Caffeinated Pixels

Fueled by obscene amounts of coffee and a love for all things 8-bit and shiny, Pete wants to share his experiences with you. He'll try not to twitch and fidget too much, so as to not distract you from sharing his Apple vs. PC thoughts and comparisons, wistful yearning for a return to classic gaming, and focused spout-offs inspired by a life circling around computers, video games, and gadgets

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Peter Redmer's blog

Apple Updates iMac, Mac Mini, New MacBook, Reveals Magic Mouse

In yet another flurry of Apple updates, perhaps well-timed to synchronize quite nicely with the Windows 7 launch, numerous hardware improvements and additions abound.  Here's the synopsis and some opinions from a fellow Mac geek.

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More iPhone Game Madness... I'm "Apping" It

I had to laugh when I saw this.  Uncomfortably.  Reason being, I am (sort of) addicted to iPhone apps.  And I am definitely guilty of the activity dubbed "apping," which I'm guessing means the process of ignoring basically everything that's going on around you in favor of checking your RSS feeds and just... one... more... hand... of Texas Hold 'Em.  I promise. 

Why I Love Sprint Broadband: Round 2 (The MiFi Edition)

Last year, I had written a loving, gushy tribute to my beloved Sierra Wireless Aircard 595U, an EVDO broadband card that operates on the Sprint network.  I used it, well, constantly - in the office, working remotely, and sometimes at home (if the power went out, for example.)

The signal strength and Internet speeds were consistently superior to the 3G data speeds on my iPhone and still are.  This is why I decided to renew my contract with Sprint and upgrade to the new Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot.

Apple Announcements: iTunes 9, iPhone OS 3.1.1, new iPods, and More

In a moment greeted with much applause, Steve Jobs made his grand re-entry to the stage today, complete with glowing smile (and a brand new liver.)  What a great way to preface some fresh new announcements, eh?  Frankly, I'm not going to cover the minutiae of each and every announcement (you can follow a liveblog that covers EVERYTHING here) but rather, what I feel is most significant or that really stands out.

Mobile Deposits via iPhone and Other Gadgets... The Future of Banking?

I love banking, don't get me wrong (I used to be in the industry,) but making that extra trip always seems so cumbersome, doesn't it?  I mean, you have to wait in line, you have to fill out a slip, you have to ask the teller your account number because you forgot it, etc.  It all feels so... analog.  Frankly, I love my bank because they can do so many things online and have continued to provide reliable digital services... I haven't written a check in years.  That being said, one bank is taking the digital revolution a step further with their [email protected] program... USAA.

Apple's iPhone as a Gaming Platform... I'm Finally Convinced

For a long time, I never thought the iPhone would really become viable as a gaming console.  I also thought that a touch screen would not (and could not) effectively replace the beloved gamepad as a preferred method of input for portable games, whether they be strategy, RPG, action, or otherwise. 

The massively exploding popularity of the App Store and the amount of games being sold boggles the mind.  I was skeptical for a while, continuing to lovingly caress my Nintendo DS (and recently, my PSP) until I discovered that some truly fantastic games were waiting for me to enjoy, right on my iPrecious.

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