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AdamSafire pulls Dodocase recommendation

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Due to durability issues AdamSafire no longer recommends the Dodocase for the iPad.  Dodocase. Check out the full article here.

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August 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Adam Safire's Blog becomes AdamSafire

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The Adam Safire's Blog sites are consolidating to single site named AdamSafire. Please check out the new site.

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July 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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OpenStack allows open source cloud computing

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Rackspace and NASA have joined together to push OpenStack.  OpenStack is an open source project to provide cloud computing and object storage. They will be going in to competition with VMware and Microsoft for the the cloud computing platform. The Compute and Storage projects are developer preview only and currently available. They expect the initial release for storage to be in mid September and Compute a month later. According to a report from Gigaom, “What Android is to smartphone operating systems, we want OpenStack to be for the cloud” says Rackspace’s Lew Moorman.

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From the Openstack website…

What the software does: The goal of OpenStack is to allow any organization to create and offer cloud computing capabilities using open source software running on standard hardware. OpenStack Compute is software for automatically creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers. OpenStack Storage is software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store terabytes or even petabytes of data.


Why open matters: All of the code for OpenStack is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. Anyone can run it, build on it, or submit changes back to the project. We strongly believe that an open development model is the only way to foster badly-needed cloud standards, remove the fear of proprietary lock-in for cloud customers, and create a large ecosystem that spans cloud providers.


Who it’s for: Institutions and service providers with physical hardware that they’d like to use for large-scale cloud deployments. (Additionally, companies who have specific requirements that prevent them from running in a public cloud.)


How it’s being used today: Organizations like Rackspace Hosting and NASA are using OpenStack technologies to manage tens of thousands of compute instances and petabytes of storage.


Timeline: Openstack was announced July 19th, 2010. While many components of OpenStack have been used in production for years, we are in the very early stages of our efforts to offer these technologies broadly as open source software. Early code is now available on LaunchPad, with an inital release for OpenStack Storage expected in mid-September and an initial release for OpenStack Compute expected in mid-October.

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July 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

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Mixed Review for Dodocase

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I was very excited about getting in a Dodocase for my iPad. I wrote an article then about how the Dodocase was a great idea. I had to wait 6 weeks for the case to arrive. The look is exactly what  I had hoped and expected. It is a very sharp looking case and has a great feel when carried.

Unfortunately, I found it very awkward to type on when elevated in a landscape orientation. the problem is that unlike the standard Apple case the bamboo border elevates the screen to a level that just is beyond comfortable to type. If I hadn’t used the Apple case while waiting for the Dodocase it might have not been a deal breaker. The border also seems to raise the iPad up in a manner that doesn’t feel as natural as the Apple case.

Durability may be an issue with this case. Although the case seems to be made out of very good materials and workmanship. I found myself worrying about damaging the case. The folds got sharp edges on them after only a couple days of use. This might be normal but it reminded me of a book that was beginning to fray.

The Good Things

  • Handmade in the USA (I wish more items were)
  • The look very professional and non-intrusive
  • The feel carrying the iPad felt very natural

The Bad Things

  • Not as easy or natural to type on as the Apple iPad case
  • The raised up feeling position of the iPad that was not comfortable
  • The durability issue

In the end, I still think that Dodocase is a good value for the money. I am very pleased and impressed that it is made in the United States. I love the concept that is simple and very familiar. I found that it is not as functional as the Apple iPad case for typing and the durability issue made me conscious about the way that I folded the device while watching movies. It is good on so many great levels it is just the couple that it comes up short may determine if it works for you.

-AS
AdamSafire

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July 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

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Safire recommends dropping Consumer Reports

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After saying that the reason that the iPhone 4 rated the highest of any smartphone they had tested, and Apple agreeing to give away a Bumper with each iPhone 4, Consumer reports is still calling the iPhone 4 a recommended model. Whatever remaining creditability  Consumer Reports had has been completely eroded by their desire to stay in the news and continue to prolong this AntennaGate crap. My recommendation is to cancel subscriptions to Consumer Reports because they obviously have an agenda beyond providing correct reasonable information.

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AdamSafire

Consumer Reports first statement

The Bumper solves the signal-strength problem. So does a piece of duct tape, as we reported earlier, or just being careful how you hold the phone. But these options all put the onus on consumers to solve or pay for a fix. We’re still calling on Apple to provide an acceptable free solution to the iPhone 4’s signal-loss problem.

—Paul Reynolds

Consumer Reports second statement

Consumer Reports believes Apple’s offer of free cases is a good first step. However, Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution, it has guaranteed the offer only through September 30th, and has not extended it unequivocally to customers who bought cases from third-party vendors. We look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models.

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July 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

The iPhone Antenna Song

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If you bought a iPhone and don’t like take it back…an awesome way to start the Apple press conference today.

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July 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

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The iPhone Antenna Song

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If you bought a iPhone and don't like take it back…an awesome way to start the Apple press conference today. -AS

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