Skip to main content

So Much News, So Little Time

Wow, what a week for tech geeks.  First, Amazon introduces their new Kindle models, including the Kindle Fire (which will attempt to be an iPad killer).  Then, Apple announces that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled next week.  Changes may also be coming to the iPod lineup as well.  Throw in the changes announced by Facebook and it has been quite a week.  Since I finally have some time, I try and touch on a few of these topics.

First, let me start with the new Amazon Kindle lineup, including the Kindle Fire.  While I love my iPad2, I have to say Amazon may have something here, especially with its low price point of $199 ($300 cheaper than the lowest-price iPad 2).  While the Fire may not do everything the iPad does, it still will be able to do quite a bit.  When I was searching for an eReader/tablet, the main reason I did not pick up the Kindle was the lack of a color screen.  I just could not see spending money on a black and white tech item in 2011.  If the Fire was out back when I made my purchase earlier this summer, I may have gone with the Amazon device.  If you are looking for a quality media device at a reasonable price, the Fire may be for you.  If you want a few more extras (including a larger screen) the iPad may be the way to go.

As far as the new iPhone 5, I am really not following it that much.  I have the iPhone 4 and I really can't upgrade until June of 2012.  Plus, I'm really not one to want to get a new phone right as the new model arrives.  I tend to skip an upgrade, especially if my phone is working fine (which it is right now).  I'm sure I will read about the event, but more than likely I will not be buying the new phone anytime soon.  It is important to note, that along with the new phone, Apple will be updating its mobile operating system to OS5.

Anyone with a Facebook account has probably observed some of the changes to the site (although as I look now, I notice the news feed/timeline is missing).  More are on the way as well.  I give Mark Zuckerberg credit.  He is not going to let Facebook become Myspace (just sit back and do nothing as new networks pop up i.e. Google+).  I am really fine with the changes.  I actually get amused when Facebook makes changes and everyone immediately starts complaining (about a free service that they don't have to use) on their wall.  If you don't like the changes, don't use it.  I just wish they would finally release a Facebook app for the iPad.

As for Google+, I am still just playing around with it.  I have a few people placed in "circles", but I really have not spent much time with it.  I rarely get on my computer during the week, and I don't use social networks while at work.  Anyone out there on Google +?  How do you like it.

To wrap things up, I just want to give a quick update on my September Read of the Month.  I just realized (as I browsed through older posts) that I did not even introduce my choice earlier this month.  September is always a busy month for me, heading back to work and organizing Homecoming at Carlson High School.  Still, I should not be making lame excuses for neglecting The Geekly Reader.  I have been reading John Verdon's Shut Your Eyes Tight in eBook form on my Ipad since the beginning of the month.  It is the second book by Gurney (I know, I should have read the first one first, but book number two is a new release that was on sale).  It is a great detective novel, which is quite long.  I really hope to have it finished by this weekend, but there is a good chance it may become the September/October Read of the Month.  I still have about 200 pages to read.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful September.  I look forward to writing more once my Homecoming responsibilities are over. 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Your Own Personal Library Catalog

So, how many of you have remember using an old style, card catalog?  You know, you want to find a book in your local library, so you pull out the long drawers flipping through cards.  Well those days are long gone of course (thankfully) and nearly all libraries use an electronic catalog system to keep track of their collections.  Many of the school districts in Wayne County are using a system developed by Follett .  It is a great system for school age children and prepares them for many of the advanced catalogs available in public and university libraries. Catalog software is quite expensive and really impractical for home libraries.  Some book lovers may create their own spreadsheet or database to keep track of their books, however there is a great (free) tool online to not only catalog your books, but also meet and communicate with other book lovers online.  The site  librarything.com is a wonderful site that lets you catalog your own home library.  Think of it as a "Facebook

A Little R & R

I decided to take a little R & R before things get crazy with back to school.  I wanted to spend some time with my family for these final weeks of summer, so I decided a break from writing was in order.  A trip to Kalahari and fun times with friends and family made August fly by.  So, what does school year 2014 bring for me?  Quite a bit, as always: Back to teaching two courses at Wayne County Community College.  Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I head to Northline Road to teach college level English.  I really love this second job! Tuesday, I start my 17th year at O.A. Carlson High School.  While public education continues to face challenges, there is no other job for me at this time.  I love my co-workers and students.  Gibraltar is a great place to work. I will be running my kids all over as usual.  Gymnastics, religious education, flag football (which I coach as well), and others events "to be determined."  I would not have it any other way.  I love watch

What are Some of Your Favorite Books

I love this question.  Of course, I do not think I could ever answer a question like "what is your favorite book?"  I need to be able to list at least a few titles.  I was speaking with another parent during my son's gymnastic class this past Monday.  We were both reading the same book and we spent much of the time talking about the book we were reading and other books we enjoy.  It was really a great conversation for a book geek like myself.  It was also nice because the individual I was speaking with was a classmate of mine from back in the day at good old Carlson High School.  The question came up as to what were some of my favorite books, and I had to step back and think for a minute.  My taste in books varies all over the place (much like my taste in music, but that is another story).  For the purpose of this entry I throw out five of my favorites (in no particular order) and why I enjoy them.  Of course, a list of favorites could be much longer as I could write fore