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March 11, 2007
  • MacBook ProI am not an Apple Fanboy – but I am a fan of innovation, choice and knowledge. When thinking about my next laptop, more and more I am strongly considering something that was not a possibility a couple of years ago. I am seriously considering an Intel based Apple MacBook Pro. As someone using Windows, .NET, ASP .NET and having decades of intellectual and financial investment in the PC platform, a move like this is not to be taken lightly. I will not and cannot throw that all away, but not only do I not have to but I am excited to expand my knowedge by the potential move to an Apple laptop.

    In some ways it will be going full circle because I first started using and developing software with the Apple II. Once high school courses started, PCs were the primary machine, but I remember thinking what trash they were compared to the Apple II GS OS. The DOS and Novell driven PCs looked and felt terrible compared to my Apple II GS. I debated with classmates about why the Apple was superior (yes, I know, I know) but alas a prettier UI, better user experience and technical superiority does not necessarily matter. The law of numbers and practicality do.

    Accordingly, Apple became less and less viable as a platform and a lot of us moved to the PC where the majority of jobs and high growth areas were. Whether you wanted to start a new software company or work in an office, many times that dictated that you use a PC. Today is different and it is time to reevaluate and (dare I say) “think different”. Why?

    Mar 11, 2007 at 10:54 PM in Computer Hardware, Mobile, Software
February 01, 2007
  • Wmdc Given the site design change, I have other things I plan on writing about - however, since I referenced the lack of mobile syncing capability in Windows Vista two times, I thought it would be prudent to share that the WMDC was released earlier today. Download it here.

    Feb 1, 2007 at 05:41 PM in Mobile, Software
June 03, 2006
May 17, 2006
  • So, you are interested in a Windows PDA phone? A smart phone is just not enough and you want that extra screen space? You are also excited by the high speed EV-DO Internet access? You are looking to narrow down your choices I bet. Of course the ever famous Palm Treo 700w shimmers in the distance, but perhaps the specs look sub-par; such as the 240 by 240 screen which only provides 75% of the screen real estate offered by other phones (including the non-Windows Palms). That is a bummer! The amount of memory in the Treo is also less, the cpu is slower, the keyboard buttons are smaller... On top of it all, if you are a developer you might actually need that extra horsepower! So that may lead you away from the Treo and towards something like the XV6700.

    I researched and picked out the UTStarcom XV6700 (via Verizon Wireless). Now you can read a couple of reviews here and here. For the most part, these reviews are correct. However, assuming you are fine with the battery life and size (for me they are fine), I am about to tell you how and why I am on my fourth device and have decided to give up on it.

    May 17, 2006 at 12:30 PM in Electronics & Devices, Mobile, Reviews
March 22, 2006
  • Headset_hs850sm I plan on posting several reviews of new mobile devices I have been using and testing. Usually the headset would not be the first review choice, but after using the Motorola HS850 (and sadly shelling out the money to do so) I felt I needed to put this review at the top of the list. Why? My experience with the HS850 was less than adequate at best (mostly terrible) and I do not want anyone else purchasing this headset without having a fair warning.

    Let me start by saying that my expectations were not high when choosing a bluetooth headset (or any headset for that matter). I do not expect a headset to work while in windy conditions, or within range of loud noise, nor do I care particularly what it looks like or whether I can be a full 30 feet away with it still working. In short, I have the same basic requirements I have with wired headsets:

    1. I want to make and receive calls
    2. I want to be able to hear the call effectively
    3. Callers on the other end should be able to hear me reasonably
    4. Usable while driving
    5. Usable while in the office or home

    Those are my basic expectations and the HS850 passed only one of them consistently.

    Mar 22, 2006 at 01:23 PM in Electronics & Devices, Mobile, Reviews