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I’m Falling In Love With An Android…Phone

an android with love in its eyes

A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier.  To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.

Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.

I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs.  Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.

So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area.  Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.

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Audio in Modern Computing

With all the focus today on creating modern and more interactive interfaces with the computing platforms we use on a daily basis, it seems to me that we are focusing mostly on the senses of touch and sight, and neglecting the roll that sound could play in the way we use our computing devices.

I realize that most devices are targeted to work with a large variety of consumers, thus allowing someone to use a PC without needing to be able to experience audio-specific cues, but I have to wonder what sort of new ideas could come out of modern interface design if developers were allowed to use audio in a more functional manner.

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Piracy – Or How To Ruin An Industry

There has been a lot in the news lately about the trial going on regarding popular BitTorrent tracking site, The Pirate Bay.  Currently, the Swedish court system is determining whether it is illegal to provide a service that merely allows users to point other users to [possibly] copyrighted material without the rights-holder’s consent.

Much is to be said about this broad topic, and whether or not The Pirate Bay is simply providing a service, and not discriminating against nefarious use by its users; or whether they are running a business that continues to profit from the undermining of the MPAA and RIAA profits.

If one thing is clear from this trial, it’s that the industries are wasting their money.  Not only has the prosecution had their collective heads up their asses during this whole debacle, they have proven time and again that they not only do not have evidence one way or the other, but also that they refuse to hire legitimate, well-rounded “expert” witnesses who have done their homework.  Way to further dwindle your profit margin there, big industry!

This whole trial is diverting the public from the key point in the “illegal” file sharing mindset: If it is easier to pirate your product than to legitimately purchase, you are doing something wrong.

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Shiny New iPods

Apple held a press conference today unveiling their new iPod Nano and Touch designs. While the Touch design seems to be a ho-hum upgrade, bringing it closer to an iPhone without the phone, the Nano designs are quite interesting.

New iPod Nano

I have yet to watch the enigmatic Jobs give his speech, I am waiting to do so on the point that I’m not all that excited about the changes that were made to the lineup.

I have always wanted to get an iPhone since their inception, but the lock-in to AT&Ts network has made the transition a no-go. Naturally then, I would want to get an iPod Touch, as it’s basically an iPhone without the phone.

Why am I bummed then? Well, if the Touch would have had GPS, I would have been sold. Right here, right now, I would want to buy one.

I don’t have a GPS device in my car, and this would be a wonderful addition. I would still have to carry around a cell phone, but at least I could get my email and web browsing fixes on the go.

Perhaps it’s a good thing that I don’t have that kind of money to throw around, or else I would have been an early adopter and gotten shafted in the first generation. It pays to be a bum, I guess.