Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

The Google Slate

January 15th, 2011

Or the gSlate , Android Slate, Tabula Android, Chrome Slate, Nexus S Slate, whatever – but anything is better than Mac’s iPad* (pronounced, Max-iPad – in other news, ob pulls the plug).

In the environment where the iPhone (and the iPad) is now with Verizon, Windows is playing catch the smartphone, Google has a dog in the fight, HP plans a tabular comeback and Nokia is way too quiet (remember these? – me either), 2011 might be the year of the not-so-blank slate.

The point? There’s not really a point – I’m just happy to see more people getting into the tablet and smartphone arena. I’ve been waiting for this since I first read Ender’s Game, and it seems we might actually end up with the sci-fi society we’ve always dreamed of (see update below) – even if there are no moon bases in the near future (because, hey, we’ve been there, done that).

*But why would Apple seriously name their latest boost to technology something as stupid as iPad? I get it – it’s a pad and it’s made by Apple, so it’s got to be iSomething – but that’s a different rant, and I’m sure my friends are sick of hearing me talk about it.

UPDATE: OK – Ender’s Game isn’t really the sci-fi future I’m looking for – I just liked that the kids got those cool school tablets…

Flock Update

May 10th, 2009

Well… I guess the Flock thing decided to post the same thing twice – and it even went twice to twitter via twitter tools; although the first one has the full url and the other has the url – hmmm… also – the blog editor interface just sat there and churned away acting like it was posting – I finally just hit cancel and closed it down – I wonder how many times it would’ve posted had I not quit it? – oh well – I’ll keep checking it out.

I did post to my blog with no issues – i still can’t get Flock to recognize my blogger account. Also – Flock seems to have problems with refreshing facebook, twitter, etc. feeds – we’ll see how this works out.

as far as surfing – Flock works the same as firefox – it actually is firefox, but I’m already having problems with Flock forgetting that I asked it to remember passwords to certain sites

So far – it seems like a cool idea that will need some major debugging, but onward we go with web 2.0…



May 10th, 2009

So I’ve been playing around with a new browser – Flock… It’s supposed to be geared to social media – and it is. I still don’t know a whole lot about it, but I’m going to give it a shot for a while – I’m even posting this from the built in blog editor… we’ll see how it goes.


Blogged with the Flock Browser

Tokyoflash Japan : Watches – and how technology has cut the workload of a clock in half

March 1st, 2009

Tokyoflash Japan : Watches.

I remember when I learned how to tell time in grade school – and I remember thinking how silly it was since digital watches were everywhere (the casio calculator watch was pretty much brand new – only worn by the kids that made machine gun and airplane dive bombing sound effects during class, and wore camo every day, but…). And then I remember the swatch, which I had to have (actually it was only cool if you had more than one though… – I only had one).

Anyway – I don’t have a watch – I just use my cell phone to find out the time; but if I was going to get a watch, I might have to get one from Tokyoflash – then again, maybe not. I don’t have a desire to relearn how to tell time… oh well.

yesterday I sat and counted the number of ticks on a wall clock – it only had thirty ticks per minute… that seems fairly odd to me, but I guess it saves money or something, but I remember when there were sixty ticks per minute. And I think it just goes to show how far we’ve fallen – then again, maybe it doesn’t show anything at all except that we can now count to sixty with half the effort… Isn’t technology amazing!


UPDATE – 03-02-09
I thought about this and I realize that most clocks only have 30 ticks… so what I think I meant was that I’m used to wall clocks having 30 ticks and 30 tocks, but the clock I saw the other day ago had only 15 ticks and 15 tocks per minute – and everything else is the same… thanks

but… then again, maybe the clock did have 30 ticks, but no tocks (or the reverse) – everything is so complicated these days.