In Consumer Land much of what was bought has electrons flowing through it. We actually managed to get our hands on two tablets; and kept one.
A very long time ago, more years than I want to fess up to, I was an electronic technocrat of the first magnitude. Let us call it what it is:
“My name is John Calypso. I am an electronics junkie.”
I had every new electronic toy at great expense (to someone), money was not the object – it was rampant technology at any cost. I craved everything new on the market electronic. Tie an electrical cord around my arm and just shoot those electrons directly into a vein!
I come from and am in a family of inventors. My father held patents on color television circuits and 4-track audio cartridges and more. He had an electronics lab in our house ever since I can remember – so I came by my electron addiction rather naturally – “He’s his father’s son” they would say (let us not go there just now).
My father’s brother’s son has many patents, some very clever and lucrative. Capitol Records filed for several patents of my designs in the 60’s. They had ownership of intellectual properties cornered even at that early date. Something some clever attorneys learned from reading about Edison or Einstein I imagine.
By the time I was forty I had been shocked so many times, going into a depression simply was not in the cards for me. Talk about your knee jerk responses – yikes.
I had a four function calculator the size of a Readers Digest book with Nixie readouts way before 7 segment LED devices were on the scene to create those cute little calculators we all use to own – now calculating devices are in our watches, PDA’s and cell phones – if not a key-fob.
Most of the things we acquired while in the world’s shopping mecca are driven by electricity by way of batteries or connections to electrical outlets. We have new battery operated tools, another coffee grinder, a lamp, a computer, a couple keyboards, amplified speakers and a large screen television – all new – all requiring electricity. The jones continues.
But the latest Pièce de résistance is a new Asus Tablet. Not a tablet of compressed medical powder, but -you guess it – an electron flowing gizmo – state-of-the-art, for the moment.
When it comes to electronic toys trying to keep up with Steve Cotton over at Mexpatrite in the Key of Steve is no small task. I think he has had four Kindles for example. This since I bought my one.
We promised to get Anita her very own Kindle when in the U.S. Actually the deal is she is getting my 4 year old laptop and two year old Kindle. I am getting new stuff. I know that sounds bad – but Anita doesn’t have the jones.
Without going into details about our first tablet experience, we ended up with an Asus ft700t tablet. Asus is a maker of higher end computer gear (and often more expensive). I suppose it might be called the Apple of the Windows/Intel world.
Not Much Room on my Desk
Julian, our son, who seems to have an unlimited budget for electronic toys (he too obviously came by this honestly) just recently bought an Asus desktop system with high end graphics. He was somewhat forced into this from his Apple High Horse – he still owns the latest iPhone and a Mac laptop. But truly Asus is good stuff.
So far we are really enjoying the new device – a great screen image with 1900 X 1200 pixels and not one, but two built in cameras. There is a very basic 2 megapixel camera facing into the operator (for Skype imaging and avatars I guess); and a snazzy 8 megapixel camera with some adjustment goodies – also good stuff.
The Asus utilizes an Android operating system – something else to learn about. So far that part of the 10.1 inch screen jewel has been problematic. I am just not picking up on things as fast as I used to – or perhaps just do not have the previous determination?
There are 750,000 plus ‘APPS’ or program applications that run on Android operating systems. But then how many word processors and spreadsheets can a fellow use? It does have a reasonable tool set resembling Microsoft Office (Pro Office Suite by Mobi).
The Asus (Zeus we have taken to calling it) as a replacement for the Kindle Reader is like going from a station wagon to get the kids to school to driving them in a Porsche 911 GT3. But that is the fate of an electronic junkie – isn’t it?
A Sleek and Fast Toy! The Asus TF700T
We will be reporting more of our feelings about Zeus as we get more familiar with it. Just today I managed to finally load an APP that allows me to read books much like the Kindle (the original goal).
Did I mention we bought two wireless keyboards/mice; a high powered laptop, a 32 inch LED television; the Asus tablet, a couple of laptop/tablet electrified speakers; two more Linksys wifi routers; some cables, a powerstrip and rechargeable batteries to hook all this stuff up, a couple of cases to carry some of this STUFF and more. A lot of contraband indeed!
I’m WIRED, but Stay Tuned!