Wednesday, December 31, 2008
If this pans out I may not repair my wife's laptop but buy one of these. I can dream, can't I!
Via Tech Crunch: Large Form iPod Touch To Launch in Fall ‘09--Brian
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Immediate frustration with click screen
She found the click screen difficult to use. This may be because she is used to my iPhone and was trying to do what she was accustomed to.Found menu hard key quicker than me
Again a force of habit for myself, but she did find the menu hard key quicker than I did.Found games and camera quickly
She was able to quickly find the games and the camera very quickly after she figured out the click was a physical push on the touchscreen.Figured out how to email picture taken with camera
Samantha had no trouble emailing a picture taken with the camera (because she quickly figured out the menu hard key) and was able to email a picture she took.Began to navigate quicker
As she got more comfortable with the touchscreen and UI she was able to navigate the device more fluidly.Found audio and video
Easy enough.Tried to pinch zoom
I noticed that when she was searching through the photo roll on the phone she was trying to pinch zoom. Another iPhone habit.Played movie trailer successfully
She was able to play and then stop the playback of the movie trailer that was already downloaded on the phone.Didn't like it
Was the brief response as our food got to the table. She felt the biggest problem was the click touchscreen and that "clicking was difficult" to do. In the end she preferred the iPhone's interface more than the Storm's.And that was all I could get from her before she started into her burger and onion rings. At least the meal wasn't a loss!
Special thanks to @camaross for the use of his Storm!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Barenaked Ladies: Snacktime!, a Free Holiday Download, and CD Giveaway | Geekdad from Wired.com
If Microsoft Built Cars...
1. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you'd have to buy a new car.
2. Occasionally your car would just die on the motorway for no reason, and you'd have to restart it. For some strange reason, you'd just accept this, restart and drive on.
3. Your car would inexplicably get slower over time and, every 3-6 months, it would simply grind to halt and fail to restart. At this point, you'd have to reinstall the engine. For some strange reason, you'd just accept this too.
4. Apple would make a car that was powered by the sun, was three times more reliable, fast, and easy to drive--but most people wouldn't know it or believe it.
5. Apple car owners would get expensive Microsoft upgrades to their cars which would make their cars go much slower.
6. Microsoft would replace the oil, engine, gas and alternator warning lights with a single "General Car Fault" warning light.
7. People would get excited about the "new" features in Microsoft cars, not knowing that they had been available in Apple's cars for many years.
8. Microsoft cars would come with 5-year-old Apple car paint jobs, but they'd be the same crappy Microsoft car underneath.
9. If you were involved in a crash, you'd have no idea what happened.
10. Before deploying, the airbag system would ask "Cancel or Allow?"MacDailyNews - What if Steve Jobs ran one of the U.S. auto companies?
Apple's Security Paradox - Forbes.com--Brian
Saturday, December 6, 2008
championship. I might pass English as long as I do good on my final
and the essay I revised today. All my other classes are going well.
The business is going slow. I don't have the time I would like to
dedicate towards it and it turns out were in a recession. So there
haven't been to many calls. Stupid recession.
So I am going to try to write here more with dealing ground breaking
material that entertains and informs you, my readership. I need to
make sure I try to keep good on my commitment to myself that I would
maintain this site. Stay tuned.
Brian M. Bufalo
Friday, December 5, 2008
Twitter feed as well as firemail on the iPhone. So far I love
firemail. When will the rotating keyboard come to Mail? My semester is
ending soon and I hope to put up a good long post then. Until then
thanks for your patience.
Brian M. Bufalo
Friday, November 21, 2008
Zone Alarm. I think I will still use it, just not on my main desktop.
Also I learned how truly valuable my iPhone has already become. In
fact it may become my main blogging tool as I can email in a post
anywhere and on my own time.
In current events the iPhone 2.2 update has been released on the world
and I must say it is fantastic! The improvements to Safari, Maps,
over the air podcasts, and overall speed and reliability are wonderful.
