So, this is the world’s first all-gaming laptop. I must say it is AWESOME. Very CIA. At first, I was like, so, does this run Windows? Cuz’ I’m all about some Mac. Then my next thought was well, if I was gonna’ get a PC, this would definitely be it. Finally, I realized… hey, wait a minute. This is totally gaming-based. Look at the LCD screen on the keyboard. There is no Windows or Mac. Maybe there’s some interface that runs on the computer to let you switch between games, but I don’t think this thing is running any type of WORD. COOL! I want it! I really do. But, the price tag is a little higher than that of my configured 15″ Macbook Pro. I bet it’s totally worth it, tho’. And yes. I am a geek. 🙂 Now, get me this as a Christmas present! Lol. Sidenote: The Razer Blade is a really mysterious new gadget. I still don’t know what the company’s name is… Razer? Wait, found it! Yep. Razer USA. Original article found on uncrate.
Flud is an awesome news app for the iPad that is more about Pop Culture than any other news feed app I’ve got. And I’ve got a lot of ’em. You can favorite posts (email and share), see full sites within the app, and view videos right within the articles. Kinda’ like WordPress, but much much better. It just LOOKS cool. I plan on producing many more posts for my blog with content from this app. Not to mention, I’m creating this post from my iPad 2, right now. A little random, but true. Stay tuned… more to come. This WordPress app isn’t bad, either.
This is awesome. Ya’ know why? Because i’m sick of lugging my whole Macbook Pro around to dance in the studio. Now, I can pack myself some Gatorade(s) and just hook my HTC G2 up to the bag / cooler and hear the music just fine, probably better than straight from the Mac. Very useful invention. Found on UO. And hey, I could probably hook up the Mac, if I wanted to, too.
I love technology as I say all the time, especially futuristic or spy-looking stuff. The Classic Tube Speakers made by Yubz are totally inexpensive and are the coolest-looking ones I’ve found so far. The bulbs light up to match the beat of whatever song you’re playing through your Mac or PC. Comes complete with two extra USB ports. Sidenote: Even though it seems pretty portable, be careful. Wouldn’t wanna’ shatter those cute little bulbs.
Sorry, I feel like I’m a week late on this one. At the time when it happened, I was in no mood to blog. I was too busy delivering a truckload of angry tweets to Twitter… seriously. But, now that that’s all over, the tweets, not the situation (Well, that’s over, too. Kinda’ shut that one down.), I bring to you the the latest news break ever. Here goes. So, there’s this guy named Mark Bao, right? He’s like this college student at Bentley University (never heard of it), and about two months ago, he had his Macbook Air stolen on campus. Cool thing, after the incident, this 18-year-old kid discovered he could still access his browser history along with some of the stuff on the hard drive. Guess what was one of the first things this idiot thief did? Photo Booth. Yep, that’s right. A snapshot. But, no need for that, this next thing is hilarious. So, if he didn’t think taking a picture was quite enough to incriminate himself, making a video certainly was, you Dummy. Mark Bao found the video and posted it to Youtube, embarrassing the hell out of the poor, little guy. He was asked by the criminal to take it down, but declined and here he is, dancing horribly to ‘Make it Rain’ by Tyga. He was able to find the perpetrator on Facebook and realizing he lived near his own dorm, planned on taking the information to the Police and Campus Authorities. But, not after having his laughs, first. Bao used Back-Up software, Backblaze to access his Mac while it was stolen. Also during this period, decided to purchase a new Mac laptop in the process. Later news, he plans to sell the recovered Air, donating all proceeds to Japan. Most info found on Engadget.
