I’m sick.

Plugged ear? Check. Runny nose? Check. Puffy eyes? Check. Cough? Check.

Hurray! Allergy season has returned, and with a fury of a thousand spartans. Every year from May until mid-June my sinus cavity decides to wage war against the rest of my body. My normal course of action usually involves a good mix of benadryl, and sudafed. I’ve tried every long term allergy relief medicine from Claritin to Clarinex to Zyrtec, and none of help in any sort of lasting relief.

Now, this summer those normal symptoms have decided to gang up and make things worse. It seems like I have been battling a sinus cold/infection for almost a week now. I took some time off last week to sleep and try and get better, but it doesn’t look like that has helped. It looks like this guy will be needing to bounce over to a doctors office sometime soon.

Gross.

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Quick Tech Review – Entourage eDGe

What is it?

The Entourage eDGe is a hybrid ebook and mobile tablet device that combines both platforms into a compact netbook format. Offering clamshell form factor for users to read e-books, or use an android touch tablet, the eDGe is the self proclaimed first “dualbook” device on the market.

The device itself includes two 9inch screens that fold as a clamshell body, with a total weight just a little over 3lbs and 1in thick. This is a large device, and is 3 times thicker than the Kindle DX, and 2 times thicker than the iPad.

What does it do?

Listed as the first ever Dualbook, Entourage is trying their hardest to attack multiple device markets with one device. With the eDGe, Entourage looks to be attacking both the ebook market (ie. Amazon’s Kindle) and tablet/mobile (ie. Apple’s iPad) device market with their hybrid dualbook.

Entourage has installed Google’s Android OS for their mobile device, making it one of the first Android alternatives to the iPad.  However, the eDGe is making use of Android version 1.6, and is currently behind the majority of Android devices as the current OS version is 2.1.

eBook Experience

The eDGe offers a nice 9.7in screen for it’s e-reader, and allows for more text to be displayed on the screen compared to many 6in e-reader competitors like the original Kindle, or Barnes & Nobel’s Nook.  The fonts are crisp, clear, and easy on the eyes with the option to choose both serif or sans-serif fonts depending on users preference.

Page turning and refreshes are a bit on the slow side compared to the Kindle, but right on par with the Nook.  Reading on this device was pleasant, and it was easy to thumb through pages using the back and forward buttons.  However, it is unfortunate that the eDGe offers no touch page turning ability a la iPad.

Tablet Experience

Entourage makes use of the open Android OS platform for their tablet experience, and fall short in their offering.  As a user of an Android mobile phone (Motorola Droid on Verizon), I was looking forward to see how Android would perform on a larger screen and device.  Unfortunately, in a world where “Droid Does”, the eDGe just “doesn’t” and really fails to make an impressive showing.

Having more than one App open brought the device to sluggish halt, and Mobile browsing with more than one tab open isn’t recommended.  It is nice to see that Entourage has pre-installed some productivity apps for document editing with DocsToGo.  However, the lag in typing on the virtual keyboard make them almost unusable.

Wrap Up

As a device that touts its ability to have the best of both worlds of eReaders and Tablets, it surprisingly doesn’t do either very well.  It would be easy to forgive the awkward size and weight of the eDGe, but the lack of performance power keeps it from being a true contender in today’s fierce mobile market.  With a price point of $499, most consumers would be hard pressed to to choose the eDGe over other comparable eReaders or mobile devices.

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Go See Cabaret!

This weekend we had the absolute pleasure of seeing Lafayette Civic’s rendition of Cabaret, and it was nothing short of stunning.  Featuring a brilliant cast of some new and familiar faces, that pull of an almost impossible task of making you love and hate them at the same time.  With a beautiful set that takes you back to pre-WWII Berlin, Cabaret is a wild and fun romp into the land of excess.  A great show to end the Lafayette Civic season, Cabaret is a must see for any mature lover of theater and musicals.  If you are looking for something fun and entertaining to pass the time in the next two weeks, go downtown to the Monon Depot or buy tickets online.  Cabaret is running on the weekends through May 23rd.

