Monthly Archives: October 2013

Time Warner Cable Hijacked My Internet Session

I clicked on a link for a website in Twitter and my session was hijacked by Time Warner Cable to present this:

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Click = big

That should never, ever happen.

Same-day update: This gets even worse…

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Quote Of The Day: Android

From a Comment at: Why Android First is a Myth

Most of the Android buyers use the phone as a replacement for feature phones cause it’s a cheap phone thats makes calls and does SMS so even though the numbers say the market share is high the reality in a lot of places is Android is by default on these feature phone replacements and people don’t want apps.

I see this firsthand with a neighbor who was given a Samsung Galaxy S III by his employer.

He has zero curiosity about the device, has never used the Google Play Store, has turned to me to update the OS and tweak Settings, and is otherwise generally frustrated by the phone because it sometimes does things he doesn’t expect (it recently started announcing who is calling by name with a synthesized voice, something it never did before — and I couldn’t even find a Setting to turn that off!).

In short, not every Android device represents an opportunity for app or services sales. I don’t think this is true with the iPhone as it tends to attract a more technically-savvy — and higher-income — set of customers.

People can laugh at the child-like UI on the new Kindle Fire tablets, but I think Amazon understands just how few people are interested in becoming device experts and want as much hand-holding as possible. That likely accounts for the long delay in their phone development too. They need to get the UI just right.

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My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment, Part Two

This is an update to: My Own Tablet Thinking At The Moment

Having tried an Intel Atom-based Android tablet for myself — the Dell Venue 8 — and finding it not powerful enough for Google Books PDFs, I can now drop Atom-based Android tablets from my list of contenders.

That basically leaves me with three possibilities, one wild card, and one surprise contender.

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Video: Tomato T2 Tablet Playing Games

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The Tomato T2 is a 1.9GHz 1.8Ghz octa-core Exynos 5410-based Android tablet with a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 screen, 2GBs of RAM, and 3G capability via Huawei UltraStick.

It’s due to go on sale October 22 in China.

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See the video after the break.

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WordPress Image Problem

Saturday morning and it seems WordPress is having trouble linking to its image database, so images aren’t appearing here.

It will be cleared up in time…

Same-day update: Something unusual is taking place. Internet Traffic Report shows just 70% of the North American Internet is up, with eleven routers down. Is this a cyber attack or some bizarre and coincidental cascade of failure?

Right now, I can’t call up Drudge Report or get to Twitter.

Same-day updates:

1) I also can’t reach Tumblr or Toogles.

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Fondle: Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Tablet

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If the success of Windows depended on the quality of a tablet, the Dell Venue 8 Pro would do it.

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Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet

The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:

– Part One: Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
– Part Two: iPad Mini
– Part Three: iPad 4 with Retina Display
– Part Four: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Supplemental/Additional:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7

It’s a measure of how seriously I took the Dell Venue 8 that I did two PDF tests on it.

Videos after the break.

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Fondle: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet

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If you were expecting beauty shots of the tablet, you’ve come to the wrong post. That’s the only photo of it I’m publishing. I did zero of the overall device.

Other sites can do that vanity stuff.

I’ve got the real info everyone wants.

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Google Books PDF Death Match: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Again

The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:

– Part One: Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
– Part Two: iPad Mini
– Part Three: iPad 4 with Retina Display
– Part Four: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Supplemental/Additional:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7

Having discovered earlier this week I could download and install Foxit Mobile PDF on the Nexus 7 at Best Buy, I decided to see if I could do that with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

I could.

After the break, the video.

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2013 In Hell

Photos taken today Friday October 18, 2013. Resampled and resized to VGA, click any to enlarge.

Marred by a stupid sticker for a bar but otherwise ominously true:

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