Monday, March 29, 2010

How the iPhone Could End Up In Second Place

Here are the US mobile web traffic figures for iPhone OS and Android, getting ready to collide: Android, on its way up; iPhone, on its way down. So when will Android overtake the iPhone? Try next month.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

This Month's Best Android Apps

New Blog Template

It is time once again to update the Blog.  Let me know what you think.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Historically significant nuclear explosions

The "Atomic Age" of nuclear weaponry has been a defining feature of global politics since the mid-1940s. Over this time, the USA, USSR, & France have conducted nearly 2,000 nuclear explosion tests between them. These include atmospheric, underwater, and underground detonations in some of the most remote areas of the world known to man. At the peak of the nuclear arms race, the two superpowers of the USA & the USSR had around 60,000 warheads combined between them, enough to destroy modern civilization as we know it. Now as time goes on, gradually more countries join the list of those with nuclear capabilities, the most recent of which was North Korea in 2006. Out of this long history of detonations, I have outlined the historically most significant events below...

Winston the Dog... He Just Had a Bad Day

15 Creative Grilled Cheese Recipes

With the two simple core ingredients of bread and cheese, the grilled cheese sandwich innately lends itself to added bells and whistles. Meat, veggies, chocolate, fruit… there’s not much you couldn’t throw in with melted cheese between two pan-fried slices of bread. Many of us associate the grilled cheese with childhood lunches and tomato soup, but there’s an army of creative chefs out there keeping the American staple alive and relevant for grown-ups. It’s back, and it’s not just for lunch anymore. Below we’ve compiled some of the most creative grilled cheese variations known.

Faster Google Voice Experience on Android

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DVDStyler

DVDStyler is a cross-platform free DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. It allows not only burning of video files on DVD that can be played practically on any standalone DVD player, but also creation of individually designed DVD menus. It is Open Source Software and is completely free.
 
Features
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  • creation and burning DVD video with interactive menus
  • provides several templates for DVD menus v1.8.0
  • support of AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, OGG, WMV and other file formats
  • support of MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid, MP2, MP3, AC-3 and other audio and video formats
  • support of multi-core processor
  • allows using MPEG and VOB files without reencoding, see FAQ
  • allows put files with different audio/video format on one DVD (support of titleset)
  • user-friendly interface with support of drag & drop
  • flexible menu creation on the basis of scalable vector graphic
  • import of image file for background
  • placing of buttons, text, images and other graphic objects anywhere on the menu screen
  • changing the font/color and other parameters of buttons and graphic object
  • scaling of buttons and graphic objects
  • coping of any menu object or whole menu
  • dvd scripting

AVG Rescue CD: A powerful toolset for rescue & repair of infected machines

Burn this now and possibly save you ass later!

The AVG Rescue CD is a powerful must-have toolkit for the rescue and repair of infected machines. It provides essential utilities for system administrators and other IT professionals and includes the following features:
  • Comprehensive administration toolkit
  • System recovery from virus and spyware infections
  • Suitable for recovering MS Windows and Linux operating systems (FAT32 and NTFS file systems)
  • Ability to perform a clean boot from CD or USB stick
  • Free support and service for paid license holders of any AVG product
  • FAQ and Free Forum self-help support for AVG Free users

Friday, March 26, 2010

Art of the Steal: On the Trail of World’s Most Ingenious Thief

The plane slowed and leveled out about a mile aboveground. Up ahead, the Viennese castle glowed like a fairy tale palace. When the pilot gave the thumbs-up, Gerald Blanchard looked down, checked his parachute straps, and jumped into the darkness. He plummeted for a second, then pulled his cord, slowing to a nice descent toward the tiled roof. It was early June 1998, and the evening wind was warm. If it kept cooperating, Blanchard would touch down directly above the room that held the Koechert Diamond Pearl. He steered his parachute toward his target.

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Remember The Car Being Pushed Down the Highway Sideways?

Top 10 Low Pass Flyby's of All Time

How Badly Do You Need Milk and Bread?

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Balancing 15 books on Her head, reciting pi to the 100th digit, and solving a rubik's cube

...And He Comes Out With It!

Even Pandas Have A Bad Day Sometimes

Nature By Numbers

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Sandstorm in China: Orange Haze Covers Beijing



There were few people out on streets where pedestrians could taste the dust. Many of those who had ventured from their homes were wearing facemasks, and some left footprints in the yellow film that had settled on the city's streets.

Beijing's weather forecasting bureau gave the air quality a rare "5," or hazardous, rating and added that it was "not suitable for morning exercises." Parks and open spaces are usually packed from early in the day with enthusiasts doing martial arts, ballroom dancing and other activities.

