Archive for September, 2008

iPods are not very exciting anymore

September 19th, 2008 | Comments Off on iPods are not very exciting anymore
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Complaint Department, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Technology

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So Apple held a big event last week to announce this year’s iPod lineup. In case you haven’t heard, they overhauled the iPod Touch with some stuff it should have had all along (like a speaker) and a new line of iPod Nanos in some tasty colors.
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Apple finally squashes iPhone bugs

September 19th, 2008 | Comments Off on Apple finally squashes iPhone bugs
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Technology

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While I was off vacationing in Ukraine the last couple of weeks, Apple pushed a huge update to the iPhone with version 2.1 of the software. I never got a chance to bitch-blog about the headaches I was having with insanely long backup times and having to delete & reinstall applications for the last few weeks because of major bugs in the 2.x system, but thankfully they’re all a memory.

Long story short, if you have an iPhone, you owe it to yourself to download iTunes 8 and iPhone 2.1. Applications install (and delete) way faster, backups are finally as zippy as they always should have been, music playlists now feature the artist name under the song titles and yes, no more of this nonsense with applications ceasing to work for no reason. Oh, and you’re supposed to get longer battery life and better 3G reception, which seems to be the case on my end. Kudos to Jobs & Co. on this one!

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The Kremlin tries to poison American tourist with food!

September 19th, 2008 | Comments Off on The Kremlin tries to poison American tourist with food!
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Family, Random Thoughts, Travel

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OK, not really… especially since I was visiting Ukraine and not Russia. But I did suffer a pretty nasty bout of food poisoning last week while visiting the wife’s family in Kakhovka, Ukraine. We took a side trip for a few days to Yalta, a resort town on the Black Sea in the Crimea territory and I spent the first night emptying the contents of my stomach from both ends for literally a 12-hour stretch of the first night. (The photo above was taken well after I recovered, and no, I didn’t eat that whole plate of food.)
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