some old hardware

Posted Sun 28 September 2014 14:42 under category tech

My fiancée persuaded me to go through my drawer of old electronics and I thought I'd post a picture of some of the (working) portable computers that we went through today:

Included:

  • Apple Newton MessagePad 2100
  • Apple iPhone 3G
  • Nokia 770 (running Internet Tablet OS 2006)
  • Sony Cliè PEG NX-80V
  • Handspring Visor Edge
  • HP TouchPad

Combined, they might have as much computing power as the iPhone 6 I recently acquired. Probably not, though. It certainly is interesting to look at what has and hasn't changed over the last 20 years.

Also poked at today (but not pictured)

  • Toshiba ...
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iPhone 6

Posted Fri 19 September 2014 19:38 under category tech

iPhone 6

Hello friends. As you may remember from a few years ago, I am an iPhone user. Like several million of you, I decided to upgrade to the iPhone 6 this year. I thought I'd share some really brief impressions:

  • The 6 is gigantic. I have no idea how anyone is using the 6+. The photo above shows my 5s (which was already quite large) looking dwarfed by the 6. It still doesn't have anything on the iPad, though.
  • The curved edges of the front really do feel a lot better for the forward/backward swipe gestures in iOS ...
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iPhone 3G: Real-World Use

Posted Thu 17 July 2008 00:43 under category tech

I've now had my iPhone 3G for four days, and I've had a chance to use it in some real-world scenarios.

Apps

The App Store is, unequivocally, the most important feature of iPhone OS 2.0. Exchange support is nice, yes, and there are lots of little tweaks. But the App Store is what makes the iPhone attractive to me, more of a computer instead of a silly smartphone. I've been using a few apps pretty solidly for the past few days: Twitterific (a Twitter client), Exposure (a Flickr client), and the official Facebook client. All of ...

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iPhone 3G: Unboxing and First Impressions

Posted Sat 12 July 2008 16:25 under category tech

Unboxing

I've posted a few pictures of the unboxing of my iPhone 3G. As usual for an Apple product, the packaging was excellently done. The box was surprisingly small, but contained everything necessary:

  • Docking Connector -> USB cable
  • Tiny, tiny power adapter
  • Iconic white headphones (with microphone... somewhere...)
  • SIM-Removal Tool SIM Card Removal Tool
  • Cleaning cloth

Once I got done with my activation mess (see previous post), the iPhone was a dream. The first thing I noticed was call quality: it was excellent. I don't have 3G reception indoors (curse you, foot-thick concrete walls), but even over 2.5G, it was an ...

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iPhone 3G: Activation

Posted Sat 12 July 2008 15:38 under category tech

Activation is the scary part of the iPhone process. Tales abound of yesterday's long waits and crushing failures. Unfortunately, my story is no different.

I got my iPhone home at about 12:30 P.M. today. When I connected it to my MacBook (named Caladan for reasons that anybody familiar with my computer naming scheme should understand), iTunes started right up and registered it. Alas, the phone made a little "sad tweet" and informed me that it had no service and the service was required for activation. Hm.

Well, even though my crappy Motorola L2 has 5 bars everywhere ...

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iPhone 3G: The Purchasing Process

Posted Sat 12 July 2008 15:24 under category tech

iPhone 3G

My iPhone 3G experience started this morning at about 5:50 AM, when I left my dorm to get an iPhone 3G. I hiked over to the Montclair Transcenter and picked up the 6:30 OmniTrans Route 66 bus heading Eastward. At about 7:05, I stepped off the bus, thinking I was there. Unfortunately, I was at another bus stop in front of a Best Buy with a gas station next to it -- about a mile and a half shy of the Victoria Gardens Mall, where the Apple and AT&T stores were. A half-hour of hiking later, and ...

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