The sandstorms underline the environmental degradation investors identify as one of the long-term constraints on growth in China, and concern about its impact has made a less resource-intensive model of growth a priority for Beijing.

The government has spent millions of dollars on projects to rein in the spread of deserts, planting trees and trying to protect what plant cover remains in marginal areas.

But the battle is being fought against a backdrop of rising average temperatures and increasing pressure on water resources after three decades of booming growth.

The sandstorm hit Beijing around midnight, carrying huge amounts of dust and heading south east, the official Xinhua news agency said. In northern Changping district, the wind reached speeds of up to 100 km per hour (60 mph).

The swirling clouds of dust and sand had blanketed the interior provinces of Qinghai and Gansu, and western Xinjiang region, before sweeping over the capital, Xinhua said.

How To Clean Old Albums

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

This Has Been Posted Here Before... I Feel It Is The Right Way To Start Off Your Weekend

Fresh From India! The Wall Of DEATH!

Crazy Spring Weather!

A Wind Advisory remains in effect from 11 am this morning to 6 PM MST this evening for the upper Treasure valley... Magic Valley... and points south to the Nevada border.

* Winds... sustained west or northwest 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

* Timing... 11 am to 6 PM MST today.

* Impacts... travel difficulties or delays for high profile vehicles on north south oriented roads due to cross winds. Small branches may break off trees.

We woke up to snow this morning after a super windy night!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Pop Can Goes BOOM!

This can apparently did not like sitting right next to the cold air vent inside the refrigerator!  I headed upstairs to the theater room kitchen to discover a pool of diet coke all over the floor.  Of course it sprayed everywhere inside.

Friend In Need

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Incredible Hail Storm And Flash Flood In Melbourne (March 5, 2010)

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Explore 120 years of amazing discoveries, fascinating maps and the worlds best photography with The Complete National Geographic. This definitive collection of every issue of National Geographic magazine -- from 1888 to 2008 -- which has been digitally reproduced in stunning high resolution, brings you the world and all that is in it. Use the advanced interface to explore a topic, search for photographs, browse the globe, or wander on your own expedition.

Friday, March 05, 2010

North Korea - The Craziest Country in the World

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Yet ANOTHER Thing I Need To Get

And Sometimes it Goes bad TWICE

Wanna Treat?

I've Got To Get One!

The Sandpit: Time Shifting In New York City

This Will Make You Feel A Bit Uneasy

Click Here For 3 New Pringles Flavors!

Game show from Japan.You can't laugh or you get swatted and your out.

How to Lift a Jeep in Under 3 Minutes



Almost 10 years ago Ray and I lifted my Jeep.  I shot a time-lapse video of the process and it has sat quietly ever since on VHS-C Tape.  Using my new Sony Multi-Function DVD Recorder I present it to you now.

Been Playing With My New Flip Video MinoHD 60







Simple to Shoot in HD

  • Weighing only 3.3 ounces, MinoHD features a super-slim design that fits in any pocket or purse
  • Start recording within 3 seconds of power-up; simple user interface features one-touch recording, making HD video easier and more fun than ever
  • Captures 60 minutes of incredible HD video on 4GB of built-in memory; no additional memory needed
  • Internal lithium ion battery recharges through built-in USB arm; also recharges when connected to Flip Video Power Adapter sold separately (buy now)
  • Features a 1.5 inch anti-glare display to play back and delete videos
  • Fast lens - great low or bright light results; 2x digital zoom
  • Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare™ software
  • FlipShare software makes it easy to email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture still-image snapshots, and upload video to Facebook™, MySpace™ , YouTube™ and other sharing sites
  • Produces incredible HD video you'll be able to enjoy on your HDTV (TV cable included)
  • Records high-quality H.264 videos that are compatible with most video-playing applications, including Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and iTunes
  • Video: 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second (fps) progressive scan; recorded as MP4 files
  • “Child Safe” mode to prevent accidental deletions of clips
  • Backlit buttons for low-light recording and playback
  • Silent mode for recording in sensitive situations
  • Tripod mount fits any standard tripod
  • NOTE: when selected, designs, images and patterns will be printed on a white camcorder

Simple to Share

Pre-loaded FlipShare™ software for instant viewing, editing, one-click emailing, and online sharing:
  • Browse, playback, organize and archive your videos
  • Create movies with video clips, music and titles
  • Edit clips and create still-image snapshots from video
  • Instantly upload to Facebook™, MySpace™, YouTube™ and other video sharing sites
  • Share your videos privately using attachment-free emails or greetings cards (free and unlimited video sharing)
  • Create private Flip Channels to share your videos with groups of family and friends

Just Picked Up The Sony VRD-MC6 DVDirect DVD recorder!

