Friday, March 28, 2008

Beware April Fools

April Fools Day is Tuesday. Tuesday is the day of the week (any week, none in particular) that Apple chooses to release new or updated products. Beware of the random web site that chooses to 'fool' (fake) a great new Apple announcement this Tuesday. You have been warned.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express

The guys at This Week In Photography mentioned that something from Adobe was on the way, and here it is, Adobe Photoshop Express. It is currently in beta, and it allows a user to edit and share photos online. I read about it at macworld, and macworld's article mentions that it works with Flikr, but to me it sounds like a competitor to Flikr. According to macworld, you can save up to 2GB of pictures free, and at some point after the beta a user can purchase more than 2GB of storage. Adobe Photoshop Express is also designed to be used with social networking places like Facebook. Have Fun!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Live Curling on

Doing some live curling today. The Women's Curling World Championship from Vernon, B.C. is on right now. And all week. Fun stuff.

OS X turns 7

Macworld has a story on the 7th birthday of Apple's OS X. A great day for a birthday!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sandal No More

I hope this wasn't expensive. The relaxing puppy did the damage. Anyone need an orphaned left foot sandal?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stay Tuned

The guys at This Week In Photography podcast believe that Adobe is going to make a big announcement next week. I wonder what it will be... a completely new application, a big update to Lightroom since Apple updated Aperture recently, or 'other'. Look for it next week and see if they are right.

Friday, March 21, 2008

AOTS Live in 70 minutes

Lots of buttons to push.

Live at G4

Watch AOTS at 7PM eastern and pacific.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke R.I.P

Arthur C. Clarke passed away March 19th at the age of 90 in Sri Lanka. The New York Times has an excellent obituary on Mr. Clarke. Besides 2001, Rendezvous With Rama and The Hammer Of God are very good books to try if you want to read something of Mr. Clarke's writing.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Dallas Misses The Point

The red light cameras in Dallas are so effective that there is a big drop in people running red lights and consequently getting a fine. This means that revenue to the city from people running red lights is way down. Dallas is now turning off some of the cameras to save money (the cameras cost money to operate) and to possibly hope that the ticket revenue starts to go up again. Here is the story at The Dallas Morning News. Maybe Dallas should take more police off the streets so speeding ticket revenue will go up too.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Henry

Henry is one today. Can we still call him a puppy?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Gas prices

Gas prices haven't hit 4 dollars a gallon in Tarzana... yet. How long until it gets to 5??

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Someone Really Hates Southwest

The story isn't important, just the comments. Valleywag has a story about a Southwest flight attendant objecting to a shirt. I don't really care about the story, this post is about a comment someone left after the story. I haven't seen someone hate something like this and put it in print in a really long time (I'm not posting the comment here, you'll have to go read it. Scroll down after the story and no doubt you will know which comment I am talking about.)

Baseball Is Back

The Yankees and Devil Rays fight and at least one player doesn't understand why. Shelley Duncan of the Yankees slid into second base with his cleats very high, which almost started a brawl. Normal baseball stuff, spike a guy near the groin area and the other team might be a little upset. Again, normal and expected... except by Duncan. The headline for the follow up story at ESPN is "Yanks' Duncan still doesn't know why Rays reacted". Translation, "Yanks' Duncan is an idiot."

Too much energy at 9AM

Too much energy and too loud at 9AM. And too cute.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bad Flu-like Outbreak In Hong Kong

At least 3 children have died in Hong Kong after having flu-like symptoms. Doctors and scientists don't know yet if it is a new strain of the flu, or something worse like bird-flu or SARS. BBC has a story up about it.

For those people who think Hong Kong is just a part of China now, this story points out a big difference between the two that makes One Country, Two Systems more than just words. If a health crisis like this happened over the boarder in China the world wouldn't know about it right now.

New Listings of Refurbished Macs At The Apple Store

A lot of Macs have just been listed at the Mac refurbished page at the Apple Store. In case you didn't know, Apple sells refurbished equipment at the Apple Store. You can often find discounts on iPods, Apple TVs, just about everything. Things aren't always listed however. Occasionally a lot of equipment gets posted sometime over night at the refurbished page and good deals can be found. Some rumor sites think it means that updates are coming soon to a certain part of the Apple lineup, but I doubt it. Probably it just means that the techs who fix returned equipment have a bunch of equipment ready to be sold again so it gets put up on the store all at once.

The best deal I see there right now is a refurbished Mac Pro Quad 3.0GHz Intel Xeon for $2299. The page says it is 41% off the original price. Just below it is a listing for a Mac Pro with 2 DVD burners at the same price. Such a deal.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I'm Calling Shenanigans

PCWorld has an article up claiming widescreen displays increase productivity by 76 work days a year... per person! No way. There are only 250 work days a year (50 weeks multiplied by 5 days), which means a magic 24" monitor allows you to do 15 more weeks of work a year according to the article. Maybe the workers in this study just felt appreciated for once and worked harder since someone finally gave them something better than an 18" monitor.

Stock Market Up In A Big Way

It looks like the US stock market will have a great day today. CNBC felt the need to put it in a Breaking News banner "...the best day in years". All of this because of the Federal Reserve moves today? Maybe good things are to come or maybe this is just a big dead cat bounce, like if the cat had fallen from a 50 story building instead of just a 5 story building (One could say the stock market and economy has fallen off a 50 story building.) Let's hope for even better days ahead.

test to get moblog

this is a test to get my moblog working; I guess it works. Almost a year since my last post.