Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
see the world
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See better, farther and look good doing so for less than you might think. What's not to like?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Were these printers as bad back in the 80s and 90s? Perhaps I have forgotten, or maybe the relative ease of laser printers just makes the experience feel all the worse?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Less Than Helpful Folks at Dell
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Monday, October 27, 2008
MTV Music, huge music video collection with a Hulu-like interface
Friday, October 24, 2008
> Less of a gingerale and more of a cream soda with a hint of Ginger.
> Or so I have decided after lunch today.
> OK, back to work.
> Sent from Newton 2.0 (iPod Touch)
Sun PDF Import Adds PDF Editing to OpenOffice.org
Thanks to Tim for the tip!
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OpenOffice.org only (Windows/Mac/Linux): The Sun PDF Import extension imports and edits PDFs with the free Microsoft Office alternative OO.org. Rather than import the PDFs into the Writer program, the extension works with OO.org's Draw application. Once imported, you can still edit text or other portions of the document. The extension isn't perfect, but it appears to be under active development and could come in really handy under the right circumstances. The Sun PDF Import extension is free, works wherever OpenOffice.org 3.0 does. If you're looking to add more great functionality to OpenOffice.org, check out previously mentioned extensions like OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs, Writer's Tools, and LanguageTool. Want to learn more about whether OO.org can replace Office, check out our first look at the latest release.
Fwd: Motorola Krave ZN4
Saw this the other day and wantd to remember it as a possibility in the future, that is, when it is time to retire my RAZR.
Best of both worlds, maybe?
OK, Maybe I *Do* Want a Wii
From a great comic book and almost great TV series and now to the Wii. Look what just showed up in the mail today....
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Join Me and Please Vote Yes on California Prop 2
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"Thatz not tru!.... Thatz IMPOSSIBL!"
There is already one book devoted to the hobo cats. fans are eagerly awaiting his next printed endeavor.
Sent to you by idogcow via Google Reader:
Things you can do from here:
A Unique Alcohol Beverage
Sad news in the weird-ass beverage world: The joint venture between SABMiller's U.S. unit and Molson Coors Brewing Co. told distributors in a letter Monday that production of the malt liquor beverage was discontinued as of Oct. 10 2008.
Chief Marketing Officer Andy England says the decision was due to weakness in the "malternative" segment and declining consumer interest.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
HOW TO - Realistic scar with stitches
Since most of the costumes we saw in the shops this year were more horror than dress-up...
via Google Reader: HOW TO - Realistic scar with stitches
Here's a tutorial for creating your own convincing stitched wound makeup with neat results. But instead of using the article's recommended glue and acetone(!), it might be wise to try spirit gum + spirit gum remover for a more skin-friendly approach. - a VERY easy to do VERY convincing scar!Read more articles in Halloween |
The Great Beyond
Which is why, even before the election moves into the final phase we have decided to simply just not answer our phone and let the machine pick it up. Partly because the phone is on the other side of the house and partly because most of the time it is simply not a call that we want to answer. The most annoying was the robocalls that would leave voice mail on my mobile phone. There was a number at the end of the call supposedly to opt out of receiving more of these calls but a check of the leading site where you can Report Annoying Callers showed that they unwilling to do so.
The calls did stop after about a month or so, I believe as a testament to all the users comments about calls from certain number. Even before they did stop it was comforting knowing that other users had similar calls from that number.
If you get a sales call or a wrong number, you owe it to everyone to log it at reportphonenumbers.com and together we can make a ringing phone something worth paying attention to.
Apple's System Preference icon goes "Green"
With the introduction of EPEAT Gold rated MacBooks and MacBook Pros last week, Apple has definitely been warming up to the environmental movement lately. So, it was only fitting that they would change a small part of System Preferences to reflect the EPEAT rating.
That's right, the Energy Saver icon has changed from an old incandescent bulb to a newer, more energy-efficient fluorescent bulb. Now you will only have to change the energy saver icon every 7 years, but be careful when you dispose of the old icons because they contain mercury (just kidding).
This change has only shown up on the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Do you think Apple will eventually update their entire line to have this new icon (and, of course, be EPA Gold rated)? We definitely hope so!
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Years or Months
Race as a factor or something else. Food for thought. ...