Safari includes a search box at the top next to the address bar,
making searches quicker and easier to access. Maps now includes
Googles Street View which put me in front of my old apartment in San
Diego in seconds. Podcasts can now be grabbed over both 3G and wi-fi
making the iPhone the ultimate multi media device on the market.
Everything seems snappier after the update as well. Flipping through
the home screens felt faster and more responsive.
All in all an improvement in the OS. We are still holding our
collective breath for copy and paste as well as a couple other
features added. All in due time it would seem.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
2 dead in argument over Ala.-LSU football game
1 hour ago
EVERGREEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an argument over Saturday's Alabama-LSU football game led to the shooting deaths of a couple at a home in southern Alabama.
Prosecutors identified the victims as Dennis and Donna Smith of Brewton. The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Saturday at the home of Michael Williams in the rural community of Owassa.
Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of murder.
Investigators told the Press-Register newspaper in Mobile that Dennis Smith, an LSU fan, called Williams, an Alabama fan, after Alabama's 27-21 overtime win and an argument ensued.
The Smiths went to Williams home. Investigators said Smith had a pistol and Williams had a shotgun and fired. Donna Smith was a relative of Williams' girlfriend.
Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/mobileregister
Copied from AP
The Associated Press: 2 dead in argument over Ala.-LSU football game--Brian
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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Google is going to kill Office despite what certain individuals may state about the state of cloud computing and it's implications. It's coming, like it or not. The new interface in excellent and as long as they keep adding to the interface and feature set there is a good chance we will never have to use the MS Office suite again! Check out the links for more information.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Some really cool interactive 2008 election maps and coverage from Google.--Brian
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
<param name="movie" value="http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3603203"/>
<param name="wmode" value="transparent"/>
<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/>
Friday, September 19, 2008
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The stroke of genius comes in from how simple and efficient many of these tasks were made. Not only do you use the address bar to type in http://bmbufalo.blogspot.com but you can also kick off a Google search (or those other guys search engine...if you really want to change it) and have direct results. It was a pleasant surprise to find but Google may want to make it a bit more obvious. It took me about an hour of using it to figure that part out. The new tab screen shows you your most frequently used items that gets more accurate over time as Chrome gets used to your surfing habits. Also the tabs are independent of each other so if your Hotmail craps out on you you can still feel safe that your porn is still there.
Friday, August 22, 2008
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I know that I have a new internet addiction every day but I have to rave about this one. Since I've had to wait till I came home to check it out and have only played with it for about an hour there is not much to review but I am already loving Jango. The first "Wow" moment came while I was editing the usual social profile information prevalent in every Web 2.0 application out there. As I updated my profile, chose different options, and basically clicked through the site the music never stopped. I know that's nothing jaw dropping but it was so slick I just relized it. In fact I don't think I would have taken the time to write this up had I not figured it out.
Jango offers your ususal profile options and the ability to network with your fellow online socialites. But what I love is the music is front and center with this site. I built a playlist of my favorite artists and started playing tracks right away. I really liked this over Last.fm where it seemed like I had to play music offline before it figured out what I like. Also, since this computer is the house hub for music, a lot of the music is not mine. So now Last.fm thinks I love hard core gansta rap and every girly country song out there. Trust me when I say Gretchen Wilson is not my favorite performer. But you wouldn't know it from Last.fm. With Jango I build the playlist's I want and the artists they recommended pretty much were the mainstream bands I love. I'm not much of an indie listener (that is slowly changing, however) so I don't know if