Alfred, App Cleaner, App Store, Apps, Breathing Zone Free, Caffeine, Courier, DinoSingers, Duplicate Annihilator, Evac, Evernote, Fave, Firefox, Google Earth, LittleSnapper, Mac, Miro, SketchBook Express, Skype, SoundCloud, Sparrow Lite, Store News, SushiBoy, Swackett, Transmit, TweetDeck, Twitter, Vitamin-R, VLC, Yahoo Messenger
I’m waiting on Lion to come out this Summer, so I can shell out 130 bucks for the new OS, but it should be awesome and worth it. Anyway, here is the line up. I didn’t want to waste time looking for images of each app icon to scatter all over this post, so what you’re getting is a screenshot of my actual desktop and the name of each app according to order. Some are native Mac apps, but most are downloaded. A couple are free trials, but most are just plain free… or maybe they are actually still in my App Folder. Oh well, just check ’em out. Let me know whatcha’ think. Notice there is no clutter on the desktop and I went from cool wallpaper to a white screen. I don’t know. I kinda like it that way. Feels very Techy… which is what I am. Sidenote: I’m a Graphic Designer. So some of these things I got just for the icons. I like a pretty dock and desktop. Strange, but that’s me.
Finder – Native
Mail – Native
Safari – Native
iTunes – Native
Adobe Illustrator – A part of Design Premium CS4 (Not Free)
Adobe Photoshop – Ditto
Firefox – Hate it. Only have it for fussy sites that only like Windows.
TweetDeck – Awesome. Growl Notifications.
Twitter – Mmmm. I just like the icon.
Evernote – Awesome.
Miro – Awesome Video Player
iPhoto – Native
Duplicate Annihilator – Haven’t used it yet.
Courier – Trial
AppCleaner – My Hero
Lock Desktop – Automator for people around nosey people. Awesome.
System Preferences – Native
Photo Booth – Native
The Sims 3 Deluxe – Love the game, but have to take a break. Can be as stressful as real life. (Not Free)
iMovie – Native
App Store – New. Awesome. Doesn’t have everything, though. AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD WITH SOFTWARE UPDATE ON 10.6.6
Store News – Barely check it. Tells you when new apps come out.
Google Earth – Way too cool for me. I have to check that out when I have a lot more time. Lol.
Breathing Zone Free – Very cool. Only used once, though.
Swackett – Awesome. Sweater or Jacket? Weather with Graphics.
Evac – Cool Game. Not free. But very cheap.
Caffeine – Stops Mac from going to sleep in the middle of things.
Opus Domini – Schedule Software. Okay.
DinoSingers – For my son. Only like two songs. Cute, though.
Sushi Boy – Cheap Not free. Cool game.
Alfred – Very cool finder. Never launch it. Lol.
SoundCloud – For Musicians and Artists. Why do I have this? Lol.
Then, there’s just some stuff I dragged to the dock to find easier – iWork, Downloads, App Folder, and Movies
Ok. I have never owned anything other than a jump drive in the sense of any computer storage or conservation. They work pretty well… if you can keep track of all those little sticks all over the place. And they don’t really hold that much, either. So, I am going for the external hard drive for all those times I created that perfect design or logo and forgot to hit save before Photoshop or Illustrator froze and collapsed (this goes out to all my homies *Tear*). 320 GB, if I really need it. I don’t even need the 4 GB that are coming with the Macbook Pro if I have been able to get by on less that 1 GB for 8 years (7, upgraded to 2.5). #Sheesh. Hashtag. Oh, this isn’t Twitter? Sorry. Aaanyway, working for Apple in the Apple Store, I always told customers the G-Drive, LaCie, and Western Digital were the best. Guess what? I had no idea what I was talking about. I hadn’t USED any of ’em. The reason I picked the one I did was because of its sleekness and noticeable similarity to the Apple laptop casing. As far as quality goes, I’m gonna tell you something about myself. I am the WORST at making quick decisions. I CRACK under pressure. I HATE deadlines. So, I researched… and researched. And if I didn’t stop myself, I could’ve researched myself into oblivion with comments on the product and freakin’ Youtube. Hey, you can look up ANYTHING on Youtube. It’s awesome. 😛 I knew one thing and that thing was that I was getting a goshdarn computer (or at least ordering one) that day with all the accessories I needed AT THE SAME TIME. So, here’s what I got. This is the cutest little portable thing. It’s fast, it looks like an Apple product except for the giant “G” on the front of it, aaaand if it drops on the floor it’ll disassemble like a 1999 Nokia faceplate. All that in mind, I compared other hard drives at the price of $99.95 and didn’t like the other design or the other other’s comments. So, I decided to go with my first choice, the G-Drive in hopes that I or my lovely 3-year-old son never drops the thing on any of our wooden floors.
