MAN OF STEEL | PHOTO GALLERY.
Maybe it is because I grew up with a SuperMan who smiled a lot, and wore his underwear on the outside; maybe, it is that our society has become enamored with ever increasing special effects wizardry and violence, and seriousness. But, the new Superman movie was way too far to the serious, violent, side for me. There wasn't any joy or humor or fun. My Superman played on a black and white TV and fought bad guys and had an innocent belief in truth, justice and the American way. We looked up in the sky, and asked whether he was a bird or a plane. Perhaps I am just getting old; but, this movie may have a lot of great special effects, and a lot of over-acting by big stars; but, it has little to do with the Superman I love. This movie had way too much steel and too little Clark Kent.
Sign up now for Minuum keyboard beta, coming later this summer | Android and Me.
Before you message me, I prefer the two N version of millennium. So there. But, I digress already. This keyboard beta is a one line marvel of keys, and you can sign up for a beta right now. It promises a small footprint, and predictive typing. I don't really want to leave my beloved QWERTY keyboards; but, once you get used to it, this might be pretty fast. Will you try it?
Huawei debuts world's thinnest smartphone, Ascend P6.
Huawei is intent on proving that it can make the thinnest handset in the world; and, yesterday they proved it. The Ascend P6 is so thin you could cut your food with it. But, like everything else, it succeeds only in establishing that you CAN be too thin. I find that I need a little bulk in my hand, and this new thinness is aggravating. What do you think?
Bright House Networks Speed Test.
Thanks to a friend's suggestion, I called BrightHouse Cable to see if there was a problem with my new Internet service. Quickly, they reset the modem and I am now getting about 70 mbps service. After years with 6 mbps service from Verizon DSL, I am a happy camper. And, I have peace and quiet at home, now that the rest of the house doesn't have to reset the router every hour. Nirvana.
Execupundit.com: Focus. Focus is a wonderful thing. If you can achieve it in our busy world. I manage it by getting up at 4 A.M. and working inside my home office. Most of the time, the only sound I hear is the humming of the air conditioner, and the click click of the keyboard. One task at a time, one thing at a time. Unfortunately, it can't be maintained for long in our modern society. This Execupundit post reminds me of my poem about vacations:
This Smart Lounge Chair Is an Oasis for Road Warriors | Wired Design | Wired.com.
As office furniture goes, these are very cool. The canopies have wireless Internet and places for cables. You can hook a tablet computer up inside, and have privacy. The ottoman converts into a desk, and has storage for papers and other stuff. The armrests serve as computer mounts. All in all, one of these would make a great accessory for the office, or to use in an airport lounge. The only problem is that when a furniture manufacturer advertises something as part of a "collection" you know you are in trouble. As an example, a stool in this manufacturer's catalog costs over a thousand dollars. So, if you are super rich, buy one of these and compute away. Just don't brag to me about it. I will continue to use the sample room desk I got for $5 in 1970. It is an amazing piece of technology. I can fit a scanner, large monitor, printer, and charging station on it, and plug my computer in with a couple of cables. I then can sit in my comfortable chair and compute away. I think I will use the thousands of dollars I save on mortgage payments.
Bright House Bumps Speeds - Now Available in 10, 30 and 60 Mbps Flavors | DSLReports.com, ISP Information.
I have, for a long time, had DSL service from Verizon in my home. It was an easy connection in the beginning, and I did it primarily because it was, at the time, the fastest available. And, like everyone else around my town, I had POTS from Verizon. Over time, we used POTS less and less, until recently I realized that nobody in the house used the home phone number anymore. It was still connected to the security system, so I left it alone. However, I have been waiting forever for Verizon FIOS, which promises 100 to 150 mbps speeds. It never seemed to become available in my neighborhood. Finally, after years of neglect, Verizon's copper wires started causing dropouts in my Internet service at home and at the office. That I could not tolerate. And, after spending a few hours on the phone trying to get someone to solve the problems, I finally had enough. So, I have terminated Verizon, both at home and at the office, and have installed cable Internet modems at both places. I opted for the Lightning 60 mbps service at home, since we have four people always online. I couldn't be happier, even though actual speeds are just under 30 mbps. When you have been living with 6 mbps speeds for a long time, that is a big speed bump. And, as an added benefit, my total bill went down $80 a month by consolidating the home phone, Internet and TV services with Brighthouse. Also, by the way, Verizon. You may not miss my little family and solo office business; but, I wager that more of Verizon's customers who can't get FIOS will be leaving you. Goodbye.