What Your Coffee Says About You [Pic] | Geeks are Sexy Technology News. Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. I drink a lot of coffee. I won't tell you how much. Let's save that bit of information for the movie of my life. In the meantime, I am not a fan of fancy names or expensive machines. I want my coffee black, fast, and cheap. It is, after all, not a ladies' afternoon repast; but, a caffeine delivery device. Get jacked. Get alert. Have you had your coffee yet?
It seems that many pundits these days are discussing whether users need a tablet or a netbook or notebook computer. As this photo shows, sometimes you need both. I am attending the Attorney's Title Fund Seminar for Florida Real Estate Lawyers this week, and, for the first time, all of the Assembly written materials have been made available as PDF files. The written materials are 6 inches thick and contain 722 pages. Just carrying the thing around is like a workout. So, the FutureLawyer, as a proof of concept, has set up my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in vertical page mode, and I am following the speakers materials on it. To the left, I have my new Acer Chromebook running Chrubuntu, and keeping up with email, web browsing, taking notes and whatever. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 4G LTE radio in it, which i have in HotSpot mode, so both computers have Internet access through my Verizon Wireless account. In a pinch, I have my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone, which can also be used as a WiFi Hotspot. Interestingly, when this photo was taken a few minutes ago the speaker was talking about a lawyer's duty to be competent in technology as part of a 21st Century Law Practice.
ShoreTel Dock Turns Your iPhone Into a Desk Phone | GadgeTell.
Say what? The word of the day is "Skeuomorph", which is an object designed to make another object resemble something else; preferably, an older version. This article about a new dock for iPhones that turns them into an old style desk phone made me think of my favorite: a Native Union handset that plugs into any smartphone with a 3.5 mm phone jack, and looks like the handsets on old POTS (Plain old Telephone Service) phones. You know, the heavy black ones that you held up to your head to make a call. My Native Union handset actually performs a valuable function, now that I have a huge 5.5 inch smartphone. I don't look ridiculous (well, no more than usual) while I take a call at my desk. Of course, a big bulky handset is too heavy to carry around, so I use a bluetooth earset when mobile. But, sometimes, you just want to travel back in time, don't you?
A Modern Day Swiss Army Knife: The USB Utility Charge Tool [Pic] | Geeks are Sexy Technology News.
I love gadgets. I love Swiss Army Knives. I have several Swiss Army Knives. One is in my briefcase at all times. I switch them up the way I switch wristwatches. It depends on my mood. Hey, if SWMBO can wear a different pair of shoes every day for a year, I can switch my watches and gadgets. But, what I really love are Swiss Army Knives that are also geek gadgets. I am always looking for charging cables that are USB on one end, and either Micro USB or Mini USB on the other. This little gadget has both in a fold up knife like handle. It also has a plug for iPhones; but, I won't hold that against it. I don't think I will be ordering it in pink, however. Call me sexist; but, that is just too much.
These new earbuds are one in a long line of engineering attempts to prevent one of the biggest problems of the modern age: tangled earbuds. It never fails when I pull mine out of my pocket (earbuds, fool), that they are a tangled mess. This zippered version prevents tangling, and is a clever way to keep the earbuds comfortable on your head. So, until we are all wearing Google Glass, or have implants that connect to our ears, this looks like a great solution.
Google's official site claims that Google Glass gets technology "out of the way". As this recent Saturday Nightl Live shows, it doesn't look like that will work out very well. Very funny. This is the official NBC site, so you have to watch a commercial before it starts. Be patient. The sketch is epic.
Google Glass: An Etiquette Guide - WSJ.com.
Is it possible to wear Google Glass and not be creepy? You and I both know that there are going to be rich geeks who abuse these things; and, the problem will only get worse the more people wear them. On the one hand, there is no more privacy anyway, so it is a good thing that anyone wearing these is announcing to the world that they are: 1. Rich 2. An uber geek and 3. Really creepy. The only way to not be creepy while owning these things is not to wear them in public. Actually, I think you will be creepy anyway, walking to the bathroom in these. Of course, I would give anything if Richard Nixon had worn a pair while patrolling the White House at 3 A.M. during Watergate. But, since there is no way to regulate creepy, the only answer is to ban Google Glass while engaging in any human behavior. Aliens are exempt.
Execupundit.com: The Card Catalog Effect.
I am smiling at Michael's love of old wooden card catalogs, and massive wooden or paper project boxes filled with paper. I remember, in my youth, going to the library and admiring the massive rows of catalogs, with little paper tags identifying the contents with letters and numbers. We were told that it was the Dewey Decimal System; but, I never learned about Dewey. Now, I just type the key words into a browser box, and I know everything about him. Old Melvil Dewey spent his life creating this hierarchical classification system; but, sadly, he has been replaced by billions of electrons running around in an invisible universe. I weep when I think of the millions of trees who have given their lives so that we can caress the wood of catalog boxes. But, I am heartened by the knowledge that we are a kinder, gentler nation, which will, in the future, become wiser by looking at flickering screens filled with the wisdom of the ages, rather than killing innocent trees.
I remember hearing Jean Shepherd on the radio when I was very young, describing sitting in a car and marveling at the sound of windshield wipers in the rain. His ability to describe commonplace experiences, and to motivate the listener to realize the magic of every moment of life, has stayed with me for a lifetime. If Jean Shepherd doesn't motivate you to appreciate every single moment of your life, there is something wrong with you. Knowing the magic, however, doesn't keep us from going through the motions occasionally. The antidote is a few minutes with Jean Shepherd. Here is a short clip from "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss" to start your weekend. Savor your moments.