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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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DIY Cradle For The iPhone Or Other Gadgets

Posted by mikenopolis on March 9, 2009

I thought I would share this with the 12 friends who knows of this blog and other random people. I have used this cradle for about 5 years now. I “invented” it when I got one of the earlier portable media players (Archos AV320) because I’m anal about scratches on my gadgets so I never directly put them on a table. I now have one for my iPhone and Creative Zen W.

It takes about 1 minute to make, practically free. If it breaks just grab a paper and make another one! Hope you like it. Comment and let me know if you decide to make and use one. I’ve got a bunch of people in my office using it now…wonder if I can patent this.

Here it is. I hate recording my voice. I do not sound like this to myself, it reminds me of one episode of Family Guy when Lois Griffin said “OMG is that what I would like?…all nasally and…”

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The Real Cost Of The “Newer & Better” 3G iPhone From Apple/AT&T

Posted by mikenopolis on July 17, 2008

I should’ve posted this a long time ago but haven’t had time…so here’s a calculation of how the newest 3G iPhone is actually more expensive than people think. The first iPhone (8GB) was $599 but became $499 after Apple reimbursed $100 to owners when they decided on the sudden price drop. 1st generation iPhone cost $49.00 per month ($29.99 plan with $20 iPhone Package) whereas the new iPhone 3G cost $251.49 more by the end of the 2 year contract because sure! you have a lower initial cost of the phone, but your monthly charge is $69.99 with a $5 for the same amount of text messages. By the 14th month you would’ve paid more than the 1st generation iPhone owner!

Also if you really think about it the 3G network is still not widely available, so unless you keep your 3G iPhone’s 3G service off, it will constantly be searching for the network, causing it to lose battery power and a faster rate. Sure, you can turn the GPS off and the 3G off, then what’s the point of getting the phone?

Apple should’ve thought this through before releasing it….or maybe they have and are just trying to get more money from all of us when the 3rd version of the iPhone comes out!

1st Gen
3G Version
iPhone $ 499.99 Total Cost $ 199.99 Total Cost
Taxes $ 41.25 $ 541.24 $ 16.50 $ 216.49
Month #1 $ 49.99 $ 591.23 $ 74.00 $ 290.49
2 $ 49.99 $ 641.22 $ 74.00 $ 364.49
3 $ 49.99 $ 691.21 $ 74.00 $ 438.49
4 $ 49.99 $ 741.20 $ 74.00 $ 512.49
5 $ 49.99 $ 791.19 $ 74.00 $ 586.49
6 $ 49.99 $ 841.18 $ 74.00 $ 660.49
7 $ 49.99 $ 891.17 $ 74.00 $ 734.49
8 $ 49.99 $ 941.16 $ 74.00 $ 808.49
9 $ 49.99 $ 991.15 $ 74.00 $ 882.49
10 $ 49.99 $ 1,041.14 $ 74.00 $ 956.49
11 $ 49.99 $ 1,091.13 $ 74.00 $ 1,030.49
12 $ 49.99 $ 1,141.12 $ 74.00 $ 1,104.49
13 $ 49.99 $ 1,191.11 $ 74.00 $ 1,178.49
14 $ 49.99 $ 1,241.10 $ 74.00 $ 1,252.49
15 $ 49.99 $ 1,291.09 $ 74.00 $ 1,326.49
16 $ 49.99 $ 1,341.08 $ 74.00 $ 1,400.49
17 $ 49.99 $ 1,391.07 $ 74.00 $ 1,474.49
18 $ 49.99 $ 1,441.06 $ 74.00 $ 1,548.49
19 $ 49.99 $ 1,491.05 $ 74.00 $ 1,622.49
20 $ 49.99 $ 1,541.04 $ 74.00 $ 1,696.49
21 $ 49.99 $ 1,591.03 $ 74.00 $ 1,770.49
22 $ 49.99 $ 1,641.02 $ 74.00 $ 1,844.49
23 $ 49.99 $ 1,691.01 $ 74.00 $ 1,918.49
24 $ 49.99 $ 1,741.00 $ 74.00 $ 1,992.49

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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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