Archive for November, 2008

Looking For An Awesome Christmas Gift For a Tech Guy?

November 25, 2008

Look no further:

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The 23″ Dell SP2309W.  An 80,000:1 contrast ratio and a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1152 – which is awesome.  It’s capable of 1080p plus some.  It also has a built-in 2MP webcam.  It has touch-sensor buttons and 2ms response time as well.  It also has a built in microphone.  The only downside is the viewing angle, but I can deal.  All that for only $379.99.  And that’s through Dell.  You can probably get it a little cheaper through other vendors if possible.

Amazon Customers Vote 2008.

November 25, 2008

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It’s that time of year again.  Frequent Amazon shoppers should be getting an e-mail to vote for ridiculous deals.  Basically, you vote for 1 of 3 deals and the winning deal is selected and random participants are e-mailed with the opportunity to purchase them.  They are usually limited to 500 or 1,000 units per item.  When I say a deal, I mean it.  Right now, there is a Playstation 3 packaged with a game and all 3 Pirates of the Carribean movies in Blu-Ray and a PS3 remote for $199.  The normal price for all that would be around $560.  There’s also a Samsung 46″ 1080p LCD for $700 (normally $1600).  So if you get the e-mail or go to Amazon, go vote.  What’s the worst that could happen?  Even if you can’t afford $200 for that PS3, you could resell it for about 2.5x what you paid.

New Link For Cobra Information.

November 23, 2008

I’ve made a dedicated page for information on my ’03 Cobra off to the right.

https://snakebitten.wordpress.com/03-cobra/

More pictures and more information that you could possibly want.

Verizon’s Blackberry Storm vs. AT&T’s iPhone 3G.

November 22, 2008

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Earlier this week, I was convinced that I was going to leave AT&T and my first-generation iPhone for Verizon Wireless’ new Blackberry Storm. I was fed up with spotty service in parts of Athens (My apartment, mainly) and I was on my 3rd iPhone due to a series of warranty replacements.

On Friday, I went to Verizon during lunch to check out a Blackberry Storm set up in the store. I was underwhelmed. That’s being positive. There are a few things that completely turned me off from the phone. First was the actual touchscreen. Let me try to describe this. It’s a really nice screen, very bright and crisp. When you touch the screen, the icon or key will light up blue, but that’s not how you actually select it. You actually have to push the screen down and it sort of clicks like a mouse button. Does that make sense? The screen feels like it’s kind of floating.

As far as that goes, someone with a regular flip phone or cell phone will probably find it incredibly impressive. People with iPhones or smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards will likely hate it. The advantage for the iPhone is that once you get the hang of it, you can type faster on that than on your home computer in some cases. The iPhone’s auto-correct is also scarily good. I get the occasional ‘do’ or ‘so’ mix-up and it always replaces ‘fuck’ and ‘fucking’ with ‘duck’ and ‘ducking’, but 98% of the time, it is great. With the Blackberry, not only was it harder to enter characters since instead of just tapping the screen, you have to depress it, but I was horribly inaccurate with it and the auto-correct was miserable.

Also, when rotating from portrait mode to landscape mode, there was considerable lag. The iPhone also lags a little, too. apple_iphone_3g

The other huge thing that stood out to me was the operating system. If you have an iPhone, you notice that every single application and feature is specifically designed for touching and scrolling, etc. The coverflow for the music player, your contacts list, toggle buttons, etc. With the Storm, it sort of seemed like the OS wasn’t given this specific treatment. It just didn’t feel right to me. I don’t know how else to describe it.

Aside from that, the phone is beautiful. It sold out around the country, so they have a success with it. The only issue is that the people who are using better phones aren’t going to be blown away. I sure wasn’t. I decided to stick with AT&T and purchased the iPhone 3G. Besides, what in the hell would I do without Tap Tap Revenge?