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The Chumby is a cool little Internet-enabled device that sits pretty much wherever you want and does all sorts of cool things. You can check it out here. Today it became even better that before, in a way that I especially appreciate, so I jumped on eBay to see if any were available there (you can buy them online new, too).

So what's this new cool thing that makes it even better in my eyes? Pandora - the Internet "radio station" app that I already use on my computer as well as my iPhone, is now available for Chumby.

I'm looking forward to waking up to my Pandora stations, viewing the latest weather for flying, playing new podcasts when they become available, displaying some of my favorite pictures. I'm sure there are a ton of cool things I'll be able to use it for that I can't possibly think of yet. I'll have to take a look at the Chumby Widgets guide while I wait for it to arrive.

A bit about the Chumby:

Chumby was designed from the beginning to take all your favorite parts of the internet, whether they’re video clips, or internet radio stations, or anime cartoons, or sports scores or the weather, or anything else, and, using your existing wi-fi connection, simply deliver them to you at a glance. Automatically, one after the next. You just leave it on — don’t worry, your carbon footprint isn’t getting much deeper, chumby draws far less power than a light bulb. No need to go to your study and boot up your computer and launch a browser, no need to fish your smartphone out of your purse and launch the browser application (…and wait) to get your favorite bits of online goodness.

Do you have one? What do (or would) you use it for?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. I bought a Chumby on eBay today. Why? Pandora's available. http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b72b8092-29de-488b-86ba-854d62c98bf1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/IBoughtAChumbyOnEBayTodayWhyPandorasAvailable.aspx Wed, 08 Oct 2008 02:53:09 GMT <p style="clear: both;"> <a href="http://www.chumby.com/" target="_blank">The Chumby</a> is a cool little Internet-enabled device that sits pretty much wherever you want and does all sorts of cool things. You can <a href="http://www.chumby.com/" target="_blank">check it out here</a>. Today it became even better that before, in a way that I especially appreciate, so I jumped on eBay to see if any were available there (you can buy them online new, too). </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/chumby1.jpg"><img class="linked-to-original" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/chumby1.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; display: inline; float: left;" align="left" height="217" width="278"></a>So what's this new cool thing that makes it even better in my eyes? <a href="http://www.pandora.com/" target="_blank">Pandora</a> - the Internet "radio station" app that I already use <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HowToCreateAPlayinBackgroundPandoraWidgetForTheMacDashboard.aspx" target="_blank">on my computer</a> as well as <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AppsForIPhonePandorasAppIsSweetUsableSimplicity.aspx" target="_blank">my iPhone</a>, <a href="http://chumby.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/chumby-is-an-internet-radio-and-now-with-pandora/" target="_blank">is now available for Chumby</a>. <br> </p> <p> I'm looking forward to waking up to my Pandora stations, viewing the latest weather for flying, playing new podcasts when they become available, displaying some of my favorite pictures. I'm sure there are a ton of cool things I'll be able to use it for that I can't possibly think of yet. I'll have to take a look at the <a href="http://www.chumby.com/guide" title="" target="_blank">Chumby Widgets guide</a> while I wait for it to arrive.<br> <br> A bit about the Chumby: </p> <blockquote><i>Chumby was designed from the beginning to take all your favorite parts of the internet, whether they’re video clips, or internet radio stations, or anime cartoons, or sports scores or the weather, or anything else, and, using your existing wi-fi connection, simply deliver them to you at a glance. Automatically, one after the next. You just leave it on — don’t worry, your carbon footprint isn’t getting much deeper, chumby draws far less power than a light bulb. No need to go to your study and boot up your computer and launch a browser, no need to fish your smartphone out of your purse and launch the browser application (…and wait) to get your favorite bits of online goodness.</i></blockquote> <p style="clear: both;"> Do you have one? What do (or would) you use it for? </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=b72b8092-29de-488b-86ba-854d62c98bf1" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b72b8092-29de-488b-86ba-854d62c98bf1.aspx Geek Out Tech
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I wasn't going to write anything about the new Microsoft commercials, which I really like, despite the fact that I wrote about the two Seinfeld/Gates commercials.

But then I realized that the PC Guy in the commercials is Sean Siler. He's a real tech guy who actually works at Microsoft for a living - as opposed to being a professional actor. Here's his TechNet blog.

In fact, Sean epitomizes the "I'm a PC" message. We interviewed him not too long ago for RunAs Radio on the topic of IPv6 (he's the program manager for IPv6 at Microsoft). I thought you might be interested in hearing what Sean had to say at that time. He's wicked smart and a fun conversation.

It sounds like it's been an interesting evening for Sean, but he took the time to exchange a couple emails with me, which was cool of him. Congrats to Sean, and to Microsoft. Good start!

So, here you go - Our interview with Sean from a few months ago:

RunAs Radio #53: Sean Siler Sets Us Straight on IPv6! ( download MP3 )

And here are the three new commercials. Personally, I like 'em.




Oh and if you send an email to Sean's address as listed in the three videos, you'll get a reply. I'd post it here, but it'll be more fun if you do it yourself. :)



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Microsoft's New Commercials and the PC Guy: Sean Siler (a real, live Microsoft employee) http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,25ae6c25-0b9f-409f-93e1-0779e254a23b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MicrosoftsNewCommercialsAndThePCGuySeanSilerARealLiveMicrosoftEmployee.aspx Fri, 19 Sep 2008 05:05:13 GMT <p> I wasn't going to write anything about the <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/09/18/new-microsoft-ads-are-live/">new Microsoft commercials</a>, which I really like, despite the fact that I wrote about the two Seinfeld/Gates commercials.<br> </p> <p> <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/SeanSiler.jpg" style="margin: 0pt 0pt 10px 10px; display: inline; float: right;" align="right" height="154" width="115">But then I realized that the PC Guy in the commercials is Sean Siler. He's a real tech guy who actually works at Microsoft for a living - as opposed to being a professional actor. <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/ipv6/">Here's his TechNet blog</a>. <br> </p> <p> In fact, Sean epitomizes the "I'm a PC" message. We interviewed him not too long ago for <a href="http://www.runasradio.com" target="_blank">RunAs Radio</a> on <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=53" target="_blank">the topic of IPv6</a> (he's the program manager for IPv6 at Microsoft). I thought you might be interested in hearing what Sean had to say at that time. He's wicked smart and a fun conversation. </p> <p> It sounds like it's been an interesting evening for Sean, but he took the time to exchange a couple emails with me, which was cool of him. Congrats to Sean, and to Microsoft. Good start!<br> </p> <p> So, here you go - Our interview with Sean from a few months ago:<br> </p> <blockquote> <p> <b>RunAs Radio #53: </b><a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=53" title="" target="_blank"><b>Sean Siler Sets Us Straight on IPv6!</b></a><b> (</b><a href="http://perseus.franklins.net/runasradio_0053_sean_siler.mp3" target="_blank"><b>download MP3</b></a><b>)</b> </p> </blockquote> <p style="clear: both;"> And here are the three new commercials. Personally, I like 'em.<br> </p> <p class="blogo-linebreaks-removed-1" style="clear: both;"> <span style="margin: 0pt auto; text-align: center; display: block;"> <object height="307" width="380"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7hhVjSbV_oQ&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7hhVjSbV_oQ&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" height="307" width="380"> </object></span> <br style="clear: both;"> </p> <p class="blogo-linebreaks-removed-1" style="clear: both;"> <span style="margin: 0pt auto; text-align: center; display: block;"> <object height="307" width="380"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HrmF-mPLybw&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HrmF-mPLybw&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" height="307" width="380"> </object></span> <br style="clear: both;"> </p> <p style="clear: both;"> <span style="margin: 0pt auto; text-align: center; display: block;"> <object height="307" width="380"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wj5UyZKo2iE&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wj5UyZKo2iE&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xcfcfcf&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" height="307" width="380"> </object></span> <br style="clear: both;"> </p> <p> Oh and if you send an email to Sean's address as listed in the three videos, you'll get a reply. I'd post it here, but it'll be more fun if you do it yourself. :)<br> </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=25ae6c25-0b9f-409f-93e1-0779e254a23b" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,25ae6c25-0b9f-409f-93e1-0779e254a23b.aspx Geek Out RunAs Radio Tech
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I enjoy the fact that my DirecTV DVR (model HR21-200) records HD content for me. The quality is generally pretty darned good (it does 1080i video now and 1080p is coming via a software upgrade), and it beats the heck out of anything else available to me in the boonies. The unit comes equipped with a 320GB (give or take) internal drive, which allows something like 30 hours max of HD recording. I found that when recording full seasons of a few shows like The Office or Lost in HD (and most of us will tend to add a few HD movies in the mix), the drive tends to fill up before I want it to.

So, I ordered a Cavalry 1TB external eSATA/USB 2 drive from Newegg.com, which arrived today. I've hooked it up and it's working. My new capacity numbers? Well, it depends on the specific content, but up to about 145 hours of HD content or as much as 1000 hours of SD programming (wow). Variables that affect actual video-time capacity includes resolution, compression (MPEG2 uses more space than the newer MPEG4) and how much motion there is in the video (since more motion means less compression benefit).

I wanted to document the simple setup steps here, so people can get theirs to work if they should want to do the same thing. You can find similar info on the 'net, but people seem to have a hard time with it. My drive came pre-formatted NTFS, which is fine. The DVR will wipe any file system on whatever drive you hook up. Below are the steps that one needs to follow in order to get the external drive up and running with the DVR. The order of the steps is crucial. Don't try to power up your hard drive after you start the DVR, for example.

First of all, if your external drive is a Seagate FreeAgent, you will probably not have any luck, unless you have a HR20 DVR unit. My HR21-200 unit refused to work with my 750GB Seagate drive, so it's doing video editing duty now. Your milage may vary, but my experience is that they just don't work.

