Four months with my iphone

April 16, 2010 at 9:48 am (Technology/Computers)

It has now been over four months with my iPhone, and I simply cannot put it down. It has become an extension of who I am.

To best sum it up, it is a device that effortlessly delivers all the news and information I could ask for. There is one area where this phone has become irreplaceable. Let me explain.

I am an online college student, and everything I do for school is online. All of my textbooks, and all other materials are online, and I need to access them often. The iPhone is the only smartphone which my university supports for the online classroom discussions, and the iPhone let’s me connect to my classroom anytime, anywhere.

This is essential for the mobile lifestyle we are all too familiar with. For this reason, I would be at a loss without my iPhone. I would also see my grades drop, which is unacceptable.

I have never been so attached to a device, nor have I seen one who does so much, so well.

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Two months with my iphone

January 30, 2010 at 6:25 am (Technology/Computers)

Well, I am now officially into the second month of having my 16GB iPhone 3GS. I still love it. The apps are what put me over the edge.

I am a college student majoring in information technology/networking. There are apps that help me to learn subnetting, manage networks, and troubleshoot network problems.

These are powerful tools that help me now, and will help me in the future. To be able to locate a problem with a network right from my iPhone is an absolute dream.

The iPhone is proving to be an indispensable tool in my college career. I would be lost without it.

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After 2 weeks, I’m in love

December 18, 2009 at 2:45 am (Technology/Computers)

It has been two weeks now since I bought my new 16 Gig iphone 3GS.  As I was afraid would happen, I fell in love.  I was worried it would happen, and it did.

It should be noted that I am not an Apple anything.  I never owned an Apple computer, never laid hands on a Mac operating system, and I said I never would.  I am a PC, and I run Windows.  Then I bought an iphone.

I have never in my life seen such a complete combination of power and beauty, mixed with simplicity as I have with my iphone.  I am convinced that someone who has never seen an iphone could be comfortable using one in as little as 15 minutes.  They would be able to navigate their way around that phone with the best of them.  It is that simple.

As for power.  The iphone can stream movies, play beautiful games, and yes it can multitask.  You can go online while on a call.  It does all these things, as well as take great pictures and video.  It does everything seamlessly, and it looks good while it does it.  The operating system is flawless.  It is robust, and has yet to crash or even stumble.  Flawless.

The final verdict is this.  I wanted a Droid.  I was afraid I would fall in love with the iphone, and I totally did.  I already feel lost without it.  The iphone has it all together; the droid has a ways to go.  The iphone 3GS is everything I was afraid it would be, and then some.

It is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use smart phone, and it will not be knocked off its throne any time soon.

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Final Decision on SmartPhone

November 26, 2009 at 2:21 am (Technology/Computers)

I have officially made up my mind on which smartphone I am going to purchase.  I have decided on the iphone.  Here are the reasons why:

First of all, you have to know that I still believe the Droid is the better phone.  I believe the Android operating system is way better than the iphone’s.  I feel the Droid is a more powerful, more robust, and better designed product than the iphone.  The problem is, the Droid is too new yet.  I believe the droid has so much potential, but that potential will not be utilized for a few more years.  There is not enough software developers willing to invest in the Droid yet.  There are not enough apps yet, and I think that getting this phone right now would only be frustrating as I see it’s potential and not be able to use it to its full extent.

I will go with the iphone for two years, then I will get the Droid.  By then, more developers will have written more apps, and the Droid will be living up to what it really is.  Also, I really wish I didn’t have to go with ATT again.  Why can’t Verizon get the iphone?  That would be a rude awakening for ATT.  Maybe then they could get some 3G coverage in my area. 

All that said, I have to bring up one app for the iphone that has really impressed me, and it has had a lot of bearing on my decision.  The app I am talking about is Skype, and you can now make calls with your iphone, via Skype, and not burn up your minutes.  Awesome.

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iphone, really?

November 19, 2009 at 5:30 am (Technology/Computers)

Is anyone sick of hearing about how every phone out there stacks up to the iphone?  What exactly is it about the iphone that makes it the phone to beat?  Is it the ease of use?  Is it the way it pairs up with itunes?  Is it the touch screen?  Well, I have news for you, the iphone isn’t all that great.  It just really advertised.

