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androids can't dance

September17

Nicholas Johnson was keen enough to share an Android Users Guide with me.

It’s pretty cool and lays-out how to access and use many features associated with the Android Operating system.

While I was investigating the section relevant to “calendars”, I was struck by the thought that I don’t like their look and feel. And, now I realize that I am of the opinion that Android is not “elegant”. You have to take more steps to make it work – as opposed to it working the way you might expect an extremely well designed piece of software to function. Also, many of the apps and features have an “etch-a-sketch” and “washed-out-Google(y)” appearance. It’s reminiscent of Windblows (although that was more “grainy”) prior to Windows 7 (all of which was stolen from Steve Jobs any way). Now I need to look deeper, and might even hesitate to use the word: “prior” until I can verify. I will say, under any circumstances, that I like what Android does with Map-oriented apps. It’s at least as good as anything found on an Apple device. The “Directions” feature is particularly easy to use and relevant.

So.. Now I have to decide whether I’m enjoying my Sprint driven EVO 4G more because it’s just something different than my iPhone 4, or the Blackberry 8900. Maybe I’m just relieved to be off of the over-populated AT&T network. Perhaps I simply like the craftsmanship of the HTC handset itself.

I still think Blackberry users are simply insecure (read more about that, and, here). We, the collective “we”, that comprise Prudent and Optimistic Gentlemen, might suspect the iPhone and related Apple products are simply superior and facilitate domination in many facets of life.

What makes my opinion worthy of consideration, other than my perspective is simply reasonable? I’ve owned and operated all the handsets discussed in this Blog. Most of the readers of this Blog likely have not.

More later.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

iPad reality

March20

Here is what I know based on having an iPad in my hands for two weeks…

This from the perspective of a businessman (me) – or, perhaps a field researcher, doctor, traveling salesman, even a warehouse supervisor – anyone whose job offers them an opportunity to get away from a desk. The iPad runs hundreds of iPhone apps, and you can bet thousands of more are under development. The productivity and multi-revenue opportunities around the iPad are potentially inconceivable as of the writing of this post. Many of those apps are tailored to specialized lines-of-work. And, it’s more powerful hardware (I’m drawing the compaison to the iPhone) should inspire developers to be relentless in their pursuit of innovation.

But it’s iWork that sets the standard. It comes with attention-grabbing presentation tools. For example, the laser pointer effect in Keynote is slick, bad-ass, awesome, cool. iWork beats Microsoft Office for usability anyway – and, we like our videos. And, the iPad’s size, weight, and battery life make it a natural for the field and travel.

Prediction: “iPadders” will leave their Macbooks at home and the office when they go any where.

One determined piece of advice from a self-acknowledged know-it-all… Don’t skimp and settle for the WiFi-only version and fool yourself into thinking you don’t, or won’t, care about 3G. When you grasp the potential of this device for communication (i.e. VoIP), and the aforementioned Apps currently under development around that potential, “the game” (gaming is a whole other topic) changes completely.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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