Jon Levine

Reinventing myself… yet again

The iPad 3 and my unrelenting sickness

Posted by JL On March - 9 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Of course you all know that the iPad 3 new iPad was announced the other day and, as expected, I bought it. So, why am I writing about what seems to be some non-news item?  Well, it’s because of how I bought it. You see, I’ve given in.

I used to make excuses of why I didn’t need to buy that new, shiny gadget. How the current one I owned was up-to-snuff and that there was no reason for me to upgrade. Then, a few weeks later, after seeing other people walking around with a new gadget that I didn’t have, I’d buy it.  This time, I’ve just given in to my sickness.

So yes, next week I’ll have a shiny new iPad which, arguably, will be better than my current iPad. Ironically, I feel sort of liberated. I no longer have to make up explanations as to why I will be holding the new gadget that just last week I said I wasn’t going to buy. It’s kind of nice.

Oh, and I upgraded my Apple TV as well.

So, I’m a big fan of Lifehacker and I read it pretty much read it every day. I’ve come up with a little Lifehacker-esque fix that I did for my own office that I’m going to submit to them.

I want to learn Spanish because my girlfriend is Colombian, so I got myself a copy of Rosetta Stone.  To use the Rosetta Stone program, I also got myself a headset that had a boom microphone.  The Logitech headset I bought has a USB cable that plugs into the back of my iMac.  The problem is, I didn’t want the headset and the cord all over my desk where it would get in the way.  So I needed to figure out where I could store this, but still be able to get to it when I wanted to use it.

A place to put your Logitech USB headset when not in useThat’s when I came up with the idea for using one of those little 3M stick-on hooks.  I went to the store and bought myself the smallest one they had, which can hold up to 3 pounds. I went home and stuck it on the back of my iMac. Voilà!  I now have a place that I can hang the headset when it’s not in use, the cord doesn’t get in the way, and I’m able to reach around the iMac easily and grab it for when I need it. Problem solved! I’m guessing that this would work on any standard monitor, not just the iMac.

Argh! South Florida Drivers!

Posted by JL On February - 11 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Please use your turn signalHere’s a tip to all other drivers on the road in South Florida: there’s this little stick located on the left side of your steering wheel that, when push up or down, will activate your turn signal.  This signal, for those that don’t know, is used to tell other drivers which direction you may be heading.  I know this sounds crazy, but as it turns out, it might be helpful for me to have that information.

The second step in using your turn signal, is to turn it off when you’re done using it.  In doing so, you won’t give other drivers a false sense of what you are actually going to do.  This in turn can prevent other drivers from pulling out in front of you thinking that you may actually be making a turn.

That is all.