Sent from Newton 2.0 (iPod Touch)
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Robbie Coltrane: Incredible Britain
Any bets as to whether Netflix has this? If they do, how long of a wait do you think it will be after this interview ran? Somehow I think NPR listeners and Netflix subscribers have a high correlation.
go with the pro
I got my haircut this week end and the woman looked me up in their database, commented how long it had been since I had been there (I mumbled a quick 'sorry' and an "I was busy,' although I am not sure why, exactly.) and then asked me if I wanted a 'number four' again. I said, sure and she started to get to work. After a few moments I thought to myself, what exactly is a number four and since it had been something like two months since I had been there I doubt she remembered who I was.
After a bit of a panic I decided to relax and just let them do their job, since I rarely have to look at my own hair (thus explaining the state I let it get to) and eventually it would grow out no matter what the result was. Besides, I had been there before and liked what they did so it was not too important to worry, especially since I had a coupon so the total cost would be minimal. When it comes to more expensive and important things like web hosting I like to think I would be more choosy, which is why even if you already have a provider it never hurts to check the web hosting rating score of the many providers out there.
If you are looking for a new web hosting service or want to see how your current one stacks up against the competition, you need to take a look at webhostingrating.com. Even if you are not due to renegotiate your contract any time soon, insightful articles like "The Advantages and Disadvantages of Linux Hosting" can make you a more educated consumer and more education almost invariably leads to saving money. These days, you can never save enough money and money in your pocket at the end of the month can make all the difference in staying in the black and on the web.
Found on the Web: Truthful TV Title Cards
Over at Glark.org someone more clever than I decides that if TV shows had to tell the truth they would have title cards that look like this. From their post it seems that they knocked these out while waiting for the phone guy to leave.
I don' t think I could have made these given a month of Sundays. Check out all the rest. Those who watch more TV than I will appreciate the others not shown here.
Does Apple still have their massive t-shirt budget or was that 'steve-d' long ago? I wonder how well these ads are helping the cause. Glad to see they are still running them despite the latest ads from Microsoft mocking them for it. Reminds me of the old days, when choice of OS really felt like it mattered.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008
Watching reruns of Doctor Who ( "The Age of Steel") in preparation for the 2008 Christams special I noticed that their creator, " John Lumic" looked somewhat familiar and sounded very familiar. Turns out he was played by Roger Lloyd Pack who after a bit of searching *was* familiar because he was Owen Newitt on The Vicar of Dibley as well as Barty Crouch, Sr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (making him David Tennant's on-screen father.)
Oddly, this showed up as a headline in today's Daily Mail, "Vicar of Dibley could return to TV screens as a bishop, Dawn French reveals." The Vicar of Dibley could be making a return to our TV screens - as a woman bishop. Dawn French told an audience at Cheltenham Literature Festival that she believes writer Richard Curtis has a new series about her best-loved character up his sleeve, despite the show (currently) having ended with Geraldine's wedding.
Albert Frey Fun Fact
This fun fact is brought to you by the wifi at Starbucks, the San José Public Library system and Alan Hess. Albert Frey was once the employee of architect Le Corbusier. You may know Mr. Frey from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station and the iconic "flying wedge" canopy of the Tramway Gas Station at the foot of the entrance to the tramway on the northern edge of Palm Springs– now used as the city's visitor's center.
When at Starbucks, try the oatmeal with nuts and brown sugar. I did and I approve this message.
Friday, October 17, 2008
hand free makes light work
The biggest drawback as far as I can see and from what I have read is the keyboard. At some point when you need to do moderate to serious data entry you will have to interact with your tool of choice and that usually means typing. The smaller the device the smaller the keyboard - whether a real keyboard of sorts on the Google / T-mobile Android G1, the Palm series or a EEE or a virtual one like the Apple iPhone and small keyboards means loads of backspacing and retyping. Plus, if you are driving you really should not be typing at all.
So wouldn't it be great if there was a better way to enter data? If you are looking for a better way too, don't raise your hand, raise your voice: why not try Dragon Naturally Speaking? Use it to capture articles and blog entries on the go. Dictate articles in airports into a computer, use a voice recorder to capture my on-site observations or story notes and transcribed by Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred into text. Read the Dragon Reviews and see for yourself, better yet try Dragon’s typing speed test!
