Thursday, September 30, 2010

Humpday Humor: Garry Gaga

Nick Swardson's Pretend TimeTuesday, October 12
Lady Gaga's Brother: Garry Gaga

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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Dilemna....

I've been meaning to post about this issue I've been experiencing lately with my Asus 1018p. You see, the whole reason why it became important for me to have a portable netbook is because just about every day at lunch I watch my TV show from the night before in my car. It sounds crazy, but some days it really is the only moment of absolute peace that I have to myself.
Once I got my Asus I upgraded the software to the full version of Windows 7 and that's when the trouble began. Somewhere in that process I must have made an error with the drivers or something because every time I play a video using Windows Media Player it freezes periodically. While the freeze happens, the counter keeps going and then it suddenly starts playing again at double speed. Needless to say, its very annoying. I've had my trusty IT guy at work take a look and he is as stumped as I am.
It's for this reason that I have been especially smitten with the Galaxy Tab. I figured it would be a nice big screen to watch my videos as well as being even more portable. But the more I thought about the idea of offloading to yet another device, the more confused I got. Where would I get my texts? Which device would store my wardrobe and automobile log entries? I still get confused thinking about it.
So for now I've downloaded the VLC media player. I'm going to test it out this week and see if helps with the freezes I've been experiencing. It takes my Asus a little longer to convert my videos to a non-Tivo format but if it fixes the problem, then it'll be worth it. Then I can just go back to waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Q.....

Friday, September 17, 2010

5 Months of Nexus

I just took a look at my calendar and realized that its been well over 5 months that I've been using my Nexus One. Wow. It feels like in those 5 months I've found a million and one new ways to use my phone. Its my in-car GPS device, my camera, mp3 player. I use PhoneMyPC to connect to my main desktop- the screen makes it a treat to use.
But it also makes me wistful- missing my Nexus before its even gone. I knew as soon as I saw the Galaxy Tab that I would be changing my workflow significantly. Let me explain- I've been biding my time until a QWERTYBar Android device comes along. And I knew that with that device I could imagine using my phone as....well, just a phone- and handing over my other tasks to a smaller tablet device. News that the Tab may be available on contract is even better- a roomy screen and network connectivity wherever I go sounds perfect.
So I plan to enjoy my Nexus for a few more weeks/months until the Tab comes out at which point I may even use my Palm Pixi as my phone-only device. Stranger things have happened!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Humpday Humor: App Edition

Need to Laugh until you cry? Peel an Onion!

Every so often you need a good laugh. That may just be the best time to download the Onion app to your Android device. A quick Onion satirical video is guaranteed to improve my mood at any time!

Monday, September 13, 2010

So Many Phones, So Little Time


Today is one of those days were I've had the luxury to spend time with my collection of phones and explore the differences in OS's. The HTC Diamond shows me what it was about Windows Mobile that I enjoyed for such a long time. Could I go back today? Definitely not. But I can still see the attraction when you compare its aged GUI with something like WebOS which is only about a year old. WebOS makes me the most wistful as it seems so full of promise- the Pixi could be considered a starter phone but it runs everything its stronger sibling can (albeit not simultaneously). Blackberry is such a mixed bag- its complete and well rounded, but its so matter-of-fact that it really isn't what I'd call a fun mobile experience. Android is really good but I wish it had some more hardware options (read: a keyboard!).
Here's an example of an app running on 3 different platforms- WebOS, Blackberry and Android:


Saturday, September 11, 2010

WebOS Revisited

Over the last few months I've had a really strong desire to revisit WebOS. There have been a lot of changes since my first foray into that world over a year ago. I found an auction on eBay and was able to snag an unlocked, used Pixi for about $150.
I received my Pixi yesterday and so far have been reasonably impressed. Its certainly an underpowered step down from the Pre, but it isn't trying to pretend its something that it's not.
So far I've run into the dreaded "too many cards" error more times than I would like to (considering I've never opened more than 4 or 5). The battery life has been pretty decent so far, and the low screen resolution is less noticeable due to the smaller screen size.
Overall, its just enough to give me an idea of whats been happening on the webos front so far. And it also rounds out my collection of phones- joining my Android Nexus One, WM Jasjar and Diamond, and Blackberry 9700!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Kicking it into High Gear

For a long time I've had this pre-conceived idea that the only thing you readers are interested is my mobile life. As a result, there are often long periods of time when I have no new apps to tell you about, no new phones to drool over and there ends up being nothing but silence over here. All that is about to change. Sure, there'll be lots of mobile stuff in here, but there will also be a good amount of posts about my non-mobile life.
Allow me to re-introduce myself: I'm 33, am happily married with a 2 year old and work in Healthcare Administration. In recent months my life has been ridiculously hectic- my clinic is undergoing a major renovation, our leadership team is going through a series of strengthening seminars, and my son is about to turn 3 and we are hoping it will mark the tail end of the terrible twos.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Official Release