Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday, February 22, 2008

I like where this is headed. But...

With the iPhone SDK coming any day now, we can expect all kinds of great programs like this one for the iPhone. This hasn't yet happened, supposedly because Apple wants to retain control of iPhone applications to ensure compatibility, stability...and other red herrings.

I suspect the real reason is money.

It makes sense that iPhone applications will be provided via iTunes. But will Apple give freeware a chance, or will you have to pay to get the applications? Even if Apple doesn't directly prohibit free downloads, will it charge for the "digital signature" needed for compatibility?

If so, freeware will probably be sparse, at best. Developers give away free software all the time, but I doubt many would pay for the privilege to do so. If Apple charges for the digital signature it will relegate most amateur applications, like the one above, to the "jailbroken" iPhone ghetto.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Looks like a good idea

I found TastyPlanner on Lifehacker. Very good idea. It's a recipe-sharing site with an attractive layout, and some neat bonuses. You can upload pics of the meals, rate them, comment on them, create meal calendars based on the recipes you find, and the site automatically creates shopping lists based on the meals you select.

But wait! There's more! For a limited-time only*, TastyPlanner is offering iPhone integration! That's right! You can manage your recipes and shopping list directly from your iPhone!**

How much would you expect this service to cost? $50? $150? $10,000? Two easy payments of $19.95? How about free? That's right...FREE! This $3.2 million dollar value*** is available to you at no charge! And if you call in the next 30 minutes, we'll throw in Gary Busey at no additional charge!****

Void where prohibited. Additional terms and conditions may apply.*****

*No actual time limit exists.

**iPhone must be purchased separately.

***Not actually worth $3.2 million.

****No actual purchase necessary in order to receive Gary Busey. Please. Take him.

*****Despite the sarcasm, this site does look really cool. I signed up. They had me at "iPhone integration".

By the way...

The latest Safari and Firefox betas both suck hard when it comes to Blogger. Or maybe it's the other way around. I think Safari screwed up the spacing in the lower posts, and the Firefox beta doesn't allow me to paste links like it should, at least on my Mac. On my Windows laptop at work, scrolling just about any website gives me a weird graphical error in the Firefox 3 beta.

I'll try to fix them now that I've reinstalled Firefox 2.0.

I suppose that's why they're betas. I'll leave them to the testers, from now on.

(EDIT: Yup. Firefox 2.0 fixed the posts below)


This warrantless wiretap business is a real mess. I hate seeing the Constitution thrown aside by our government, regardless of the "national security" excuses. On the other hand, if it ends up bankrupting AT&T, I might be worth it. If only Best Buy would get involved in something like this...

(photo from Abrilon)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Great Idea

This lamp produces light with no fuel or cords. It works by placing weights on the top of the lamp. As gravity pulls the weights down, it produces enough energy for 4 hours of light, powered by LEDs. This is a great way to reduce energy costs, both economic and environmental.

A shocking amount of wasted energy exists that could potentially provide electricity, light or heat. For example, the energy in all fossil fuels originally comes from the sun during photosynthesis. Efficiently capturing even a small amount of it would be remarkable.

Solar power is just one possibility. Others include wind, oceanic waves, geothermal heat, biomass energy--even raindrops. Hybrid cars already capture some of the energy expelled in braking. More power sources, coupled with more efficient power use can attack both the supply and demand side of the world's energy problem.

I'm not a huge environmentalist, but there is obviously room for improvement in the energy situation.

Monday, February 18, 2008


Make sure you always have a spare set of keys. Just in case someone takes yours to work with them.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I'm a fan

I was skeptical at first, and it could be better, but the Apple TV is actually very cool.

The big news is that you can now rent movies and buy TV shows to play on it, even in HD. But the thing I like best about it is that I can stream all of the music from my iMac to my stereo downstairs.

The other big thing is that I can display all of my pictures on my TV. It makes those digital frames look silly in comparison. The price drop makes it all worthwhile.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

I updated my profile picture

Hillary hated the old one.

Pics from San Diego

Taken right outside of Island Prime, the restaurant below. I got the silhouette by metering off the sky.

Reflections in the Morgan Stanley building downtown.

Great restaurant across the bay from downtown. The local news crews shoot just behind where I'm standing for a backdrop of the city.

Apartment building down an alley downtown. It was late at night when I took this picture. I needed my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens to get the shot without a tripod.

Okay, this picture is from Kansas, but I didn't want Scout to feel left out.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Headed home

If the weather cooperates, that is. I hope we don't get stranded.

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EDIT: We were stranded. They closed down the Kansas City Airport as soon as we left San Francisco. Our layover was in San Diego, ironically enough. We had just left there the day before. Fortunately, Southwest put us up for the night for free. Unfortunately, they gave us the Days Hotel. It sucked.

Monday, February 04, 2008

In for 5...

Surely a price mistake, but I hope they ship. 1.5TB External USB/eSATA drive for $68. (They're $600 from Amazon)

EDIT: Sure enough...price mistake. I didn't think I'd be so lucky. Dell canceled the orders.

Good Deal

I picked up 5 1.5 TB USB/eSATA drives for about $65 a piece. Gotta
love Fatwallet.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

San Diego

Man, it's nice here. We're going to have dinner with some of
Hillary's family tonight. It's beautiful.

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