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I don't. http://www.greghughes.net/images/gregheadshot1.png greg hughes - dot net - Geek Out http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ en-us Greg Hughes Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:52:32 GMT newtelligence dasBlog 2.1.8015.804 greg@greghughes.net greg@greghughes.net http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832 There&rsquo;s no Airprint from iOS 4.2 in OS X 10.6.5 &ndash; But there&rsquo;s an app (to fix) that&hellip; http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TherersquosNoAirprintFromIOS42InOSX1065NdashButTherersquosAnAppToFixThathellip.aspx Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:52:32 GMT <p> <b>UPDATE:</b> Check out my new post that describes <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/EnableAirPrintPrinterSharingOnWindowsHomeServerForIOS42Devices.aspx">how to enable the AirPrint support for Windows shared printers, including on Windows Home Server</a>. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/photo.png"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px 20px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="photo" border="0" alt="photo" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/photo_thumb.png" width="239" height="242"></a> I was pretty excited, based on reports in the community in the past about being able to print from my <a href="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/11/22ios.html" target="_blank">iPad in the new iOS 4.2.1</a> operating system via my Mac computer. My WiFi laser printer in my home office is a good printer, but it certainly is not Airprint enabled. So leveraging my MacBook (which is pretty much always up and running) was to be a good option for me. </p> <p> But, alas, iOS 4.2.1 is here, and OS X 10.6.5 is installed and running on my MacBook (after some troublesome issues that finally got resolved)… But it looks like Apple removed the Airprint capability from the 10.6.5 release of OS X. It was in the beta versions, but not in the version they finally released. </p> <p> <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5687186/how-to-enable-ios-airprint-support-in-os-x-right-now" target="_blank">Lifehacker has a brief article describing how to manually enable Airprint support in 10.6.5</a>, so you can share your non-Airprint printers with your iOS 4.2 devices via your Mac. </p> <p> In a nutshell, you just do this: </p> <ul> <li> Download a few files (which are pulled from the OS X beta)</li> <li> Copy them to a couple of specific locations (described in the linked site, above)</li> <li> Remove your printer from the system</li> <li> Restart your Mac </li> <li> and re-add your printer, and share it</li> </ul> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/IMAG0233a_2.jpg"><img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px 20px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="IMAG0233a" border="0" alt="IMAG0233a" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/TheresnoAirprin.5Buttheresanapptofixthat_C311/IMAG0233a_thumb.jpg" width="159" height="242"></a>Of course, this is not a supported configuration and undoubtedly there is some very real reason why it was not included in 10.6.5, so your mileage may vary should you decide to try it. </p> <p> For those who may not want to break open the Terminal app in OS X, someone also built a <a href="http://netputing.com/2010/11/11/airprint-hacktivator/" target="_blank">quick Mac App called Airprint Hacktivator</a> that you can run, which will allow you to automagically install the proper files and configure the OS. </p> <p> Again, your mileage may vary. But I can tell you, it worked for me! I used the Hacktivator app and didn’t even have to restart my computer. I ran it, removed the old shared printer and re-added it, and instantly my iPad “saw” it and was able to print. </p> <p> So, I’m now printing from my iPad, via my MacBook Air on the WLAN, to my office laser printer. Pretty slick, and a nice feature to have. No more emailing links and copy/paste content to one of my other computers in order to print things I find or need from the iPad. </p> <p> UPDATE: There's apparently also <a href="http://jaxov.com/2010/11/how-to-enable-airprint-service-on-windows/">an option out there to enable the Airprint support on Windows</a>. I may have to take a look at that one and see if it will work on my Windows Home Server, which is quite literally *always* on, as opposed to my Macbook, which *almost* always on... </p> <p> If you’re interested in what else is available in iOS 4.2 for the iPad, I suggest you <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5687615/all-the-great-new-stuff-in-ios-42?skyline=true&s=i" target="_blank">check out the Lifehacker review and video</a>. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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,4694cfc1-adef-404c-a285-5b2e34567832.aspx Apple Geek Out Mobile Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=bdcfb533-c1b1-49e7-8888-38c283f00a02 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,bdcfb533-c1b1-49e7-8888-38c283f00a02.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,bdcfb533-c1b1-49e7-8888-38c283f00a02.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=bdcfb533-c1b1-49e7-8888-38c283f00a02 1

Dubbed Astdroid, a new project by Danny Pier hopes to raise a small amount of funding between now and July 7th to launch a smartphone running the Android operating system (specifically Danny’s Sprint EVO 4G phone) into space. He plans to use a weather balloon launch vehicle and to raise the phone to around 35,000 meters. The phone would take pictures and return to earth via parachute once the balloon pops.

It’s a cool idea, with all sorts of possible problems. But what I find most interesting and exciting is the simple idea of just trying it.

I can relate to Pier’s frustration with the idea that the next time NASA will set foot on another terrestrial body it will be Mars (not the Moon), and it will happen sometime around 2035. I’ll be 68 years old in 2035, and while I certainly plan to last that long, I would love to see something more happen before then.

If NASA isn’t going to do it (which is a mistake of huge proportions in my book), then it’s up to us to stake baby steps and push for private space exploration, in whatever forms it might take.

Pier’s plan is to run software on the Android that will collect location and image data, transmitting back the location data in real time. He wants to recover the phone when it gets back to earth, gather the data and images from the phone, and use it again to do the same thing. He plans to share the software he uses so others can also explore.

The entrepreneurial spirit is powerful. Fun, relatively simple projects like this (well, simple compared to the space shuttle, at least) are a great way to encourage others to fuel the private space race, and I hope Pier’s passion rubs off on others.

