Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 in reality

I’ve mashed together Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT because the two are fairly similar.  One is optimized for phones, and the other is optimized for tablets (and includes a watered down desktop mode).  Because of the aspects that I’m going to focus on, the two fit together. Let me say this about the new Windows platforms–I don’t hate them. …

BlackBerry in reality

BlackBerry is in the process of reinventing itself.  In fact, they’ve completely  dropped the name “Research In Motion” or “RIM,” and go strictly by “BlackBerry” now. They’re doing all of this in conjunction with the launch of BlackBerry 10, their new OS.  From what I’ve seen and read, it seems like a pretty cool platform.  Prior to BB10, the only …

Break for Valentine’s

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I’ll get the BlackBerry post up tomorrow.  Tonight I will be spending time with my beautiful wife.  She’s been gracious enough to put up with me for quite some time now, so I intend to divert all of my efforts to making her smile for the rest of the day. Hopefully she remembers to check my …

iOS in Reality

iOS is the one-size-fits-all approach to the mobile world.  And just like a one-size-fits-all pair of pants, there are both advantages and disadvantages here.  On the one hand, anyone can wear your pants.  On the other hand, anyone can wear your pants.  See?  Mixed bag.  Keep going to see what I mean.

Android in Reality

Android’s greatest strengths are capability and choice.  You can pick the form factor you want, for the price you want, and do just about anything on it that you want to do. The downfall is the manufacturers themselves.  Left alone (vanilla Android), the OS is very solid and capable.  It runs quickly, and can be easily customized.  The problem is …

The great mobile platform war

(Image Source: Oirammario12345 on deviantART) I don’t get this whole “undying loyalty to brands” thing that has cropped up in the world of technology lately.  Where I work, I get a chance to fiddle with all of the most popular platforms like Android and iOS.  I’m here to tell you, that they all have their benefits and pitfalls. That’s right, …

Warm Bodies is the new Top Gun

  I know, weird headline, right?  Hear me out–it’ll make sense after the break. I went to see Warm Bodies with my wife last night, and I have to say that it was one hell of an enjoyable movie.  I should also let you know up front, I haven’t read the book–but it’s now on my list of stuff to …

Dammit Jim, I’m a writer, not a mathematician

Writing is subjective. What’s that mean?  Well, it’s simple really.  Writing changes based on preference, audience, and a whole host of other variables.  It’s not some rigid thing that can be tightly defined within a given set of rules.  2 + 2 does not always equal 4 in the realm of the subjective. In our High School years, we’re handed …

Patent trolls, meet the troll slayer

So today I read a news story on Ars Technica about how NewEgg defeated the mighty patent troll, Soverain Software. The timing was perfect!  I’ve been having a stressful few weeks at work, and today was shaping up to be just like the others.  Around lunch time, I decide to see what was going on in technology news. Let me …