Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Well, friends. It’s been an eventful few weeks here in Olathe, Kansas. Business is booming as usual, everyone is going crazy for the NCAA tournament and our annual office pool, and we’re bringing on several new techs to keep up with the workload from our loyal customer base. Stay tuned to meet the newbies. We’re following all the Apple product development rumors for you, and it’s looking more and more likely that a new iPhone or two will be at least announced if not available on shelves by summer 2013. We may, as the rumors have been suggesting, see a cheaper model made from alternative materials, or it may just be the yearly processor and feature upgrade in the form of a 5S. In the mean time, if you drop your iPhone 5, or for that matter your MacBook Pro, iPod or iPad, we’re here to help.
And for you particularly fanatical Apple nuts, you’ll be pleased to know a second Steve Jobs biopic has been green lighted, and in fact will beat the Kutcher film to the small screen. The interweb screen, that is. Before Jobs is released later this year, check out the self-proclaimed FiRST movie about Steve Jobs at Funny or Die, “iSteve”. Here’s a teaser:
Have a great week, everyone.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Happy Independence Day, everyone! I know, it’s been a little while since I’ve been on the old blog horn, but it has been INSANELY BUSY (yeah, I yelled that) at iResQ for the last three weeks. I’m just now coming up for air, so it’s time for a quick coupon! For the week of the Fourth (that is, July 4-July 11) enter the coupon INDEPENDENCE when placing any flat-rate repair on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone or iPad for 10% off your order. Simple as that. Alright, we’ll be back soon. Have a great and safe holiday, friends.
Friday, March 16th, 2012
This is only a rant. I repeat, this is only a rant. The opinions of this particular blog do not necessarily reflect the opinions of iResQ. Just Keith.
I keep on seeing ads for phones that come with a stylus. The question I ask is, what for? Who wants to have a phone with a stylus nowadays? iPhones, iPod Touchs, and iPads have pretty much proven that touch based gestures are the new norm. The only real benefit that I can derive from having a stylus for my iPhone would be to use it with the awesome app, Draw Something. Other than Draw Something, there is simply no need for a stylus. Even at that, Draw Something is easy enough to use with just your finger. The Samsung Galaxy Note? C’mon man! I bet most people who own that phone are going to lose their stylus within a month or two.
I’ll admit, before I owned an iPhone, I had an LG VU. This touch based phone had one major perk, TV anywhere. Other than that, the touch screen was pretty much crap. Typing a text message was cumbersome, clunky, and downright annoying. Using a stylus with it would have been beneficial. It’s understandable if touch screen devices want to mask their flaws by asking their users to use a stylus, but that is just what it sounds like; an excuse. Make a better touch screen!
Here are my two cents, if your going to use a stylus with a mobile device of any kind, it better be with a Nintendo 3DS. Anything other than that is downright silly.
I’m done with my rant. Carry on.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
It’s that time of year again, friends. That glorious few days in the spring when everyone is waiting in anticipation for the start of something big… the new iPad release! What, did you think I was going somewhere else with that? Don’t worry, we’ll get to basketball. But first we’re adding another device to our extensive line of MacBook, iPod and iPhone repairs. As we mentioned previously, we’re sitting on iPad 3 parts just in case you are unfortunate enough to need repair the day you get your new iPad. With the iPad 2 we had a pair of digitizer repair orders come through the day of its release. Sad but true.
Now, on to the competition… between the iPad 3 and other tablets! Seriously, I’ll get there soon. I went to dinner with my wife’s extended family last week and as I walked in the door, one of her cousins who is an IT professional immediately asked, “want to see something that’s better than an iPad 3?” Now, while I’m clearly a big supporter of Apple’s devices in general, I’m not blindly going to swear that the iPad is unbeatable by something else in the consumer electronics marketplace. So I took a look.
He handed me a Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T, and this is what I observed: First, I asked in earnest (not to be clever or sardonic) why it was so heavy. Ok, ok, other manufacturers don’t have Jony Ive and the world’s best designers to make things streamline. I could probably look past a much heavier tablet that has a few extra inches of LCD. Then, I noticed how awkward and irritating the touch screen was. Sure, Apple has hundreds of patents on their digitizers, so the competition probably won’t live up to it. Surely, based on his assessment of the processing power, this thing must be lightning fast. Except that it’s not. It’s running Windows 7 in full, which is nice if you’re not willing to learn a mobile OS, but incredibly frustrating if you want to run a tablet at all without waiting for processor lag. Finally I assumed that the draw must be the price. Since Windows PC laptops can be assembled and sold for hundreds less than Macs, this 2 pound (37.5% heavier than the iPad) behemoth must cost a fraction of iPad’s sticker price, right? Well, nope. In fact it costs twice as much. So, to answer the original question that started this whole rant, yes. Yes, I would like to see something that’s better than an iPad 3. Show me.
Ah, now I’m out of time for basketball. Well, in short: several of our local teams are in the Big Dance. Mizzou at the 2 seed in what appears to be the weakest region, so a first Final Four appearance could be in their future. Kansas, if they can actually play to their ability, might have a chance of taking on UNC and former coach Roy Williams. Then there’s Kansas State and Wichita State who should be able to squeeze out a second round win. The brackets are out, and we’re ready with highlighters. Go Basketball.
Monday, January 30th, 2012
Happy almost February, everyone. It’s an uncharacteristically and pleasantly warm week in Kansas City- these last two days in January are hovering around 60 degrees, and everyone is itching to be outside. But fear not loyal patrons, we’re holed up in the tech room fixing every MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone 4S that you send our way. But February is an exciting time for me- the Superbowl is less than a week away, and then my birthday in another week (I’m in the sunset of my 20s; a whole new decade is only a year away). On an even more personal note, February is when my family is expecting to officially be put on the waiting list for adopting our next child from Ethiopia. Months and months of paperwork culminate with a position on the list this week, so it’s pretty exciting. Now if you’ll forgive me for a brief step onto my soapbox, I promise I’ll make it quick.
If you decide you’re not interested in the spectacle this Sunday featuring Madonna and whatever AMAZING guest stars grace the half time stage, check out the video and consequent discussion threads that Superbowl Winning Head Coach Tony Dungy put together. It’s just information and encouragement for those who may consider adoption part of their future. I won’t embed it here, but if you or someone you know may be interested in adoption, you can find more information here.
See, that was brief, wasn’t it? Now, keep checking back for deals on MacBook, iPod, iPad and iPhone 4S repairs. My next post will have a little something special. Have a great week everyone.
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