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Database monkey at BASF. Father of 4 kids. Born in Santa Rosa, California. Went on a vacation to Germany in '82 that still hasn't ended. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Life is good!

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Obligatory favorite quotes section 

If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire

- George Monbiot

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.

- H. L. Mencken
US editor (1880 - 1956)

Goats are like mushrooms, if you shoot a duck, I'm scared of toasters. 
- Colby Cravens 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: PULSARPlus TPU Case for Samsung Galaxy Note N7000

Someone decided to do me a favor and bought me a case for my Note. I didn't have any say in the matter and I don't know which thought processes went on in the picking of said case, but I received this one (€11.99). 

A phone condom

Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Gametel Bluetooth Controller for Android and iOS

For 99% of Android device owners, gaming will probably make up a significant part of your daily use. Let's just admit it, for some games, on screen controls just don't cut it. I realized pretty quickly that I needed a dedicated game controller, the only question was which one.

My requirements

Pretty much a no-brainer. I'm not aware of any wired controllers for Android devices, but it would be somewhat contra-productive to use a non-wireless approach for mobile gaming.

Compact size
I don't want to lug around a piece of equipment three times the size of my phone. A wireless Xbox controller is an awesome piece of kit, but it's not what I would consider a particularly portable piece of kit.

Some might disagree here. I like the idea of being able to recharge, others might prefer batteries so as not to depend on a usb charger to get their game on.

'Standard' button configuration
A  joy pad, 4 action buttons, left and right fire are a must. Additional buttons would be an added nicety.