Or maybe it's just me.
At the moment, I have seven webpages open on my small Dell laptop, plus my Quicken program, plus Quikbooks (for business), plus my Audible account (because I was searching for a book that was nagging at me, but which I forgot the title of the instant my Audible account opened), plus Movable Type (for writing this post), photo editing software, my password keeper, and Outlook.
A few minutes ago, I remembered that there was something I needed to look up urgently, so I clicked to open another web browsing tab, waited something like 15 seconds for it (so, so slow), then . . . whoosh . . . gone. Brain meltdown.
Next, looked in the archives of Lifehacker for recommended solutions to this problem, got distracted reading the piece titled Cut your audio learning time in half (what a coinkydink!), forgot what I went to the site for . . .
One thing I've learned from the dearth of applications on the iPhone is that, despite having dozens of applications on my smartphones and PDAs throughout the years, I must not have needed them quite as much as I thought because I haven't really been missing them too much as I've transitioned to using the iPhone as my main mobile phone and PDA. I think this is primarily because the web browser is so good that I no longer need separate apps for doing things like looking up movie times or tv listings or the weather. You can just use the browser as you would at home, albeit more slowly whenever you're not in Wifi range and have to use the EDGE connection. Oh, how I hate the sight of that big "E" in the upper left corner of my iPhone. When I'm using a 3G phone, I won't even attempt to use the browser or email if there's only EDGE available. So slooowww...
Who knew CafePress was brimming with wacky, cool, and downright hilarious iPhone (and iNonsense) fashion finds? There are tees in mens, womens, kids, and even dog sizes and styles, stickers, mugs, buttons, and hoodies galore.
Here's a roundup of some of our favorite finds:
Gauntlet 1, via we-make-mone-not-art
Aggressive alarm clocks with blaring noises and obnoxious movements may be a necessity for those who sleep like the dead, and I have a feeling (from the sheer volume of Popgadget posts on screaming clocks that beat you over the head) that we've got a few of them among us. For me, sudden loud bursts of sound mean the house is on fire, a tidal wave has hit, the aliens have landed. It's not a good way to start my day.
The Peaceful Progression Wake Up Clock is much more my speed. A half hour before you have to wake up, the clock's ambient light gradually turns on, and fifteen minutes before the set time, it begins to play soft "yet lively" nature sounds. The warmth from the lamp also releases aromatherapy scents (this part I can do without - I don't want to be assaulted by flowerly fragrances first thing in the morning).
What is this? Leave your guesses in the comments.
As much as you've come to love your mobile phone, do you think you could feel the same way about a mobile home?
We're not talking about the kind of mobile home that you're eccentric uncle Walden lives in or the RV that your grandparents tour the states with. Nope, we're talking about a hi-tech, environmentally friendly, fully wired 4,507 square foot pre-fab home. As I look at my smallish New York apartment, I would gladly make the trade and become a fully mobile home gal in an instant (and, preferably in the center of Central Park).
Well under construction in an exclusive LA neighborhood, an experiment in housing construction is underway to build the first Wired LivingHome. A partnership between Wired magazine and LivingHome, this project is scheduled to debut to the public this fall.
For three weeks, public tours, charity events, and programming showcases will take place. Major sponsor BMW CleanEnergy is even providing Hydrogen 7 vehicles for transportation to and from the house. Learn more about the project and the products being used to create this spectacular next generation of housing online..
A similar project by Royal Homes Toronto is also underway here.
My poor dog, Zach, has been mostly indoors for the last couple of weeks due to the heat wave. He just loves to come everywhere with me, but I dare not leave him in the car while I run errands or even take him on long walks. We might both pass out on the sidewalk.
While this ChillyDog vest won't help me much, it might keep Zach cool enough to go around the block without panting. If I don't make it, he can drag me home and put me in front of the air conditioning vent until I come to. It's a low tech cooling device, basically just ice packs inside of a vest, but not a bad idea really, especially for working dogs who have to be outdoors at times even in this miserable weather.
$129 for ChillyDog and $99 for ChillyPup from Helping Udders (totally gratuitous cute dog pic from their site after the jump).
In a feeble effort to support the troops, Microsoft is putting out a special new brown Zune which will feature fancy Halo artwork and will come pre-loaded with artwork, trailers and music from all three Halo games.
Outside of the 300 players they handed out to a group of soldiers who recently left for active duty, these devices will be available for sale exclusively at "military retail stores."
Microsoft magnanimously is selling the Halo-Themed Zune military personnel and their families for a "discounted rate," but the discount rate is unknown. A regular Zune usually sells for $250.
Why aren't they just giving the Zunes to them you ask? That was my question too.
Via New Launches
If you love your Mac as much as I love mine, you've probably spoiled it with peripherals and invested in an array of expensive cleaning products. I thought I was a great Mac parent until today when I learned about Tucano's PJ Mac Screen Protector. Now, when I power down I can keep my Mac protected from dust, dog hair, and sunshine.
The Screen Protector looks like a dressy tee, which is just what my stylish Mac deserves. My mighty mouse has a special pocket to sleep in too.
Available for Mac G5 17".
Price: $15 at Laptopstuff.co.uk.