November 2008 - Posts

Cheap iPod Nano on sale at Amazon get it while its hot
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:41 AM

Right now you can get the new Apple iPod Nano 8GB for only $137.98 with free shipping. This is a great deal on the new Nanos and would make a great christmas prestent for anyone. get a discount on the nano at amazon while the sale lasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Click here to go to Amazon. Apple iPod nano 8 GB Black (4th Generation)

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Drive and Play - iPod Car Accessories Kit Now only $19.99
Friday, November 21, 2008 3:31 PM


Buy it NOW!

I recently picked up one of these guys from Newegg.com for $20 bucks. Let me tell you it was worth every penny. This thing works great I love it.  The Drive and Play by Harman Kardon is an ipod interface that allows you to control your iPod through the controller and display.

The Display
    The display emulates the iPod screen so you can navigate it just like you would your iPod. The Display also makes use of a backlight to make it easier to operate in the dark or during the day. You can change the setting on the display to show big fonts or backlight sleep setting among other things.

The Controller
    The controller has 5 buttons on it one on each side and one in the middle. The outside ring rotates and controls the scrolling when you’re trying to navigate the menus. The outer ring lights up in the dark and goes off when you have the backlight set to turn off after 10 seconds.

Audio Out

With this device you have two options when it comes to getting the sound into your stereo. #1 you could install a wired FM modulator that delivers a crystal clear sound directly into the antenna of the car. #2 you can use the built in wireless FM modulator that is not as good but could work well if you’re not traveling large distances. Option #1 would be ideal if you don’t already have an audio input into your car stereo. It is however more setup to do it this way but it’s worth it when you get it right. Option #2 is great because you don’t have to do anything just turn your radio into the station the modulator is set to and you're ready to go. The down side is that depending on where you are you might experience some interference.

My opinion
Go with the wired FM modulator they sell one that goes with this setup for 10 bucks and its totally worth it. Don’t play around trying to find a station with little or no interferance.

This setup on the box says that it works with iPod video and iPod classic but when you get into the instructions it works with older iPods and nanos and minis.


Here is a picture of it in my car playing a little Weezer.

Just in case you were wondering how all the wiring is setup here is the schematic of the setup.

 
Buy it NOW!

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How to Setup a Remote VNC Connection on Mac OSX
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 3:38 PM
     In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to setup a VNC connection between two computers so you can login to the host computer remotely. It's a great way to allow yourself access to a computer wherever you go.

      Before I start I feel that I have to explain some stuff first. There are two different ways you can make a VNC connection. #1.You can connect locally to a computer that's on the same network as you or #2 connect over the Internet. If you connect over the Internet the connection is a lot slower and it's harder to accomplish tasks because the refresh rate it slow. It's a lot faster to use a VNC connection locally.

    Having said that it's a lot cooler to be able to connect with your computer remotely and do things on it from somewhere else. So that's what I'm going to show you how to do.

Okay here we go! In order for you to successfully create a VNC connection to your Mac you need to do the fallowing to the Mac you want to connect to.

1.    Enable the screen sharing in the preferences menu.
2.    Configure your router to forward port 5900 to your Mac's IP address.

Enable Screen Sharing on your Mac

To enable screen sharing on your Mac go to

  • System preferences
  • Then click Sharing
  • Then check the "Screen Sharing" Box


After you do that click on the "computer settings" button and set a password for your VNC connection. Remember this your going to need it later.  

Configuring your router

Most routers offer some of the same options and features so what you're going to do is forward the VNC port to your computer. I am going to show you how to do it using a Linksys router.

#1 The first step is to figure out what your local ip address is. To do this go to
System Preferances>> Networks
Click on the connection that that has the green dot to the left of it. On the right where it says "Status" it gives you your IP address it will look something like 192.168.1.105 . Write it down somewhere.

