Steve Jobs steps down

I can’t believe it. I knew that he had health problems, but I still cannot believe that he has stepped down. It’s not everyday that the CEO of the largest (in terms of net worth) company in the world steps down. In the letter though it sounded as if he would continue on as a head member of the board, just not run the show.

Over all I don’t think this should really change things all that much for Apple. Steve will still be around, helping, making sure that everything goes as should. He just won’t be in the spotlight on a day to day basis. Though I have not purchased many Apple products as of late, I still recommend them to family as they “just work” and you know your getting a good product. I think the tech world and all us geeks will be sad to see him gone, but wish him the best of luck going forward.

 

Further reading: NYT – Jobs Steps Down at Apple, Saying He Can’t Meet Duties

What’s That? A ChromeOS Laptop you say? SWEET!

So I just had a really great drive home (not) ahead of this so called “super storm” that is on its way. This thing has thrown everyone into a panic mode … so basically just another commute. Anyways, when I arrived at home I found a UPS package for me. Now, this is odd as I did not remember ordering anything. I grab the package and quickly rush inside to find out who had sent me what … and why!

Well as soon as I opened the box I knew what it was, and my inner geek cried out like a school girl. 🙂 Below is my unboxing.

ChromeOS Laptop Box

The laptop box

ChromeOS Stickers

stickers

Box ... Unboxed

The box … unboxed

Directions

A look inside the box … directions

ChromeOS Laptop Itself

The laptop itself

Laptop Bottom

bottom of the laptop

Battery

laptop battery

Battery Install and Charging Instructions

battery install and charging directions … on nice recycled paper

Battery Installed

battery installed

Instant On When Cover Is Opened

oops .. it powers up when you open the lid (instant on by the way)

Setup Screen

The setup screen

ChromeOS Version

ChromeOS version

Added My Stickers

After I put my stickers on the cover 🙂

The directions state that you should allow the unit to completely charge the battery before use, so I, of course, have not used the system yet. Look for an update on usage and what I think coming soon.

New Addiction?

Thanks to Kevin Rose I’ve found perhaps a new addiction. Not being part of the whole FaceBook thing (as the guy in charge is evil and you basically give away everything about yourself) I’ve missed out on the phenomenon known as FarmVille. Anyways even better now, We Rule. I’ve only been playing for a bit but already hooked for some silly reason. 🙂

Roku Digital Video Player Review

I’ve been a Netflix user for several years now anyways, and I’ve come to love the service like everyone else. Now as part of my service plan I also get to use their “watch now” feature that essentially allows you to stream to your computer an ever growing number of movies and TV shows. Now don’t get me wrong this feature is wonderful, but sometimes you just want to watch it on your TV (in HD even).

Enter the Roku player. This little box, yes I do mean little, it’s only 5″ x 5″ and only 1.75″ high can be hidden most anywhere. On the back are most any audio/video connection you would need [Composite video, S-Video, Component video (Y/Pb/Pr), HDMI]. Also this little box will output in the following formats [16:9 HD (720p), 16:9 anamorphic (480p) , 4:3 standard (480i)] leaving out only the 1080i/p folks but most HD stations don’t even broadcast in them anyways.

Once you’ve figured out how your going to connect the box to your TV you have to pick how you want to connect it o your network (Internet). The Roku player comes with 2 choices, wired or wireless. The wired is pretty straight forward, and the wireless lets you use Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2.

Once you have it connect you just follow the on screen directions and you’ll be streaming Netflix “watch now” movies and TV on your TV in no time. As you add items to your “watch now” queue they show up in the list of available titles on the box almost immediately.

Overall I’m more then happy with it and would recommend it to anyone that likes the “watch now” feature of their Netflix subscription but has tired of watching them on the computer. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the picture quality even on my standard TV was as good if not better then the computer stream and didn’t have to stop once to buffer.

The drive is alive!

So my Lacie external drive (d2 320GB) died on me with the old blinky power supply thing. As this had happened before I thought, ok I’ll just get a new power supply and I’ll be back in business. This of course was not to be, this drive had something much more sinister in mind. It turns out that the power part of the internal board had decided to give up the ghost. So being the geek that I am I took the thing apart.

Disassembly was actually relatively easy. I removed 2 screws (one being under the warranty label) and the inner tray slid right out. I disconnected the power and SATA, and then wrestled it into my cluttered desktop case. Powered the machine up and it was alive! 😀