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Because your back pack should not break your back: A gift for me

I have a lot of bags.

Travel bags for travel.

Travel bags for my motorcycles.

Backpacks, messenger bags and traditional laptop bags that get stuffed with my laptop, iPad, Kindle, Motorola Droid and BlackBerry and all of their individual chargers whenever I go more than 100 miles away from home. (It’s 2011 and still no universal chargers on our horizon – I sigh with Martha Stewart’s 2006 vent.)

As I sit here with a crick in my neck from falling asleep while reading my Kindle, I know full well I’ll be buying a slim, light back pack as a Christmas gift for myself this year. By far this back pack from Alpinestars is my favorite in my current fleet of bags.

Its shoulder straps and chest harness are ergonomically correct and keep your all of your junk in place. It holds a 15” laptop with ease and is fairly water resistant. I road 400 miles on my Triumph through the entrails of Hurricane Irene with my laptop and gear in there – they stayed drier than the rest of me. The best part is the contoured and padded backing that makes wearing it feel like a gentle hug from your grand mom.

The drawback: You kind of look like a character from “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” when you’re not on your bike.

No doubt people will be going to Best Buy and Apple to find gifts for their families this Christmas and holiday season. How about a bag for that gear instead? Check out this round up of slim bags. The site loads rather slowly so you might want to pour a cup of coffee and come back.

I really like the look of this Everki back pack largely because of its dedicated slot for a Kindle or iPad. But, alas Everki.com doesn’t want to load . . . to the Amazon!

-Jose Mallabo

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If my George Foreman grill could order meat it would be a Kindle

If my George Foreman grill could order meat, it would be as important to kitchen appliances as the Kindle is to the book and e-commerce industries.  In June, this ZDNet blogger said he felt the Kindle’s days were numbered because of the iPad.  But just this month ZDNet posted a story that outlines wall street analyst projections that Amazon sold 4 million Kindles in the fourth quarter alone — and is projected to sell 10 million more in 2011.  I just got my Kindle this past Christmas and love it like the year 1987 and the 2002 World Series. (That’s a hyperbole.)

My two favorite Christmas presents

Since getting the Kindle, I’ve spent $475 on Amazon.com (about double what the typical Amazon customer spends per year) — only $20 for e-books. Obviously, the Kindle is my personal gateway drug back to Amazon.com. And it’s far easier to clean than my George Foreman grill.  See smashed left thumb.

Dear Jeff Bezos, You now have 121 122 million customers. I’m back.

Everyone wants to talk iPad vs. Kindle.  Not so fast. The Kindle is different than my iPad.  It replaces paper books while my iPad seems to replace part of my laptop, TV, MP3 player and portable DVD player that I never did buy. The beauty of the Kindle is that it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. Like the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that tries to be a BMW 6 Series and a Corvette at the same time.

The book is dead.  Long live the Kindle.

– Jose Mallabo

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We talkin’ about practice?

One of the most epic post game interviews ever.  Allen Iverson and practice.

Iverson challenges the media's question. God love it.

A lot of people think Iverson is a thug. Who knows?  Who cares? I don’t. I just know he’s a flat out great ball player who throws his body around with abandon.  I’d pay the absurd NBA price for tickets to watch a 6′ tall guy play wall to wall for 48 minutes.

From a PR perspective he tries very hard to do what all PR people in a turnaround situation try to do — change the conversation. He makes a couple of tactical errors — largely baked in the mistake of repeating the question around ‘practice’ in his answer, not once but over and over — but God love his approach.  If not, I do.  Challenge the damned question and don’t roll over to an uninformed missive pointed your way.

That said….

Are we really talking about the iPad?  It’s a tablet PC.  A tablet PC.  We talkin’ about a tablet?  Not a game.  Not a real PC.  A tablet?

As Allen would say, ‘c’mon man!?’ It’s a tablet.

Let’s call a duck a duck.  The only reason that people are taking what would be a chubby BMW car payment and putting it into an oversized iPhone, is because its design is pretty slick, not because they really need it.  It’s frightening to me that in an economy like this where California still has an unemployment rate that is second only to Michigan’s, people are dropping stupid money into a toy they don’t really need.  What would that money do for something really worthy? Like rebuilding Haiti or something closer to home, like rebuilding the hideous Interstate 880 freeway that looks like something a 3rd world country would be proud of (barely)?

These 2 iPads will go right next to the 2 Betamax players I bought from Crazy Eddie's

People. We talkin’ about practice? We talkin’ about a tablet? This device will not make you taller and it will not serve as a proxy for having a personality that makes you more attractive (except for in certain parts of San Jose).  It will not fill that chasm in your lifeless overworked lives.  You’ll need humanity for that.

Quack.

– Jose Mallabo

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