#2 Now you need to log into your router's configuration. To do this you need to open your browser and type into the address bar 192.168.1.1, which is the default gateway of most routers. If its not the default gateway for your router go back to the System Preferances >> Networks dialog box and find where is says router: 192.168.X.X this is your address of the router. If you still can't connect to your router it might have the wireless management turned off. Which will prevent you from logging in if your connected via a wireless connection.

Anyways after you enter the routers IP address most likely 192.168.1.1 press enter and you should get a login box that pops up. The username is typically admin and for Linksys routers the default password is admin unless you changed it from the default.



After you login you should see something like this.



Find the application and gaming tab and click it. Now all you have to do is enter the information like this. The external and internal port number is 5900 because this is the port the VNC runs on and the ip address is the address the I asked you to write down earlier. Make sure you check the enable box as well.

 

 

After you enter the information click save settings.

Dynamic DNS

Okay sometimes depending on the ISP you need to setup a DDNS which stands for Dynamic Domain Name Server. You can do this by going Dyndns.com and signing up. Once you create an account login and select services then Dynamic DNS. From there you can create you DNS name. Once you have your DDNS you can put that information into the router .To do this you need to select that DDNS tab from the setup menu. See the second image.

You are all done configuring your Host computer for VNC and now for the client computer.

Setting up the client computer for VCN login.

To get your client computer ready to log into your Host computer all you need is a VNC program and two bits of information, the public IP of the Host computer and the password you made when you enabled the screen sharing. While you're still on the same network as your Host open a browser and go to whatsmyip.org and at the top it will show you your IP write this down.

You can download any VNC software you would like but I used Chicken of VNC and it works pretty good. http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/

After you install it on the client computer launch the application and the VNC login box should popup if it doesn't click connections >> open connection. Hit the plus button to add a new server. At this point you need your public IP address the second IP address you wrote down. Type your public IP address of the Host computer into the VNC program were it says " Host: ". When you're done with that enter the password that you setup earlier. Now click connect. If you did everything right it should slowly but surely show you the Host's Computer screen.  Pretty nifty huh.

 

Update

 

Okay so you can use the Chicken of VNC but it is slow and crappy. I don't know why I didn't use this before but Mac has a VNC program built in. The screen sharing application will allow you remote in will  works and is so much better. To use the screen sharing application all you have to do is go to the finder menu bar and select. Go >> Connect to Server . Or you could do what I would do and use the shortcut Command + K. Then all you have to do is enter the IP address or DNS of your remote computer and hit connect. Then enter your username and password that is used on the remote machine and screen sharing will startup for you. It works much better than chicken of VNC..

 

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave a comment on the blog or shoot me an e-mail at willburns1 at gmail bot com

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McCole Corp. Responsible for Spammers
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:58 PM

   

The McCole corp. had its Internet cut off by two different ISPs and something unusual happened. Companies that track Internet spam reported the Internet spam went down by more than 50%.  Companies like Spamcop.net and IronPort reported that when the McCole servers were offline that Spam e-mails went down significantly. IronPort reported that spam volumes went down by 66% on the Tuesday of the shutdown.

    Security companies like these have been onto McCole for a while but it wasn’t really known what extent they were hosting spammers. McCole is apparently one of the largest hosting services for spammers, remote management of compromised computers, counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography. From a legal stand point it’s not really known if McCole could be legally responsible for what is going on their servers. The only exception is the child pornography. If the hosting service knows about that they are required to take that off their servers and can be held legally responsible. As far as the other spam found on their servers it’s a kind of hear not evil see no evil situation.

    Spammers use the McCole servers because they don’t give them a hard time about what it is they do. They also do their best to keep complaints from affecting the clients. If a complaint presents itself McCole would just move the site to a different part of their network. The question is do we really want the McCole servers shunned by all the ISPs. If they are it’s going to be harder to prevent the Spam that was on the server. At least now we know where it’s all coming from. It’s easier to prevent the spam if you know where it comes from. If the McCole servers were taken down the spammers would just go somewhere else and they would be harder to find.

