How I wrote a book

So, as many of you may already know, I’ve written a book. It hasn’t been published yet (though, I hope it will be soon), and I need to polish it up a bit, but it is written. So, how did I write a book? I applied my ass to my chair. Strap in, kiddies. This is going to be a …

Don’t screw up Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books.  I loved it when I read it as a kid, I loved it when I read it again in college, and I still love reading it. I’m not going to critique the book here–I just want to make it absolutely clear how I feel about this particular novel. Why?  Because they’re making …

LeVar Burton is Geordi 2.0

Levar Burton most likely just won the internet–at least for a little while. Google is working on a project called “Project Glass.”  It’s a pretty sweet piece of eye-wear that will give you a heads-up display whenever you want it.  There are so many cool applications for this, I have no idea where to start. Anyway, there’s a new contest to hand out test …

The Great Mobile War wrap-up

I’ve now reviewed the major platforms, and I’ve tried to be objective (minus that one little rant about the iPad mini–man, that thing drives me crazy).  I hope that you’ve seen that there’s something to be praised on each platform, as well something to be not so happy about.  In short: no mobile device or operating system is perfect. So, …

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, …