To start using your new hard drive:

  1. Power down the DVR.
  2. Unplug the DVR from the wall power. This is important.
  3. Attach the external drive's eSATA cable to the back of the DVR unit.
  4. Power up the external hard drive first, and allow it to "spin up" (give it about a minute to be safe).
  5. After the hard drive has "spun-up," plug the DVR back into the wall power plug.
  6. Be patient (very patient) and wait for the DVR to restart. It's not dead. Be patient.
  7. After it does it's thing, you'll be able to watch TV again. Check your recorded items list and make sure it's blank.
  8. Run a recording test and make sure you can play back.

Note that the DVR's internal drive is completely bypassed when you add a new external hard drive - the system no longer sees it. So your recordings and what-have-you from the internal drive will not be available to view. However, in my experience if you restart the DVR without the external drive attached the internal drive "comes back to life" and you'll see your old recordings there.

Any scheduled recordings on your "To Do List" that you set up before adding the external hard drive will no longer be programmed. This is important - You will need to set up your recording schedules again. Head over to DirecTV's online scheduler or their mobile scheduling site at http://m.directv.com and sign in to start setting things up. I sometimes find the mobile site to be a bit easier to use, even on a desktop or laptop PC - especially since it lets me search by name.

Also, note that whatever you set up online may not be configured using the default recording setting you've established on your receiver, so be sure to go to the receiver's Manage Recordings list and review the new items that appear in your To Do list to make sure they're set to what you want. In my case, I had to make changes. Seems like recordings scheduled online should use the defaults you've established on your machine, but they didn't for me.

Once You Know, You Newegg Most importantly, you can look for good deals on decent external eSATA hard drives to do an inexpensive upgrade to your DVR. If you like spending lots of money, you could go to one of the sites that offers upgrade hardware services, but one such site sells essentially the same drive I bought and installed myself. Their price? $299.00, and that's just for the hardware. If you want your internal drive copied to the new drive, they can do that for an additional $59 - Not worth it to me.

How much did I pay for mine? $167.00 from Newegg. You can do the math. Shop around, you might find an even better deal out there.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Upgraded my DirecTV HR21 HD-DVR to 1TB of hard drive storage http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,4446a45e-346a-406c-a264-4647170c5e06.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/UpgradedMyDirecTVHR21HDDVRTo1TBOfHardDriveStorage.aspx Sat, 13 Sep 2008 00:32:53 GMT <p style="CLEAR: both"> <img style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; DISPLAY: inline" align=right src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/directv_hr21.gif" width=254 height=78>I enjoy the fact that my DirecTV DVR (model HR21-200) records HD content for me. The quality is generally pretty darned good (it does 1080i video now and 1080p is coming via a software upgrade), and it beats the heck out of anything else available to me in the boonies. The unit comes equipped with a 320GB (give or take) internal drive, which allows something like 30 hours max of HD recording. I found that when recording full seasons of a few shows like The Office or Lost in HD (and most of us will tend to add a few HD movies in the mix), the drive tends to fill up before I want it to.<br> </p> <p style="CLEAR: both"> So, I ordered a <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822101082" target=_blank>Cavalry 1TB external eSATA/USB 2 drive</a> from Newegg.com, which arrived today. I've hooked it up and it's working. My new capacity numbers? Well, it depends on the specific content, but up to about 145 hours of HD content or as much as 1000 hours of SD programming (wow). Variables that affect actual video-time capacity includes resolution, compression (MPEG2 uses more space than the newer MPEG4) and how much motion there is in the video (since more motion means less compression benefit). </p> <p> <img style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; DISPLAY: inline" align=right src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/206805237.jpg" width=250 height=250>I wanted to document the simple setup steps here, so people can get theirs to work if they should want to do the same thing. You can find similar info on the 'net, but people seem to have a hard time with it. My drive came pre-formatted NTFS, which is fine. The DVR will wipe any file system on whatever drive you hook up. Below are the steps that one needs to follow in order to get the external drive up and running with the DVR. The order of the steps is crucial. Don't try to power up your hard drive after you start the DVR, for example.<br> </p> <p> First of all, if your external drive is a Seagate FreeAgent, you will probably not have any luck, unless you have a HR20 DVR unit. My HR21-200 unit refused to work with my 750GB Seagate drive, so it's doing video editing duty now. Your milage may vary, but my experience is that they just don't work.<br> </p> <p style="CLEAR: both"> To start using your new hard drive:<br> </p> <p style="CLEAR: both"> <ol> <li> Power down the DVR. <li> Unplug the DVR from the wall power. This is important. <li> Attach the external drive's eSATA cable to the back of the DVR unit. <li> Power up the external hard drive first, and allow it to "spin up" (give it about a minute to be safe). <li> After the hard drive has "spun-up," plug the DVR back into the wall power plug. <li> Be patient (very patient) and wait for the DVR to restart. It's not dead. Be patient. <li> After it does it's thing, you'll be able to watch TV again. Check your recorded items list and make sure it's blank. <li> Run a recording test and make sure you can play back.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p style="CLEAR: both"> Note that the DVR's internal drive is <i>completely bypassed</i> when you add a new external hard drive - the system no longer sees it. So your recordings and what-have-you from the internal drive will not be available to view. However, in my experience if you restart the DVR without the external drive attached the internal drive "comes back to life" and you'll see your old recordings there.<br> </p> <p style="CLEAR: both"> Any scheduled recordings on your "To Do List" that you set up before adding the external hard drive will no longer be programmed. This is important - You will need to set up your recording schedules again. Head over to <a href="http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/epg/theGuide.jsp" target=_blank>DirecTV's online scheduler</a> or their mobile scheduling site at <a href="http://m.directv.com" target=_blank>http://m.directv.com</a> and sign in to start setting things up. I sometimes find the mobile site to be a bit easier to use, even on a desktop or laptop PC - especially since it lets me search by name. <br> </p> <p> Also, note that whatever you set up online may not be configured using the default recording setting you've established on your receiver, so be sure to go to the receiver's Manage Recordings list and review the new items that appear in your To Do list to make sure they're set to what you want. In my case, I had to make changes. Seems like recordings scheduled online should use the defaults you've established on your machine, but they didn't for me.<br> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2091588-10440554" target=_top><img border=0 hspace=15 alt="Once You Know, You Newegg" vspace=10 align=right src="http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2091588-10440554" width=120 height=60></a>Most importantly, you can look for good deals on decent external eSATA hard drives to do an inexpensive upgrade to your DVR. If you like spending lots of money, you could go to one of the sites that offers upgrade hardware services, but one such site sells essentially the same drive I bought and installed myself. Their price? $299.00, and that's just for the hardware. If you want your internal drive copied to the new drive, they can do that for an additional $59 - Not worth it to me. </p> <p> How much did I pay for mine? $167.00 from Newegg. You can do the math. Shop around, you might find an even better deal out there. </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=4446a45e-346a-406c-a264-4647170c5e06" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,4446a45e-346a-406c-a264-4647170c5e06.aspx Geek Out Tech
http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=887fc66c-3260-4b7d-835d-872d1ef780c3 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,887fc66c-3260-4b7d-835d-872d1ef780c3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,887fc66c-3260-4b7d-835d-872d1ef780c3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=887fc66c-3260-4b7d-835d-872d1ef780c3 1 How big is the web? More than a trillion pages - but how much is that really? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,887fc66c-3260-4b7d-835d-872d1ef780c3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HowBigIsTheWebMoreThanATrillionPagesButHowMuchIsThatReally.aspx Sat, 26 Jul 2008 04:50:06 GMT <p style="clear: both; clear: both; "> On the Google blog, Jesse Alpert & Nissan Hajaj posted an article today called "<a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/we-knew-web-was-big.html" title="" target="_blank">We knew the web was big...</a>" which indicates Google engineers recently noted that the number of web pages on the Internet passed the one-trillion mark. That's 1,000,000,000,000 pages. For those who don't process the impact of adding that many groups of zeros at a time, think about this: <br /> </p> <ul> <li> Take 1,000 pages. </li> <li> Multiply that 1,000 times and think about just how big that is. </li> <li> Multiply that amount <i>another</i> thousand times, and stop to think about how big <i>that</i> is. </li> <li> Now, again take <i>that</i> huge amount and multiply <i>it</i> by 1,000. Now you're at a trillion pages.</li> </ul> <p style="clear: both; "> </p> <p style="clear: both; clear: both; "> That's freakin' huge, really. If you started counting from one to a trillion and counted one number per second, it would take you almost 317 <i>centuries</i> before you were done (and by the way <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en-us&q=1%2C000%2C000%2C000%2C000+seconds+%3D+%3F+centuries&btnG=Search" target="_blank">I asked google to help me figure that out</a>). That's almost 32,000 years. It almost completely boggles the mind. That's a <i>lot</i> of web pages.<br /> <br /> Google also notes that every day, the number of pages on the web increases by <i>several billion</i>.<br /> <br /> Alpert and Hajaj have another explanation to try to explain the sheer size of the Internet today:<br /> </p> <blockquote>Today, Google downloads the web continuously, collecting updated page information and re-processing the entire web-link graph several times per day. This graph of one trillion URLs is similar to a map made up of one trillion intersections. So multiple times every day, we do the computational equivalent of fully exploring every intersection of every road in the United States. Except it'd be a map about 50,000 times as big as the U.S., with 50,000 times as many roads and intersections.</blockquote> <p style="clear: both; clear: both; "> That's really just amazing to me. Wow. And now you know why we call this the Information Age. A lot of that information may be inaccurate, pornographic or otherwise useless, but some of it's good, and the sheer immensity of it is truly awesome.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/25/googles-misleading-blog-post-on-the-size-of-the-web/" title="" target="_blank">TechCrunch has a slightly different take</a>, calling the Google post misleading. The end of the TechCrunch post alludes to some news coming next week that might turn Internet indexing on it's head. Interesting - Is there some big search engine news in the works? Is it <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-9999038-93.html" target="_blank">Microsoft's BrowseRank</a> or something else? Stay tuned. </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=887fc66c-3260-4b7d-835d-872d1ef780c3" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,887fc66c-3260-4b7d-835d-872d1ef780c3.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=0a30c964-2a3e-41a1-a79e-f750d9a4f88b http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,0a30c964-2a3e-41a1-a79e-f750d9a4f88b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,0a30c964-2a3e-41a1-a79e-f750d9a4f88b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=0a30c964-2a3e-41a1-a79e-f750d9a4f88b Intel quad-core mobile processor next month http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,0a30c964-2a3e-41a1-a79e-f750d9a4f88b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/IntelQuadcoreMobileProcessorNextMonth.aspx Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:26:24 GMT <p style="clear: both; "> <p style="clear: both; "> I know a couple people who run so many programs at once on their laptops, they might just be able to take advantage of the new quad-core mobile processor from Intel, which is apparently coming next month. But I have to wonder - since those are the same people that will scream about battery life - how practical it would be. It will be interesting to see how they perform.<br /> <br /> At any rate, looks like it's coming in August (and it ain't exactly cheap - see the <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080715/tc_pcworld/148419" target="_blank">story</a> for more info). </p> <blockquote>"We're bringing quad-core to mobile in August," said Sujan Kamran, regional marketing manager for client platforms at Intel in Singapore. Kamran declined to disclose specifics of the quad-core chip, which will carry Intel's Core 2 Extreme moniker.</blockquote> <p style="clear: both; "> Link: <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080715/tc_pcworld/148419" target="_blank">Intel's Quad-core Mobile Chip Coming Next Month - Yahoo! News</a> <br class="final-breakstyle=" clear:="" both'=""> </p> > <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=0a30c964-2a3e-41a1-a79e-f750d9a4f88b" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,0a30c964-2a3e-41a1-a79e-f750d9a4f88b.aspx Geek Out Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=2825c944-0329-4139-ba8b-2bf8b7841751 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2825c944-0329-4139-ba8b-2bf8b7841751.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2825c944-0329-4139-ba8b-2bf8b7841751.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=2825c944-0329-4139-ba8b-2bf8b7841751 4 Got my iPhone 3g - after 4 hours of activation failure waiting at the store http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2825c944-0329-4139-ba8b-2bf8b7841751.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GotMyIPhone3gAfter4HoursOfActivationFailureWaitingAtTheStore.aspx Fri, 11 Jul 2008 21:21:40 GMT <p style="clear: both; "> I'm officially the proud and happy owner of a white 16GB iPhone 3G. I'm about to head out to the store to take care of all the other stuff I need to get done today, so I will have a chance to check out the GPS and 3G network stuff shortly.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both; "> I arrived at about 7am at the Apple Store at the Flat Iron Crossing mall in Broomfield, Colorado. About 150 people were already there by the time I arrived, and the numbers just kept on adding up as the morning wore on. <br /> </p> <p style="clear: both; "> There were a lot of first-time-iPhone-purchasers as well as upgraders in line. I figured it was about a 50-50 mix. The Apple store staff said they had lots of iPhones in stock. At 8am, an army of crazed, screaming Apple Store employees came running from the parking lot where they'd staged themselves, past the crowded line and into the store, trying for high-fives along the way. It was the most excited group of retail workers I've ever seen, to be certain.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both; "> The iPhone-stock situation at the Apple stores, however, contrasted drastically with <a href="http://twitter.com/SeanAlex/statuses/855714273" target="_blank">what we were hearing on Twitter</a> about the people in line at the AT&T stores, where stock on hand seemed to be very limited and lines were also long. Word was each AT&T store had about 60 phones or so. Not so at Apple stores, where managers said they had enough to cover the crowds. </p> <p style="clear: both; "> Almost as soon as 8am rolled around things went south. The first of the line moved into the store and shortly after is when things stopped. Rumors started to trickle out that the activation system was failing. The situation improved somewhat, until an hour later when the system again failed (likely as a result of the west cost stores opening). The store manager came out to address the crowd and explained the situation (quite effectively, I might add - Apple has a great crew at the store I visited), telling us what was happening with surprising transparency and apologizing for the delay. He thanked us for waiting and our "dedication," and came back out to give updates. At about 10am local time, the situation improved substantially and people started getting their phones in a more-timely manner.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both; "> As it turned out, we were not leaving the store with fully activated iPhones as expected. In fact, I got mine at 10:55 a.m., but when I walked out of the store it was still sealed in the plastic-wrapped box. Apparently Apple decided to ditch the in-store iTunes activation dance and instead started sending people home to activate their new devices on iTunes themselves. Good call. In the store they took my information and changed my service over with AT&T, which went smoothly (go figure - AT&T's money grab was slick as snot, heh). My old iPhone went out-of-service with AT&T about 20 minutes later and I so was without a phone until I could get back home to activate the new one.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both; "> There were around 200 people in line when I left. Good thing the process was moving faster. </p> <p style="clear: both; "> At home, I was able to activate my new phone in less than 30 minutes. It took a while for iTunes to make its initial connection, but once that happened it was a quick and painless process. No bricked phone or anything, and after restoring my backup from the old iPhone I was all set.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both; "> <b>Bonus info:</b> I got an email from Telenav this morning explaining they're working now on an iPhone version of their GPS mapping software - Quite excellent! That mean we'll soon have high-quality, turn-by-turn GPS navigation on the iPhone before too long! No delivery dates or other promises (of course), but the app is in the development process. <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5024018/telenav-confirms-iphone-in+car-navigation-app" target="_blank">Details are at Gizmodo</a>, and <a href="http://blog.telenav.com" target="_blank">the Telenav blog</a> is a good place to keep your eyes open for future information. </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=2825c944-0329-4139-ba8b-2bf8b7841751" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2825c944-0329-4139-ba8b-2bf8b7841751.aspx Apple Geek Out Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=a5be116d-2750-433a-882c-9a8703806896 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a5be116d-2750-433a-882c-9a8703806896.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a5be116d-2750-433a-882c-9a8703806896.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=a5be116d-2750-433a-882c-9a8703806896 2 What's in these boxes?A reporter from Forbes Magazine, Brian Caulfield, has been sneaking around a bit, asking questions, and taking pictures from various public-domain locations where he thinks Apple's next-gen iPhone (or APple Tablet, or next-gen iMac, or all of the above) are being dispatched from.

