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Why Apple is Big Brother in their own commercial

We can all probably remember the iconic commercial back in 1984. The evil empire that was going to tell you what is safe, what is acceptable, and that you should all be treated the same was IBM or the PC. Now fast forward to 2010, we see that the evil man up on the screen is indeed Steve Jobs after all. In history time and time again, those who fight oppression often become the oppressor, for the good of society. " we must pro

Feel like Harry Potter

Riding the Austin metro rail today. I never imagined what an incredible feeling it is to just sit back and look at the wonderful views. Hills, trees, creeks, life, these things passing by in these giant windows. There is a young man entertaining the crowd with job hunting anecdotes. Ppl reading their novels next to me.
The best analogy to tell you how I feel, is by reading JK Rowling's Harry Potter. The descriptions the words all seem to come to life here on this train today.
I feel that it also brings me back to that summer when I was 6 and my great grandma, my great grandma took me to Valparaiso and we sat together telling stories about beach times during their era. Bringing back memories is just awesome.
We live in an over-interactive world, and just sitting back and letting the world pass as you look, is just wonderful.

Get out of my way tech!!

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Not to digress too much, but I decided to compare my life wihout my laptop for a week and replace it with my iPod touch and paper and pen. The results were stagerring. By not having to carry that extra 5 lbs, my life was already improved. Next not having to wait 5 min for a bootup was awesome. Maybe it is my ADDness but my productivity went up by 300%! So instead of trying to read my powepoints and PDF assigments onscreen I printed them out ahead of time. I was able to grasp the material faster and was able to make comments on the sides. I felt less interrupted and less overwhelmed with the paper. Also the iPod touch provided me with great email, streaming music, facebook, news, and blog posting thanks to all the fast apps. The battery life was awesome. I had to discover why..
1) humans are inherently non-multitaskers, we use context switching to believe we are at stres…

Theory of Achievement

Living in this new fast-paced digital world, where you answer you text messages, your IM’s, your Facebooks, etc…  We keep trying to achieve and achieve more and more.  But do you ever stop and wonder why?  I see all the time the culture of more and more and faster and faster. 
I say what is achievement without appreciation and validation?  Too many time these busy-bodies boast about task and task completed.  But, do they every stop and reflect upon what they are actually accomplishment?  We are all guilty of this at work and school.  We do and do and react, and put blinders on and feel we have accomplished something?  What in the bigger picture, department, company, society, family, the world, have we actually accomplished. 
Are we just not hamsters in a wheel running, running, and stressing about whether we will get there fast enough?  We often look to better cars, better desks, better computers, better gadgets, to supposedly get us that promotion, build that hit website, or write th…

iPad light at the end of the tunnel?

I spent much of last week pondering the underwhelming unveiling of the iPad. I then began to think about the simplistic brilliance of Steve Jobs. I came up with a theory last week, that unfortunately has comerecently true and now I just look like a “me too” blogger. But, I assure you that this was my idea since Wednesday of last week.Steve decided not to include Flash and Java support in his web-browsing pad. Flash and Java are the primary plug ins into modern web browsing, but unfortunately these plug-in’s, are also the primary reason why web browsers lock up and get virus infections. I have also been working with HTML5 this summer and saw that is had embedded support for platform independent streaming HD video. I also realized that in order for Steve to leave a lasting legacy, the user end experience had to be fast and smooth. So, I thought about his brilliance.He did not want the fate of his legacy left in the hands of a proprietary technology (Flash) and with a company that is kno…

Not Exited about the iPad

I have to admit that I also got carried away with all the hype surrounding this Apple tablet. But even so I kept my expectations in check. I did not feel this was Steve Jobs defining moment. An oversized iPod touch? I just don't see where and how it fits into anyone s life! I have better things to do with $500. I will see what these other netbook tablets look like this summer. For now my iPod touch is all that I need.

Apple releasing a tablet what the heck?

