Kobo is running what they call a “Get-a-Gift” contest. Every day, you head to the site, sign in and scratch off your virtual entry card. You can win a Kobo eReader, coupons or a gift card! If you’re as hooked on lotto scratch-offs as I am, you’ll definitely like this contest! It goes from now until New Year’s Eve, soRead more
Big news from Amazon this morning; the Kindle 3 was not only the best-selling item this holiday season, it’s Amazon’s best-selling item of all time, beating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! This is huge news, and says a great deal about the incredible popularity of Kindles and other ebook readers. No word from B&N (though they did anecdotally haveRead more
(It’s not much, but it’s an important set of records for me!)
In my previous running life (a few years ago) I kept a simple composition notebook to list my runs. It was low-tech, and I mostly used it because I was tracking my weight lifting and other cross training for rugby. After I hurt my knee, became quite the
The Kindle 2 was my Christmas present in 2009 from my family. I have spent most of the last year with nary an issue with my Kindle and I love it to death. It’s how I prefer to read now. I’ve read more books in the last year than in any year past. However, on my trip down to Knoxville,Read more
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I’m 47 years old–the “wedge” generation just after the Baby Boom, and just before Generation X. I’m old enough to have owned a black-and-white TV (13″; it was my high school graduation gift!), had rotary dial phones (Michael just talked about these the other day!), one phone company for the whole
(Note: All the photos here but one are from Akron–since they matched my experience, and are of better quality, I used them instead. Hope y’all don’t mind.)
When I was planning what accessories–if any–to get for my iPad, one of the things I was pretty sure I was going to pick up was a stand. I fly back and forth
In early December I spotted a video on the Yahoo home page about Forever Lazy. AP had run the story which was sort of a rags to riches success tale about how the company’s two founders had left their corporate jobs and created a product, basically from their sofa and because of a few celebrities liking their idea had begunRead more
Game adaptations from movies usually fall flat, but this decent action adventure excites the senses with considerable challenges while bridging the gap between the two TRON films.Read more
We are coming back from my first layoff of the Blue Plate Special since the series began. Last week the football team I coach for in Texas played for and won the State Championship. The week was so hectic that I just could not get around to finding apps or writing for that matter. We have this week off for
It’s been just about a week since I received my CR-48 Chrome OS netbook. In that time I’ve turned on my Toshiba netbook (running Windows 7) twice, and only used my Macbook to check my email a few times. Otherwise all my home computer use has been on Chrome, including writing posts for Gear Diary. While it is still quiteRead more
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s winter time and that means it’s cold! Here today in the Philadelphia area the temperatures are in the low 20s and the wind is whirling around like a scene out of the Wizard of Oz.
We’ve covered our fair share of gloves that work with touch-screen devices. I’ve tried some myself with somewhat limited
I began this annual ditty around the turn of the century and I find that I enjoy revisiting it each year as the world is buried neck-deep in the (commercial) spirit of the season.
Looks like Santa’s load will be a bit heavier this year as early numbers indicate a bit more cheer in the air online and at the
I made no pretense about how much I enjoyed the original Mystery of the Crystal Portal, both the PSP Mini and the HD version for iPad. It was a well designed hidden object game with a story that offered an ending that pretty much called for a sequel – so now we’re back following Nicole on her quest to
For a while I thought I would never see my Nintendo DSi again …
I mean, my younger son already permanently took over my original copy of Korg DS-10, and when we were playing around with the new Korg DS-10 Plus on my DSi and he realized that I could add a second bank … well, he took the whole
Communication is an evolving thing. When I was a kid everyone had rotary phones, no one had an answering machine, no one had a home computer, and people quite often communicated via hand-written letters sent over the postal service. If I was taking public transit to see a movie with friends or biking to the tennis courts at the high
I have mentioned that the flurry of activity this past week on the iTunes is related to the ‘freeze’ that will be in place from the 23rd through the 28th. Well, iTunes Connect sent out a reminder message, so I figured I’d do the same!
Basically it comes down to this: the state of the App Store today will remain
I’ve always loved music but since I got my first iPhone I find myself listening to more music than ever. When I was a kid I had a pair of over-the-ear Pioneer headphones that I played way too loud and, no doubt, did my self some significant longterm damage. Nowadays I tend to prefer earbuds to on-ear or over-ear headphones.Read more
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Now that the pre-order dust has settled Notion Ink is cashing in on their promise to show us some live video of the tablet in action. Since the pre-order D-Day there has been massive amounts of confusion, anger, and scrutiny directed towards Notion Ink. So many questions were left unanswered and from what it seemed
In the ‘last minute gift’ email from Apple yesterday they included the image at the top, showing representations of various Apple products on the base of a Mac Pro, with different colored iPod Shuffles as ornaments. It is a cool image that immediately struck me.
On reason it struck me was that while I was gathering up gear to stuff
The Kingdom Hearts franchise occupies a unique place in the gaming world: born out of the combined universes of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy multiverse and the multiple characters of Disney, Square Enix has forged a beloved new franchise that brings both together in a way the emphasizes the strength of each without compromise. The original games for the Playstation 2
Whenever I think of Christmas apps I think back to what was one of the absolute worst games ever – Elf Bowling! But when G5 Entertainment offered me their new holiday themed game I was fairly certain it wouldn’t be a Christmas nightmare, so I gave it a shot.
Plunge yourself into the shining world of a winter
One of my all-time favorite movies is… Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Even though it looks dated now (since it is) I still laugh when I watch it. And I’m not alone. A few years ago Elana and I went to see the Broadway version of it- Spamalot. (More accurately, I dragged her to see it with me.) SheRead more
Trying to figure out how many Kindles Amazon has sold is like reading tea leaves. No one’s quite sure, though Amazon likes to give vague hints during their earnings calls and make boastful announcements without any actual numbers beyond “double last year!” But several financial analysts have debated and studied, and it seems like a few rumors are pointing toRead more
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Admit it-if you’re even the slightest bit geeky, you’ve debated the real-world issues of superheroes. How does Spider-Man justify all the time he takes off work? Does Bruce Wayne write the Batcave off as a business expense? Not to mention, where does Superman keep his cape under his Clark Kent suit?
As it turns out, some