31
March
2012

Canon to Nikon

I’ve had first a Canon 350D six long (at least by technology count) years ago and with an 8MP sensor, it was really remarkable. Then a Canon 5D Mark II for the last four years (also a long time). I switched away painfully from Nikon back then. But now that the Nikon 800D is out […]

31
March
2012

Mac Mini Server to Windows 7 Dual Boot

OK, I have am old Mac Mini (late 2010) that has two 500GB hard drives and on DVD. So how do I get it so that one disk is Mac OS X and the other runs Windows 7 Ultimate Edition so that I can run Windows Media Center and get my HD Homerun Prime working […]

27
March
2012

Home Audio

Well, things are well on the way to getting the home theater up to speed (mainly by using iPad applications and AppleTVs to control things), so now onto home audio. There is also a big change here: Airport Express. This is a $99 device that pushes out just audio. It is perfect for attaching existing […]

27
March
2012

eBook and audiobook formats

Now that there is such a wide and broad conversion to electronic books, it makes sense to figure out what format to keep your own DRM-free ebooks (eg, classic books that aren’t copyrighted that you can get from the Gutenberg project for instance). For music, I keep everything in MP3 mainly because it seems like […]

22
March
2012

Going to Canada

Well, with AT&T, for $10 incremental a month, you can get free Canada calling, but be careful the texting and the data are expensive. Make sure to call AT&T and get your phone internationally enabled. Their page is really complicated but when you go overseas, here is what you have to do: Sign up for […]

15
March
2012

Mac mini needs tv on

Argh. What a strange thing. Took me a while to figure this out. It quartz extreme is graphics acceleration For Mac os x. If you boot up a mac mini and the display is off it assumes it is a headless Mac and turns f quartz extreme acceleration. but then if you try to watch […]

14
March
2012

Disneyland galore

Well haven’t been down to Disneyland in years, so interesting to see how things have changed. Last time it was a blizzard of fast passes and early entry as well as single rider lines. According to Trip AdvisorĀ things haven’t really changed much, but here is the scoop: There are two parks there. California Adventure and […]

09
March
2012

iPHone accessories

Well, the Scorsche dual usb chargers while cheap have not been durable of the four I’ve bought, two had things snap off, so I’m back to the Griffin which for $4 more includes a iPhone charge cable. I also got a $40 iPhone holder fo the car, but it gets loose, so trying a $13 […]

09
March
2012

Vacuum cleaners

When outfitting the house years ago, I literally went through consumer reports looking for things and picked up a highly rated upright from Sears. Now the little blinky light is flashing and i”m thinking, have I ever changed the bag? Can’t remember even how to open it. But full it looks. So thanks to the […]

01
March
2012

Maintaining your Mac

Well while it is easier than Windows (at least up to XP the last version I really used heavily), the Mac OS X does have its issues. It can slow down and I’ve had a bunch of times when it would just hang on boot with the spinning wheel of death. And lately with also […]

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