The past week has been rather rough for me. I managed to really hurt my right wrist due to a repetitive motion injury, induced by overzealous fence painting. This of course was quite a problem, since I am right handed, and my profession involves heavy computer usage. In addition to the pain, I’ve had to try and make due with single left hand typing and mouse usage. I’ve also lost the ability to play a majority of IOS games. But luckily, MonTowers – Legend of Summoners came out this week. A game that I was able to enjoy while being single handed!
There are things in life that one can become accustomed to, and for some, tap typing on the screen of an iPad can become one of them. For me, not so much. I can type with some speed, but my accuracy can be poor, and then there are the special characters, which require odd keyboard cycling to find them. Probably the biggest problem is the loss of screen space, since the onscreen keyboard takes up a large portion of the display. For serious work, I need a real keyboard with cursor keys! The trend over the last few years has been to move away from physical keyboards, which I can understand from a pure mobile portability standpoint, but it’s this missing aspect that makes it hard to abandon a real laptop.
I feel the need to find protection for your iPad or any other tablet device is important, and the sacrifice of adding a little more weight to the device outweighs the risk of not having any protection at all. I’ve always had some kind of case around my devices. Most cases don’t offer much more than a protective layer, but there are a handful out there that attempt to offer more, such as integrated stands or keyboards. Today, I take a look at the ZeroChroma Vario-SC case, which brings more than just protection to the table.
Besides a bunch of friends and colleagues who have their birthdays fall on this week, it appears to be quite a celebration for some games too.
Epic games, the creators of Unreal Tournament, Gears of War, and Infinity Blade celebrates 20 years today, and as a gift for everyone, is making a special 21 track selection of music available on their site (for free!). Head on over there to grab some nice game music.
Another 20 year birthday this week is for Wolfenstein 3D, which, for those older game geeks like myself, knows how groundbreaking that game was back in the day. It was ID software’s reimaging of the old Wolfenstein Apple game from a 2D world to one of the first 3D first person shooters available. To celebrate ID Software made their IOS version free! Click here to go grab it while you can. Oh, and if you don’t want it on the phone, you can play the classic in your browser, hop over here to relive the 90’s! Oddly enough ID’s own website doesn’t even mention anything.
Happy Birthday to Epic, Wolf 3D, and my friends, Pete Boulay, Kim Osgood, and Neil Molyneaux.
Anyone who knows me or has followed some of my blog posts know that I’ve always felt the biggest lacking in the Apple IOS lineup is a good stylus or pen. Fortunately for Apple, there are ingenious companies like BoxWave and Wacom that have created styluses to offer the best pen-like experience to be had on an IOS or Android device. Today, I have in my possession BoxWave‘s latest offering, the BoxWave EverTouch Capacitive Stylus!