Apr
5
2013

‘Robot Combat League’ is Terrible!

I recently saw a commercial for the SyFy television show Robot Combat League and was initially very interested. It’s about giant robots fighting each other! Normally, that’s a done deal, and will be on my viewing rotation with ease. Who wouldn’t want to see that? It was basically the Hugh Jackman movie Real Steel in real life. Unfortunately, I was quickly disappointed. The first thing that came to my mind was that it was ‘Battle Bots’, […]

Mar
23
2013

Beware of your Facebook Likes! Sorry Facebook friends, I just won’t ‘Like’ you anymore.

Beware of your Facebook Likes! This past week it came to light that researchers at The University of Cambridge discovered they could make very accurate assumptions on a Facebook user based on what the user Likes  (pdf here). I’m glad that my own Facebook paranoia finally has a little more information to back it up. I’m the kind of Facebook user who likes to read up on my friends doings, occasionally share something, and do some […]

Nov
11
2012

Lenovo U410 Ultrabook Review

It was finally time to get a new laptop, and I now find myself typing on a Lenovo IdeaPad, the 14″ u410. This is considered an Ultrabook, which I think is some sort of official term that Intel came up with. It basically means powerful, and yet slim and sexy. After using this thing for about a week solid now, I think I’d have to agree. This is a ‘real world’ review, based upon the […]

Oct
27
2012

Spotify App data usage on Android

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I finally got around to testing the Spotify app for Android. I am a heavy user of the desktop version, so I was expecting a lot. I really have to admit, I have been extremely impressed. It’s slick, has most of the features from the desktop version, and the usability seems top notch. You can play your radio stations for free, and if you pay for the premium version, you can even download your playlists […]

Mar
27
2012

Finally, a cheap wifi adapter for the Xbox 360! Vonets VAP11G review

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For anyone who was looking for a cheap wifi adapter for the Xbox 360 and found nothing but frustration, I share your pain. I spent quite a bit of time researching this, always telling myself “There has GOT to be a cheap way to do this without spending $50-$70 for the darn ‘official’ Microsoft wifi adapter”. Finally, I ran across the Vonets VAP11G. Like everything else, available on Amazon: I’m not sure why I didn’t […]

Oct
23
2011

Use jQuery and Modernizr to load javascript conditionally, based on existence of DOM element

In the past year or so, Modernizr has really exploded on the web development scene. It allows the detection of browser abilities, such as geolocation, canvas, etc. Version 2 also merged with yepnope.js which allows for the conditional loading of CSS & JS. If you don’t know what Modernizr is, their site provides lots of clear documentation to show you its’ power. The one thing that wasn’t clear to me, was if I could load […]

Oct
2
2011

How to use the jQuery plugin Colorbox from within an iframe

If you’ve ever needed a high quality lightbox and did some research, I’m sure you’ve come across the jQuery plugin Colorbox. It’s lightweight, themeable with just CSS, and very easy to use. I’ve been using it for a few years now, and have never had a reason to try something else. Anyway, I recently had to open up a Colorbox link from within an iframe, but in the parent window, not the iframe window. Lets […]

Jun
22
2011

Pandora App Review – Data Usage Test

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It was recently announced that Verizon is ending its unlimited data plan. Starting July 7th, instead of ‘all you can eat’, you’ll be getting 2GB for $30. While 2GB might seem like a lot to some, if you’re a heavy streaming app user, you might find yourself paying overage charges if you’re not careful. One of the major causes of this may be Pandora. For the most part, everyone loves Pandora. I personally know several […]

Jun
12
2011

Netflix “Watch Instantly” website redesign is a step in the wrong direction

Netflix unleashed a partial redesign this past Wednesday, most notably their entire “Watch Instantly” section, and it’s fairly easy to say that it hasn’t been well received by their user base. As of this writing, there are 3,880 comments on the official blog announcement, and most of them are pretty negative. Now that I’ve had a chance to give the new design and functionality a good test drive, I have to admit that I absolutely […]

May
30
2011

Security Matters: How I keep my PC safe from malware and viruses

I take computer security fairly seriously. The worst possible computer problem I can imagine is getting my data stolen or destroyed. Bank logins, retirement accounts, thousands of photos & videos, tax returns and other personal information are all sitting on my computer. If my little fortress of data were to be compromised, I would be devastated. On top of that, my wife would probably kill me. So the only thing to do is stay secure. […]

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