Sony today debuted its next-generation multi-function DVDirect(TM) DVD recorder, which can transfer both high-definition and standard-definition home videos and digital photos to DVD discs without using a computer. The new VRD-MC6 model has a 2.7-inch color LCD screen for previewing video or up to six digital photos at a time, and its overall size is almost 60 percent smaller than its predecessor.

"Many customers still have their old home movies on tapes and are looking for an easy solution to archive their personal digital imaging content on DVD discs. With the larger built-in LCD color screen in a smaller body, the new DVDirect model makes it easier for customers to transfer the content to DVD discs for archiving, enjoying and sharing with family and friends," said Shige Nakayama, manager of the DVDirect business at Sony.

The VRD-MC6 can transfer AVCHD(TM) quality videos to DVD discs in their native 1080i HD resolution when connected directly to a Sony hard drive or Memory Stick(R) media-based Handycam(R) camcorder. AVCHD quality DVDs can be played back on compatible Blu-ray Disc(TM) devices, including players and computer drives, as well as PlayStation(R) 3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment systems.

It can also transfer standard-definition home videos to DVD discs without the need of a computer from virtually any camcorder, VCR or digital video recorder. The new model includes Digital Video (i.LINK(R)/FireWire(R)/IEEE-1394), Composite Video inputs, and USB (for Sony hard drive, DVD and Memory Stick media-based Handycam camcorders). DVD video discs recorded in this manner are playable in most consumer DVD players.

In addition, the VRD-MC6 can directly record digital photos to a DVD as a slideshow or just for photo storage from any of the four popular digital camera memory cards. It supports slots for Memory Stick(R), Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo(TM) and Memory Stick Pro Duo media, Secure Digital (SD(TM)/SDHC(TM)) and xD-picture card(TM) media, or via USB from Sony hard drive, DVD and Memory Stick media based Handycam camcorders. Users can also import their own MP3 music files to serve as background music.

With automatic DVD menu and title creation, the new model offers four preset menu backgrounds along with the ability to import JPEG images to serve as the DVD menu background: automatic DVD chaptering every five, 10 or 15 minutes; and stop-timer recording.

Up to six hours of standard-definition video, up to 95 minutes of AVCHD video or up to 2,000 digital pictures can be recorded on a 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW disc. Over 10 hours of standard definition video can be recorded on 8.5GB DVD+R double layer discs which are compatible when using the DV or Composite video inputs only. The new DVDirect model maintains Dolby Digital(R) 5.1 surround sound, as well as 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios with compatible camcorders.

Mauna Kea, Hawai'i and the Milky Way

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A Video To Keep You Busy



Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs. Produced by Shirley Moyers. The official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off of the album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky". The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The "machine" was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs ( http://syynlabs.com/ ) over the course of several months.

I'd Post Some More but It Is Time To Take A Nap!

Top 10 Android Apps

Android's been around for more than a year, and in that time developers have whipped up some great apps. Whether you're a new Android owner or a pro looking for new tools, these 10 great and free apps belong in your arsenal.

HOW TO: Track Tsunami Warnings Online

Stand Up While You Read This!

Your chair is your enemy.

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.

Web Resizer

Features

  • reduce image size
  • crop photos
  • sharpen
  • resize - change width and height
  • rotate
  • adjust contrast, brightness, saturation
  • convert photo to black and white
  • add a border
  • no registration required
  • free!

The Evolutionary Reason for Depression

If depression has an evolutionary purpose, it's certainly not obvious. Depression makes people consider suicide and less interested in sex, which does not encourage the species' survival. But two evolutionary psychologists theorize that depression's purpose is enhanced mental skills.

Disk Space Fan

Disk Space Fan is a freeware and it is a nice disk space analysis tool for Windows. It helps you to free up disk space by quickly finding and deleting big, useless files. It displays disk space usage with a nice chart. You can navigate the folders easily with the chart. It is also intergrated with Windows Explorer to open, delete and browse files or folders.

JuiceDefender


JuiceDefender saves battery power (lots of it!) by controlling the device data connection and/or WiFi.

What's the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What's the Point?

There's nothing more mysterious on a Windows PC than the Registry, and today we'll explain exactly what it is, how it works, and whether you should bother cleaning it. We'll also go about debunking a few widespread registry myths along the way.