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Help me Understand…Why haven’t Tablet PCs caught on? July 31, 2006

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As Fast Follower will tell you, I take pride in my ability to predict.. “The next big thing”. PDAs, TIVO, AOL (I was one of the first users), Smartphones, etc. I have to admit, though, I am baffled as to why Tablet PCs aren’t catching on like wild fire! Is it the price? Design? What am I missing? Tablet PCs seemed to be the “ultimate”. Especially when you can rotate the screen into a traditional laptop configuration. When I am ready for a new computer, I am seriously going to consider a tablet. My daughter’s entire school is requiring tablet pcs to take notes, read text books, take tests, etc.

I just don’t understand it. On the plane, driving in the car, sitting on the sofa, sitting in meetings… it just seems that it would be great to just sit there with an electronic pad of paper and an electronic pen. Can anyone give me and idea, why these things aren’t as popular as IPODs? I would have thought by now that I would see them all over the place replacing the traditional laptops, but I don’t.

Let me hear from someone. I just don’t get it! Here’s the link to an old CNET article that said they were catching on. Here we are now in 2006, and they still haven’t hit the mark.

Do You Watch More or Less TV with Tivo July 28, 2006

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TI – There’s some research that suggests that DVR households actually watch less TV than non-DVR households. I can tell you for sure that I spend less time watching what I want to watch.

Dodge Viper July 24, 2006

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TI –

I know this blog of ours is about electronic gadgets, but I had to show you this “cool” ride automotive gadget I’ve been driving all week. It may not be electronic, but it sure passes the CF test you described earlier (cool factor). 500 510 horsepower. 8.3 liter V10 engine. 6 speed manual transmission. Plenty of CF ! !

What Laptop to Buy??? July 20, 2006

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TI –

I need help with a decision. It’s time to replace the main home desktop Dell with something with something a little more powerful. I’m getting bogged down on the old Dell when multitasking – particularly with Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 running. I’ve been investigating replacing the Dell desktop with a laptop, but absolutely can’t decide what to buy. Assume $2000 is my ceiling, what would you do?

Here’s what I’ve been considering:

  1. Effectively work with Photoshop
  2. Multitask when Photoshop is running
  3. Vista upgradeable (unless I get a Mac)
  4. What about a cheap powerful desktop, AND an inexpensive capable laptop??
  5. I’m not a gamer by the way
  6. I may want some DVR-type capability however
  7. Bluetooth?
  8. Maybe something small and carryable with a nice 19″ monitor when at my desk

Sports camera equipment July 15, 2006

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TI –

Did I ever tell you that I got a chance last year to photograph the action on the field during a pro football game. It was a halloween game between the Lions and Bears at Ford Field in Detroit. I thought my camera equipment was cool. However, when you stand next to the pros and see their equipment and how they use it, you realize you’re really not in the same league (kind of like how you feel next to me with the Treo 650 you’re still hanging on to). Check out some of the professional tools below.

You see all of those white lenses? Well those are Canon lenses. Like Taylor-pics mentioned in a previous comment, Canon seems to be the equipment of choice for the pro sports photographer. Of course, I’m a Nikon guy. Nikon makes great equipment. But I kind of feel like I’m wearing New Balance shoes to play basketball when everyone else is wearing Nike and Reebok.

You can see my complete Lions versus Bears portfolio here.

Ditching Your Ipod for the Treo 700p July 14, 2006

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TI –

I ran across this blog – Twelve Black Code Monkeys – that seems fairly cool in a geegy sort of way. This cat Levi who runs this blog has a very lengthy post about using the Treo 700p instead of an Ipod. Now I’m not about to throw away the ipod, but there is a lot of food for thought in Levi’s post. One particular thing that caught my attention is the ability to listen to (and view) iTunes content on an EVDO-enabled device or other high speed enabled mobile device (like my PPC 6700 or even a PSP connected to a wifi network). The applications is called MyTunesRSS, and you can download it FREE here.

