Monday, May 30, 2011

Possibly un-joining the herd... iPad2 vs. Xoom

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Because I can be an indecive bastard once in a while, I've picked up Motorola's new Xoom tablet. I am going to compare both tablets in the next couple until I make up my mind by the end of the week.

First impressions on both units.

1. Xoom is a little more solid. It weighs more, according to specs by .3 lbs. But it feels like if I drop it, nothing will happen to it. iPad2 feels very light and very compact, but I am afraid I can drop it.

2. Both units are blazing fast, as fast a my ocassionaly laggy Wi-Fi can be of course. I have downloaded Contract Killer on both units, and FPS rates for a 3D game seems good.

3. I would have to get used to iOS, although it seems pretty straightforward and user friendly. On the other hand, I am fairly familiar with Android OS, and Honeycomb doesn't change the basics but improves on a lot of fronts.

4. As far as hardware goes, Xoom is a much nicer stacked unit. Both front and back cameras are higher resolution and there is an expansion slot for MicroSD, making it fairly easy to expand 32G to 64 if I so desire. iPad2 comes with only 16G, and I don't want to shell out additional cash just for the privelege of owning a higher memory block count.

5. Xoom is $100 more.

6. Xoom does not charge from USB, but has an AC adapter, another charger I would have to carry around with me.

7. iPad is extremely proprietory, which is a double edged swrod. Apps come more robust and built to Apple specifications, and little viruses go through. ON the other hand, I had to specify my credit card number as soon as I opened the iTunes store. Even if I don't plan on byuing anything. What if my kids when playing with the tablet, purchased couple of hundered of apps. Granted there are possible parental controls on iPad, but I would have to pay for it as well, I bet.

I think that's all for now. Me and the missus are gonig to evaluate both candidates.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Joining the herd - update

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Time difference is awesome. Yesterday, as I wrote in the blog post, the iPad was in Ankorage. Today in the morning I had it delivered to my front door.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Joining the herd

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I have decided to try out the iPad and see how it fits in my everyday digital life, which is very involved mind you. I called the stores for approximately a week, but nobody had a simple WiFi 16G version in stock. They were bought out sooner than they managed to arrive to the stores. So, I have decided to order online, which I did about two weeks ago. The wait hipment was approximately 2 weeks with a week promised delivery.

I recieved an email couple of days ago that the table was on it's merry way. Tracking it yielded the following info.

Anchorage, AK, United States 05/26/2011 9:56 A.M. Arrival Scan
Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong 05/26/2011 4:15 P.M. Departure Scan
Chengdu, China 05/25/2011 8:06 P.M. Departure Scan
EPZ, China 05/24/2011 5:04 P.M. Departure Scan 05/24/2011 3:52 A.M. Origin Scan
China 05/24/2011 1:15 A.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

I got a freshly minted one, right form the assembly linein China. I feel somehow special, although I know maybe I shouldn't.

Monday, May 9, 2011

This is Chicago

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My parents came over last week. The weather was really really nice and we've decided to go to the city. It's been a while since we've last been to the Art Institute Museum. We also wanted to try to impress the art onto the 6 Year Old again, since our last trip, when she was about 4, ended we her whining all the way. This time she actually enjoyed a lot of things in the museum, including, for some reason, Chinese and Japanese art.

The Museum has opened up a new modern art wing, but we didn't make it over. Instead we took a nice stroll out on the new skywalk that connects the new wing with the Millenium park.

We've also visited Russian Tea Time, which is while a bit on the expensive side is a great place to enjoy a bit of old russian culture and good food.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Parent vocabulary (found on the internet)

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Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.
Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn’t appreciate the strained carrots.

Full Name: What you call your child when you’re mad at him.

Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they’re sure you’re not raising them right.

Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

Independent: How we want our children to be for as long as they do everything we say.

Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.

Show Off: A child who is more talented than yours.

Sterilize: What you do to your first baby’s pacifier by boiling it, and to your last baby’s pacifier by blowing on it and wiping it with saliva.

Top Bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.

Two-Minute Warning: When the baby’s face turns red and she begins to make those familiar-grunting noises.

Whodunit: None of the kids that live in your house.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

100 Things I love about movies (1-25)

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I am taking this from Jason's blog and I am going to try to come up with a bunch of things I love about the movies. It might take me several attempts to complete as I tend to forget things quickly. Mostly this list will containt stuff from the movies I have seens thousands of times and remember well. I am also doing specifically American movies.

So here's the list in no particular order:

1. The nose signal in The Sting
2. "I'll be back!" The Terminator
3. "Stuck in the middle with you.." not the ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs but the way the music is used by Mr. Tarantino (I actually like that about all of his movies)
4. "Girl, you'll be a woman soon" with Uma Thurman OD'ing in Pulp Fiction
5. Bruce Lee grabbing a fistfull of Chuck Norris's fur in Way of the Dragon
6. "Do you understand the words that are coming out my mouth" Chris Tucket to Jackie Chan in Rush Hour
7. The sword against revolver scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark
8. Any banter between Clooney and Pitt in Ocean's 11
9. Diner orgazm scene in When Harry met Sally
10. Buzz Lightyear
11. Robin Williams as Jinn
12. Jack Nicholson as the Joker
13. Tom Hanks jumping on the piano in F.A.O. Schwartz in Big
14. Han Solo shooting Gweedo under the table in Star Wars: New Hope
15. Pierce Bronson driving tank through St. Petersburg in Goldeneye
16. Timothy Dalton as Bond
17. Cheap chinese vehicle in The Fifth Element
18. "My Schwartz is bigger than your schwartz!" Dark Helmet in Spaceballs
19. "I am Rabbi Tuckman" Robin Hood: Men in Tights
20. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
21. Eye of Tiger in the background in Iron Eagle
22. The tower fly-by in Top Gun
23. House lifted up by baloons in Up!
24. Han Solo: "Never tell me the odds."
25. "R2-D2 you can't die. Who's going to keep me company during nights." That phrase just proved something.

Ok, hard thinking has brought my mind to a grinding halt.

More to come soon.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Corporate purchasing

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My work laptop is slowing dying. I have ordered a new one with a bunch of other stuff.

First came the monitor.
Then came the headphones and a mouse.
After that I recieved the docking port.
(All yesterday)
Today came the new keyboard and the additional battery.

The new laptop is still not here.