Is the iPhone 3GS or 4 a Better Bargain Right Now?

A LockerGnome reader sent in the question, “I want to switch to the iPhone from a Blackberry and can’t decide between a $50 3GS or the $200 iPhone 4. What is your opinion?”

This is a tough one to answer, especially considering the iPhone 4 has become a bit long in the tooth and a new model could be on its way soon.

Based on the prices you mentioned, you’re looking down the barrel of a two-year contract with AT&T. This means that whatever you decide will be the phone you’re stuck with until your contract is up, or AT&T allows an early upgrade. Early upgrade privileges are rare, but they have happened with the iPhone before, so it’s possible. This means that by the end of your term, you’ll likely have an iPhone that is several generations behind the current model.

For some time during your contract, there may be apps that take advantage of a more powerful processor that you may not be able to use with the 3GS. An example of this are some of the newer games coming out that fly on the iPhone 4’s Apple A4 processor and crawl at best on the 3GS.

Screen resolution is another thing to consider when deciding between the two. Video is just clearer on the iPhone 4. This is another area where 3rd party developers are beginning to redo their apps to cater to a crisper screen with more pixels to decorate.

Photo By: Yutaka Tsutano

If you plan on using the iPhone for video recording, you might want to consider the difference in cameras as well. The 3GS sports a VGA camera capturing video at 640×480 while the iPhone 4 shoots video at 720p. Video editing tools for the iPhone are also better tuned for a faster processor.

A higher resolution still camera with a built-in flash is also included on the iPhone 4 while the 3GS comes up 2 megapixels short and lacks a basic flash.

One area where the 3GS has managed to hold a much better reputation than the iPhone 4 is in signal reliability. When the iPhone 4 first came out, tales of signal loss when holding the phone a certain way spread like wildfire. The signal loss appears to be greatly reduced by using a case. While it may not be a huge issue for you if you plan on using a protective case, it is something to consider if you prefer to use the iPhone without one.

At the end of the day, the most important thing to consider is which device you think you’ll still enjoy towards the end of your two-year contract. Mobile phones are a commitment, either by way of time or financial investment. You can switch out phones every year if you wanted, but that privilege comes at a significantly steeper price tag that makes the $150 difference between these two phones seem rather small.

You Can Rent Adobe Creative Suite 5.5

If you typically upgrade your Adobe Creative software on a yearly basis to take advantage of all the new features, you might be in luck thanks to Adobe’s new rental policy. This means you can pay monthly, or annually, for software that you really won’t be keeping around past that point. The yearly subscription rate is significantly lower than it would be for buying the software outright.

The new pricing scheme offers two different plans. If you’re working on a short-term project or trying out a new employee before investing, a month-to-month plan is available at a slightly higher price than the yearly. For example, if you decide you need PhotoShop for a month or two, each month runs $49. If you are willing to commit to a year, your monthly rate drops and PhotoShop would be available to you at $35 / month.


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Through this initiative, Adobe is targeting customers of older suites that don’t qualify for upgrades, freelancers, small business owners, and pretty much anyone that needs the products in the short-term.

This may be an especially good deal for short-term projects that don’t require permanent installations of pricey Adobe software.

Is $25 Off the Price of a Kindle Worth Seeing Advertisements?

In a move that appears to mimic Google’s stance on keeping costs down with advertisements, Amazon has unveiled their newest plan to knock down the prices of the already rather frugal Kindle. For a savings of $25 USD, you can select a Kindle that displays advertisements on the screen saver and home pages.

These ads initially include sponsors like Buick, Visa, Chase, and Olay. There are also special offers expected such as half-price gift cards, dollar Audible books, and coupons  for their music store.

Are the ads expected to be intrusive? Thankfully, the answer to this one is a soft no. While the ad will certainly appear during the time a screen saver appears on your Kindle, the only other advertisement you should see will appear on the bottom of your home screen. According to Amazon, you should never see an ad in the middle of your book.

This means you can purchase a Kindle with Wi-Fi for $114, but if advertisements are really that much of a hassle, the ad-free Wi-Fi and 3G models are still available at the same $139 and $189 price points.

