New blog

September 27, 2010

Because I love starting new blogs and for some odd reason this blog still comes up in Google search results.

If you are looking for Lisa Amorao’s new blog, please update your bookmarks to:


New blog

March 30, 2009

Springfield gets an Apple Store

December 1, 2008

Bye Fake Steve/Real Dan

November 20, 2008

How many times must my heart be broken over FSJ?

First came the outing that shook my world. I was convinced it would be the end of Fake Steve, but hallelujah…he came back, and the blogging was better than ever. Calling Jonathan Schwartz “My Little Pony,” Steve Ballmer “Uncle Fester” and “Monkey Boy,” writing about Larry Ellison’s “Rat Patrol” adventures at the Tenderloin would certainly get any other technology writer Dooced. But with Forbes behind the blog, there was no stopping Fake Steve. Here’s an awesome post on Why Dell Will Never Bounce Back, post-FSJ Outing. Then, on the same blog, there came Fake Larry Ellison and most recently, Fake Jerry Yang.

He stopped blogging for a while again, then came back as Real Dan.  The posting was more sporadic but hey, I’ll take what I can get.

And now this. Real Dan is quitting blogging over a couple of yanked posts. Can’t blame him, I would definitely hate to get Dooced over a couple of posts.  But I already miss Dan’s candid commentary on the world of technology and the business that revolves around it.

So long, Fake Steve and Real Dan…hope you come back…in the meantime, here’s my little collection, Best of Fake Steve.

My Lunch With Fester (Pastrami! Pastrami! Pastrami!)

Regarding My Management Style (Never let people know where people stand…keep them guessing)

John Doerr’s New Company (Why would you want to name a company…)

The Day the World Changed

November 4

November 5, 2008

I could’ve voted by mail or voted early in the morning but instead I left work early yesterday so that I can take my sons with me to the polls.

A naturalized American citizen, I voted in a presidential election for the first time in 2004. Sure, it was a big deal, in the yay-I-finally-have-the-right-to-vote kind of way, but not big enough of a deal to drag my children out in the cold. I’d also have to admit that I was voting out of anger at the current president for things my children were too young to comprehend at the time.

But yesterday was different. As important as voting was to me, it was more important that my sons were there with me.

We went over the names in the ballot. I didn’t want to emphasize race or gender so I didn’t even mention it to them, but as I read the names to my children, I knew how historic that moment was. Among the names we read were those of an African-American man and a woman.

We voted for Obama.

We went over the propositions and bond measures. Roads and bridges, improvements to schools…they don’t just come out of thin air. Mommy has to pay for them. I voted yes on a few.

We went over Proposition 8.  I’d have to admit, it was difficult to talk about homosexuality to my 7 and 8-year-old sons without one of them cracking a joke. One of them said “it’s weird for two guys to be together as a couple.” I agreed, yes, they might find that weird because we don’t know a lot of gay couples, but it’s not for us to decide who people can love and get married to. We voted no.

Below: my 8-year-old son Jacob and myself, behind the booth. Photo courtesy of my 7-year-old son David.

VaporPhone materializing

September 22, 2008

So it looks like I’m going to lose my bet, even more so now with this G-Phone about to be released tomorrow. 

But my god. Just when I thought nothing can rival the Kindle in the category of fugly devices, looks like someone did it.

I’m speechless. 

Restoring Post-iPhone 2.1

September 12, 2008

Please see the previous post about what happened to my iPhone. Basically, about two hours after 2.1 was installed, my iPhone crashed. State of the iPhone 3G at the time of crash: 

1) Plugged into iTunes on MacBook Pro. 

2) Playing a track from iPhone’s iPod. 

3) Fully charged. 

I pressed the power button to reboot. Apple logo appeared, then black, blank screen. 

I disconnected from MacBook Pro. Reconnected. 

Apple logo appeared. iTunes detected the iPhone. About 10 seconds later, iPhone starts vibrating in a way that I can only describe as seizure-like. Pulsating, I guess. It stops. Then…silence. iPhone screen is blank. No iPhone icon on iTunes. 

Did the steps as prescribed here, but the same thing happens, down to the iTantrums.

Repeated several times, and this is what finally worked:

1) If your iPhone is connected to iTunes, disconnect. 

2) Hold down power and home button at the same time. 

3) Once you see the Apple logo, let go of the power button but keep holding the home button.

4) While holding down the home button, connect your iPhone to iTunes.

5) See if iTunes will detect the iPhone in Recovery Mode. Let go of the home button once you see the option. You must act quickly as you have a short window of opportunity to do this. See screen shot below.

6) If you see this, go back to step 1. 

7) Repeat until it gives you the option to restore to your backup. It took me three tries to get it right.


Update: My iPhone was restored but without any of my apps.


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