An Open Letter To Apple

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Ramblings
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Dear Apple,

We’ve had some good times (iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, Retina Display, Angry Birds) and we’ve had some bad times (No white iPhone, always being behind in hardware, etc….) but now is the time to put down the ultimatum, I have seen the future of the mobile device and it is Windows 8

While I have been an avid supporter of you, I supported you when the droid had better hardware, and during antenna gate, and when the “unbreakable” glass of the iPhone 4 turned out to be the most fragile iPhone yet. I stuck by you when we couldn’t have apps, and before GPS in the phone, I even stuck by you when you took away our unlimited internet. However, now is the time though Apple, with a lack luster iOS5 presentation we can only assume a lack luster new device is to follow and if that is the case, I quit. No more do I want to be tied down to such a closed system, from a company who promises to be my friend. I want a much more open and rich user experience then the one you seem content to give me. You must blow my mind soon, or I’m ditching your iPhone for something better

-Jacob D. Ingalls

Things I don’t use anymore

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Ramblings

As tech has progressed we have devices and services that cover a lot of the things we either use to use or things we use to do. So here’s my list of things I just don’t have any use for anymore

  1. A Camera – I am not a DSLR kind of guy, yes I do wish I could take better photos with my iPhone (come on optical zoom), but I don’t care enough to carry an actual camera around with me anywhere. Yes I have a 12 mega-pixel camera at home but I didn’t even pack it on my recent trip to Disney because I knew I wouldn’t ever use it.
  2. A Phone book – I get these things on my doorstep every so often and the immediately get thrown in the trash because I either use the internet or my phone to look up numbers/addresses and directions.
  3. Game Discs – Since I found Steam, I’m not sure that I’ve bought a single physical game disk. I love being able to open up a program and run a game without having to insert a disk for the anti-piracy stuff.
  4. DVDs – I can’t say this is a never use, but it’s a rarity that I put a DVD in my player, between streaming Netflix and Amazon VOD I don’t ever have to put something in the player
  5. CD’s – This one is cliche but I haven’t bought a physical music CD since the summer of 2004
@jacobingalls

Commercials are the Devil

Posted: June 2, 2011 in News, Ramblings

Recently Hulu and Miramax annouced that a lot of Miramax movies will now (or shortly) be available on Hulu which apperntly is a big deal because Hulu is a “free” service. However, to anyone who might be excited about this i just have to ask “Have you ever tried to watch a movie on Hulu?” the people who answer no to this question are the only people who might be remotely excited about this deal because watching movies on Hulu sucks harder than [Insert cliche porn reference here]. The bigger drawback to this deal for most people is that the majority of the movies are on Hulu+ and you still have to watch the commercials. Hulu needs to understand that we are becoming a commercial-less society and they should change their strategy as such. I would guess that the majority of us hardly ever watch something as it happens (besides sports) just so we won’t have to watch the commercials. Maybe I’m wrong, but I just don’t see this deal being worth the $$$ that Hulu spent

@jacobingalls

Netflix Induced Withdrawal

Posted: May 31, 2011 in Ramblings

Over the weekend I raced through the 3rd season of Sons of Anarchy and sometime around 8pm yesterday I finished the 3rd season (the last available for purchase) and asked myself “Now what?”. Since finding the first 2 seasons of Sons of Anarchy on Netflix that’s pretty much all I’ve watched over the last few weeks and when I finished all I could watch on Netflix I bought the 3rd season on Amazon VOD and raced through that. I’m sure that many of felt this form of withdrawal, after chewing through season after season of a show on Netflix then having nothing to watch and asking yourself “what show do I watch now.” It’s one thing to know that future season will be available for streaming at some point but many shows, like Sarah Conner Chronicles, give us a even bigger let down knowing that we won’t ever be able to watch any new episodes. I fear for all the people who haven’t watched Mad Men yet when it hits Netflix this summer, there will probably be 15 million people going through Netflix induced Withdrawal

What shows have y’all felt this type of withdrawal over?

@JacobIngalls

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Plus

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Gear

Before I set out for my 2 week road trip I picked up the Mophie Juice Pack for my iPhone 4 mainly for the week I would be at Disney. The Mophie is a case for the iPhone that is also a battery pack which depending on how much you pay will give you X amount of extra hours of use.

Pros:

The Mophie I got would (depending on how much I used it while It was charging) give me a full charge on my phone if not a charge and a half. I never had to worry about running out of battery while I was at Disney, I could take and post pictures, text, surf and tweet all day and never have to worry about my phone running out of battery. Whenever the battery would get low I would just flip the “on” switch on the case and my phone would start to charge. The case always has a charge indicator on the bottom of it so you can always know how much power is left in the extra battery. With this case on, even in the bright Florida sun I could keep my iPhone’s brightness up to see the phone clearly all day. Also, you do not have to remove your iPhone from the case to charge it, the case is designed to charge yourself and your iPhone at the same time.

Cons:

This case is big and heavy, it effectively doubles the thickness of the phone and the weight of the phone, imagine an otter box but heavier. Your hand will get tired if you are using your iPhone a lot when this case is on. I would take it off from time to time just to get rid of the extra weight. The Mophie also adds about a 1/8 of an inch to the bottom of the phone which means you have to relearn to type with it on because of the extra distance your thumb has to move. The battery on this case takes a long time to charge and if you’re charging your iPhone inside the case it’ll take a solid 6 hours or so to charge both of them fully.

Overall:

This is a really good, solid product and the benefits really outweigh the draw backs to it. If you are a heavy user of your iPhone and are tired of having to do everything to save power, this is a must buy. If you’re a casual user who is foreseeing a trip with limited charging opportunities I would also highly recommend this case. The Mophie will be in my bag everytime I travel from here on out

@jacobingalls

Twitter and the Tornado

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Ramblings

No, I am not dead yet, I have been on the road and haven’t had the time to really posted on here but I have a lot of posts in the pipeline.

As many probably know my home state of Oklahoma was hit by severe tornadoes, one of which hit a house that is about a quarter mile away from mine. When prepping for the storm I asked @MarikaLorraine to give me a few people to follow on twitter so I could keep up with the progress of the storm as long as I had mobile internet. As the day progressed my twittering became fast and furious, many of my friends live in Oklahoma City and many were in the direct path of many of these storms and twitter gave all of us a chance to keep up with each other as the storm moved through our areas. At one point, I lost my cell coverage, and my TV due to the storm but I never lost my mobile internet and for a while twitter and the weather radio was the only connection I had to the news about the storm that was raging outside. I never thought of using twitter in this manner before, but for every major weather event from now on i’ll be sure to have my twitter feed going so I can keep up with all the news

@jacobingalls

Oh Canada

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Ramblings

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in Niagara Falls, Ontario and it feels good to have the internet back at my finger tips. I didn’t plan too far ahead so I forgot to add an international plan and now I basically have to run my phone in airplane mode to not run up a massive bill. All I can really say to this current situation is AHHHH!!!!!!! right now I have no twitter, no email in my pocket and most importantly no text messaging. I did this back in 2008 except for I was in Costa Rica and left my phone in the states so I didn’t even have the option. Right now though, it’s killing me having my phone laying in my pocket and wanting to check it for a text or update and knowing it’s not coming. Yes, the Tech Addict is going through withdrawl and it awful.

@jacobingalls