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iPhone upgrades: Broken hearts, broken wallets

June 11th, 2009 | Comments Off on iPhone upgrades: Broken hearts, broken wallets
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Complaint Department, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Technology

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There’s been quite a kerfuffle (if I can use that word in a sentence) going on in blog comments and forum threads around the ‘Net this week, since Monday’s Apple WWDC keynote announcing the new iPhone 3Gs model landing on June 19.

And honestly, I just don’t get it.
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Apple updates iPhone to 3G S model on June 19

June 8th, 2009 | Comments Off on Apple updates iPhone to 3G S model on June 19
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Apple Talk, Gadgets, Seen & Heard, Technology

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Just a quickie sandwiched in-between the Palm Pre chatter. As predicted by many, Apple today announced the iPhone 3G S, a new model which adds a faster processor, faster 3G data transfer speeds, an upgraded, 3 megapixel camera with video recording & editing, voice control and digital compass, available Friday, June 19 for $199 (16 GB) or $299 (32 GB). And hey, from the outside it’s exactly the same as the current model, which means all of your cases, screen protectors and accessories will get another year’s worth of value for a change.

Also announced was the availability of iPhone OS 3.0 next Wednesday, June 17… which will certainly mark an unbearable 48 hours of waiting for me, since my current iPhone 3G is happily jailbroken & unlocked, and I want to keep it as such so I can sell it on eBay, or possibly to one of my wife’s friends in Ukraine, and subsidize some of the $499 I’ll have to pay for upgrading to the new model, since I’m only halfway through the 2-year contract from last year. (Bah!)

Kudos to Apple for the new model, and for not making us wait until July to get our hands on OS 3.0… that would have killed me. LOL

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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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Blockbuster about to hit the skids?

April 7th, 2009 | Comments Off on Blockbuster about to hit the skids?
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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According to a bit posted today on Electronista.com, Blockbuster may be wailing its final death throes at long last. Apparently, Big Blue has told the Securities and Exchange Commission that it “doesn’t believe it can continue business” and that it doesn’t believe it can remain a “going concern”.

I doubt anyone will be surprised by this… personally, I’ve had it out for Blockbuster for nearly two decades after watching their uncompetitive practices, particularly with their bullying abuse of independent studios. So, crash & burn, guys… Hell has a special place set aside for you.

P.S.: I should clarify that my hostility is aimed at Blockbuster Corporate and not at the former Movielink staff (disclaimer: Tempe deals with them), or the occasional cool franchise store who’s given indie flicks a chance to shine on their shelves.

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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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Rehab: GROOM LAKE, A Film by William Shatner…

March 16th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Movies, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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My copy of the new GROOM LAKE DVD from Koch showed up this afternoon, so I gave it a quick spin. On the plus side, the transfer is (finally) 16:9 anamorphic the way we shot it, where the previous disc that Full Moon/Shadow Entertainment briefly released was only 4:3 letterboxed.

But that’s about the only positive thing I can say.
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Bad economy? Not at my mall…

March 14th, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Family, Random Thoughts, Seen & Heard

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The wife and I hit the mall today for lunch at Chick-Fil-A and a side trip to Macy’s so she could pick up some face cream before we did some baby thrift store shopping for Benji accessories.

So if the economy is so bad, why was the mall packed with so many shoppers??
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Just when the ‘Nam-style flashbacks had stopped…

March 8th, 2009 | 2 Comments »
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Announcements, Complaint Department, Movies, Seen & Heard, Tempe Entertainment

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Not sure how this slipped by me, but a flick I produced 8 years ago is resurfacing on DVD this Tuesday… yes, William Shatner lives again in GROOM LAKE!!

Dear God, make it stop…

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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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