Once upon a time I wanted a portable computer. Not a laptop per say because those are kinda big and bulky and I just wanted something small to carry around in my
man-purse messenger bag as I went to and from work. So I got me a netbook…
This was fine and it was a nice little unit and all and it stored all my iTunes stuff and I could stream video with WiFi no problem and if I wanted to whip up a blog post or two on it I could because the keyboard is a charm to use… But to listen to my music while I was on the road I needed to keep the netbook somewhat ajar because as we all know once you fold it up, it’s sleepy time and no music plays.
This would not do I figured after a while and it just wasn’t what I wanted. ”Screw it,” I thought to myself one day, “I may as well get a phone.”
And it was a good phone… Google Nexus S so it had this WiFi hotspot thing so I could still connect my Netbook to it if I so wanted and I liked the customizing ability Android had.. Not to mention it was far cheaper than buying an iPhone.
But to add my iTunes music to it involved a complicated series of steps with three different computer programs and because it only held like 5 hours worth of music (remember I’m on the road to and from work about 2 hours a day) to change out a selection of music on the phone I think somewhere along the way I may have had to sign a contract for my first born in order to have my Apple based music playing on my Android phone so I figured after a bit that while this was a great phone, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
So I got a tablet. The Samsung Tab 2 which is a pretty nifty little 7 inch thing that would let me use the whole WiFi hotspot thing I got going with my phone and had all kinds of memory so I wouldn’t have to spend an hour at home every other night trying to sync up what ever music or videos I wanted to bring along with me the next day.
And it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg like the new iPad would have…Not to mention the iPad was a bit too big for my liking.
Only the tablet I had didn’t let me sync up ALL my music because again Apple has that silly DRM thing on a lot of their older songs that I bought from them years ago. Not to mention that while I liked playing the games I had bought in the Google Play store, it just didn’t match the kick ass games that I could seemingly only get (and had bought) through iTunes. In short, I figured this isn’t maybe what I wanted.
It just so happened that a few months later I got a nice little bonus from work and figured “What the hell, they just came out with a mini iPad.. why not just give in and get that?”
And so I did and I was quite happy and figured I had finally gotten what I wanted / needed.
Only not really.
Yes I could connect to the net with my phone’s WiFi hotspot thingamadoddle.. Yes I have ALL my iTunes music, games and movies… Yes it was small enough to carry around in my
man-purse messenger bag…
But what if I wanted to write out a blog post using the Tumblr or Wordpress apps? The Apple keyboard is ok, but nothing beats typing on an actual keyboard right? At least this was my thinking
So this past Sunday I got a protective case that happens to have a bluetooth connecting keyboard made for the iPad mini…
Perfect. This is what I wanted all along. The iPad mini just snaps in place there and while you can’t see it, there is a bit of a kick stand in the back so I can place it on a desk and use it as a laptop.
And it stores all my iTunes stuff, I can stream video with WiFi no problem and if I want to whip up a blog post or two on it I can because the keyboard is a charm to use…
It wasn’t until I got home the night after placing the iPad mini / keyboard combo right next to my original netbook sitting in the bedroom that I realized what exactly I had done.
The NHL Lockout is (tentatively) over!
As we all look back on the craziness that we’ve all had to go through the last 113 days or so, we all have our favorite “memories” that will last us forever and ever.
Or at least until the first cheap shot hit that…
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So for the last few months – since this whole NHL lockout bullshit started really – I’ve been steadfast in my resolve not to support either the owners or players. This of course means no buying of NHL or NHLPA merchinidice, but also I haven’t worn any of…
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OK, we get it that they’re MLB’s only Canadian team. Would prefer to see the jay’s head logo instead. Grade: B-
On the contrary I have to disagree with Mr. Lukas… We already have hats with the Jays head and we don’t need any other new Jays logos after seemingly going through a few dozen in the last 10 to 12 years.
My only suggestion is they should have done a white front panel to really let the red maple leaf stand out… But at least there is no black or grey to be seen.
(And yes, the Astros hat is magnificent. The team may be brutal on the field this season but they’ll be the best dressed at least.)