Category: Product Reviews

iPod Touch One Year Later

Has Apple Done Enough to Overcome My Doubts?

The iPod Touch has been out for just about a year now (September 5th, 2007). When it came out last year, I wrote an article (Who Else Wanted More from the iPod Touch?). I thought that it was a very promising device, with several flaws that prevented me from pulling the trigger.

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Well, there has been a full hardware upgrade released and several firmware releases since then. So how has Apple done to address my laundry list of wishes?

Wish ListActualResult
Realistic StorageSlight Upgrade (Not even Close to enough)notification_error
GPSYesnotification_done
BluetoothIt’s there, BUT Apple has purposely made it unusable.notification_error
Third Party Applications and GamesFree and Paid through iTunes Storenotification_warning
SkypeAvailable with Fring Applicationnotification_done

What’s Still Missing?

They’ve done a mediocre job of addressing some my big concerns, but what issues still need addressing?

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Google Chrome Just Might Catch On

Could I Possibly be Wrong?

google-chrome I’ve been reading all of the news about Google Chrome, the blogosphere’s newest darling. I downloaded Google Chrome and tested it on a few machines to see what all of the fuss was about.  Overall, I think it’s OK, but not as good as Firefox, Flock, or even Opera. I don’t really see it taking out Internet Explorer or Firefox any time soon. It lacks that extensions and customization of Firefox and it won’t be bundled with the Windows or Mac operating systems.

When ever I look at the possible adoption of new technologies like Linux, Firefox, or Google Docs I always ask, “Will my mom use this?

A few tech news sites are reporting that Chrome is being used by as much as 8% of their readers and predicting when it will pass IE and Firefox. My initial thought was that these sites are read by tech geeks that installed and tested out Google’s new toy. I would be curious to see what Yahoo, AOL, or MySpace are seeing.  For the record, VitaminCM.com is seeing right around 1%, which is just behind Opera.

My “Wakeup Call” to Chrome’s Mainstream Potential

So I see my phone ring at 7:55 AM this morning and it’s my mom. I figure that something really bad must have happened down in Del Boca Vista, so I answer. No deaths, hurricanes, or tragedies, just this:

I was reading about this new browser, “Google Chrome” in the free local paper. Have you ever heard of it? I decided to try it out.

Well that cinches it, the “Will my Mom use it?” threshold has been met.

Maybe I was wrong, this thing might take off. I’m still taking a wait-and-see attitude about how much market share Chrome will actually gain.

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Verizon FIOS – Don't Believe the Hype

The End of my Failed Experiment

I had been watching all of the commercials for Verizon’s FIOS service and reading a million articles on the internet that made it seem awesome. When FIOS became available in my neighborhood, I jumped right on the bandwagon. I was going to be burning through the web, watching a million hi-def tv channels, and generally just riding the wave of the future. Well, things aren’t always what they seem.

I have had cable forever Cablevision or Comcast depending on where I lived. When we moved into our new house, we got the Optimum Online "Triple Play" for the house. I didn’t have a Hi-Def TV

Here is my cautionary tale about Verizon’s Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time service.

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