Of course, TI, you’re still fooling around with your Treo 650. So essentially, you’re out of luck because you’re still “researching” which high speed pda/phone to get. C’mon man! Get with A PROGRAM. Any program. It’s like I’m out there playing golf with my new Nike 450cc titanium Sasquatch…hitting ’em about 300 yards off the tee. Yea, every now and then I’ll hit one in the woods. But wow, aren’t I having some fun. You’re still playing with an old-tech permission wood driver that you only hit about 200 yards. You hit ’em fairly straight. But how boring is that?

When is a Tivo not a Tivo July 13, 2006

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TI –

From our phone conversation last night, you know that I hate my new DirecTV DVR.  The reason I hate it is because it’s not a Tivo.  It’s a DirecTV DVR.  Well, it seems like I’m not alone in the “hate” for DVRs that aren’t real Tivo’s.  Over on PVRblog, a whole bunch of people agree with me.  From a consumer perspective, why DirecTV dumped Tivo is beyond me.

The Apple Store July 12, 2006

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TI –

I was in the Big Apple over the weekend and had a chance to go to 666 5th Avenue. Some call it “The Glass Cube.” I call it one cool store. This view is from within the store looking up at the glass cube with the suspended apple.
Apple Store - NYC

Microsoft Argo – An Answer to the IPod? July 11, 2006

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PVR Wire has a little blurb on the upcoming Microsoft Argo.  I’m an Ipod user, but this Argo thing seems really promising to me.

 TI is, you’re an IPod Video user.  What do you think about this thing from Microsoft?

Somebody isn’t happy with DirecTV July 11, 2006

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TI –

David Kiley over on the Business Week Brand New Day blog, is not happy with DirecTV. Clearly he’s had some problems. I’ve been a DirecTV customer for over 10 years and have had very few problems. But….DirecTV isn’t perfect! Here’s why:

  1. Where’s video on demand?
  2. The new DirecTV DVR (now not Tivo) sucks ! !
  3. Why can’t I easily get recorded programming from one DVR box to another DVR box in my house (Tivo now allows this on non-DirecTV systems).
  4. Why can’t I get DVR recorded programming to a mobile device (easily)
  5. As long as I’m not redistributing or selling the programming, I should be able to do with it what I want.
  6. Where’s the HD DVR from DirecTV?

Nikon D200 – Where are you? July 10, 2006

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Nikon acts like they’re not in the camera business. If any place in the world would have the “not-so-new-anymore” Nikon D200 digital slr camera in stock it would be B&H Photo Video on 34th and 9th Avenue is in Manhattan. While vacationing with the family this weekend in NYC, I visited B&H expecting to at least glimpse a floor model of a D200. There were none to be found. C’mon Nikon. This camera was launched months ago. This time of year has to be significant for camera sales. You’ve introduced a camera that the high end amateur photographer and professional photographers are craving for, but for some reason you won’t or can’t produce them. I’ve never heard of Canon having this type of problem. In fact, were I not invested in some fairly expensive Nikon lenses, I would switch to the new Canon 30D.

For those of you not knowledgeable about digital SLRs, Nikon lenses only work with Nikon camera bodies (the same with Canon lenses on Canon bodies, etc.). Thus, one once you’ve spent good money on a manufacturer’s lenses, it becomes economically unpracticle to switch companies. What a great business model for sucker photographers like me. It reminds me of software that only works with specific operating systems except that a camera lens’ lifespan is really long (unlike software, which you buy updated versions almost every year anyway).

Playstation 2 Slim vs Original Playstation 2 July 5, 2006

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My 11 year-old son and I are having a major debate regarding the differences in the Playstation2 Slim and the Playstation2! My son continues to tell me that there are several upgrades, and wants to purchase a PS2 slim! The only difference besides being slimmer) that I can come up with is that there is an ethernet connection for online gaming, which he is not really into. I have been to several websites and can’t find direct comparisons. Is this just a waste of money, or are there some real differences. What about the PS3?? Wouldn’t this be a better decision? Help!

