Silly post of cats

•March 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Cats chilling in the sun:

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone


Gizmodo’s problems with the iPad, and the resulting linkbait article

•March 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The latest article by Gizmodo about what a letdown the new iPad is:

iPad 3 Review: Better Than Anything Else, but Kind of a Letdown

Let’s take a look at what they didn’t like, and thus why it’s ‘kind of a letdown’:

1) Bigger battery takes longer to charge

So… yea… Takes longer to charge. About 5.5 hours based on user reports. Of course, if you use a different power adapter it will take longer ( iPad adapter is 10W, iPhone/iPod charger is 5W ) but then you’re not using the right adapter so it takes longer. But anyway, I don’t see this being a big deal- you plug it in when you go to sleep, and it’s charged in the morning. In under 6 hours.

2) iPad gets ‘warm’

Has anyone at Gizmodo used a Windows laptop in the last decade? Or the original MacBook Air about 4 years ago? Those get ‘warm’ – warm enough to cause concerns. But the iPad goes up to 113F, which I guess means Gizmodo is getting a start on the thermalgate controversy.

3) iSight camera is still VGA

A better camera would be nice, but it does the job. And anyway the back camera is the workhorse, and it’s now acceptable at 5mp.

4) Buyers remorse who bought the iPad 2

Seriously? This is a problem for the iPad? New tablets come out every 30 minutes, and some brands have different versions that come out multiple times a year, but Apple who updates the iPad once a year is the major player for buyers remorse?

These are minor issues being gussied up to make it appear like the iPad is a letdown. If you’re going to complain about charging times, show us how fast other tablets charge. Or what the highest temperatures are on competitors tablets during heavy usage. Or perhaps talk about other issues that buyers of the new iPad will need to take into account, like the increasing size of apps or the wifi signal being weaker.

Of course the ‘kind of letdown’ makes a perfect linkbait title for this review. Even though the iPad isn’t perfect, gizmodo does say it’s better than anyone else’s tablet on the market today. They just need some things to complain about to justify the title. Of course it isn’t Gizmodo alone making stories/reviews more sensational to attract attention, it seems like everyone does this.

Phoenix Blog

•March 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

My new plan is to make a post every day about whatever interests me. This post is to remind me to actually make this happen. 


Blackberry Storm 3 makes Cameo

•September 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment has scored a couple shots of what appears to be the Blackberry Storm 3. The Storm 2 came out last fall, and towards the end of August we saw rumors of it reaching end-of-life. Since last years reviews of the Storm 2 started showing up in mid-October, the timing could be just right. Click on through to find out more. Continue reading ‘Blackberry Storm 3 makes Cameo’

Verizon’s 4G: How to be invincible

•September 20, 2010 • 1 Comment

Verizon’s dropped news that 4G is coming, reminding everyone that their current 3G is soon to be the slow-lane. Their announcement is simply a page letting everyone know 4G will be announced soon. No dates, numbers, or anything other than a email signup to find out when you can get your own full-tilt bandwidth avalanche.

Check it out at

Take a Peek 9ine

•September 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The mail only Peek, which seems to be an economical way to get email wirelessly, is going to start doing alot more than just email. Facebook app, SMS, Twitter, Weather, Exchange, document support, and app development was announced on They’re calling the new unit the ‘Peek 9ine’ because – seriously – they say it’s 9 times faster. Read on for more about why this device could be something special.

Peek’s original idea is inexpensive access to wireless email with a simple, inexpensive device. I know many people who can’t upgrade to a new smartphone. It may be work-related, contract related, or simple preference that keeps them away. Which ever it is, they might appreciate a device that lets them get email on the road without breaking the bank. And Peek’s just made their device a whole lot more appealing. Combine these new features with their continuing $250 lifetime server, and this could save you a serious chunk of change. No cell phone contract, no monthly fees, and it’s not a bad looking little device. Even if the app development doesn’t pan out, the addition of Exchange support and SMS’s makes Peek much more appealing.

VLC for the iPad

•September 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

VLC has come to the iPad, bringing along a handful of additional file formats to everyone’s favorite tablet. There’s a catch however; AVI, MKV, DIVX, etc files are not hardware accelerated which will leave some frustrated. Click on to read more about VLC’s arrival on the iPad.

The good news is that this expands the library of video files you can play on the iPad without having to convert them first. The bad news is the lack of hardware acceleration is not only going to make playing HD difficult, it might also seriously effect the battery life when playing any non-accelerated video. The CPU has to work much harder to decode a video and display it without that hardware acceleration Apple built in that supports MPEG/H.264. Based on’s testing of VLC, they found a DIVX formatted AVI file in standard definition or up to 960X540 is the best bet for smooth playback.

And how does one get their videos into VLC? Inside iTune’s ‘File Sharing’ feature: Simply go into File Sharing and pick VLC. You’ll then see an ‘Add’ button to pick videos to copy over to your iPad during the next sync. You can also just drag and drop files in, so adding multiple items should be a snap. VLC is up on the App store right now, and it’s 100% free.