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Apple iPad Mini Review – Day 1: What Can I Do With This New Form Factor

This morning I did the ceremonious ritual and stood in line at the Apple Store / NorthStar Mall in San Antonio. to buy a new iPad Mini. Part of my decision to get the iPad Mini is that aside from the fact that I buy Apple gear, I am trying to make some changes in the way I work, create, collect and store information,  and create media in 2013.  I believe that new form factors combined with a terrific user experience will contribute to how I approach helping clients. Work aside, I like to take photos and have become a pretty avid Instagram user for on-going story telling as I travel, and continue to put my more serious photos on my Flickr site.  My YouTube Channel has over 500 videos. I also just ordered a MacBook Air, which will soon replace my MacBook PRO.  Six weeks ago, I made the switch to the iPhone5.  Getting ready for 2013, I now have a core toolkit for voice / data and video communications worldwide. Today I spent of my my time with the iPad Mini just walking around and carrying it.  It’s noticeably light, easy to hold in one hand, looks great, easy to use, and has a terrific screen.  I believe this device  is on its way to becoming the most serious extension to my brain since I started using computers thirty years ago. More to come…       There were maybe only 50 people standing in line when the doors opened at 8:00...

“The Wall Street Journal” Covers the Story on How I Got A&T to Lower My Triple Play Residential Phone Bill

Over at my other blog, 3Screens.net, I cover AT&T from a consumer's point of view. During the month of December, I spent quite a bit of time going line item by line item in my business and household budget trying to reduce costs. One area that was getting out of hand was my residential triple play phone bill.   I called AT&T and got my bill lowered about about 40%.  Frankly, I was not expecting this much savings, but it did happen. Since then, Telephony Magazine covered the story and today, The Wall Street Journal did this piece....

Everwire Conversations from CES Taking Hold

Over at my other blog, Everywire.com, I am posting a series of 18 video interviews conducted at CES 2009.  I had a chance to meet with leading industry executives all with one common vision:  the success of the next generation of wired home networking, and joining together in support of the recently consented G.hn standard. Here's a sample interview just posted today, with Chano Gomez, from DS2.  Mosey on over to Everywire to check out interviews like this one over the next 2...

Introducing “the walk-away consumer…..” Telephony Magazine Covers My 3Screens Blog

From Telephony Magazine…..  In the face of this recession, Weinkrantz made a lifestyle change. He decided to become a “walk-away consumer”: someone who seeks the best possible price and walks away when he doesn’t get it. Weinkrantz admits the strategy didn’t work at Neiman Marcus, but it succeeded at his local BMW dealership — and it worked big time with AT&T. Read all about it...

2009 Predictions and Recommendations to AT&T….

As we approach the new year, you're going to start seeing all sort of "expert" predictions and pontifications from analysts and consultants in the telecom world about what is to come in 2009 with AT&T.   Because of my other life on a blog known as 3Screens.net here's my take, based on the point of view from a real live consumer.  Read all about it here in my column appearing in the San Antonio Express News. My 2009 predictions and recommendations to AT&T, including a proposed milk shake meeting at the Olmos Soda Fountain in San Antonio or the Mecca Cafe in Dallas with Chairman & CEO, Randall Stephenson. Read all about it here in my column appearing in the San Antonio Express...