Feeling Grinchy on eBook Readers

December 11, 2009

He’s a mean one, that Mr. Pogue. He’s a nasty, wasty skunk. His heart is full of unwashed socks and his soul is full of gunk. Right?

Um, no. Although I sometimes disagree with Pogue and his assessment of many consumer electronics products, after observing our own Mobile Gadgeteer’s hands-on Nook video tour, I happen to think he’s probably dead-on with his analysis — the Nook ain’t ready for prime time.

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EPIC iFAIL in Fort Lee

July 12, 2008

My wife Rachel has been awaiting the iPhone 3G for several months. Even though I am wedded to my beloved BlackBerry, she wanted to be able to carry a single device to play her music, act as a phone, and to be able to check her email. At the $199 price AT&T was advertising it at, it seemed like a no-brainer. So despite my usual reservations against buying Apple products, we headed to the AT&T Wireless store today on my lunch hour to see if we could pick one up for her.

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Attack of the M3 Paper Shredder

April 11, 2008

Got a junk mail problem? The Staples M3 Mailmate can clear it right up.


Remember the Zaurus

March 1, 2006

Computing Unplugged is running Part 2 of my article about the new PalmSource ALP embedded Linux successor to Palm OS. Here, I discuss lessons learned from the Sharp Zaurus and how PalmSource should endeavor not to repeat the same mistakes.

The Sharp Zaurus was a powerful Linux-based handheld computer which shared many similarities with the new ALP platform. Unfortnately, due to lousy marketing and bad management, the Zaurus failed in the US and European consumer electronics market. Its still sold in Japan, and you can buy one if you are willing to pay the grey-marketeers big bucks ($700-$1000) to bring one into the US.

Okay, enough technology. I’m getting really psyched for this New Orleans trip. How about a nice double cut Niman Ranch pork chop from Bayona?

Bayona Restaurant, New Orleans LA (2005) by you.