Best Choice for a First Time Mac User

In an email, the question was raised what is the best Mac for a first-time buyer that just wants to do some basic web browsing, photo editing, and light video editing? While the biggest and most expensive models can accomplish these tasks very easily, let’s take a look at which options would best suit these needs.

The current line of Mac minis is capable of doing everything listed, even basic movie editing through iMovie, however, if you want a smooth experience with smooth multitasking, you’re probably best going with an iMac. The i3 processor is quick and responsive, even when dealing with 1080p video on iMovie. Having a capable monitor built-in is a big plus and in terms of value makes up a lot of the difference price-wise between the Mac mini and the iMac.

If you want to go with something more portable, the MacBook is a good budget choice for web browsing and photo editing but not recommended for video editing due to it’s underpowered processor and lower resolution display. A MacBook pro at a couple hundred dollars more will give you a powerful platform with a capable of handling quite a bit.

Here are some builds I think bring the best price for performance without being overkill for what you’re asking for:

iMac 21.5-inch: 3.06GHz ($1,199)
This is the base model iMac though the differences between it and the step up are minimal considering what you’re wanting to do with it.

Mac Mini 2.4 GHz: 320GB ($699)
One of the wonderful advantages to the Apple warranty is that you don’t have to have to buy or install additional RAM through them. A $100 upgrade to 4GB of memory can cost a fraction of that if you use quality after market RAM. See apple.com for spec requirements and installation instructions.

This particular model is the least powerful out of the suggested options, and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re planning on doing a lot of full HD video editing, but it will handle basic tasks fairly easily. Make sure you have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse at the ready since they don’t come included with the Mac Mini.

13-inch MacBook Pro: 2.3GHz ($1,199)
The MacBook Pro combines a decent amount of performance with portability. The Core i5 processor is significantly faster than the one found on the MacBook and the Mac Mini. Even large external monitors will connect to the MacBook Pro without overwhelming the video processor.

As far as software goes, iMovie is a capable movie editing platform included with new Macs without any added cost. It works very well to do most basic tasks and encoding your final product can be done through QuickTime, also included, with decent quality.

Photo editing can be done on a very basic level through iPhoto, though if you would like a powerful alternative without adding to the price, try Gimp. Gimp is the open source answer to PhotoShop and includes a lot of great features.

How I Pay $7 Per Month on Unlimited Mobile Phone Service

If there is one expense that absolutely dominates the modern household monthly with seemingly oppressive rates and ridiculous added charges, it’s the mobile bill. Every month, my family spends somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 for phone service on four phones. This is coupled with our internet bill which creates a total monthly investment of around $270.

Lately, an IT associate of mine purchased my iPod touch (4th gen) from me and immediately converted it into a mobile phone. He explained his philosophy that he doesn’t use his phone while driving, and everywhere he frequents (work, home, coffee bar) has Wi-Fi. With this in mind, Skype and other VoIP systems with approved apps on the Apple App Store give him the ability to make and receive calls just like a regular phone 90% of the time. He isn’t chained to a required data plan or a set number of minutes that he can only use to call people within the U.S. He’s free to call anyone in the continent and even the world for just a few dollars more.

There are some critical drawbacks to this decision. You don’t have emergency services available to you at all times, and your phone stops working the instant you cross out of range of a Wi-Fi hotspot. Calls can often be broken up and distorted if the Wi-Fi connection isn’t strong enough. Skype has also had its share of problems in the recent past. An outage a few months ago left its non-business users without phone service for nearly an entire day. These are some critical issues to consider before taking a leap without an alternative line of communication at your disposal.

Following suit, as the Frugal Geek is supposed to in the face of a real deal, I immediately took my $2.90 monthly Skype Out plan and upgraded it to Skype In for $12.05 / 3 months. This means that my monthly total comes out to roughly $6.90. If everyone on my plan followed suit, which they probably won’t, I could reduce a $200 monthly charge down to a reasonable $27.60. Not only that, but this enables you to make and receive calls from your desktop, laptop or notebook, iPad, iPod touch, Android Tablet, etc.

