Armen Chakmakjian

Tax holiday spurs technology shifts…

In Random, Social Media, technology on August 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

So I’ve been a good consumer because of the tax holiday (and my proximity to NH a week ago)

So in the last couple of weeks, I’ve purchased a macbook air.  I’m slowly migrating my experience from my 3-year-old MacBook pro to it.  The dénouement will be when I get the 27″ Thunderbolt display to go along with it.  Finally a non-15 wire docking experience for my personal use.    In the process, I had to buy a new desk, and a new keyboard and a magic pad.

On the phone front, my time had come up on the Verizon droid to get the little discount that they still offer on the every two years (which I was told is going away) on Verizon.  So to enhance my experience, I dumped the droid for an iPhone 4.  Yeah, I know, I could have held out a month or two for iPhone 5, but I was really tired of the droid.  As I pointed out to a friend on Google+

“As a technologist I often delight in coming up with rube goldberg-esque ways of connecting technology stacks and offerings. Love connecting things back door. However, the consumer in me was craving a single metaphor without having to maintain all kinds of links. So, for example, my favorite music is on my mac, but I couldn’t render it in the same way on my droid. Yes I could put the mp3’s on the droid, but I’d have to rebuild my sort. The same thing happened with calendars, contacts and other stuff. The consumer in me got tired of bridging these things. Functionally, the same apps appear on both platforms. A lot of data can be shared. But the consumer in me wanted to enjoy an integrated (not by me) experience after 4 years of special casing things…”

Remember before I had a Motorola Droid on Verizon, I had a G1 from T-Mobile.

One thing that I admit that I will miss on the new iphone…but I can get around from what I gather, is the integrated voice on the droid.  Sending text messages on the droid was a simple one-handed operation…hit the mic, say your response, hit send.  It was quite accurate.  I know there are solutions on the iPhone, lets see if they are as neatly integrated.

The other weird drawback on the Verizon iPhone is this weirdness with the GPS.  I don’t get why they charge me to use an integrated piece of hardware.  I’m sure somebody out there has a workaround (probably google 😉

One other thing, I also found out that now that I have the new ear buds/mic for the iPhone, I can use it with my Mac when I need to do conferencing. Evidently it the mac figures out that your using the earpiece/mic and does the right thing.  Way cool.  This’ll be especially useful if I have to call into a class on Saba, or Skype with other students on a project, or call into a conference call from home for work. yay!  I don’t have to wear the Yamaha padded earphones to avoid feedback!

I also got a new Livescribe echo pen.  I could have lasted a bit longer on the Pulse pen, but the display on it started to pixellate and after the last rollout of the desktop, and new firmware I could tell it was on its last legs.  They eventually fixed the firmware flaw, but you could tell by the gap in time, that they weren’t going to be able to maintain the old platform for very much longer (anyway it wouldn’t make business sense).  That being said, I already noticed the first advantage of moving, my pen no longer rolls off the table when I put it down.  This was a true annoyance.  In the process I got a free upgrade to Evernote premium for a year.  Between that, and my discovery that I can use a single circle on google+ that only has the email address of my Evernote account, I can save away things…like doing research, in a really nice and practical way.  The Evernote desktop on my mac is really nice, and with school in the fall, I think I have a good solution for research.

Oh yeah…what will I be doing with my droid?  Well, I have a droid doc, and it makes an excellent tabletop clock radio (still can use the wifi…will still let me know if email is coming in…so I’ll leave it on the desk in the dock).  There’s an old Armenian expression used to justifying keeping old things around long after explicit usefulness “bedkuh gullah”  (պետքը կ՚ըլլայ) in english: There’ll be a need

BTW it has been a while, since I’ve blogged.  Between my vacation, weekend family things and Google+ I’ve been going 100mph.  Slots of time haven’t been long enough to sit down and write.  Oh yeah, I have to load a WordPress app for my iPhone… 🙂

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