You may have heard that the touch screen is really great and the virtual keyboard is really easy to type on.  Guess what, if your someone with big fingers, like I am; it isn’t that easy to type on.  In fact, I got pretty sick of hitting the back key to fix all the mistakes I made when trying to type on it, and even that key was difficult to hit.  I certainly wouldn’t want to have to type more than a sentence with the virtual keypad.  The iphone is good, but certainly not the best.

There is a smart phone out now that technologically is way ahead of the iphone.  It’s called the Droid.  It used the Android operating system and is way more capable than the iphone.  Oh yeah, did I mention it has an actual keypad on it?  It has a virtual keypad too.  It has a bigger screen with better resolution, more pixels, and can even run more than one app at a time.  Unlike the iphone.

The Droid comes with turn by turn directions, and not only displays your destination using Google street maps, so you know exactly what your destination looks like; it will talk you to your destination as well.  Guess how much that feature costs?  It’s free.  Yep, a free app that is actually useful.  The iphone might get you there too, if you know how to use a virtual compass.

The iphones biggest defense is that is has oh so many apps.  The Droid just came out a few weeks ago.  How many apps do you think it is going to have in two weeks?  Don’t worry, the apps will come.  If that is the only complaint people have against the Droid, Apple is in serious trouble.

Bottom line is this, the Droid is more powerful, has a better screen, can multi-task, has a better operating system, has an actual keyboard, as well as a virtual one, and is definitely going to give the iphone a run for it’s money.

iphone killer?  Probably.  It’s about time.

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Gaming Desktops

November 19, 2009 at 12:12 am (Technology/Computers)

Gaming Desktops.

Do you remember me telling you that I love technology?  Do you remember me telling you that I love computers?  Well, I think I just found my dream machine.

I was browsing around at digitalstormonline.com today and I realized that this place really offers some of the best deals I have seen anywhere, and I look around a lot.  They custom build your desktop PC just the way you want, with top of the line, high end hardware.  They put these machines through grueling quality control  procedures, and slap on a standard 3 year hassle free warranty.

Go to the site, digitalstormonline.com, see for yourself.  Watch the video of the quality tests.  On top of all this, they are accredited by the BBB.

I did some comparison shopping today at the Alienware site, and when you try to match hardware to hardware with these two manufacturers, you cannot beat a PC built at digitalstormonline.com.  For the same money as you would spend on an Alienware, you get twice the machine at digitalstormonline.com, plus a 3 year warranty.  Not only do these machines perform, but they look good while they do it.

I encourage you to go to the site, watch the videos, see what they have to offer.  You will be surprised. I guarantee it.

I know they will be building my next machine.  I only need to come up with 2500.00 and get the approval of my wife.  Like I said, it’s a dream machine.

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Laptops and technology as tools in higher learning.

November 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm (Technology/Computers)

I read a few blogs about technology that have made me start to think.  The blogs were about using technology to facilitate higher learning.  Laptops in particular.  Let me show you why I really believe this.

I am a college student.  I attend the University of Phoenix, which is an online university.  A highly accredited university, I might add.  I am pursuing a BA in Information Technology/Networking.  I use several laptops every day.  I have an 18″ laptop that is pretty much too big to lug around.  That laptop is my main computer.  I attend most of my classes and submit most of my assignments with that laptop.

I also have a 17″ laptop.  The large laptop has a quad-core processor, and the smaller one has a dual core.  Both have  a class two GPU.  Better than most laptops. The 17″ is the one I take with me if I have to take a laptop with me.  Both are indispensable.

I am also a gamer, I love PC games.  Most gamers don’t like laptops. They swear up and down about how building your own desktop is the only way to go.  Building your own gaming rig is great, but not the only way to go.  I also have a Sager NP8690 15″ with an Intel core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 280m GPU.  That is the machine I use for gaming, and it games well.

My point is this, laptops and technology as tools for higher learning are tools that are essential in my quest to have a career in IT.  They are mobile, powerful machines that every student and teacher should have, and if my house was ever burning, and I could only grab one thing on my way out; it would be my laptops.

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