A Real Pocket PC

Microsoft coined the term “Pocket PC” in 2000. The product it represented, while technically a personal computer, did not have the utility of what we consider a PC. Microsoft’s Pocket PC allowed you to read email, manage appointments and even play a few basic games but you still sat down at the computer on your desk when you had real work to do. I don’t yearn very often but when I do, I yearn for all the functionality of my laptop in the device I call my cell phone.

I believe we are only three to five years away from having what we consider a real pocket pc with the power and functionality of a typical laptop. The following issues are what stand between us and a real useful full fledged mini computer.

Issue 1: Input

Despite advances in voice recognition and small qwerty keyboards, we need to involve our fingers not just our thumbs. Our minds are still faster than any computer. Current cell phone keyboards are inadequate for anything but a simple email.

The answer–projectable keyboards. They have been around for a number of years but have not gone mainstream. They currently require a separate projection device that communicates via bluetooth to the computer. The projection needs to come directly from the phone.



Issue 2: Output

We’ve all become spoiled by large monitors but you can’t carry them with you. They also require a dedicated power source. Samsung and several other cell phone manufacturers have now built projectors into their cell phones. Samsung’s latest release projects a 50″ high definition screen.




Issue 3: Memory

Solid state memory is here. It is capable of storing large amounts of data, is small, fast and able to handle millions of re-writes. We are already there but you can never have enough memory.

Issue 4: Processing

Despite having phones with 1.5GHz Dual-core CPU’s, they still don’t have the processing power of a laptop. I’m not sure why. Maybe its the number of transistors or the size of the I/O bus but it’s getting better all the time. Cell phone computation is about equivalent to a laptop built in 2006.

Issue 5: High Speed Internet

We are there. 4G and WiFi allow cell phones to access data in the cloud with the speed needed for most business applications.

Issue 6: Power

When projecting your screen and keyboard you can imagine a significant drain on the battery. Additionally, crunching numbers in a big spreadsheet or building a Powerpoint presentation will also put the hurt on your power source. Despite the advances in battery technology, we may always be hindered by power consumption.


Amazing new Camera

This camera captures all the panes in an image allowing you to adjust the focus after the picture is taken.

The Lytro

Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

You can buy this stuff at Costco. Pure it on cream cheese and eat with crackers.

Lipstick on a Pig

Most companies spend years trying to develop a good name and reputation. Can you imagine Microsoft, McDonalds or Walmart doing a name change? So why would fifteen year old company want to change it’s name? Simple….they have made Qwest a terrible name and they have a horrible reputation. Unfortunately it takes more than a name change to make a company honest, reliable and service oriented.

Don’t be fooled!

Can’t resist

I listen to Colin Cowherd in the morning on my way to work. One day he was talking about everything on the Internet being negative. I realized that 95% of the time I want to post something, it’s because I’m ticked. I have to say, his words have kept me from making a lot of posts. However, I can’t resist today.

I’ve got two vcr’s that have every feature known to man. The one even burns DVD’s. But here’s the rub. They have all the controls on the remote. They only have open, stop and play buttons on the machine. Everything else is on the remote. Well guess what? I’m missing one of the remotes and the other one is broken. I might as well toss both machines in the garbage. They are worthless. The other day I wanted to watch a DVD that had two movies on it. Since I didn’t have the remote I couldn’t switch to the movie I wanted to watch.

Are these manufacturers completely clueless or are they doing it on purpose like Apple not putting a USB port on the iPad 2? Sorry I had to squeeze that one in.

The Bubble Boy

What kind of society is this guy looking for? He’s a complete socialist. He loves government. Yet he wants perfection. He thinks an individual is entitled to $150,000 because of an simple accident. Could he work on an assembly line and never make a mistake?

As far as safety goes, making sandwiches is pretty far down the list with regards to expecting perfection. I have a higher quality expectation of brake shoe, detonation cap, traffic light assembly line works.

Can we even blame the person who made the sandwich? I guarantee they were not pitting olives for his sandwich. They were reaching into a container filled with olives that were no doubt from a can. If he’s gonna sue someone, it should be the olive provider. But wait, is it really their fault? They can’t hand search ever can for pits. It’s the maker of the olive pitting machine that should be sued.

I just don’t see how his socialist views can possibly mesh with his opinion that something as small as an olive pit making its way into a sandwich should result in $150,000 payment.

Mr. Kucinich, life is about living and living is dangerous. You can’t sue for every hazard. This would isn’t perfect. Nothing in it is perfect. Every machine contains defects. Even if something was perfect, everyone and everything is in a state of atrophy is deterioration.

After this embarrasing display of judicial frivolousness would anyone want to serve him in a restaurant? Would anyone want to be his doctor? Would anyone want to fix his car? Would anyone want him on their property?

Perhaps Mr. Kucinich would prefer to live in a bubble where is environment can be closely monitored and screened for hazards.

Wake-up Ohio and vote out this bozo.

Cheeky? Kucinich Sues for ‘Oral Injuries’ From Errant Olive Pit
Published January 26, 2011 AP

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio

It’s the pits to break a tooth while eating. Just ask Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

The Ohio Democratic representative is suing House cafeteria service providers for $150,000 for allegedly selling him a sandwich wrap with a stray olive pit in it.

Kucinich, who ran for president in 2008, said in a Jan. 3 lawsuit filed in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia that the pit caused “serious and permanent” damage to his mouth and wellbeing.

He said he is entitled to recover damages, “including but not limited to past and future dental and medical expenses, compensation for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment and other damage.”


Far be it from me to complain but I’ve got to vent somehow. I travel around the West. Since I fly Delta that usually means flying on their Canadair Regional Jets manufactured by Bombardier. These jets have a flaw that drive me nuts. Periodically during the flight a deafening BING goes off. It is so loud that I actually feel pain in my ear. No matter where you sit you are no more than a couple of feet from the speaker.

I don’t understand why they have to be so loud.

Best Candy on Earth

These little devils will be the death of me. This is a case of like 30.

Try one of these bad boys.

1 almond, surrounded by creamy goodness, encased in a round cookie shell, coated with coconut.

TSA without bounds

I go through airport security all the time. The workers are pathetic. The official rules change regularly and they make up their own rules constantly.

What’s better, racial profiling or molesting millions of people every day?

TSA Pat-down Leaves Traveler Covered in Urine
‘I was absolutely humiliated,’ said bladder cancer survivor

By Harriet Baskas

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

“I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, ofLansing, Mich.
Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”

On Nov. 7, Sawyer said he went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”

Due to his medical condition, Sawyer asked to be screened in private. “One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn’t have any place to take me,” said Sawyer. “After I said again that I’d like privacy, they took me to an office.”

Sawyer wears pants two sizes too large in order to accommodate the medical equipment he wears. He’d taken off his belt to go through the scanner and once in the office with security personnel, his pants fell down around his ankles. “I had to ask twice if it was OK to pull up my shorts,” said Sawyer, “And every time I tried to tell them about my medical condition, they said they didn’t need to know about that.”

Before starting the enhanced pat-down procedure, a security officer did tell him what they were going to do and how they were going to it, but Sawyer said it wasn’t until they asked him to remove his sweatshirt and saw his urostomy bag that they asked any questions about his medical condition.

“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”

The security officer finished the pat-down, tested the gloves for any trace of explosives and then, Sawyer said, “He told me I could go. They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”

Humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer said he had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up.