Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A McLawsuit is Sure to Follow

Clearly the product of an anti-McDonalds programmer, but a fun way to blow 10 minutes nevertheless. Try your hand at running the burger giant from crop field to the boardroom.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Steve Jobs Wet Dream

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Easy DivX to Xbox 360 Streaming

At Jake Ludington's Media Lab

GTA Liberty City Stories - PSP Cheat Codes

Personal Use link - Sorry...


Some of My Favorite Dubya Moments

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New App Lets you Use almost any media / MP3 Player with Apple iTunes - Jobs undoubtedly firing up the legal team

You know, I was just thinking about the MP3 players that I currently own and I was thinking that even though competitors have come up with pretty good competing products, I love iTunes so much that I must purchase another iPod when it's time to get a new one.

Well, not so fast.... Maybe this is the solution.


UPDATE: OK, I'm only a year late on this one....


Saturday, June 02, 2007

Wondering Where I've Been? I Got My XBOX 360 Elite! WooHoo!

Black Box Goodness!

I stumbled on the much sought-after XBOX 360 Elite. At Meijer's of all Places! On 15% off when you use your credit card day! WooHoo!

Yes, it's black. Who cares. (OK, I like it.)
Sure, 120GB hard drive. Nice.
HDMI. Yep.

Too bad I've had Gears of War sitting on a shelf for 4 months. It went in and my days and nights have been filled with fraggin goodness ever since.

For those of you hoping it would be quieter I have some bad news. It's freakin loud! Loud optical drive. Loud fan. Loud, loud, loud. That needs work for sure. Hear that Microsoft? No? Oh, right, let me turn off my 360. That's better.

Back to fraggin.

Need Proof that Money is Falling from the Sky in The Middle East? We Give you the Burj Dubai

Right, so we're all pretty pissed off about $3.50 a gallon gas, right? Well, that's partly the fault of an aging refinery system here in the U.S., but $60+/barrel oil doesn't help matters. (Thanks for voting a Texas oil man into office you other 50%....)

Clearly Big Oil is benefiting, and we must assume that the Oil Barrons of the Middle East are rolling is more cash than they know what to do with.

Ok, so maybe they do know what to do with it.

How about the biggest/tallest tower building ever constructed? The tallest freestanding structure on the planet? Rumored to be approximately half a mile! tall when construction is completed. (They keep bumping up the height, in competition with another tower - see below.)

I give you the Burj Dubai.



And just so you don't think this is a coincidence, about 50 miles away, they're throwing another ocean full of money at a building that is in competition for title of the tallest:


Maybe someday we'll all feel comfortable about travelling there again, and I'll actually see these monsters for myself.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

My New Hotness! The RCA DRC247N DivX Capable DVD Player Reviewed

I am a Big, Big fan of dirt cheap DVD players. I've been using Apex playes for a few years now. They were one of the first companies for use standard PC drive components in their players, which, as a result, supported burned DVDs and VCDs/KVCDs.

But time has gone by and the format of the day is DivX. I've accumulated a whole bunch of DivX files over the last year or so. And while I already have a D-Link Media Player, that only satisfies the need in one room of the house, and frankly, it's not cheap enough to buy 4 more of them.

Along comes a sub $50 solution! In fact sub $20 in this case.

I just picked up 3 RCA DRC247N DivX capable DVD players. Yes, they're basic. Yes, they're cheap. And Yes! They play DivX encoded files ad do so handily.

Got (6) 700MB video files? Throw em on a DVD and pop it in your RCA DVD player, and up they pop in the menu. Scroll through the menu of files, find one you like, and press the play button. Voila! DivX/xVid on your TV.

Office Depot had these this past Memorial Day weekend for $20 after $30 MIR. Too Sweet.

The summary of my review is this: If you want an inexpensive DVD player that can handle DivX, the RCA DRC247N is a more than capable player that solves your DivX needs.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sometimes I just want to smash a computer with a sledgehammer!

If you're a geek, you've been where I am. Sometimes you've been there with other people's PCs. Right now, I'm there with mine. And I'm not happy.

My main PC had 2 hard drives. 1 for the OS and software. And one for the data/MP3s/Docs/Videos/etc. That way I can move that drive to a new PC and voila!

Well, the data drive crapped out a while back. It started with a few unreadable sectors. That started to spread like a cancer. That really screwed my system up.

So, time to save that data and take this opportunity to blow out Windows and start from scratch on a bigger primary drive. Ah, a fresh Windows install on the horizon. Like fresh laundry, right?

Well, not so fast.

So I've got a fancy, big, fast new Maxtor 320GB drive. Just PATA. It's an older system. I'm thinking I'll just make that my main drive and scrap the idea of a 2 drive system. Maybe a partition or 2 for data.

So I set the jumpers and slap that new drive in and fish for my Windows XP CD. A few blue screens later (not the bad blue screens) and I'm to the drive partition selection. Oh, right 137GB limitation. Now what?

Drive came with software. MaxBlast. OK, great. Reboot to Maxblast.

No go. MaxBlast finds the drive but then gets caught in a weird loop looking for something else. Scratched head and checked a few things and repeated the process a few times just to feel a bit more confused and helpless.

OK, let's try something else. Add the new drive as the secondary drive and go into Windows. Windows has a snap in for drive management. Whee! It sees the drive and lets me quick format it to 320GB with NTFS. Yippee!

Make it the primary drive again and try Windows XP CD setup again. Surely this time the drive that's already formatted to 320GB will show up as a 320GB partition, right? Wrong. 137GB limitation.

OK, fine. Install it on the 137GB partition and onceI get into Windows I can use the utility to merge the partitions.

An hour of loading later and I have a corrupt new Windows load. Argh!

I have work to do - I don't have time for this nonsense!

So, back to the 40GB primary drive for now. You read that right, 40GB!

Sometimes I just hate computers.