Reflections on WWDC 2020
June 23, 2020
Yesterday was the keynote for WWDC 2020, the yearly Apple developer conference. While nothing in the keynote was that surprising, there were some interesting tidbits which signal solid direction in the way Apple is advancing. One of the most interesting “experiments” will be the long awaited convergence of mobile, tablet, & computing platforms.
Quick Review: Klipsch Image S4i Rugged
July 31, 2015
For about a year now I’ve had a set of the Klipsch Image S4i Rugged earbuds and it is high time they got a quick review. I’ve had some of the other Klipsch earbuds and while they’ve worked well, they’ve all eventually failed on me. Normally this would be upsetting, but as I wear my earbuds a great deal, often when doing things like riding my motorcycle, their death is expected. Regular earbuds just don’t handle water and incremental weather. However the S4i have survived quite well.
Snowulf Mobile lives again!
March 8, 2013
Snowulf.com with Jetpack Mobile theme on iPhone 5 This past week or so has been pleasantly quiet for me at work, so I’ve actually had some time to myself. Additionally, I managed to spend a fair amount of time on the blog this weekend, both writing and doing miscellaneous site maintenance. One of the site maintenance related items was the discovery that the mobile site was horribly, horribly broken. Currently the site’s traffic is roughly 13% mobile, up from 7% mobile this time 2012. I’d hate to disappoint all those loyal (albeit mobile) readers so I set about to fix it.
Your iPhone 5 prep-kit
September 18, 2012
Last Friday night, roughly two million people in the United States, myself included, stayed up for the iPhone 5 pre-order. It was a whole lot of hurry up and wait, with this week being the ultimate wait. As Friday’s release date approaches, phones start to ship, and everyone is starting to get antsy… don’t forget that your new do-it-all gadget could use some accessory love. There aren’t a lot of goodies out there specifically for the iPhone 5 (yet), but you can still be properly prepared.
Getting to know the Google Nexus 7
July 24, 2012
I’m in an abusive relationship with Android. I love her, so I buy her. For a while things are good, then I slowly realize she’s gotten slow, kludgey and prone to crashing. After constantly abusing me, I swear I’ll never go back to her. Then the new hotness shows up, I forget my promise to never go back to her… so I buy her again. Over and over the cycle repeats. Well, on last Tuesday I received my Google Nexus 7 tablet and so far it looks to be the end of the vicious (abusive) cycle.
Amazon Cloudplayer for iOS (iPad) is useless
December 15, 2011
I have all my music uploaded into Amazon Cloudplayer because I buy my music predominately from Amazon. On my computer, Cloudplayer works just fine, except at work where my docking station messes with my laptop’s sound. On my Droid 3 the Cloudplayer app works fantastically (other than my headphone port being broken). So when I wanted to get some work done in peace, I figured I’d give Cloudplayer on the iPad a shot. Major mistake.
App Review: Sleep Cycle alarm clock
October 22, 2010
For a long while now, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of having an alarm clock that is somehow tied to one’s sleep cycle. On a conceptual level it sounds cool, and on a practical level it would be very nice to have. I’ve had days (as I’m sure most have) where I’ve woken up after a full night’s sleep and been barely able to get out of bed, or fallen right back to sleep. Other mornings, I’ll wake up slightly before my alarm and bounce out of bed like I’m on a caffeine drip. This, of course, is all based on where I was in my sleep cycle. Last night, I saw an article about an iPhone app called “Sleep Cycle alarm clock”. Since I love the idea and the app was only $0.99, I gave it a shot. After the first morning, I’m quite pleased.
Best manga reader on the iPad: CloudReaders
September 22, 2010
Last night, I randomly decided that I should see what kind of manga readers I could find for the iPad. It’s got the screen quality that the Kindle lacks, and it is plenty spacious. My one requirement for the app is native support for CBR and CBZ formats (which is what i keep all my manga in). After just a few minutes on the iTunes Store Application Marketplace (aka the iApp store) I found two promising candidates: Stanza and CloudReaders. I installed both, and then transferred the same 3 volumes of manga to each.
iOS 4 is out (UPDATE: Horrible noises)
June 21, 2010
As of about 11AM PST this morning, the new iOS 4 was available for download via iTunes. I plugged in my iPhone 3GS, hit “Check for updates” and gave it a whirl. It took about 20 to 30 minutes to do the entire process. That included backing up (8GB), downloading, updating some apps, installing new OS, backing up again, etc.
Developing on an Android device under Windows 7
April 22, 2010
One of the first things I did after getting my shiny new Nexus One was to plug it into my computer for development. After all, development was the entire reason I bought this very expensive new toy (well, it might not be the only reason, but it is the one I use to justify actually plunking down and buying it when I already had a fine and functional iPhone). I thought it would be as simple as plugging in the device and going, unfortunately it wasn’t quite that easy.
Mass Effect 2 on first playthrough – Part 2
February 12, 2010
As I mentioned yesterday, I recently beat Mass Effect 2. Today I wanted to talk about a few things, what I liked/disliked, my end game team, guns, and lastly what the “bonus” was for beating Mass Effect Galaxy (the iPod Touch/iPhone game). Liked: The improved combat system The upgrade system — no more pausing mid-fight to adjust ammo types as necessary, or installing an upgrade for one weapon and moving your upgrade into another, etc, etc The planet scanning instead of taking the Mako down to run around the planet The heavy weapons Three different versions of Barrier: Fortification (for more Armor), Geth Shield (for more Shield), and Barrier (for more… biotic Barrier).
Review: Mass Effect: Revelation
June 17, 2009
Mass Effect: Revelation takes place before the video game. In it we mostly follow the adventurous David Anderson before he becomes Commander Shepard’s CO. There are a number of items inside the book that should remind readers of the game. For instance, in general when they mention someone’s weapon they mention the manufacturer (Alliance personnel generally use Hahne-Kedar weapons); and (almost) all the weapons mentioned are all found in the game (and are in fact likely weapons you picked up during the course of your play through).