John Cleese Calls Sarah Palin a Parrot
In a recent interview Monty Python's John Cleese compared Sarah Palin to a parrot, saying this whole situation could have been written by them only it wasn't.
He also claims the Alaskan governor is funnier than former Python Michael Palin - agree with him or not, the guy does know a thing or two about parrots.
Deer Delivered by Caesarean After Mother Killed by a Car
Born three weeks early after his mother was hit by a car, Rupert was just six inches tall and 500 grams, a little more than a bag of sugar. But staff at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire believe Rupert, as he has been named, will make a full recovery after his dramatic arrival.
Full story and pictures to just melt your heart available at the Mail Online. Lots of other great stuff there as well, plan to stay and read awhile.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
help is out there
At the latest Apple laptop event, Apple COO Tim Cook showed two pie charts. One showed the Mac’s unit share in the U.S. retail market at 18 percent, up from “a single digit number, just a few years ago”. Cook then drops the bombshell and the key point you need to grasp in understanding Apple’s Macintosh business: “... what’s more impressive than this is if you look at revenue share. Because we focus on fully-featured systems, and we don’t compromise on quality, our revenue share is over 31 percent. That means that one out of every three dollars that’s spent on computers in U.S. retail is spent on the Macintosh. What a difference a few years makes.”
Of course, when you have a computer question and can't find an Apple Store or Dell retail location, you may want to turn to Answers Portal.
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Palin As President Fun
Click through to the site to see a smiling Palin sitting behind a desk, an American flag to her right and an Alaskan flag with a beauty pageant sash spelling out "Miss Wasilla" to her left. A rifle falls from the drapes, which brings the eyes to a framed photo of Sen. John McCain in a cowboy hat and a flat screen. Click on the computer screen and you get a stock ticker showing teen pregnancy up and the Dow down. (Keep watching the scroll and it shows war up and ice caps down.)
There's plenty to click on - and listen to, too.
I managed to get bck to sleep but still never got to get the question answered! Any help from the blogosphere?
Sent from Newton 2.0
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Obama Plays the Race Card
A first many thought this was a clever Photoshop hack but now it can has been taken as fact.
“I can confirm that the Obama campaign has paid for in-game advertising in Burnout (Paradise),” said Holly Rockwood, director of corporate communications at Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher.
Reported at Gigaohm. Full disclosure: I was not clever enough to come up with the headline.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
take me out
When it come to picking out your Halloween Costumes for the year, I always like them to be topical, comfortable and affordable. Sure a gorilla suit is always in fashion but what fun is that after the first five minutes and it is time to have some snacks or drinks? It was always much easier when you were a kid, you simply dressed in your favourite TV or book character or else you simply went as a pirate or 'an Indian.' And you always did the Tick or Treat for UNICEF because it meant more candy, er, it was the right thing to do. (It took us a while to see why but we did in the end).
As an adult the rules are all different. There is the 'couples costume' issue to think about, if that applies. If you are a woman there is also the 'Sexy ___' issue. You know, where you take a men's costume, show some cleavage or a little leg and it becomes 'sexy.' Easy but do you really want to go to work as a sexy elmo? I mean, you do have to show up to work again on Monday.
Me? I always wanted to go as Adam Ant but could never find just the right "dandy highwayman" jacket. Fortunately, with the great selection and low prices at halloweenadventure.com I may have to rethink this year's endevour....
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I was hoping it would show me a link to the page that I had used this image in but no such luck. Sometimes I wonder what they do all day at Google and then sometimes I hear about 'email goggles' and I really wonder what they do all day at Google. On the plus side, when my train broke down yesterday I was more than happy to use their free public wifi to use my iPod to send emails.
Don't FireWire Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes
So it looks like I have an obsolete MacBook now with he release of the newest product from the good folks in Cupertino. I knew it was bound to happen sooner rather than later given the 'free ipod' inducement but in reading the specs of the new gearI am not so sure I have been burned.
No FireWire on the new non-pro gear? I guess you can claim that it is becoming a novelty and less of a must-have but if so, then why do the MacBook Pros still have the connector???
Monday, October 13, 2008
stretch that dollar and work the euro
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