Well, I just found out about the Playstation part myself. What I originally brought this up for was the fact that you could also buy online codes for Xbox Live points and service. Apparently, they got must have got rid of Xbox live game codes because I’m having a hard time finding any. However, this is still relevant for the fact that you can still buy points and service codes here. And sometimes you can catch them at a reduced rate that you’d find in retail stores. This goes true for the physical cards as well, so keep that in mind. Oh, and Xbox Live is increasing in price in November. Stock up now if you can.

The thing is, inputting the code(s) into your Xbox once you get them can be annoying. You have to fire it up, navigate the dashboard, and my personally peeve, having to use the controller to put in the code. You have the same issue on PSN, as well. Call me lazy, but I wish there was an easier way like using the 360’s Vision camera or the upcoming Kinect(or PS3’s PSeye) to scan the card. Somebody get on that, it’s 2010 for goodness sake! Well, anyway, there is a little better way to go about it.  Don’t know how much you use it, but if you are signed up with Xbox.com, you can do some of the stuff you can from the dashboard there. Check and answer messages, see who’s online, and most important to this post, hit the marketplace to queue up demos, buy games, and input game/points/xbox live card codes right there in browser(login required for link). Damn you, that’s pretty convenient if you didn’t feel like starting up the box. And yea, you still have to fire it up if you want the game/demo to actually download and play but chances are, you were going there for that anyway. And no, Playstation hadn’t gotten to this point yet, but I hold out hope for them. At least you can buy game codes being that you were probably on Amazon in the first place…right?

Like I’ve said, if you knew about this, you probably wouldn’t have gotten this far into the post, so I don’t feel too bad about the old info. It’s just been on my mind.

So umm, yea. I’m back to the blogging thing again. This time in my own space. If you’ve read my post on the old site you know that already, but I thought I’d mention it here just the same. Now that I’m kinda back on the scene, I realize a couple of things: 1) I have a lot to catch up on and 2) I’ve been blogging (off and on) for FIVE YEARS(next month, in fact)! I honestly didn’t think I have much to say let alone for that long, but as I’ve said here, I can’t leave it alone apparently. It’s been more that I’ve been lazy than anything else. There’s always some gadget, movie, music, etc. for me to be hopped up about. And so here I am. I would get into why I disappeared for so long, but at the moment, it’s not important. if things were meant to come together that much to talk about them, then I’ll let you all know. until then…

I have to say that i’m pretty sure that the next few dozen or so posts are probably going to be old news. In trying to get back into things, I kinda want to bring up stuff that I hadn’t taken the chance to talk about. Coincidently, in a kind of a masochistic move on my part, I’m thinking of participating in National Blog Posting Month (Nablopomo) which is going on as we speak. Yes, i know it’s 7 days in. Masochistic, remember? We will see. At any rate, I hope you enjoy what I am bringing and let me know about stuff you want my opinion on. Oh, and don’t mind the mess on the site. I’m still trying to get it like I want it. Not even sure if i’m married to the theme or not.. We will see.

Oh, and if you’ve stuck with me for how long from the past five years, thank you. I still hope I am what you expected.

Okay. I don’t when this came out, but I just saw it on twitter recently. Time has what it thinks to be the 50 best websites of 2010. Given that the year is not over yet and it is Time, I’m still posting the link to it. You will probably hear me talk about a couple of these soon, actually. Have at it.

50 Best Websites 2010