And any Android phone is orders of magnitude more powerful computer-wise than anything that flew on an Apollo mission, and even more advanced than a lot of what’s flown on many of the space shuttle missions.

I’ve contributed to his effort, and I hope you will too. An investment in imagination and passion is always worthwhile.

And honestly, this is something I’d love to try someday, myself. :)



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Send an Android phone into space! The Astdroid project takes shape http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,bdcfb533-c1b1-49e7-8888-38c283f00a02.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SendAnAndroidPhoneIntoSpaceTheAstdroidProjectTakesShape.aspx Tue, 15 Jun 2010 16:06:00 GMT <a href="http://kck.st/dujciJ"><img style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 15px" border="0" align="right" src="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dannypier/astdroid-lets-send-a-smartphone-into-space/widget/card.jpg"></a> <p> <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dannypier/astdroid-lets-send-a-smartphone-into-space" target="_blank">Dubbed Astdroid, a new project by Danny Pier</a> hopes to raise a small amount of funding between now and July 7th to launch a smartphone running the Android operating system (specifically Danny’s Sprint EVO 4G phone) into space. He plans to use a weather balloon launch vehicle and to raise the phone to around 35,000 meters. The phone would take pictures and return to earth via parachute once the balloon pops. </p> <p> It’s a cool idea, with all sorts of possible problems. But what I find most interesting and exciting is the simple idea of just trying it. </p> <p> I can relate to Pier’s frustration with the idea that the next time NASA will set foot on another terrestrial body it will be Mars (not the Moon), and it will happen sometime around 2035. I’ll be 68 years old in 2035, and while I certainly plan to last that long, I would love to see something more happen before then. </p> <p> If NASA isn’t going to do it (which is a mistake of huge proportions in my book), then it’s up to us to stake baby steps and push for private space exploration, in whatever forms it might take. </p> <p> Pier’s plan is to run software on the Android that will collect location and image data, transmitting back the location data in real time. He wants to recover the phone when it gets back to earth, gather the data and images from the phone, and use it again to do the same thing. He plans to share the software he uses so others can also explore. </p> <p> The entrepreneurial spirit is powerful. Fun, relatively simple projects like this (well, simple compared to the space shuttle, at least) are a great way to encourage others to fuel the private space race, and I hope Pier’s passion rubs off on others. </p> <p> And any Android phone is orders of magnitude more powerful computer-wise than anything that flew on an Apollo mission, and even more advanced than a lot of what’s flown on many of the space shuttle missions. </p> <p> I’ve contributed to his effort, and I hope you will too. An investment in imagination and passion is <em>always</em> worthwhile. </p> <p> And honestly, this is something I’d love to try someday, myself. :) </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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,bdcfb533-c1b1-49e7-8888-38c283f00a02.aspx Geek Out Mobile Tech
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image Okay, file this one under super-cool. A company called Parrot has built and demonstrated a flying model helicopter (quadracopter?) called the AR Drone. With four blades, it’s controlled by an iPhone using WiFi and the phone’s motion-sensing capabilities.

It also streams video from a camera mounted on the flying machine back to the iPhone. It’s a like mini predator drone for your living room or back yard (well, sort of).

I want one. Or at least to play with one. As a product it looks to be well-executed and a lot of fun.

Check out the Web 2.0 conference demo video below, as well as a Parrot video. A whole slew of additional videos from Parrot are available on YouTube.

You can also find out a whole lot more about the AR Drone from the Parrot web site – Just click here.

 