Yes. I do realize that the image of the open laptop is not an Anti-Glare screen and it probably is not configured the same, either. But, that’s beside the point. I have 2 Macs and this is my third, not counting the one I persuaded my mom to buy about a year ago. One is an old old SLOW not even ON Mac (It does still work, though) that is an eMac that’s as big as a TV (from 1984). When this one was being argumentative, that’s the one I decided to go back to. Thank GOD this one decided to start working again (That one won’t even let me get out of Classic Yahoo Mail). The one I am on currently, is an iMac G5 20″ with iSight from about 2003 that I decided to physically, manually upgrade the ram in. Still runs. Love the color. Can’t upgrade to Snow Leopard… hence the missing Intel Chip. Oh yeah. My mom’s on a 2009 or ’10 iMac. I forget. Back to the point. Considering my desktop is about 8 years old, it is definitely time for a new one. A portable. A Macbook Pro. And it should be here… TOMORROW! Yaaaaayyyyyy!!!! 😛 You guys just don’t know how excited I am. I LOOOVE TECHNOLOGY. And even though I used to work for Apple as a Specialist on the Business Team for a whole year, I never actually owned a notebook at all. I taught workshops on them. I sold them. I didn’t actually carry them around much because they were always tethered to something… unless I was helping a customer on their personal laptop. So, I decided to op for the 15″, keep it at 4GB, get the Core i7, upgrade the RPM from 5400 to 7200 and get the Anti-glare screen (Graphic Designer). I also got AppleCare, of course, and iWork pre-installed. I’ll install cs4 when it gets here and later on purchase Final Cut Express, but I did get a bookbag and a hard drive (You’ll see this stuff in my next posts… if you read them). Here is my concern, though: as with my cell phone that I’m replacing today as soon as UPS decides to adorn my doorstep with its presence, I have a real issue with battery life. Having never used a portable, I have been reading and reading about the proper usage cycles and things to do to prolong battery life. Also, since I upgraded the RPM, I heard that it might either run a little hotter than usual or make a bunch of noise. We’ll see. I just wanted to optimize it as much as possible, so I wouldn’t need a new one for a long long time. As far as Mr. Steve Jobs and his Keynote, I don’t really know what’s in store. But, if Apple is anything like they used to be, they will give the customers who recently purchased new computers and/or software a chance to switch ’em out when the new stuff comes… sayyyy June-ish? Exactly why I’m not buying an iPad at the moment. It can WAIT ’til Summer.
Ok, so even though this product didn’t get the greatest reviews in construction (giant wobbly battery), I still think it is the cutest little thing since sliced bread and netbooks. Yes, it’s a netbook made by Jolicloud complete with it’s Linux operating system. That’s right, it’s not Windows or the Mac OS X which I most definitely prefer over Windows, it’s Linux. And the coolest thing about this little guy, other than the awesome lid which is more negatively controversial than one would think, is that it’s basically app-based. If you were to look at the desktop of one of these things turned on, you would see a bunch of icons for apps like Skype, Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail. The app icons are basically links that open up the webpage to that specific site or app, kinda like bookmarks on your desktop. They say it’s not for adults, well it’s not quite for kids either. It’s more of a social netbook: a netbook for people who love apps and social networking and drinking coffee in coffee shops at tables topped with netbooks full of games, apps, and social sites. I love it. I did say I would love to get it for my three-year-old (extremely smart). But who am I kidding? This little sucker would be all mine and the closest thing to any Windows computer as I would ever come… even though it’s NOT Windows. Well, It’s not a Mac either and I’m totally an Apple Fan. So far, it seems as though the Jolibook has only been released in the UK. Well, I don’t care. All I wanna know is… how in the cloud of Joli do I get one?! My info came from Engadget.