Tons of boxes overflowing a large warehouse, courier service trucks in drives coming and going, no-label boxes and warehouse workers being cagey but saying basically nothing. But when you start to stack up so much circumstantial evidence it's pretty convincing. If nothing else, it generates great hype and gets people like me to pay attention and write about it. Marketing madness.

What I really want to know: Where and when to line up as an existing AT&T customer who wants to upgrade, and how much cash to bring with me. I'm guessing/surmising the answer is sometime in the next week and a half, and $200 (plus a pen to sign a contract extension).



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Even more iPhone 2 geek-out stake-out details and excitement fodder http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a5be116d-2750-433a-882c-9a8703806896.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/EvenMoreIPhone2GeekoutStakeoutDetailsAndExcitementFodder.aspx Thu, 05 Jun 2008 21:35:30 GMT <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/images/iphone_03.jpg" alt="What's in these boxes?" align="right" border="0" height="210" hspace="15" vspace="10" width="300">A reporter from <a href="http://www.forbes.com/technology/2008/06/05/iphone-stakeout-apple-tech-personal-cx_0605iphone.html">Forbes Magazine, Brian Caulfield, has been sneaking around a bit</a>, asking questions, and taking pictures from various public-domain locations where he thinks Apple's next-gen iPhone (or APple Tablet, or next-gen iMac, or all of the above) are being dispatched from. <br> <br> Tons of boxes overflowing a large warehouse, courier service trucks in drives coming and going, no-label boxes and warehouse workers being cagey but saying basically nothing. But when you start to stack up so much circumstantial evidence it's pretty convincing. If nothing else, it generates great hype and gets people like me to pay attention and write about it. Marketing madness.<br> <br> What I <i>really</i> want to know: Where and when to line up as an existing AT&amp;T customer who wants to upgrade, and how much cash to bring with me. I'm guessing/surmising the answer is sometime in the next week and a half, and $200 (plus a pen to sign a contract extension).<br> <p> </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=a5be116d-2750-433a-882c-9a8703806896" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a5be116d-2750-433a-882c-9a8703806896.aspx Apple Geek Out Mobile Tech
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image If you saw the season finale episode of Lost and happened to be paying attention to the commercial breaks near the end of the two-hour episode, you might have noticed the "commercial" for Octagon Global Recruiting, with a note to visit the web site octagonglobalrecruiting.com for more information.

"Octagon Global Recruiting is currently seeking volunteers to contribute to an important new research project." And it's "on behalf of the Dharma Initiative."

So if you happen to need something to do and have expertise in the following areas (from the commercial spot), be sure to click on through. Oh, and you might want to think about going to Comic Con in San Diego at the same time the recruiting event is happening.

There's one more trade that I couldn't quite get a screen grab of - dentists. And there you have it.

