Will the HD-DVD encryption race ever end?

| May 31, 2007

Recently their has been some news on the HD DVD encryption code and its release. Legal angles have ensued and the debate about ‘owning’ certain numbers has a few people joking around on the techie Internet forums [link]. Some have indicated that the AACS crack mentioned in the above link is now dead and a […]

Goodyear announces new fuel hose

| May 30, 2007

Renewable fuels including E85 and Biodiesel are tough on rubber and polymer refueling hoses. Many pumps, including my current garage based transfer pump, have ‘weepy’ hoses which soften when exposed to the new alternative fuels. Goodyear has announced a new product they have dubs “Flexwing VersaFuel” which handles most common fuels.

Lonestar and ‘CallRec’ Software Test

| May 29, 2007

In answering a question about audio recording software on the Palm Treo 700p, I’ve attempted to record a short live music segment using software by Qmobilsoft call CallRec. It’s easy to use, cost less than $20 (link for trial version) and offers the ability to record phone conversations or voice memos. In an attempt to […]

Donna Lange at the 2007 Bristol, RI Boat Show

| May 28, 2007

Donna Lange and her boat “Inspired Insanity” will be at the Bristol Boat Show in Rhode Island on June 2nd and 3rd for those interested; perhaps this will be a final update until Donna’s book is published? She will be at the Boat show and will greet all who are interested, as well as entertaining […]

Memorial Day 2007 and a Birthday Bash Video

| May 27, 2007

In remembrance of those who gave their lives for our country, I paused for a moment to retire our tattered flag and hoisted a new one. As a nation and a people we have so much … I thank God for our nation and for those who gave their lives to found, secure and protect […]

Bought a new Troy-Bilt 4 cycle string trimmer

| May 26, 2007

Oh … I bought a new toy this week; and I came on it by accident. After stopping in at several hardware stores, and shops that handle John Deere equipment, in an attempt to find a new spool head for my 2-cycle John Deere string trimmer — vintage 1980s — I ended up purchasing a […]

Sprint Rev A expansion and biodiesel price update

| May 25, 2007

After stopping at exit 151 on Interstate 71 this week, I noticed an improvement in the Sprint Power Vision data service while checking email. The higher speed data connection known as EV-DO Revision A, improves cellphone and data card connections to the Internet; this expansion is part of a nationwide improvement announced in October of […]

Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell computers

| May 24, 2007

Hewlett-Packard has been growing their market for HP personal computers (especially notebooks) through retailers in contrast to the direct sales approach of Dell Computer. As reflected in recent stock performance, HP in a sluggish market is up nearly 100% in two years vs. Dell’s decline of nearly 30% over the same period. Profitably selling computers […]

Pandora: Music for “some” Sprint phones

| May 24, 2007

“Pandora on the Go” is a new service partnering the excellent Pandora Music service with Sprint mobile phones. The outstanding “music genome project” allows users to create personalized music listening criteria for your computer or now your Sprint cellphone. A good set of earbuds or headphones is a ‘must’ — unless you like listening to […]

New Cincinnati based company to build EVs

| May 23, 2007

Jack Kuntz the president and CEO opened the doors of a new company in Blue Ash, Ohio call AMP. Mr. Kuntz, along with co-founder and engineer Steve Burns, welcomed the press and interested parties to a lunch where they unveiled their first project car, a new Saturn Sky which will be stripped and converted into […]

Gasoline jumps 30 cent in SW Ohio today

| May 22, 2007

Today in Cincinnati (5/22) the price of gasoline is starting to “faze” folks. The spike in gas prices is the talk at nearly every stop I’ve made today. By afternoon, most stations boosted prices 30 cents for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline. It was averaging about $3.18 and is now easily $3.49. (some stations […]

Driving, cellphones and extravagant perks

| May 21, 2007

At first read, the story in the San Francisco Chronicle is interesting because California State Senator Carole Migden voted for a bill that fined people for using their cellphone while driving, yet she ends up driving with a cellphone and rearends a Honda sending a person to the hospital. How ironic. At a second read, […]

Mid-Ohio and Porsche Club of America racing

| May 20, 2007

My good friend Jeff has a contact with Midwestern Eurosports out of Chicago and invited my son and I up to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past weekend. We had excellent weather and a great time hanging around their 18-wheeler/shop and getting hints into some of the tweaks made to these already great performing cars.

Unleaded Regular Gasoline at all time U.S. high

| May 19, 2007

The average gasoline prices hit new highs in Ohio and across the nation this week as the national average is $3.13 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline. In Ohio according to the Cincinnati Enquirer we are above at a $3.22 per gallon average pump price. Analysts say refinery problems are continuing to limit supplies […]

Tech Friday Tip – its a website: Joox.net

| May 18, 2007

Hmm … I’ve yet to figure out how Joox.net can get away with showing full length, good quality movies over the Internet … but they are. While the site is still functioning, movie going geeks might want to curl up with their significant other (ie. computer), and watch a movie. 😀 If you enjoy movies […]

I-Doser: Binaural Brainwave Doses – huh?

| May 17, 2007

I heard a news story today that referenced an Internet music portal … for lack of a better description … that sells a product that the reporter referenced to several illegal drugs. The ‘doses’ as I-Doser.com call them, are delivered by headphones and the company claims their “advanced binaural beats that will synchronize your brainwaves […]

