Archive for the 'gadgets' Tag

iPhone = Star Trek?

Just a quick post: I got an iPhone this week. Aside from my iPod, it’s my first Apple purchase… and it’s awfully slick. I’ll avoid hyperbole, and simply state that it actually exceeded my expectations, which was no small feat. I feel like I’m living the Star Trek dream: I have a hand-held device that can tell me where I am, what’s around me, retreive books and music from thin air, and I can talk to and get results (Google’s Voice Search is damn impressive: say “post offices in goleta california”, it’ll pop up the local offices, then hit “get directions” and get turn-by-turn GPS guided directions. Slick). I’ll probably blather on later about my favorite applications, or “apps”, at a later date. But for now: it’s nifty.

Finding a HDTV is hard

Finding a HDTV is a difficult thing to do, apparantly, if you’ve read up on the technology and are looking for good product. I even have a short list of what I want:

  • 1600:1 or greater contrast — Most HDTVs have this
  • HDMI port — Most HDTVs have this
  • DVI PC port — Greater than 60% of HDTVs have this
  • Size of 27 or 32 inches — the most popular LCD TV sizes
  • Viewable angle >150 degrees — Almost all HDTVs have this
  • Native HD resolution — and here’s the rub… almost no HDTVs fulfill this seemingly trivial requirement (more on this if you click “continued” below)


A Wii Lament

So, the Nintendo Wii game console is coming out any day now… and I don’t have one pre-ordered. Which means I might not have one until Christmas, or (egads!) even later. I can’t think of a time I’ve been as excited about a game (except perhaps my misguided and ultimately disasterous infatuation with the terrible game Black and White). So, yes, a lament. On a side note, I quite like the first Nintendo Wii commercial that’s airing.

The iPod Age

So Andrew bought me an iPod a few weeks ago and while I can’t say it’s been a life-altering event, it has changed a few things I do, and I’d imagine many people have probably made similar discoveries. (continued)

Arts & Crafts Rebirth — Knitting and Crocheting

It seems that, in the general public, there’s recently been a real revival of arts and crafts interest, specifically with knitting and crocheting, and I’ve been doing my little part to contribute to it. Anybody else into this, or other arts and crafts projects? (continued)

Gadget Blog

I’ve recently become kind of hooked on GizModo, the gadgets weblog. (continued)

iPod, uPod, we allPod for iPod

I got an iPod last night… (continued)


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My first first-author paper!

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