Read the whole story here.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/12/AR2008111200658.html

 

 

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Blind Woman Gets Threatened Over a 1 cent Bill
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 3:17 PM

    I wrote a post a while ago about my wife who got a bill for 37 cents from her old apartment complex. I thought that was really funny that they would send a bill that cost them money to send. This story that I read was even more ridiculous.

    I blind woman from Attleboro, MA received a bill from the utility company for 1 cent and when she didn’t pay it they threatened to place a lien of $48 on her next property tax bill. The city does send out bills before sending out lien notices, but the woman has to have someone come over to read her mail because she’s blind.
   
    The city says that the computer prints all the outstanding bills and it would not be cost effective to pay people to sort through them and find ones not to send, which I agree with and makes since to me.

    I think that the situation is kind of ridiculous but at the same time I understand that a bill is a bill and you can’t refuse to pay a bill just because it’s only for 1 cent. If it was me in this situation I would just pay the bill but think it was ridiculous at the same time.
   
    I guess the parties involved expected after they made such a big deal about it that the city would retract the charge but they are not going to. I don’t think that they should either a bill is a bill. If they want to charge you for something and you owe it to them then just pay it.
 

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Screenshots on a iPhone - How to Take Screen Shots with your iPhone
Monday, November 17, 2008 12:01 PM

This is going to be a quick little post about taking a screen shot on your iphone. Apple has added a screen shot feature that allows you to capture your screen and adds it you your camera roll. This is a great little feature if you want send someone a map of a locations you could just pull up the maps app and find the map you want and capture it. You can then send the map to a friend or post it to online.

Here's How you do it. 

 

Here is a screen shot from my phone. 

 

Pretty Cool huh! I never heard about this I guess I'm just behind in such things. Oh well not a lot gets by me so if this little feature got by you don't feel bad. 

 

 

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TinkerTool for Mac OSX
Friday, November 14, 2008 4:34 PM

TinkerTool for Mac OSX

    TinkerTool is a cool little program that allows you to activate options that are not currently available to you on your Mac. These setting or options are all built in they are just hidden from the common user.


One of the things that really bugged me for a while was why you can't turn on hidden files. Nowhere in the Mac OS can you turn on hidden files. With Tinker Tool you can choose to turn them on and relaunch the finder. Presto chango you can see the hidden files. Isn't that great!

TinkerTool allows you to

  • Show hidden and systems files
  • Disable sound effects
  • Disable desktop features
  • Add "quit" item to finder menu
  • Disable animation effects when opening files
  • Disable animation when opening info panels and desktop icons
  • Disable selection info panel categories.
  • Allows you to prevent the OS from creating .ds_store files on network connections. Which I also love.
  • Allows you to change the max number of label lines in icon view.
  • And these are just the options for the finder.

Some Screen Shots

 

 

 

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Android Bug Fix for G1 Google phone
Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:46 PM

 

Android Bug Fix for G1 Google phone

 

     The G1 google’s new phone that was released for T-Mobile had a very embarrassing bug in it. The problem was that anything that we typed into the phone whether it was in a text message or an application was sent through the phone’s command line shell. This is not that big of a deal accept they were sent through with root user privileges. This means that you could do anything to the phone with the right command. For example if you typed the word “reboot” into a text message the phone would actually reboot. 
   
    The update to fix this has already been released, but the users have to physically update their phones, which means that they will continue to see problems with the OS until everyone is updated. This doesn’t really pose a security threat like some my think. The glitch was just a sloppy mistake by the programmers who didn’t catch it before the launch.

    Google has announced that there is a website that has updates on bugs and fixes at. http://groups.google.com/group/android-security-announce
 

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Could Headphones interfere with a Pacemaker or Defibrillator?
Monday, November 10, 2008 5:25 PM

Could Headphones interfere with a Pacemaker or Defibrillator?

