Ben — Thu, 08/01/2013 - 06:37
When I first created this site, I thought of nothing else other than how cool it would be to have my name on a URL. Looking back, I didn't do enough for this site because I didn't have a goal or mission for this site. I believe the site's purpose now, is to document my post-college changes and career building experiences. I find myself speaking to my younger cousins that will be attending college shortly about networking and educational advancements. The next few posts will consists of the lessons I've learned and the skills I've obtained on advancement. Until then, please visit other sections of my site to see new updates and enjoy the song:
Ben — Mon, 01/21/2013 - 00:58
Check out the Tech Tools section where I list out a cool keystroke launcher! A definitely good tool that everyone should install!
Just a side topic, I'm almost done with my python course so I will update what I've gotten through it as well as a review for the book, Learn Python the Hard Way - should be written as the Best Way. It's a great start for absolute beginners - not for someone who has taken any programming classes before.
Ben — Fri, 11/16/2012 - 08:16
So it's about time that I updated this blog!
The hiatus has mostly been due to priority changes at work, my side studies, and just spending time with family and friends. All of which is great, but this blog fell through the cracks. However, I'm definitely excited to build this site in the way it was intended and more!
Ben — Fri, 07/15/2011 - 04:11
Line2 - Revolutionize The Way You Talk
With a monthly plan starting at just $9.95, you can take your phone number where every you go. With no contracts and no termination fees, you get to experience unlimited texting and calling! With the new Line2 application, you can work in any WiFi Hotspot and turn your iPad into a powerful communication tool. In the video, you can see that you can make calls, add multiple callers, browse your contact list, text, and e-mail without having to go through multiple screens. From the video below you can tell that your most important part of the application is still visible in the background and that everything else you do wiill be through a pop up window.
Don't have much else to say until July 28th! Enjoy the video and sign up here for more updates: http://www.line2.com/
Ben — Wed, 07/06/2011 - 03:36
Another day another phone. Just a little over a year later, a new toy comes out. Best part is, I paid $100 for it. I was able to trade in my old HTC Evo for $150 off the new customer $200 price, but was taxed at the phone's $500+ price, making it about $100. Not a bad deal.
The phone is actually not the first of it's kind (LG Optimus 3D.) None the less, this is a pretty awesome phone. One of the strongest reasons I got this phone was it's screen size, 4.3", perfect as my GPS as I hate getting lost in San Francisco (walking or driving!). The front camera doesn't work too badly, I use it mostly to do video chat on Qik with my girlfriend. It's not the clearest, but it's better than no image. The 2 back cameras are for the 3D effect. It's actually quite amazing and creates a moment of nausea. It takes some getting used to, however, the 3D video removes that nausea and replaces it with 'awesome'. It comes preloaded with The Green Hornet 3D and for it to be played on a phone, the video is breathtaking. 3D games can also be purchased, but buyers be warned, it is a headache waiting to happen.
More updates to come? Who knows? Let me know if you have any questions or want a more detailed opinion about the device!
Ben — Thu, 05/19/2011 - 05:25
So it's been quite a while since I've been blogging about what I find interesting in the tech world. Definitely been keeping busy with my studies and working on a iOS application! But let's get back to what that picture is above!
Line2, a VoIP based telephone number that allows your smart phone to carry 2 phone numbers in a single device. But so what? Skype, Fring, and other applications can do that too - or can they? With Line2, you can utilize three different networks to help you make calls where ever you are! This application accomplishes this by using your cellular network, 3G/4G network, and WiFi. Unlike other applications, you are restricted to only WiFi. So imagine that you're stuck in 3 stories below ground and you need to make a call. As long as you have WiFi, you can dial out to any number in the US or Canada for free! This is especially important for those who go home and have bad reception with their current carrier. As most people now have WiFi at home, missing a call is going to be a thing of the past - ahem iPhone users on AT&T. Going on vacation or going on a business trip outside of the United States? If your phone has access to WiFi at the hotel you're staying at or you happen to find a starbucks nearby with WiFi, you can make calls back home without the international costs. Not much of a caller? Well, texting is also included with your Line2 number.
Pretty cool, huh? This is all included in a $9.95 /month plan. That means you can lower your texting and minute plans to it's minimum in exchange for a $9.95 service to give your self unlimited calls and texts. Do the math, you'll end up keeping more money in your pocket.
What's also cool is that you can install this application on your iPod Touch, iPad, and other Android tablets and turn those devices into working telephones. Technology is definitely finding new ways to connect the world.
So why am I talking about this other than this is a cost saving and innovative application? I'm currently employed here. Drop me an e-mail or visit us at www.line2.com if you have any questions!
Ben — Wed, 12/01/2010 - 05:00
The cost of hardware has been plumetting... Who would have thought you could purchase a tablet for just $75? Well, with the XO-3 you can. The XO brand was established by One Laptop Per Child and they've been digging deeper to make sure every child has the tools and knowledge to be a part of this ever growing technological driven world.
Ben — Wed, 09/29/2010 - 03:59
So what is the difference anyway? As it seems that most electronics are made up of HDMI ports, display ports are breaking its way through the market as vendors try to cut costs. What most people do not know is that HDMi is a proprietary device and vendors must pay a royalty fee to the makers of HDMI as opposed to Display ports which prides itself in being free.
HDMI is comprised of 3 video channels and audio channels all with a common clock. Display port, however, has 4 channels all with its own independent clock. Beyond that, I feel that they're almost identical and I haven't really preferred one over another. You can find out more information between the two on this site here: http://www.cepro.com/article/displayport_vs_hdmi_similarities_and_differences/
Ben — Tue, 06/29/2010 - 20:36
Just saw this on-line. Not sure if this is bad or good, but I guess there's no such thing as bad publicity?
Ben — Tue, 06/29/2010 - 06:33
So this is how you hold an iPhone4 to kill its signal and Steve Jobs simply says to not hold it that way. For a CEO, I wouldn't expect a CEO to dictate how I should or should not hold my own device. In fact, as CEO, wouldn't he consider this a major design flaw? It's been recognized that it is not AT&T's network, but the internal antenna .
Regardless of this "Death Grip" it doesn't seem to stop any sales. Though the phone is stunning with its Retina Display which is over 300 pixels per square inch, it is limited to is 3.5" display. With that many pixels, it's at about 80% of what the iPad displays. The new cover for the screen is called aluminosilicate which is the type of glass used for helicopters and train making it much tougher for users scratch or crack the screen when they sit on their phone. With Face Time, users are able to hold video talks - definitely a cool feature. But this isn't revolutionary nor any better than the previous LG phones that already do this. Even worse, it's use is limited to Wi-Fi only possibly because AT&T's network cannot handle the load. Compared to HTC Evo, it can be used on both their 4G network and Wi-Fi. But with so many people buying Apple products regardless of some of its defects that would probably destroy other company's reputations, 1.7 million units were still sold.
So what exactly is their secret sauce to maintaining such a loyal fan-base? To me, I believe it's their amazing branding and advertising. They are truly brilliant at it and made it very difficult to replicate. Customer service is also on top of that list especially since so many users have experienced this problem Apple was quick to change the device. A firmware is said to be in the works to resolve this problem as well, however, I think Apple already knew of this problem and needed to make their sales soon before too many customers go to Sprint for the HTC Evo. Any how, for those who haven't witnessed the Death Grip in action, just click play. Enjoy.