your tastes are outside of the norm, but modern rock was well represented.I think Jango needs to maybe offer an offline player and continue to expand the music selection. Even lacking these features this might just be my favorite online music player. Just added there cool jukebox to my Blogger blog!UPDATE: Further research has shown that this has been out since late last year so I may be late to the party but I found Jango through this TechCrunch article and the unlimited beta updates are available there:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I have been telling family and friends about this service for a while now but apparently they are not in the loop. Or maybe it is because I really do have no life. Whatever the case I have been performing an unofficial and financially imposed experiment where I don't watch TV. I know that's been done and probably for the same reason (like most starving college kids we can't pay the bill for another week) but I am going to see if I can survive off of online content only because that bill always gets paid...that and food. I am, for the same reason, doing my online content on the cheap, or in the case of Hulu.com, free! Now this experiment will probably last until I get to the upcoming payday, but I may not go back to watching TV.Granted this is not for everyone. There is a small but growing catalog of films including documentaries, action flicks, drama, comedies, and more available on Hulu. The TV content on Hulu, if recent, is usually a day or several behind live broadcasts on the actual tube. For me that is no big deal. The only show I try to catch every week is Burn Notice and it comes on Hulu the day after airing so I have no qualms. For me the best part of Hulu is catching up on TV. After getting out of the Navy I realized that there was a pop culture hole in my life the corresponded to the four years I spent sailing the seven seas as I cruised around Hulu discovering all kinds of thing's I've missed like Hero's season two (I am going to go back and buy season one when I get paid!) and Firefly, which I saw the movie but never watched the series and The Dresden Files which I never saw before but loved!Speaking of Firefly, Hulu made a big splash in the whole digital streaming content marketing sceam scean (say that five times fast) with Joss Whedon who created Firefly, Buffy, and Angel, recently released Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog to the masses via Hulu only. There is a version available to purchase online on iTunes and you can still stream it on Hulu but the show which was originally launched as three acts was broadcast online only. There was no TV or movie or strait to DVD option here. The low budget, under an hour musical romantic comedy has generated some huge buzz and is extremely entertaining...especially if you want to see NPH sing! That's right, Neil Patrick Harris (a.k.a Doogie Howser, M.D., the blog father who is available to watch on Hulu) stars as Dr. Horrible. It's a pretty great gig and Whedon's strategy is great. Random people like me bable on endlessly about how this is the wave of the future.And I really think this is where we are headed. Verizon is pushing out more and more fiber optic cable to more people and AT&T is doing something similar. These connections will actually increase a connection almost ten fold and still have room for live TV streaming simultaneously. Pretty impressive. So jump on the wave and watch something for free...or at least add based. It's a pretty small price to pay to sit through a couple 30 second adds to watch Pitch Black or Battlestar Galactica for free!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
How To Add Star Ratings to your Blogger Blog -- Blogger Buster
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
From VistaNews - Vista vs. Leopard vs. Linux: "Using a Mac is like living in a downtown penthouse. You have everything done for you and it all looks very slick, but you pay a high price. You have a doorman to pamper you and somebody else takes care of the maintenance, but you can't make a lot of changes to the property.Using Windows is like living in the suburbs. You get more square footage for your dollar but you have to mow your own lawn and when something goes wrong, you have to fix it yourself or pay someone extra to do it. You can make changes to your property but you might have to deal with deed restrictions or city ordinances or homeowner association rules.Using Linux is like living out in the country. Compared to the other options, property is dirt cheap and you can do whatever you want to it without having to follow codes and get inspections. But you'll probably have to do a lot more of the work yourself and you need a lot of building expertise or else you may get yourself into big trouble and find your house falling down all around you because you didn't do it correctly."
Now get out there and pick your property!