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. iPhone-controlled flying helicopter drone uses accelerometer and streams video http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,7b2fde34-5e02-444c-bd94-86f30670ae9a.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/iPhonecontrolledFlyingHelicopterDroneUsesAccelerometerAndStreamsVideo.aspx Wed, 05 May 2010 19:38:21 GMT <p> <img style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 10px 15px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="image" border="0" alt="image" align="right" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/iPhonecontrolledflyinghelicopterdroneuse_9FC4/image_3.png" width="240" height="105"> Okay, file this one under super-cool. A company called Parrot has built and demonstrated a flying model helicopter (quadracopter?) called the AR Drone. With four blades, it’s controlled by an iPhone using WiFi and the phone’s motion-sensing capabilities. </p> <p> It also streams video from a camera mounted on the flying machine back to the iPhone. It’s a like mini predator drone for your living room or back yard (well, sort of). </p> <p> I want one. Or at least to play with one. As a product it looks to be well-executed and a lot of fun. </p> <p> Check out the Web 2.0 conference demo video below, as well as a Parrot video. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/parrotcorp" target="_blank">A whole slew of additional videos</a> from Parrot are available on YouTube. </p> <p> You can also find out a whole lot more about the AR Drone from the Parrot web site – <a href="http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/en" target="_blank">Just click here</a>.<br> </p> <div style="padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; width: 425px; padding-right: 0px; display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding-top: 0px" id="scid:5737277B-5D6D-4f48-ABFC-DD9C333F4C5D:84f9adad-593f-4ae6-abea-a11e4935d9d1" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent"> <div id="c3901ad0-7463-4f3f-9696-94027c82509e" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: inline;"> <div><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n680BHNInCY&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xd0d0d0&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;fs=1" target="_new"><img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/iPhonecontrolledflyinghelicopterdroneuse_9FC4/video4d7bda998f9d.jpg" style="border-style: none" galleryimg="no" onload="var downlevelDiv = document.getElementById('c3901ad0-7463-4f3f-9696-94027c82509e'); downlevelDiv.innerHTML = &quot;&lt;div&gt;&lt;object width=\&quot;425\&quot; height=\&quot;355\&quot;&gt;&lt;param name=\&quot;movie\&quot; value=\&quot;http://www.youtube.com/v/n680BHNInCY&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xd0d0d0&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;fs=1&amp;hl=en\&quot;&gt;&lt;\/param&gt;&lt;embed src=\&quot;http://www.youtube.com/v/n680BHNInCY&amp;color1=0xb1b1b1&amp;color2=0xd0d0d0&amp;hl=en_US&amp;feature=player_embedded&amp;fs=1&amp;hl=en\&quot; type=\&quot;application/x-shockwave-flash\&quot; width=\&quot;425\&quot; height=\&quot;355\&quot;&gt;&lt;\/embed&gt;&lt;\/object&gt;&lt;\/div&gt;&quot;;" alt=""></a> </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp; </p> <div style="padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; width: 425px; padding-right: 0px; display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding-top: 0px" id="scid:5737277B-5D6D-4f48-ABFC-DD9C333F4C5D:1ec56a6d-b9ce-4e9b-b73e-8ef3971db2d8" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent"> <div id="a73b949f-f2fe-4ac7-a6f3-78c3e71d4327" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: inline;"> <div><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3KrFV0-WFw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" target="_new"><img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/iPhonecontrolledflyinghelicopterdroneuse_9FC4/videof100ce3c23ad.jpg" style="border-style: none" galleryimg="no" onload="var downlevelDiv = document.getElementById('a73b949f-f2fe-4ac7-a6f3-78c3e71d4327'); downlevelDiv.innerHTML = &quot;&lt;div&gt;&lt;object width=\&quot;425\&quot; height=\&quot;355\&quot;&gt;&lt;param name=\&quot;movie\&quot; value=\&quot;http://www.youtube.com/v/V3KrFV0-WFw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;&amp;hl=en\&quot;&gt;&lt;\/param&gt;&lt;embed src=\&quot;http://www.youtube.com/v/V3KrFV0-WFw&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;&amp;hl=en\&quot; type=\&quot;application/x-shockwave-flash\&quot; width=\&quot;425\&quot; height=\&quot;355\&quot;&gt;&lt;\/embed&gt;&lt;\/object&gt;&lt;\/div&gt;&quot;;" alt=""></a> </div> </div> </div> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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,7b2fde34-5e02-444c-bd94-86f30670ae9a.aspx Apple Geek Out Tech
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On Friday evening last week I stood in line for about an hour along with a slew of geeks and even a few nerds at the Apple Store in Tigard, Oregon to get one of the first Apple iPad 3G models. There were about 35 or 40 people ahead of me in line, and a few more than that in line behind me by the time the 5pm release clock rolled around and the Apple staff came screaming down the hallway in the mall.

Within only 15 minutes I was already on my way back out the door of the store with a 64GB 3G model in a bag, and about $930 less in the bank (I got the AppleCare contract based on past experience). I picked up the model with the most storage simply because (again based on experience) I have tended to skimp in that area and have always come to regret the choice. So, this time I was all-in.

As I have mentioned before here, I use my iPhone for all sorts of things, but especially for aviation related tasks. Since the Foreflight aviation software for pilots was released in an iPad HD version in early April, I knew that was going to become my electronic flight bag. In fact, I might not have even bought an iPad at this point if it wasn't for Foreflight. I waited for the 3G model before buying because its built-in GPS can be used by Foreflight's maps and location-based information system. I'll write a Foreflight HD review soon. It's quite awesome, especially considering this is the first rev if the HD version. I can't wait to see what they improve and add over time. Check out http://www.foreflight.com for details.

After using it for a few days, though, there are lots more reasons I'm glad I made the jump and picked this thing up.

There are so many well-worn cliche statements about the iPad that people have used over the past month. Some of them are especially true, though. For example, reading and writing email on this thing is awesome. It's the way it should be.

Not everything is so perfect in iPad land, though. I wrote this blog post in a program (BlogPress) that is available in a HD version that uses the full iPad screen space, but it won't publish to my site. I guess the metaweblog API isn't good enough for it. :) Unfortunately it appears a good, solid, full featured blog authoring app is a pretty serious gap in the bazillions of apps available on the App Store. There's an opportunity just waiting for someone to tackle it.

The 3G radio, as one pretty much has to expect, pulls down the charge on the battery faster than the iPad model that's just wifi. Of course, you can turn 3G and wifi off and on as you like, independently. How much battery power is actually used with a 3G connection seems to be dependent -- and this makes logical sense -- on the distance from the cell towers and the relative transmit power needed to make the radio connections. Id imagine its also dependent on the type of connection and the frequency band in use on a given tower. Common sense applies to battery life just like any other device. On both models backlight brightness also contributes to batty life, of course.

I've started searching for a high-output car charger, since the iPad needs more than the typical iPhone charger puts out. Kensington and a couple other companies are making a 2.1-watt charger that will allow the iPad to charge in the car in a reasonable amount of time, so I will be picking up one of those soon.

A few of my favorite other apps that have a place on my home screen page:

I set up and tried the AT&T navigator turn by turn software that I already had running on my iPhone. Even though its not iPad screen optimized and I have to use the zoom resized to go full screen, it works great and even better than on the iPhone 3G. The iPad has much louder and clearer voice navigation (and music sound for that matter) and the GPS is fast and more accurate. It just runs better overall. The iPad is a terrific GPS device it seems. Time for some custom iPad dash mounts. Do a YouTube search and you'll see a couple.

