Conversation with an Apple Fanboy

Yesterday there was some conference or something. Guy that sits next to me spent most of the morning reading Engadget and watching some presentation by that guy that’s not Steve Jobs.

Him: OMG! The new versions of iOS and OSX will allow you to answer phone calls on your computer!!!

Me: Oh, like Google Voice?

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My month without a cell phone.

My parents got the family’s first cell phone in around 1994. I got a pager in 1996 around the same time I got my driver’s license (so my parents could randomly ask me where I was). In 1998, I bought my first cell phone for me, but gave it up shortly after that mostly because [...]

Help me pick an HTPC replacement

Late last year, I built up a home theater PC to replace one that had died. It’s got a very pretty case designed to fit in with audio equipment (protip: if you’ve got young kids or large dogs, don’t hook up the power button to the motherboard. Use the reset switch instead). I put a [...]

I’ve been predicting this for years

Starting about 3 years ago, I started saying that we were very close (5 years or less) to having cell phones so powerful that they will be able to replace laptops and desktops.

The scenario would be that you’d sit down at your desk and plop your phone on a cradle. That cradle would be [...]

Free App of the Day: Army Survival Guide

Today’s free Amazon app is Army Survival Guide. Just letting you know.

I’m not sure of the utility of a survival manual that requires an internet connection (Amazon Apps require authentication to Amazon when you start the app) and battery power, but hey it’s free and it might come in handy.

I also have the [...]

Picasa albums suddenly disappeared from Android Gallery

So I’m rocking a Samsung Galaxy S III 4G now and have been for a couple of weeks.

I also have an Eye-Fi Pro X2 8 GB hooked up to my Canon EOS Rebel T2i. All the kickass pictures I’ve been posting since January have been with that setup.

Through the magic of computers and [...]

AT&T 4G LTE Speeds in Nashville

Alternate title: Why I’m keeping my Samsung Galaxy S III

I did mention I bought one, right? It came in yeterday. Should be available in stores June 28th.

My first test was 19mbps! NINETEEN! I’ve had recent cable speeds slower than that! It averaged out to about 14 after several tests, but it beats [...]

Why I’m returning my Sprint Evo 4G LTE

On the left: My two year old Nexus One on AT&T’s throttled unlimited plan. 3120kbps download speed.

On the right: My brand-spanking-new HTC EVO LTE 4G. 59kbps download speed.

That is ridiculous, infuriating, and completely unusable. These tests were done in my home at about 6:30pm last night. On my drive home I decided [...]

Looks like the Galaxy Nexus is getting cheap!

$149 for the Sprint Version.

Holy Crap $49 for the Verizon version.

I’m holding out for the next Evo, which went on pre-order today. I wanted the Nexus, but the delay from the time it was announced to the time the Sprint version was actually available allowed HTC to convince me to buy one [...]

New Smartphones

So… I’ve been using a Samsung Captivate for a couple years now. It’s the only Android phone that I’ve used to this point (my previous 2 phones were Windows Mobile), and I’ve been pretty happy with it. Especially once I dropped CyonogenMod 7 on it so I could actually use a bluetooth headset properly with [...]