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Orange Bomb…?

I spent this last evening preparing and blowing up and orange using black powder and electrical tape with some cannon fuse.

You can watch the video here (BLOWING UP AN ORANGE)

Also make sure and come fan or “like” my new page on Facebook called “I like to blow up things” … Its a great place to share photos and stories of blowing up stuff… ūüôā

The Motorola Droid Gets Android 2.1, New Features.

Well, it has finally arrived. Android 2.1 for the Droid.

While I have personally have been using a 2.1 ROM for awhile now (Smoked Glass 6.0.1) (TRY IT HERE) I still have been waiting to try the “official” update and see what Android has decided to do with the features that are capable in 2.1.

Android 2.1 brings a fairly large number of improvements and functions for a point release. We’ll all have different thoughts on what specifically will be most welcome in the update since we all have different needs, but voice-to-text and multitouch support in native apps are tops on my list.

While not as visually stimulating as the previous ROM I was using, I still find some of the aspects of the OS have improved. The UI performance is much more “snappy” and the response seems to be much more exact. Also, the built in pinch zoom is a nice standard feature to have, and is useful. There are also a few apps out there now that I have can install with 2.1, (Google Earth, etc) and those are always nice features to have around.

The biggest disapointment I have found so far is the lack of changing the GUI at all. While this may be a somewhat unimportant feature in most aspects, I find that when I get a major and much awaited update (Especially a release that has been delayed over and over again), I really do like a fresh feel and look to be included, even if in some small way. I would have¬†especially¬†enjoyed the NEXUS ONE style launcher, but I can’t complain, as I still do enjoy the slide up drawer that the DROID is still using. (There is an alternative downloadable launcher on the market known as the HELIX Launcher and its included in the Smoked Glass ROM) that does style itself somewhat after the NEXUS ONE style launcher, but I really don’t find that this is¬†necessary, and tends to be a memory bloat of sorts.

Here is a quick list of some of the updates that Android 2.1 includes:

*Key Advantages:*

  • Email ‚Äď Yahoo Mail is now supported ‚Äď customers can simply¬†sign in with their Yahoo! Email address and password. Note:¬†Yahoo! Email is not available over Wi-Fi
  • Pinch to Zoom now available in the Browser, Maps, and Gallery
  • Speech-to-Text ‚Äď Customers can now use their voice instead¬†of typing whenever a text-entry box appears.
  • Google Goggles is now preloaded
  • The new Gallery application uses 3D layout and shows both¬†pictures taken with the customer‚Äôs Android device and images¬†from Picasa Web Albums account online.
  • Live Wallpapers offer richer animated, interactive backgrounds on the¬†home screen. Access them with a long press anywhere on the home screen. Tap Wallpapers, then Live Wallpapers.

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Hands on with the Ipad 2.0

Well, I must refer mostly back to my previous review of the iPad before, and I will sadly say that I can’t say much more that I did say before when first reviewing the iPad.

I must say though in all honesty, that the¬†snappiness¬†and response of the ‘pad is quote attractive. Also the solidly built body and seemingly sturdy construction does lend itself to quality¬†and¬†an apparently well put together product.

While doing the on hands trial at the apple store here in Modesto, CA  (This time without one to play with doing whatever I wanted, as was the case with the demo unit I was so privileged to try a couple of months ago) I was still at the same stalemate that I was when first demoing one before.  This time I was able to get some input from the John Does around me, that were at the same time testing and feeling the product out. Without inputting any of my own thoughts or opinions concerning the product, I asked what they thought. These were the general answers:

Man 1:

“I like the response time and the UI, but I have to say, it feels like a bloated¬†iTouch¬†or iPhone, with less functionality when concerning¬†no¬†built-in¬†3g¬†capability without payment, esp. when¬†considering¬†I am already an iPhone customer…”

Woman 1: “It’s sexy, but I feel like I really just need my Macbook still, and my iPhone still… I feel like its ‘trying’ to bridge that gap but it still comes short. Maybe iPad 2.0 will do it right..”

Men (2) : “Well, he really likes the¬†sexiness¬†of the unit, and we both love it, but it’s really apparent to any person that pays attention to real technology that without the easy adaptors (USB plug-in, SD Cards, ETC), that its ability is limited in some very basic ways…” (Man 2:) “Maybe when the next one comes out, I can really consider paying for it, but for right now, my real laptop does everything bigger and better, but maybe just less sexy.. “.

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Well, from these “off the street” reviews, which I admit are only a couple, there seems to be a general consensus. iPad is sexy, iPad is cool… I agree.¬†It’s pretty¬†awesome. I love the design, and the feel, but in the long run as stated when I first reviewed it, it comes down to real functionality, which in some real important ways it does lack.

Adam Jackson was right to say that it differs in usability between “Techs” and the “Mom and Pop” group of users. ūüôā

I hope you all realize this is coming from just the “Guy next door” reviewer and not some hardcore technologist that bases his life around this stuff… I mean, crap… I am still using a Compaq¬†Presario¬†v2000¬†(Customized, I have to admit, and running way more faster and more hardware than standard, but still… ūüôā ¬†Anyways, thanks for taking time to read my thoughts and opinions, and I would love some input…

STUDIO85 is closed…

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Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD (Downhill skateboarding)

I recently ran across this video, and enjoyed the spectacle immensely. I would definitely take a look and check out the rad speed and craziness portrayed in this video –

Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD (Via http://www.Phreadz.com)

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Deals and Steals

Well, here are the deals and steals for this next week, ending next thursday at 12:00pm.

MENTION code 7500 when placing a business card order over the phone and receive 20% off design costs!

also mention V-day 2010 and and receive 15% off any design services until Valentines day…

Just some deals and steals to keep in mind! ūüôā