The geek is strong with this one!

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I saw this at my kid’s school parking lot. That’s one supportive wife that guy’s got!


Best tech gift for under $100

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With Christmas around the corner, we are all looking for presents for our techie friends and family. While I enjoyed playing with the Kindle Fire from Amazon, the best techie gift for this year is the $79 Amazon e-ink Kindle. This new entry into the Amazon Kindle family is a winner!

At $79, Amazon Kindle is cheap enough to purchase for anyone.

The Amazon Kindle is finally priced right to explore the world of E ink for those of us who have been holding back on this new world of reading.

While I always thought the Amazon Kindle was an interesting device, the original $300 price point was just too high. Slowly, the price came down. However, it was still too expensive to make the jump to a device I wasn’t sure I would regularly use. And I have read plenty of books on handheld electronic devices. I have read e-books since the Palm Pilot TX, and currently read on the iPhone. One of the best features of these devices is the backlit display. Being able to read in bed without turning on the light and disturbing your partner, is a great feature.

I have tried reading on the iPad, but it is just too big. The iPad is not comfortable or light enough for long reading sessions. There is no good way to hold it.  You can hold the $79 Amazon Kindle with just 2 fingers. Try to do that with the iPad. Frankly, the only time I read on the iPad is when reading books with illustrations to my kids.

The price dropped to $79 finally allowed me to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about.

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Kindle Fire Review

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I really wanted to like the 2011 Kindle Fire. It could have been contender! Instead it turns out to be a Palm Treo in world of smartphones. It has the might of Amazon behind in. It’s decent. It works. It is just a couple of years behind the times. Coming in to a mature market with a version one product is never an enviable position.

Here’s the video review of the Kindle Fire with the expanded review below:

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Lego Doctor Who – WANT!

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Why don’t we have this?!?

Who doesn’t wan’t to build lego Daleks to fight lego Cybermen!

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Bestest Thermostat Evah!

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Design sells. If you doubt it, see what former iPod designer Tony Fadell did with the Nest thermostat.

Like the iPod that Fadell helped create, the Learning Thermostat is a compact device that features a small digital display and is controlled by a wheel. You simply push the front of the device to make selections within the menus. To control the device remotely, there’s an iOS app for your iPhone, and another coming soon for Android devices.

I want it on my wall NOW!

via The Father of the iPod Has Invented The Smartest, Coolest Thermostat You’ll Ever See | Cult of Mac.

 


Microsoft Courier – A Requiem

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Engadget reports Microsoft has killed the courier project

At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated. It’s in Microsoft’s DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity. The “Courier” project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.

I normally don’t bother with press announcements. However, this really burns my britches. For all the ink spilled venting about Apple not meeting fans expectations with the iPad announcement, at least Apple shipped a product! I have written before how Microsoft deserves a lot of credit for dreaming big. Microsoft has amazing vision and I am grateful that they share these visions with us. However, time and time again, they fail to deliver.

Don’t get me wrong, while I current use mostly Apple products (both personally and professionally) Microsoft has brought a number of innovative products to market, including Media Center and Home Server. The Windows 7 Series Phone (what a mouthful) also looks to be an significant break from the iPhone UI hegemony.

Still, I can’t help but grieve the loss of the Courier.

In remembrance, here are original videos.