Labor day

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I spent this Labor day in Port Lavaca. For all those keeping track, this is my first time going home to Port Lavaca for the year. I feel bad for not going home cause I’m busy doing other things and I end up putting off going home. Back then when I didn’t have many responsibilities it was so easy to visit home. I didn’t need to tell anyone and I can go home on a “Hey! I feel like going home!”. These days to visit home it’s almost like the stars have to align before I can make that trip home. This time going home was like going to Duffcon2. We LAN’ed the computers together and we played Starcraft and Warcraft3. I’m glad my friends finally saw that Warcraft3 had better custom maps. We did spend the majority of the time playing tower defense and footmen frenzy. I know it sounds dorky and a waste of a weekend, but it felt good to not have a care in the world when playing games only getting up to eat and use the restroom. It was a short glimpse of what use to be and how I use to live. Now that I returned to Houston things are back to normal and no more gaming until the next Duffcon.


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Lately I’ve been enjoying the tunes of Pandora. I read an article in Inc. magazine how Pandora almost didn’t make it because they were relying on congress to change a law. Long story short, Pandora continues to exist and music lovers and listen to streaming music free. I like the mixture of music I don’t have and or music I don’t normally listen to.


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I didn’t think I would ever get tired of the cat and mouse game with running a hacked iPhone, but slowly it’s beginning to wear on me. Back during the first generation iPhone days I would spend hours upon hours reading on the different things you could do with the phone. I would download every game released on the jailbroken phone. Back then there wasn’t even an App store so to have games on the phone was a huge step. It became such an obsession to have the latest firmware and latest App I soon bricked the phone. And if I didn’t learn my lesson, I bricked it 4 more times soon learning how to easily unbrick the phone. After iPhone 3G came out and soon the 3GS slowly the urge to have all the games faded. Despite what people tell me I still believe that the more Apps you have on the phone the slower it would run. These days I need the phone more as a communication device than a gaming device. I enjoyed it while it lasted, and all the props go to Apple for creating the next generation gaming device. All those self proclaimed iPod killers and iPhone killers never lasted. Perhaps one day Apple will sell the phone unlocked. Or perhaps I should get an iPod Touch and use that as the gaming device.


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WWDC was Monday and Apple introduced their new line of laptops, software, and new phone. First of all, I’m a fan of the way Apple has the conference to come out and introduce the new products. I like how they use really easy terms, multiplication factors and percentages to prove a point. Apple’s always been good about not using benchmark numbers but easy numbers for the average consumer to understand. I also like how once they do the presentation you can buy the product that day. Most of the time they are able to have the product available that same day. This year the 13″ MacBook Pro was announced. I have to pick on this because in the beginning of the year at the last MacWorld Apple announced the MacBook Aluminum. I was sold and ready to downsize thinking the Aluminum line won’t be updated for 4 years minimum (following Apple’s trends). The MacBook Aluminum line lived only 6 months to be replaced by the 13″ MacBook Pro. To make it worse, the starting price drops for something better, faster, and now cheaper. Not only do I have a short lived notebook, I could possibly have a notebook with unique parts.


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In recent gadget news, Sony Ericsson is ditching its Memory Stick in favor of Micro SD. Sony is about 7 years too late in doing this. There was a time I owned a Sony credit card and only favored Sony products. There has been too many proprietary hardware throughout the years for Sony to leave a bad taste in my mouth. Lesson learned, when you lead the industry in innovation and products, you don’t go creating your own standard to compete against the industry. It’s a battle that can’t be won. Sony has failed many times starting from the Beta to MiniDisc to UMD. It’s a costly lesson and in my opinion has cost Sony its reputation.

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