Saturday, April 24, 2010

GPS of Reagan Park

Not totally sure how it works but the phone did a decent job of showing the trail while in a pouch in my Camelbak and the distance and average speed matched my bike computer.

View Reagan Park Mountain Bike Trail in a larger map

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

When will I learn?

I'm always so excited for new technology but forget about the early adopter tax. Now I do like my new Windows 7 computer but I have to wait to be able to use it fully. To be fair it works better now than my Vista laptop ever did but I can't get some things to work on it. Some of the item I'm having issues with are my Blue usb mic. I still have to plug that in to a Windows XP machine to use it, just got a new firewire card reader that is not working, I spent all morning yesterday resetting my monitor profiles, and I have several Photoshop plugins that are not supported on Window 7 yet. Yet even with those issues I would still rather have it then my Vista laptop.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Trash the Dress

Had a great time last Sunday in Clevealand with a Trash the Dress photoshoot. See some other images from it here.

New ipod

If I had to think of one small piece of technology that has changed my life on a daily basis it would be the ipod nano that I got from Key Bank 2year and 10months ago. I use it almost every day even if only in the car and gym. More than just the ipod itself it has been the podcast that I listen to like all the great technology, news, photography, daily devotional, and educational podcast I've been listening to.
So now that I have become accustomed to the ease of using iTunes to download podcasts and using the iPod to listen to them my 2nd gen 2Gb Nano has stopped working. So I went out and got a new 2nd gen 8Gb iPod Touch.
I'm by no means an Apple fan boy but I think they have the best system for listen to podcasts and they make shiny toys:)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Why I'm returning my Palm Pre

I got the Palm Pre on its launch date and really had high hopes for it. I've been using Palm products for at least ten years now and have heavily used the calendars, contacts, and to do lists in them.

So here are the reasons I wanted a new phone

1. I wanted to be able to check e-mail and other quick things without booting up my PC

2. I wanted a bigger screen for photos

3. My Centro's keypad light is out

4. My Centro keeps turning on in its holster an but dialing

5. New phones are shiny and fun (I'm easily distracted by small shiny things)

6. I'm a bit of a tech geek so I thought it was time I got a real smart phone I thought I would love it

7. I wanted to be able to sync calendars with my wife

8. I wanted web access on my phone for looking up stuff on the internet

Some things I like about the Palm Pre

1. Pandora works great on the phone for streaming internet radio

2. I can use the Calendar with Google to sync my calendar with my wife’s

3. It has a nice camera for a phone

4. Not too bad of a web experience

5. It can run multiple things at once

6. It has a regular headphone jack for using it as an MP3 player

The reasons I can't live with the Pre any longer

1. The battery life is so short I can’t use all the cool stuff and still be able to make calls

2. Reception for the phone is worse than my old phone

2. Voice quality for the people I'm calling is worse than my old phone

3. The Calendar is really slow and hard to move around in.

4. Even though it is a Palm device it only copied over some of my info from my Centro

5. It requires two hands to do anything and it is uncomfortable to work that way

6. The OS feels more like a Mac than a PC in that you can't customize anything like you could in the old palm devices

7. The Calendar only shows part of a day at a time, you have to scroll down to see the rest of the events in a day or just to see if there is nothing. This makes it hard and time consuming just to see what I have planned for the next day. I could go on about how terrible the calendar is let just say it's really bad and an embarrassment to the Palm name

8. The to do list is also an embarrassment to the Palm name, don't even get me started on how bad it is.

9. Doing anything in the phone is slow and time consuming

10. The screen looks great when it's on but gets smears and looks really dirty when it's off.

11. My wife does not like the phone so if she’s taking hers back we can't sync calendars which was one of the reasons I wanted this phone

12. It is really dangerous to use on the road because you have to look at it and everything takes a while to load. (not that I ever use my phone while driving)

13. When you get a call you can't easily see who is calling until you answer it

14. It is really slow just to move between apps like my phone and calendar

15. There are not enough hard buttons like a nav bar for going up and down or side to side

16. It's not a cheap phone and it has proprietary power connections

17. It's a pain to get at the power plug in (that you have to use all day)

18. It does not have an easy way to move multiple photos to and from the device

19. There is no backup on my PC that makes me just a bit uncomfortable. With the way it constantly syncs stuff if one entry gets corrupted or inadvertantly delegated you could lose it forever

20. I realize that I'm sure I'm wrong about some of this stuff and there may to some hack or way around it but it is not user friendly in that I could not find it in a week with the phone. These are just my personal observations and experiences.

I could go on but I think that's enough

The Palm Pre does some cool stuff but it is awful the basic stuff I used my old Palm Centro for, making calls, quickly looking at my calendar, using the to do lists. Although this phone may be great for someone else it just does not work for me.