Check it out here. And have fun. :)



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Octagon Global Recruiting - The latest &quot;Lost&quot; Internet venue http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,615364e6-1d56-47ba-ab8c-52a5383cc4a7.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/OctagonGlobalRecruitingTheLatestQuotLostquotInternetVenue.aspx Fri, 30 May 2008 06:14:02 GMT <p> <a href="http://octagonglobalrecruiting.com/"><img style="border: 0px none ; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px;" alt="image" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/OctagonGlobalRecruitingThelatestLostInte_146B6/image_3.png" align="right" border="0" height="47" width="244"></a> If you saw the season finale episode of Lost and happened to be paying attention to the commercial breaks near the end of the two-hour episode, you might have noticed the "commercial" for Octagon Global Recruiting, with a note to visit the web site <a href="http://octagonglobalrecruiting.com/" target="_blank">octagonglobalrecruiting.com</a> for more information. </p> <p> "Octagon Global Recruiting is currently seeking volunteers to contribute to an important new research project." And it's "on behalf of the Dharma Initiative." </p> <p> So if you happen to need something to do and have expertise in the following areas (from the commercial spot), be sure to click on through. Oh, and you might want to think about going to Comic Con in San Diego at the same time the recruiting event is happening. </p> <p align="center"> <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Octagon1.jpg" border="0"> </p> <p align="center"> <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/Octagon2.jpg" border="0"> </p> <p> There's one more trade that I couldn't quite get a screen grab of - dentists. And there you have it.<br> </p> <p> <a href="http://octagonglobalrecruiting.com/" target="_blank">Check it out here</a>. And have fun. :) </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=615364e6-1d56-47ba-ab8c-52a5383cc4a7" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,615364e6-1d56-47ba-ab8c-52a5383cc4a7.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff
http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=fccc798f-d4c4-409f-9805-bc5e3a1f6229 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,fccc798f-d4c4-409f-9805-bc5e3a1f6229.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,fccc798f-d4c4-409f-9805-bc5e3a1f6229.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=fccc798f-d4c4-409f-9805-bc5e3a1f6229 The Import Genius blog has a new article describing their examination of shipping manifests for Apple Computer, and they have found an unusual and very large set of shipments over the past couple of months that they suggest is imports of the heavily-rumored next version of the iPhone. I geek out over this stuff, simply because I really like my iPhone and I'm looking forward to the next version and the capabilities we all assume it will have.

According to the Import Genius people,
Since mid-March, Apple Inc. and its logistics partners have imported 188 ocean containers of a product type never before declared on its shipping manifests.

With iPhones currently out of stock at many Apple stores, including its flagship outlets in New York City, rumors abound that the company is winnowing stocks in preparation for a new 3G version of the phone.

Well, we shall see. And hope. Lots more details and evidence are available in the ImportGenius.com blog entry.

Other interesting iPhone tid-bits:


greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. 188 shipping containers of 3G iPhones? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,fccc798f-d4c4-409f-9805-bc5e3a1f6229.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/188ShippingContainersOf3GIPhones.aspx Sat, 24 May 2008 01:22:22 GMT <a href="http://www.importgenius.com/blog/iphone">The Import Genius blog has a new article</a> describing their examination of shipping manifests for Apple Computer, and they have found an unusual and very large set of shipments over the past couple of months that they suggest is imports of the heavily-rumored next version of the iPhone. I geek out over this stuff, simply because I really like my iPhone and I'm looking forward to the next version and the capabilities we all assume it will have.<br> <br> According to the Import Genius people,<br> <blockquote><i>Since mid-March, Apple Inc. and its logistics partners have imported 188 ocean containers of a product type never before declared on its shipping manifests. <br> <br> With iPhones currently out of stock at many Apple stores, including its flagship outlets in New York City, rumors abound that the company is winnowing stocks in preparation for a new 3G version of the phone.</i> <br> </blockquote>Well, we shall see. And hope. Lots more details and evidence are available <a href="http://www.importgenius.com/blog/iphone">in the ImportGenius.com blog entry</a>.<br> <br> Other interesting iPhone tid-bits:<br> <ul> <li> Fortune Apple 2.0 - <a href="http://apple20.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2008/05/23/what-to-expect-from-steve-jobs-on-june-9/">What to expect from Steve Jobs on June 9th</a> </li> <li> Reuters - <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/GlobalEnergy08/idUSN2249102720080522">AT&amp;T CFO: No pricing yet for next iPhone</a> (but he expects it in the next few months, he says)&nbsp;</li> <li> AppleInsider - <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/05/22/latest_iphone_2_0_beta_adds_geo_tagging_to_camera_photos.html">Latest iPhone 2.0 beta adds geo-tagging to Camera photos</a> </li> <li> ChannelNews Australia - <a href="http://www.channelnews.com.au/Portable_Devices/Music_Download_Sites/U2E5C8A3">OZ 3G iPhone to be fastest in the world</a> (like as in 42mbs - wow!)</li> <li> Also, at&amp;t's high-speed 3G network roll-out should be complete in June - Good timing<br> </li> </ul> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=fccc798f-d4c4-409f-9805-bc5e3a1f6229" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,fccc798f-d4c4-409f-9805-bc5e3a1f6229.aspx Apple Geek Out Mobile Tech
http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=97ccd6d6-1be0-4118-852d-4c11cf421355 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,97ccd6d6-1be0-4118-852d-4c11cf421355.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,97ccd6d6-1be0-4118-852d-4c11cf421355.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=97ccd6d6-1be0-4118-852d-4c11cf421355 Over at Lifehacker, Adam Pash has written an article describing in some very useful detail how to use a couple freeware apps to trim down a Windows XP installation so you can create a lighter-weight install disc for whatever purpose you may have.

I'm interested in this because I plan (at least at this point) to use a Windows Server 2003 install disc as the starting point for a VMWare Fusion virtual machine on my Macbook Air, and I want to keep it as lean and mean as I possibly can. That way I can run the couple/few Windows apps that I really need to make my computer life complete.

Why Windows Server 2003? Because I have a couple unused copies sitting on my shelf just screaming to have the shrink-wrap removed. Come to think on it, it might be the first time I have opened an actual shrink-wrapped Windows Server box since around 2000. I've grown quite used to electronic delivery and volume licensing discs. Wow.

Does anyone have any solid information that would point to benefits of using the 64-bit edition of Server 2003 over the 32-bit version? If so, please let me know! Comment below, or the email link is over there on the right side of the page.

I'll report back with results after I get it all set up. Should be interesting and a bit of fun.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Great article about how to trim down a Windows install for a Virtual Machine http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,97ccd6d6-1be0-4118-852d-4c11cf421355.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GreatArticleAboutHowToTrimDownAWindowsInstallForAVirtualMachine.aspx Sat, 05 Apr 2008 18:09:52 GMT Over at <a href="http://lifehacker.com/">Lifehacker</a>, <a href="http://adampash.com/">Adam Pash</a> has written an article describing in some very useful detail <a href="http://lifehacker.com/374376/trim-down-windows-to-the-bare-essentials">how to use a couple freeware apps to trim down a Windows XP installation</a> so you can create a lighter-weight install disc for whatever purpose you may have.<br> <br> I'm interested in this because I plan (at least at this point) to use a Windows Server 2003 install disc as the starting point for a <a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/">VMWare Fusion</a> virtual machine on my Macbook Air, and I want to keep it as lean and mean as I possibly can. That way I can run the couple/few Windows apps that I really need to make my computer life complete.<br> <br> Why Windows Server 2003? Because I have a couple unused copies sitting on my shelf just screaming to have the shrink-wrap removed. Come to think on it, it might be the first time I have opened an actual shrink-wrapped Windows Server box since around 2000. I've grown quite used to electronic delivery and volume licensing discs. Wow.<br> <br> <b><i>Does anyone have any solid information that would point to benefits of using the 64-bit edition of Server 2003 over the 32-bit version? If so, please let me know! Comment below, or the email link is over there on the right side of the page.</i></b> <br> <br> I'll report back with results after I get it all set up. Should be interesting and a bit of fun.<br> <p> </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=97ccd6d6-1be0-4118-852d-4c11cf421355" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,97ccd6d6-1be0-4118-852d-4c11cf421355.aspx Apple Geek Out Tech
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Yesterday I mentioned some new C# screencasts by my friend Stuart that are being published over at Channel 9. Another screencast-format resource for learning about .NET programming and the .NET framework is a new site that Dmitry Lyalin put together recently, called "Better Know a Framework." Dmitry recently joined Microsoft on the East Coast and is passionate about helping people understand the technology. So, if you're a .NET programmer (or want to be), you should check it out, as well. The screencasts so far are well-produced and quite usable.

A short introduction...

The Concept. The concept behind Better Know a Framework is directly inspired by a segment on the .NET Rocks podcast. In this segment the host (Carl) regularly discusses a class or a part of the .NET Framework as a way to expand peoples knowledge. My inspiration is to take this to the next level and bring screencast content to the development community in a similar fashion, a small segment at a time.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Screencasts to help you better know aspects of the .NET Framework http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,cfbb819f-6096-4a39-a04f-5258a9483b71.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ScreencastsToHelpYouBetterKnowAspectsOfTheNETFramework.aspx Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:43:47 GMT <p> Yesterday I mentioned some new C# screencasts by my friend Stuart that are being published over at Channel 9. Another screencast-format resource for learning about .NET programming and the .NET framework is a new site that Dmitry Lyalin put together recently, called "<a href="http://blog.betterknowaframework.com/" target="_blank">Better Know a Framework</a>." Dmitry recently joined Microsoft on the East Coast and is passionate about helping people understand the technology. So, if you're a .NET programmer (or want to be), you should check it out, as well. The screencasts so far are well-produced and quite usable. </p> <blockquote> <p> <em>A short introduction...</em> <p> <em><strong>The Concept. </strong>The concept behind <a href="http://www.betterknowaframework.com/" target="_blank">Better Know a Framework</a> is directly inspired by a segment on the </em><a href="http://www.dotnetrocks.com/"><em>.NET Rocks</em></a><em> podcast. In this segment the host (Carl) regularly discusses a class or a part of the .NET Framework as a way to expand peoples knowledge. My inspiration is to take this to the next level and bring screencast content to the development community in a similar fashion, a small segment at a time.</em> </p> </blockquote><img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=cfbb819f-6096-4a39-a04f-5258a9483b71" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,cfbb819f-6096-4a39-a04f-5258a9483b71.aspx Geek Out Tech
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One of my colleagues and past co-worker when I was at Corillian/CheckFree, Stuart Celarier, has teamed up with Microsoft's Bruce Kyle and made a whole slew of what they're calling "Whirlwinds" that are being published at the Channel 9 community site at MSDN. By the time they've all been published, Stuart tells me he will have visually covered every new feature in C# v2. Wow, cool information! Stuart, correct me here if I am somehow exaggerating. :)

You can start anywhere you like as these screencasts are published, but for reference, here's a link to the first one, and some information about the project:

Bruce Kyle of Microsoft and Stuart Celarier of CheckFree explore the new languages features in C#. It's a whirlwind tour of the important language features since C# 1. Stuart describes the feature and why it is useful. But doesn't get into best practices nor suggested usages. Just the facts about the feature.