Skype, or any similar service, is not intended to be a replacement for your phone service as lack of a way to make emergency calls is a critical drawback. While this likely isn’t going to be a preferred solution for everyone, the extra phone line can come in handy especially when you’ve misplaced your primary phone and have to make and/or receive a call.

Nearly 25% Of All Sun-Like Stars May Have Earthlike Planets

There should be an image here!Nearly one in four stars like the sun could have Earth-size planets, according to a University of California, Berkeley, study of nearby solar-mass stars.

UC Berkeley astronomers Andrew Howard and Geoffrey Marcy chose 166 G and K stars within 80 light years of Earth and observed them with the powerful Keck telescope for five years in order to determine the number, mass and orbital distance of any of the stars’ planets. The sun is the best known of the G stars, which are yellow, while K-type dwarfs are slightly smaller, orange-red stars.

The researchers found increasing numbers of smaller planets, down to the smallest size detectable today — planets called super-Earths, about three times the mass of Earth.

“Of about 100 typical sun-like stars, one or two have planets the size of Jupiter, roughly six have a planet the size of Neptune, and about 12 have super-Earths between three and 10 Earth masses,” said Howard, a research astronomer in UC Berkeley’s Department of Astronomy and at the Space Sciences Laboratory. “If we extrapolate down to Earth-size planets — between one-half and two times the mass of Earth — we predict that you’d find about 23 for every 100 stars.”

“This is the first estimate based on actual measurements of the fraction of stars that have Earth-size planets,” said Marcy, UC Berkeley professor of astronomy. Previous studies have estimated the proportion of Jupiter and Saturn-size exoplanets, but never down to Neptunes and super-Earths, enabling an extrapolation to Earth-size planets.

“What this means,” Howard added, “is that, as NASA develops new techniques over the next decade to find truly Earth-size planets, it won’t have to look too far.”

Because the researchers detected only close-in planets, there could be even more Earth-size planets at greater distances, including within the habitable zone located at about the same distance as the earth is from our sun. The habitable, or “Goldilocks,” zone is the distance from a star neither two hot nor too cold to allow the presence of liquid water.

The researchers’ results conflict with current models of planet formation and migration, Marcy noted. After their birth in a protoplanetary disk, planets had been thought to spiral inward because of interactions with the gas in the disk. Such models predict a “planet desert” in the inner region of solar systems.

“Just where we see the most planets, models predict we would find no cacti at all,” Marcy said. “These results will transform astronomers’ views of how planets form.”

Howard and Marcy report their results in the Oct. 29 issue of the journal Science.

The astronomers used the 10-meter Keck telescopes in Hawaii to measure the minute wobble of each star. Current techniques allow detection of planets massive enough and near enough to their stars to cause a wobble of about 1 meter per second. That means they saw only massive, Jupiter-like gas giants up to three times the mass of Jupiter (1,000 times Earth’s mass) orbiting as far as one-quarter of an astronomical unit (AU) from the star, or smaller, closer super-Earths and Neptune-like planets (15-30 times the mass of the earth). An AU is 93 million miles, the average distance between the earth and the sun.

Only 22 of the stars had detectable planets — 33 planets in all — within this range of masses and orbital distances. After accounting statistically for the fact that some stars were observed more often than others, the researchers estimated that about 1.6 percent of the sun-like stars in their sample had Jupiter-size planets and 12 percent had super-Earths (3-10 Earth masses). If the trend of increasing numbers of smaller planets continues, they concluded, 23 percent of the stars would have Earth-size planets.

Based on these statistics, Howard and Marcy, who is a member of NASA’s Kepler mission to survey 156,000 faint stars in search of transiting planets, estimate that the telescope will detect 120-260 “plausibly terrestrial worlds” orbiting some 10,000 nearby G and K dwarf stars with orbital periods less than 50 days.