There is the customary basic profile editing features and tucked away in the settings section is the ability for you to have "Seen a movie" or basically put it back into the queue for it to be rated by you.I did have a couple times when I rated a movie and I would get a...Fail Whale but a much better one about a 1908 Russian Space Impact and I only got it twice. The only other basic surfing complaint is it can be slow sometimes. I was on a T3 and the load times between movie selections was taking an above average amount of time. May have been a momentary problem as at home on DSL it was much snappier. It could have been the ad-blocker as well...not sure. Feature additions that might be nice (I've already asked for some of these and will get around to asking for the rest latter) is a "Neither" button that would allow you to not like either movie displayed. This is just a convenience thing, but I can dream. The ability to post a HTML snippet on my MySpace page (in the films section) or on my blog would be great to let my friends know what I like and I could check out what they are into as well. This could help out the "viralness" the the site as well; see also Facebook app and FriendFeed integration.I don't know what these guys have planned to make money off of this project but my guess (or recommendation) might be that they talk to MovieTickets.com or Fandango and let you but upcoming movie tickets for the new releases. I could also see them doing merchandise and other things to promote films or even tie in with Hulu or Joost to actually watch full length films or clips of your favorites. Netflix integration is on the way according to ReadWriteWeb. I think this site has a whole lot of potential and am excited to see what the future brings for them.Oh...and if I don't post back here for a while you know I'm over there rating movies!Flickcharthttp://www.flickchart.comReadWriteWeb's Takehttp://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/flickchart_your_list_of_best_m.phpFound originally via Coffee and Celluloidhttp://coffeeandcelluloid.com/2008/07/14/flickchart-finding-the-best-movies/#--Brianhttp://bmbufalo.blogspot.com
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
http://www.flickchart.comCoffee & Celluloid
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Update:Intense Debate worked wonderfully! It integrated with my blog perfectly! The only thing it took me a second to realize is that the commenting system only shows up in individual posts not on the front page. Maybe Disqus did work after all? It doesn't matter because Intense Debate allows for you to sign up using OpenID and that was the winning ticket! Excellent software!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
http://securosis.com/2008/07/08/dan-kaminsky-discovers-fundamental-issue-in-dns-massive-multivendor-patch-released/For something that is a bit more user friendly to understand explains it:
Or get a great explanation of how DNS works (and can be evil and good) here:
just like Web sites being cached by your browser, DNS (Domains
resolving to specific IP addresses) is also cached. From this
vunerability, these "Caching Name Servers" can be easily hacked and
from there, you could have people on, say an entire ISP, going to
whatever site you wanted to. Think phishing, but on a MUCH larger
scale. - Tim Hoeck
http://www.scribkin.com/2008/06/13/my-isp-is-a-dns-sellout/A tool to check your DNS from Dan who found the vulnerability is hosted at:
http://doxpara.com/And if you use OpenDNS (like I started to a month ago, thanks J. Phil at skribkin) you should not have been affected:
http://blog.opendns.com/2008/07/08/opendns-proven-to-be-the-most-secure-dns/Thanks to tsudohnimh who started the word on Friend Feed!
Monday, July 7, 2008
This news is a bit dated now but I wanted to welcome Chris Brown's newest addition to his family into the world. Congratulations!
Chris: Thought I'd show you what we've been up to over this way. Stephen is holding Patrick Seth Brown, born 20 Jun 08. 7 lbs, 8 ozs. 20.0" long. Mother and son doing well.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Trailer)
I am looking forward to this one!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Technorati Tags: special announcement, birthday, movie night
Thursday, July 3, 2008
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UPDATE: I am sorry about the double entries in the RSS feeds.--Brian
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Minor fixes according to the site but looks like us PC gamers must update as most servers already have by now.Here is a direct download, although I don't know how long it will last so get it while it's hot! <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/I8hHHYXD46GYeAl97tIXfw?authkey=G0KJyvBDqyI" title="- Uploaded with the Flock Browser - http://www.flock.com">
The thumbnail sucks but I started to download the software in Firefox. It turns out the evil empire is Fox friendly! Who would have guessed? My question is: Is this part of the opening of MS or has this been available for some time and I am just out of the loop?<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gZZRC2yjwBhtRwJtJctDyg?authkey=G0KJyvBDqyI" title="- Uploaded with the Flock Browser - http://www.flock.com">
Monday, June 30, 2008
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http://hoovermoviecrew.braincase.biz and vote for movie night this Saturday (only if you going to show up) and make sure you stand by for the big Birthday Special announcement coming soon!--Brian
