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Summer touchscreen gadget overload!

June 2nd, 2009 | Comments Off on Summer touchscreen gadget overload!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Technology

Man oh man, it’s a great time to be a touchscreen gadget lover… that is, if you’ve got deep pockets or service with most of the major carriers in the U.S. (which I don’t, sadly). There is a veritable tidal wave of new phones coming this summer, beginning this Saturday, June 6, with the long-awaited Palm Pre from Sprint that I was salivating over last time.

But that’s not all.
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Palm Pre and the lust that makes a faithful man stray…?

May 19th, 2009 | Comments Off on Palm Pre and the lust that makes a faithful man stray…?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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Look, I love my iPhone. I was one of the original nutballs who sat outside my local AT&T store on June 29, 2007 for 5 hours to make sure I got one, and then repeated that the following July with a 6-hour wait outside an Apple Store for the iPhone 3G. And I’m a faithful kind of guy, both in life and in gadgets.

But sometimes, something comes along that makes you lust for it just a little too much. And thankfully, when it comes to gadgets, it’s perfectly legal to have two wives. But does it make any sense?
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Home theatrics: Revenge of XBMC and Apple TV

May 15th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Movies, Random Thoughts, Technology

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If you follow this blog at all, you’ve probably read some of my exploits in trying to find a perfect home theatre solution that blends discless DVD playback with the latest streaming video trends. Last year I jacked a D-Link DNS-323 NAS into my home office network with 2 TB of storage for ripped DVDs, and have been alternating between the Apple TV and an HP Windows Vista box to watch them.

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite as seamless as I had first hoped.
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Google Voice: If you were a chick, I’d kiss you with an open mouth

April 6th, 2009 | Comments Off on Google Voice: If you were a chick, I’d kiss you with an open mouth
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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I’ve been a subscriber of the free, little-known GrandCentral service for several years, and have gotten a lot of use out of it. GrandCentral’s aim was to give you “one telephone number for life” — a motto that wound up being rather ironic when they notified me some months back that the number I was using would no longer be available and they assigned me a new one. I’ve still got company checks with that old number printed on them, how annoying. (They swear it will never happen again.)

That hiccup aside, about a year and a half ago, they were bought out by Google. And time passed with no news. Like many frequent users, I began to worry that Google had wasted their investment and would toss it to the curb at some point. That is, until a couple weeks ago, when they unveiled their overhaul of the service, now dubbed Google Voice.

So what makes it so cool?
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Hey Netflix… have you heard we’re in a recession?

March 30th, 2009 | Comments Off on Hey Netflix… have you heard we’re in a recession?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Complaint Department, Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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I don’t often publicly vent about customers who help put food on my table, but this afternoon I got the above e-mail, and I’m pretty steamed about it. Here’s why.
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R.I.P. Circuit City

January 16th, 2009 | Comments Off on R.I.P. Circuit City
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Complaint Department, Gadgets, Seen & Heard, Technology

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Another obit, this time to Circuit City, who today announced they’re giving up the good fight and liquidating the rest of their stores. Sad day for me… since moving back to Ohio from L.A., I’ve been frequenting CC far more than Best Buy, just because they offer some cool stuff the competition doesn’t (like the Archos 5 player). I’m in the market for another DVD storage unit, which I was about to buy for $10 cheaper at Best Buy anyway. Guess I’ll hold off until the bloodbath begins.

Sad days, especially for the 30k employees who will be collecting unemployment soon…

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Confessions of an upgrade junkie

January 15th, 2009 | Comments Off on Confessions of an upgrade junkie
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Complaint Department, Random Thoughts, Technology

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I’ll admit it: I’m a whore for software updates. I’m always the first person I know to buy new OS upgrades. Adobe keeps getting my hard-earned $$ for every Creative Suite upgrade (at least since CS2, anyway). I spend my evenings with iPhone in hand, clicking on the App Store every so often to see what’s been updated that night. I visit Versiontracker.com almost first thing every morning, and several times throughout the day, to see what’s new. And I get a little tingle whenever I open some piece of freeware or shareware that pops up a notice about a new update, even if the list of changes have nothing to do with me.

But a funny thing has happened recently… I’m starting to skip some of the paid updates.
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Apple don’t need no stinkin’ Macworld Expo!

December 17th, 2008 | Comments Off on Apple don’t need no stinkin’ Macworld Expo!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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I was as shocked as the next guy when I read last night’s news about how Apple will pull out of Macworld Expo after next month’s shindig, and the double whopper (with cheese) that Steve Jobs will not be doing the keynote address we’ve all come to know and love.
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iCaved: Apple TV edition

December 5th, 2008 | Comments Off on iCaved: Apple TV edition
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Technology

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OK, so almost 2 years I blogged on MySpace about how I didn’t need an Apple TV (a post which is mirrored here, for those of you brave enough to click back far enough in time). Long story short, now I (finally) have one. What changed?
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Tech Talk: Updating my home office network – Part 2

December 5th, 2008 | Comments Off on Tech Talk: Updating my home office network – Part 2
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Technology

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(Image courtesy Amazon.com user Y. Chang)

Got a little sidetracked here lately with life so I didn’t get a chance to yap about setting up my new NAS (network-attached storage). Jump back a few posts to catch the details of how I arrived at this particular setup, and forge on to hear my thoughts on how it all worked out.
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