Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

EeeBox PC EB1012

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Just what we all wanted, an EeeBox that is capable of HD video. ¬†It is the perfect Media Center PC, right? ¬†HDMI, 1080p, eSata, small, most likely quiet, what more could you ask for? ¬†Throw in a couple of Tuners and maybe a bluray/DVD drive and you are set. ¬†But wait, the suspected price is 499. ¬†For 100 dollars more you can have a mac Mini. ¬†A much more powerful computer, it comes with a DVD drive and it is a Mac! ¬†This price makes me think that the Mac Mini is a more appeal option for a media center pc. ¬†I’m hoping that Asus can figure out some way to make this great little box a little more affordable. ¬†I think the best price would be 299. ¬†If these were 299 I would probably buy one EeeBox and 2 tuners for each HD tv that we have. ¬†My other question is, is there audio over HDMI?

-Zach

Review of Skimmer

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Skimmer is a Twitter/Facebook/Flickr/Youtube Adobe Air app. The idea behind it is great, but after using it for a few days it has proven not to be the solution I was looking for. First, I like to have the feed stay where I left off so I can continue to read new updates later. Most apps will do this if you scroll down a post. Skimmer did this as well… sometimes. Other times it would jump right back to the top after a new post was received. I could live with this, however, after using it for a few days it stopped updating. It went for almost a day without receiving any updates, even when I manually hit the refresh button. This is a huge problem.

Overall, I like Skimmer and what it is trying to do. It is just needs some more work to make it more reliable. I will be going back to Twhirl. I just can’t seem to find anything I like better.

Google, you can do better…

Friday, June 12th, 2009

A recent search for the exact url on Google turned up something interesting.¬† A result that had nothing to do with the search query.¬† Better yet, this result was an error message.¬† You can see for yourself below.¬† Come on Google, this shouldn’t happen.¬† Maybe I’ll have to give Bing a try.

googlefail

~Zach

Firefox/Google

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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An interesting thing happened to me today with Firefox on OSX and Google.  For some reason, only in Firefox a lot of the text on Google was missing.  The underlines indicating the links were still there, but all the text had vanished.  As far as I can tell Google was the only site affected, and it seems to have been only my computer.  Google looked fine on other computers at the same time.  Restarting Firefox fixed the problem.

Zach

Thoughts…

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

I was thinking about the idea of open wireless networks and why there wouldn’t be a way to have a “secure” open wireless network. This is my thought on how this could possibly be implemented. Would it not be possible for a wireless router to randomly generate WPA keys which were either sent to the end user’s computer and then used, or to have a SSL default page when joining the network that would display the key which if it was then used to connect to the network would allow secure, open access. Obviously, these random keys would only be valid for one connection. When you want to join the network again you would be then given a new random key. Also, the router would have to be implemented so that the local machines could not see each other, only the WAN port. Would this kind of a system work? If so, why haven’t we seen this type of thing out there? Or have I just not come across it? If anyone reading this knows of a system like this please send me a tweet (@tuds89) with information about it.

Edit: Apparently WPA implements some of the features that I mentioned.  With WPA each connection to the router is a unique secure session.  So, any traffic going between a computer and router is secured from all other computers.  However, shared network resources are still visible to all computers on the network.

~Zach

New iPod Shuffle

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I just heard about the new iPod Shuffle. It looks like a great idea. Smaller than ever, simpler than ever, but useless to me (I think). You have to use the Apple earbuds in order for the thing to function in any usable manner. I hate the apple earbuds, so I guess I won’t be getting one. Even if they come out with an adapter to use with normal headphones it would still be inconvenient and not something I would use. But, I guess that is Apple for you. Make a product that it proprietary to their own accessories, but make it a great design. It’s a great little player, but only if you want to use the Apple earbuds. I’ll stick with the larger versions.

~Zach