Donna Lange has finished her voyage

| May 16, 2007

Solo circumnavigating sailor Donna Lange and “Inspired Insanity” are safely on a mooring in Bristol, Rhode Island. She and her boat are home after spending 300 days at sea and sailing her 28 foot Southern Cross boat 31,400 nautical miles. It was a treat to be ‘tuning’ in by email each day; I’m going to […]

Just go sailing -if you can get off the beach

| May 15, 2007

Saw this video clip and am using it to to fill in a ‘non-posting’ day. Also … solo circumnavigating sailor Donna Lange should be getting into Bristol, Rhode Island sometime late on Wednesday night … if the winds hold. (she is engine-less)

Jawbone: The Best Bluetooth Headset I’ve used

| May 14, 2007

Wow … I’m totally impressed after only one day of using the Jawbone Bluetooth Headset, so far its great. (audio MP3 link — my ‘real life’ test) After struggling to find a bluetooth headset for use with my Palm Treo 700p, I’ve finally found one that I can finally recommend. As someone who spends part […]

Happy Mother’s Day to all MOMS!

| May 13, 2007

Slow to post a Happy Mother’s Day greeting today … but then I was enjoying the day with my mom. Happy Mother’s Day to all moms.

Donna Lange sailing towards home

| May 12, 2007

Those occasionally reading my blog have no doubt seen a post or two on solo circumnavigating sailor Donna Lange, well today is no exception as she is only a few days from Bristol, Rhode Island. After facing a nasty blow in April [1] [2][3], Donna was forced to hole up and make repairs in Bermuda. […]

What’s the ‘quality’ of fuel in Ohio?

| May 11, 2007

The answer to the above question is that we really don’t know. Fuel quality ‘verification’ in Ohio has been a pet peeve of mine for some time now and I’ve written my share of letters to state legislators. The fact that Ohio is one of four states that doesn’t test the quality of the fuel […]

Treo 755p: Nice, but same ol’ same ol’

| May 10, 2007

Sprint and Palm have confirmed the availability date for the anticipated successor to the Palm Treo 700p … the Treo 755p, which will be available through Sprint May 14th. The slightly smaller 755p will give Palm OS users an improved size by removing the irritating antenna stub and thinning down the chunky 700p just a […]

New Alternator and Renewable Fuel Price update

| May 9, 2007

Tried to post this photo from the Palm Treo via Flickr, but it didn’t work this morning … hmm? Anyway, after filling up my Volkswagen TDI with some left over B100 at home ($2.50/gal – leftover from last year), I stopped at the Sunoco renewable fuels station at the I-71 Mt. Gilead exit 151. Price […]

Biodiesel and U.S Energy Consumption

| May 8, 2007

I liked Megan Murphy’s post over on the Renewable Energy Access site enough that I didn’t want it to get lost … so I’m archiving it here for reference. An algae biodiesel article is in the works and I’ll keep my eye open for it.

VW Sportswagen TDI diesel coming to the US

| May 8, 2007

The Green Car Congress posted that the new Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen that has been displayed at autoshows (see previous post) will also be heading to the US with a diesel option … eventually. The wagon model of the New Jetta is anticipated by VW TDI buyers who find the added versatility and cargo carrying capability […]

Surfing news and video for my son

| May 7, 2007

Posting a ‘Surfing’ video from Teahupoo, Tahiti, the location of the ‘world’s heaviest wave’ surfing event this week as forty international big guns and forty local specialists battle it out in the Air Tahiti Nui Von Zipper Trials.

What did you do on your 21st birthday?

| May 6, 2007

Turning 21 years of age is a milestone for most of us as we grow up, and one that is deserving in crossing in memorable style: How about Skydiving? This past weekend, I received a call from my soon to be 21 year old daughter and she enthusiastically called me to tell me how a […]

Gasoline prices up / Alternator woes

| May 5, 2007

I tried to post this on Thursday from my cellphone camera, but unfortunately it didn’t post? Hmm … Thursday continued the move higher in ‘gasoline’ prices and unfortunately for me I was driving our gasoline burning Honda Pilot. On my way to Northeast Ohio I looked and looked for cheaper gas and ended up filling […]

CNNMoney: Diesel cars are coming back

| May 4, 2007

May 3rd CNNMoney.com published an article noting the jump in fuel prices has once again created an interest in economical alternatives to ‘gasoline,’ in this case diesels. The article titled “Diesel cars are coming back” comments on the price of oil 30 years ago that has some Americans turning to diesels build by Mercedes-Benz … […]

Secret HD-DVD cryptographic copy protection ;-)

| May 2, 2007

Oh what tangled webs ‘get’ weaved … especially when messing with the power of the masses connected online … and elsewhere. The story begins with copy protection of a new high definition HD-DVD format — protection intended to prevent (or at least make it difficult) for pirated copies of movies to be duplicated from this […]

Donna Lange celebrated in Bristol, Rhode Island

| May 1, 2007

From all accounts and an email from Donna, the festivities in Bristol were pretty humbling or as she herself writes: “Life is beyond amazing at this point. The events happening are surreal. Someone pinch me.” The past week has been a whirlwind for Donna Lange, as she managed to give speeches, share some music and […]

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.