The Third Shift

A vagabond who's made his home in the Pacific Northwest.

If you need an iPad case or cover, ask the partner for recommendations.

A Moshi case tends to be more expensive than even the Apple brand accessories, but this is okay because the cover flexes into four or five positions as opposed to the usual two.

I would express a bit more dismay at Apple for offering great devices but shitty accessories, but I believe it’s a good opening for third party folks to have. Plus, it’s probably secret strategy at Apple to make crap accessories. “Let’s sell a screen cover without a protective back part so when people drop their iPads, they’ll have to pay to get them fixed!”

Don’t laugh. It’s probably true.



this, so much. 

via xkcd

It astounds me that Google took the easy way out and didn’t make a version of the phone for LTE networks. No one likes the fact that the carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, & T-Mobile) really hold the power in the U.S. cell phone market, but you can’t just ignore the reality for a high-end phone.

Essentially Google & LG should have taken a cue from Samsung; make versions that work for each carrier and then sell their own unlocked versions. This is rather disheartening. Fortunately, I buy phones every two years — and thus I’m waiting for the next edition of the Nexus.

(via Google Nexus 4 review | The Verge)

I mean, it’s a Nexus so it fascinates me, but I’m not breaking contract for a phone with a max of 16 GB storage and no micro-SD slot. I’ve not owned my current phone for a year yet. There will be another Nexus before I need a new phone. However, the wireless charging orb is freaking awesome.

(via The Nexus 4: Google’s flagship phone lands November 13th for $299 | The Verge)

Twitter launches ‘Certified Products’ to further encourage the apps it wants | The Verge

At least HootSuite is still on the damn list if Twitter winds up killing off every other third-party “power user” type app. But this would be so easy if Twitter just made its mobile apps and web interface half as useful as the third-party apps that really sparked its use.


In online campaign, Romney focuses on Obama, both focus on the economy, and neither focuses much on citizens 

With about three months to go until the 2012 US presidential election, the Pew Research Center has given us a look at how both major candidates are running their online campaigns. For two weeks in June, Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism gathered and analyzed everything Romney and Obama’s campaigns posted on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and official sites or blogs. While the results show some interesting differences in campaign style (and a great deal of overall similarity), one of the biggest takeaways is that despite the web’s reputation as a way to spark discourse, both campaigns heavily control the content they post, with few links to outside sources and very little citizen-generated content appearing except in comments. 

This seems obvious, really. Politics is about message control. Focusing on outside sources and the average user experience online is totally contrary to the way these things work. They’re insular by nature.


Sporting events are so tricky in the Age of the Smartphone.

Right, because live sporting experiences can be just as improved with Twitter and Facebook interaction as televised ones — especially considering the time-outs and downtime in certain live sporting events, you have plenty of time to relay and share things.

Basic smartphone survival at live sporting events:

  1. Turn off your automatic synchronization. (There should be one switch for this.) Thus you don’t waste battery on unnecessary e-mail, messaging or other syncing apps unless you want it.
  2. If you have a 4G device, there usually is a setting to knock it to 3G only. 
  3. Dim your screen brightness.
  4. Carry a second, fully charged battery.

Anyone else have any tips?


Swype beta now available for Android 4.0 | The Verge

Best believe I downloaded that post-fucking-haste while at work. The standard virtual keyboard that ICS comes with is perfectly fine and has good features, but man, do I like one-handed texting. I missed it a lot. Anyway, Swype is the best.


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So what happens when you mark as read?


Motorola Droid 4 review

Motorola’s Droid 4 seems to have it all: a fast dual-core processor, Verizon LTE, and a five-row QWERTY keyboard. Does it hold up?

It sucks that the Droid line is getting worse. By the end of my time with my original Motorola Droid, I was barely using the physical keyboard (thank you, Swype) and wouldn’t have bought a phone with one again, but it’s sad to see the UI and keyboard get worse as the specs get better.


$300 is the new $200? Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus to run $299.99 on contract, says WSJ | The Verge

I don’t care, Verizon. Just announce the freaking date and put the phone out there so I can give you my money.

Verizon (finally) confirms it will have the Galaxy Nexus -- Engadget


here’s how much of an impact Steve Jobs had on my life BEFORE I even really know much about computers.

My mother was an Apple addict from very early on. We had a IIGs and then the first Macintosh, PowerPCs, and a G4. She still owns a Mini these days (not like she needs it to do anything other than use Word & surf the web.)

As you can imagine, until I was about 8 or 9 I didn’t know what a “PC” was. I knew there were computers, and “Apple,” “Macintosh,” and “computer” all meant the same thing to me. I realize it’s ironic as I type this on a Windows PC (hey, I can’t afford a Mac), but having used an Apple computer as my primary computer until maybe my junior year of college, my computing expectations are rooted there.

Rarely do you witness people who really did change the world. Steve Jobs was a computer geek, a businessman, an aesthetic and technical genius, and someone who had world-changing foresight. I mean, we’re all typing on this blogging platform because he created the machine allowing us to do so.

I am not the audience for a tablet computer.

I neither want another item to carry around nor do I really need the tablet at this point — anything I need to do on my road my smart phone generally does (if a bit slowly; the model itself is two years old now and apps are passing the original Motorola Droid by because of its lack of storage space.)

That said, I’d hold off on the excitement about Amazon’s new Kindle Fire until it actually comes out. Part of the reason Apple has thrived in holding this market to itself is creating features we now take for granted; it’s setting the design standards. Everyone’s talked about how each previous tablet or e-reader was going to change the game and compete strongly with Apple on this front.

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