My Nerd Life Has Never Been More Confusing

Is the Nexus 7 an iPad killer? No.

Is it an iPad mini killer? No.

But it doesn’t have to be. Android has — in many people’s mind — offered an alternative to iOS for those who don’t want to be in Apple’s ecosystem.

As an Apple nerd, I ordered a Nexus 7 as an easy way to keep up with what Google’s up to. I didn’t expect to enjoy using it, but I have. I can’t tell if it’s the form factor, the fact that’s it’s still new, or Android 4.1, but I really haven’t found much that this thing can’t do in my normal workflow. I use my iPad for reading, surfing, email and Twitter. That’s about it. The Nexus 7 does all of these things well.

As a card-carrying member of the Apple Fanboy Brotherhood TM, I’ve never found my nerd life so confusing.

I feel the same. It just works. For years I have been tied into Google services, and they all work for me. I’ve also been tied into Apple too. The apps that I use often on my iPad, are there on my Nexus. (Twitter, Facebook, Extreme Skate 2 [Don’t knock it. It’s awesome], Google Reader, and Spotify)

What I really miss on the iPad is tying into my Apple TV and Airport. But, I hear there are some apps for that…

via On the Nexus 7: My Nerd Life Has Never Been More Confusing — 512 Pixels.

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Aurora Shooting – We’ve Seen This Before

Great Op-Ed from Roger Ebert in the NY Times.

That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection. The United States is one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend itself. Not a single person at the Aurora, Colo., theater shot back, but the theory will still be defended.

I was sitting in a Chicago bar one night with my friend McHugh when a guy from down the street came in and let us see that he was packing heat.

“Why do you need to carry a gun?” McHugh asked him.

“I live in a dangerous neighborhood.”

“It would be safer if you moved.”

I have a gun. I will be getting rid of it as soon as possible. This is terrible.

via Aurora Shooting – We’ve Seen This Before – NYTimes.com.

Shit Cell Phone Users (Shouldn’t) Say

“BRB, CYA, 2moro, 2nite, GR8, J/K, L8R, LMAO, LOL, OMG, ROTFLMAO, WTF”

WHAT YOU’RE REALLY SAYING: I’m a seventh-grade girl.

THE FIX: Use your words.

THE POINT: You’re an adult addressing another adult. Take an extra three seconds to type out complete words and phrases. You’ll likely discover how generic (and imprecise) these anachronistic sentiments actually are.

Ever-evolving technology, though, must be accompanied by ever-evolving modifications to behavior and social grace. Be accountable. Your word is still your bond, ladies and gentlemen.

via Kempt – Shit Cell Phone Users (Shouldn’t) Say.