Whirlwinds are bite-sized webcasts, each is shorter than 15 minutes. You can start anywhere in the series to learn about the parts you're most interested in.

In Part 1 about generics, Stuart describes:

  • What generics are.
  • How generics compare with collections.
  • How the compiler treats generics.
  • He also describes how generics increase performance and save memory.

This feature is part of C# 2 in .NET 2.0.

Also available is "Whirlwind 2: What's new in C# 2 - Iterators," with lots more to come. Cool idea, well-executed - Congrats, Stuart! If you're a C# person (or would like to be), be sure to check it out.



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ff3beta4logo The Firefox team has released Firefox 3 Beta 4, which you probably have already read about and downloaded if you're a hard-core geek. But you can say you heard it here again. :)

It's definitely a test version, so expect bugs and other weirdness, as they say:

Thank you for helping test Firefox 3 Beta 4! This release is being made available for testing purposes only. You should read the release notes before getting started.

We want to hear all of your thoughts about this beta, especially if you encounter broken sites or other web weirdness. Drag this feedback button onto your bookmarks toolbar and click on it when you have something to tell us. We'll be waiting to hear from you! (Or, if you'd prefer, you can file a bug .)

I downloaded it as a Portable App from this link.



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After seven years with Dish Network, I made the change Monday to DirecTV and their HD programming. Granted, Dish Network's HD package has improved lately, and their new HD-only package was interesting, but a few things swayed me away and over to the other satellite programming vendor.

DirecTV has great HD capacity today and is quickly adding more. Another satellite will be launched in the next couple weeks, in fact. Their HD quality is pretty darned good. I like their equipment. And, although it's not here yet, I am thinking ahead to the forthcoming HDPC-20 - a DirecTV tuner device that will integrate with Vista Media Center. I'll be an early adopter of that technology, you can be sure.

The installer was great (despite the pouring rain he had to deal with), and before I knew it I was enjoying 90+ channels of HD programming. I can see some compression in some of the HD content, but you have to expect some of that. All I know is it looks much better than cable TV HD service I've seen before. I suppose I could complain about the fact that I now have a bigger antenna on my roof, but that seriously doesn't matter. I'm getting a lot of choice in return.

Bonus features include the ability to add my own external 750GB eSATA drive to the HD DVR (nice!), web-based DVR remote scheduling, Internet connectivity for on-demand content and information (which is new and in beta), and nice menus and software on the receivers in general. Seriously, it just feels better when you use it.

I'll be participating in the "cutting edge" program, loading software releases for the HD receiver and HD DVR devices at odd hours now and then to test new features and fixes before they're released nationwide. So, this move helps me fulfill the needs of my inner geek, too.

It's really a world of difference with the new service. Quality- and content-wise, it's a big step up.



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It's a little strange, I suppose, even though I have this fancy home theater projector and sound set up in a room allocated just for that purpose, that my living room TV would a 12-or-so-year-old RCA rear projection set. The old RCA is a reliable, still-going strong, 53" wood cabinet model. But it has a glossy screen and reflects light like a mirror. It's hard to watch anything when it's light outside, for sure. the place where the TV lives provides the perfect angle for reflecting the view out the french doors.

New LG LCD 42" HDTV This weekend, Fry's electronics has a great sale on a 42" LG 1080P LCD HDTV (model 42LB5D) on sale for $997.00 (also available online for that price as of the time of this writing, with very reasonable shipping), which is a steal no matter how you look at it. Best Buy's price is around $1599, and you can find it online for around $1200 if you look hard enough. But the Fry's advertised price this weekend was something else entirely.

After a day of thinking about it, I decided it was a good enough deal to take advantage of, and that it would be nice to reclaim some space in my living room. At Best Buy they were willing to match the Fry's price for me last night (frankly, I'd prefer to purchase at Best Buy, but I was open to the alternative if they could not match), and so I drove into town and picked up my new living room TV for $600 less than the floor price and took it home. Score!

It was 11pm by the time we got back home and I was tired, but that's never really stopped me. We set it up and turned it on. In short, as I expected, it's an amazing difference. The LG set is very, very bright and has a great picture, and with 3 HDMI inputs and a variety of others, I'm set. We hooked up a HDMI up-converting DVD player and watched American Psycho (wow, what a film, heh). Color me impressed.

This morning I was able to watch anything I wanted with the blinds pulled open and the sun shining in the windows. I'm a happy camper.



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Okay, who wants to add me for Halo 3 fun? My XBox Live gamertag is gergin8or. I'm pretty lame at these games but what the heck. What's yours?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. What's your XBox Live gamertag? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,10cd5b6d-4bba-4c59-832f-d1de4d0df128.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WhatsYourXBoxLiveGamertag.aspx Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:42:38 GMT <p> Okay, who wants to add me for Halo 3 fun? My XBox Live gamertag is <a href="http://live.xbox.com/member/gergin8or" target="_blank">gergin8or</a>. I'm pretty lame at these games but what the heck. What's yours? </p> <p akign="center"> <iframe src="http://gamercard.xbox.com/gergin8or.card" frameborder="0" width="204" scrolling="no" height="140">Put your gamertag here too. </iframe> </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=10cd5b6d-4bba-4c59-832f-d1de4d0df128" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,10cd5b6d-4bba-4c59-832f-d1de4d0df128.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff
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master_chief2 Attention all Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area peoples:

Drop everything, sign up right now (see details below), and meet me to play HALO 3 on two 50-foot ultra-hi-def video movie screens this Thursday (October 11th) at 7:00 p.m. just across from the Portland Airport in Vancouver at Cinetopia. Why? Because it will be the ULTIMATE Halo 3 event.

And you're guaranteed a win, because I will be there. Bonus. Heh.

YOU GET TO PLAY HALO 3 on two 50-foot ultra-hi-def video movie screens (like double 1080p resolution, beautifully up-scaled by some super-fancy equipment to make for an awesome image) and an awesome theater setting, reserved just for us - and the proceeds benefit the fight against diabetes. What more can you ask for?

Your donation of $25 (or more) at the door or will go straight to the America Diabetes Association. You can also pre-donate online and bring your printed donation receipt to the door. There's room for 120 people, so register today to save your seat(s)!

Click to donate! ALSO -- The first 10 people who let me know (in the comments and/or via email) that they have signed up (details of which are below) because they read it here - and then show up to play - will have their $25 donation matched by me. So let's make this happen! It's for a great cause and will be tons of fun.

And blog about this on your own site if you have one. Spread the word!

You need to sign up ahead of time so seats can be counted - so please do it now!

Here are the details:

  • When:  Thursday evening, October 11th, 7:00-Midnight (and yes, you can leave earlier if you want or have to, it's not Hotel California or anything)
  • Where:  Cinetopia - here's a map and their web site
  • Who:  Due to the content and whatnot, 18 and older, please
  • Register for this event at http://iammasterchief.com/ with the RSVP code "FIGHTDIABETES" (and just ignore the fact that the date there is wrong, and you won't get an email confirmation - if you see the PDX event after signing up, you're good to go)
  • You can donate online and bring your web receipt, or donate at the door (but either way, please sign up at the link above)

You can also read more about this event on Rich and Scott's blogs. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association (and Scott explains that quite well).

Business sponsors of the event include: Aivea, Robert Half Technology, Microsoft, the Portland Area .NET Users Group (PADNUG), the Software Association of Oregon, of course Cinetopia and others. A special thank-you goes out to all of them!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Hey Portland! Halo 3 this Thursday on a 50-foot movie screen! Come kick my lame ass! http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,6e37d274-bc8a-4faa-9214-75c0dbdd4006.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HeyPortlandHalo3ThisThursdayOnA50footMovieScreenComeKickMyLameAss.aspx Tue, 09 Oct 2007 17:30:43 GMT <p> <img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; border-right-width: 0px" height="227" alt="master_chief2" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/HeyPortlandComekickmyassatHalo3thisThurs_8FB7/master_chief2_b566710a-0406-4ab1-b601-5f010f2463dd.jpg" width="240" align="right" border="0"> <strong>Attention all Portland, Oregon&nbsp;and Vancouver, Washington area&nbsp;peoples: </strong> </p> <p> Drop <em>everything</em>, sign up right now (see details below), and meet me to play HALO 3&nbsp;on two 50-foot ultra-hi-def video movie screens this Thursday (October 11th) at 7:00 p.m. just across from the Portland Airport in Vancouver at Cinetopia. Why? Because it will be the ULTIMATE Halo 3 event. </p> <p> And you're guaranteed a win, because I will be there. Bonus. Heh. </p> <p> <strong>YOU GET TO PLAY HALO 3&nbsp;on two 50-foot ultra-hi-def video movie screens</strong> (like double 1080p resolution, beautifully up-scaled by some super-fancy equipment to make for an awesome image) and an awesome theater setting, reserved just for us - <em>and</em> the proceeds benefit the fight against diabetes. What more can you ask for? </p> <p> Your donation of $25 (or more) at the door or will go straight to the <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes/donate">America Diabetes Association</a>. You can also <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes/donate" target="_blank">pre-donate online</a> and bring your printed donation receipt to the door.&nbsp;There's room&nbsp;for 120 people, so register today to save your seat(s)! </p> <p> <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes" atomicselection="true"><img style="margin: 0px 0px 10px 15px" height="150" alt="Click to donate!" src="http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes/HanselmanBadge150.png" width="150" align="right" border="0"></a>ALSO -- The first 10 people who let me know (in the comments and/or via email)&nbsp;that they have signed up (details of which are below) because they read it here&nbsp;- and then show up to play&nbsp;- will have their $25 donation matched by me. So let's make this happen! It's for a great cause and will be tons of fun. </p> <p> And blog about this on your own site if you have one. Spread the word! </p> <p> You need to sign up ahead of time so seats can be counted&nbsp;- so&nbsp;please do it now! </p> <p> Here are the details: </p> <ul> <li> <strong>When:&nbsp; Thursday evening, October 11th, 7:00-Midnight</strong> (and yes, you can leave earlier if you want or have&nbsp;to, it's not Hotel California or anything) <li> <strong>Where:&nbsp; Cinetopia - here's </strong><a href="http://www.cinetopiatheaters.com/contact/directio.htm" target="_blank"><strong>a map and their web site</strong></a> <li> <strong>Who:&nbsp; Due to the content and whatnot, 18 and older, please</strong> <li> <strong>Register for this event at </strong><a href="http://iammasterchief.com/"><strong>http://iammasterchief.com/</strong></a><strong> with the RSVP code "<em>FIGHTDIABETES</em>" </strong>(and just ignore the fact that the date there is wrong, and you won't get an email confirmation - if you see the PDX event after signing up, you're good to go) <li> <strong>You can <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes/donate" target="_blank">donate online</a> and bring your web receipt, or donate at the door</strong> (but either way, please sign up at the link above)</li> </ul> <p> You can also read more about this event on <a href="http://richhubbins.theclaussens.com/2007/10/08/MasterChiefJoinsTheFightAgainstDiabetes.aspx" target="_blank">Rich</a> and <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/REMINDERRegisterTODAYForTheFightDiabetesWithHalo3BigScreenParty.aspx" target="_blank">Scott's</a> blogs. Proceeds <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/fightdiabetes/donate" target="_blank">benefit the American Diabetes Association</a> (and Scott explains that quite well). </p> <p> Business sponsors of the event&nbsp;include: Aivea, Robert Half Technology, Microsoft, the Portland Area .NET Users Group (PADNUG), the Software Association of Oregon, of course Cinetopia&nbsp;and others. A special thank-you goes out to all of them! </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=6e37d274-bc8a-4faa-9214-75c0dbdd4006" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,6e37d274-bc8a-4faa-9214-75c0dbdd4006.aspx Geek Out Helping Others Random Stuff Tech
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Master_Chief_Assembled_by_billybob884 Wow. Like as in that-must-have-taken-forever-wow.

