Pebble Steel First Impressions
I've had an article sitting in Draft status since June 2013 about the
Pebble smartwatch which I bought during their Kickstarter campaign. The article
essentially said that the Pebble has awesome features, but feels like a toy and scuffs
if you look at it askance. I was planning on going into detail about how apps
like httpebble and smartwatch+ feel immensely hackish.
Well, as of today, I'm confident reporting that Pebble has resolved all of these issues
with the Pebble Steel and Pebble OS 2.0.
I'm going to talk (briefly!) about both of these new releases. All of the …
Kindle vs. Kindle
I got one of the Internet-legendary $99 TouchPads (well,
$149 actually, but whatever). As some of you may know, I was an
enormous Palm fanboy during the 90's. So it was pretty inevitable that I
would end up purchasing one of their WebOS products, even though there's
not a lot in common between this and Jeff Hawkins' wooden cutout Palm Pilot.
Anyhow, this is probably going to be the nerdiest review of
the TouchPad posted on the Internet. It mostly is concerned with
keyboard mappings. Enjoy!
If you've read any kind of tech news in the last few
days, you might've noticed that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is out. I wasn't
going to upgrade for a while, but then it launched and I did. So I've
been using Lion for a few days now, and I thought I'd join the endless
ranks of people on the Internet talking about Apple's latest big cat.
I'm not really going to be much competition for the real tech writers,
so if you want to learn nearly everything about Lion, I recommend making
a pot of tea and sitting down to John Siracusa's latest tome.
Otherwise, read on to see what I think of the new features.
An iPad in San Francisco
So, I've been in San Francisco apartment-hunting for the past
couple of days (I found a place!), and the only computers I brought with
me are my iPad and my iPhone. It occurred to me that this might be a
useful basis for a review, so enjoy. As a reminder, I have the 64GB
model with 3G and WiFi.
In brief, I am extremely satisfied. I have been using the iPad to browse
Craigslist, listen to music, keep up with my e-mail (including a
community-l thread that made me long for the upcoming threaded mail
view), and so on. It …
The universe smiles on me today: on the day that I finish all of my work for
my undergraduate degree, my new iPad 3G appears. It's currently doing its
initial sync (photo "optimization" takes ruddy forever, and I'm only
synchronizing 3000 photos). For the time being, here are my unboxing