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Sometimes a deal with the Devil is a prerequisite to reaching Heaven

After a LOT of consideration, I’ve come to realize that if I want to play with the latest and greatest tech, get my hands dirty with cool new software, and really geek out with my cell phone or tablet, I have to switch to Android.

  • Chrome easily the best default mobile browser.
  • Android offers, hands down, the best customization.
  • Android phones offer the best looking hardware out, bar none. (I mean, take a look at those huge, beautiful screens on phones like the S3, the Note 2, and the RAZR MAXX HD!)
  • Android phones have the most exciting technology out there (with Windows Phones catching up, fast)
  • I spend a LOT of time using Google products. A lot. An embarrassing amount, in fact.
  • Ideologically, it’s quite possibly THE perfect platform for me.

However, more than playing with tech, I love doing my work, and expressing myself through what I create. If I want to get any actual work done, especially in such diverse fields as writing, film, and music then it’s best I embrace Apple’s walled garden. For now.
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Posted by Gnorb - September 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

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Barnes and Noble Feels the Pressure, Drops Nook Tablet Prices

Barnes and Noble recently sent out an email announcing that they’ve lowered the prices on all the Nook Tablets (including the Nook Color): The 16GB Nook Tablet is now $199, the 8GB Nook Tablet is $179, and the 8GB Nook Color is $149.  This is good news for anyone considering a Nook Tablet, but is the price drop enough to sway people currently considering an Amazon Kindle Fire at $199? And what about competition from tablets like the Google Nexus 7 or Apples (still rumored) 7-inch tablet, will this price drop do anything to bolster Nook sales on the face of their rising numbers?  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - August 16, 2012 at 8:21 am

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The Nook Tablet: A Reader’s Tablet? A Techie Reader’s Review

I spent too much recenlty playing with Barnes and Noble’s latest Nook Tablet. Yeah, I know, I’m late to the party.

Before you start reading, let me make something clear: I reviewed the Nook Tablet, not the Nook Color. The Nook Tablet was released in November 2011, and currently retails for $199 $179 for the 8GB model and $250 $199 for the 16GB model. The Nook Color, on the other hand, was released in November 2010, and currently retails for $169 $149 for an 8GB model. Both can be found at your nearest Barnes and Noble.

So here’s the short of it: The tablet has good hardware, a great screen, and a splendidly crafted interface. But the experience marred by the Barnes and Noble App Market, which needlessly fails in nearly every measure. Want more details? Keep on reading.

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Posted by Gnorb - August 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

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iPhone 4 vs. Android: Observations

OK, so here’s the deal: a while back, I wrote a non-review on the Motorola Droid. Since that time, the Droid died after allegedly getting into a fight with a washing machine. I was able to get a Droid X to replace it, and while I was going to write a non-review of that one, too, timing struck like lightning, and a miracle occurred: the Verizon iPhone 4 announcement. As luck would have it, I would have an opportunity to trade in my Droid X for an iPhone. Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - February 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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XBox 360 or PS3?

Dear Internet,

I’m planning on finally joining the 21st century and buying a new gaming console. Let me rephrase that: I want to buy a new not-almost-strictly-for-kids gaming console. (I have a Wii and, frankly, I’m not all that crazy about it.) I still have a PlayStation 2 which I absolutely adore, and for which there are still a ton of great games I’ve yet to play (Killzone, Black, Xenosaga, Shadow of the Colossus, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus…), but I’d still like to move to something a bit more advanced.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - August 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

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Why AT&T May Be Doing the Right Thing

Recently, AT&T announced that it was doing away with unlimited data plans for smartphones. While power users and geeks everywhere have decried the change, I’m wondering whether it’s actually the right move.

Background

A while back, I had a conversation with a friend (my old college roommate, as it so happens) about Net Neutrality. I defended the idea that no one should have control over what people choose to do with their bandwidth (so the idea that telecoms could throttle VoIP services from competitors in order to bolster their own offerings, like what Comcast had done for a while, was out). He argued that ISPs were private businesses, and as such had every right to do whatever they wanted: the market should decide. Part of that conversation involved an explanation of WHY ISPs and telecoms got it wrong, and why trying to fix the problem from their end may be as futile as trying to stuff toothpaste back into the tube.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - June 3, 2010 at 7:15 am

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Verizon’s Motorola Droid: Some Thoughts

First, this is not a review. It’s a collection of thoughts given my recent experience as an owner of a Motorola Droid. If you want a review, there are a number of excellent ones out there already. This is simply a collection of my thoughts. Take them with a grain of salt. Second, this piece was typed using pretty much only the Droid. Images and edits were done on a computer, but otherwise it was done using the free wpToGo app from the Android Marketplace.

I realize this is a long piece, so I’ve included an audio version (created using text-to-speech software) so you can listen instead of reading. I recommend reading, though: better visuals. Download the Motorola Droid Review (Audio)

There are three things I hear about constantly when the Droid is being talked about. First, the boxy design with the gold accents; second, the keyboard; and third, the inevitable comparisons to the iPhone due in large part to Verizon’s “iDon’t” commercials. I’m sure that if Verizon had decided instead to compare this to a Windows Mobile phone or Blackberry then that’s where comparisons would start, before inevitably moving to the single most popular phone on the market now. (For the record, though, it’s not the most popular platform. That crown belongs to Symbian, which as of this writing still holds over 40% marketshare.) I’ll address these and more throughout the piece.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - November 18, 2009 at 8:43 pm

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Collection of Motorola Droid for Verizon Reviews (Plus Some Thoughts)

Still looking for a new smart phone; haven’t made up my mind. I’ve been keeping an annoyingly close eye on the new Motorola Droid coming out for Verizon, and after reading all the recent reviews I’m more confused than ever.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - November 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

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Smartphone Thoughts: HTC Hero, Palm Pre, Blackberry Tour, Samsung Moment

(Updated on Oct 17th, 2009)

The last personal cell phone story on this blog was written over three years ago. We (the wife and I) still have those cell phones, believe it or not, something which is about to change. For the past few months–ever since we moved to Land O’Butter, Florida, really–I’ve been wanting itching a new cell phone, something with applications, with internet access, enough storage space to store my music, the ability to play movies, with access to my RSS feeds so I can read them while out walking, and most importantly, something I could use to write on the go. In other words, I needed a smartphone.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - October 14, 2009 at 9:06 am

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Manually De-virusing a Windows System

So you have a computer system you infected by a virus your current anti-virus software can’t eliminate. You try downloading other software, but that doesn’t help. You final hope is going to the local geek shop and having them repair your system for more money than you’d like to spend, right? Wrong. In this very, very brief tutorial, I’m going to show you were you need to look in order to pluck those wily suckers from your system, to delouse it and bing it back to usable condition. Sort of.  Read more…

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Posted by Gnorb - July 14, 2009 at 7:16 am

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