Twitter Updates for 2009-07-31

  • The new twitter system seems to have re-added people from the 'suggested followers' list – finished removing #annoying #
  • Declaring #complainlessaboutmyjobthursday #
  • @Ihnatko tiling on #appletablet – 3 tiles that run iphone/itouch apps side by side in landscape mode no resolution issues in reply to Ihnatko #
  • Officially dropping #victoria as a tag I follow too much crosstalk – that any something about a RachelleLefevre ??? #
  • @ladymix you got to get to splash – one of the fundementally cool things about Victoria #yyj in reply to ladymix #
  • "21 flavors of stupid" #tshirtsliketosee #
  • Holy crap #
  • Back on the bike to nowhere. Later #esks game #
  • Had a recent goal. Was planning on BDay reward. Bought it today instead. #okayiamweak #
  • Finished at the gym. Downtown for coffee Nice breeze not ready to go home yet. . #
  • RT @yyjtwestival: #yyjTwestival will need volunteers. Are you interested? Please shout out! And retweet widely. Victoria BC #yyj #
  • My netbook experiment is over #
  • Patrick Kabongo at the goal line – "stay away from my little friend"! TD eskimos #cfl #
  • Okay #15 is doing just fine thankyou, Ricky Ray to Fred Stamps, TD #eskimos #cfl – Having a little fun now. 🙂 #
  • Okay that was close, breathing again. Ray to Stamps (Again) 33-19 #esks #cfl #
  • Coach Hall – Please put Dario Romero in at Fullback – thanks #esks #cfl #

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The Netbook Experiment is Over

After about 4 months of trying out a MSI Wind (Windows and OS X) the experiment is over. The MSI will make way for a 13″ Macbook Pro. It was an interesting test and it certainly had its pluses but in the end it turned out to be too much compromise for too little benefit.

The first hit was portability. While the netbooks are small, I don’t think I ever took mine anywhere I didn’t take my last laptop. The form factor may look compelling but in the end it simply wasn’t a ‘carry anywhere’ device. Here is a quick comparison

  • Height: Macbook 0.95 inch vs  MSI Wind 0.748-1.24″
  • Width: 12.78 vs 10.23″
  • Depth: 8.94” vs 7.08″
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs vs 2.6 lbs
  • Weight with power adapter 5lbs vs 3.3lbs

The weight is the clear win for the MSI but the +/- 2″ doesn’t really matter as much as you might imagine. By the time you back up either with the power brick and a few other bits an pieces you aren’t saving any space at all. If you include the power bricks the Macbook closes the gap by 0.2lbs and just about all the dimensional differences.

Once you get past these specs, all the others go to the Macbook (unsuprisingly). The biggest is the screen, keyboard, and the battery life. In the end the MSI wind was a casual device. Anything more than a twitter update or a short email started to become a pain. In the corners, the special characters and cursor keys are especially small so typing and correcting things like URLs was really frustrating for my hands.

Now on the cost front, the two devices couldn’t be more different. So you could argue the comparision isn’t fair on that basis. If I was happy with Windows there were a number of laptop options similar to the Macbook. They couldn’t compete with the Wind on price but both would be sub-$1000.

As a Hackintosh, the MSI was pretty much a get-what-you-payfor operation. It could run the OS capabily but things like the webcam, bluetooth, and audio was problematic. After the initial ‘interesting’ period I was more likely to go to the den and use the ‘big’ machine rather than finding the Wind.

The final measure was battery life. You buy a portable to be portable and my experience with most PC/Windows devices is they are frequently ‘tethered’ not portable. If the Macbook with the new built-in battery can delivery anywhere near the 7 hours promised that will be the biggest measure of portability. As an example – I can shave another 0.5lb off the weight difference if I can afford to leave the Macbook’s power brick at home. And the carry-weight is down to about 1lb difference from the 2lb difference between the machines themselves.

Again as a cost analysis that is a completely different matter but in the end value is driven by how much you use it.

Twitter Updates for 2009-07-30

  • Fellow Victoria Tweeps, looking for links for out of town UVic student looking for shared Accomidation #yyj #
  • Starting to plan for a chock-a-block long weekend – on-call or not #
  • killall -9 @sleslie in reply to sleslie #
  • abt 12 hrs from now I might regret the fact it's ths warm. But rt now it's awsm! GPS location: #
  • RT @dougkaye: Bogus patent issued for podcasting: #
  • Heading to Clover Point to get a breeze #
  • Back home after a cooling trip around town #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-27

  • Why are you getting another job?RT @vic_toria: Anyone want a pressure cooker? #
  • Off to ride the bike to nowhere for an hour #
  • Should have swwapped url with scrum photo #
  • $300 to Paris! Oh not really plus $408 in taxes and fees!!! #
  • I remain confused about this "weekend" concept you speak of, but I discovered "backyard" and apparently that is where you can spend it. #
  • Finishing weekend with an episode of topgear. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-26

  • The #esks haven't been getting my full attention on game days. Apparently I need to focus more this afternoon #Eskimos #cfl #
  • Didnt they warn you not to mix tweeples and Merkels? RT @stephenfry waiting for Angela Merkel to arrive RT @stephenfry Bad tweeples! #
  • Clouds lifting and sun arriving. Time to hit the farms for some fruits and veg #yyj #
  • Oh,Coho arriving too RT @wakemp Clouds lifting and sun arriving. Time to hit the farms for some fruits and veg #yyj #
  • From #twip DSLR Camera remote for iPhone coming to Nikon – sounds cool #
  • Summary of twitter web clients – nice chart #twitter #
  • Oh shit #esks #cfl #
  • Mercifly the broadcast of the game fails #esks #cfl #
  • Good kick , better return #esks #cfl #
  • Watered plants today and now it rains! #

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G-Map – Turn by Turn GPS for iPhone

With the release of iPhone 3.0 the ability to offer better in-car style GPS service became possible.

While many will hold out for the release of TomTom’s offering, in Canada we always seem to be left wanting.

G-Map has released several iPhone apps that cover both the US and Canada. I will avoid comparing this to other iPhone apps – because that really isn’t the comparison. At $20 they are relatively pricey iPhone applications but cheap alternatives to in-Car GPS.

Basic turn by turn with audible alerts, routing and point of interest. The voice prompts do not include the street names. This used to be the major difference between entry level GPSes and the better ones. So if you are willing to spend anything more than $80 on a dedicated unit it will beat this software.

However, I don’t need this to find places where I live. I need GPS for the times I’m away from home. And as an alternative to packing another device this is a no-brainer.

G-Map from XroadGPS has various version – Canada is $19.99 at Apps store