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
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
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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">