Recent App Reviews
“Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.” - Hosea Ballou
It’s been nearly ninety years since a high school science teacher was tried and found guilty of the crime of teaching the theory of evolution. Perhaps it is time to reopen the case?
Who doesn’t like a good side scrolling infinite runner? If you just raised your hand, this review probably won’t interest you. For those that are left, I’m afraid this game might not interest you. I appreciate that the developers felt they were doing something slightly different than the rest of the crowd, but frankly the game feels like a Robot Unicorn / Unicorn Dash knock-off with a horse riding, sword wielding demon. While in theory that sounds cool, in practice it comes off as a cheap second rate attempt at doing something that’s already been done much better. This may sound awfully harsh, but keep in mind we’re talking about a genre that already has plenty of entries.
So I have been trying to plan my work life better. That has turned into planning my life better because as I capture what I must do, I realize that if I only record a fragment of my life’s tasks digitally, the other activities impinge and interfere. You need one central place to negotiate priorities.
So as I set out to once again move things forward that didn’t get done today (though this was on the list and it has, or will have, a big fat check mark next to it shortly) here are some of my lessons so far.
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” - Fran Lebowitz
Perhaps you’ve been lurking in the shadows reading my blog posts on Higher Order Thinking? If so, you’ve done nothing wrong even though the verb sounds creepy. Lurking is a perfectly good thing to do while you way the merits of an online dialog. So we all do it! But there comes a time when you have to fish or cut bait. Here is an idea you might wish to try when are ready to go fishing.
If you're like me, the tax paperwork is trickling in, and you're compiling an envelope (or box!) full of receipts, payments, tax forms, etc., in preparation of tax day. Now might be the perfect time to make a New Year's resolution to scan and archive such paperwork.
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the first." - Albert Einstein
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an independent source of information and news. It maintains its independence by means of financial support from individual citizens like you and me. It's programming, in my opinion, is superior to that of commercial media and the program embedded below is a prime example.
Digital Signal Processing, or DSP for short, is used by Apple and others to facilitate the transformation of audio in a dynamic fashion. This is often done to improve the playback based on the audio data that is being interpreted by the DSP engine. Swedish high-end audio manufacturer XTZ has developed a set of earphones to take advantage of real-time DSP reproduction. Read on to discover if XTZ has cracked the audio code with their EarPhone-12 product.
With mobile gadgetry filling every niche in our lives, you would think we'd relegate pen-and-paper handwriting to the dustbin of bizarre things humans once did. Instead, we're inventing more sophisticated systems of conveyance for handwriting, such as with the Bluetooth Targus iNotebook, and why not? It has been our primary way of presenting ideas since the days of the first cave paintings, while electronic transcription methods are single-cell organisms by historical comparison. The Targus iNotebook proves we will not soon give up scratching out meaning on dead tree pulp, but in this case, it will track the etching, and connect it (via Bluetooth) to your iPad so you can scratch away and watch it "technologize" the results!
"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." - Warrent Buffett
Many of us provide a service. We do so because we wish to help others. However, we too must eat and so must be rewarded for our talents. This is a simple truth.
PayPal is providing a convenient way for us to collect fair remuneration at the time of service. It's called PayPal Here. The promotional video below gives you the highlights in a more entertaining manner than I can in words alone.
We’re in the dead of it now, iPhone Life-ers! It’s winter and it’s colder than a polar bear’s nose out there!
I was walking to my car the other day, and my eyes literally iced over! I thought I might be blinded for life! I’m wearing ski goggles all the time from now on.
Winter Wake Up