“One of astronomy’s goals is to find eta-Earth (?Earth), the fraction of sun-like stars that have an earth,” Howard said. “This is a first estimate, and the real number could be one in eight instead of one in four. But it’s not one in 100, which is glorious news.”

Twelve possible planets also were detected, but they need further confirmation, Marcy said. If these candidate planets are included in the count, the team detected a total of 45 planets around 32 stars.

Robert Sanders @ University of California – Berkeley

[Photo above by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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RetroDex Seattle 2010

There should be an image here!On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (PT) in Seattle, WA, local IT pros should come to RetroDex 2010 (and use code “LockerGnome” for 25% off the already-low price)!

IT professionals, service providers, vendors, bloggers, and media come together to hear predictions from leading technology industry thinkers and discuss the present and future with their technology industry peers. During 2010 virtualization and tele-presence made their mark and Comdex returned to a virtual Las Vegas. RetroDex 2010 is the perfect place to meet real live technology people whether or not you are participating virtually in Comdex.

Leading up to the event we will be conducting a One Question survey of IT decision makers where we ask: What one technology product changed your business computing the most in 2010? And what do you think it will be in 2011? We will be presenting the results of this survey at the RetroDex 2010 events. RetroDex 2010 events are being held simultaneously at incredible venues across the country on the evening of November 16th, 2010.

Register for RetroDex 2010 (and remember to use code LockerGnome for 25% off)!

Your Planet As A Clock

There should be an image here!Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a fascination with space and seeing the Earth from space. So when I discovered that there was a wallpaper tool for this, naturally I jumped at the chance to try it out. After doing some digging, it appears that there are some fairly compelling dynamic wallpaper options for Windows, Linux, and OS X. The first option that I found was actually for Linux and was relatively simple to install.  It’s called Sunlight.

It comes with various mapping options, from Mercator projection, Peters projection, Mollweide, and Equiretangular projection. I also love the fact that there’s a moon phase map available as well. As one might expect, this dynamic wallpaper self-updates every 30 minutes. The clouds shown in the image are also updated every three hours. So in the truest sense of the word, this clock rocks.

For Windows users, there is a very comparable option called Desktop Earth. It has a few options that are more centric to your own time zone, so you can work with those if you like. This application supports both active desktop and static, frequently updated desktop wallpaper options. Once active, it runs next to your clock. It works well in XP and XP 64bit; I assume it’s Windows 7 compliant due to its popularity.

And finally, there is OS X Planet for those of you using OS X as your desktop of choice. Planet views from Orthographic, Rectangular, and Hemisphere are available. There is even the added bonus of solar system rendering, which sounds rather awesome to me personally. With city data and multi-monitor support, this is clearly a well thought out little app.

Are there more? I know that there are other options out there such as XPlanet. But I am interested in hearing about other projects that are available across the different platforms and might be fun for Gnomies to try out for themselves.  Hit the comments, share your thoughts on this and ideas you’d love to see added to projects like these.

[Photo above by NASA Goddard Photo and Video / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Study Adds New Clue To How Last Ice Age Ended

There should be an image here!As the last ice age was ending, about 13,000 years ago, a final blast of cold hit Europe, and for a thousand years or more, it felt like the ice age had returned. But oddly, despite bitter cold winters in the north, Antarctica was heating up. For the two decades since ice core records revealed that Europe was cooling at the same time Antarctica was warming over this thousand-year period, scientists have looked for an explanation.

A new study in Nature brings them a step closer by establishing that New Zealand was also warming, indicating that the deep freeze up north, called the Younger Dryas for the white flower that grows near glaciers, bypassed much of the southern hemisphere.

“Glaciers in New Zealand receded dramatically at this time, suggesting that much of the southern hemisphere was warming with Antarctica,” said study lead author, Michael Kaplan, a geochemist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Knowing that the Younger Dryas cooling in the northern hemisphere was not a global event brings us closer to understanding how Earth finally came out of the ice age.”