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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After a long but smooth trip we made it to Elkmont campground (where Samantha spent many of her childhood camping adventures) only to find that they were at full capacity. The recomended that we try another campsite but to simply find a vacant site and set up camp as the office would be closed when we got there. So we wound our way to Cades Cove where we found a campsite and pitched a tent. After getting settled in we spent our first night sweating. It was hot. My little tent was not up for three bodies and we felt it that first night.When we woke up we found we could only get another night at the campground that we were at and we would have to pack up and move to another campground for any more nights (which the other campground had plenty of sites for the rest of the weekend). We paid our way for another night and set out to explore the park.The first stop was just outside the campground in Cades Cove. There is an eleven mile one way road that takes you through a large natural preserve that you are almost guaranteed to find some form of wildlife on. It was early enough that we saw a deer about a third of the way through but, unlike last time we went, there was not a whole lot to see. So we decided to take a "Unimproved Road" that would eventually take us into the nearest town outside the park. We slowly wound our way through the switchbacks and it is here I spotted the butterflies in the video below:
The quality is horrible (the best a K1M cellphone can do!) but there were a whole bunch of them just swarming around a little creek. There are pictures below, but again poor quality.We made it in to Townsend after getting out of the park and through what might have been a town if there wasn't such a Deliverance feel to it and found some grocery and last minute supplies. We then went and found a nice secluded spot to have lunch and enjoy the absolutely frigid river that ran along the main East-West road in the park. Samantha got right in and I never got in past my kneecaps. It was COLD! Amazingly Lucy jumped right in! She swam around for a little while and then jumped right out and we had drag her back in from that point on. It was hot enough outside that she needed a quick cool off but that was all she wanted. She hates the water (she wont even submit to a bath at home) and it was enough for us that she got wet on her own. We ended up back and the campsite where Samantha grilled steaks for dinner and afterwards I went and enjoyed a performance from a former park volunteer who demonstrated local Appalachian music and dance. It was a lot of fun!The next day was a late start. We didn't wake up until around ten in the morning! Samantha cooked breakfast (eggs, bacon, and love) and we explored some more. We didn't realize it until we got there but only two of the trails would allow dogs on them so we were stuck driving around looking at the sights and not able explore them much past the side of the road. But the Smokies has a lot of great views and we took them in. We found a spot at the Smokemont campground for the rest of the trip. We got a site right next to the river. It was very nice. We relaxed most of the time and read our books after lunch and another dip in the river. Very relaxing.We spent the night freezing cold this time and Samantha had an upset stomach that night. By morning we had warmed up and gastronomically settled down and set out for Cherokee, NC, an Native American reservation (and major tourist trap). Mostly we drove around as we had done most of the touristy stuff last time we had come to the Smokies. But we did explore more and saw much more of the reservation than our previous trip. We decided that we were not going to stay another night and packed our gear for the trip home. We made it back after taking the scenic route through the Cleveland Nation Forrest in North Carolina. All in all it was a fun trip. The few pictures I have up for now are posted below. There will be more to come after I get them off of Samantha's phone.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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With any luck I will actually remember the camera this time and get some decent photos of this event. Otherwise we are stuck with the awesomeness of 1.3 mega pixel's the Krazer puts out. Anyone else planning on attending? Let me know!--Brian
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Opa with his two grand-daughters, great-grand-sons, and his son Terry in the back
Hopefully there will be more post's when things settle down. Until then I'll be posting on Twitter (as long as they keep it up...they may have found a fix finally) throughout the week.--Brian
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Original story I found on Google News:Twitter is Down; I Blame the Democrats
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
of how the RIAA is hunting YOU for pirated material. The key part of
this topic to me is loud and clear and is yet another reason not to use
the software: Do not use LimeWire! Something else to consider: while working at a now defunct national computer retailer as a technician, if a computer had LimeWire installed and children were living in the house we formatted the hard drive. I know that sounds lazy but 9 out of 10 times they were infected. I wonder how they track you over BitTorrent? For those who are concerned about this issue check out Lifehacker's info on limiting your exposure online to the tracking efforts of the man.
Monday, May 12, 2008
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Gas Prices Expected to Peak in June - New York Times
This is about right...Last time we filled up the Explorer it was $71 from E to F. And it's only going to get worse. I'm buying a scooter.--Brian