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Archive for June, 2009

Princess Mousepad

author Posted by: George on date Jun 12th, 2009 | filed Filed under: Mice / keyboard, Mouse Pad

What shall I say πŸ™‚ this time I choice something different something a little bit more for the ladies that visit Coolusbtoys and that is why for the Mousepad of the Month I picked the Princess Mousepad.

It is very nice and colorfull and would not be bad to carry around to school in your laptop bag or to have in you cubical at work. Just wonderfull colors and rounds.

Go have a peek at the Princess Mousepad.

Upgrading from iPhone 3G to iPhone 3Gs is it worth it?

author Posted by: George on date Jun 9th, 2009 | filed Filed under: iPhone / iPod Touch

OK Apple did it again the new improved iPhone is out. It will take a couple more days before you can buy it but it is just days away.

So now you hear a lot of geeks (OK me geek to) about upgrading from the 3G to the new 3Gs but I really wonder if that is worth it. Don’t get me wrong the new iPhone is nice and of course better then the old one but it does just not seem to offer so much more that it makes it right for me to upgrade.

I would love the better camera but does 3 mega pixel do it so much better? The auto focus sounds neat but again it still does not have a flash like even the Palm Pre has. And that still does not make it a replacement of my normal camera. And yes it does video now and that is really nice but that will not be a deal breaker for me.

Speed that is where the S in 3Gs stands for so OK it will be faster but is the normal 3G that slow? I don’t think I really need that extra speed. I don’t have a data plan on mine so maybe for those people it will make a difference but me as wifi user who does not really uses it’s iPhone for games ithink it will be a waste on me.

And then of course now it offers Nike+ and I run (sometimes) so that would be neat but then again the iPhone is HUGE I think that my old 3e generation Nano with Nike+ is still a better bet for me.

So all and all I don’t think there will be such a big switcher crowed specially because the iPhone still looks like the old one so you will not stick out in the crowds with you “old” phone.

I am on the other hand exited about the new software and that will be working on mine so let it be next week.

OffMaps v1.2

author Posted by: George on date Jun 8th, 2009 | filed Filed under: Applications, iPhone / iPod Touch

I am the owner of an iPhone 3G and I really love it, but why build in a GPS if you don’t have any decent use of it? OK maybe if you have a dataplan you could maybe use googlemaps and see where you are but then still would that be quick enough to keep your map data coming?

Last week I acidently found OffMaps and let me tell you what it is and does and you will see that you want in on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

After you install OffMaps on you phone you see something that resembles googlemaps but then only the map so no satellite images. Now where ever you go on the worldmap the maps you see it stores and you can zoom all lot to make the map even more accurate. You can also select a piece of map and tell how much detail you want stored. This selection can unfortunately be not more then 50MB but you can load more of those maps (I didn’t find a limit) so you can take all the maps you think you need with you.

For instance I now have Calgary (where I live) Banff (where i like to go on the weekends) and New YorkΒ  (just for fun) on my iPhone and this used 183MB and yes i like lots of detail. And if that scares you then let me tell you that you can of course delete parts or all the map data stored on your device so that you can take only what you really need.

The Map data is pretty accurate although maybe not as good as Googlemaps but OffMaps uses and opensource map from OpenStreetMap and that means that if you don’t like the current data then why don’t you help improve the map yourself.

With all the maps you need on your device now you can start traveling around it has the option to tell you where you are by using the GPS of the iPhone and it is quick much quicker I ever saw on application for the iPhone the nice thing is also that now when you are moving it moves with you and it tells you how fast you are going and in witch direction you are going.

You guessed it for me this is just the application I wanted it helps me find my way around town and although it does not offer the option to search for street names you can place bookmarks so that you can find where you need to go.

What did I find that I didn’t like? not much really just one thing that kinda took me by suprise and that is I looked at a map at home at the biggest detail then I left home and went to a different part of the city there I turned OffMaps on and let it tell me where I was nothing strange there and it nicely pointed where I was BUT no map and guess what I had a map of this part of town but just not at the same detail as i used at home so now i needed to zoom out to the right zoom level to see my street and that to me is something that could have bin fixed in the software but really that is the only thing that bugs me a bit πŸ™‚

All in all of just under 2 dollars you can have a great map application that works great with you GPS for me no doubed this is and will be one of my favorite iPhone applications.

Blunt Desktop Signs

author Posted by: George on date Jun 1st, 2009 | filed Filed under: (home)Office

Sometimes you just need to make a stand and then these Desktop signs can help.

Each signholder comes with thirthy cool signs to make you live in the office a bit more fun.

here are a couple examples

  • TEAMWORK (means never having to take all the blame yourself)
  • CHANGE IS INEVITABLE (except from vending machines)
  • IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION (you’re probably a manager)
  • THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL (has been turned off due to budget cuts)
  • THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE (until morale improves)

You see how much fun it could be to have one of those signs on your desk πŸ™‚

Go check them out at ThinkGeek.