Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ultimate Public Bus - What a ride!

Panama has it figured out. Check out these public buses! Talk about the ultimate pimped-out ride. I just got back from a Caribbean Crusie (absolutely loved it) Panama was one of the countries we visited. 

These wicked buses were all over the place. School Boards are you listening? I'm tired of Yellow school buses, these are so much better. 

From what I saw each one was unique in its theme, colors and design. Not sure who pays for this artwork but I think its so much more interesting then plain old Yellow.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Palm Pre CES 2009 Keynote in High Def

Palm has posted their CES Keynote here

After watching it I'm really excited about the capabilities of this device. I think Palm definately has a winner on their hands. I really love the Synergy feature. Dare I say Palm Pre may be an iPhone killer? or at least raise the bar higher. ~Apple are you paying attention?
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Palm Pre Mobile Phone - iPhone Killer?

What a surprise, Palm has made quite a splash with this device at CES 2009.

I've always loved Palm devices; I've had numerous Palm PDA's and most recently (until the iPhone) was a devoted Palm Treo 650 user. I really liked the Palm platform although constant crashes of the Palm OS was a pain in the rear. My Treo rebooted at least once a day. When the iPhone hit the street I jumped on it right away. Palm OS was so very much outdated. I couldn't wait for the iPhone it was like a breath of fresh air.

I've been using the iPhone for quite some time now; absolutely love it. Although there are a few things I really hate. 

1.  Apple's almost anal control of the device and the App Store
2. No Copy/Paste
3. No Tethering
4. iTunes centric

I'm sure many out there feel the same way and dare I say Apple is acting like Microsoft in some respect? ~locking people in... Don't get me wrong I'll be the first to thank Apple for reinventing the mobile phone market. For years mobile phones were blah; no innovation from any major player (Nokia, Motorola, Sony Erricson) These guys were all asleep at the wheel. Then Apple came out with a huge punch and became a runaway leader from day one. Now everyone is trying to catch up. Great to see!

Given all the iPhone wanna-be devices out there I'm so glad Palm did not follow the rest like a Lemming. From the screenshots and youtube videos it definitely looks like Palm's new Web OS has some unique and interesting features (i.e. Card Stack and Multitasking) I think multitasking will be important moving forward and the killer feature of future mobile phones. Unfortunately Apple in its wisdom excluded multitasking from the iPhone. I wonder if they'll change their mind in future updates?

I guess time will tell if Palm's Pre will help them regain past glory... and reverse current dwindling market share. 

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MacBook Happy Again! Got a new MagSafe Adapter

It's very crappy outside today, lots of snow, high winds and nasty cold. I braved the elements and drove down to Best Buy. I dropped a few dollars; and a gift card I got for Christmas ... bought a replacement adapter. Can't live without my MacBook. 

Store wasn't very busy today, not surprised given weather outside. 
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MacBook MagSafe Power Adapter BURNS!

Today was a bad day! As you can see from these photos (taken with my iPhone) my MacBook's MagSafe Power Adapter bit the dust and melted. Well not the adapter itself but the attached cable running from the power brick to my MacBook. Of course its not under warranty (I've had my MacBook over two years) and I don't believe Apple ever had a recall on these suckers ~I should probably check.

In any case cord was hot to the touch when MagSafe Adapter was plugged into an outlet. Glad I noticed it when I did. Could have had a nice fire at my place. Wonder if anyone else experienced similar problem? Google here I come...

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