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Ask not what you can do with the iPad, but what you want to do with the iPad.

Don’t worry, it sounds redundant even when I read it.  My point though is this: asking someone what you can do with something almost always ends up as a list of what you can and can NOT do, while asking yourself what you want to do with something is just that or at least it is with me.  The “can” is a list of capabilities or lack of.  The “lack of” capabilities part really only exists due to the merging of someone’s “wants” with the list of capabilities.  The “want” can be just your desires, it need not be merged with any other list of requirements unless you want a pet lion but don’t want the possibility Read more

VideoStream for iOS

VideoStreamI remember the days when I steered very clear from Apple products.  Everything I needed in a computing devices came with PCs and Windows, and still do.  After winning a iPhone 2G from a White Elephant gift exchange my work organized a couple years ago, I’ve slowly discovered the allure of iDevices.  Having just recently finally upgraded to an iPhone 3GS I find it’s versatility outweighs it’s drawbacks almost every day.  From all my music in the car with my Jabra Cruiser to games to extremely useful Apple-approved and jailbreak apps plus a quick and responsive phone for SMS, MMS, e-mail, and phone calls, this pocket-sized device connects me to almost everything and everyone.  Now it gets better with VideoStream

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Ohh Dropbox… where have you been all my life?

Windows Live Mesh?  Heck no… Ubuntu One?  Still not doing it for me.  What’s this?  A file synchronization client for Windows, Mac, Linux (GNOME), and iPhone?  *faints*

Enter the Dropbox (

Since I’ve recently gone back to school I’ve had a hell of a time keeping my files synced between my desktop and netbook.  The band-aid was to use a USB stick but to be honest it’s been such a pain.  From keeping track of it, making sure I always had it with me, just having to plug it in and unplug it, and hell… I’ve even lost one or two of them before but with Dropbox all I need is an internet connection once in a while to synchronize files and I’ve got everything I need where and when I need it.  Your first 2 GB are free!

Dropbox – Home – Online backup, file sync and sharing made easy..

Multi-Protocol IM Comparison Chart

Here’s a brief list of what I’ve found comparing some of the most popular multi-protocol IM clients.  I’ll try to update this here and there when I have time! Read more

Multi-Protocol Instant Messengers

I started this post thinking that I had found the latest and greatest of Multi-Network Messengers but after a little research I’ve found so many new ones that I haven’t even heard of. Even though it doesn’t have a linux version yet, my new favorite is Digsby. Remember back when Trillian came out, back when it was free and that was still all we had if we didn’t want to run 3 or 4 different messengers side by side? To be fair, I’ve only used Trillian, Pidgin, Empathy, Nimbuzz, and now Digsby. Read more

Advanced Archive Password Recovery

Advanced Archive Password Recovery

Advanced Archive Password Recovery

I started the search for a zip password recovery program after I found a curious little zip file, password protected, that had some videos in it. What those videos are of I can not certain but they better be good after all the trouble I’ve gone through to get them now. I found some free (?), dated tools for password cracking (recovery) but that wasn’t going to work on this file, apparently it was encrypted using the best method possible for WinZip®. I had also tried an older version of Advanced Archive Password Recovery (ARCHPR), this was created back when it was called Advanced Zip Password Recovery. A number of things were missing from that, namely support for enhanced AES encryption which I must have used to protect this file. At only $99 for most recent ARCHPR Professional, which supports enhanced AES encryption and after reading a lot of positive reviews I gave it a shot. Read more

Posting from my iPhone

WordPress for iPhoneOut of all the cool iPhone apps I’ve tried out lately this one is the most useful one that I’ll probably rarely use (yes, confusing) – it’s the WordPress 2 app. If I really wanted to make a post worth reading I would probably wait till I was sitting in front of a full blow computer or laptop/netbook to do so. It is a cool little app though, some minor rough edges in parts but totally useable!

[edit: I just discovered a really fantastic feature of this program after it had a little hicup and crashed while I was editing a post. After relaunching it, a message displayed informing me that the changes I made to the message I was working on had been restored. I was able to resume editing the message right where I left off. I really don’t mind apps crashing now and then, let’s be honest, even the built in iPhone apps crash from time to time (like SMS) but when a free app like this does then gracefully recovers it’s a beautiful thing! ]

Finally threw in the towel and installed WordPress

wordpressAfter deciding I wanted more abilities and better modularity I retired my nearly 6 week old site and threw on WordPress.  All that work… ohh well.  I’ve moved most everything over except for the code samples, we’ll see how that goes.  I created “pages” for the bio/resume information.  I threw the companies and experience into blog posts under the ‘Experience’ category because the pages list at the top (that I initially removed) was getting cramped.  I have tons of themes and plug-ins to sift through to find the coolest ones so that’ll be super fun :|. Read more

iPhone App: Mobile Air Mouse (Air Mouse Pro)

airmouseproI used to have a much simpler app back in the days of firmware 1.x that used VNC – as a server on the desktop and a viewer on the iPhone. It didn’t show the desktop background on the iPhone but allowed for remote cursor movement and keyboard input. That was free and only available to the brave mass of people who have jailbroken their iPhone at the time. Back then the process was a little more hairy than it is today but I digress.  Before Mobile Air Mouse I really wished they had updated that other app to work on the 3.x firmware but now that I’m done whining I’ll get to the point…
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My Dell Mini 10

Dell Mini 10

Dell Mini 10

Well I’ve had my Dell Mini 10 for about a week now and I’ve enjoyed it so much I thought I would write a bit about it. I’ve had 4 Dell laptops including this one and this one has by far been the most portable and affordable system I’ve ever purchased.

It arrived in about a week and a half after I ordered it. The package was about 6 pounds. The box was about the size of a full sized laptop but about half the weight, everything was inside! Read more

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