Friday, April 24, 2009

Can Twitter and Subway save "Chuck"?

Josh Schwartz, co-creator of NBC's "Chuck," is hoping that the show's small but loyal audience can keep the sci-fi/romantic dramedy alive for a second season. How? The latest campaign involves Twitter and Subway restaurants.

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Remembering the Game Boy: We loved you, man

The red and gray GameBoy together.Image via Wikipedia

Today, a whole generation of kids will grow up with nary a clue about what the Game Boy is and how it affected our lives. But the rest of us look back fondly at the handheld, so I thought it appropriate to remember our old friend.

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Mind-reading headsets will change your brain

Diagram of neuron with arrows but no labels. M...Image via Wikipedia

In the coming months, cheap headsets that let you control technology with the electrical signals generated by your firing neurons will go on sale to the general public. Our relationship with technology – and our brains – will never be the same again.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another Reason why Time Warner Sucks

In Wilson, NC, residents, upset with their choices in regards to internet and cable decided create their own network and charge only enough to cover the costs. Now, TWC is lobbying against the service claiming they can't compete. Need any more evidence to support Time Warner's suckiness?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lord of the Rings Now Available As Ebooks! Kindle, EPUB, PDF, LIT, and MOBI

Lord of the Rings is now available as ebooks for the first time in the formats EPUB, PDF, LIT, and MOBI. They can be found on Amazon, Harper Collins, Fictionwise, and Books On Board. If you consider yourself to be a geek and haven't read Lord of the Rings, I say get reading!

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64 Things Every Geek Should Know

If you consider yourself a geek, or aspire to the honor of geekhood, here's an essential checklist of must-have geek skills.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

TPB FTW - The Pirate Bay Blog

The Pirate Bay logoImage via Wikipedia

The Pirate Bay guys explain in their latest blog post that they do not want donations since they won't pay those "silly" fines. Instead, they want you to seed a bit more, buy a shirt, and vote!

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Forbes Calls Google the New Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay logoImage via Wikipedia

It's definitely articles like this that show how little most people understand about technology in general and specifically how bittorrent works. What the writer of the article fails to realize is that The Pirate Bay wasn't just a search engine. They also had their own bittorrent tracker. Google as a search engine only, does not host any of these files in any way. It only indexes what's available on other sites.

Article by Forbes

Lifehacker - Custom BitTorrent Search Engine Demonstrates Google's Proximity to The Pirate Bay - Google

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Bacon Blowtorch Cuts Through Steel

Theodore Gray in his office, 2005.Image via Wikipedia

Now here is science at its best. Everything is better with bacon.

Popular Science columnist and author of "Mad Science" Theodore Gray has built what he calls the "Bacon Lance" — a complex arrangement of pork that, when coupled with a blast of pure oxygen, can cut through steel. - Bacon Blowtorch Cuts Through Steel - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Amazon Can Ban You From Your Kindle Account Whenever It Wants To

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Amazon recently banned a customer for making what they considered too many returns, and when they did this they also disabled his Kindle account, although the returns were never related to Kindle purchases. So what happens when your Kindle account is taken away?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A message from Jerry McNerney

{{w|Jerry McNerney}}, U.S. Congressman.Image via Wikipedia

Being a migraine sufferer, I thought posting this would be appropriate. The Following is a letter I received from congressional representative Jerry McNerney. In response to a letter I wrote in regards to increase funding for the NIH to do more headache research. The letter writing was headed by the Alliance For Headache Disorders Advocacy.

April 15, 2009

Dear Mr. Lopez,

Thank you for contacting me regarding headaches. It is helpful to learn the views of my neighbors in California, and I value your input.

Our nation's health care should be the best in the world, and it will take common sense policies to ensure that we reach that goal. Prevention of disease, illness, and injury is a critical first action that can help trim medical costs for families and is a key element in improving quality of life for all people. In addition, providing affordable, accessible, and available health care options is an important step towards improving health care.

Seven in 10 people have at least one headache a year, and forty-five million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. I am committed to adequately funding the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), two life saving agencies that conduct research and work to find cures for conditions such as chronic headaches.

For that reason, I voted for and the President signed the final fiscal year 2009 government spending bill. This bill includes more than $30 billion for the National Institutes of Health, the leading medical research institution in the United States. It is important for the federal government to play an active role combating chronic diseases, and as Congress considers future legislation, I will factor your recommendations into my decision making.

I appreciate you taking the time to share your perspective on this issue. For a monthly update on my events around your neighborhood and the issues I am working on in Congress, I encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at While visiting my website, you can also learn about other actions that I have taken to better represent you.


Jerry McNerney
Member of Congress

Please do not reply to this message as the mailbox is unattended.
If you wish to contact me again, please visit my website at

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Microsoft owns up to "E74" 360 errors, expands warranty

A XBOX 360 showing the Ring of Death.Image via Wikipedia

Having just purchased a new Xbox 360, I'm glad to see things like this. Even though I really hope I never have to take them up their extended warranty on the Red Ring of Death.

A popular gaming blog tracked a new kind of Xbox 360 error, the E74, and Microsoft has finally owned up and added the issue to the three-year "Red Ring of Death" warranty. This is a win for consumers, but it's yet another black eye for Microsoft's hardware.

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Typing "Prompt Commands" Sufficient to Seize Your Property

You need to take the time to read the warrant available via PDF. Insanity. Someone's computer crashes and suspects it's a CS student's fault because he does things like "'jail breaks' cell phones" and he is sometimes seen with a "[computer with] a black screen with white font which he uses prompt commands on." Yikes.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

How a programmer reads your resume (COMIC)

Now this is classic comic about programmer mentality on how to read your resume.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

In defense of my vice: coffee

Love Coffee

Mmmm coffee ... I started in college to keep me awake for those 8am classes. What would it take to quit? Nothing. They will have to pry the mug from my cold dead fingers.

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AutoBrake Automates HandBrake for DVD Ripping

Over at there is an interesting article about a new tool called AutoBrake. It automates HandBrake, a free DVD ripping and encoding tool. AutoBrake is windows only.


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What will you do when the zombies come?

Cover of "The Zombie Survival Guide: Comp...Cover via Amazon

Personally I would just follow what's in the Zombie Survival Guide.

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