An older generation

Hey Everyone,
     Right now I’m watching my parent play the Wii together. It’s a very odd moment. A few years ago my parents would never have even imagined doing something like that. They never even considered getting a computer until we finally convinced them we could use it for school. They are playing bowling, and my mom is whooping my dad. The Wii is truly a revolutionary device. It has the ability to bring old and young together. Tech savvy or not people like the Wii.

     We also got a new TV on which to play our Wii. It is a small 19″ tv, but we don’t use it for anything but the Wii. We don’t watch any TV at all, well just the news. The great thing about it is it is HD (720p) and we are now ready for the February 17th switch to DTV. It has a great picture compared to our old analog television.
      There is a tech community on the internet which fully embraces everything tech. We read about geeky tech stuff, we lust after geeky stuff, we write about. But then there is another niche of people all together. They don’t want to read and write about this stuff, but they want to enjoy it. This is the group of people that will begin to close the digital divide. As more people begin to experience technology in things like the Wii and the iPhone. They will crave more and it will become a normal part of everyones lives.

    This wasn’t a long post, but there is so much content on the web I’m sure you guys won’t mind having a few extra minutes trimmed off your reading time. I also don’t have anything else to say about this, and I want to join my family in playing Wii.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

Nintendo Wii

Hey Everyone,

     Our Wii arrived! Back up a little bit Ben. We are getting a Wii and we got it. My dad came home with it yesterday. It was a free gift from my dad’s work. They also gave us an extra controller so we can play games against each other. Set up was a breeze. I’m serious, even though there was tons of packaging in the box the whole set up process took ten minutes, tops. You just plug in the plugs center the Wii Sensor Bar and answer some quick questions on screen.

     Granted we don’t have a wireless network to configure it with, but I assume that would be easy too. We are planning to get an Airport  Express pretty soon so we can use the internet features of the Wii. We also need a wireless network so my brother can use his laptop online anywhere in the house. Anyhoo that is off the subject. With an internet connection the Wii becomes incredibly useful. There is a weather channel and news channel available. And you can buy the classic Nintendo games from the Wii store. You can also download a special version of the Opera web browser to surf the web on your Wii.

    We only have the Wii sports game that came with it right now. We are going shopping on saturday and plan to buy some games. One game we have have our eyes on is Mario Kart Wii. The game comes with this plastic steering wheel that you can slip wiimote into and use to steer the car. It is really cool. I would also like to buy Super Mario Brothers Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy. I need to get a job this summer so I can buy games and more controller etc.. 

    The Wii sports games are really fun though. There is Bowling, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, and Boxing. Bowling is really fun and probably the favorite game of the older people who play Wii. Baseball is really fun once you get the hang of it. Tennis is really fun, but sometime irritating. Golf is my favorite game. Boxing is very physically stressful. In boxing you just about have to kill yourself. I’m not sure how good it is for you. I almost pulled something in my abdomen last night boxing. I think it’s just me.

    One of the most fun features of the Wii is making Miis. Miis are little avatars on the Wii. You can customize yours to look just like you. And whenever you play with it the Wii saves your scores. I love making Miis. If you have an internet connection to your Wii you can share your Wiis with other people and see other peoples Miis.

    I will post more about the Wii later, especially when we get an internet connection to it and can test those features.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

It’s Wednesday May 7th 2008

Hey Everyone,

     I know I promised you a bigger post yesterday. I really wanted to, but I never got time. And it wasn’t for reasons like playing games or anything. I was very busy finishing my school for the year. I woke up yesterday and posted that short snippet about not being able to post over the weekend. After that I dove right in to school. I did one lesson in math, and then I had to go running. I got back from running, and ate lunch. I did another math lesson and a math test, and then the end of the year math test. School usually ends at about 3:00 everyday. Yesterday It ended at about 4:30 because I just really wanted to be done, and the only thing standing in my way was math. After math I had to go to the graduation ceremony for the homeschoolers at my church. Yeah that was my day. Now you probably don’t read this blog to hear about my day. So, here’s the good stuff.

    I usually post about geeky stuff on here, but not very often geeky news. But right now I’m having a lapse of creativity, and I don’t have anything to post about. So, I’m going to be posting about my favorite geeky news stories. My favorite (geeky) news sites are Macrumors, Engadget, well I guess those are the only ones I read. They usually carry all the big important stories I need to here about. But since they report all the news they also talk about stuff I don’t care about. I’m going to post my favorite stories from these sites each day. This is day one so let’s give it a try.

    The PS3 has passed 5 million units sold in Europe, and has also been out selling the Xbox 360 in said continent. The PS3 has had a good few months since toshiba dropped HD DVD. The PS3 which has a built in bluray player has a lot to offer. There are rumors that PS3 is due for an update this fall. Not a big update like the intro of PS4 or anything. But the form factor is expected to get smaller, and the graphics, performance, innards to get updated. SOURCE: ENGADGET

     HTC revealed their newest creation yesterday. It is called the HTC TOUCH DIAMOND. It is a pretty little phone, that is presumed to be yet another iPhone competitor. I seriously doubt that any company in the world has what it takes to make an iPhone killer, or even competitor. That is unless blackberry ditches Windows mobile and gets rid of the keyboard. But, this device aside from the intentions of it’s makers has some prettiness in it. Here are the specs according to engadget.