I've started using one iPhone app again that I'd let languish for some time because again its just better on the iPad even though you have to zoom it to use the full screen: BeeJive Instant Messenger. The extra real estate and bigger typing surface is great. I hope they release a HD iPad version soon.

The Safari browser on the iPad is awesome and almost so second nature I forgot to mention it. I did notice though that some sites optimized to work with iPhone are a little weird in the iPad browser. Google Voice is a good example (for both the mobile and standard interfaces especially when it comes to the voice mail playback areas of the interface).

Netflix for the iPad is pure genius, and as more flicks are released for streaming it just keeps getting more and more worthwhile. Hulu needs to get their iPad act together now, for real. The ABC video app is cool and now it plays over 3G with a new update, too. (updated)word is they will be updating it so you can play video over the 3G. Right now ABC's app only streams over wifi.

My favorite game so far is FlightControl HD, a top-down view map game where you land airplanes and helicopters and keep them from crashing into each other. Relatively simple, pure genius. Addictive stuff. I haven't tried many other games just because I'm not a huge gamer. Some of the driving games sure look fun though.

The Weather Channel HD app is also really slick. Lots of great info there, in a well-used piece of screen real estate.

There are others, as well but that gives you an idea. I'll write more at a later time.

Anyone else got a list of killer apps for iPad 3G I should be sure to check out?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Initial thoughts and experiences with the iPad 3G http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e1676815-c87f-471b-b014-8c8336a77dee.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/InitialThoughtsAndExperiencesWithTheIPad3G.aspx Tue, 04 May 2010 01:33:11 GMT <p> On Friday evening last week I stood in line for about an hour along with a slew of geeks and even a few nerds at the Apple Store in Tigard, Oregon to get one of the first Apple iPad 3G models. There were about 35 or 40 people ahead of me in line, and a few more than that in line behind me by the time the 5pm release clock rolled around and the Apple staff came screaming down the hallway in the mall. </p> <p> Within only 15 minutes I was already on my way back out the door of the store with a 64GB 3G model in a bag, and about $930 less in the bank (I got the AppleCare contract based on past experience). I picked up the model with the most storage simply because (again based on experience) I have tended to skimp in that area and have always come to regret the choice. So, this time I was all-in. </p> <p> As I have mentioned before here, I use my iPhone for all sorts of things, but especially for aviation related tasks. Since the Foreflight aviation software for pilots was released in an iPad HD version in early April, I knew that was going to become my electronic flight bag. In fact, I might not have even bought an iPad at this point if it wasn't for Foreflight. I waited for the 3G model before buying because its built-in GPS can be used by Foreflight's maps and location-based information system. I'll write a Foreflight HD review soon. It's quite awesome, especially considering this is the first rev if the HD version. I can't wait to see what they improve and add over time. Check out <a href="http://www.foreflight.com/">http://www.foreflight.com</a> for details. </p> <p> After using it for a few days, though, there are <em>lots</em> more reasons I'm glad I made the jump and picked this thing up. </p> <p> There are so many well-worn cliche statements about the iPad that people have used over the past month. Some of them are especially true, though. For example, reading and writing email on this thing is awesome. It's the way it should be. </p> <p> Not everything is so perfect in iPad land, though. I wrote this blog post in a program (BlogPress) that is available in a HD version that uses the full iPad screen space, but it won't publish to my site. I guess the metaweblog API isn't good enough for it. :) Unfortunately it appears a good, solid, full featured blog authoring app is a pretty serious gap in the bazillions of apps available on the App Store. There's an opportunity just waiting for someone to tackle it. </p> <p> The 3G radio, as one pretty much has to expect, pulls down the charge on the battery faster than the iPad model that's just wifi. Of course, you can turn 3G and wifi off and on as you like, independently. How much battery power is actually used with a 3G connection seems to be dependent -- and this makes logical sense -- on the distance from the cell towers and the relative transmit power needed to make the radio connections. Id imagine its also dependent on the type of connection and the frequency band in use on a given tower. Common sense applies to battery life just like any other device. On both models backlight brightness also contributes to batty life, of course. </p> <p> I've started searching for a high-output car charger, since the iPad needs more than the typical iPhone charger puts out. Kensington and a couple other companies are making a 2.1-watt charger that will allow the iPad to charge in the car in a reasonable amount of time, so I will be picking up one of those soon. </p> <p> A few of my favorite other apps that have a place on my home screen page: </p> <p> I set up and tried the AT&amp;T navigator turn by turn software that I already had running on my iPhone. Even though its not iPad screen optimized and I have to use the zoom resized to go full screen, it works great and even better than on the iPhone 3G. The iPad has much louder and clearer voice navigation (and music sound for that matter) and the GPS is fast and more accurate. It just runs better overall. The iPad is a terrific GPS device it seems. Time for some custom iPad dash mounts. Do a YouTube search and you'll see a couple. </p> <p> I've started using one iPhone app again that I'd let languish for some time because again its just better on the iPad even though you have to zoom it to use the full screen: BeeJive Instant Messenger. The extra real estate and bigger typing surface is great. I hope they release a HD iPad version soon. </p> <p> The Safari browser on the iPad is awesome and almost so second nature I forgot to mention it. I did notice though that some sites optimized to work with iPhone are a little weird in the iPad browser. Google Voice is a good example (for both the mobile and standard interfaces especially when it comes to the voice mail playback areas of the interface). </p> <p> Netflix for the iPad is pure genius, and as more flicks are released for streaming it just keeps getting more and more worthwhile. Hulu needs to get their iPad act together now, for real. The ABC video app is cool and now it plays over 3G with a new update, too. <i>(updated)</i> <strike>word is they will be updating it so you can play video over the 3G. Right now ABC's app only streams over wifi. </strike> </p> <p> My favorite game so far is FlightControl HD, a top-down view map game where you land airplanes and helicopters and keep them from crashing into each other. Relatively simple, pure genius. Addictive stuff. I haven't tried many other games just because I'm not a huge gamer. Some of the driving games sure look fun though. </p> <p> The Weather Channel HD app is also really slick. Lots of great info there, in a well-used piece of screen real estate. </p> <p> There are others, as well but that gives you an idea. 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I’m a power user of both Google Voice and Microsoft Outlook (currently using the 2010 beta version at home). One of the interesting little speed bumps that accompanies the Google Voice service is the fact that, in order to have a phone call to one of your contacts appear as if it’s being initiated from your Google Voice number, you have to dial out to a custom phone number that the Google Voice service provides/assigns to every number you dial.

