Let me preface this with a question: Can Apple really sell anything as long as it has its logo affixed to it?The Apple Watch, in a sense, is the first new product launch since Steve Jobs. There has been a lot of doubt surrounding Tim Cook and whether or not he can lead Apple to a future just as bright (or maybe even brighter) than if Steve was still with on this earth. Though Steve Jobs is depicted as a self-centered, egotistical, control freak, he had a knack for being a brilliant businessman, having a keen sense of good versus bad design, and the ability to stretch the limits of current capabilities. Given all those qualities that made him into a unique human being, the world was given the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone – three consumer electronic devices that changed the very history of technology for the better (or to some, for the worse).
The Dell Venue 8 Pro is a tablet I never thought I would like.
It is also the first tablet I (sort of) own; my dad picked it up when it was on sale during Christmas for $199. I’ve never needed a tablet before, but if I ever did buy one for myself I always figured it would be an iPad.
I’ve been playing with the Dell Venue 8 Pro for about a week now and so I thought I’d share some quick thoughts about my early impressions, specifically with Windows 8. With my affinity for Mac OS X, I have spent relatively little time using Windows 8 since its release last year beyond some brief interactions at a Microsoft Store or Best Buy.
If you, dear reader, were to tell me after I had purchased the original iPad Mini that I would make the jump to the larger and heavier iPad Air a little over a year later, I would have scoffed at your remarks. Why wouldn’t I? The iPad (or future iterations thereof) is a heavy, bulky, and overpowered piece of gadgetry. I already have a MacBook Air for all my portable computing needs, so why in the world would my next tablet be the larger and more expensive iPad when I could wait for the retina iPad Mini? Hell would have to freeze over before I would make that change.
A year later, hell has frozen over.
I spend an inordinate amount of time every day in front of my overlord master, my laptop. When I started suffering from a series of headaches recently, I knew something was amiss. I rarely get headaches, and when I do, they naturally go away within a day. Not this time around though. Eventually, I visited the doctor and her diagnosis was simple: stop hunching over at your desk like a blind penguin.
I’ve tried a boatload of note taking apps for iOS and frankly, most of them suck.
- Evernote – Slower than a trip to the DMV.
- Simplenote – Pretty good, but I stopped using it for some reason.
- Notes(stock app) – Font choices reminiscent of a Geocities website.
Yeah, I can’t remember the rest. Probably since most failed to leave an impression on me.
My concept of a perfect note taking app for mobile would encompass the following:
- Super fast – Open and write immediately.
- Synchronization – I don’t want to be emailing myself notes I’ve created just so I can read them on my computer.
- Beautiful, user friendly – A note taking app should not be hard to use. Period.
With that, I think I’ve found the perfect match. It’s called Drafts.
It was only when I received my Kindle Paperwhite back in October did I realize that I had a problem. My desk was a mess, littered with tangled accessory cables vying for my attention. Since I didn’t fork over the ten dollars to purchase the power adapter, I had to accommodate yet another resident besides my MacBook Pro to satisfy its thirst for energy.
It’s an age-old problem that has been tackled countless times in the past: Where should I go out to eat tonight?
A personal favorite of mine is the aptly named website WHERE THE FUCK SHOULD I GO TO EAT? It’s quick, it’s simple, and you gotta love the humor. Just tell them your location, and they’ll find you a restaurant you might like. Unfortunately, like many other restaurant recommendation websites/apps, there are more swings-and-misses than hits.