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The Five Technologies That Impacted My Life

The Five Technologies That Impacted My Life

Late last year several of SlashGear’s distinguished columnists wrote a similar column highlighting some of the key technologies that shaped their life. I thought it would be great to bring this series back and write a similar column on my own personal technological pilgrimage. Many of these are more representations of a more fundamental element of computing that has broadened my horizon and got me to where I am today.

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Movie Review: Thor

Movie Review: Thor

When I first heard about the "Thor" movie, I had the same reaction as most folks I know. "Thor? Really?! Thor?" Couldn't we just have another Hulk movie instead? Did the "Power Man and Iron Fist" script not turn out the way they hoped? Until I was about 16, I was an avid comic collector, and I favored Marvel titles, of which "Thor" is one. When I turned 16, I started spending my comic book money on gasoline, and it all went downhill from there, but I still have boxes and boxes filled with a few thousand comics, bagged and boarded, safe in my parents' basement. I collected "Thor," but I also collected "Speedball," so my taste is suspect. In any case, the news of a "Thor" movie mostly means, to me at least, that Marvel is running out of super heroes for the big screen.

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Tech Is Cutting Us Off From the World

Tech Is Cutting Us Off From the World

When news first broke of Osama Bin Laden’s death, where were you? Were you on your computer refreshing your browser to find the latest news? Were you glued to your television set watching your favorite cable news channel? Were you checking for updates on your smartphone?

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Driving Me to Digital Distraction

Driving Me to Digital Distraction

First, I want to say that this is all my fault. I’m going to save commenters the trouble of pointing out that I was irresponsible, perhaps even a bit entitled, and anything I’m going to gripe about could have been solved by a rational adult who takes care of their own responsibilities. With that said, I’m going to now tell you the story of how I officially became a Texan, and how it could have been prevented.

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Dear Nintendo: Drop the Wii to $100

Dear Nintendo: Drop the Wii to $100

Nintendo has dropped the price of its Wii console to $150. The move is yet another in a long line of strategies on Nintendo’s part to try and ramp up the once-astronomical demand for its console.

The only issue is, I don’t see a $150 price tag on the Wii helping out all that much. The console will undoubtedly see a short-term boost in sales, but this is a long-term game. And over the long-term, I simply don’t see any way for Nintendo to maintain high demand for its console.

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HTC Flyer: Latest victim of tablet sabotage

HTC Flyer: Latest victim of tablet sabotage

Perhaps it's Friday paranoia talking, but it does seem like the US carriers (and retailers, for that matter) want to kill the chances of every tablet other than the iPad. News that the "Scribe" active stylus for the HTC Flyer will be an $80 accessory for the WiFi-only version Best Buy will sell (and, presumably, the HTC EVO View 4G headed to Sprint) has whipped the rug out from under the tablet's stubby Android feet, making it either a very expensive - $580 for WiFi tablet and pen - proposition or merely a 7-inch slate not even running Honeycomb.

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An ARM MacBook could revolutionize the industry

An ARM MacBook could revolutionize the industry

It's a strange week to be talking about Apple dumping Intel. Only a few days ago, the company was proudly unveiling its new iMac line-up, relying on Core i5 and Core i7 processors - along with AMD GPUs - to make them the fastest all-in-ones Apple has offered to-date. Yet at the same time as Intel's latest quad-core chips are finding their way into what Apple's Phil Schiller describes as "the world's best desktop," there's also talk that the company's close relationship with Intel is about to get served with divorce papers. ARM is coming, and the computing industry will never be the same again.

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Phones for Women: Is Verizon’s Bliss misogynistic or just lazy?

Phones for Women: Is Verizon’s Bliss misogynistic or just lazy?

We can make dual-core smartphones that last for days and put LEGO into space - well, eventually - so why is it that gadgets for women are generally so, well, rubbish? This week news of the HTC Bliss for Verizon broke, a prototype "phone for ladies" that the carrier is supposedly putting through its focus group paces. The Bliss may not commit the first sin of a "female gadget" by being bright pink, but it does have a (code)name like a gossip mag and, from what we know so far, fall victim to the same needless flaws that generally seem to plague tech targeting girls.

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I Can’t Wait to See the Wii 2

I Can’t Wait to See the Wii 2

At the E3 gaming expo later this year, Nintendo will take the stage and finally unveil its long-rumored (and much-needed) Wii successor. Over the last couple weeks, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about the device, including the possibility of it coming with more powerful specs than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Rumors also suggest that a new controller is in the works that could feature a 6-inch display.

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I’m Stupid, but I’m Trying

I’m Stupid, but I’m Trying

It doesn't take much to remind me that I know very little. Most days I can rely on at least a comment or two pointing out that, not only do I not understand that of which I've written, but that I should punish myself by promptly disconnecting from the internet tubes and forever forgoing having a connection ever again. Other times it's the harried moments of research which educate me in my ignorance. Friday, for instance, I attempted the briefest of digs into Auxiliary Power Unit heaters, after the space shuttle Endeavour saw its launched scrubbed over "an issue" with that very component.

No more than a handful of paragraphs of dense NASA technical documentation and I realized I'd bitten off far more than my blogger's brain could handle, at least in the space I had to push out a timely article and with a level of complexity casual readers might appreciate without finding overpowering. Did I get it right? Only pageviews, comments and a spattering of common sense will tell me, and even then it's part calculation and part divination. Welcome to the age of information overload.

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