Saturday, April 28, 2007

Think Greenville is back!

www.ThinkGreenville.comI first started toying with the idea of "Think Greenville" in April of 2003. I thought to make something commercial of it, then got busy with other things. It's always been in the back of my head, but languished for lack of cycles on my part. In the past two weeks, I have relaunched it twice again. First I relaunched it using Blogger but quickly and accidentally invoked a DNS demon that rendered it unavailable for six days! (It's a long story.) As it was recovering from its torpor, I decided that what I really wanted was something of an art project. The goal of ThinkGreenville is to have my own little spot to celebrate the fun, beautiful, cool, and interesting bits of Greenville's downtown area. It's now hosted using the delightfully svelt bloghost Tumblr.


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Friday, April 27, 2007

A shower that's shockingly refreshing!

Shock ShowerNeed to liven up your shower? Why not use 110 volts? I lived in a house with dangerous wiring for awhile, but nothing quite as egregious as this. My brothers, the electricians will love this. My brother, the electrical inspector, probably has tales of his own.

qv: Home Inspection Nightmares

via: BoingBoing


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Potentially habitable planet found...

ESA GraphicWe're moving...
For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures
This changes the way the world thinks about the world...

qv: Yahoo News

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Podcast: Live Tech Calls and one bad Ghost!

This is the podcast of our technology call-in show recorded live on April 18, 2007. As always, it's hosted by yours truly, Phil Yanov and Eric Rodgers. When it's not quite so late, I'll come back and do some show notes. If one of you get's a bit ambitious and gets to it before me, send them along and we'll get them posted.


Photos: Artisphere 2007 in Greenville, SC

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I got some nice shots of some very cool sidewalk art at this year's Artisphere. The weather was really cooperative. It didn't wash this sidewalk art away in the middle of the festival for example.

qv: Artisphere Photos

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Photos: Kathryn comes to work...

Kathryn stopped by the office today and immediately asked to sit in my chair. I had already logged off my computer, but that didn't keep her from wanting to log in and to use my phone to make some important calls as well. She is not yet 20 months old. Phew!

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WYFF Video -- Citizen Journalists

If your cell phone has a built-in camera, you can record breaking news when it happens, sometimes quicker than traditional media outlets.

Tim Waller put together a piece for WYFF-TV this week that reminds people of the power to deliver breaking news that they are carrying around in their video powered cell phone. It features a few words from yours truly.

qv: [Link to the video]

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Monday, April 16, 2007

How do you convert Hi8 and VHS to DVD?

We recently received the following question:

Hi guys, computer question...

I have an iMac 24", with a 2.16Ghz Duo 2 processor and 1 GB of memory and am not sure what is available or what to purchase.

Minimally, I want to capture segments from my Hi8 camcorder and VHS VCR, then burn to DVD. In addition I'd like to capture still frames from either camera or vcr and print as still pictures.

It's all those early kid pictures and movies. What would you recommend?


Want to hear the answer? Well, be sure to listen to today's technology segment on Your Day.

Your Day is broadcast across the state of South Carolina via ETV Radio.

In the upstate of South Carolina, listen to WEPR 90.1 FM at noon.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Yahoo announces unlimited email storage

Yahoo has decided that they can give you unlimited storage for your email -- for free!
I guess this will raise some questions as to why some of us pay for the Yahoo premium services. I have a Yahoo premium email account I pay for as well as I have them host a couple of domains for me. In my own estimation the email works ok. The worst part for them is the part they seem to be best at is the part you don't see. That is, they seem to have very strong spam filtering so what I like is not seeing all of that mess show up in my inbox. They have released a beta version of the email which has a much snappier interface, but I really haven't been won over yet. The new interface is still pretty busy, it certainly requires a lot of your browser and processing power, and it's simply incomplete. A number of buttons in the new layout switch you back to the old interface for the purpose of making adjustments to things like your contacts or settings.

qv: Yahoo! Mail goes to infinity and beyond
via: [TechCrunch]

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