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Today’s Run – A New Way with @gdgt April 16, 2010

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This is my ninth posting for the week. Wow! I am closing in on 200 blog posts. If only I was getting that many hits! But it is fun nonetheless and people are definitely finding my writings interesting (I think). Thanks for everyone that keeps coming back and welcome to first timers.

This afternoon’s lunch run was a new route. Instead of heading to the local park, I opted to circle the County Administrative campus. Having run into an employee over there that is a fellow runner, I thought it would be interesting to see what types of options he has available to him. It was also good to get out there exploring and try something new. The run itself was good up until the end. As the graph below shows, I had to stop at the end for a short bathroom break before adding another 1/2 miles. It was good to get over 5 miles again.

During today’s run, I started with Dvorak’s Tech 5 – a five minute daily summary of technology new stories. I think I am pretty over this one. I like his other show with is a weekly round table to discuss the big topics. But in this summary show, he does no research and often provides mis-information. For example, recently he mentioned Netflix coming to Wii as being able to rent games from the movie delivery service. As seen in my last post, this is obviously just plain wrong.

But the majority of the run was with Peter Rojas and Ryan Block at GDGT.com. This is another gadget podcast much like Engadget that covers recent new stories and trends in the world of tech and gadgets. They talked a bit about a new feature on their site that allows for easier cross posting of information to discuss multiple tech toys. It is definitely a required feature for such a complex and robust site like their’s. Their talk also turned to the announcement from Microsoft that they are coming out with branded phones with the Danger (think Sidekick) platform. Of course, this is in addition to the Windows Phone 7 OS that should be out by year end. Add to that the conversation going to Palm’s recent poor financial recents and the rumors that they are looking for a buyer, potentially HTC.

Now, I have noted several time my displeasure with the cell phone industry. During this podcast, I was able to solidify what I want from the market. Now, the Kin products are being marketed to tweens (15-25 yr olds) that want to focus on social networking like Twitter and Facebook, but not apps and productivity tools. These phones are coming to Verizon (my current service company) and clearly these are things that are going have them require data plans, but the question remains if it will require the $10 or the $30 plan.

For me, I still fall into a different category. I love my ipod Touch and have it with me most of the time. It obviously has no phone features (but 100s of thousands of apps available), so I have to carry my basic cell phone. I can access the web through my Touch on wireless or pay the fees to use my cell phone. I rarely have a true NEED to get to the Internet when wireless is not available. So, for me, what I want Verizon to do is stop forcing people onto the data plan when all they want is wireless. My dream is for Apple to come to Verizon this summer with this option… I did say it was a dream!

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Netflix on the Wii April 16, 2010

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I listen to and watch a lot of content online. Most of the shows are just clips, but shows like Anderson Cooper 360 and Rachael Maddow can be watched on TV or online – thirty to forty minutes long. Since they can be downloaded and watched later and in parts, it is very convenient. I could even listen to them while I commute, although I do stick to audio only podcasts while I drive. There is infinite other content that could be streamed too. I have watched a few Netflix movies online and of course Hulu.com is my favorite. Usually this was done on a small fifteen inch laptop screen. Once in a while I would hook it up to the TV and have 42″ of viewing space. But streaming through the computer I have found that I would get slight ten to thirty second pauses during each show.

Now Netflix has worked with Nintendo to bring the streaming experience to the Wii gaming console. Members can request the DVD be sent, but this one can be kept forever. Once the disc is inserted a quick software update is performed and the Netflix account is assigned to Wii console and it is ready to go.

To watch a video, it first has to be moved into the Instant Watch queue. This is easy enough through a web browser on a computer, but once you get the hang of it, it is even easier on the Wii console. Granted I hooked up the console to an Epson projector that creates a five foot image on a drop down screen and I now have a huge display to work from, but would definitely recommend that.

Of course the most important part of Netflix coming to the Wii is how the movie itself plays. I think we found it really played well. The picture was crisp and the streaming was clean. What this does for me is essentially add another option to view videos. Of course, I will be elated if and when Wii allows Hulu video streaming without another computer and special third-party software. Until then, I will continue to hook up my laptop, but at least I no longer need to do this when wanted to watch Netflix.

New Private Blog December 19, 2009

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This week I started a new blog. It is private – an online journal of sorts. But as you can see the direction of this blog has turned more into a review site. I am certainly enjoying that because it is something I look for in the web. I am also searching for other people’s thoughts on video games, products or movies. And I am trying to get the most of my Netflix memberships, so I am sure there will be lots to write on based on that alone. But I hope to include Wii games, electronic gadgets, books, magazines, podcasts and other things more and more.

I will still include personal things here, but I will use the new blog for truly personal thoughts. I look forward to having a new place to empty my thoughts and clear my mind. It will be private because I know not every thought should be open to the public. And yet I will keep this site going to keep my conversation going with the outside world open too. If I write it, I hope they come….

Always looking for more… September 15, 2008

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Is it living in America or just me or what… but are we always looking for something else? I just spent 30 minutes updating our Netflix queue. We have over 60 movies in the list and yet I continue to look at more of the movies coming out or already out.

When I go outside to work on our yard… and there is a lot of work to be done… I always see something else to be done. When I go to work, I continually see more things to be done. And I am always able to find something else to do. The lists always get longer… and here I am writting on a blog that no one else is reading, watching TV that adds no real value to me. What is the point? What am I avoiding….?

I could be improving myself by working out or by reading. But I am not… why?