Mike McDermott, who also goes by BillyBob884 at the deviantART web site, has created and built a folded Origami paper (plus a little white glue) model of the Master Chief from Halo.

The final model comes out to be 13" (33 cm) tall, has roughly 2100 faces (+ ~800 for the gun), and is made up of 42 pieces (+ 10 for the gun).

How accurate is it? McDermott says:

"Well, it was an exact rip of the Halo 1 Master Chief model, but I had to take a few liberties in changing little details to make it build-able. But I'd say its like 90-95% accurate. The gun is another story though. It's probably somewhere around the magnitude of 60-75% accurate..."

On the site you can download a copy of the instructions, a PDF file of all the pieces (which you can print out and use to create your very own Master Chief), and the PePaKuRa model file for reference (which you should probably use to determine which tabs go where, as it looks fairly complex - a model viewer is available here).

Oh, and if you actually build it, send me a picture and be sure to let the creator know on his deviantART web site.

Mike has also created a number of other paper models you can try, such as the Halo Ringworld and more. Enjoy. :)



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Master Chief Paper Model - and Build It Yourself http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b50214b0-4c35-4963-852d-25e9b67824a9.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MasterChiefPaperModelAndBuildItYourself.aspx Tue, 25 Sep 2007 19:03:30 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/MasterChiefPaperModelandBuildItYourself_A21B/Master_Chief_Assembled_by_billybob884.jpg" target="_blank" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="316" alt="Master_Chief_Assembled_by_billybob884" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/MasterChiefPaperModelandBuildItYourself_A21B/Master_Chief_Assembled_by_billybob884_thumb.jpg" width="162" align="right" border="0"></a> Wow. Like as in that-must-have-taken-forever-wow. </p> <p> Mike McDermott, who also goes by <a href="http://billybob884.deviantart.com/" target="_blank">BillyBob884 at the deviantART web site</a>, has&nbsp;created and built&nbsp;a folded Origami paper (plus a little white glue) model of the Master Chief from Halo. </p> <p> The final model comes out to be 13" (33 cm) tall, has roughly 2100 faces (+ ~800 for the gun), and is made up of 42 pieces (+ 10 for the gun). </p> <p> How accurate is it? McDermott says: </p> <blockquote> <p> <em>"Well, it was an exact rip of the Halo 1 Master Chief model, but&nbsp;I had to take a few liberties in changing little details to make it build-able. But I'd say its like 90-95% accurate. The gun is another story though. It's probably somewhere around the magnitude of 60-75% accurate..."</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> <a href="http://billybob884.deviantart.com/art/Master-Chief-Assembled-64893585" target="_blank">On the site you can download</a> a copy of the instructions,&nbsp;a PDF file of all the pieces (which you can print out and use to create your very own Master Chief),&nbsp;and&nbsp;the PePaKuRa model file for reference&nbsp;(which you should probably use to determine which tabs go where, as it looks fairly complex - a model viewer is available <a href="http://www.download.com/Pepakura-Viewer/3000-6677_4-10350146.html" target="_blank">here</a>). <p> Oh, and if you actually&nbsp;build it, send me a picture and be sure to let the creator know on his deviantART web site. </p> <p> Mike has also created&nbsp;a number of <a href="http://billybob884.deviantart.com/gallery/" target="_blank">other paper models you can try</a>, such as the Halo Ringworld and more. Enjoy. :) </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=b50214b0-4c35-4963-852d-25e9b67824a9" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b50214b0-4c35-4963-852d-25e9b67824a9.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff
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I know several people who are heading out this evening to sit, stand, lie and probably roll multi-sided dice in line at stores selling Halo 3 when it releases at midnight. Mine's arriving at my from Amazon, so I won't be in line. Last time I did that (Halo 2), the early-morning drive home ended up with a game of chicken involving a semi truck in my lane. I lost. So tonight I will stray home and relax, knowing my Amazon Prime membership is taking good care of me.

So - are you going to camp out tonight, or not?

 
Highly-anticipated is such an understatement for this one. You can read the GamePro review here.
 
I'd like to see the diorama they built for the Believe video series. Where is that thing - and does any part of it actually exist in real life? You can go on a personal tour of it here - very cool.


greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Master Chief Petty Officer John 117: Got Halo 3 tonight? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,4a9fa0b8-f705-41af-997d-e13257f2998d.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MasterChiefPettyOfficerJohn117GotHalo3Tonight.aspx Mon, 24 Sep 2007 17:54:33 GMT <p> I know several people who are heading out this evening to sit, stand, lie&nbsp;and probably roll multi-sided dice in line at stores selling Halo 3 when it releases at midnight. Mine's arriving at my from Amazon, so I won't be in line. Last time I did that (Halo 2), the early-morning drive home ended up with a game of chicken involving a semi truck&nbsp;in my lane. I lost. So tonight I will stray home and relax, knowing my Amazon Prime membership is taking good care of me. </p> <p> So - are you going to camp out tonight, or not? </p> <div id="wrapper"> <center> <div id="flashcontent"> <object id="vidWin" height="350" width="400" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"> <param name="_cx" value="10583"> <param name="_cy" value="9260"> <param name="FlashVars" value=""> <param name="Movie" value="http://www.gamepro.com/global/video/vidOrb.swf?pMode=e&amp;vId=114700&amp;aPlay=0"> <param name="Src" value="http://www.gamepro.com/global/video/vidOrb.swf?pMode=e&amp;vId=114700&amp;aPlay=0"> <param name="WMode" value="Window"> <param name="Play" value="0"> <param name="Loop" value="-1"> <param name="Quality" value="High"> <param name="SAlign" value="LT"> <param name="Menu" value="-1"> <param name="Base" value="http://www.gamepro.com/"> <param name="AllowScriptAccess" value=""> <param name="Scale" value="ShowAll"> <param name="DeviceFont" value="0"> <param name="EmbedMovie" value="0"> <param name="BGColor" value=""> <param name="SWRemote" value=""> <param name="MovieData" value=""> <param name="SeamlessTabbing" value="1"> <param name="Profile" value="0"> <param name="ProfileAddress" value=""> <param name="ProfilePort" value="0"> <param name="AllowNetworking" value="all"> <param name="AllowFullScreen" value="false"> </object> </div> <div>&nbsp; </div> <div align="left">Highly-anticipated is such an understatement for this one. You can <a href="http://www.gamepro.com/microsoft/xbox360/games/reviews/135749.shtml" target="_blank">read the GamePro review here</a>. </div> <div align="left">&nbsp; </div> <div align="left">I'd like to <a href="http://halo3.com/believe" target="_blank">see the diorama</a> they built for the <a href="http://www.games.net/video/bts/114700/halo-3-believe-series/" target="_blank">Believe video series</a>. Where is that thing - and does any part of it actually exist in real life? <a href="http://halo3.com/believe" target="_blank">You can go on a personal tour of it here</a> - very cool. </div> </center> </div> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=4a9fa0b8-f705-41af-997d-e13257f2998d" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,4a9fa0b8-f705-41af-997d-e13257f2998d.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff
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As I mentioned the other day, my iPhone dropped in a partially-broken fall (bobbled with one hand but not caught) from about the height of my knees or slightly above down to the ground, and dented the case so the button that switches off the display and power and provides reboot capabilities, etc. no longer works. The plastic is jammed and prevented from moving by the tiny piece of bent metal case.

I'll be taking it to the Apple Store this afternoon to see what - if anything - they are willing to do for me. Their service coverage specifically says they won't cover damage due to accident or neglect, so I will cross my fingers (it was such a short drop), but not hold my breath. The non-warranty repair costs they quote are high enough to make me consider just buying a replacement phone. Of course we would have to see what AT&T has to say about that, as well. We'll see.

UPDATE: After dropping the Apple Store and setting up an appointment, I waited for my time to come up and then spent a total of about five minutes with one of the service employees there. I briefly explained what had happened, he showed it to the service manager, and they immediately arranged for a replacement. Wow. I'm floored. So much so I started looking at more products in the store and seriously considering them.

