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Do You Wear Your Shoes IN The House?

Posted by mikenopolis on August 30, 2010

Like many people I know, I was brought up and accustomed to removing my footwear upon entering my house, I also ask others if they would like me to remove my shoes when entering their place of residence. We have a box of disposable show covers near the front door for service people to use. We also wipe our dog’s feet, “wiener” and “butt” after every walk in case he does the ever so adorable ass scoot. Some people who witnessed this screams “WHAT?!?” and thought it was stupid that we “wipe the dog” with baby wipes. Those people obviously have never seen skid marks in the carpet.

Recently I had a conversation with a few co-workers in regards to this subject, some do not remove their shoes in their house, one outright told me not to ever invite her over because she finds it rude to have guests remove their shoes and that she has just turned around and left when someone does this, I on the other hand thought she was rude for not doing what the homeOWNER asks. One ask why they can’t just wipe their shoes off at the foor (“that’s what the door mat is for”). Although I believe it has something to do with the fact that I’m Asian and that I was brought up with this “habit”. I’m sure taking off the shoes you’ve been walking around with in public all day long would be a sanitary thing to do. To me it is common sense to leave the outside, outside. I’m a guy, I pee in public restrooms where I’d be lucky if I’m not standing in a puddle of piss! I’ve witness business “mopping” where they just swish around blacken water left to right and right to left. What makes you think your shoes are clean with a simple shuffle on that magical doormat?

The fact that carpet cost money (we paid $3000 for the very small amount of “higher end” carpet we have, rest is wood and ceramic tile) makes me VERY careful with what goes in and out of the house. I remember another co-worker who once had a fit because her apartment management was not willing to change her carpet, she said she’s lived there for 3 years and it was getting very dirty, she even brought in picture to the filth because she was going to sue the managment. They told her they don’t change carpet unless they were 5 years old or for a new tenant. Her and her husband are smokers, they smoke in the house and have three kids, that’s a lot of smoke fumes…or whatever smoke residue is called and 5 pairs of shoes running around, what do you think was going to happen to that carpet?

I once had a roommate (white) that didn’t understand the idea of why shoes are not allowed in the place of our residence. I think she thought it was an ethnic or racial thing. The reason I say this is because I saw her walking out of the house in her bare feet, and then walking back in 20 minutes later (no idea where she went). When I asked her to not do that again, she said “but I wasn’t wearing my shoes”. I told her to take a look at the bottom of her feet….she look and still had no idea what the problem was. It was filthy BLACK!

When we had our house carpeted during our move in two years ago, we just left a few leftover pieces inside the house at the entrance way where our shoes goes. Below is a picture of the different carpet pieces. The top piece is roughly what the original new carpet looks like. This piece is still a little dirty and darkened because we left it as the first step AFTER the shoes come off. The bottom piece was at our garage entrance where most of the traffic happens, that’s why it is the dirtiest. The middle piece is from our front door where not too many people come through. Just look at how gross that is! Yes we do have outdoor mats where we stomp and wipe out shoes off PRIOR to touching these pieces. There was no walking involved with these, this is just where we PLACE our shoes. How do people walk INTO their living spaces with their shoes on…or worst…those of you who get in your bedroom or bed with shoes on! If at this point you say “You can shampoo the carpet or get it professionally cleaned.” You are not getting the common sense point I’m trying to make. You are living with OUTSIDE filth INSIDE your house!

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One Week With The iPad, My View/Review

Posted by mikenopolis on August 14, 2010

I am typing this on the Apple iPad, we’ll see how well it goes. I’m awkwardly sitting here with one leg crossed and the iPad is sitting on the bag (man purse) I use to carry it.


At the time of writing this I have owned the device for a little over a week and have carried it everyday with the exception of the weekend. In short, my opinion of the iPad has not changed from my initial thoughts of the device prior to the purchase. Yes, it is a great useful product, and no it really doesn’t do much more than my iPhone or my laptop. It is convenient, got a larger screen, long lasting battery life and there is no boot up time. It is considered cheap if you think $600 is not a lot of money (I got it with $200 worth of gift cards so it was not as painful of a purchase, but take the case and bag into consideration, it adds up). I’m planning on eventually getting the OtterBox Defender case but at the MSRP of $90, I will have to wait until the iPad 2 is announced so the prices will drop.

