Updating to Mozilla Firefox 3.5 browser today

| June 30, 2009

The new Mozilla Firefox 3.5 was released from beta today and should offer a significant speed increase with JavaScript performance (twice as fast ast Firefox 3) . There are a few icon improvements which will probably be just eye-candy to most, but the jump ahead in video and audio content for embedded HTML5 content will […]

Don’t have enough outlets, try an entire wall of outlets

| June 30, 2009

Ever need another outlet even when you have a couple surge strips and wall outlets are full? Perhaps you need an entire wall wired and ready for the latest and greatest electrical gadget. (See Make Online – Thanks Scott)

One better than last year: How do birds do this?

| June 29, 2009

Calling any ornithologists … or ethologists … that might have insight as to how (or why) birds fly under our covered porch, make a tight banking turn and deliver a “load” against the upper panes of our window. Mind you … our porch is relatively low ceilinged and of substantial size. (perhaps they just have […]

The weather was too nice to be inside

| June 28, 2009

Spent the weekend outside and probably got too much sun, but it was a beautiful weekend here in Cincinnati and didn’t want to be inside. I continued the reforestation project (just kidding) and added another row of Colorado Blue Spruce trees to our backyard (Palm Pre photo above – click photo for larger). Spending time […]

A week of celebrity deaths leaves me in a green mood

| June 26, 2009

It has been a week of celebrity deaths. I probably wouldn’t have mention them if it were only one or an expected passing — Ed McMahon or Farrah Fawcett … but with yesterday afternoon’s surprising cardiac arrest of Michael Jackson it is on my mind (and the TV cable news). What is really sad is […]

Try the seach site Spezify.com for the fun of it

| June 25, 2009

If you don’t mind wasting a few minutes, here’s a new search tool site called Spezify which finds bits of random information from different websites and posts them in a unique and visual way. Spezify.com was started a few months ago in April, but went live on June 15, 2009  (follow on Twitter: @spezify). Try […]

It looks like iPhone 3GS speed is much improved

| June 24, 2009

After a couple of weeks with the Palm Pre I’m learning to be more productive with the hot little smartphone device. The earlier cut, copy and paste complaints for supported apps complaint has become less of an issue and I’m enjoying the improved camera, yet still miss added camera features and video. There are also […]

The Windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 Ultimate RC headache

| June 23, 2009

I’ve been struggling to finish and tweak the install of the Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate OS before my Beta version expires — 8 days from now. Unfortunately for me, I embraced Windows 7 after switching from Vista back in January and couldn’t imagine going back, so onward I planned to go.  The initial install […]

Happy Father’s Day … better at least call my dad

| June 21, 2009

Today being Father’s Day has me reflecting on the two fathers in my life. They are both terrific dads and are great examples for me, as well as their grandsons. Shamefully for me, we didn’t prioritized getting together with them this year as we have in the past. Normally we are together for an annual […]

Something about this photo bothers me ;-)

| June 20, 2009

Belated post. It’s an interesting photo included for my Audubon ‘birding’ friends. Yes it is a tweaked photo. 😆  I’m dating it as a Saturday entry which I missed this week.

Tech Friday: Use Bing.com and get cashback when shopping

| June 19, 2009

Great tip from Paul Thurrott of winsupersite.com about shopping with Microsoft’s new bing.com websearch tool. Besides being a Google challenging search tool, it can also save/make you some money.  You’ll need to sign up for ‘cashback’ using a Windows ID email (ie. live.com), but by using the impressive search website and associated vendors (huge list), […]

CinciTDI thoughts for TDIFest 2009 Welcome Bags

| June 18, 2009

Our local VW TDI group is working on a ‘welcome bag’ item for this year’s TDIFest 2009 near Washington DC (Herndon, Virginia). CinciTDI.com group, which hosted the TDIFest OH8 last year, has decided to offer up something for the registrants. Initially we though about a small canvas portfolio bag, a 12 LED flashlight (still pretty […]

Cincinnati 7, Atlanta 2 in a rain delayed game

| June 17, 2009

This was suppose to have posted from the Palm Pre to my blog … obviously my test and photo didn’t post. (I’ll have to look into it) Anyway … after a long rain delay early in the game, the Red were able to finish on top with solid pitching and hitting fromLaynce Nix.  See Story

Blackberry case comes in handy for the Palm Pre

| June 16, 2009

After a week slipping my new Palm Pre smartphone in my front pants pocket, I’ve decided it really needs a little protection if it is going to last a few years. Since the ‘cute’ little pouch that comes packaged with the Pre is not well suited for daily pocket use, in my opinion … I’ve […]

Record Flight for SkySpark Electric Powered Aircraft

| June 15, 2009

Here’s an excellent video from the World Air Games in Turin, Italy showing a test flight flown by Space Shuttle astronaut (STS-75) Maurizo Cheli in the electrically powered SkySpark Single “Motor” Land aircraft (a lame attempt at aviation humor on py part). What makes this flight unique is that it has achieved an airspeed record […]

Dew ladened spider webs

| June 15, 2009

While I’m in the “picture taking” mode, here are a couple spider webs taken while leaving the house this morning. The fog was heavy through the night after the thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon. Click photos for larger versions or here for largerst. Photo with Canon XTi & Tamron AF17-50mm.

