Posts tagged ‘Technology’


Sometimes you have to blog

Ed Yourdon's PhotostreamAs I mentioned in my post “New set of Posts“, I use this blog to share articles and blogs I have read that I think my colleagues and others should read. In that same vein, I would like to welcome my colleague Jarett to the world of blogging.

Jarett has started what is most likely going to be a very technical blog call “Silent Excellence“. Jarett leads a group within Sage that promotes the use of Sage Data, or SData, for product integration’s. Colleagues and partners are asking him for all sorts of information and sending out emails and resending emails quickly becomes tedious. To make everyone’s life easier, Jarett is blogging his answers for all to read. Due to the fact that partners as well as colleagues benefit from his information a blog was a good choice.

In the not so distant past, we would be sharing this via a mailing list and the blog is a much better format. The writer can create a much richer experience for the reader and the reader chooses when to consume the information. A win-win.


My Xoom

I love my Motorola Xoom. Since I got it a few weeks ago I have read ten books in the Kindle app, and made it almost all the way through Angry Birds. I have had fun with the voice recognition app, and played a little chess.

Yes, I could have bought a Kindle, or a Kobo, but I love multi-function devices. This is the device that I remember seeing on Star Trek, or reading about in Sci-Fi books. With an Internet connection I have the world at my finger tips, literally. I did buy a silicone sleeve to protect it, and allow for a slightly better grip; the case is a tad slipper. Though it is heavier than an iPad 2, or a Blackberry playbook, I don’t find it too heavy when reading for hours on end. So far the battery has been great, lasting a full day easily enough.

I could have gone with an iPad or iPad 2 as I really appreciate what Apple has done but I find the proprietary nature unfriendly, and their approach to DRM draconian. I only just broke down and accepted an iPod nano for my birthday (I returned the last one and bought an Xbox instead). Nope, give me the much more open Android operating system. I did contemplate the Playbook which uses QNX, a Unix variant. The geek in me really enjoys having a shell available….that would be the command line for the less geeky.

The only thing I find lacking is hand writing recognition. There are a few apps to be found that do hand writing recognition however the reviews are terrible and there is no trial period for the software. I would really like hand writing recognition because that is my preferred method of starting a project. I write and sketch out my ideas then refine and edit them. Right now I do that on a pad of paper with pen then have to transcribe the work to the appropriate application. Cut and paste from a source document would be so much better.

So, if you like a larger format screen and the lack of draconian control then the Xoom is the tablet for you.

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