In other words, let’s say I want to call (999) 888-7777 from my cell phone. And that I want the Caller ID info to display my Google Voice phone number, not my cell phone’s information. In order to do this, I have a few options:

  • Dial via the Google Voice browser interface – GV allows me to enter a number from the web interface (or click to call a GV contact), which results first in my phone ringing, and then when I answer it I wait on the line while the service dials the person I am trying to call. GV acts as a sort of automated operator, connecting me and the other party.
  • Dial a special unique phone number – Specifically a number assigned by Google Voice, which is a sort of “proxy” number. Typically beginning with area code 406, I have to know the number to dial. If I dial that number, the GV service forwards the call to the proper recipient’s phone number, and their phone rings. Google Voice sends my GV caller ID info to their phone. The problem is, I have to have a way to actually find out this number, and the only practical way to do so is to ask the person to send a text message to my GV phone number. Magically, when they do that GV shows the special (406) number that I need as the number that sent the txt message. It works, but it’s kludgy.
  • Use the Google Voice iPhone web app to dial any phone number – This option allows me to dial someone similar to the “proxy number” option above, except that I don’t actually have to know the proxy number ahead of time. Interestingly, the iPhone app sends the recipient’s actual phone number to the GV service, then gets a (406) proxy number back and presents me with a brief dialing to call that number. So, it handles the “What number should I call” problem and doesn’t require me to convince my friend to send me a txt message to find out his or her 406 number.

So – That last option raises some interesting questions. The iPhone/mobile web app is apparently capable of taking, via some API, a phone number and then returning a GV number to dial. Now, I haven’t snooped the network traffic or looked to see how this is actually done under the hood, but it makes me think. Assuming that there’s for sort of API available, how else might I want to use it?

It’s not too much of a stretch: Since I use a GV number for my work number in my home office, it would be *very* useful to me to be able to click on a phone number in Outlook (in an email, in a contact, etc.) and have it dial the (406) number that the GV service can possibly provide. A nice, clean way to dial wherever the number appears on the screen would be great to have. Unfortunately, Office 2010 appears to have removed support for it’s old Phone Number Smart Tag (all smart tags seem to be deprecated, in fact). So how to recognize and hook into phone numbers would be one of many open questions.

I can imagine some other probable complicated moving parts that have to be accounted for (for example, authentication and user context: Does GV appears to assign the same (406) numbers to multiple GV users, but for different numbers. In other words, where a given number in the context of my account might dial 999-888-7777, the same (406) number on another GV account might be assigned to ring 555-444-3333).

But -- if it can be done, this seems like something that people would be willing to buy for say, $9.95 or so a pop. I know I would. Or maybe Google should build it an ship it for free, just to push adoption and gain some traction among the Outlook-anchored crowd.



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If you're in or anywhere close to Portland, Oregon and you care about software development from a coder's perspective, there's a terrific (and FREE) event coming up on May 30th that you should definitely attend: Portland Code Camp 2009.

If you're interested in learning from cool, smart people or if you have some area of code passion you'd like to share with others (no experience necessary - seriously!), then go check it out and sign up now.

The 2009 Portland Code Camp is a free mini-conference that is a community-driven event by, and for people who write software. The event features sessions on all kinds of software and technologies, regardless of language, vendor, or platform. Code camp brings the software development community together, focusing on the common act of creating software. It is designed for all interest, all levels, and all ages.

Be a Presenter! The 2009 Portland Code Camp is a great opportunity to present a session on a piece of code, a technology, or a project that excites you. Share your knowledge and experience with others. If you've never presented in public before, code camp gives you a opportunity in a warm, friendly setting.

About this FREE Community Event in Portland

A. Concept. Portland Code Camp is a community event focused on the needs and interests of the developer community, and where we can learn from each other. Anyone is welcome to attend and anyone can propose a session on any development related topic. Final session selection is based on the interest expressed by those planning to attend. If the developer community is not interested in a topic, it just doesn’t make the ‘cut’.

B. Community. Portland Code Camp is about the developer community. ‘Real’ developers, not business interests guide all stages of planning for the event. And ‘real’ developers (those planning to attend) express their interest in session topics.

C. Cost. Portland Code Camp will always be ‘FREE’ to the developer community. There are no charges to attend any of the Portland Code Camp activities. We do raise funds from Sponsors, but Sponsors have no control over the sessions selected.

D. Sessions. Sessions may range from ‘white board’ discussions to down in the trenches coding. Session presenters should present materials that is their own original or derivative work, free of copyright encumbrances. All session materials, code samples, scripts, even slides, will be made available to attendees. Session presenters should only offer material, including code, that is available to re-use, adapt, and alter for the attendee’s own education, projects and even work.

