iPad = iFailure

It’s really really rough right now, but maybe in a generation or 3 it’ll be worth buying.
Obvious shortcomings:

  • 16GB of memory (on the base unit)
  • Still no Flash in the browser
  • No camera
  • Still no multitasking
  • No SD card slot (no expandable storage)
  • No replaceable battery
  • It’s almost 2x the price of some netbooks today

It’s just a glorified iPhone right now. It’s needs a generation or 3 to mature into something worthwhile. It’s no netbook killer, that’s for damn sure.

Brand new laptop: Dell XPS M1530

Dell XPS M1530
Just bought a new laptop and it should be here by the end of next week when I get back from NYC. I’m headed down to see my girlfriend again…yes, yet again. This is my gift to myself for graduating from college. 7 days and 6 nights with my girl…can’t wait!
Here’s the specs of my brand new Dell XPS M1530:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4GHz/800MHz FSB, 3M L2 Cache)
  • Tuxedo Black Casing
  • 4GB of DDR2 RAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
  • 15.4 inch Wide Screen WXGA+ TrueLife LED LCD with 2.0 MP Camera
  • 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
  • 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • Microsoft Windows Vista with SP1 Home Premium Edition 64-bit Edition
  • 8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive
  • Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card
  • 6-cell (56 WHr) Lithium Ion Battery
  • Finger Print Reader
  • Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module (2.0+EDR)

Needless to say I’m extremely excited! :)  I’ll post some type of review with screen shots once I get a chance to get it all set up and fine tuned.

Interesting Links 3.7.08

I apologize, but I am far too lazy to write a blurb about each one of those links. I’ll just leave it at this: IE8 Beta 1 is a step in the right direction, TeamViewer kicks ass for remote computer support, and the 6 animals that can destroy you is hilarious to read.

iPod Touch running 3rd Party Applications

Here are a few (very blurry) images of my iPod touch running 3rd party applications. The jailbreak process was very easy using this guide from TouchDev. It does require a bit of command line work so I’d recommend waiting if you’re uncomfortable with the command line. Several “one click” applications are now popping up, but I can vouch for any of them considering I haven’t tried them. Here is a Mac “one click” application called iJailbreak and a Windows “one click” application called TouchFree.

My next computer, but which one?

So I am struggling with the decision to get a new computer. The only part of the process that I’ve really decided so far is the fact that I won’t be building this one from scratch (I just don’t have the time to). I am going back and forth between getting a Dell with Windows Vista (or XP) or getting a new Apple iMac. This isn’t an easy decision to make for a few reasons. Here is a visual breakdown of the 2 systems I am considering:
Dell Computer vs Apple iMac
As you can see, the Dell wins in more categories than does the iMac. Dell wins three categories that are especially important: processor, memory and price.

  • The Q6600 Quad-Core will smoke the Dual Core, so the Dell definitely wins there.
  • The RAM in the Dell runs at 800MHz compared to the iMac’s RAM running at 667Mhz
  • The Dell also ends up being almost $400 cheaper than the slower iMac.
    • Note: With a 22″ LCD, the Dell still only comes to $1,459 which is $100 cheaper than the iMac

UPDATE: Here is another comparison that includes the 22″ LCD with the Dell. I clearly stated this above, but people apparently can’t read.
dell with LCD vs imac
Now, I realize that the iMac obviously comes with a 20″ LCD, but that doesn’t really matter to me considering I have 2 perfectly functional 17″ LCDs that I plan to use. I also realize that some people will say that Vista and OS X should not be considered a tie, but then again I’d tell those people to lay off the crack.
Part of the appeal of an iMac is the simplicity of an all in one solution, but I don’t think that simplicity is worth $400. The Dell also has a greater possibility in terms of future upgrades, whereas the only thing I could upgrade on the iMac would be adding RAM.
My point here is that while the iMac may look nice, it’s still far more expensive than a comparable (or actually superior) Dell computer. The stigma of “expensive Macs” continues, and for good reason. Now I just need to actually purchase this computer (hopefully in the next few weeks).

Interesting Links: 8.25.07

  • Vista Battery Saver: This tiny program will save up to 70% of your battery by disabling those nice, but greedy Vista features. Running in task bar …it will do all work for you, by enabling and disabling customizable features when power source changed or battery power fall under certain percent.
  • TubeStop for Firefox: TubeStop is an extension for Mozilla-based Web browsers that disables the autoplay on YouTube videos. This means that you can open multiple YouTube videos in tabs in the background without them auto-playing.

Yeah it’s been a slow week for links. Let me just point out that Vista Battery Saver is INCREDIBLY useful for anyone using Vista on their laptop. I usually get just around 2 hours of battery life on my laptop, but check out the image below that shows my battery life after installing this application. This wonderful app nearly doubled my battery life…no joke. TubeStop also disables the crappy advertisements that YouTube has now begun adding to it’s videos.
Vista Battery Saver

HTC P4550 (Kaiser) – Dream Phone

I’d really like to get this phone, unfortunately I need to consider if it’s worth switching to AT&T for it though. It’ll be called the At&T 8925 (personally I prefer Kaiser). This phone may get me to ditch my hopes of getting the T-Mobile Dash. We shall see.

Stats (per PDAdb.net) :

  • 256MB of onboard Flash
  • 128MB of RAM, 3 megapixel cam
  • Slide-out QWERTY-type keyboard
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7200 core
  • Wifi (802.11b, 802.11g)
  • microSD expansion slot
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 3.0 Megapixel camera with auto-focus

Automate computer settings by network with Net Profiles

Automate computer settings by network with Net Profiles

Windows only: Freeware application Net Profiles lets you automate tasks—like mapping network drives or switching the default printer—based on the network your computer is currently connected to.

Every once in a while you come across an application that fits so perfectly into a need that you have. For anyone with a laptop, this one is for you. Using this handy little application (that is free by the way), you setup each of your “profiles” one time, and after that it is as simple as double clicking the profile in the future. What does this profile include? It includes your network settings, your default printer settings, any mapped network drives you have, and it can even change your display settings (wallpaper, icons, resolution).
Think about it: you’re at home with your wallpaper, your icons, your lower resolution (so you can actually see things), your printer, and your custom home network settings including your home network shares. Now you have to take your laptop to work. Click one button and your work wallpaper, icons, resolution (higher resolution = productivity right?), printer, and custom network settings including work network shares are instantly swapped.
It just works that wonderfully.

Microsoft Research demonstrates laptop-compatible multi-touch displays

Microsoft Research demonstrates laptop-compatible multi-touch displays

The idea of having a multi-touch-capable laptop sounds pretty sweet, but of course no one would want to carry a cathode-ray-tube in their backpack, so how do you come up with a solution for a screen less than an inch thick? Microsoft Research Cambridge’s Steve Hodges might have the answer.

Very cool, but at least right now this is still fairly basic. The demo he shows is a good example of this: it’s a start, but it still has miles to go before it’s truly powerful.