Month: November 2010

Ars had an absolutely hilarious review of an Android tablet last week…

The victim is the seemingly atrocious Maylong M-150 tablet that sells at Walgreens for a mere $99.  I doubled over laughing at on online review I picked up through RSS, which does a fantastic job of conveying the full experience of purchasing a new M-150.  An early excerpt:

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It looks nice on paper and in pictures, it's easy on the wallet, but Ars says Beware!

On paper, the Maylong tablet looks… okay. It has a 7″…resistive touchscreen…a 400MHz (or 533, depending on whom you ask) processor, 256MB of RAM and 2GB of built-in storage. It comes with 802.11b/g for WiFi and no 3G support, though it claims to be able to use USB-based 3G cards via the extra dongle that comes in the box. It weighs less than a pound and comes with Android 1.6. Hey, what do you expect for $100?

In the box is the tablet itself, the aforementioned dongle, the power cable, and a very simple manual. The stylus rolling loose around the bottom of the box was a very nice packing touch.

Hop out and read the full review at Ars Technica.  Once you’ve recomposed yourself, check out the Best Buy Blog response, which takes a bit more positive of a tone.

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I’m so excited for TRON: Legacy

I just watched 15 minutes worth of behind-the-scenes B roll footage out on collider.com.  Oh boy oh boy!!  What made it better?  The music in the background was Daft Punk.

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You might think 15 minutes is a lot of B roll footage to watch…but then I'll toss out a reminder that several years ago, I forced some friends to watch the "Making of Tron", which was 88 minutes in length (the original movie was only 8 minutes longer).  Honestly though, the amount of brute force that went into the futuristic computer world look realistic was soooooo amazing!!  Don't believe me?  Here's an excerpt:

Pretty cool…and if you think that's a lot of work, check out the whole making-of, where they describe the borderline insane method for lighting up the actors suits when they're in the computer world.

The sequel is coming so soon, and I can't wait!

Some funny ads in the paper this morning

“Holiday Breakfast”
I’m confused here about what you’d eat.  It looks like a plate if sausage as the main course and some mini wheats on the side (with some fruit that only kind of made it into the bowl).

“Broken tray”
I’m not sure if we’re supposed to think that the tray has buckled under the weight of all these goodies, or if someone got lazy with their photoshopping. Either that or he’s using an awkward book as a serving tray.

On the positive side…
“Home PC Makeover”
I have to give credit to Best Buy for their solid offering of a home computer refresh package.  If I had a family and was looking to make an upgrade, this would be tempting.

NES Cartridge Mod

I ran into this really cool mod of an NES cartridge.  I doubt the quality of the wireless is very high, but I appreciate the use of a retro icon like this.

 

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What this will likely mean for me is a similar mod with a USB hub.  I think I need to, if for no other reason than that the green carpet pictured here reminds me of the blue 70's carpet that's installed in most of the main floor of my house.


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Originally found via Lifehacker, the details are at The Unconventional Hacker

 

Where you at?

For the folks who keep tabs on this site, you may have been curious about the noticeable lack of fresh posts out on mydigitalism.  In short, I’ve been spending my free time getting my new band’s web presence off the ground.

I’ve been in a local cover band for the last three and a half years.  We specialized in rock music: 80’s, some 90’s, and some 2000’s.  It was a lot of fun, but it was getting to be more of a chore than it was a hobby I looked forward to.  The toughest part was that I did still want to be playing….it’s a great distraction from long hours at work.

The solution?  Start a new band.  So a group of us did.  Daisy and the Dukes.  That’s all well and good…but that doesn’t explain the lack of posts here.  Allow me to continue.

Along with the new name, came a change of players, a change in music style (now a mix of country/rock), and we went back to square one as far as marketing.  This meant my time went two places: 1) learning a lot of new music….well. and 2) building up our electronic presence.

I jumped right on top of getting a domain name, facebook page, myspace page, twitter account, flickr account, and started weaving it all together.  My background served me pretty well for putting something together.

There are two pillars with our electronic presence, the daisyandthedukes.com website, and our facebook page.

The website is focused on being an easy one-stop shop to find us.  The fact that we have our exact band name as our domain name is a huge plus, especially with such a memorable name.  From the website, you can see the facebook badge (and recent updates), see a list of shows, see our recent tweets, and get a general feel for who we are and what we play.  All without a requirement of signing up or logging in to anything.  Make it easy.

The facebook account is all about the social aspect.  It’s a great tool for having regular interaction with folks, and specifically with people who opt in (via the like button on our page).  This has been more work than I expected, as I’m not a very regular facebook user.  That said, through the advertising efforts of the group, we passed 100 Likes by the time we hit our first full show!

Feel free to have a look at the website!!  More posts to follow.