E. Presenters. Anyone is encouraged to offer a presentation. Portland Code Camp provides a ‘low-key’ opportunity for inexperienced folks to make their first public presentation efforts. Some presenters will be experienced and some will be making their first public presentation. The Portland Code Camp audience is quite supportive of first time presenters. Most presenters will be from the Portland area, while a few may be from outside the area.

F. Code. Portland Code Camp sessions will focus on coding –with few exceptions. We encourage presenters to keep their presentations with the realm of ‘code’; a few sessions may have such informative value that they will be permitted without code. But such sessions will only occur if they garner sufficient interest (see paragraph ‘A’ above).

G. Schedule. Portland Code Camp occurs on evenings and weekends in order to reduce work related scheduling conflicts.



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Tech Crunch posted a list of Easter eggs - little hidden software treasures you have to search for inside a program to find. It's a good list, and has a few that I had forgotten about. Among those is what some say is the original software Easter egg (I beg to differ, it might be the first video game Easter egg - but we can save that for another day), from way back in 1979 in the Atari Adventure game (wow, I remember playing that one when it was new!).

Of course, Easter eggs aren't limited to software. DVDs have become a popular place to hide fun little things, too. The Lost DVDs are a good example of discs that have extra stuff you have to poke around to find. Web sites are also often sources of Easter egg fun, and http://www.eeggs.com/ is a good site to find out how to find the in a wide variety of places.

There are nine others in the TechCrunch list, plus a couple more scattered around in the (off-topic) comments. Check it out over at TechCrunch.com.



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UPDATE: We've had a great response and have assigned all of our beta invitations for the first round of testing, but please check the details below and let me know if you think you'd be able to help in a future phase!

I'm working with a software company to test some cool software that's currently in the early beta stage of development. The software is of a security nature and will be of interest to IT and security folks as well as individual computer users. We're looking for people with netbooks and notebook computers, especially ones with webcams built in, to test the software and provide feedback.

You'll be provided a test key and the beta software, and will need to honor the confidentiality provisions of the test program. It's nothing too complicated and the test risks are very small. You'll install the software, run through a few operational tests and let us know the results. We will ask first for technical results ("Did this work?") as well as your opinions and thoughts, should you wish to provide them.

What you'll need to provide and have available for the test:

  • One or more notebook or netbook computers
  • Computer(s) must be running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • If it has a webcam built in, all the better (but not required)
  • A Flickr account (basic account is fine)
  • An email account and server information (for application configuration to allow sending of email alerts)

What you'll get as a result of testing and providing feedback:

  • A free copy of the release version of the software when it's released (and you'll be glad you have it installed if your computer is ever lost or stolen, hint hint)
  • Satisfaction and a sincere thank-you from me and the developers of the software

This software is quite interesting and has a lot of promise to provide real security value when it hits the streets, so we want to find as many complete test cases as we can. If you're interested, please email me at greg@greghughes.net and provide the details about your system, OS, etc - or call me at 503-766-2258. We are testing now, so let me know!

And thanks!



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Microsoft has turned loose its Windows 7 Beta release to the public, and you can download it now. The beta times-out in the fall (it is a test version, after all), and is apparently limited to 2.5 million installs (product keys). You can learn more about the Windows 7 Beta release in our interview with Microsoft's Stephen Rose on RunAs Radio.

As of 11:45 a.m. Pacific time, the "profile.microsoft.com" servers responsible for the first phase of getting the new software were - not surprisingly - too busy. Try again later. We might see things improve in a few minutes (Update: no change after the advertised time, just to many excited people), since the official release time is actually noon Pacific time (GMT -8). But it would be unusual for TechNet to post the page without the software being rolled out.

TechNet Plus subscribers (only) should download the software here.

You can use a program like ImgBurn (cool little app) to put the ISO image on your writable blank DVD.

I already have my downloaded copy and key, so time to install it on my HP laptop machine now that I have some spare time available for the next hour or so.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. The Windows 7 Public Beta - available for the first 2.5 million participants http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,d1976748-0c3e-4302-93d0-76fc9a44bc0b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TheWindows7PublicBetaAvailableForTheFirst25MillionParticipants.aspx Fri, 09 Jan 2009 19:48:15 GMT <p> Microsoft has turned loose its Windows 7 Beta release to the public, <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx" target="_blank">and you can download it now</a>. The beta times-out in the fall (it is a test version, after all), and is apparently limited to 2.5 million installs (product keys). You can learn more about the Windows 7 Beta release in <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/InterviewMicrosoftReleasesWindows7BetaToThePublic.aspx">our interview with Microsoft's Stephen Rose</a> on RunAs Radio. </p> <p> As of 11:45 a.m. Pacific time, the "profile.microsoft.com" servers responsible for the first phase of getting the new software were - not surprisingly - too busy. Try again later. We might see things improve in a few minutes (Update: no change after the advertised time, just to many excited people), since the official release time is actually noon Pacific time (GMT -8). But it would be unusual for TechNet to post the page without the software being rolled out. </p> <p> TechNet Plus subscribers (only) should <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx?pv=36:350" target="_blank">download the software here</a>. </p> <p> You can use a program like <a href="http://imgburn.com/" target="_blank">ImgBurn</a> (cool little app) to put the ISO image on your writable blank DVD. </p> <p> I already have my downloaded copy and key, so time to install it on my HP laptop machine now that I have some spare time available for the next hour or so. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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,d1976748-0c3e-4302-93d0-76fc9a44bc0b.aspx Geek Out Tech Windows
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The CES Keynote is over, so now you can listen to our exclusive Windows 7 interview with Microsoft Sr. Community Manager for Windows Client IT Pros, Stephen Rose, available at these links:

RunAs Radio Web Site | Download MP3 file | Download WMA file

Alongside a core message of stepping up expectations in technology despite the economy, Microsoft announced this evening that it's releasing its Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) to the public for open testing and feedback. Last week Richard Campbell and I interviewed Microsoft's Stephen Rose for today's episode of RunAs Radio to discuss today's beta release, which was officially announced by Steve Ballmer during his keynote at CES tonight.