Performances: May 7 – 23, 2010 at the Historic Monon Depot Theatre

Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 PM

Sundays 2:30 PM

Thursday May 20, 2010 8:00 PM

UPDATE: I can’t believe I forgot to originally post this, but it also features fellow blogger, and friend Lisa Stanforth aka The Blond Blogette.  Be sure to see it and tell her how awesome she is (because she is :))

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What 3 Apps Can You Not Live Without?

May 4, 2010 3 comments
It’s been three months since moving to the world of Android, and I have not once felt the pangs of separation from the Berry.  In fact, now that I have a high functioning phone that doesn’t require a battery pull twice a day I have found that I am reliant on downloading and installing apps.  Its been great exploring the Market place for the latest & greatest additions and finding use for them in my every day life.
Since the first day of being a Droid owner I have found that only 3 apps have survived my whims of downloading and deleting.  I can not go one day without using these, and they are my essential picks.
  • Aldiko – By far the most used app on my Droid.  Aldiko is an easy to use eBook reader that is completely FREE.  It imports eBooks in the ePub format, and also has a repository of free downloads of classic novels and stories that are in public domain.  It also has two modes for Day Time and Night Time reading, allowing you to modify the brightness for your needs.  It is AWESOME.

  • Gameboid – My favorite game platform as a kid was the Gameboy and Gameboy Advance.  Pokemon, Zelda, Final Fantasy, all are games that I was and still am obsessed with and Gameboid easily allows me to go back and play these games on that gorgeous screen of my Droid while listening to my MP3s or Pandora.  Plus, the physical keyboard makes playing games that much easier.  If you have a collection of ROMs, Gameboid is for you.  I use the free version and have not once found myself wishing to spend $4 on the premium app, so save your money.

  • Evernote – This was a must have on my Berry, my desktop, my laptop, basically any computer or device I own has some version of Evernote installed. The effortless note syncing makes my life that much easier.  If you like Evernote make sure you get the app for your respective mobile device.

What are your essential apps that you can’t go one day without?

Something Fun For the Internet

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

London Calling 3D

I try and keep up with all the fun, and cool memes out there on the tubes, and have decided that it is time to start sharing my beautiful collection of animated gifs, funny videos, and awesome mashups.  This blog doesn’t seem like the appropriate outlet for those, and neither does my twitter account as I don’t want to spam or innundate those that don’t care about internet pop culture with my posts.

So, for those that care I will begin posting my funny photos, videos, and music over on my tumblog at http://kevinoshea.tumblr.com.  Fans of Trololololol, OMG Cat, Grizzly Sharktopus, and 3 Wolf Moon can now get their fill over there.

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What are you listening to?

April 20, 2010 1 comment

Music has been a part of my life from an early age, from chorus to being in a terrible punk band in high school.  I am almost always listening to something, anything, on my headphones at any given time during the day at work, the bus commute, or sitting in my den at home.  Mostly, my playlists consist of some sort of indie/singer songwriter stuff with a hint of punk/hardcore and a random pop song thrown in for good measure.

If I am in a funk and need some sort of kick in the pants I usually go right for my iTunes or Lala library and hit play.  I even spend time trolling the tubes for podcasts to add to my queue.  For those that don’t follow my every movement and action on social media and didn’t know about my Last.fm obsession for scrobbling my every tune, I have compiled a quick best of list of my top 5 tunes that I can’t live without.

Current Top 5 Songs in my Library

Avett Brothers – I and Love and You

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Tegan & Sara – Alligator Tears (Kevin St. Croix Remix)
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Josh Moore – Ghostly Reminders

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Florence & The Machine – Howl

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The River Bends – Looking for You

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I Took Pictures at a Wedding This Weekend

April 13, 2010 2 comments

This weekend my brother in-law married my wife’s best friend. Or in other words, Amy’s brother married her bestest friend in the world. We went to Chicago to help out and attend the wedding this weekend, and I brought along my new toy, and trusty side kick – Nikon D3000. I borrowed a friend’s 50mm (f1.8), and took along my two zoom lenses (kit vr, and 55-200mm vr).

These are some of the pictures that turned out.

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Direct links to view the pictures up close and personal – http://bit.ly/timjamieweddng