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Terrafugia Transition

January 12, 2009 in Tech by slowry

From the Runway to the Road is the catch phrase for the Terrafugia Transition that could be in showrooms within a couple of years.

Below is a short video showing how the Transition would land and then change to car mode and head home.

On the surface, I’m thrilled at the thought that for the price of a small plane, I could have a vehicle that could turn into a car at either end of the trip. Then I start thinking of what’s going to happen to airspace as more and more of these things start to fill up the sky. Are they going to require a Pilots license to fly? I would certainly hope so, as that alone would cut down on the the numbers of them in the sky.

I still think it’s a great idea and while not as space age as the Moeller Skycar, looks to be more likely to get off the ground and into production. Pun intended.

It’s already looking nice. You can get one in 2011 if you place your $200k order today.

I’ll take two.

Below I just found a short flight from Terrafugia of a scale model RC version of the Transition. Flight seems nice and stable.

Cheers,
Shane

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Macbook Wheel – Too Good To Be True

January 5, 2009 in Tech by slowry


Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

With MacExpo 2009 firing on all cylinders, this was too good not to repost.

I have a MacBook on the top of my shopping list and should be able to pick it up early February. Unless of course they announce the MacBook Wheel and can get that within the first quarter of the year.

Enjoy,
Shane

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Macbook Bargains

December 26, 2008 in Tech by slowry

The new Macbook is still calling my name and while Apple doesn’t seem to be doing a lot in the way of post Christmas there are bargains to be found.

The best I’ve seen so far is at Amazon. $100 off on the Macbook 2.4ghz with Free shipping.


$1499 with free shipping
on the new Macbook sounds like a bargain by any definition of the word.

There is a bunch of stuff I’m looking forward to tackling in the new year once my Macbook arrives. High on the list are iphone development, movie editing and writing some new music for the kids.

I look forward to mine arriving and will be doing some articles on the tech, programming and programs around it when it turns up on my doorstep.

I know Macmall has had some good prices, especially on the older models. Has anyone seen better pricing that Amazon?

Kind Regards,

Shane

Check it out at Amazon

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Programmer Rap Battle

December 11, 2008 in Tech by slowry

I found this a while ago on Digg and then lost it. I thought it too good to lose and have re-posted it below.

It is terribly geeky but very clever.

Shane

<djahandarie> we ain’t here to do e-c-e
<djahandarie> we’re here to do c-s-e on the w-e-b
<djahandarie> listen to me spit these rhymes
<djahandarie> while i program lines
<djahandarie> and commit web accessibility crimes
<djahandarie> word, son
<http402> You talk like your big on these I-Net kicks,
<http402> But your shit flows slower than a two-eighty-six.
<http402> I’m tracking down hosts and nmap scans,
<http402> While Code Igniter’s got you wringing your hands.
<http402> Cut the crap rap,
<http402> Or I’ll run ettercap,
<http402> Grab your AIM chat,
<http402> N’ send a PC bitch-slap!
<http402> peace
<djahandarie> you’re talkin bout down hosts and nmap scans
<djahandarie> while i got other plans
<djahandarie> you’re at your new job, but you can’t even do it right
<djahandarie> you just create a plight with your http rewrites
<djahandarie> i’ve been on the web since the age of three
<djahandarie> you just got on directly off the bus from mississippi
<djahandarie> respect yo’ elders, bitch
<http402> You’ve been webbin’ since three, but still ain’t grown up,
<http402> Gotta update your config and send the brain a SIGHUP.
<http402> You say you’re that old? No wonder you’re slow!
<http402> You’re knocking at the door while I run this show!
<http402> Elders my ass, you’re shit’s still in school,
<http402> Hunt and pecking at the keyboard like a spaghetti-damned fool,
<http402> Rim-riffing your hard drive like a tool,
<http402> Face it. I rule.
<djahandarie> i erase my harddrives with magnets (bitch)
<djahandarie> all you can do is troll on the fagnets
<djahandarie> and son, my brain’s wrapped in a nohup
<djahandarie> it wont be hurt by the words you throwup
<djahandarie> dont mind me while i emerge my ownage
<djahandarie> while you’re still over there apt-getting your porridge
<djahandarie> you say i’m still in school
<djahandarie> but the fact is that i know the rule
<djahandarie> cuz you need to go back to grade three
<djahandarie> and you better plea, that they take sucky graduates from c-s-e
<http402> Time to bend over and apply a patch,
<http402> Your brain’s throwing static like a CD with a scratch.
<http402> Your connection got nuked and you’ve met your match.
<http402> You run a single process like a VAX with a batch.
<http402> I’d pass the torch to a real winner
<http402> But it’d just scorch a while-loop spinner
<http402> Caught in a loop that you cant escape,
<http402> I run clock cycles around your words and flows,
<http402> Cuz your rhyme is like a PS fan: it’ blows,
<http402> Your water-cooled lyrics leak and it shows,
<http402> Take your ass back to alt.paid.for.windows.
<djahandarie> Good god, I can’t even respond to that. :P
<djahandarie> You win haha
* http402 takes a bow

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Hiding Links

November 25, 2008 in Tech by slowry

Link Assuaged

If you are working in Affiliate Marketing, sooner or later you are going to want to set up landing pages or put Affiliate links in your blog posts. The issue with that is that Affiliate links are ugly at best. At worst someone could steal your links and take your commissions. You don’t want that.