The general public gets it to download it this weekend, while MSDN and TechNet customers can get it now (product keys through the standard methods). Our interview with Stephen Rose contains some details about the how's and when's of getting the beta software for different people, as well as what one can expect from Windows 7.

It's good to see Microsoft adopting an open-beta model, where anyone who wants to can participate in the feedback process. It's going to be quite the undertaking to manage so many downloads and users, but I imagine it will be very much worth it in the end.

Of course, running a beta OS (which I tend to do regularly) isn't for the timid nor faint of heart. But for those who are comfortable, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the new version and what it has to offer when you check it out. Note that both 32- and 64-bit editions are available and the beta expires/times-out in the fall of this year.

Links for more information about and access to the Windows 7 Beta:



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Interview: Microsoft releases Windows 7 Beta to the public http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b8835d5b-456e-4e78-b935-3e6641cec5dd.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/InterviewMicrosoftReleasesWindows7BetaToThePublic.aspx Thu, 08 Jan 2009 02:56:11 GMT <p> <em>The <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/07/live-from-steve-ballmers-ces-keynote/">CES Keynote</a> is over, so now you can listen to our exclusive Windows 7 interview with Microsoft Sr. Community Manager for Windows Client IT Pros, Stephen Rose, available at these links: </em> </p> <p align="center"> <b><a href="http://runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=91" target="_blank"><strong>RunAs Radio Web Site</strong></a><strong> | <a href="http://perseus.franklins.net/runasradio_0091_stephen_rose.mp3" target="_blank">Download MP3 file</a> | </strong><a href="http://perseus.franklins.net/runasradio_0091_stephen_rose.wma" target="_blank">Download WMA file</a></b> </p> <p> <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/hh_promo_windows7_cropped1.gif" align="right" height="83" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="100"><b>Alongside a core message of stepping up expectations in technology despite the economy, Microsoft announced this evening that it's releasing its <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx" title="" target="_blank">Windows 7 Beta</a> (build 7000) to the public for open testing and feedback. </b>Last week Richard Campbell and I <a href="http://runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=91" target="_blank">interviewed Microsoft's Stephen Rose for today's episode of RunAs Radio</a> to discuss today's beta release, which was officially announced by Steve Ballmer during his keynote at CES tonight. </p> <p> The general public gets it to download it this weekend, while MSDN and TechNet customers can get it now (product keys through the standard methods). Our interview with Stephen Rose contains some details about the how's and when's of getting the beta software for different people, as well as what one can expect from Windows 7. </p> <p> It's good to see Microsoft adopting an open-beta model, where anyone who wants to can participate in the feedback process. It's going to be quite the undertaking to manage so many downloads and users, but I imagine it will be very much worth it in the end. </p> <p> Of course, running a beta OS (which I tend to do regularly) isn't for the timid nor faint of heart. But for those who are comfortable, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the new version and what it has to offer when you check it out. Note that both 32- and 64-bit editions are available and the beta expires/times-out in the fall of this year.<br> </p> <p> <strong>Links for more information about and access to the Windows 7 Beta:</strong> </p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx" target="_blank">Windows 7 page on Microsoft.com</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/01/07/information-on-downloading-and-installing-windows-7-beta.aspx">Windows Team Blog: Downloading Windows 7 Beta</a> <br> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/springboard" target="_blank">Springboard page on Microsoft TechNet</a> </li> </ul> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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,b8835d5b-456e-4e78-b935-3e6641cec5dd.aspx Geek Out Tech Windows
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Ever wonder how they put that amazing magical yellow line on the line of scrimmage and at the first-down point on the college and NFL football games we watch on TV? It's a terrific technology and has in many ways made watching football very different since it was adopted several years ago.

Well, for those of use who have wondered exactly how they do it, here's a video via FANDOME that explains in some technical detail how the magic TV line on the football field works:


Very cool stuff.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. How the TV people put that magic yellow line on the football field http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,cae04d98-9c20-4b1f-92ae-20f59c14770e.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HowTheTVPeoplePutThatMagicYellowLineOnTheFootballField.aspx Wed, 07 Jan 2009 21:41:20 GMT <p> Ever wonder how they put that amazing magical yellow line on the line of scrimmage and at the first-down point on the college and NFL football games we watch on TV? It's a terrific technology and has in many ways made watching football very different since it was adopted several years ago. </p> <p> Well, for those of use who have wondered exactly how they do it, here's a video <a href="http://www.fandome.com/video/107610/The-Mystery-of-the-Yellow-Line/">via FANDOME</a> that explains in some technical detail how the magic TV line on the football field works: </p> <p> <span> <object align="center" height="331" width="380"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"> <param name="allownetworking" value="all"> <param name="wmode" value="transparent"> <param name="quality" value="high"> <param name="flashvars" value="stretching=exactfit&amp;autostart=false&amp;backcolor=234463&amp;frontcolor=FFFFFF&amp;lightcolor=B7B7B7&amp;enablejs=true&amp;volume=100&amp;logo=http://www.fandome.com/img/watermark.png&amp;image=http://s3.amazonaws.com/lazyimg/107610.jpg&amp;link=http://www.fandome.com/video/107610/The-Mystery-of-the-Yellow-Line/&amp;linktarget=_blank&amp;linkfromdisplay=true&amp;plugins=yourlytics-1,quickkeys-1,viral-1,googlytics-1yourlytics.callback=http://www.fandome.com/ajax/updateViews.php?vid=107610&amp;file=http://s3.amazonaws.com/lazyjock/107610.flv"> <param name="src" value="http://www.fandome.com/flashplayer/sportsbox.swf"><embed src="http://www.fandome.com/flashplayer/sportsbox.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="stretching=exactfit&amp;autostart=false&amp;backcolor=234463&amp;frontcolor=FFFFFF&amp;lightcolor=B7B7B7&amp;enablejs=true&amp;volume=100&amp;logo=http://www.fandome.com/img/watermark.png&amp;image=http://s3.amazonaws.com/lazyimg/107610.jpg&amp;link=http://www.fandome.com/video/107610/The-Mystery-of-the-Yellow-Line/&amp;linktarget=_blank&amp;linkfromdisplay=true&amp;plugins=yourlytics-1,quickkeys-1,viral-1,googlytics-1yourlytics.callback=http://www.fandome.com/ajax/updateViews.php?vid=107610&amp;file=http://s3.amazonaws.com/lazyjock/107610.flv" allownetworking="all" wmode="transparent" quality="high" height="331" width="380"> </object></span> <br> </p> <p> Very cool stuff. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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,cae04d98-9c20-4b1f-92ae-20f59c14770e.aspx Geek Out Tech
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LG will (eventually) be shipping a wrist-wearable cell phone that they just showed at the CES show in Las Vegas. I'm just pointing it out because this might just be the first watch I'd be willing to actually wear. Maybe. I'll probably hold out for a little thinner and smaller. Regardless, it's pretty cool.

There's an Engadget video of it at: http://www.viddler.com/explore/engadget/videos/116/

Would you want to wear a phone on your wrist? Useful or just geeky? I can hear the wrist-cancer complaints coming already...

(via Engadget)

Update - More links:

IntoMobile coverage - with lots of pics



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Got the kids all set for Santa's arrival? You can help them track the jolly ol' elf's progress via NORAD's Santa tracking service on Christmas Eve.

There's also a Google Earth feed that you can use to track Santa's progress in 3D - Way cool for all the younger geeks among us! They also have cameras positioned around the world to allow us to see Santa's progress on Christmas Eve!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Track Santa online in 3D with NORAD http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,9eb2dac6-24dd-4a6b-83f5-4876cc996e22.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TrackSantaOnlineIn3DWithNORAD.aspx Wed, 24 Dec 2008 07:30:33 GMT <p style="clear: both"> Got the kids all set for Santa's arrival? You can help them track the jolly ol' elf's progress <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/" title="" target="_blank">via NORAD's Santa tracking service</a> on Christmas Eve. </p> <p style="clear: both"> <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/" class="image-link"><img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/TrackSanta1.png" height="211" width="248" style=" text-align: center; display: block; margin: 0 auto 10px;" /></a>There's also <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/en/track3d.html" target="_blank">a Google Earth feed that you can use to track Santa's progress in 3D</a> - Way cool for all the younger geeks among us! They also have <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/en/video.html" target="_blank">cameras positioned around the world</a> to allow us to see Santa's progress on Christmas Eve! </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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,9eb2dac6-24dd-4a6b-83f5-4876cc996e22.aspx Geek Out Random Stuff
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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 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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 1080p video now after a recent 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 SATA drive is a Seagate FreeAgent, you will probably not have any luck, unless you have a HR20 DVR unit. I've heard many stories from people who bought a FreeAgent drive and tried to attach it, with no luck. So, while the FreeAgent drives are great for gneral storage, they are probably not what you want to buy to attach to your DirecTV receiver. My HR21-200 unit simply refused to work with my 750GB Seagate drive, so it's doing video editing duty now. Your mileage 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, prices are even lower now, and you can find an even better deal out there.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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="margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; float: right; display: inline;" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/directv_hr21.gif" align="right" height="78" width="254">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 1080p video now after a recent 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="margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px; float: right; display: inline;" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/206805237.jpg" align="right" height="250" width="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 SATA drive is a Seagate FreeAgent, you will probably not have any luck, unless you have a HR20 DVR unit. I've heard many stories from people who bought a FreeAgent drive and tried to attach it, with no luck. So, while the FreeAgent drives are great for gneral storage, they are probably not what you want to buy to attach to your DirecTV receiver. My HR21-200 unit simply refused to work with my 750GB Seagate drive, so it's doing video editing duty now. Your mileage 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;"> </p> <ol> <li> Power down the DVR. </li> <li> Unplug the DVR from the wall power. This is important. </li> <li> Attach the external drive's eSATA cable to the back of the DVR unit. </li> <li> Power up the external hard drive first, and allow it to "spin up" (give it about a minute to be safe). </li> <li> After the hard drive has "spun-up," plug the DVR back into the wall power plug. </li> <li> Be patient (very patient) and wait for the DVR to restart. It's not dead. Be patient. </li> <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> <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 alt="Once You Know, You Newegg" src="http://www.awltovhc.com/image-2091588-10440554" align="right" border="0" height="60" hspace="15" vspace="10" width="120"></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, prices are even lower now, and you can find an even better deal out there. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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> > <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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 2009 - 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> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - 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?



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