Sprint of Confusion July 3, 2006

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I think my new PPC 6700 with Windows Mobile 5 is really useful and cool.  But I’m not sure Sprint is adding any value to the “useful/cool” equation.  I just just finished a customer service chat with a Sprint rep, Jose.  My basic question is, what are the differences between the Sprint PCS Vision Picture Pack and Sprint Vision Pack (both of which I have for $15/month), and the Sprint Power Vision Access ($15), Plus ($20), and Ultimate ($25) packs?  I’m still confused.  Below is a transcript of my conversation with Sprint (note:  I’ve substituted my blog name, Fast Follower, for my actual name).

 Sprint Agent>Jose has joined the call.
Jose>Hello, thank you for choosing Sprint now together with Nextel web chat my name is Jose. How may I assist you today?
Fast Follower>I have Spint PCS Vision Pictures Pack. What the difference between this and Access Pack?
Jose>$10 Primary Sprint Vision Access pack Unlimited email and instant messaging from AOL,MSN,and YAHOOUnlimited web access from sites like CNN,ESPN,the weather channel and many moreUnlimited Data Access
Fast Follower>With the $15 vision pack, I have unlimited data access?
Jose>That is included in the Vision access as well.
Fast Follower>What you described above is the Ultimate Pack for $25??
Jose>No that is what is included in the Vision access pack this is the ultinate pack for power vision that you say I am describing $25/Unlimited email and instant messaging from AOL,MSN, and YahooUnlimited web access from sites like Espn,CNN,the weather channel and many moreUnlimited Data Access Streaming News channel Including ABC News nowStreaming Sirius RadioUnlimited Sprint Picture mail and Video MailStreaming News ChannelStreaming Radio ChannelSprint TV Ultimate includes Sprint TV plus NFL,Fox Sports,fuse and Fashion TVLooney Tunes, NBC, Discovery
Jose>Not the same thing the Power vision Ultimate requires a power vision phone and has many more featrues than any of the other plans.
Fast Follower>I have a power vision phone (I think the PPC 6700). Is that true?
Jose>Yes that is a power vision phone.
Fast Follower>My current plan states that I have Sprint Vision Pack ($15) and also something called Sprint PCS Vision Pictures Pack. This is not any of the 3 Power Vision packs, correct? But it does give my unlimited data access?
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Jose>No that is what is included in the Vision access pack this is the ultinate pack for power vision that you say I am describing $25/Unlimited email and instant messaging from AOL,MSN, and YahooUnlimited web access from sites like Espn,CNN,the weather channel and many moreUnlimited Data Access Streaming News channel Including ABC News nowStreaming Sirius RadioUnlimited Sprint Picture mail and Video MailStreaming News ChannelStreaming Radio ChannelSprint TV Ultimate includes Sprint TV plus NFL,Fox Sports,fuse and Fashion TVLooney Tunes, NBC, Discovery
Jose>Not the same thing the Power vision Ultimate requires a power vision phone and has many more featrues than any of the other plans.
Fast Follower>I have a power vision phone (I think the PPC 6700). Is that true?
Jose>Yes that is a power vision phone.
Fast Follower>My current plan states that I have Sprint Vision Pack ($15) and also something called Sprint PCS Vision Pictures Pack. This is not any of the 3 Power Vision packs, correct? But it does give my unlimited data access?
Jose>$15Unlimited email and instant messaging from AOL,MSN,and YAHOOUnlimited web access from sites like CNN,ESPN,the weather channel and many moreUnlimited Data AccessUnlimited Sprint PCS Picture Mail and Sprint PCS Video Mail
Jose>That is the plan that you have.
Fast Follower>So what does the Access Pack get me for another $15? and the Plus Pack for $20. and the Ultimate Pack for $25. These amounts aren’t incremental are they (ie the $15 Access Pack would replace the $15 Pictures Pack)
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Jose>That is the plan that you have.
Fast Follower>So what does the Access Pack get me for another $15? and the Plus Pack for $20. and the Ultimate Pack for $25. These amounts aren’t incremental are they (ie the $15 Access Pack would replace the $15 Pictures Pack)

Evidently, I’m not the only one confused by Sprint’s “Packs.”   Check out this PC Magazine Editor’s Choice review of Sprint TV.  Doesn’t mobile SlingBox make all of this Sprint stuff obsolete anyway?