If you are making your own pages there are a few ways of hiding links, if you want a quick and easy way to generate code that will hide your links for you and generate non visible friendly links, Try HideALink. It’s a small program I wrote that will generate the html code to hide links in your html.

Oh … did I mention it’s FREE? Got get it.

If you are running WordPress, the straight html approach doesn’t work so well. There are a few methods around of hiding links using .htacces , folders and other forms of redirects. An eaiser way is to use a wordpress plugin.

I use “link cloaking plugin” which is also free and you can get it from HERE

I hope you find these useful.

Cheers,

Shane

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iPhone Other Storage

November 20, 2008 in Tech by slowry

Well I’m in the middle of restoring my 16G iPhone 3G.

If your sync is interupted, say by disconnecting the cable or receiving a call, it’s possible for your ipod index file to be corrupted. What can happen then is that your entire library of media turns into “other” in the storage system.
There are a couple of fixes if you have a jailbroken iPhone, if you are running stock (as I am) there are significantly fewer. The “recommended” fix is to restore your phone through iTunes.

Things seem to be going so well so far and I’ll write further if there are complications.

Since the latest firmware updates, the restore and syncing process is significantly faster and less painful.

I’m hopeful there will be a fix in the next firmware release for this bug, it’s a little annoying.

Cheers,

Shane

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ION Drum Rocker

September 23, 2008 in Marketing, Tech by slowry

I have been waiting on Rock Band 2 since I first laid drum sticks on the original Rock Band.

Once RB2 was announced, ION announced the Drum Rocker, a more realistic and midi capable drum kit. I’m very much looking forward to banging on it, although as I currently have the wii I may have to wait a little longer for that one to come out.

The PS3 version should be out in the not too distant future, and is already listed on the Amazon site.

The good news is that the wait is over and you can pick up the Drum Rocker now. You can get it straight from ION but they’re charging $50 odd for shipping or you can get it HERE from Amazon with free shipping.

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iPhone Direct Fulfillment Catching Up

August 11, 2008 in Tech by slowry

It looks like the outrage is dying down and the support group that was the SUPER THREAD has wound up. It hit 1115 pages before being locked by moderators and a new page was started that has barely hit 17 pages in a little over a week.

As with any new launch, failure to meet demand results in outcry and dismay. In the whole scheme of things people had to wait two weeks to get their new gadgets and there was some gnashing of teeth.

What can we learn from this? Well for one, the iPhone 3G launch and apparent shortages kept it and Apple in the news, which probably helped to move more units. Even with the much publicized delays, folks rushed AT&T stores to get their Direct Fulfillment order in or lined up for hours outside Apple stores in the hope that new shipments would bring enough iPhones for them to get one.

I haven’t seen the figures yet, but it seems that despite some issues with a small number (percentage wise) of handsets, most folks are very happy with their new iPhones. Mine seems to be just great and although I’m I"ll find several more apps for it, the ones I have so far seem to work as advertised.

The wait to get your hands on a new iPhone 3G through Direct Fulfillment now seems to be under a week. If you are lucky enough to have an Apple store handy, you can more than likely just walk in and buy one now.

We’ll have to wait for the next BIG release to see the same sort of reactions as were seen online about this latest release. Most likely something  along the lines of a TMX for christmas or the next iPhone in about a years time.

Shane

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Strange things to spend your iPhone money on

August 5, 2008 in Tech by slowry

Ok so you have a shiny new iPhone 3G and you are looking to accessorize.

Well if you can do without your phone for a couple of weeks and want something that is unique among your mates try THIS

Colorware will color your iPhone back, front, home button and ear buds starting at a measly $150 for the back.

I’ll take one in Orange for Orange Sands, at least the cost would be a tax deduction.

Then again, my phone is so new I couldn’t bear to be without it for two weeks.

Cheers,

Shane

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iPhone 3G – First Impressions

August 5, 2008 in Tech by slowry

Well I’ve now had my shiny new iPhone 3G for two days.

I have to say, I like it. I was a little worried the hype would overshadow what the gadget’s strengths are.

As a phone, especially paired with a blueant Z9i the call quality is excellent. I think the speaker phone is also quite good. I haven’t had any reception issues although 3G is sometimes a little sparse inside buildings. As I live in the North West of Arkansas, having 3G at all is a lucky thing. It will be interesting to see what the 3G quality is like around Harrison.

The mail was a breeze to setup and imap seems fine for what I’m using it for at the moment. The minimum default email polling is 15 minutes but you can manually check anytime you like. The phone gives a chirp and quick vibration when you have new email.

Web browsing is speedy and works well on wifi, 3G and even edge. GPS seems serviceable although I haven’t had a chance to use it much. There are some turn by turn apps in the works and I’m sure I’ll pick up one of those once they’ve been reported on.

I haven’t synced any music to the iPhone yet, however I have used Pandora to listen to some streaming music and the quality was excellent.

All in all a very cool gadget and I’m looking forward to spending quality time with it.

More to come.

Cheers,

Shane

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