An Interview with a Pre-Social Media Dinosaur!

What was life like before the web? How did people communicate with the outside world? How did the web, in general, and social media, in specific, change the quality of information and data we refer to and share?

Those questions, and many more, must have crossed your minds at least once. Therefore, in efforts to lay down the facts for you about the difference between pre-social media times and the times we live in now, we decided to interview someone who witnessed life through less geeky eyes. Someone who was there before the internet grew to become one of life’s necessities. Someone who is not a blind believer in the hype surrounding social media.

A 45 year old European lawyer with two masters degrees, who works in the field of international development and has worked for the United Nations. He was also interviewed by CNN, BBC and other prominent media channels. For the fun of it, we’ll call him: Leosaurus Rex!

The Past Vs. the Present:

Our Guest :P by Airaly

Our Guest: 'Leosaurus Rex" - Image by Airaly

It is ironic, according to Leosaurus Rex, that “in olden days” it would have taken him a bicycle trip to the library, given that he grew up in a family that could not afford an encyclopedia, to find out who coined the term “the pen is mightier than the sword“. Yet now that he is able to find out, through a quick internet search from the comfort of his home, that it was English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton who did, “the pen” has never been worth less because we live in an age where every Tom, Dick and Harry with a computer and a keyboard and, if we are lucky, a spell-check program, who believe they have something worthwhile for others to say can do so by “sharing” on the internet.

Head to head: Motorola Droid vs. iPhone 3GS [video]

Jon Rettinger (@Jon4Lakers) is a big influencer when it comes to shopping for tech gadgets in general and phones in particular. He reaches a wide audience mainly through his YouTube channel (53,072 subscribers, 1,460,696 channel views) where he provides up-to-date video reviews.

The new Motorola Droid, Android 2.0 Phone

The new Motorola Droid, Android 2.0 Phone

Now that Motorola have rolled out their Droid phone which is meant to go head to head and compete with Apple’s iPhone 3GS, everyone seem to be curious to know more about the new Motorola phone and form an idea of whether the phone is good enough or not. Thanks to Jon Rettinger, a decision of purchase becomes easier after watching his video review comparing the two phones.

In his review, Jon compares the two phones from different aspects, following is a simple summary of the main points, and below it you can watch the full review:

  • Browser Speed – Wi Fi: Droid loads web pages faster
  • Browser Speed – 3G: iPhone loads web pages faster thanks to AT&T.
  • Multi-touch Capabilities: iPhone makes life easier with its multi-touch gestures, unfortunately Droid lacks in this area.
  • Text Entry: Text entry is done only one way on the iPhone through the virtual keyboard. Motorola Droid offers both a virtual keyboard and a full slide out qwerty keyboard.
  • Customization: The iPhone is known for being closed-source and not offering many of customization, while Droid offers high-level and more freedom for customization.
  • Maps: Droid’s – thanks to Android 2.0 – offers free turn by turn instructions.
  • Apps: There are more apps in Apple App store, but more free Apps for Droid.

Motorola Droid VS iPhone 3GS

So, are things clearer to you after watching the review? Which do you think is better? Are you going to buy Motorola Droid or iPhone 3GS, or neither? Let us know your thoughts.

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