Amazon Is Excellent

Earlier today Amazon announced that their Prime service, which costs less than a Netflix streaming subscription, is getting even more movie and TV show availability for its on-demand, no-extra-charge streaming system. This streaming will be available on a tablet that they’re selling at-cost ($199), and is available on computers just like Netflix is. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Best Cell For Your Money

Speaking of CricKet, sometimes people ask me what the best cell phone company is. To which I answer, “it depends.” If you want the latest high-end smartphones (I do) you’ll need to pony up for a contract with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T (in order of my carrier preference at this point). If you’re okay with a lower-end phone that still works perfectly well, you have more options. Read the rest of this entry »

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Common CricKet Misconceptions, Debunked

This evening I and a few friends were hanging out in front of the miniature apartment complex next to my school (I have no pretense of privacy). One had his Verizon iPhone 4 out. The discussion for a minute or two turned to how much he was paying for his cellular service ($40 per month plus change for an add-a-line on a family plan), after which he mentioned that, once his Verizon contract was, up, he’d switch his phone to CricKet and pay a little more, but in return get unlimited everything without the need to be on his parents’ family plan. “it’s the same network as Verizon anyway,” he said.

Wrong.

The above misconception is surprisingly common, so I don’t blame anyone for espousing it Read the rest of this entry »

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Magic Trackpad on a non-Apple computer

I’m sitting at an AMD Fusion-powered nettop, writing this post. The computer sips power, yet is still respectable enough to drive light workstation tasks on my 24-inch, 1080p monitor. I’m confident enough about this rig’s performance that I’ll be ordering another LCD soon…but I digress. The topic of this post revolves around the fact that, in addition to a trusty lowish-end Logitech mouse, I’m using Apple’s much-hyped Magic Trackpad as a fully functional pointing device for a computer that’s never seen an Apple logo. Read the rest of this entry »

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T-Mobile Rocket 3.0

So today, after dropping by the Colorado Mills Which Wich, I picked up a T-Mobile webConnect Rocket 3.0 (or ZTE MF683, if you’re going by device manufacturer and model number) , currently the only 42Mbps HSPA+ device available in the US. I’ll be writing a full review of the device, along with a head-to-head comparison versus T-Mobile’s original webConnect Rocket, here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Halfway Through Grad School

I haven’t posted here nearly enough lately, and (more importantly) I want to be semi-productive without actually being productive this evening. So adding a post to my personal blog (rather than updating my Facebook status or tweeting) seemed like a good idea at the time…  Read the rest of this entry »

Hello Industry Representatives!

To whoever visits this page as result of me handing out my resumé on the Colorado School of Mines Spring 2011 Career Day, greetings! To other potential employers who found this page in another manner, I extend the same greeting. You can find my contact information on my About page. You can also download my single-page resumé, or view my Google profile for a more in-depth description of myself.