Monday, July 31, 2006
The Apple iPod Nano
Apple's iPod series has received significant acclaim for design and usability. The Apple iPod Nano is no different. It's a small, light unit that allows you to listen to music and play videos.
- The iPod Nano's light cutting-edge design
- The ability to play videos/shows adds to the utility
- The battery life is still fairly solid at over ten hours
- It isn't inexpensive--Apple products never are price leaders
- Some say it isn't as sturdy as other units due to its thin design
The Apple iPod Nano is a well-designed unit. Whether you need all of its bells and whistles, and whether you want to trade a bit of durability for its slim design is the key question.
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The Palm TX was released late last year by Palm, Inc. The product received largely positive reviews. Let's take a quick look at the product:
- The Palm TX is affordably priced at under $300
- It has a large vivid color screen
- It's Bluetooth and WiFi wireless capabilities are easy to use
- It has a MP3 player
- While most still consider the Palm OS easy to use, it has not received much attention of late
- It has 128MB of memory, which can be limiting if you store a lot of music and videos
If you're looking for an affordable wireless device, the Palm TX deserves strong consideration.
Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is a fairly controversial book because it successfully ties a drop in crime to the Roe v. Wade decision. The book also looks at a number of other interesting areas. One of which is it illustrates how gangs work similar to corporations. In fact, the gang members with the most dangerous jobs make very little money, but they do it in hopes of moving on up. Another chapter worth pointing out is how Freakonomics discounts the importance of parenting methods.
- It's original and controversial--it's one of the more entertaining reads out there
- Freakonomics is a fairly quick and easy read that isn't overly technical
- There's not much to speak of--unless you don't like their conclusions
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is a great read. It's quick enough that a library rental may suffice, but it may be handy to have so you can quickly reference their arguments.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 17th Century adventure that is set in the Caribbean Sea. After Captain Jack's ship is stolen, the movie turns into a chase for the ship, the treasure, all while he tries to save Governor's daughter.
- It has a good cast
- It's a light, but relatively entertaining fictitious adventure
- It's a little long at well over two hours
- The plot has a few holes
It wasn't a personal favorite. But, it and its sequel have been well received. For a fan of this type of adventure, the first installment of Pirates of the Caribbean should be worth watching.
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RV (The Movie)
The movie RV is a surprisingly entertaining film. While a little over the top and reminiscent of Home Alone at times, it is a funny film that can keep your attention. Robin Williams' character changed the family's trip plans so he could present for his job and ultimately keep it. Needless to say, him and his well-to-do family had numerous bumps along the way.
- Robin Williams had a pretty good performance, as did Jojo and the rest of the cast
- All in all, the theatre seemed to be pretty entertained by the humor throughout
- This type of movie doesn't exactly break any new ground
If you like this genre of movies, RV may be worth watching. If you're not a fan of over-the-top comedy, then this film may not be for you.
Outsourcing America by Ron & Anil Hira
The book Outsourcing America examines the implications of the current outsourcing movement. Let's take a quick look at the book:
- This book has unique ideas to make the United States more attractive to businesses--including reducing the high healthcare burden through socialized medicine
- The book doesn't resort to the "easy answer" which often is complete protectionist
- Some may still consider this book to be one-sided on this topic
This book is an interesting analysis of an escalating trend. If you're interested in the topic of outsourcing, Outsourcing America is worth a read.
Reviews by Category
Here you'll find product reviews grouped alphabetically by their respective category. The goal is for this to add an additional element of organization to the blog.
- Chasing Ghosts
- Competitive Strategy
- Good to Great
- Outsourcing America
- Small Is the New Big
- The Audacity of Hope
- The Perfect Store
- The Starbucks Experience
- The Wal-Mart Effect
- Apple iMac
- Apple iPod Nano
- Apple iPod Shuffle
- Kodak EasyShare LS753 Camera
- Kodak EasyShare C875 Camera
- Palm Treo 700p
- Palm TX
- Panasonic TH-42PX60U Television
- An Inconvenient Truth
- Employee of the Month
- Failure to Launch
- Jesus Camp
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Office Space
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- RV with Robin Williams
- Thank You for Smoking
- The Departed
- The Devil Wears Prada
- The Office: Season One (TV DVD)
- The Office: Season Two (TV DVD)
- The Simpsons--The Complete Ninth Season
- United 93