Archive for: November, 2006

iPod Charging

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Ramblings

The introduction of the 3rd generation iPod (the one with the 4 buttons right under the screen) included the ability to sync over USB – previously, it was only possible to sync over FireWire.

Whats odd about this, is that although you can sync over USB just fine, you can’t charge over USB. For that, you need to find a FireWire sync cable and use it!

Puzzling – and very un-Apple like.

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iPod repair

Nov 30 2006 Published by under Ramblings



iPod repair

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Secure Gmail

Nov 29 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Quick Tip:

You can switch to a secure SSL connection on Gmail by simply using https:// in your browser…

Try it! – https://www.gmail.com

Probably something you want to do if you’re at a public PC… πŸ˜€

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Teaching Kids about Money

Nov 28 2006 Published by under Ramblings

This is good stuff… I kinda want to play the Sims expansion pack… πŸ˜€

Tired of battling hordes of shoppers for Tickle Me Elmo, the latest Xbox 360 game and other hot holiday items that feed your children’s rampant consumerism?

Eager for a present that gives your kids a financial jump on life and is still, well, fun? See what gifts can help your children learn how to save and spend wisely, with payoffs that last well beyond the season.

5 gifts that will make your kids rich

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Widescreen and Normal Content

Nov 25 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Here are some tips on getting the most out of your widescreen set when displaying older content.

The main problem with 4:3 sets is getting the rectangular “peg” of wide-screen programming to fit the squarish “hole” of a standard TV. 16:9 TVs have the opposite problem: decades’ worth of TV programming has been produced to fit the squared-off 4:3 aspect ratio, not the luxuriously wide space of a 16:9 display. There are several solutions, but you’ll need to decide which sacrifices you’re willing to make: deforming the picture, losing a portion of the horizontal image, sacrificing the resolution, or a combination of the three.

CNET’s quick guide to aspect ratio

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Podcasting…

Nov 23 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Althought I find the idea of podcasting interesting, it seems that podcasting hasn’t “crossed the chasm” as they say…

The number of US internet users who have experimented with downloading a podcast continues to grow but few remain hooked, research suggests.

Podcast numbers show ‘few hooked’

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Truth About MegaPixels

Nov 21 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I’ve posted an entry about this in the past but now it seems that David Pogue has done a full-fledged “Pepsi-Challenge” on the topic….

Anyway, we ran the test for about 45 minutes. Dozens of people stopped to take the test; a little crowd gathered. About 95 percent of the volunteers gave up, announcing that there was no possible way to tell the difference, even when mashing their faces right up against the prints. A handful of them attempted guesses—but were wrong. Only one person correctly ranked the prints in megapixel order, although (a) she was a photography professor, and (b) I believe she just got lucky.
I’m telling you, there was NO DIFFERENCE.

The Truth About Digital Cameras

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Rubens Tube

Nov 20 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Someone needs to install one of these in a cocktail lounge… πŸ˜€

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Real Estate Agents

Nov 17 2006 Published by under Ramblings

My buddy Nathan sent this to me – and I find it interesting that even though people are very bullish regarding real estate… people don’t seem very bullish about the people involved.

Journalists, I am sad to say, did pretty poorly in prestige terms, ranking toward the bottom of the list. They beat out only five other occupations: union leader, actor, business executive, stockbroker, and … real estate agent/broker.

It can’t feel good to come in dead last in anything, even a public-opinion survey.

More Bad News for Realtors, Part 819

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Continuing Saga of the Housing Market

Nov 17 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Wow – its starting to look ugly…

Housing construction plunged to the lowest level in more than six years in October as the nation’s once-booming housing market slowed further.
Housing construction plummets in October

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Houston Technology Center

Nov 16 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Houston Technology Center

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Marc Nathan of Bulldog Financial

Nov 16 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Marc Nathan of Bulldog Financial

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Robert Brackenridge of HTC

Nov 16 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Robert Brackenridge of HTC

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Blair Garrou of DFJ Mercury

Nov 16 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Blair Garrou of DFJ Mercury

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Non-Newtonian Fluid

Nov 13 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Wikipedia says:

A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid in which the viscosity changes with the applied strain rate. As a result, non-Newtonian fluids may not have a well-defined viscosity.

This is some really crazy stuff:

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Atkins

Nov 11 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I wonder if there will be a second wave of Atkins fans in the near future…

Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet for years doesn’t raise the risk of heart disease, a long-term study suggests, easing fears that the popular Atkins diet and similar regimens might set people up for eventual heart attacks.

Low-carb diet doesn’t raise heart risk

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gala

Nov 10 2006 Published by under Ramblings



gala

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2gb SD plus usb memory card

Nov 10 2006 Published by under Ramblings



2gb SD plus usb memory card

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Gene McCubbin of Webxites

Nov 10 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Gene McCubbin of Webxites

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Chip Davis of Sanders Morris Harris

Nov 10 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Chip Davis of Sanders Morris Harris

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Regarding Rackspace

Nov 10 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Looks like Rackspace is doing pretty well… πŸ™‚

Throughout the past eight years, Rackspace has also undergone many changes. Last year, one of its founders, Richard Yoo, left and Morris Miller, the company’s managing director, left to start other ventures. They played a key role in helping turn the company around.

Rackspace Thrives After the Dot Com Bubble Burst

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Rakesh from Snapstream

Nov 09 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Rakesh from Snapstream

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Josh of RigNet

Nov 09 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Josh of RigNet

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New Shuffle is shipping!

Nov 03 2006 Published by under Ramblings



New Shuffle is shipping!

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Jim from HotOrNot

Nov 03 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Jim from HotOrNot

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