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The tools of our trade

Being the only Windows user in a mostly Mac environment, my toolset is a bit different than the rest of the team at GreenMellen. Beyond my Windows devices, I'm also a bit of a gadget guy, so I have a lot of fun little toys to play with. Here's a quick look at what I use. Desktop I have very similar desktops at home and at the studio. Both are running Windows 7 with three monitors and both are now on solid state drives, which are lower capacity and more expensive but really fast. The computer at home is a Dell (with many upgrades since I bought it), and the studio computer I built by hand (with the help of Jason Cyr). Here's a pic of the machine at the studio: Laptop I also have a laptop that I carry around, primarily for meetings. It's a Samsung Series 9 from…

Motorola Xoom vs. the Apple iPad 2

After much speculation and debate, the iPad 2 was finally unveiled.  As most people had predicted, it was a very nice update, but nothing was really groundbreaking.  It's now thinner, faster, and has front and rear-facing cameras.  The software, screen and price are essentially the same. On the flip side, I picked up a Xoom last week and I've been quite impressed with it.  So which one should you get?  Read on to help make that decision. The Specs Comparing the 32GB 3G iPad to the Xoom brings you two very similar tablets. Connection: Both support wifi and 3G, but the Xoom will support 4G in a few months.  Edge: Xoom RAM: The iPad has 512MB, the Xoom has 1GB.  While this appears to be an edge for the Xoom, the iPad has never had an issue bogging down, so I don't think sheer numbers mean too much here.  Edge:…

My first thoughts on the Motorola Xoom

As many of you know, I picked up a Motorola Xoom from Verizon last Thursday.  It runs the latest version of Google's Android Operating system, version 3.0, known as "Honeycomb". The timing worked out well, because I had my wisdom teeth taken out Friday morning and was laid up in the recliner all day with the Xoom at my side.  A netbook or phone would have worked in that case as well, but a tablet works so much better. So what do I think? For starters, I love it, but it's not perfect.  There are a few missing pieces that will be fixed in future updates -- sd card, Flash, 4G support -- and a variety of minor bugs.  The biggest problem at this point is a lack of tablet-focused apps.  It handles the Android phone apps quite well, but there's a big difference between a scaled up phone app…

Why don’t you have an iPad?

I enjoy tech gadgets, and I tend to have quite a few of them.  I have a variety of computers, a Flip video camera, a Verizon Mifi, and I change phones fairly often.  With that in mind, people are often surprised I don't have an iPad, so I thought I'd explain why. The iPad First off, the iPad is great!  I've used them before, they're amazingly slick, and some of my favorite apps like Evernote and Nozbe look awesome on there.  There is no doubt that right now the iPad is the best tablet out there.  If I had to buy a tablet today, I'd certainly get an iPad. Android The holdup is Android.  I had an iPhone for a few years, but for most of that time I knew I'd switch to Android eventually.  I use Gmail a lot, and I knew that Gmail on Android would be far…