    

     Do people with a pacemaker or a defibrillator have to worry about the magnets in earphones disrupting the device and preventing it from doing its job? According to the FDA earlier this year mp3 players and other devices poses no threat to these devices as long as they are used properly. A group of doctors wanted to find out if the headphones had the same result. I mean after all you can’t listen to an iPod without earphones.
    
    They test eight different models of earphones on 60 different people with heart devices. When the earphones were about an inch from the device there was some interference that resulted. About 25% of the 27 pacemakers show the interference and 10 of the 33 patients defibrillators showed signs if interference. One of the patient’s pacemakers actually reset it’s self.
    
    The interference can prevent the defibrillators from delivering that shock to the heart that cold save a person’s life. It the pacemakers the interference could cause heart palpitations. The effect that the headphones have on the devices falls off quickly as the magnet gets farther away.

  The only part of this story that I don’t understand and maybe its because I don’t understand pacemakers and defibrillators, but how do you get a headphone an inch from a pacemaker? Isn’t it physically inside the person? I guess it couldn’t be if they were able to get the headphones that close.

 



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Aquapac WaterProof Case for the iPhone
Saturday, November 08, 2008 3:25 PM

 Buy it at Amazon Aquapac Mini Phone/GPS Case

        The Aquapac Mini Classic Case for the iphone is a completely waterproof solution for your iphone. It has these two little plastic clips  on the top that seal the iphone into the plastic case. It's also equipped with a clear window on the other side so you can take pictures while its still in the case.

This looks like a great product. Aquapac sells a large range of these waterproof packs that all look really cool. After reading some reviews about this case some people are saying that the iphone fits too snuggly inside and its hard to get the iphone in and out. Personally I wouldn't want the iphone slipping around in there and I think its better that it doesn't have a lot of room to move around. People might want to try putting the iphone in the case without a case on it if it fits too snuggly. The aquapac is all the case you need.
    
Check out what other people said about the product


"I've been using this waterproof case for months now and have really put it through its paces… Suffice to say, my phone still works and I have every faith in this product. Basically, if you're going to be near water and want 100% peace of mind, you need Aquapac with you! It won't break the bank either."
www.anglersnet.co.uk


"Under £20 to protect an item of gear worth 10 to 20 times that is a sensible investment in anyone's book… My problem of having a soggy mobile is finally over."
Dave Roberts, Internet Blog

Straight from the maker



Overview:


If you're the active-in-the-Great-Outdoors type and you need to take your expensive feature packed iphone with you then the odds are seriously stacked against its surviving very long. Unless the iphone is already 100% waterproof - is yours? Have you ever lost a phone to water damage? If not, you've been really lucky… so far! Depending on who you talk to, something between 10% and 25% of all mobile phones end up ruined by water unless you protect it inside a 100% waterproof Aquapac.

If like a lot of people nowadays the main reason you take your phone with you to keep you safe. Even if your neck high in water can call for help. isn't it doubly important that you can trust it to work when you need it to?


Tuck your phone safely inside an Aquapac and you'll be able to take it and use it wherever you want to go and whatever you like to get up to.

Details:

  • You can make and take calls right through the case material. With most phones it makes no noticeable difference to the volume. And the GPS signal is unaffected.
  • We've added a LENZFLEX window on the back, which means that if you have a camera-phone you'll be able to take photos right through the case.
  • The Aquapac for iPhone (code 104) fits the average size phones and GPS units.
  •  Most phones float in the Aquapac, but a few don't such as the iPhone. Ultra-slim phones like the iPhone should float if you fold up a few pieces of tissue paper and slide them into the case behind the phone. Test yours in a basin before first use outdoors.
  • Its guaranteed submersible to 15 feet (5 metres). The UV-stabilized TPU material won't be broken down or discoloured by sunlight.
  • It keeps out dust and sand too.
  • And all that for only $30.00. Bargain!


Supplied with:

    * It comes with an adjustable neckcord so you can hang it round your neck.
    * It comes with our 3-year global warranty (see 'Buy with confidence' below).

How have you improved this case recently?

