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Steve Jobs, My Father & Cancer

Posted by mikenopolis on October 6, 2011

Title seems like I’m saying Steve Jobs IS my father. but no. My father will ALWAYS be more important to me.

I knew the day was coming, never thought it would be this soon. The death of Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011 made me tear up not only because I’m a fan of Apple Products (I’m not a fan boy! I have around 16 computers in two residence, only six are Macs two if which are too old to use, I would not be able to do my job without a PC) but because my father passed way years ago at the age of 55 of cancer also. Every time I saw Steve in the media I would tear up a little because he looked like he was deteriorating exactly as my father did. As shown in this picture below he looked like he was wasting away in front of the world. My father had lung cancer but had never smoked a day in his life. The doctor told him it might have been caused by the lead that is in solder (which he can’t get away from being an electrical & mechanical engineer). They removed the tumor, treated him with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, I was driving back and forth daily because my mother is too weak and physically handicapped to care for him those were really hard times and I was contemplating of quitting college, but instead I just took on a really light class load for about two years. The doctors gave him a clean bill of health and we were all happy. He got really thin as the years went by, but no cancer was detected until 4 years later. At this point tumors were showing up on film in his brain, liver, pancreas and lungs, he lost the battle about a year later.

Cancer is a horrible disease, I really hope there will one day be a cure for these death sentences. I’ll probably die from cancer and so will many of you. It is a slow, painful and annoying death. All the treatments they can offer with either help or prolong the agony. If I had a choice I rather be doing whatever and just be shot in the back of the head, it’s messy but it would be quick. I do not fear death, I fear pain.

For those who thinks Steve Jobs was a great innovator I have to agree with you, but he did not invent from the ground up, he took other’s failures, and improved upon them. A popular saying is that “Microsoft will get it right the third time, Apple gets it right the first time” the fact is, Apple sat and waited for Microsoft to screw up and learned from them before coming out with their own. I had plenty of Windows Mobile phones and HandSpring/Palm Treos before the iPhone. Those phones worked great, but the VISION of Steve Jobs put doubt in my mind as to how much better and easier it would’ve/should’ve been. The iPad is not the original tablet, years prior to their debut there were plenty of Windows based tablets, there were slates and convertibles and even some sliders. I’m STILL using my HP TC1100, in my opinion and limited budget, it is still the best device for 3D CAD use. The iPad has it’s limitations but it also can have a place in our everyday lives, this is what Steve Jobs was able to see.

I say “vision” because Steve Jobs didn’t actually make the products, he’s only the conductor. It is sad that we don’t know the team of people who actually had to work long hours to make all these products possible, those who took Steve’s ideas and vision into a physical form. To you Bill Gates and Microsoft lovers, do you remember DOS? If it wasn’t for Steve Job’s vision of a easy friendly user interface (GUI) there is a possibility that we would still be using a variation of DOS. Fonts? I can’t believe that was Jobs’ idea, we take it for granted because it’s been there this whole time. I’ve seen old news papers and ads and knew fonts existed prior to personal computers, I just didn’t think consumers were unable to change it on their computers at one point.

To all the people behind ALL the great products we use today, Thank You for making our lives easier and fancier. I hope we will one day have a leader like Steve Jobs. He will be missed.

Created by 19y/o design student Jonathan Mak of Hong Kong

I redid this awesome icon in the CLASSIC Color Apple rainbow icon with Steve Jobs’ silhouette a few different ways. Can’t believe Jonathank Mak made this prior (August 2011) to Jobs’ death! He made it after Jobs announced his resignation from his position as CEO. It would be cool if Apple used this icon as a memorial.

Same Icon - I made it into the classic icon color Black Border on Face

No Black Border

Black with White Glasses, Classic Color Logo

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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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How To Convert .RGO file to .PDF

Posted by mikenopolis on November 29, 2009

Short post/tutorial:

I came across a file that had a .RGO extension and spent a little bit too much time looking for a way to convert it to a more common format (.PDF). So I thought I’d save some people time by posting this.

Go to this url: http://www.cerience.com/viewers/pc.php
or Google for “Repligo pc”

Select “Windows Desktop PC” and click [SUBMIT]

Click “Downloads RepliGo Viewer for Windows”

Install the program

Open your .RGO file with this application

Once opened, go to “File”, “Print”

Select “Adobe PDF” as your printer (I think you need to have a paid version of Adobe Acrobat for this) and select OK

That’s it you’re done!

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Protective Cases For Phones, Laptops, etc.

Posted by mikenopolis on August 9, 2009

I just has lunch with of my friends and one of our discussions was in regards to how scratched up his iPhone was and how both my gf’s iPhone (my 1st gen) and mine is in prestine condition.

I partly blame this on the Apple corporation. When you purchase an iPod, iPhone or even a laptop from them, they often ask if you would like to buy a case to protect your new toy. What they fail to tell the consumers is that they need to remove the case every few days or at least once a week to clean out the dirt, dust, lent, etc. Why? You ask? Because most, if not all cases are not a 100% dust proof, grime gets in through the edges and the button cut outs and often remain between your nice expensive toys and the case. Since the, lets say iPhone is not 100% fitted into the case (by 100% I mean a perfect fit where the phone does not have any “micro” movements) the Phone will rub against the little particles and the so called protective case. Over time this will create tiny scuffs on you phone!

