Thursday, January 29, 2009

That's not a real URL

I see it, but if I type that in, my browser won't be very happy.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Have lunch with your congressman today

Congressman Bob Inglis is hosting a Let's Talk lunch at the Handlebar today.  It seems like the perfect time to ask some questions about how congress will be working to get the economy moving.  I've not been to one of the events before, but plan to go today. He describes the event as follows:

Let's Talk ... Rx for Recovery
Monday, January 26 - The Handlebar, 304 E. Stone AvenueGreenville, 12:00 noon
    • South Carolina has the 3rd highest unemployment rate in the country.
    • Many of our neighbors have lost jobs.
    • Businesses and families are struggling in what could be the worst recession in decades.
    • What's the path to recovery?
All of this is from his website.  

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Greenville, SC Novelist John Jeter interviewed on Your Day

Sandy Woodward Interviews John Jeter Of The Plunder Room by Clemson University/Your Day / Clemson University  
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You may know John Jeter as the proprietor of The Handlebar , the award winning Greenville concert venue named for his mustache.  What you might not know that John has been pecking away for years as a newspaper reporter, editor, and aspiring novelist. His 19 years of work have reached a new milestone with the publication The Plunder Room.  Coinciding with the novel's release, John was interviewed by Sandy Woodward for the Your Day radio program heard on South Carolina's NPR stations. You can listen to the interview here.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Google brings LIFE photos online

Google and LIFE have collaborated to bring the entire LIFE photo archive online. These newly-digitized images include photos and etchings produced and owned by LIFE dating back to the 1750s.  Simply add "source:life" to any Google image search to restrict your search to the archive.
Want to have some fun? Type in your date of birth and find the cover of Life, TIME, or both for that day. (sample)

Friday, January 09, 2009

Good News - Healthy Lounge has completed their relocation strategy

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I just got the word that Healthy Lounge has re-opened at 300 River Street, Suite 203.

The new spot is in Riverplace near the stairs that lead to The Lazy Goat. Healthy Lounge is a quick, cool and robo-nerdy way to get rid of a back's worth of stress. 

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

How I missed a chance to save the world from additional suffering

I wish I'd had a video and audio recorder running this morning. If we could have captured the struggle to get our beautiful kids fed and clothed before taking them to daycare, I could have packaged it up, entitled it "Birth Control" and single handedly put the brakes on our global population explosion.

I guess we might have had to translate the actual words, of which there were few, into several foreign languages to get the full effect, but the screaming, crying, and visibly bad behavior by nearly all parties would have required no translation at all.


Monday, January 05, 2009

Flip tells me to return my Flip Mino to the store if I don't like my videos on Drive C:

The Flip Mino software was recently updated. I took the update because I was hoping the software would be a little bit faster and a little bit more stable. It seems faster when loading, but it's got it's own troubles. First off, the software won't let you save videos from the camcorder to any drive other than the C: drive on Windows.

This is a problem because the video files are big and they will quickly fill my drive. In the prior version of the software I'd manually move the files after downloading, but it meant that the Flip editing software couldn't find the files once I had done that. The workaround was to move them back for the editor and then move them to the big drive when done. The new version buries the videos deep in the directory structure, so you won't accidentally delete them (their words.) I decided to see if I could get the problem fixed. I used their online support.

I asked:
Phil: I'd like to move the FlipShare directory to a drive with more space. How do I do that?

They answered:
Flip: The Flip Video program does not have any features that allow users to change the default saving location, nor the location where the "video compatibility" software will be installed.

You may be able to manually save your video. To do this, please connect your camcorder to your computer and double-click the Flip Video icon either in “My Computer” or on the desktop. Then double-click the DCIM folder, and open the 100VIDEO folder, which is where you will find your videos. Then select the video you wish to save, copy it, and paste it to the location of your choice. Please be aware that your camcorder’s program will not be able to recognize videos saved in this manner.

The problem is in the last sentence. I want to use the software that came with the camcorder! I wrote them back:
Phil: Ok. Now, I know that there is no menu driven way to make the change. I need to know what other way exists to make the change. I need FlipShare to look at something other than my C: Drive for it's files. How do I do that?

They answered with:
Flip: There is no way to do this in the Flip program. You can manually save videos to any location you wish, and then try to save them back to your camcorder to use them in the Flip program. But, the Flip program will still save them back to your C drive.

Now, I thought it was time to let them know I had a little expertise and was willing to accept a technically challenging solution:
Phil: That doesn't work for me. The Flip will fill my C: Drive. How can I manually make the change? It probably involves changing some registry entries.

They told me to stop bothering them and return the camera from whence I got it:
Flip: We do not provide support for manipulating the Flip program, nor do we know of any way to change the default location the Flip stores videos.

If the Flip Share set-up doesn't work for your needs, it may be best to return the device and buy one more suited for your specific needs.

Our apologies for any confusion, or inconvenience.

I have to wonder if a customer service agent for Pure Digital actually has the authority to send me packing. I am shocked by the answer.

As I see it, I can live with it, work around it, try to fix it manually by guessing at registry entries, or return it to Amazon and buy the Kodak Zi6. (I was wanting to test drive one of those anyway.)

UPDATE: Later versions of the FlipShare software include an option for moving the data directory.

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Angel Network Open Session this Thursday. Investors and entrepreneurs invited.

The Upstate Carolina Angel Network is having an open session for investors and entrepreneurs at the Greenville Chamber. I had thought this was for investors only so I hadn't posted it previously.  I seem to have missed that entrepreneurs were being invited as well. So come along!

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Video: The Red Elvises at the Handlebar in Greenville, SC

The Red Elvises came to The Handlebar in October and I shot several snippets of video from the audience knowing that I'd make a montage of it later. I shot the video using my Flip Mino, and went about making the montage, but couldn't get the sound right using only the software from Flip. Well, they updated the software to FlipShare and I installed the update which now allows you to replace the audio from your video with something else. The video below is all from the October concert and the audio is an mp3 of one of the Red Elvises songs which I downloaded from their officially sanctioned fan web site.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

A few good podcasts you may not yet be listening to (with Audio)

Future Tense host Jon Gordon recently asked for favorite podcasts via a Twitter request .  I dropped in a vote for my favorite long form audio podcast Radio Lab .  It is the smartest podcast I've ever found and I make sure to catch every episode. Radio Lab covers science in an approachable, meaningful way that celebrates discovery and the people who are doing the hard work in modern science. Hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad are giddy in their presentations and their love for science shows in every second of the show. Bravo to them and thanks to Jon Gordon for including my comments.

Below is a link to the Future Tense podcast which includes my recommendation. I'd also use this time to recommend you add Future Tense to your iTunes list as well.  Every weekday Future Tense shines three minutes of light on some area of technology that you quite probably have overlooked. The show airs on many public radio stations, so every edition is broadcast quality and of the highest production value. Take a listen.

This Future Tense episode features a few words from yours truly.

Good podcasts for your idle time 
MP3 - iTunes

We asked folks on the social network Twitter to share some of their favorite podcasts. Here are some they liked:

Onion Radio News
MacMost Now
In Our Time
Radio Lab
This American Life
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews


Don't forget to follow Jon Gordon on Twitter.

ps: You already follow me (thinkhammer) on Twitter, right?

This repost includes an audio player so you can easily listen to the podcast mentioned.  Pretty sweet, eh?

Good Podcasts For Your Idle Time by American Public Media  
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