Ice core records show that warming of the southern hemisphere, starting 13,000 years ago, coincided with rising levels of the heat-trapping gas, carbon dioxide. The study in Nature is the first to link this spike in CO2 to the impressive shrinking of glaciers in New Zealand. The scientists estimate that glaciers lost more than half of their extent over a thousand years, and that their creep to higher elevations was a response to the local climate warming as much as 1 degree C.

To reconstruct New Zealand’s past climate, the study’s authors tracked one glacier’s retreat on South Island’s Irishman Basin. When glaciers advance, they drag mounds of rock and dirt with them. When they retreat, cosmic rays bombard these newly exposed ridges of rock and dirt, called moraines. By crushing this material and measuring the build-up of the cosmogenic isotope beryllium 10, scientists can pinpoint when the glacier receded. The beryllium-10 method allowed the researchers to track the glacier’s retreat upslope through time and indirectly calculate how much the climate warmed.

The overall trigger for the end of the last ice age came as Earth’s orientation toward the sun shifted, about 20,000 years ago, melting the northern hemisphere’s large ice sheets. As fresh melt water flooded the North Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf Stream weakened, driving the north back into the ice age. During this time, temperatures in Greenland dropped by about 15 degrees C. For years, scientists have tried to explain how the so-called Younger Dryas cooling fit with the simultaneous warming of Antarctica that eventually spread across the globe.

The Nature paper discusses the two dominant explanations without taking sides. In one, the weakening of the Gulf Stream reconfigures the planet’s wind belts, pushing warm air and seawater south, and pulling carbon dioxide from the deep ocean into the air, causing further warming. In the other, the weakened Gulf Stream triggers a global change in ocean currents, allowing warm water to pool in the south, heating up the climate.

Bob Anderson, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty who argues the winds played the dominant role, says the Nature paper adds another piece to the puzzle. “This is one of the most pressing problems in paleoclimatology because it tells us about the fundamental processes linking climate changes in the northern and southern hemispheres,” he said. “Understanding how regional changes influence global climate will allow scientists to more accurately predict regional variations in rain and snowfall.”

[Photo above by technotheory / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Kim Martineau @ The Earth Institute at Columbia University

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Beat Hazard Review

Take a really versatile and colorful music visualizer and mix it with a game that acts a lot like Asteroids and you have Beat Hazard. Beat Hazard is an indie game with a price hovering around US $5 on Steam and in the Xbox 360 store.

Music is the centerpiece for the game as your power increases with the intensity of the track played. Visual effects also flash across the screen with slamming notes, all making the experience fuse very seamlessly with your listening experience. Sound effects are few though they seem very well places when they hit. Music is provided but can be pulled from a local folder on your hard drive. The provided tracks are very good.

Graphics are an area where Beat Hazard shows off its true nature. Warnings are given for anyone that is prone to seizures especially during the Hardcore game modes where the flashes of light and color can actually be a distracting influence on gameplay. The graphics tend to give you a headache after a while especially when your music has a fast tempo.

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Beat Hazard has three difficulty modes (Easy, Normal and Hardcore) and each one presents a very different experience as you attempt to make it through the song. Controls are simple and easy to pick up and understand. Power ups and bonuses are available as you destroy asteroids and enemies. Some of the more effective powerups include a volume increase for the music playing in the background. The louder and more intense your music is, the more powerful your guns.

This is quite literally Asteroids with a music visualizer plugged in to create something a lot less blah. Between Beat Hazard and Geometry Wars, I’d have to hand it to Beat Hazard for creating something that adds a lot of eye-candy to the classic genre. Geometry Wars may give you less of a headache.

Kodak Easyshare Z915 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.5 inch LCD Only $122.37

I have been using a Kodak Easy Share digital camera for the past few years and have enjoyed the results of the pictures I have taken. My camera is an older 5MP model so I can only imagine the improvement that a 10MP camera would make. In addition the 10x zoom would also be a vast improvement as well.

Over at Amazon they describe this camera further as:

Technical Details

  • 10-megapixel effective recording
  • 10X optical zoom (5X digital/50X total zoom)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2-1/2″ LCD
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 35-350mm

Kodak Easyshare Z915 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.5 inch LCD (Black) Only $122.37

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Will The Real MicroHoo Deal Please Stand Up?

