Tag: handy utilities

2010.01.11 05:54:14
ezsurfer

Everyone wants to know, which is better, Droid or iPhone?  hmmm  Which is better, PC or Apple?

I agree, Apple is slick.  Most love the interface, after they learn it.  I still have trouble maneuvering an iPod.  Just seems less than automatically intuitive to me.

So, folks ask me, How do I like my Droid?  I tell them, it's in my blood. 
I guess kind of like a cold, I can't shake it.  But unlike a cold, I don't think it's a bad thing.

Someone asked me a little while ago exactly what do I like about a Droid more so than an iPhone.  When they asked, I realized I hadn't really given it much thought.  But it did stop me, and make me think about that.

Three things.

1)  I am a PC.  I relate to PC, I understand PC, and I can make PC's do good things.  Fairly consistantly, with little effort most times.  The interface, even though not particularly super or fancy, is what I relate to and know.  The Droid is PC.  Or as similar as Linux is to Windows, anyway.  And that is to me, highly comparable.  So I find I can easily understand and use my Droid.

2)  I feel it is economical, in that it replaces 3 things in my life that are almost inseparable from me, my iPod, my phone, and a GPS.  1 for 3 in a constantly changing world, now made easier.

3)  Voice search - simply put, just tell your Droid what you want, and it often suprises you with exactly what you were looking to know.  I showed this off the other night, and folks soon knew what had become the buzzwords around my family at Thanksgiving "Ask the Droid!"  It is uncannily good at converting a voice thought into the knowledge I am looking for, be it directions to the nearest BestBuy or as we learned the other night, how to make a hot buttered rum!

The Droid has one up on every piece of technology (including an iPhone in my opinion - this IS  a blog) I ever had, where most technology I am used to using usually "almost" does what I need it to, or can be made to almost do what I was wishing, the Droid consistantly has suprised me by one-uping my expectations.  It consistantly has done more and better and faster than I was expecting.

Suprising, and sweet!  So, news is iPhone is still tops, after all 3 million in the US alone.  Let's see iPhone, 3 years old, 3 million served.  Droid, 3 months old, 1 million served.  Seems like someone is out of the gate awefully fast for a no-chance race...

 

Surf Safe

 

ezsurfer


  handy utilities | personal choice | Droid
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2010.01.11 05:37:28
ezsurfer

Only in the land of smaller faster better.  Linux Land.

Read about Slitaz the other day, and just had to check it out.  It is one slick little OS.  Actually, for a 30 MB total download, which means it fits in RAM on any computer less than 10 years old, it's  a fairly awesome acomplishment.

I didn't see much I didn't think was almost absolutely amazing.  They even threw in a complimentary game.  Suduko, they must be after my heart.  And it's a challenging version to me.  I haven't studied much, but I do practice regularly.  I would hate to see what they call hard, as I thought EASY was way too much.  I got all the puzzles I did so far, but two I had to get a hint on.

All in all, for a blustery day (never thought I would get to say that in South Florida), it helped pass the time.  I wanted to go fishing, but I kept telling myself even fish don't eat out in this weather.

Here's a link ( http://distrowatch.com/slitaz ) which can hook you up with the Live CD iso.  You can use that and Unetbootin and build yourself a Linux pen drive system which will let you fix other system crashes from the drive or CD.  Even laptops, the media can be removed after bootup, and the system is resident in memory.  Makes for a rather quick and nimble rescue OS.

 

surf safe

 

ezsurfer

 


  wondering aloud | linux wow factor | handy utilities | Live CD | Desktop ready
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2009.04.11 17:01:05
machiner

I read an article about a storm tearing up a town in Tennessee this morning that made my heart race a little. An old friend of mine comes from that town!

We had a falling out a few years ago so I don't have her current email addy handy but she had a pretty rockin' site up that I know still exists to point to her new blog. So I went there straight away to contact her. Get her out an email.

But following; it had occured to me that in her last email she mentioned something about moving. Hmmm.

So I fired-up recoll, my favorite desktop search utility, and searched for ("all terms") her name. The very first return, which came at me about instantly by the way, was her last email. Bam, there's her email address, bam, there it is right in front of me that, yes, she had moved. She and the kids are living in Nashville now.

Phew.

Then I fired a proper email off to her letting her know that I knew she and hers were safe in Nashville. Which just made my day in all kinds of ways because even though she drives me bonkers, I love her deeply - we're old friends.


  recoll | desktop search | handy utilities
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