Sometimes I need little extra push to get myself pointed in the right direction. There are countless methods out there that proclaim to cure a writer of their creative blocks, or motivate even the most lethargic pencil pusher.
Nostrums! Snake Oil! Autism-causing vaccinations! OK, maybe not that last one.
As a slacker fueled by distractions, I have attempted just about every method out there to escape the event horizon of the anti-productivity black hole. Yet, even my ever-increasing mass does not seem to attract enough accountability to keep me from ignoring the goal all together and justifying my inaction.
I guess it is about time for me to weigh in on the recently announced Apple iPad Tablet. I would not be a blogger if I did not, right?
Previously on Worthless Genius, I talked about my misgivings for the then-upcoming Apple presentation, and the impact–or lack thereof–the announcements would make on my life. I used my oracular powers to divine that my life would not be changed in any significant way by the results of this presentation.
It is that time again, time for Apple fanboys to go all out and present as many unfounded rumors as they can possibly muster in a week’s time.
The time leading up to a new Apple presentation has historically been filled with massive amounts of wild stories about what new shiny product the Cupertino powerhouse corporation will be coming out with next.
Though I understand everyone’s enthusiasm for the upcoming event and the possibility of an Apple-branded tablet PC, I think that I am once again going to be underwhelmed by the news. Here’s why.
And that lucky winner was…Me! I’m super excited about this great prize for several reasons.
Currently, we consume our movies and television shows on my wife’s Macbook. This is a pretty great setup, but it can become a little uncomfortable at times. With the Popcorn Hour, we can now watch all of our media on the TV in our room. And I do mean ALL of our media:
We don’t own an HDTV, but this is thing is capable of pumping out 1080p signal. This will be great when we want to watch something over at my dad’s (he owns a GIANT Sony Bravia HDTV). Whereas previously we would have had to resample an AVI video and burn it to a DVD to experience it at my dad’s house, now I can throw a hard drive in the Popcorn Hour and lug it on down to his house.
I can’t wait to review this unit, and really get down in the trenches with its functionality.
I’m going to start a new short-form segment here on Worthless Genius, called WTF Wednesday. Kind of an amalgamation of Unitasker Wednesday and The Daily WTF, WTF Wednesday will be a short message about something that I’ve found to be truly F’d up during the previous week.
I’m probably the last person on the face of the planet to blog about this, but this Wednesday’s WTF comes to us from Sweden. Continue reading →
Yesterday, our region experienced some high wind activity, and we were left without power at home. Though my internet devices (modem, routers, wireless access point) are on a battery backup, the outage looked like it was going to last for a little while, so I shut those devices off.
I got to school thinking that I could just do my daily internet rounds from the classroom, only to find that the internet was down on campus. The campus is supplied by a local ISP which beams microwaves from a distant mountain to a dish on campus. Of course, the distant mountain was also experiencing high winds, as well as some sleet, so there was no access to the outside world.
Though it’s not as extreme as a Technological Holocaust, being without internet access for 12 hours got me thinking. What would I–as a knowledge worker–do in a world where technology was rendered unusable?
I had the unique opportunity today to watch the new President of the United States be sworn in, as well as give a rousing ~20 minute speech about where we are, and where we are headed. Something amazing happened while I sat streaming the event through Hulu; other students began to crowd around and discuss what was going on, and expressed all of their feelings about what will happen to us over the next four years.
This is Part 2 of “The Fear of Using Windows.” Please read Part 1 if you have not already.
There is a lot more to owning and maintaining a PC than just picking one up from the store and plugging it into the wall. I think the overall lifetime cost of a PC should be considered when purchasing new hardware. Continue reading →