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Calling all hackers… Please hack the iPod Touch!

Friday, September 14th, 2007

ipod touch

I’m definitely not an iPod fanboy. As you have probably read in a previous blog I wasn’t a big fan of the iPhone just before it came out but this is different. It’s beautiful like Apple’s other products but at a size of 4.5″ x 2.4″ x .46″ and 4.6 ounces, this one actually fits my need… Almost.

I say almost because right now I’m using an HP Ipaq as my PDA. I’ve loved it for about 5 years now. Now it’s time to move onward and upward. I’d love one that Linux ran on so I could use the small size of Linux apps on it for everything I need. Also, I’d love GPS. Seems like I’m talking about the Nokia N800 but Apple I’m giving you a chance here.

Nokia N800 The N800 is really nice too. The form factor is 5.7″ x 3.0″ x 0.5″ and weighs 7.3 ounces. However, at 5.7″ long it’s quite a bit longer than the standard 4″ wallet but justifiable in the standard inside coat pocket. Although the 4.1″ touch display that has a 800×480 resolution is really nice.

Let’s talk about GPS people? In this day and age where GPS is in so many things why isn’t it in either of these devices? You can get the GPS for the Nokia for about $250 more. Why? You could just get a Tomtom device or something for about that price?

Ok, my needs are simple hackers. Hack the iPod touch so I can install linux on it and have it function like an N800. That way I can use all that storage on it plus have the cooler look and smaller form factor. Plus, I want to run Thunderbird for email, VLC for video, rdesktop and VNC to manage other computers, and a couple other apps. Thunderbird does not run on the N800 I’ve heard. Email, contacts, syncing, and calendaring is the most important to me.

All right.  There’s your marching orders.  Help make me and everybody else happy.  Combine all these things into the iPod touch and I’ll be one extremely happy camper even though the iPod screen is 3.5″ and the N800 is 4.1″.  Some sacrifices can be made.

Looking for venues

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Just a quick appeal to my readers.  Maybe someone can cut the six degrees of seperation between me and a good speaking gig.  I’m looking to start doing speaking appearances to the joys of getting more for less.  My seminar is, “Running a business and your life for free (or close to it).”

I’m sure some venues might want me to work in a little something promoting them as well and that might not be a problem.  Just let me know.

Is iPhone “Fools gold”?

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I am not one to quickly jump on the bandwagon for many trends.  However, I do love new techy hardware.  That’s why I love the concept of the iPhone.  When I say concept, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not against the iPhone it’s just that not that many people have actually used it.  I’ve got too recent a memory of a product I really loved.  I bought a Canon MP830 printer that could scan multiple pages, fax, print in beautiful color, had a color display on the printer… It’s pure beauty and just so I wouldn’t jump into something I’d hate later I did my research.  However, its flaws didn’t become apparent for weeks to months later.  It started answering every call that rang. People that had distinctive ring on their phones had me looking at their printer because the feature just all of a sudden wasn’t there any more.  I looked on my printer as well and the display had it disabled and had to go back to Canon for repairs to the motherboard of the printer.

Why the history?  Well, all that glitters (even in reviews) isn’t gold.  The iPhone has many beautiful looking features but the first problem is that all that was on TV.  In reality, iPhone works on the AT&T network with is notoriously slow and in my personal experience, here in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay area, had horrible coverage.  I really think they should have gone to Verizon Wireless which I do love.  Secondly, they decided to go with a glass face and a metal body.
These two things together equal pure eye candy however, so does dripping honey until you notice the bee hive.  Glass, ummm… CRACKS.  It does that very well as you may know.  Also, metal (unlike plastic) doesn’t absorb shock at all.  The combination will have more than a few people buying the plastic coverings for their iPhone.  Problem is, you paid a premium for pretty which you’re now covering.  So, in essense, you’ve bought the most beautiful outfit in the world but have on a full length burlap trench coat.

Also, I have been fighting it but I really don’t think the touch screen idea will work but I don’t take myself too seriously there because I would have told the guy who created Starbuck’s, “Really? A coffee shop? Maybe you should go back to the drawing board.”  This could actually work.  Actually, I do want it to.  I’m just not a believer in the hype.

Show me how well it supports video codecs and really plays back video.  Show me that sticky finger marks won’t make it ugly every day.  Show me that email clients can sync with it easy as a Blackberry.  Show me that and I’m sold.

Happy Father’s day

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

To all you men out there that love your technology. You know you probably didn’t get the gift you wanted because you’re the only one that knows the tech you want. Go buy yourself something nice online. Nobody will have to know. Well, unless your big screen plasma is a little too big to not notice.

Life as I see it

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Hello. Welcome to my blog. I want to prepare you for a whole new way of looking at your life. I look at life by a saying that I once learned: “If you can’t explain what you’re doing to an 8 year old then you really don’t know what you’re doing.” With this in mind you’re going to go through the adventures of my life at the same time pick up some valuable knowledge that will hopefully make your life a bit simpler everyday.

Why listen to me? The first reason is because I listen to you. You see, I’m a “computer guy” by trade with my own company doing this stuff. I live life encountering all kinds of interesting people everyday that I show how to enjoy what their doing or do something they enjoy. I believe that I can make anyone into a computer genius using their computer for fun or business with a little more ease, a little more laughter, and a lot less money.

I’ve made money showing businesses how to set up expensive, hard to use, and complicated systems that you could do with your computer at home for free. You know you’re thinking it. Free always sounds good in a sentence.

Strap on your seatbelts and let the journey begin.