I carry a laptop with me on a daily basis, sometimes for work reasons, others for personal entertainment. I have found this device lacking when it comes to doing real work (at least in my line of work), but when it comes to personal use such as casual gaming, viewing videos and just browsing the web, this device is enough. For those who say “why do you need an iPad if you have an iPhone?”. Like I mentioned, this entire post is being typed on the iPad, to type this much on an iPhone would be uncomfortable, not to mention, just be plain stupid. This is not really a device of “need” but rather “want”. I do majority of my non-work internet browsing when I’m not at work. I have plenty of computers all around the house, I’ve got laptops and a netbook, but when I lean back and relax I don’t pull my laptop towards me, it sits on the coffee table and would require me to slouch over in order to use it. For years I’ve used my HP TC1100 tablet computer for my couch-topping (laptop-ing on the couch) that machine did the job…at 3.1 lbs and a lot of heat after 20 minutes of medium use, that battery last a little over 3 hours and requires a Wacom digitizer/pen. What I did not enjoy about that tablet was the onscreen keyboard. Unlike the iPad which has a near full size keyboard, the TC1100 has a small onscreen keyboard that you have to poke at with the pen, if I was trying to type this post up with that it would take a vey long time and be very frustrating, the great thing about having a Wacom is that it makes drawing and drafting (one of my many hobbies) really easy. The TC1100 does have a keyboard attachment, however if you were to carry that together with it then it’s tablet form is pointless. This is the reason why I enjoy the iPad, typing is obviously not as natural as a physical keyboard, there’s not tactical feedback and touch typing is difficult, but I’ve typed this much without too much trouble and frustration. Being able to type something without pulling out a pen or attaching a keyboard is what makes the iPad attractive.

When the iPad was announced, like many others, I was disappointed that there was no front facing camera in it, I don’t care for a back facing camera since that would look ridiculous being used as a camera. but being able to video chat via something like skype would be useful, they are probably holding out until the next iteration. I was happy with majority of specs and functions but felt that it would be a waste of money getting it since the second or third generation would probably be faster and/or better because Darth Jobs/iGod has a history of announcing a new versions of products annually. However with the later announcement and release of the iPhone 4, the front facing camera in an iPad was no longer an issue. I would eventually get that or iPhone 4G, iPhone 4GS, iPhone 4S anyway (or whatever they want to call it, my contract would not allow me to get it until March 2011) so there was no point in having another device with a camera. And there is also no point in having the 3G version if you already have a smartphone, don’t go and pay twice for spotty AT&T service.

If you ask me “Should I wait for the next version?” I would say yes…and no. Yes because the next one would most likely be better, faster and probably would have a or two cameras (it’s only logical), thinner, etc and no because it may cost more, I say this because Apple may have been able to keep the iPhone 4’s subsidized price at $200 even with that beautiful Retina display, I don’t know if they can negotiate a 9.7″ Retina LCD that low, so the lowest end iPad 2 or 3 may start off at $699 to even out manufacturing cost. Unlike the iPhone which has gone down in price since its debut in 2007, the iPad price is not subsidized by a cellular provider. Take the Mac Mini for example, I believe the base model used to be $499 when it was first announced/released, then it was $599, the current base model is $699. There MAY be a possibility of a price increase over time. If your needs are the same as mine and you know what to expect from this “not a computer” device, it is a great device to have.

Don’t spend an insane amount on a stand, a $0.99 plastic business card holder will do just fine. Go check out my video on this

WHAT I LIKE:
10 hour battery
Instant on
Multi-touch
Light weight (compared to a laptop)
I typed this entire post from it. No visible battery usage yet!

WHAT I DON’T LIKE:
Initial cost
High cost of cases/bags/accessories
Wifi signal inconsistency
Very specific charger needs (Don’t think a powerstrip WITH USB ports can charge this!
Already purchased iPhone apps looks horrible (Pixelated) in “2X” and doesn’t even use the full screen!

Example of what an iPhone app/game looks like at “2X” on an iPad. As advertised, it does run, but it’s very pixelated, which mean you will have to buy the iPad version if you want the same app to look good and do the screen justice. I don’t think the Retina display can make it into an iPad at a low cost. With the recent rumor of a 7-inch iPad, there may be a possibility of that, however, would the keyboard’s usability be sacrificed?

iPhone game at 2X


Made for the iPad

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