Gadget Bugg: March 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Editorial: The Internet Killed Windows Vista, Apple iPad Next Target?


Image courtesy of Claire Jacques in collaboration with h2rtn (jaevairny.devianart.com)


Imagine that it's January 2007 and Microsoft has it's first new O.S. since XP. Windows Vista, affectionately known as the worst operating system in history, is released. Almost instantaneously, fingers bash keyboards with words of hate. Tweets are twittered, emails fly, and Youtube is flooded with people bashing Microsoft. You know what? I bet half those people hadn't even tried it. Sound familiar? Read on...

I hate to put this in "Google terms" but when the phrase 'vista sucks' is entered into Google 567,000 rusults can be found. When 'ipad sucks' is entered, a whopping 835,000 results can be seen. However, when the phrase 'why does vista suck' 2,570,000 results are displayed. What does this mean? It means that while close to a million people have devoted sites to the fact that Vista is terrible, two and a half times that many have been essentially told that it sucks. Word spread like wildfire, and people wanted to know why everyone was saying this poor O.S. is terrible. What's the difference? iPad hasn't even been released, but the way that people are bashing it, it's as if they've been using one for years.

Now, I know there are those of you out there that have your opinions on the matter, and I am sure I will hear them too, but you cannot deny the fact that Vista was brought out immaturity. In January 2007, a computer with a 160 GB hard drive, Core 2 Duo Processor, and 2 GB of DDR2 RAM was close to a thousand dollars. Now, three years later, the same money (excluding Macs of course) can buy you an i7 Quard-Core processor, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive. Oh, and Windows 7.

Excluding the processor, you can find those previous specs in a flipping netbook, and we all know that those aren't for serious power. If Vista had been pushed back, there is no denying that it would have had a more accepted release. So was it really Vista's fault when you just consider the hardware?

What's the point, you ask? The internet. I argue that the internet had a large hand in dealing the hand that Vista was dealt. Microsoft failed to gain support of the online community, and that is what killed it. A year before Windows 7's release, a full release client was made available to anyone that cared to try it. And, all the bloggers running their slick new hardware installed Windows 7 and hailed it for its glory and praised Microsoft for it's generosity. That's how Microsoft won back the internet, and, subsequently, the American people.

We went from Bush to Obama...

...Vista to 7...

...iPad to ___...

We have a new President in the White House. He has a twitter, a Youtube channel, and Facebook account. He gets it. John McCain, surprise surprise, did not get the tweet.

So this new iPad thing. It has been speculated and predicted for years as the next best thing. People have dreamed about it, made mock presentations of it and even claimed that it was an illusion. But the blogger's seem to have forgotten how much they loved it once they actually saw it.

Image courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

It reminds me of why I hate when people tell me too much about a movie. They tell me how great it is, how it is the best movie they ever saw, and much of the plot. They build it up so much, that it is next to impossible to live up to the hype that it got. I feel this is the same way with the iPad. People haven't even bought one, for crying out loud, and they are already saying it sucks. Why? Because they created an image in their head of the cheapest, most amazing device, forgetting the numerous limitations Apple's hardware and software often has, especially when considering the price tag.

Now I'm not here to pick sides. Nor am I, unlike most of the blogosphere, claiming that I am an expert. I have worked as a computer salesman for a number of years and remember when Vista was launched, and all the ignorant cretins who claimed to be computer scientists. Give the iPad a chance. If you really want to bash it, buy one, test it out for a few months and then review it. But for heavens sakes, internet, blogs, and loyal h2rtn readers, quit acting like you developed the thing and you know it inside and out. And please do not kill another piece of technology before it is even released, because these companies defined the industry that you rely on for everything, and if you are anything like me, then deep down you know you are just as excited about innovation to Silicon Valley.

~Pete

pete.h2rtn@gmail.com

Tech News: Skype is Coming to Verizon Smartphones




Call me when they come to AT&T... But seriously, today Skype broke the news that on March 25th Skype Mobile will be available on Verizon Wireless smartphones. Check out the list bellow:
  • BlackBerry Storm 9530
  • BlackBerry Storm2
  • BlackBerry Curve 8330
  • BlackBerry Curve 8530
  • BlackBerry Curve 8830 World Edition
  • BlackBerry Tour 9630
  • Motorola Droid
  • HTC Droid Eris
  • Motorola Devour
According to Skype:

"It will help you stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues all over the world, by allowing you to:

  • make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to anyone else on Skype around the globe
  • send and receive unlimited instant messages with other people on Skype
  • call international phone numbers at our low rates"

I have always said how much of a benefit just being able to do Skype chat on my Blackberry would be. Alas, I have the Blackberry 8310 on AT&T. Perhaps, however, Verizon will start a new trend. Maybe? Hopefully?


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How To: Serve Your Media To Any Device In The Home A Video A Day (AVAD) Project #5


Today's AVAD project is a continuation of yesterdays AVAD (A Video A Day) Project #4. The guys at Systm have taken their video jukebox episode one step further and show you how to take that media that you ripped and serve it up around the house. This video shows you how to stream your pictures, music, and video to your Xbox 360, Wii, or PS3.

Monday, March 15, 2010

How To: Rip DVD's to Your Home PC A Video A Day (AVAD) Project #4



Today I wanted to show all you faithful h2rtn fans how to rip DVD's from your collection onto your home PC. However, for the sake of time and the exposure of one of my favorite tech tv programs on revision3, I have decided to let Patrick Norton and Roger Chang explain how on this episode of Sysm. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this AVAD post on how to take control of your media!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Unboxing: Intel X-25M Solid State Hard Drive A Video A Day (AVAD) Project #1

Here at h2rtn we feel as though we haven't been serving you, the viewers, as well as we could. Now we have switched it into full gear with our AVAD (A Video A Day) project. We will be bringing you one video every day for the next week. So bookmark us or subscribe to youtube.com/h2rtn and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Update: h2rtn's Video Game Cabinets

I know I don't have the biggest, baddest, or most extensive video game collection out there, but I like to think it's pretty good. I, like so many other people, have run into a bit of a problem: how in the heck do you organize all of those systems? We are compulsive creatures, and unless my system is already set up and ready to go, chances are I won't be getting the full enjoyment out of it. So I have devised a solution:



And the best part is, I'm going to do it. Well, eventually. Right now my dream video game cabinets exist in schematic form only, but it was the best solution I could find for my problem. I know that there are more of you out there with the same dilemma, but while searching the web for other ideas, people's collections didnt seem as organized or as ready to be played as I would like. But if any of you out there have found a fix, let me know! Also, feel free to steal my idea and build your own. And if you do, make sure and send h2rtn some pictures!

~Pete

pete.h2rtn@gmail.com