Like many of my other Tech analyst friends, I agree when they say…. What the heck is Apple thinking of releasing a proprietary tablet computer? I mean…. we got the Laptop, the Desktop, the Netbook, and the Smartphone… We got so many screens and chargers we are losing our minds. Do we really need another screen? What problems will this device answer?
Well let me take you back to the Fall of 2001. We already have a couple of MP3 players on the market, which are these ugly bricks with spinning hard disks that supposed to carry 1000 songs with you. In addition, my tech friends and I say “WTF?” Why would anyone ever want to carry 1000 songs in their pocket or car. I mean….we already have a Walkman CD player, we got a 5 Disc CD changer in the car, we got RealPlayer streaming our music. We are surrounded by music... So this iPod brick?? Why would anyone want this device? Steve on stage states that this “iPod” is the answer to our problem! That our problem is that we do not have enough enter…

My son and my absorption

This morning like any morning while driving to work, I spent the time trying to pry daily life information out of my 7 year old and eldest son. My son is a very quiet and reserved boy, not like his father (ahemmm).  He likes to spend 3 hrs a day reading maps and Google earth.  He researches San Francisco about 1 hr per day, because he plans to move there.  He has already chosen his house in SF and neighborhood for his wife and family.  my son is also a violin player, piano player, and soccer player.  Well anyhow… in the car today he began telling me about his most wonderful day yesterday, but he quickly became quiet and closed his eyes and began shaking his head.  I tried to talk to him but he refused to respond.  He stopped talking the entire way to school, until the point were I was frustrated and flustered.  He left the car with sadness in his face and ran into school.  I sat at work and I could not shake the feeling of seeing his sad face.  I could not let that go, and drove all t…

3D TV’s humm… not yet thanks

Yesterday my friends Robby and Gem took me to the Sony store, and we got to try out these new 3D TV’s that will be out for this 2010.  I was not expecting much, but was quickly blow away by the effects.  I fully expected the effect to look like those blue and red glasses you got with Mad magazine, but in fact the 3D was truly amazing.  It was like watching Avatar again, but without the heavy depression and the need to paint my wife blue.  It even felt more real because the screen was smaller and you were closer to the screen.  Now ….watching the sporting events and the animals really made me feel immersed.  It was all good, until my friend Gem took the controller to play a 3d racing game.   Needless to say Robby and I nearly lost our lunch after watching Gem crash into wall after wall.  (although if you ever ride with Gem in his fancy car, you would not be surprised at his game performance.)   Robby and I came to the conclusion that 3D while cool will become a passing novelty, but onl…

The circus

Had the wonderful opportunity to go to the circus after many decades of not going. Glad to see it still alive and kicking in the digital age. The numbers were not high enough to remind me of the mindblowing screams from when I was 7. Out of my family, I have to admit, I was the most impressed by it. Watching a man with 6 lions in a cage! The trapeze artists and the elefant acrobatics. These were real people doing things beyond human normal capability, but my kids were not impressesd as much. With YouTube and videogames these death defying tricks pale in comparison. I grew up with a old 13 vacuum tube tv, radio, and books. The Circus was a life changing event, that defined for me the capacity of humans to be able to accomplish the impossible. My dreams and hopes came alive that night. However, and perhaps sadly for my kids it was just a higher quality YouTube video with uncomfortable seats.

Apple Tablet Leaks?

Ok so I did some digging around for some congruency on the tablet.  So now it is making more sense that an $800+ device would run something more than the iPhone OS.  These leaked pics are the most common, not sure if they are fake but similarities are starting to appear.  So Mac OSX on a iPod touch frame that is 10” , not bad…..

Software for posting onto my Blog

Been thinking about what software to use to update Blogger, and I have decided that Windows Live Writer is awesome on Windows and Blogpress Lite on the iPod is also very good on the go.  I like having something light and like Microsoft word ready to go at a moment’s notice.  Windows Live Essentials is a good free package to get.  So far I edit my movies for YouTube on Windows Live Movie Maker.  I am forcing a marriage between Microsoft and Google.  MS makes the best desktop stuff and Google does well with the cloud.  MS is really smart to include live uploading to Facebook and YouTube on their products!!  Well back to my first week of study.