My Take on Apple's 'Antennagate'

Free cases for everyone! Now shut up.

This is Apple’s solution to their iPhone 4 antenna issue (which isn’t an issue, according to them). In case you’ve been completely isolated from the news for the past 3 weeks, you’re aware that the iPhone 4 that Apple launched to such fanfare has been reported as having some issues with reception. Well, yesterday Apple had a press conference to discuss the reports, and what they’ve “found”.

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This is the Droid I'm looking for…

A little over a year ago, I posted about how I became an iGeek by standing in line and buying the iPhone 3GS. Just 13 short months later, I’m about to make another switch to another new platform: I’m going Android.

Most of you have no idea what I’m talking about, and care even less, but to me, it’s a big change. I’ve done my research, I’ve picked what I believe is the best phone, and best of all, in the end, I’m paying little to do it. Surprisingly, my iPhone 3GS is worth more than I bought it for a year ago, and I’m going to capitalize on that. I’ve got a ton of reasons for switching to the Android platform, and dropping AT&T, but I’ll go into that another time. It’ll simply take too long to explain in this post.

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On the forefront…

I believe I’ve finally figured out why it is I’m addicted to gadgets: because of when I was born. Growing up, I’ve been at the forefront of technology’s emergence into mainstream culture as an everyday commodity. I got my first computer when I was in 7th grade (a 286 12MHz computer running PC GEOS), and got my first ‘real’ computer as a high-school graduation present in 1997 (a 200MHz Pentium with Windows 95). The Internet was still very young (my 286 had AOL v1.2 installed on it, but no modem), and I was introduced for the first time in 1997 with AOL 3.0. I still remember spending countless hours in chat rooms, and on bulletin boards. I also started designing websites during this time.

In fact, I’ve kind of always been on the cutting edge. Now, in 2010, I still find myself salivating over every new gadget that comes out, even when I already have similar things. It drives my wife crazy, this gadget obsession of mine, but I can’t help it; it’s literally not my fault. People from an older generation don’t get excited about technology the way I do, because it’s foreign to them. They never had technology while they grew up, while their hobbies and interests were being sculpted. In much the same way, the younger generation also doesn’t get excited (generally speaking) about new technology because it’s always been a part of their lives. Older people are overwhelmed by what technology can even make possible, whereas younger people take it for granted–it’s not about what the technology can do, but what it can’t.

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2010 Mid-Year Book Report

2010 Mid-Year Book Report

The year 2010 has not been a typical year, reading-wise for me. I’ve gotten relatively few books read, and I’ve had none that were truly outstanding. Nevertheless, I have been reading every day, and here’s the rundown:

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