Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The resurgence of handheld gaming devices (aka... mobile devices)

TechCrunch posted an article today about a leak uncovered by @evleaks.  It appears that Logitech has designed a gamepad for the iPhone.  There have been lots of articles about similar devices from other companies or KickStarter startups but this is a new design from what I've seen.  And frankly - I'm glad to see the Sega Genesis reincarnated!

Back in the '90s I had one of the massive 1 pound behemoths for road trips and I loved it.  Now with this in the mix we can all relive those memories (granted in 'retina display' and a slightly* larger screen).  Other than nostalgia, I'm excited to be able actually play games on my phone with out fumbling around or the iPhone failing to register my movements (*ahem* Temple Run).  I think Nintendo (RIP Hiroshi) and Nvidia could take some notes from Logitech and focus on adapting to existing technology and infiltrating there instead of developing bizaar new devices.

Needless to say, no I won't be going out to buy one of these I'm too broke for that, but it's great to see technology circling around.

*yes that's a jab at the iPhone screen size which is why I moved on to an Atrix HD
(Original article is on TechCrunch.com)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Adventures in Oregon

So it's Brianna's Spring Break and time for a good vacation for me! So we decided that we would head up to Portland to visit Brianna's college friends. We headed out Friday night, stopped off in Yreka to catch some shut eye, and then cross the border in the morning!

This is my first time visiting Oregon and finishing the trip this morning was great. I forgot that outside of the valley there are literally greener pastures. It really is amazing how different driving is going from California to Oregon, It's like going back to home to Germany - all the road signs and on/off ramps are different. Anyways, Brianna's friends live in Oregon City, Oregon on a small hill over looking the valley. It's a beautiful house and I can't wait to sit out on there deck and drink my coffee.

So for our first day we lounged around and ate lunch when we arrived then ran off to for hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. Our first stop was at a nice small falls called Waneekah Falls. After that we moved along to the Multnomah Falls and capped off the evening watching the sunset at the mouth of the river. All and all a good start to the vacation and how to round off the first day, Now based on the stories I've heard from Brianna the day may be over but the night has only just begun! We have a night full of games and shows ahead of us. Sounds like a night with Sandy, Nick, and Doug sans the Tanqueray.

Well I'll update more later. Happy Easter weekend.