It is hard to believe that it has been over two years since Microsoft and Yahoo! starting talking merger, buyout, partnerships, and so forth. This last announcement by the CEOs of both companies, with champagne toasting, back slapping, and stock selling to be the real thing. But it appears that there are some minor issues [money = value] that may make the deal harder to complete than was first anticipated.

A recent article over at Silicon Alley states:

“Microsoft and Yahoo! are committed to this agreement and believe this is a highly competitive deal that is good for consumers, advertisers and publishers.  We have made good progress in finalizing the definitive agreements. Given the complex nature of this transaction there remain some issues that need some additional clarity and definitive details. So, the teams at Yahoo! and Microsoft are continuing to work on the remaining details, and we have mutually agreed to extend the period to negotiate and execute the agreement.  We plan to do this as expeditiously as possible.  Both companies are optimistic that we will be able to close this deal by early 2010.”

It will be a miracle if this deal concludes by the end of this decade!

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Walmart Palm Pre [Sprint] At $79.99 – Deal Or No Deal?

I am not familiar with the Palm Pre nor the cell phone service of Sprint, but seeing that Walmart has the Palm on sale for $79.99 seems like a deal. There is a two year commitment with Sprint ranging from $69.99 to $99.99 a month. According to the blurb on the Walmart states the following information:

The Palm Pre is finally here! With Innovative features and a revolutionary webOS, this is the phone to have.

The Palm Pre comes to you with many unique features such as a full 3.1 inch touchscreen display and sliding QWERTY Keyboard. It is designed to have the natural feel of a small device in your hand with all the capabilities of a big, bulky, laptop like device. With the Gesture Area, you can navigate through the Palm WebOS using special touch gestures that you choose. And, with all the talk of the Palm webOS, what is it? Well, this is the first mobile platform which brings your information from the many places it resides, on your phone, at your work, or on the web, into one simple, integrated view.

The Palm Pre has many other innovative features like combined messaging which allows you to check your Outlook email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology and HTML support and get wireless email access to popular commercial POP3 and IMAP accounts like AOL, Gmail, and Yahoo! All your email accounts can be viewed together, or separately from one simple application. Synergy even lets you see IM presence directly from an email. And, with Universal Search, you can search your entire phone from one simple screen. You can search your contacts, applications, Google, Google Maps or even Wikipedia. Universal search narrows down the possible results as you type, so it’s easier to find what you need.

The Web Browser on the Palm Pre is also incredibly fast and brings you full HTML Websites the way they were meant to be seen. And, with Sprints EVDO Rev. A network speed or the ability to use a Wi-Fi network, you can view them lighting fast.

So what do you think? Is this a deal or no deal?  Share your thoughts.

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Should Microsoft Extend The Windows 7 Student Deal To All Consumers?

Yesterday I was talking to my nephew about the deal Microsoft is offering to students who can purchase Windows 7 Home Premium for $30. My nephew wondered out loud why this wasn’t being done for all consumers? It made me think why wasn’t Microsoft giving all consumers the same deal?

IMHO I believe that Microsoft does owe we consumers a deal especially for those who bought computers with Windows Vista installed or who bought the OS as an upgrade. For some of us, myself included, have not experienced any issues with Vista. Personally my computer with Windows Vista runs great and I have been fortunate not to have any problems that others have experienced with the OS.

But I do believe that for many of you, Vista has been a challenge. I also believe that Windows 7 has fixed many of the problems that originally plagued Vista. If Microsoft wants to extend some goodwill to consumers who use their operating system, this would be a great time to offer an upgrade to all Vista users at a reduced rate.

There is another reason for a discount for us Vista users. Recently Apple introduced their Snow Leopard upgrade for only $29. If Microsoft followed Apple’s lead, they could use this as ammunition in their next Apple vs PC advertisements. Couple this with the lower pricing for a PC compared to the Mac could be a real winner. Kind of a win-win situation for both Microsoft and we consumers.

What do you think?

Comments as always are welcome.

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