6 years later….

April 10, 2018 Comments off

It’s heartening to know that I didn’t write anything exceptionally stupid 6 years ago but neither did I make any grand predictions wither.

I guess the last entry regarding the Nexus Q was both true and not true.  The Q was an abject failure but we own a Google Home Mini and an Echo Dot (both amusingly from White Elephant gift exchanges this last Christmas).

I’d like to get a HomePod but it’s a bit pricey…kind of like the Nexus Q.

At $349 I’m more inclined to replace our ancient iPads with a new one for $329 and buying a half decent bluetooth speaker set…no Siri support unless you’re close enough for the iPad to hear you.  Maybe that’s not so terrible…

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With Nexus Q, Google Wants to Make Entertainment More Social – NYTimes.com

June 27, 2012 Comments off

With Nexus Q, Google Wants to Make Entertainment More Social – NYTimes.com.

It’s a really weird product that appears to try to capture the vibe of a high end Apple product…to bad that product is the iPod Hi-Fi which also never answered the question of “who the heck is going to buy this thing at this price?”

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World War Hack

April 26, 2012 Comments off


World War Hack 

I saw a link to this Graphic Novel on DF or The Loop (can’t remember) and took a look.  The 1st Chapter preview was interesting and the price okay.  I guess…haven’t bought a graphic novel since Dark Knight Returns…but it was for a physical copy.

That I wouldn’t be able to read until May.


I passed on the pre-order.  If I buy a graphic novel, even one of the same caliber of Dark Knight, these days it better also be readable on my iPad and Kindle.

So if I remembered WWH in May AND there was a digital copy MAYBE I’d buy it in May.  Odds of that were really low.

That was probably not the answer Viper Comics was looking for.

Yesterday Viper sent out an email that said that pre-orders would get a digital copy that could be downloaded right away.

So I bought it.  Right Away.

Instant gratification and I get a physical copy in May.  Bonus.  That’s the way it should be done.  If you’re a small publisher or even a big one, it’s an eBook model with a lot of merit.

It’s a good story and worth a look at the preview.  Not anywhere close to Frank Miller good but good enough to get me out of graphic novel retirement.  So sometime in May it’s going to sit on the shelf next to Dark Knight Returns.

I think Ethan Bull and Tsubasa Yozora can live with that company. 🙂

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iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple opinion and news | The Loop

April 9, 2012 Comments off

Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

Woof…NeXT cost Apple $429M in 1996 ($622.5M in today dollars).

That’s a huge amount…something like $37 per instagram user.

via iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple opinion and news | The Loop.



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If Darth Vader Were The Father He Could’ve Been To Luke… – DesignTAXI.com

April 6, 2012 Comments off
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Google has finally “unveiled” Project Glass

April 5, 2012 Comments off

I agree with most of Stracci’s points as well as Gruber’s point about how much info Google could mine from this “helpful” technology.

I have one more observation.  Folks spend thousands of dollars for Lasik or hundreds of dollars a year for contacts to avoid wearing glasses.  The probability that folks want to pay hundreds of dollars to wear geek headgear strikes me as very low.

Mostly though I was thinking of Aliens, their helmet cams and the Lt.  Which the Google team kinda reminds me of.  So guys…how many combat drops?

Google has finally “unveiled” Project Glass. I say… – Not Stolen. Permanently Borrowed..

Putting You Back In the Moment – Daring Fireball

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Search, plus Your World · SPY W?

March 27, 2012 Comments off


Search, plus Your World · Inside Google Search

Search, plus Your World · Inside Google Search.

Is it just me or is SPYW an unfortunate acronym for Google latest effort?


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Daylight Saving Time Explained | Grey’s Blog

March 12, 2012 Comments off

So driving across this hundred-mile stretch would technically necessitate seven clock changes which is insane.

via Daylight Saving Time Explained | Grey’s Blog.

Funny and worth the few minutes to watch.

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Good-bye Mr. Ralph McQuarrie

March 5, 2012 Comments off

concept ships: Good-bye Mr. Ralph McQuarrie.

RIP Mr. McQuarrie.  Many of these images are indelibly associated with my childhood.  I remember standing in line with my Dad to see the first Star Wars at the Uptown theater in DC.  Then my favorite TV show was Battlestar Galactica.

Thumbnails of many other examples of his art are on: http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/index.html

Via DF

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MS Office on the iPad

February 21, 2012 Comments off

Suite anticipation – WWW.THEDAILY.COM.

File this under “What on earth is Microsoft thinking?”

I like it and it will spur even faster iPad adoption in the enterprise but it really doesn’t do a whole lot for Microsoft’s own tablet efforts.  Maybe that doesn’t matter as much as continued Office dominance.

The move also makes the iPad even more of an education powerhouse.  While I love Keynote, nobody but other iOS and OSX users could get any of my presentations except as PDFs.

Powerpoint isn’t as good but is everywhere.  With a clean template it’s good enough to make great presentations.

That’s another checkbox checked for an edu tablet.  Coupled with AirPlay and a aTV device attached to a projector and student presentations become even more of a snap on iOS.

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