At any rate, on the Boy Genius Report site I just saw this gray anodized replacement cover for about $47.00. Hmm. It's interesting to me when I think about taking the thing apart and fixing it myself, since the one thing that worries me the most about doing that is the lack of a suitable replacement metal case part.

iphone back1 iphone back2

In the pictures it's apparent that there's no metal supporting pieces in there, it's just the metal case skin, and from this article (great detail and pictures there) it looks like there's a lot of glue to dissolve in the process of moving parts, but it's entirely possible. Plus a black case would be, well, cool. Heh.

Hmm, a decent disassembly tutorial video too. Heh. Use at your own risk. I like the lowered and faster-paced voice for the disclaimer at the beginning. Classic.

I won't undertake a tear-down-and-rebuild yet. Apple Store gets got the first shot, and won hands-down. But it's interesting to see what the community is doing and what the self-service, warranty-breaking, hardware-hacking options are.

black housing black housing2 black replacement case for iphone



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Possible expensive but fun and interesting solution for my dented iPhone http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,6bdd6850-805e-4fab-86b6-aeb961d792f0.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PossibleExpensiveButFunAndInterestingSolutionForMyDentedIPhone.aspx Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:52:09 GMT <p> As I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/iPhoneNotTooDurableIfDropped.aspx" target="_blank">mentioned the other day</a>, my iPhone dropped in a partially-broken fall (bobbled with one hand but not caught) from about the height of my knees or slightly above down to the ground, and dented the case so the button that switches off the display and power and provides reboot capabilities, etc. no longer works. The plastic is jammed and prevented from&nbsp;moving&nbsp;by the tiny piece of bent metal case. </p> <p> I'll be taking it to the Apple Store this afternoon to see what -&nbsp;if anything -&nbsp;they are willing to do for me. Their service coverage specifically says they won't cover damage due to accident or neglect, so I will cross my fingers (it was such a short drop), but not hold my breath. The non-warranty repair costs they quote are high enough to make me consider just buying a replacement phone. Of course we would have to see what AT&amp;T has to say about that, as well. We'll see. </p> <blockquote> <p> <em><strong>UPDATE:</strong> After dropping the Apple Store and setting up an appointment, I waited for my time to come up and then spent a total of about five minutes with one of the service employees there. I briefly explained what had happened, he showed it to the service manager, and they immediately arranged for a replacement. Wow. I'm floored. So much so I started looking at more products in the store and seriously considering them.</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> At any rate, on <a href="http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2007/09/17/scratched-iphone-no-problem/" target="_blank">the Boy Genius Report site I just saw this</a>&nbsp;gray anodized replacement cover for about $47.00. Hmm. It's interesting to me when I think about taking the thing&nbsp;apart and fixing it myself, since the one thing that worries me the most about doing that is the lack of a suitable replacement metal case part. </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/iphone%20back1.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="240" alt="iphone back1" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/iphone%20back1_thumb.jpg" width="165" border="0"></a> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/iphone%20back2.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="240" alt="iphone back2" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/iphone%20back2_thumb.jpg" width="165" border="0"></a> </p> <p> In the pictures it's apparent that there's no metal supporting pieces in there, it's just the metal case skin, and <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2007/07/30/how-to-replace-the-iphone-enclosure/" target="_blank">from this article</a>&nbsp;(great detail and pictures there)&nbsp;it looks like there's a lot of glue to dissolve in the process of moving parts, but it's entirely possible. Plus <a href="http://cnn.cn/shop/apple-iphone-metal-black-rear-cover-p-1766.html" target="_blank">a black case</a> would be, well, cool. Heh. </p> <p> Hmm, a decent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1z0pw2VK7M" target="_blank">disassembly tutorial video too</a>. Heh. Use at your own risk. I like the lowered and faster-paced voice for the disclaimer at the beginning. Classic. </p> <p> I won't undertake a tear-down-and-rebuild yet. Apple Store <strike>gets</strike> got the first shot, and won hands-down. But it's interesting to see what the community is doing and what the self-service, warranty-breaking, hardware-hacking&nbsp;options are. </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/black%20housing.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="162" alt="black housing" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/black%20housing_thumb.jpg" width="170" border="0"></a> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/black%20housing2.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="161" alt="black housing2" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/black%20housing2_thumb.jpg" width="161" border="0"></a> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/black%20replacement%20case%20for%20iphone.jpg" atomicselection="true"><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px" height="161" alt="black replacement case for iphone" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/PossibleexpensivesolutionformydentediPho_8D39/black%20replacement%20case%20for%20iphone_thumb.jpg" width="240" border="0"></a> </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=6bdd6850-805e-4fab-86b6-aeb961d792f0" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,6bdd6850-805e-4fab-86b6-aeb961d792f0.aspx Geek Out Mobile Tech
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Wow.

Google's ponied up $20 million to the team that can reach the moon first with an unmanned craft, rove around a bit after a soft landing, and transmit some video back to Earth. This is way cool.

xprize_horizTo win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a team must successfully land a privately funded craft on the lunar surface and survive long enough to complete the mission goals of roaming about the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending a defined data package, called a “Mooncast,” back to Earth.

If you have the will, funds and desire, you can sign up a team yourself. Let me know if I can help. :)

Excerpted from the Lunar X PRIZE web site:

The Mooncast consists of digital data that must be collected and transmitted to the Earth composed of the following:

  • High resolution 360º panoramic photographs taken on the surface of the Moon;
  • Self portraits of the rover taken on the surface of the Moon;
  • Near-real time videos showing the craft’s journey along the lunar surface;
  • High Definition (HD) video;
  • Transmission of a cached set of data, loaded on the craft before launch (e.g. first email from the Moon).

Teams will be required to send a Mooncast detailing their arrival on the lunar surface, and a second Mooncast that provides imagery and video of their journey roaming the lunar surface. All told, the Mooncasts will represent approximately a Gigabyte of stunning content returned to the Earth.

The total purse of the Google Lunar X PRIZE is $30 million (USD).

  • GRAND PRIZE: A $20 million Grand Prize will be awarded to the team that can soft land a craft on the Moon that roams for at least 500 meters and transmits a Mooncast back to Earth. The Grand Prize is $20M until December 31st 2012; thereafter it will drop to $15M until December 31st 2014 at which point the competition will be terminated unless extended by Google and the X PRIZE Foundation
  • SECOND PRIZE: A $5 million Second Prize will be offered as well, providing an extra incentive for teams to continue to compete, and increasing the possibility that multiple teams will succeed. Second place will be available until December 31st 2014 at which point the competition will be terminated unless extended by Google and the X PRIZE Foundation
  • BONUSES: An additional $5 million in bonus prizes can be won by successfully completing additional mission tasks such as roving longer distances (> 5,000 meters), imaging man made artifacts (e.g. Apollo hardware), discovering water ice, and/or surviving through a frigid lunar night (approximately 14.5 Earth days). The competing lunar spacecraft will be equipped with high-definition video and still cameras, and will send images and data to Earth, which the public will be able to view on the Google Lunar X PRIZE website.


greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Google sponsors the next X Prize - Competition to reach the Moon http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,f76bc3cd-430d-4ab9-969a-6aa5fd1a08d4.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/GoogleSponsorsTheNextXPrizeCompetitionToReachTheMoon.aspx Fri, 14 Sep 2007 02:54:00 GMT <p> Wow. </p> <p> Google's ponied up $20 million to the team that can reach the moon first with an unmanned craft, rove around a bit after a soft landing, and transmit some video back to Earth. This is way cool. </p> <p> <img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="142" alt="xprize_horiz" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/GooglesponsorsthenextXPrizeCompetitionto_11782/xprize_horiz_1.jpg" width="446" align="right" border="0">To win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a team must successfully land a privately funded craft on the lunar surface and survive long enough to complete the mission goals of roaming about the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending a defined data package, called a “Mooncast,” back to Earth. </p> <p> If you have the will, funds and desire, you can sign up a team yourself. Let me know if I can help. :) </p> <p> Excerpted from the <a href="http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/" target="_blank">Lunar X PRIZE web site</a>: </p> <p> <em>The Mooncast consists of digital data that must be collected and transmitted to the Earth composed of the following:</em> </p> <ul> <li> <em>High resolution 360º panoramic photographs taken on the surface of the Moon;</em> </li> <li> <em>Self portraits of the rover taken on the surface of the Moon;</em> </li> <li> <em>Near-real time videos showing the craft’s journey along the lunar surface;</em> </li> <li> <em>High Definition (HD) video;</em> </li> <li> <em>Transmission of a cached set of data, loaded on the craft before launch (e.g. first email from the Moon).</em> </li> </ul> <p> <em>Teams will be required to send a Mooncast detailing their arrival on the lunar surface, and a second Mooncast that provides imagery and video of their journey roaming the lunar surface. All told, the Mooncasts will represent approximately a Gigabyte of stunning content returned to the Earth.</em> </p> <p> <em>The total purse of the Google Lunar X PRIZE is $30 million (USD).</em> </p> <ul> <li> <em>GRAND PRIZE: A $20 million Grand Prize will be awarded to the team that can soft land a craft on the Moon that roams for at least 500 meters and transmits a Mooncast back to Earth. The Grand Prize is $20M until December 31st 2012; thereafter it will drop to $15M until December 31st 2014 at which point the competition will be terminated unless extended by Google and the X PRIZE Foundation</em> </li> <li> <em>SECOND PRIZE: A $5 million Second Prize will be offered as well, providing an extra incentive for teams to continue to compete, and increasing the possibility that multiple teams will succeed. Second place will be available until December 31st 2014 at which point the competition will be terminated unless extended by Google and the X PRIZE Foundation</em> </li> <li> <em>BONUSES: An additional $5 million in bonus prizes can be won by successfully completing additional mission tasks such as roving longer distances (&gt; 5,000 meters), imaging man made artifacts (e.g. Apollo hardware), discovering water ice, and/or surviving through a frigid lunar night (approximately 14.5 Earth days). The competing lunar spacecraft will be equipped with high-definition video and still cameras, and will send images and data to Earth, which the public will be able to view on the Google Lunar X PRIZE website.</em> </li> </ul> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=f76bc3cd-430d-4ab9-969a-6aa5fd1a08d4" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,f76bc3cd-430d-4ab9-969a-6aa5fd1a08d4.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff
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I'll be driving up to the Bellevue area Wednesday to meet up with my friend Scott at a geek dinner they're holding at the food court of the Crossroads Bellevue Mall from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! Here's an iCal item to add it to your Outlook calendar.