My friend has had his phone for about a year now and it looks like crap. He has NEVER cleaned it out!

So my word of advise. Check the stuff that’s stuck inside your case and clean it out often!

Sorry for any typos. Typed this out on my iPhone.

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I’m a Microsoft/PC Commercials Are Starting To Piss Me Off

Posted by mikenopolis on March 27, 2009

They are kinda stealing the Mac’s “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” commercials. They are stupid….why? They have little children doing stupid shit on their PCs. I as a consumer am not going to buy a computer because a little kid was able to make a slideshow or print a panoramic picture of her room.

What made me blog this was the following commercial…a girl is looking for a sub $1000 17″ notebook. In the end she got an HP for $699.99+tax, roughly $750. I do have to agree with people that Apple products are on the pricier side. But they are well built machines that can last a long time and still be very dependable. Personally I have never had much trouble with my Windows machines, not even my Vista (but then again its 64-bit). All I’m saying is that you can give a mac to your grandmother out of the box and she can’t destroy it (not talking about physically). Here’s an article discussing the video and guess what? He’s siding with me, even as a PC user.

Anyway I digress, here’s the video…She’s just poor, if she had the money and had ever used a mac in her life, she’d be all over the 17″ Mac Pro….I miss my old 17″ Powerbook G4

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Wikipedians are Nazis

Posted by mikenopolis on February 19, 2009

I remember the days when anyone could put up a Wikipedia page and no one would regulated it for days. In the recent weeks I’ve been fighting these so called “Wikipedians” or as we like to call them Wikipedia Nazis on keeping a page from deletion. These eff-tards have nothing better to do then to delete pages or flag pages for deletion.

I listen to a daily audio podcast from CNET (owned by CBS) called “The 404” which is a word play on the 404 error message. The 30+ minute show does not only cover technology news, but also popular culture and various subjects in recent news and event. In my life of being at the office for 10-12 hours with retarded old people who knows next to nothing about the tech world, I have no one to discuss my passions with. If I were to have smarter friends and family, the three hosts of this show (Justin, Wilson & Jeff ) would be it. I could actually have a decent conversation with them and not want to slap them….my girlfriend actually asked “what’s that?” when I said something about Linux…it was a sad day. I’m the tech guy for most of the people I’m surrounded by. I can’t even ask someone to pick up a HDD for me because they have no idea what it looks like.

Anyway, what’s with the “Wikipedians”? Why do they keep wanting to delete The 404’s Wiki page? I’ve seen some of their comments, they say The 404 is not notable, or that they have no independent and reliable sources to back them up. I’m sorry, but if you think CNET is not reliable or notable, you obviously have no right patrolling a page regarding tech.

Wikipedians should just be like a librarian. Sit down, tell people to behave and point them to books. A librarian has no right teaching physics, they can tell you where the physics books are and let you discover it on your own. But no more!

Here’s a copy of The 404 Wikipedia page…it may not be up for long as long as these people troll Wikipedia:

The 404

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 404
File:The 404 logo.jpg
Hosting CNET
Updates Daily M-F
Debut January 1, 2008
Genre Technology, News
Website http://the404.cnet.com

The 404 is a daily audio podcast dedicated to news both in and outside of the tech community[1]. Originally known as The Dudecast[2], The 404 is hosted by Jeff Bakalar, Wilson Tang, and Justin Yu. It is produced by CNET and has aired daily since January 2008. Randall Bennett co-hosted the first one hundred episodes of the show [3] before his departure from CNET in 2008.[4]

The 404 places an emphasis on listener interaction. Most episodes include user-generated content in the form of email and voicemail. A live video stream is also available which features a chat room where listeners can interact with the hosts during the recording. They are encouraged to submit new topics for discussion or comment about previous topics.

Contents

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Format

The 404 records live Monday through Friday around 11:00am Eastern Time. Episodes are posted in the 404’s blog a few hours after the live broadcast. Before and after the official recording, The 404 streams a live video feed which is available online. Viewers are able to provide input during the preparation in the pre-show and give feedback during the post-show. However due to scheduling conflicts the length of the live pre/post show has been shortened as of February 6, 2009.

Hosts

Wilson Tang hails from Tennessee and is an associate producer for CNETtv. He’s a part-time artist and filmmaker and has written and directed several films.

Jeff Bakalar is a gaming editor for CNET Reviews. After spending a few years in the world of film production, he has settled down and currently lives in New Jersey. He’s an avid writer and gamer.

Justin Yu is the assistant editor of home and hardware for CNET. He officially joined The 404 podcast as of episode 101[5]. He covers the reviews of printers and other peripherals for CNET. He is originally from Orange County, California.

Inside Jokes and Common Reference

The hosts of The 404, after hundreds of episodes, have accumulated their share of inside jokes. Here are just a few and a bit of “well known facts” for any new listener who just feels lost.

