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Where technology and my imagination converge
Post PC… we have all heard the term thrown around loosely lately. Its ubiquity has fueled countless page views and a copious amount of flame wars. In short, its been every bloggers wet dream. Weary and dreary from various articles posted by armchair critics
on their 16th minute of fame devoid of any personal opinion wantonly regurgitating the death of personal computing, I followed the smoke hoping to find a find a fire. I will spare you the anguish of said articles. If you must, a quick Google search should reveal more than you could ever want to know. Arguments from both sides.
I’m not really interested in prophecies, neither am I with quoting myself nor providing solace to my ego 5 years later that I was right. Everything runs its course, even the digital age we’re currently in. Tech being like seasons, always has a company that is the soundtrack to a generation, that is to say, there’s always a company fueling its ambitions with your wallets. Perseverance always pays the patient; we are now in an Age of Empires dominated by both Apple and Google.
Whether YOU believe it’s Microsoft, Apple or Google is entirely subjective. One thing is certain though, we all benefit and our way of life is collectively lifted. Ever since Steve Jobs threw his weight behind the post pc movement, everyone I know including their grandmothers have quoted him and naturally their perceptions shifted. While his insight is invaluable, one also has to wonder how much of it was a sales pitch to further his iPad agenda and ultimately Apples’.
I love PCs, and I’m sure most of you still do. Having your opinion skewed by limiting your horizons only serves to cripple your peripheral vision to tunnel. Just last week I invested in another computer with the sole purpose of enriching my digital life. Why? Because it still works! We’re not there yet…. we are still playing around with idea of portable not post pc.
Having owned multiple tablets, netbooks, laptops and a myriad of smart phones, it’s safe to assume we all know intimately the limitations possessed by each. The Achilles heel of mobile computing lies in what powers it, battery life. The only technology that has yet to benefit from all of this.
Sometimes if it is broke, improve it. That does not mean replace it.
After taking a lengthy sabbatical from updating this blog trying to figure out what I want to do and which tech to lust after, up popped the Galaxy Nexus. While I’m not the first to admit, the name was somewhat anti-climactic after the bar was raised with the Nexus Prime moniker. Hey Google, I will totally understand if you decide to rename this thing at any point before launch. So what makes the Galaxy Nexus THAT special?
Well special enough to resuscitate me back to writing again. I think the answer is simple… it looks freaking awesome!!
This is one of those moments I’m completely unafraid to let my geek flag fly. Some things just transcend social borders and kick open the mainstream acceptance doors. I think 3rd time’s the charm for Google. The Galaxy Nexus has managed to stir up more excitement than any of its previous incarnations. I even had a couple of friends which are firmly in the Apple camp stay up late and watch the unveiling in Hong Kong. That speaks volumes as to its appeal. Or it could just be a case of keeping your enemies closer?
So what do we know about the Galaxy Nexus, well for one it can’t get here soon enough. 2. it’s rocking the latest iteration of Android, Ice cream sandwich. This by all accounts is the most substantial UI/ UX update to date. 3. There’s a ton of features too numerous to mention jam packed, but neatly packaged NOT to make it appeal to only the geek squad. 4. The hardware, while most were expecting a sextuplet-core, 20MP camera laden phone like the Nexus One, which was about pushing boundaries appears modest to some, I believe this time around Google was more about refining the user experience. And I could go on…
So my virtual friends, there you have it. Armed with little more than tech lust, the Galaxy Nexus has revived my fledgling blog. As to availability, well the Europeans get first dibs on this. And I’m sure before it arrives this side of the pond, courtesy of YouTube and the magic of unboxings, we’ll know more about this phone than we ever did about our lover’s secret desires.
Love pictures? Love panoramic shots? What if you wanted to stitch and view your images mapped in 3D? Seems the fellas at Microsoft had the same problem and decided to pack the solution in a 4.4MB app called Photosynth. Here’s a quick rundown;
Most of the cons pointed out however come with a dash of salt, Photosynth is still at version 1.0 and most of the current issues can be fixed with a future software update. Overall it stands as one of the best panorama apps I’ve used. For an admission price of free, your argument to not download this becomes harder to win.
Love it or hate it, apps make or break a platform, Steve Jobs knows this, Steve Ballmer knows this, heck, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you know this! App stores make it more convenient to blow your hard earned money. We have a love affair with apps that make our daily lives infinitely easier, just to think, a few years ago to stalk you, I would have to use Street View on a PC or a Mac. Gone are those days, now I can whip out my Android device and park outside your house with ease thanks to Google Maps, Navigation and Latitude. So what are the apps you can’t live without?
Origin - mid 20th century (in the sense of strong affinity for gadgets): from French gagée ‘tool’ and Greek pornographos ’writing about prostitues’, from porné ‘prostitute’ + graphein 'write'. In other words, gadgets are our tools and we show a strong affinity for them like prostitutes.
This blog is a collection of some of my favorite gadgets past, present, owned and most importantly, make believe. Let’s do formal introductions, first let me tell you what this blog isn’t. If you’re searching for corporate sponsored tripe, keep looking! If you’re looking for opinions that will wildly vary from yours and royally piss you off, yup, welcome to your new home.
Gadgets are a lot like your preferred religion, they invoke illusions of grandeur and superiority within self which ultimately leads to the belief that your preferred gadgets dwell in Neverland with unicorns and all else is what ills the world. Androidism, iOSim, Windowsism and to the lesser vocal WebOSism, all cults with devout followers, all striving for dominance. Point being, that same burning desire you feel for gadgets, well, it’s what created this. So let’s have fun bludgeoning varying opinions to death.
Update: Finally got the branding done thanks to my good friend at TendenZi.com