Tag: gadgets

My thoughts on the Windows Phone

I can’t stand it. Those fucking tiles – really, who thought that would be a good idea? I like the icon view in Android much better.

So you can tell – I won’t be getting a Windows phone. Nice try Microsoft but I’m even dreading jumping to Windows 8 because of that tiled interface. It’s ugly, cluttered and not what I want.

My Raspberry Pi has arrived

So I checked the mail today and there was a little box from Allied Electronics. What could it be?

Opened it up and there it was, the Raspberry Pi Model B. The different between the Model A and B is that the latter has dual USB ports.

Raspberry Pi Board

It’s a wild little platform! It’s name was derived as follows:

First – a lot of computers in UK were named after fruit, in fact computers and music players in the U.S. are made by Apple. So they chose the name Raspberry.

The Pi part is a morph of Python which is the programming language it understands.

I’ve got to order an SD card with decent capacity for it, I can get a 32GB for $18.99 – not bad!

I do have a 2GB SD card in my camera that I could wipe and replace. I also have an 8GB micro SD in my wallet and I have the adapter for full size so maybe I’ll use that in the interim.

But it’s finally here. It will probably see light sometimes this week. Been kind of busy.

But the Raspberry Pi specs:

Broadcom BCM2835 SoC
ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz emulated
Dual USB and 10/100 Ethernet
HDMI Out supports 1080p
RCA Composite Out

Pretty wild little computer.

Some marvels we take for granted in the 21st Century

I went on Amazon.com and ordered a book on the Raspberry Pi – I did it because I got the ship notice and am expecting the unit this week.

But it struck me, in less than 1 minute it was delivered to my phone.

The lead to me marveling at the speed of 4G LTE, and the fact where before I had to go to a bookstore, and maybe they had the book there, or they had to order and I’d have to wait. Now it’s instantaneous.

And the other marvels on my phone – web, email, music, video, the list goes on and on. I can even talk to amateur radio repeaters around the world from my phone. Well not just repeaters but people.

And then I start to think what went into this phone. It was decades of research – by the likes of Bell Labs, and then other companies labs that improved the state of the art. But key inventions like the MASER, transistor, LED, and whole bunches of technology in the phone are easily traced to Bell Labs. I wonder what the future will bring though.

Well – battery technology is improving. Thin and lightweight batteries with high charge densities will mean flexible electronics. That will be interesting.

But smaller, lighter, faster seems to be the trending that’s going on now.

The iPhone 5 fawning on facebook

Ok, I’ve already made a few comments on it. Friends are crowing about it’s fast, thinner, lighter.

So I made comments like “Unless there’s been an advance in battery technology that I missed I can’t see this having better battery life.” and “The battery life must be around 300 milliseconds.”

In the past I’ve dinged Apple’s iPhone because:

1) You cannot change out the battery.

2) Charging via that crappy dock connector

3) You cannot extend the memory

4) Apple blocks a lot of 3rd party apps that let you tether, sling, etc.

So if you want to fawn at the cult of Apple go for it. Just shut the fuck up about it already.


A Happy Android user.