Catching up on Geekbrief.tv on the Palm Pre

| June 14, 2009

Spending a busy weekend away from the computer, but found time to catch up on some tech updates on my Palm Pre. Really I’d prefer watching video on a big screen, but I was impress at how well I was able to watch a couple YouTube videos and episodes of Cali Lewis on Geekbrief.tv. Very […]

Automatic upgrade to WordPress 2.8

| June 12, 2009

The automatic upgrade feature in newer versions of WordPress software makes upgrading far easier than just a few version ago. I remember putting off the chore for months not wanted to hassle with backups and FTP uploads. Currently the step by step ‘semi-wizard’ approach works well and the switch to WordPress 2.8 last evening the same. […]

Happy Birthday dinner and a couple more Palm Pre photos

| June 11, 2009

Yesterday was a busy day of business calls and traveling so I missed the chance to blog about my son’s birthday. Nevertheless, I’ll include a Palm Pre photo from my son’s birthday dinner — Happy Birthday Taylor. The evening was nice as we enjoyed watching the Benihana chef cook the food in front of us […]

Battery life is going to be an issue with the Palm Pre

| June 9, 2009

— “Houston, we have a problem.” — Some heavy smartphone device users may have a problem with the Palm Pre’s battery life. My initial road test is turning up some pretty questionable results (click photo at right – used 80% of battery in 4 hours). I left the house this morning for a day on […]

More fun with the Palm Pre and GPS in car use

| June 8, 2009

My new smartphone, the Palm Pre, is growing on me and although I’m slow to change the smooth skipping stone of a phone is growing on me. Productivity with it is not happening just yet since the keyboard layout has change over the Treo and Centro line (moved some keys around). I’m am surprised how […]

Enjoying a fire on the back porch & the new Palm Pre

| June 7, 2009

Enjoying a fire on the back porch and a some relaxation in the hot tub after a couple of graduation parties. Of course the highlight of my day was picking up the highly anticipated Palm Pre smartphone as a replacement to my Treo 700p. My first impression is WOW! … followed by a less enthusiastic […]

A convoluted way to make FREE overseas phone calls

| June 6, 2009

Here’s a “How-To” technique for making FREE computer to “phone” calls (not computer to computer) from overseas to any U.S. phone number. Its more the penny pincher in me which enjoys finding a way to use technology than the actual dollar savings since it hardly seems worthwhile for the few calls I “really” need to […]

John Kasich for Governor in 2010

| June 5, 2009

Q: How do we improve life for Ohio residents, attract business and bring jobs to our state? A: With smaller government, lower taxes and by electing John Kasich (@John Kasich) to serve as governor in 2010. kasichforohio.com

A few more thoughts on the Palm Pre as June 6th nears

| June 4, 2009

As a long time Palm OS user from Palm Pilots to Handspring Visors to Samsung i500 phones (my mother is currently using it) to the latest Treos and Centros … I’m waiting … and waiting … for the new Web OS … and waiting for a new physical keyboard PDA smartphone. The Palm Pre is […]

Rocketchip Tuning Session at Jon’s Auto June 13, 2009 at 8 AM

| June 3, 2009

Don’t miss the tuning session on Saturday June 13th if your Volkwagen TDI diesel needs a bit more get up and go. Jeff Robinson from Rocketchip will be at Jon Hamilton’s garage working his magic.  Be early if you don’t want to wait. Jon’s Auto LLC is proud to present the return of Jeff from […]

Android to be an available OS on Acer netbooks

| June 2, 2009

Internet giant Google continues to make it presence known as they have landed Acer, Inc,  the world’s third largest computer maker,  as a client for its Android Operating System.  They will be shipping a new netbook PC in the third quarter this year with a competitive OS to Microsoft’s windows or open source Linux OS. […]

A weekend of computer related woes

| June 1, 2009

It has not been a good weekend for computers under my care and I’ve been punished by fate for over-confidence in the new Windows 7 RC release … and in my “lack of appropriate backups” on my Mac. First, I started the process of preparing to update a couple computer from the Windows 7 Beta […]

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