Saturday, December 29, 2012

Use Siri to get directions via Google Maps or Waze

If you ask Siri to give you directions, she uses Apple Maps.

I prefer Google Maps and Waze, so how can you still use Siri and get these results?

Easy, just add the words "via transit" at the end of your request, and the screen below will appear.

Select the app you'd like to use and you're all set.

For example:  "Directions to work, via transit."


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012 in pictures

13 Crazy Visitors :)

Christmas 2012

Owl pellet dissections

Owl pellet dissection

AMAZING and seeming UNLIMITED food

Christmas 2012

Crazy games, lots and lots of laughs, and MORE LAUGHS.


Christmas Eve

Catching Christmas Eve Snowflakes

Catching Christmas Eve Snowflakes

Live music

Live music

Beautiful wife


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Can you guess what these are?

Should you buy the iPad Mini?


OK, now that we're past that, let me explain in a little more detail in my reasoning behind this.

I've owned the original iPad, the iPad 3, and now the iPad Mini - so I feel I have a pretty good baseline to recommend one of the products over another.  I am also an iPhone 4 owner and my overall appreciation for Apple's ecosystem with iMessage, FaceTime, and the App Store really keep me from considering a Kindle Fire or a Nexus 7.  So with that said, this is not a comparison of these tablets over the Mini, rather an Apple lover's take on what to buy next.

My iPad Mini purchase started out with the desire to have LTE on my iPad 3 WiFi only- at the same time the Mini was announced.  When I compared the price options, the Mini was really a no-brainer purchase.  It's $170 less, and well, smaller.

Since I read the entire internet so you don't have to ® - I read all the pundits, good and bad and decided to make the move.  A trip to Verizon Wireless last week and the deal was done.  A new 16GB iPad Mini with LTE for $459.00, in white.

First impressions

It's light.  Wow, very light.  At .69 lbs compared to the iPad 3 at 1.46 lbs, it's lightness is very noticeable right out of the box.  Now that I've used it for a week, the light weight gets more noticeable as I use it.  It's really the perfect weight.

Resolution. What happened to the perfect retina display pixels of my iPhone 4 and my iPad 3?  This is going to be an issue I thought.  I actually squinted to see if it was my eyes.  As I continue to use it more, the lower resolution means less and less.  Because of the screen size, the resolution really doesn't matter as much in the Mini - and for those who have never seen an retina display - they won't be bothered by this at all.

Screen Size. It was never an issue - it just feels comfortable reading with it and I never once thought it was too small.

LTE.  It's crazy fast from Verizon near me, crazy.

Lighting Cable:  It's small, and can be flipped and inserted either way but - damn you Apple for making me buy 3 adapters at $30 a piece.

Overall: 9.2/10. The only thing that would make it a 10 would be retina display - which will only bring it up a few tenths of a point.  As of today I honestly don't even think I would get the retina if it were available because the display is that OK.

I predict that in the same way that the iPad cannibalized Mac sales, so will the iPad Mini cannibalize full-size iPads, it's that good.

What are your thoughts?  I'd love to hear them.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hot dates.

My 7 year old has email now. Oh boy.

Glass blower.

What breakfast looks like when Becky is at work.

That 47% is coming back to haunt Romney

Source, 11/10/12 07:20 am

Romney: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect. And he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that's what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4…