Scott started work this week at Microsoft (congrats!) and this will be a fun opportunity to meet a few people and get out of Portland for a day or two. I'll also be dropping by to see a few other friends. Looking forward to the quick trip.

Oh, and if you're going (or even if you're not), please be sure to take the Nerd Test and bring your results along with you (or post in the comments or on your own blog or wherever). Here's mine, for reference. :)

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool High Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!



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My good friend Scott Hanselman just published the latest annual installment of his Ultimate Developer and Power User's Tool List, which you can always see the most recent version of over at http://www.hanselman.com/tools. As usual, it's a great list of the many, many, many, many pieces of software and sources of information - big and small - that Scott has found make his life as a developer and power user better. I love this list and it's fun when he updates it. Look for the new items this year (there's like 50 of them) in red.

Also, while you are there, take a minute or two and contribute a couple bucks to Team Hanselman in the fight against diabetes. The team has an incredible goal of raising $50,000 to go to fighting the disease, and as of this writing is almost half way there. Every penny counts, so give what you can if you can. And get a tax deduction. Click here to donate.

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I was having dinner the other night with a bunch of people from work, including Scott Hanselman. As is overly-typical during an American dinner "out" in the early 2000's, the subject of TiVo and other PVRs came up. As time has gone on over the past few years, it's become more and more difficult (especially as other PVRs have also become commonplace) to be on the side of the conversation where you're in the small group of people who don't have a PVR already. I got my first TiVo when they first came out. I hacked it and turned it into a 240GB powerhouse. I was an early adopter, but apparently I am not exactly a power user.

Scott (this story is really about him) did the thing Alpha Geeks do at dinner when someone mentioned they don't have TiVo. He said:

 "WHAT?!?! Are you kidding??"

Seems life cannot be lived with out it, hehe...

Then he showed his true Alphaness when he said:

"Sometimes I put on closed captioning and I watch it double speed."

Doing this, he explained, allows him to get a lot more TV watching done than simply watching it in real-time-shifted-time (or is it real-shifted-time?). And he continued the thought:

"If you put in a DVD you can watch it 4x. I watched Oldboy like that," he said. "And if someone got their head cut off you could just go back and watch It in real time." Yeah, or slow motion I guess.

"Huh?" I asked him. "Old wha?"

"Oldboy," he repeated. "It's like the Korean Pulp Fiction."

Leave it up to Scott to come up with this. Personally, I tend to like the music and the dialog and taking the time to enjoy the whole movie package. Dunno about Oldboy since I have not seen it, but now I will have to - I guess I'll find out if it's better in 4x...



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I've decided after juggling multiple remotes for a bunch of different equipment for far too long that it's time to go on the search for an advanced universal home theater remote that will let me control my projector, surround system, various components like DVD players and XBOXes and whatnot, as well as my room lighting. Programmable one-button setups for multiple devices is what I have in mind. I want to be able to hit a button and have al these systems lines themselves up, set the volume, turn down the lights, etc. In fact, bonus points if it can also control other items in other parts of the house and if I can set up enough macros to where my roomie can have his own preferences for lighting, volume, etc.

In my early searches, I have found a number of very expensive models that I would have to take a new mortgage out for in order to acquire. People actually spend that much money on remotes? Holy cow! We're talking in the thousands of dollars for some of these things. It's ridiculous. There is no way in the world I can spend more than say $800, and even that would really be way too much unless it does everything I am looking for. I'd hope to be able to do some Froogling and find some street prices that get it all under $500. I'm not holding my breath.

Anyhow, what do people recommend? There are a number of home theater geeks at my work and I am sure they'll each have their opinions and experiences, and I hope to get some more ideas before diving into the water myself. Please leave a comment with your thoughts and experiences, or with descriptions of remotes you may have run across in your own research. Thanks!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. In search of an advanced home theater universal remote control http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,501d272d-c40c-468f-bd86-2d5e3d8f2bb7.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/InSearchOfAnAdvancedHomeTheaterUniversalRemoteControl.aspx Sun, 07 Jan 2007 06:10:12 GMT <p> I've decided after juggling multiple remotes for a bunch of different equipment for far too long&nbsp;that it's time to go on the search for an advanced universal home theater remote that will let me control my projector, surround system, various components like DVD players and XBOXes and whatnot, as well as my room lighting. Programmable one-button setups for multiple devices is what I have in mind. I want to be able to hit a button and have al these systems lines themselves up, set the volume, turn down the lights, etc.&nbsp;In fact, bonus points if it can also control other items in other parts of the house and if I can set up enough macros to where my roomie can have his own preferences for lighting, volume, etc. </p> <p> In my early searches, I have found a number of <em>very</em> expensive models that I would have to take a new mortgage out for in order to acquire. People actually spend that much money on remotes? Holy cow! We're talking in the thousands of dollars for some of these things. It's ridiculous. There is no way in the world I can spend more than say $800, and even <em>that</em> would really be way too much unless it does everything I am looking for. I'd hope to be able to do some Froogling and find some street prices that get it all under $500. I'm not holding my breath. </p> <p> Anyhow, what do people recommend? There are a number of home theater geeks at my work and I am sure they'll each have their opinions and experiences, and I hope to get some more ideas before diving into the water myself. Please leave a comment with your thoughts and experiences, or with descriptions of remotes you may have run across in your own research. Thanks! </p> <img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=501d272d-c40c-468f-bd86-2d5e3d8f2bb7" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,501d272d-c40c-468f-bd86-2d5e3d8f2bb7.aspx Geek Out Tech
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So, clearification.com is now active online. Looks like a Windows Vista viral marketing piece for... well... I dunno what the heck this actually is. It's random, for sure. Not exactly, well, clear.

But hey, it made me watch and I'm typing this, so yeah - it's viral, all right.

Heh, it's funny. I'm really not sure what demographic this is supposed to play to. Maybe kids or young adults. Or people who step in dog poop. Trust me on that one.

An RSS feed is available, and there are "webisodes" being posted periodically. The first one is already up. It's funny. Again, I have no idea what this has to do with Vista, but hey - it's funny. Or at least weird. And stuff.

Here it is:

YouTube? Huh?? Hmm. Heh.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Clearification.com - I have no idea... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,357ea89b-2fc4-4151-bf6c-d71b9d319459.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ClearificationcomIHaveNoIdea.aspx Sun, 08 Oct 2006 15:54:17 GMT <p> So,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.clearification.com" target="_blank">clearification.com</a>&nbsp;is now active online. Looks like a Windows Vista viral marketing piece for... well... I dunno <em>what</em> the heck this actually is. It's random, for sure. Not exactly, well, <em>clear</em>. </p> <p> But hey, it made me watch and I'm typing this, so yeah -&nbsp;it's viral, all right. </p> <p> Heh, it's funny. I'm really not sure what demographic this is supposed to play to. Maybe kids or young adults. Or people who step in dog poop. Trust me on that one. </p> <p> An RSS feed is available, and there are "webisodes" being posted periodically. The first one is already up. It's funny. Again, I have no idea what this has to do with Vista, but hey - it's funny. Or at least weird.&nbsp;And stuff. </p> <p> Here it is: </p> <p> <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/h4b2QNnVrY0" width="425" height="350" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent"> </p> <p> YouTube? <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MicrosoftIsTakingOnYouTube.aspx">Huh??</a> Hmm. Heh. </p> ><img width="0" height="0" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/aggbug.ashx?id=357ea89b-2fc4-4151-bf6c-d71b9d319459" /> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2003-2008 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,357ea89b-2fc4-4151-bf6c-d71b9d319459.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff
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I just submitted my name at the BerryWare site to get information about availability of the "bimmerberry" line of custom-finish housings for Blackberries.

From the BerryWare site:

“Available in 6 colours - Red, Pink, Green, Blue, Midnight Black, and Silver, these replacement houstings are not the clip-on cases you find everywhere, but an actual refinished housing for your Blackberry painted by a certified professional refinisher using high quality paint and clear coat.”

You have to admit, that's kinda cool. And with my Cingular 8700c and the not-so-cool finish Cingular chose, a metallic black or red finish sounds good to me.

Blackberry Cool says: "Pretty neat, but we’re really hoping the combination of this and the adoption of the BlackBerry in celeb-world doesn’t result in a 'Pimp My ‘Berry' scenario. That would not be pretty."

Ummm... Oops. :)

via Blackberry Cool - Disguise your BlackBerry



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So, this is a pretty cool find. I recently acquired a Nikon D200 (which, by the way, is super-sweet and I still need to write about it and the lens and stuff I picked up), which has (or will soon have) a cable that can plus into a GPS device to record your position on the face of the earth in the image EXIF data. I may just make my own cable -we'll see.

Meanwhile, Jelbert has this nifty new thing called GeoTagger:

"The Jelbert GeoTagger connects to a Garmin Geko 301 GPS device and fits into a DSLR's flash shoe. Every time you take a photo the camera triggers the geotagger, which records the precise position and heading of a camera using the GPS device."

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Time sure flies when you're having fun (or when you're working like crazy). I can't believe it's already here: Gnomedex starts Thursday evening, and I'll be heading to Seattle Thursday afternoon to check into the hotel and disconnect from the rest of the world and plug into the ultimate geek fest. It looks to be a very interesting and exciting time. I am sure Chris and Ponzi will once again outdo the past shows.

If you'll be there, let me know. My mobile number is over on the right side of this blog, as is my email address. Or just comment here.



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