I’ve always been somewhat introverted, melancholic, inhibited, reserved, whatever term you wanna call it (Abeg don’t call me shy or timid). It’s origin has always seemed kinda chicken-and-egg to me: was I born this way? or was it my upbringing/habits/environment?
Getting older and being more self aware, I’ve tried (and failed, sometimes embarrassingly) to be a more outgoing person. Right now though, I’m at a point where I’m pretty content with and indifferent about it. I’ve accepted it and kinda just roll with it. It doesn’t bother me as much as it use to (say back in Uni).
But being in tech and apps and startups and these sorts of things, I have to be more aware of usage patterns of these social platforms.
You see, I thought that one of the things that would enhance an offline social life was to be less and less vested in an online one. Or to keep a very wide caveat between them. I’m also very much interested in tech that bridges that gap.
But now, I think I’m waaaaaay off.
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At Apple’s last earnings call, one thing that many people had already stated was clear, the iPhone and other iOS devices was cannibalizing the iPod. Especially the “classic” which hasn’t gone through any iterations in years. I’m a bit sentimental towards the iPod classic, because IMHO it’s a design icon. I still think that given a few improvements, there’d still be room for it in the market:
1. Lightning connector: The iPod classic is still the only Apple portable device still using the now old 30-pin connector. The lightning connector is neater, less prone to damage and smaller which will make room for…
2. Speakers: I sometimes like listening to music out loud, or want to hear it with other people. And would probably have more music on a 160GB iPod than on either of my laptops. I want to keep my laptop firing on all cylinders while I work and want to mise smartphone battery life.
3. Flash Disk: The classic still uses a mechanical hard disk. I think it’s about time they switch it up to solid state, which will result in more reliability and…
4. Reduced size & weight: it should be slimmer and lighter. Plus they could throw in a volume rocker on the side.
5. Longer battery life: Switching to a flash memory, should result in the battery lasting longer also, the device will have a smaller panel (I think) leaving room for a slightly bigger battery.
6. Wi-fi: Plenty of people now stream music online. iTunes now has a music straming service - iTunes Radio, in addition to internet radio and podcasts, this thing has more reasons to connect to the internet, also for wireless syncing to one’s computer.
7. Music streaming providers: This one is very unlike Apple to do, they can be very anticompetitive. But before iTunes Radio was launched many people were already vested in Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, MOG and/or Deezer. Apple could work with these companies in allowing users access their libraries via the device.
8. FM Radio: I like listening to radio. I’ve been screaming that they should have brought this to the iPod since I knew what an iPod was. They did to the Nano but why are they still keeping it from the classic?
9. Earphones: Earphones have pretty much been the same since the ’80s. The one thing that irks me most about them are the wires. So thin and light, they damage very easily. It’s as if they’re intended to be disposable. Make those damn wires durable!
10. Bluetooth: to connect wirelessly to speakers, headphones, car stereo, and picture transfers between devices.
If Apple were to release an iPod with all these features in it. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Wouldn’t You?
Elon Musk’s ultra high speed transportation idea.
Started this a while ago, finally got round to finishing it. Not too happy with the background though; I wanted to use a photo of foliage with effects/filters applied but I couldn’t get it right, so I ended up using brushes instead. Left the sketch lines in on purpose; after toggling the layer on-off, I felt it gave a certain feel to it which I liked. I used a stock photo to reference the pose and a google image search to reference the clothes.
I’m calling it “The Last Arrow”
Done in MyPaint and GIMP
I’ve been given a Kobo ebook reader. I was offered a tablet but I didn’t want to cost too much money plus I needed something to get my reading up. And tablets are everywhere here in Nigeria but ebook readers are impossible to find. You see, I’m a very very veeerrryyy slooow reader. It annoys me. But the thing is I’m much faster reading physical books than I am reading books on my computer or on my phone (SGS2). But if I got hard copies of all the books I wanted to read there’d be nowhere to put them! Plus I already have lots and lots of PDFs and EPUBs on my computer. So I decided having an ebook reader will do the trick.
Why a Kobo (that was a mistake but more on that later)? I looked up a comparison chart and found that the Kindle can only read ebooks in Amazon’s AZW and KF8 formats. It’s possible to convert with Calibre and not too much of a hassle but I didn’t want to jump over that hurdle at all plus I didn’t want file duplication either. I then assumed that with a Kobo, I’d be able to just switch the thing on, connect it to my laptop and dump all the ebooks I have in it. Boy was I wrong.
First of all, I have to say eink is pretty awesome; there was an illustration on the screen of the device which I thought was printed on the transparent film that covers the screen, only for me to switch it on and the image disappears!
From this point is where I have a problem. I select language, it asks me to connect to a computer or a wireless network. No wi-fi so I connect to my laptop and then it asks me to visit a URL from my laptop and since I don’t have internet on it, I can’t get past this step. So I try option 2; I set my phone as a hotsopt and connect the Kobo to it. Then it allows me set date and time. After that it proceeds to do a firmware update, it’s taking so long I hit “Cancel” at 9% hoping that will bypass the process, only to see a warning that if I cancel I’d have to start over. I cancel and put it away. Until I go to the nearby cybercafe and connect to wi-fi. Here’s annother thing, when I switch it off, the whole screen goes black which makes me feel like the screen is on, so I turn it face down so I don’t have to look at it.
So here I am. With an ebook reader (and a connector cable) and a bunch of ebooks but no way to put it together.
Epic fail Kobo. Epic fail. For an ebook reader to really make sense, one should be able to go from unboxing to reading in less than 5 minutes and with no needed internet connection whatsoever.
Epic fail to me too for not doing the homework thouroughly enough. And that’s what I get for rooting for the underdog. Next time, instead of comparing features I’d purposely look for disadvantages and gripes before making a choice.
Update: I’ve finally done the initial setup. Took about 30mins. One free ebook is in my library and it’s titled What My Mother Gave Me which is funny because it was actually my mom who bought me the Kobo.