Category Archives: Technology

Back to Google Voice

A few months ago, I ported my phone number from Google Voice to Project Fi. There were a number of reasons why I left Project Fi, and now selling my Nexus 6, but I will go into details of the various consequences that one on a very tight budget will face.

First, Project Fi was one of the cheapest providers. They were $30 + tax – discounts. This included unlimited voice, SMS, and 1GB of data. However, the fact that most of what I relied on Google Voice for was absent in Project Fi was just a catalyst.
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Thoughts on Google I/O 2015

Google I/O is right now running, and watching the initial conference which seems to be an overdraft of what is to go into more detail later, I have some thoughts. There are some things I like, and some things that I have been disappointed that Google doesn’t do more of. So, here are my thoughts of what I seen of Google I/O 2015.
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Google Wallet, if Done Right, May Become Perfect

For those of you who don’t know what Google Wallet is, it is a system that works with Google Checkout, and an NFC enabled Android Phone. You insert your credit cards, and debit cards, and as you pay for things, the information stored is used. With Android Phones, all retailers that support Pay Pass (MasterCard Wireless Payment) will be able to use Google Wallet. However, you do not have to use MasterCard, but you can American Express, Discover, and VISA.

Now, Google is rumored to eventually offer a physical card that will work as if it was the phone’s version – but a piece of plastic (just like your credit/debit card). So, why would someone use this Google Wallet card rather than the standard card? Well, first – most likely – people will want to use their Android phone, but for the other phones, this is an alternative. Also, at least in my perspective, I will only have to carry one card rather than 2. And while this may seem to be rumors, here is what I think Google should do to make it a perfect card.

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The Optical Drive in a Coma–YAY!

Just recently, Apple has finally done something I agree with in some areas, although there are still issues I don’t agree with. Let’s get to the blog post this is intended for. Apple has refreshed their line of PCs including their AiOs, and the 13” Macbook Pro. These changes I have agreed with is the omission of the optical drive. Now, I am not saying I am completely against the optical drive. The optical drive is good for workstations, media centers, and what I feel should be NADs (Network Attached Drive)s. Especially in notebooks, the Optical drive as well as the mechanical drive are both battery drains for little performance. Optical drives – by their very nature requires a center to turn at very high speeds while a laser scans the data. This is a lot of energy. When you consider a CD is only 600 or 700MB, and a DVD is at most 8.4GB, this is laughable in hard drive standards. And then the mechanical hard drive is not much better with very much the same principals with magnets rather than lasers.

Solid State Storage is like your regular memory. The only difference is SSD keeps the information that is placed in it. SSD does not demand more electricity than memory as there are no moving parts. Because of this data is many times faster then even 10000RPM drives, and if the magnet touches the platter, the drive can be destroyed – that will never happen.

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Chrome OS, Why?

Recently, Samsung which seem to have jumped gracefully on the Chrome OS bandwagon has finally came out with an 11.6” 16GB notebook running an ARM CPU (what’s on your smartphone) to run a wifi-N only notebook. This notebook runs Chrome OS which is Google’s Desktop Operating System. Their previous models were nearly $600, while the new model has a couple of more perks, and at $250. However, as the title suggests, why?

Chrome OS is basically a very low run version of a Linux distribution, and use the Chrome web browser as the front end for the OS. You would use a Google ID to log in, and everything that is associated with Google will come in. Every 6 weeks, an update will fix any issues that may have arisen. You would use GMail for email, Google Contacts, and Talk for IM. Calendar for hosting, and there is expected to be a 200GB Google Drive upgrade from the 5GB standard option for 2 years. However, I still do not see how this will be of value. For those that don’t see it the way I do, let me explain. Continue reading Chrome OS, Why?

Why I would not get an iPhone 5

Now, I am sure if you are a regular reader, you will know I am not a big fan of  the iPhone. I found it to have an outdated CPU, memory, and the integrated storage typically means you have to buy a larger capacity (more expensive) model than you would otherwise need.

Now, with those aside, there are also a few other reasons why I will not get the iPhone 5. Let’s not consider the usual problems with all iPhones, but let’s look at the specifics first. Yes, the iPhone has integrated memory – although it will seem as if that is the way the phone is going to these days.

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Comcast + NBC = OMG

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The FCC has approved the acquisition of NBC with Comcast. And while there are conditions in the acquisition that will be beneficial, I am reluctant in putting my stamp of approval on it just yet. There are a number of reasons of why as well. First, NBC is a part of Universal Studios which is a major movie production company. Next, NBC is a major holder of Hulu, and while that has to be absolved as a condition, that is not the right way. And then there is Comcast’s we screw everything up policies they seem to have (at least with my experience with them).

So, with the acquisition of NBC, this could mean that movies produced by Universal studios will be less likely to go to competitors such as Netflix, or now Hulu. Imagine being a Time Warner customer, and not getting that latest hit summer movie from Universal on Time Warner Pay Per View just because Comcast wants to make sure that Comcast customers get their fill first. Keep in mind that in 99.99% of the US, there is only one cable provider, so they really don’t even compete. In addition, imagine Netflix, nor Hulu getting any of this content simply because Comcast doesn’t want it. Yes, there are shows on Hulu from Comcast owned networks, but this is not the full allotment, as that will compete with their flagship service (cable television). Continue reading Comcast + NBC = OMG

Bye Consolidated, Hello Clear

After more than a year since Nauticom (aka Penn Telecom) became Consolidated Communications, and had to deal with service issues, billing issues, support issues – I will soon be dropping them in favor for another carrier. Now, you might be asking why drop them now when I won’t be in my current residence in two weeks?

Well, first – I had looked at a number of options. Seeing the service that Comcast provides to my brother’s family, and seeing the ridiculous system in where Comcast nickels and dimes you for their already outrageous prices (average of > $100/month), I had no intention on dealing with them, even if they were willing to forgive the $32 they say I owe them when I know I don’t. Then there is DSL, but it will seem as if everyone demands some contract. And Verizon FiOS is available with a 15/3MBPS connection. Yes, I know you in Europe is laughing your behinds off, but I am not willing to pay $60 (with contract), or $75 (without contract) for speeds that should be a minimum standard. Continue reading Bye Consolidated, Hello Clear

RIM PlayBook – Promising, but Not Perfect

There have been rumors about the Blackpad and RIM even acquired for whatever the reason. However, earlier today – RIM announce the plans for a multi-media slate style tablet. This tablet features a 1Ghz CPU, and 1GB of Ram which puts the standard 624Mhz with 256MB of memory that most of the newer RIM devices have to shame.

It has even been touted as the iPad killer for business users. So, why don’t I see this as perfect, or even marketable as perfect? Well, first – when tech blogs are touting this as the iPad killer for business users, that right there is the big problem. However, what I feel as the other problems is completely RIM’s fault.

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