Zodah: Yoda for Bill-Pay

Posted: July 8, 2010 in Tech Talk, XX

A couple of weeks ago I received the following email from a friend:

Invitation-only Betas always catch my attention. It’s like being invited to sit at the cool table in cyberspace. Though I’ve only been on Zodah for one week, I’ve tinkered around, and so far, I like what I’ve seen. I can see Zodah being especially useful for the college-student and recent-graduate demographic as they learn to cope with aspects of the real world that can be quite the buzz kill. Zodah not only reminds you to pay bills, but also lets you compare bills with friends and gives suggestions on how you can save money. It makes bill-paying, dare I say it, fun. You can request an invite on the site, or shoot detech’d an email and we (as users) would love to invite you (it’s more fun that way).  Read the rest of this entry »

Chat with Kartik on Thursday, June 24, 2010
Kartik: Thought I’d just sign on rather than get a million texts from you. But yeah. Anyway, this display is so good.
me: wooow.
Sent at 1:52 PM on Thursday
Kartik: It actually hurts to look at my old phone. Like the other one doesn’t have the color contrast and the text is unbelievably clear.
me: wooow.
Kartik: Someone said that once you use this screen you can’t go back. I believe it.
me: cool. Read the rest of this entry »

After having my iPhone for one week, I feel that I should update you on how well it’s working out for me. In short, it’s going very well. I had very lengthy write-up prepared, espousing the brilliance of nearly every single feature, but I decided instead to capture the main elements of with screenshots from my daily usage over the past week. A picture’s worth a thousand words, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Shirt-Buying Without a Wrinkle

Posted: June 29, 2010 in Tech Talk, XY

Kyle | Customer Champion: believe it or not, i’m actually here to help, ping me if you need anything

I recently stumbled upon blank-label.com, a website that allows you to customize men’s dress shirts. This may sound, well, not-for-bros, but think about it: No longer do you have to wait in long lines at department stores. No longer do you have to “settle.” Special size specifications? No problem. Don’t like the button-down collar? No problem. Want a monogram on the pocket? If you didn’t get it the first and second time, no problem. Suddenly, buying the shirt you want involves nothing more than a few clicks until, in the words of the website, “Damn.. 😉 You’ll be surprised how many compliments you get on your new shirt!”

I hate the actual “shopping” (read: searching) part of shopping. More than once I’ve wished for a “Control-F” feature for spatial searches. With this site, I can completely bypass the search aspect of shopping. The details of my experience follow, but overall the site thoroughly impressed me, and I think I may add this store to my list of acceptable stores to visit (currently arrested at the Apple Store and Fry’s Electronics). Just as soon as I receive my paycheck, that is.   Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday, June 23rd

11:04 PM I am currently hiding in the parking lot of the Danbury Fair Mall. Only one hour ago I had been the first person in line for the newest iPhone 4. After having spent nearly an hour and a half on a train from New Haven to Danbury, my latest and greatest achievement was shot down in less than half that time. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Read the rest of this entry »

48 Hours in Cupidtino

Posted: June 22, 2010 in Tech Talk, XX

The frenzy surrounding Apple’s (official) announcement of the iPhone 4 at WWDC was accompanied by the timely public launch of Cupidtino, a non Apple-endorsed dating (and networking) site exclusively for Apple fans. The idea of the site has been a source of entertainment for me (in the “what is the world coming to!?” sort of way). I suppose it was only a matter of time before something like this was created. To spice up my staycation, I joined the site and poked around for a week, though it only took two days for me to form my opinion. Long story short, I’d rather just stay home. The site is cleanly designed and technically a great user experience, but the use-case is just too unclear for me to want to commit. Read on for details of my experience, including messages from a musician, designers, and a self-proclaimed hippie cactus-hugger (if you don’t read anything else, read the Messages section). Read the rest of this entry »

Sibling Revelry

Posted: June 21, 2010 in Tech Talk, XX, XY

Chat with Kartik on Wednesday, June 2, 2010
me: YO
Sent at 10:32 AM on Wednesday
Kartik: Hi, Ro.
me: Do you want to start a tech blog with me?
Kartik: I’m busy right now.
me: Okay, so just read this later, but basically, I’m thinking that we can write about new “tech” things out there. I have that psychology, “user experience” perspective and you have the technical expertise.
Sent at 12:08 PM on Wednesday
Kartik: I’m working right now.
me: Okay think about it. Read the rest of this entry »