The Archos 101 Tablet Review

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Its been a week since I got the Archos 101 tablet. Being an Apple person (4 Macs and 3 ipods in my house) it was a hard decision to move to an android instead of an iPad. I’ve played with the apps over the past week, getting advice from various people. So far, here are my first impressions of the device.

Pros.
The Archos 101 is larger than the iPad by 12%. Its not as wide as the ipad but is longer, more widescreen, which make it easier to hold vertically, much better than an iPad. It has a built-in stand for easy viewing. Reading ebooks at this size is very easy. Can be held vertically or horz and either way looks good. Had to download a few ereaders before I found one that works the best. (Didn’t like the Kindle app so far…)
It has 2 USB slots, a HDMI out and a slot for an SD memory card.
The touch screen works very well. It scrolls easily and fast. Typing works just like the ipad but with multiple choices for typing setup.
The tablet has Bluetooth setup in it to allow wireless keyboards and mice, which I haven’t got the chance to try yet.
So far the battery life seems pretty decent.
I’m really getting to like the Android system. It allows for more changes in the OS like the basic launching page or customizing any icon. Plus it runs flash.

Cons.
Right now because the Archos is so new getting accessories is difficult. Cases barely exist like those for the ipad.
The same goes for android apps set up for the tablet. The android app market doesn’t carry many for tablets yet, tho most do work. I’m annoyed with the auto spelling correct tho, as it constantly changes ‘Archos’ to ‘Archie’. I mean come on. Really?
The Archos doesn’t have data plans yet. So only wifi is available.
I’m also having an issue with GPS and voice activation, and a lack of resources keeps me from finding out things. I’m not 100% sold on the Android because its frozen on me a couple of times and doesn’t let me know what happened.
Oh, one more con is that its harder to connect the Archos to a mac computer than a PC. It automatically connects to a PC via wireless for transfers, whereas I need to physically connect it to the mac to transfer anything. Working on that problem now tho, as some apps apparently can connect with the macs.

Overall I’m addicted to this tablet. While I know it’ll be hard to find accessories for now, I’m liking the possibilities and openness of Android. And I’m very excited to see where the apps and accessories will go in the future.

BTW, this was typed on my Archos very easily. I can type on it with two hands or one hand using all the fingers (easy enough).

Book Review: “Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”

I read Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein in about 2 and 1/2 days. It was incredibly hard to put down as it was written with so much info constantly coming at you. I love books that don’t skirt around topics in an attempt to build the anticipation of information. SD just goes straight in, with the obvious reporter-style of storytelling.

The first section I started to question why it had to be put in, since it seemed to be nothing about what I had thought the book was, but then you realize that she’s putting the foundation for why the events in the rest of the book happen. And once you get into the rest of the book, the info flows like nothing.

Shock Doctrine explains how many disastrous events in the world in the past 50 years are seen as gifts to the wealthy,  governments and companies ready to exploit the need of the people. It’s a story of how companies and governments have learned to use terrorism to change countries and disable laws for the betterment of only themselves. Naomi goes into depth in the privatization of all but 4 New Orleans schools in the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, the overturn of the government in Chili in the 70s and its US roots, the shock therapy used on the Russian economy, and Washington’s plan for Iraq before, during and after the ‘war on terror’.

Naomi opens your eyes to what you thought was ‘help’ for people in disasters and lets you see what is actually taking place. The amount of research that had to go into this book is amazing. The connections she finds between people, governments and companies makes outrageous thoughts make sense. Some of the stories of people behind entire economies ruined just blew my mind.

If you’re into business, social justice or a human enjoying your current freedom, I strongly suggest you read this book.

Here is the Amazon listing for it: “Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” (not an affiliate link, I make no money off of clicking this.)

If you’ve read it, what are your thoughts?

How To Be On Time

In both business and life constantly being late is not a laughable quirk. Not only can you affect your own job security, but you’re also affecting those around you. If you’re 3 minutes late for a meeting you’re making the people waiting for you 3 minutes behind, which leads to rushing through ideas and problems. Outside of work, being late for dinner with friends can make them irritated at you then when it comes to a time when you need them they’ll be annoyed enough not to be there.

I  believe there are a few parts of being late. Obviously there could be extraneous circumstances, such as vehicle accidents. But beyond that I think there are several personal issues to a person who is continually late. First, is a lack of a sense of time. They will be working on something, reading, watching TV, etc, and suddenly its later than they thought. Second is lack of respect for other people. They don’t take into consideration how other people will be affected by their lateness. It may be an embarrassing moment when they arrive late, but there was no forethought into that moment and what others had to do while waiting for them. Third is poor planning. They leave their house 10 minutes before they have to be somewhere that is 10 minutes away, but then realize they need to stop for gas and they hit some construction and can’t find parking. Poor planning leads to them being very late.

There are many excuses for being late, most of them not justifiable. I’ve heard “Sorry we’re late, we have kids, and you know, they take a while to get ready”, but seriously have no sympathy for them. When I was young we were still 10 minutes early to anything because my parents knew enough to have things ready. Just blaming your kids is a lazy way of pushing blame on something other than you. Besides a serious incident that is out of your control, there should be no excuse for lateness.

Just so this post isn’t a pure rant on those who are late, here is what I do to make sure I’m on time.

1. My bedroom alarm clocks (I use two at opposite ends of the room so I have to get up to shut them off) are 15 minutes fast. In the morning when waking up I don’t remember this fact, so I get up and get downstairs 15 minutes before I really need to.

2. My car clock is 7 minutes fast. That way if I’m aiming to be at a location for 3pm I’ll get there with some time to spare.

3. I pack lunches the night before, so in the morning I can take my time. I also get my breakfast out and ready to go, to save those few extra seconds of standing in the kitchen in a morning daze wondering what to get for breakfast.

4. If I have a meeting or appointment at say 10am, I’ll actually write it down in my calendar as 9:45am, so by that day I believe its at 9:45 and have a good chance of being there early.

5. I have a desire, passed down from my parents, to always be early. If you don’t start caring about being early then there is no effort put forth. One idea to get this up and running is to award yourself when you’re early. Maybe on your iPhone have a game that you only allow yourself to play when you are early and sitting in the waiting room.

Planning is the main way to overcome lateness. Take a look at your day and note how and where time is wasted. If you can control your time, then you can plan your day and not be running late constantly.