Living in Tim Pawlenty’s Fantasyland

As we get ever closer to the 2012 primary season, I'm watching the GOP Presidential campaign with a growing sense of amusement. The announced candidates and the unofficial contenders are so profoundly unserious that I have a hard time believing they mean half of the things coming out of their mouths.Still, words have consequences, and it looks like the GOP Presidential hopefuls are now in a mad dash to the Right in order to win over the Tea Party crowd. This leaves little hope for a moderate candidate in this race.

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Five Months Later: Chrome OS and the Cr-48

Five months ago I wrote about the Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook prototype I had received from Google. I've been using it almost every day since then and was planning on giving an update after six months of having it. But, at Google's IO conference last week, they announced the availability of Chromebooks for purchase beginning June 15th, so I decided to share a few thoughts while Chrome OS is getting some extra attention.

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Why You’ll be Buying an iPad 2

First, an admission: I was wrong. Last year I said I didn't think the iPad would be a commercial success, but it clearly is. I also said it was a just a bigger, faster iPod Touch, but it's obvious that the large 9.7 inch LED screen makes all the difference.Despite a clear use case for its place between the laptop and the smartphone, the iPad has captured people's imaginations and validated the market for tablet devices. So, you think this would pave the way for the "iPad killers" and the cheap imitations that inevitably follow any successful product launch. Except one year later, this still hasn't happened yet.

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An Ode to Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

I'd been dying to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World since I saw the first trailer for it last March. I didn't get to see it in the theaters this summer, but I last week I finally got to sit down and watch it on Amazon streaming. Since then, I've watched it at least 2-3 more times.In short, I love this movie. It's fantastic - one of the most unique movies I've ever experienced and one of my favorite films of recent memory. And while I can see why it wasn't a mainstream hit, it's a travesty that crap like Little Fockers earn three times more than it at the box office.Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie poster

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Hands On: Google’s Chrome OS Cr-48 Notebook Prototype

At a press event three days ago (December 7th), Google provided a long overdue progress update on the status of their Chrome OS project. No, it wouldn't be shipping on new laptops this year like they had previously promised. Instead, Google announced a pilot program where they would provide participants with notebooks running the Chrome OS in exchange for using it often and providing detailed feedback.Figuring it was worth the few minutes it took to fill out the application form, I signed-up for the Chrome OS pilot program. So with my low expectations in mind, yesterday I was shocked to find that a Cr-48 notebook had been delievered to our house by Google.Cr-48 Boxed

Below, I'll give you a quick overview of the Cr-48 prototype notebook and of Chrome OS itself.

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Cutting the Cable Part 2: Hello Roku.

Our family dropped our cable subscription last year, and I'd consider the change a success on most accounts. With just one or two reliable over-the-air channels available, our living room TV stayed quiet for months except for kids' movies and PBS programs. Casey all but stopped watching TV except for the occasional disc from Netflix, and I continued watching the majority of my television on the 2-inch screen of my iPod Nano.In March, our living room entertainment options expanded a bit when we began beta testing the Netflix streaming disc for our Nintendo Wii. The on-screen interface was minimal, requiring that almost everything be done from the browser on a Mac/PC, but it did allow us to watch shows and movies on-demand on a screen bigger than our 20-inch iMac. Picture quality wasn't all that great, and we had a lot of buffering issues, but it was better than nothing.When we moved into our new house a couple of months ago, Casey mentioned that she'd like to be able to watch something while nursing our infant, and for the inevitably long winter nights that we have here in North Dakota. After looking at a few different options, we decided to try the new Roku XDS. The Roku is a streaming-only device, gettings its content from various sources online instead of storing it locally on a drive.Roku XDS

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