Tag Archives: internet

Write an Incentive Post to Kick-start Your Writing Goals

Black Hole

Where did the time go?

Sometimes I need little extra push to get myself pointed in the right direction. There are countless methods out there that proclaim to cure a writer of their creative blocks, or motivate even the most lethargic pencil pusher.

Nostrums! Snake Oil! Autism-causing vaccinations! OK, maybe not that last one.

As a slacker fueled by distractions, I have attempted just about every method out there to escape the event horizon of the anti-productivity black hole. Yet, even my ever-increasing mass does not seem to attract enough accountability to keep me from ignoring the goal all together and justifying my inaction.

Something a little more drastic must be done.

Continue reading

Apple’s Jan. 27 Media Event Creates More Tablet Rumors Than You Can Shake a Stick At

Apple Event Invitation

Alright, Let's See It.

It is that time again, time for Apple fanboys to go all out and present as many unfounded rumors as they can possibly muster in a week’s time.

The time leading up to a new Apple presentation has historically been filled with massive amounts of wild stories about what new shiny product the Cupertino powerhouse corporation will be coming out with next.

Though I understand everyone’s enthusiasm for the upcoming event and the possibility of an Apple-branded tablet PC, I think that I am once again going to be underwhelmed by the news. Here’s why.

Continue reading

Jupiter Broadcasting Gives Away a Popcorn Hour

Jupiter Broadcasting, the group of guys behind the Linux Computer Action Show, CastaBlasta and a range of other great internet entertainment announced a few months ago that they were giving away a Popcorn Hour media player to one lucky YouTube subscriber.

They announced the winner on Friday:

And that lucky winner was…Me! I’m super excited about this great prize for several reasons.

Currently, we consume our movies and television shows on my wife’s Macbook. This is a pretty great setup, but it can become a little uncomfortable at times. With the Popcorn Hour, we can now watch all of our media on the TV in our room. And I do mean ALL of our media:

  • MPEG1/2/4
  • MP3
  • AVI
  • ASF
  • WMV
  • MOV
  • H.264
  • XviD
  • AAC
  • WAV
  • JPEG
  • and more

We don’t own an HDTV, but this is thing is capable of pumping out 1080p signal. This will be great when we want to watch something over at my dad’s (he owns a GIANT Sony Bravia HDTV). Whereas previously we would have had to resample an AVI video and burn it to a DVD to experience it at my dad’s house, now I can throw a hard drive in the Popcorn Hour and lug it on down to his house.

I can’t wait to review this unit, and really get down in the trenches with its functionality.

So, thanks Bryan and Chris, you guys completely rock!

In Case of Technological Holocaust

Yesterday, our region experienced some high wind activity, and we were left without power at home.  Though my internet devices (modem, routers, wireless access point) are on a battery backup, the outage looked like it was going to last for a little while, so I shut those devices off.

I got to school thinking that I could just do my daily internet rounds from the classroom, only to find that the internet was down on campus.  The campus is supplied by a local ISP which beams microwaves from a distant mountain to a dish on campus.  Of course, the distant mountain was also experiencing high winds, as well as some sleet, so there was no access to the outside world.

Though it’s not as extreme as a Technological Holocaust, being without internet access for 12 hours got me thinking.  What would I–as a knowledge worker–do in a world where technology was rendered unusable?

Continue reading

Hope, Fear, Change and Indifference

I had the unique opportunity today to watch the new President of the United States be sworn in, as well as give a rousing ~20 minute speech about where we are, and where we are headed. Something amazing happened while I sat streaming the event through Hulu; other students began to crowd around and discuss what was going on, and expressed all of their feelings about what will happen to us over the next four years.

Continue reading

The Fear of Using Windows – Part 2: Cost of Ownership

This is Part 2 of “The Fear of Using Windows.” Please read Part 1 if you have not already.

There is a lot more to owning and maintaining a PC than just picking one up from the store and plugging it into the wall. I think the overall lifetime cost of a PC should be considered when purchasing new hardware. Continue reading