A Review of the Verizon iPhone 4

Yeah, I drank the Kool-Aid…

So, I buy the phone…

My new iPhone4
My new iPhone4

In my defense, for all you Android fans, I’ve been among the Motorola camp for many years:  switching my Nokia “brick” for the Moto RAZR and then the RAZR2 & its fabulous camera (a cellphone which VZW dropped mere months after I switched… still not sure what THAT was about.)

Alas, I’ve been limping along on the RAZR2’s ORIGINAL battery for 3 years before Apples’s iPhone4 was finally relinquished to Verizon’s expansive network of CDMA towers. Yes, it won’t do data AND voice at the same time… but, neither did the original iPhone… until the iPhone 3G was released. So… Bite Me!

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Sr. Design Project referenced on Instructables

instructablesMost of the traffic to my website appear to come from people interested in my Senior Design RFID Project that I finished back in 2008 to graduate from the University of Iowa Engineering Department.

They search fairly typical keywords: RFID, manchester, decoding, hid, hack, spoof,  125kHz or other basic parameters of RFID technology.

These key-word searches increase during the middle of the semester, when I surmise the students are scrambling to figure out how to make their OWN RFID Senior Design projects work.

It’s cool.

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Skype API and Chat Bots

Skype

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a chat-bot that acts much more than a simple echo server. With the plethora of Instant Message clients on the market (Yahoo, AIM, GTalk, Pidgin, Adium, etc.), it was difficult to determine which IM client suited my needs. First, the client needed to be available across several platforms (Windows, Windows Mobile 6, Linux, OS X). Second, their needed be an existing publicly available API in order to write the chat-bot code. Third, it was imperative that the API was actively being deployed and developed. Why mess around with an IM client that nobody was using?

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Tales of The Odd

Monday started off with a series of emails regarding a morning talkshow that, quite frankly, I never watch. However, I would killed somebody or given someone a a couple of quarters, to have the chance to watch one particular episode of “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.” Apparently, while taping the show, someone in the studio booth pressed the wrong button which caused a picture of a cat eating spaghetti to be displayed briefly over the airwaves. It was so quick, that barely anyone noticed, except for the guys on “The Soup.” Here’s what “The Soup” had to report:

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On a more technical note (and even creepily funnier), somebody has gone and done the impossible: Create a wearable PC. No. I’m not talking about strapping a PDA to one’s arm. I’m talking a full-blown Personal Computer. Check this out:

The Wearable Personal Computer
The Wearable Personal Computer

Please insert your own caption. For more on this engineering feat, check it out here on Engadget.