    * 2008 sees us going '100% PVC-Free'. Our new material (TPU) offers a number of advantages:
    * It's softer and more malleable. Making it even easier to operate your camera controls through the material.
    * It'll perform much better if you want to take it somewhere really cold. It'll still be soft and malleable at -40º and below.
    * It has a greater tensile strength, meaning it's even more difficult to tear or rip apart.
    * We've added optically-clear LENZFLEX windows to the back making the Aquapac camera-phone friendly.
 

http://www.aquapac.net/usstore/erol.html

Check it out. 

 One of the main thing that I like about the aquapac is that it comes with a lanyard so you can wear your phone around your neck. This comes in handy when it comes to fishing a boating when you don't want anything in your pockets.

 

 Buy it at Amazon Aquapac Mini Phone/GPS Case

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Obama Assassination Plot
Saturday, November 08, 2008 2:18 PM

   

Now I am not a big fan of Barak Obama. I feel that he is not going to lead this country in the direction that we should be going. Now do I think that McCain could do a better job probably not, but I just don’t like Obama and his ideals. Having said that though I would never in my wildest dreams consider trying to kill the man.

    According to news media there has been several assassination plots to kill Barak Obama. One that was reading about involved neo-Nazi skinheads. According to the press the assassination of Obama was just the finale of their plan. The two skinheads were planning on robbing a gun store and then they were going on a killing spree in a predominantly black high school.

They were planning on killing 88 students and then behead 14 more. The numbers 88 and 14 hold some symbolic value to white supremacists. “H” is the 8th letter of the alphabet and when you put two of them together you get “HH” which is supposed to stand for “Heil Hitler.” The number 14 refers to a 14-word phrase attributed to an imprisoned white supremacist: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

The plan was found out before the two even got a change to rob the gun store. They are being charges with possessing unregistered firearms, conspiring to steal firearms from a federally licensed gun dealer, and threatening a candidate for presidency. More charges maybe piled on later after an investigation. The two boys were only 20 and 18.

The question in my mind that I can’t get past is how could these boys be so angry at a race of people to want to kill them. Hunt them down like animals. I just don’t understand it.

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FastMac iV Review - extra battery and flash for your iPhone
Thursday, November 06, 2008 5:08 PM

FastMac iV - extra battery and flash for your iPhone 

     The FastMac iV is a portable dock for your iphone. It extends the battery to allow 24 hours of talk time, 750 hours of standby time, 70 hours of audio. It also has an extra port to allow you to charge another device via a USB port. It’s a full size USB port so you can charge digital camera, Bluetooth headset or any other device that can be charged through a powered USB port. You can even help out a friend by giving their iphone a charge using you FastMac iV.

      One of the coolest features of the FastMac iV device has to the built in flash so that you can take pictures in low light conditions. You can also use the flash as a flashlight to find you way in the dark. I am guilty of using the light from my phone to find my way through the dark, and I always have to keep hitting buttons so that light doesn’t go off. You know what I’m talking about you’ve done it.

      The FastMac iV starts at 79.95 which sounds like a lot. When you take into consideration what it does for you it’s really a good deal. Plus its’ made in the USA which means that the labor put into it came from right here in the USA which is worth paying more in my book.


Checkout their website http://fastmac.com/iv.php

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Nudist Community Wants to Vote Naked
Tuesday, November 04, 2008 1:50 PM

     

A Nudist community out of Land O' Lakes wan'ts a voting location that would make clothing optional. The nudist colonie in Pasco county has gone to the election officials with the idea. According to the article that I read there is nothing that would prevent them from doing this. The supervisor of elections said that he did not want to create a new precinct before the redistricting in 2010.

      I am not sure why it wouldn't be illigal to vote naked. I thought there was some kind of indecent exposer law that protected that kind of thing. I guess there's some kind of law that protect nudist's right to be naked in public. I guess thats why they have to live in communities. In the real world though if someone sees you naked that didn't want to see you naked you get arrested. If I child sees you naked your a sex offended for life.

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