  • Saskatoon – A real Canadian city [1] which happens to have a unusually large number of 404 listeners and at which Justin Yu constantly jokes about stating it to be in Middle Earth and to be home to [unicorns] and other fictional characters.

Analog Pants

The hosts of The 404 currently have a mini-series going titled “Analog Pants” (a pun of the common term digital shorts)

  • Episode 1: Rick Roll by the Red Balls [2]

Notable Guests

The 404 has been frequented by guests in a variety of fields. Most are technology pundits but other notable guests have included professional snowboarder Shaun White and Clayton Morris of Fox & Friends.

Other guests:

See also

References

  1. ^ http://the404.cnet.com
  2. ^ http://www.cnet.com/8301-13952_1-9883281-81.html
  3. ^ http://www.randallcbennett.com/2007/12/14/the-404-show-please-send-some-support
  4. ^ http://www.cnet.com/8301-13952_1-9946009-81.html
  5. ^ http://www.cnet.com/8301-13952_1-9946009-81.html
  6. ^ http://www.phone.com/blog/2008/03/17/cnet-reviews-the-404-podcast/
  7. ^ http://www.dannykeith.com/2008/04/08/sportsboards-online-and-cnet-the-404-podcast/
  8. ^ http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2008/01/30/the-404/]
  9. ^ http://revision3.com/forum/showthread.php?p=335118&highlight=Martin+Sargent
  10. ^ http://www.comicbookconventions.com/forum/index.php?topic=6993.0
  11. ^ http://catchdacraze.com/blog/?p=234
  12. ^ http://blog.goanimate.com/2008/08/goanimate-on-cnet-404-podcast.html

External links

UPDATE

The 404 Wikipedia has just been deleted AGAIN (about 6 hours after this blog post).  I guess until they become more mainstream they will remain a mystery to the public.

What is surprising is that this is the Wikipedian (Juliancolton) that had the final say…does his user page really justify the control he has been granted? Here it is:

User:Juliancolton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

See also: User:Juliancolton/About me and User:Juliancolton/Userboxes

HERE’S THE DEBATE THAT WAS ON WIKIPEDIA

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/The 404

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NetBook – Laptops Have Come a Long Way

Posted by mikenopolis on September 9, 2008

I’ve been fond of portable electronics and gadgets all my life,  I think it’s because my father was an electrical and mechanical engineer. The main reason I’ve been a fan of laptops is because an old roommate faked a break-in during the first month of my second year in college. Needless to say, my desktop computer was one of the items that were stolen. From that point on, my main computer is a laptop that never leaves my side (even to this day).

My first laptop was a hefty 8 pound monster, I don’t remember the specs, but it was fast for its time and cost my father $1700. I later (when Dell’s tech support was still good and not outsourced) upgraded to a 6lb. Dell Latitude. In my later years in school I gave up speed for price and portability and got myself a 3.9lb Averatec for a little over $900. Amazingly that little thing was pretty reliable, I used it for 2 years, My girlfriend used it for 1 and I sold it on eBay for $500 after replacing the hard drive.

Over the past 10 years I’ve owned many laptops from one the lightest laptop (1.99 lb Sharp MM20…take that MacBook Air) to one the heaviest laptop around (15lb HP HDX…AMAZING machine). One of the biggest downfalls is their portability and battery life which is drained by spinning hard drives, CPU and the fan.

I recently read a review on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 NetBook from AnandTech and was very impressed by it. Like all NetBooks, it uses a SSD, but what sets it aside from them is that it has NO FAN! My old Sharp MM20 ran on a  Transmeta 1.2Ghz processor which required no fan, but it had a spinning hard drive and ran hot. Although I’m all about the latest tech, I’ll have to hold out on getting a netbook for a while, I’m just not sure I can work with a 16GB SSD.

During many of my personal vacations where I traveled, I’ve brought along one of my laptops just in case of work emergencies. I’d love to carry something smaller that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

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WooHoooooo! WordPress App for iPhone is Available NOW!

Posted by mikenopolis on July 22, 2008

Just wanted to say that the WordPress app is now available for the iPhone!

Thanks for the hard work Matt!

:::Posted Via iPhone:::

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Apple 3G iPhone – 3rd Day Of Sale

Posted by mikenopolis on July 13, 2008

I drove by the apple store of Pasadena California today, the third day after the release of the iPhone 3G and this is what the line outside looks like!!! What is it about Apple’s product that drives people nuts, I mean this weekend is not as hot as the past three or four weekends but it was still somewhat hot! These people are standing out here like they were giving out gold bars!


What is interesting is that many of these people already have the first iPhone…like me (I am typing this out on it right now) I would not go wait in like just for 3G and GPS, I am perfectly happy with the 2.0 software update so far, it really is like having a brand new phone. Problem is that as of writing this, it is 1:42 pm, my phone has been off it’s charger since 9:00am, I have a little over half of the battery left after about 5 hours of use. I have made no calls and played with the iPhone games for about 1 hour, four text message with bluetooth and wifi off. I wonder how the battery for the 3G iPhone will perform since their newer functions are power hungry!

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