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  • May 20, 2011

    Friday Fun: Zombie Apocalypses, Smartphone Addiction, and the Answer to World Peace

    Well, Microsoft TechEd 2011 down in Atlanta is over. Apparently we've got some sort of rapture or other on tap for the upcoming weekend. And if that's not enough to worry about, the CDC is now warning people to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. That's right, the CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an official organization of the US government. This is even bigger than that time the US Postal Service was used to prove the existence of Santa Claus.Wait a minute. That was a movie.My life has become a movie—is that it? I'm going with that theory for the moment. And as long as I am, and the world could end this weekend anyway, I might as well spill my latest crazy idea for ending all hate and wars and terrorism and creating world peace. It's a really simple plan, and yet radical at the same time....More
  • Sep 30, 2010

    Droid Life, 6 Months On: Or, Confessions of a Smartphone Addict

    I resisted getting a cell phone of any kind as long as I could, and when I did finally submit to the shackles of this modern device, it was solely for work purposes—to better know and understand the smartphone market. Or so I told myself. The problem is, I like technology and shiny new toys. I've had my Motorola Droid for just over six months now, and it's hard to believe how insidiously it has invaded every corner of my life. When I first got my Droid (which, in Star Wars–fashion, I call NineTee), I made a point of testing out the variety of pre-installed apps—camera, navigation, email, of course. I downloaded a few apps from the Android Market just to see how that works—DroidLight by Motorola, Documents to Go by DataViz (recently purchased by RIM), some games. And I made a point of trying out Facebook for Android to see how the social networking thing would work through the mobile device. But at least initially, I approached this as an experiment that would help me in my work life. I didn't, as a matter of course, carry NineTee with me all the time. Outside of working hours, I would pick it up if I wanted specifically to test something, or perhaps to play a game to pass some time. You know, it was a tool to be used as necessary.Now here we are, six months on, and the picture is quite different....More
  • Apr 15, 2010

    DroidLight: An Essential App for Android

    The power went out this morning in the Loveland, Colorado, offices of Windows IT Pro. It's times like that when you realize how dependant you are on electricity. My point in bringing this up is about being prepared and having the right tools. Today at the office, the right tool for me was DroidLight by Motorola. This free app available in the Android Market turns your Android phone's camera LED flash into a flashlight. And I suspect the iPhone and other smartphones likewise have similar apps available. At the price of free, you can't go wrong in getting something like this to help you be prepared....More
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