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>Will it Blend? This is the Question.

>This Tom Dickson guy is great.  He’s hilarious!  “iSmoke.  Don’t breath this in.” 

Mortal Kombat Announcer: Flawless delivery.

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Posted by on July 12, 2007 in Humor

 

>SPACE.com — August Meteor Shower Will Be ‘A Great Show’

>http://www.space.com/spacewatch/070712_perseid_meteors.html
via hiptop [thx Brad]

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

>Sony Vaio U-Series Made to Look and Function Like iPhone

>And you thought the iPhone was expensive…this guy deserves an award, this is frickin’ great.  Cover Flow and everything else is functional.

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Posted by on July 12, 2007 in Gadgets

 

>New Katamari Damacy for Xbox 360

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“As for the plot of the story, it seems that the King of All Cosmos opened a black hole during a tennis match and it sucked in all the stars, requiring the prince to once again take his katamari and rebuild the stars in the sky.”

The King of All Cosmos plays tennis? So do I!

Well, I did for a little bit…

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

>"Oh DS, is There Anything You Can’t Do?

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You’d have to be a big nerd to be looking up player stats or watching the live TV replay on your DS during a baseball game (Matt) but I just love how the device is like a Swiss Army knife. Did I ever mention that I read my comics on one? Hoo-doggy, when these gonna grill up some little burgers?

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

>Why I will NOT be ‘switching’ to the iPhone

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While most people contrast the iPhone to other Windows, Palm and Symbian smartphones out there no seems to be drawing one obvious comparison: to Danger’s Sidekick 3.

Other reviews also cite the iPhone’s lack of 3G data compatibility as a major reason to hold out until version 2.0, I couldn’t care less about having access to 3G because of it’s ridiculous price tag. ~$50/month for high speed internet on *just* my cellphone? You’ve got to be kidding me. I think cable broadband is overpriced at $45/month.

No, for me 2G, or 2.5G as most have come to call it, EDGE is sufficient, especially given its sweet price: $20/month on top of your voice plan.

The main reason I won’t be switching is because the iPhone really only offers marginal upgrades to what I get on my T-Mobile Sidekick:

(a) higher resolution display
(b) more robust internet browser (which is a moot point because EDGE is really only suited to mobile versions of sites)
(c) better music player (iPod) (although the Sidekick 3 does have an MP3 player that’s perfectly sufficient)
(d) slightly higher megapixel camera (2MP vs. current 1.3MP)

Are those three things worth $500 – $600? No, no they’re not. Essentially I already get those things, minus the big display. I already have a phone that provides 2G data and a music player. I would actually be missing several things if I ‘switched’ and it would be a downgrade of sorts because with the iPhone I would lose:

(1) Instant messenging client
(2) Customizable user interface (background, icons, effects etc..this is a major drawback in my book)
(3) Robust 3rd-party applications
(4) Robust 3rd-party games (of which I have a ton, I’m especially fond of Crosswords)
(5) REAL SONGS for my ringer
(6) Constant sync over the air (OTA) for all of my contacts, pictures, notes, TASKS (iPhone has no task list app), calendar, and text messages. I never have to dock this thing to sync anything, it’s backed up constantly over the EDGE network wirelessly. And if my phone craps out I can take my SIM card and pop it into another Sidekick and all of my data is pushed to the new phone within 5-10min.
(7) REAL physical keyboard (with auto-correction). I really don’t care for the iPhone’s virtual keyboard, except maybe when in landscape mode, which Apple doesn’t allow for any apps except Safari (What a ridiculous little restriction that hampers the device significantly)
(8) T-Mobile’s network, customer service and rate plans (which are the best of all the carriers, $45 for 1500min./mo., do that at&t)

So to get an iPhone I would lose all of the above 8 things and half a grand, whereas if I keep on with my Sidekick I get all of the above and only lose a couple of minor upgrades.

It’ll be interesting to see where the device stands in a year, because that’s when I’ll re-evaluate my decision as the iPhone offers no significant improvement over my Sidekick.

Now, to spend that $600 wisely – Vizio 32″ LCD TV here I come…

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2007 in Gadgets

 

>bt: Gerrymandering Visualized

>It seems like “the system” needs a reset, maybe not as extreme as the one in Live Free or Die Hard – mostly because fake hacking wouldn’t do much – but some sort of shake-up:

A reader recently sent me a link to a very well-done simulation that shows how political mapmakers analyze party registrations on a house-by-house basis to draw district boundaries favorable to keeping incumbents in office. The process, called gerrymandering, has been used by both parties over the years, and is proof that abusing power…

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

>bt: Report $$$ Favors Dems 9-to-1

>Not much of a shocker (perhaps it comes with the territory) but interesting nonetheless:

MSNBC took a detailed took at political contributions made by reporters and found some numbers that, to me anyway, aren’t terribly surprising:

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

>iPhone Display Pranks

>So yest. I tried out the iPhone displays at my local crack-err-Apple
Store and discovered that you could try out EVERY function of the
device, including phone calls and text messages.

So I called the lady who saved the phone number of the unit I was using
and called it after we left the mall.

Oblivious Apple Shopper: Hello?
Me: Hello, welcome to iPhone.
OAS: Who is this?
Me: So, how do you like the future?
OAS: Hello?
Me: Enjoy iPhone.
–end of call–

Just as fun was sending text messages to the display device like this
one: "Stop poking me and spinning me around."

No replies so far, though.

Anyone else preying on unsuspecting iPhone testers?
eriK

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2007 in Uncategorized

 
 
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