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Entries in 2010 (7)

Wednesday
Dec012010

iPhone and Android led Black Friday Surge

In no large surprise, TheStreet reports that the best selling items this past Black Friday were smartphones. Flurry reports data that new devices detected (does that mean only those that were activated or sold I wonder?) were 57% over the previous week. 

The big winners were iOS devices from Apple, and the assorted devices from various manufacturers that use some form of the Android operating system. 

 

In a related note (via AppleInsider), Nielsen research seems to indicate that a survey of a little over 9,000 smartphone owners indicates that Women prefer the iPhone, while men prefer Android devices. 

So, I guess this means I am woman? j/k.

Of course you have to keep in mind that when respondents said they wanted an Android phone, they could have been referring to any of a bunch of models. So on a one to one basis the iPhone was crushing the competition in both genders. I’m also not sure that such a small sample size indicates much of anything.

 

In both of the articles, Research in Motion seemed to take a distant third. It seems that the Blackberry ecosystem really is doomed.

 

Wednesday
Nov242010

Top 6 Gadgets of 2010

Just in time for Black Friday here is my top 6 picks of gadgets that debuted in 2010! I explains the benefits and the negatives of each device, and give you the prices. Everything you need to know to find that perfect gift for the gadget lover in your life!

 

Friday
Oct292010

Portland Trailblazers Season: 2 Games Down, 80 to Go

We are only two games into the season, but some interesting statistics have developed early for the Portland Trailblazers of 2010-2011. While it is early, take them for what they are worth.

 

A lot is made of which team can score the most number of points overall. If you are interested in that sort of thing, then Portland’s ranking at 13th in average number of points per game is probably not all that impressive to you, but if you are like me,  I’ve always thought that metric that is more important when judging the offense of any sport team is the point differential between the team in question and their opponents.

Often, it may seem like a team may not put up a ton of points, but as is often the case, a team may not have to if they are playing extraordinary defense and winning by more than ten points, while implementing a solid offense. If you look at the stats with that in mind, Portland is the only team in the league that has played more than one game, and averages an 11 point spread on the margin of victory, and ranks #2 after Houston in overall number of points per game averaged by teams who have played more than one game so far.

 

When we look at the defense side of the ball, we see that the defense of the Blazers is definitely driving their offense. They are second in the league in outrebounding their opponents by a whopping 14 boards/per game, and they are averaging nearly 5 more steals per game than their opponents, whichis  also a best in the NBA for teams that have played more than one game during this season.

 

What is really extraordinary is that the Portland Trailblazers are achieving this with only one starting center, Marcus Camby, and a journeyman in Argentinian Fabricio Oberto, who did not get a chance to  practice with the team at all prior to stepping on the court in his first game as a Trailblazer.

 

We’ve been hearing from Coach Nate McMillan about what kind of defense team he wants, and it is beginning to look like he is starting to finally get that kind of defense that he has wanted out of this year’s team. Especially from LaMarcus Aldrige, Armon Johnson, Wesley Matthews, Marcus Camby, and Brandon Roy.

 

Their defense has really shined in the fourth quarter of late. Portland outscored the Phoenix Suns 31-11 in the fourth quarter of their season opener at the Rose Garden, and then outscored the Los Angeles Clippers 28-17 for a combined total of 59-28 in the fourth quarters of the last two games. If it were one game, I might be inclined to think that their opponent just had an off night from the offense during the fourth quarter, but when it happened again the next night, on the road no less, against a Los Angeles Clipper team that looks like it should have a better record than it did last year, it seems farfetched to say that it was just a coincidence.

 

Could this be the beginning of a solid season for the Portland Trailblazers, or merely the dumb luck of drawing two teams that are going to turn out to be much worse this season than they were last year? Who knows? But I’m feeling pretty good about the former.



Tuesday
Oct262010

Seattle Seahawks: Virtually a Lock for the NFL Playoffs

That’s right, I am going out on a limb, but I’m confident that I’m right. You can bank on it. Clear your schedule for the first couple of weekends in January because you will likely need them for playoff football.

The so called experts said that there was no way that Seattle could improve to an 8-8 record. Even with the evidence of what Seattle has done and how Seattle has done it, Peter King, noted editor at Sports Illustrated still ranks a terrible 2-4 Minnesota Vikings teams over the current 4-2 Seattle Seahawks. May I also point out that Peter King was also resistant to get on the bandwagon with the Seahawks in their Super Bowl season in 2005 as well, until they had defeated the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Conference Games and qualify for their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

 

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In another football related note, be sure to check out my article about the chances the Oregon Ducks have to compete for their first NCAA football championship.

Wednesday
Sep222010

Apple iWork For iPad Updated Today

My favorite features that were added with this update is the ability to export directly from Numbers on the iPad to Excel (No longer do I have send it to my Mac first), and my absolute favorite; word count for Pages!

Jason Snell, of Macworld, has the lowdown on the all new stuff.

Sunday
Sep192010

Oregon football: Ducks lead nation in offense, defense

Make all the excuses you want. All Division I-A teams play a relatively easy nonconference schedule in their first three games. The difference here is that no one did it better this year than Oregon. Bring Arizona State next Saturday.

 

 

Friday
Mar192010

It's Pitch Black. I Am Likely to be Eaten by a Grue.

 

The past couple of days have been spent wading through a packrat’s lifetime collection of crap that strains the walls of my father’s basement. He has been on this ‘simplifying his life’ kick lately which basically means that I have to be on this kick as well. Within the first six hours we had already filled the 12 cubic foot dumpster he had rented and we’ve been waiting for the disposal company to come pick it up and give us another empty one. Looking around the basement, I can see us filling this one before the end of the day as well.

 

*sigh*