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • VGA Screen
  • Quad-band HSDPA 7.2
  • One-touch navigation, including single-finger dialing
  • An accelerometer that rotates pictures as you rotate the phone
  • One-touch music playback with an animated music browser
  • A heavily-animated weather forecast app
  • Full-featured desktop-like web browser (Opera) with zoom-in tech that actually reformats to fit the screen upon zoom, although Microsoft promises IE 6 coming soon for it
  • Youtube app and content playback
  • Available in June in Europe via Orange and the “rest of the world” sometime later
  • Orange music store, games, wallpapers, and ringtone downloads
  • Orange mobile TV with up to 61 channels
  • No normal headphone jack – gotta use HTC’s proprietary USB dongle
  • “Better battery life” than their other devices — will offer a bigger battery at a later time for those who are experiencing battery life issues
  • No pricing info just yet

       SOURCE: ENGADGET

    This next one is one that’s been all over the news (even the the non geeky news). Microsoft dumps yahoo. Yup, after months of speculation of hostile take overs, playground like press releases, and rejected bids. Microsoft has walked away. It really never made sense for Microsoft to acquire Yahoo anyway. Well, maybe but not for such a huge price. If Microsoft really need what Yahoo had to offer they could have made their own company. But Yahoo never wanted to be bought anyways. They have done fine on there own for all these years. Shortly after the announcement of Microsoft leaving the fence, Yahoo’s stock price fell a considerable bit. This has made some people call for Yahoo’s CEO’s resignation, but I don’t see that happening. In a few months everything will probably be back to normal, and Yahoo will be doing fine. SOURCE: ENGADGET

    That’s all for right now folks. I hope to be out of this dip in creativity soon. I imagine you guys have already heard this news somewhere else, but not with my perspective. 🙂   

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

Coming Soon

Hey Everyone,
Very sorry for no recent post. This post will not be long. I had a very busy weekend and only spent about 15 minutes on the computer all weekend. Yesterday I caught everything up on my sisters blog. Today I want to catch up on this blog. I really spent too much time playing games yesterday. I swear to not play games today. I have too much work to do for both blogs. I probably played Urban Terror for 4 hours yesterday. That game is too addicting and I won’t be playing it for a while. I really must go, but I promise to post later today after school.

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis

Connecting Online

Hey Everyone,

    I have mentioned before how important it is that people stay connected online. If you don’t have connections online, all you have is hardware and software. No greyware. 🙂 There is no point in modern computing if you don’t share it with others. That is why we have blogs, social networks, online gaming.

    Blogging is an awesome way to stay connected online. Why? Because it is so easy. Even the most computer illiterate person can have a blog. A grandma can have a blog for all her children and grandchildren. You can make a blog for your school, youth group, sports team. Or you can even blog about something you are interested in, for anyone to read. (sounds like geekhangout). For whatever or whoever you blog, you are connecting with people.

    Blogging has been made so easy in the past few years that anyone can do it. You don’t have to know how to do anything except write. WordPress, Blogger, Live Journal, all these sites make it easy to have a blog, or multiple blogs. 

    Social Networks connect people in a special way. You can send people messages, see who your friends friends are, meet people just like you. Social Networks like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter make it easy to connect online.  

     On Facebook each person has a profile page you can leave messages on, upload pictures to, or add applications that you think are cool.

     I have never used Myspace so I’m in the dark there. I like to try to keep it simple, the best way to do this is use one (maybe two) social networks, and one blogging network.

    Twitter is very cool. It allows you to post little updates through the day telling people what you are doing. You can follow people on Twitter, which means you see their updates. And people can follow you which means they see your updates. Twitter is an awesome way to keep up with friends, or find out what people you know do during the day. I have recently started using twitter, and I love it. I don’t have any friends from my South Carolina world on there yet. But, I have some online friends, like Chris Pirillo and Chris Farley. 

    Online gaming enters a totally different scene. Blogging and social networks are used by all. The old the young, the computer illiterate and geniuses all use these things. When you start talking about online gaming most of those people go to sleep and the teenagers wake up. Gaming is super fun, but online gaming is super super fun. Not only do you get to play your friends and strangers, but the skill level never stops increasing. Normal games get boring after a while because you beat them. In online gaming there is always some freak out there better than you. (unless you are the freak 🙂   )  You can game online using things like XBOX LIVE, and online gaming on the Wii and PS3, or you can game online using your computer. I don’t have a gaming system yet (we are getting a Wii), so I online game on my computer. It is so much fun. I play this game called Urban Terror. It would be a fun game even offline, but nothing compares to it when you through in onlineness. Urban Terror is a first person shoot em up online game. All of my friends play which makes it cool. Last night I played for two hours with some of my friends. Yes that is why I didn’t post on here yesterday, silly me. Online games are another way to keep people connected online.

    I hope you found this post interesting. I must now go do Math and mow the lawn. 

Gotta Go,

Ben Willis