Friday, May 27, 2011

Apple TV MC572LL/A

I own a Boxee, Roku and now Apple TV. It is hands down the best video streamer box on the market today. As expected from Apple, the menu system alone is worth every penny of paying a little more from Apple. The Netflix on my blueray, Roku and Boxee is pure crap. I was ready to turn off my Netflix until I tried the AppleTV box. Apple must have gotten special treatment from Netflix... but who cares. The menu is clean easy to use and responsive.

Additional features in the box like Youtube, podcasting and other stuff all follow the same format.

The remote control is a joy to use. the Roku remote tears my thumb off from too much use. My bluray player remote has blind bumps on it that make your thumb bleed from too much pressing. (Boxee has a decent remote control.)

Streaming from the iphone and ipad is simple. The box automatic recognizes the devices thru airplay.

A major flaw of the box is the Apple Movie rental portion of the box. I have purchased 3 movies from them. All took soooo long to buffer and stream. Dont even think about rewinding inside a movie, your stream will break and then you are in for another 20 min delay. I will never order a movie from Apple again until that is fixed.

TomTom XXL 540M 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator

Everything is easy and enjoyable with it. This is my fourth TomTom. I keep buying them and give them away after using for a while. I have the big one so that I can see it without my glasses. I leave it on even driving locally as I can see when I am goin to arrive and speed limits/alerts. Never had the need for any kind of technical support, so I cant comment on that. I dont have the traffic update feature but a couple times when I ran into bad traffic, I just pushed alternate route and it sent me around it saving a great deal of time. Also I use it on my motorcycle. When I'm not using it, it's just rattling around in my saddle bag. Surprisingly, it takes the abuse. The screen has never got scratched or scuffed. The GPS that is an optional accessory for my bike is like $900. Whats up with that? Whatever extra it does, I don't need. The price for this particular model is unbelievably inexpensive. Like $100. Cant go wrong.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

For Liberty: Ron Paul Revolution

Good watch:

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Black Eyed Peas - Just Cant Get Enough

Damn right, I just listened to this like four times in a row, absolutely loving it.

or download here:

The world never sleeps

So I drink these :-)

   Rockstar recovery grape flavor :-) it tastes like purple!

Out of all the energy drinks I've tried, this is definitely one of the best there is. It's got low calories, low sugar but still has enough of a kick to keep me going on longer days. The orange flavor also goes well with breakfast foods, so it makes for a good wake-me-up rather than a cup of coffee. And because of the low sugar, there's no crash afterwards and you don't end up feeling sick like you do with other, more sugary energy drinks.

Katy Perry - Firework

i admit i like this... if you do pick it up

Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker Package

You will not belive your ears. For the price you cannot get better sound. ou will need to spend 5 times or more to match, let alone beat the sound qualty. Sub is powered and all the speakers look great. They will look great on stands or on end tables like I have them. They are 6 ohms which means they need more power than 8 ohms speakers to get same result. I have them with yamaha 463 receiver and they sound great. I'am very happy.

DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

I love espresso, and this little baby makes a great cup. Here are a few points that might be useful for you to know:

Good points:
*It doesn't take up too much room on the counter and looks nice with it's silver metal accents.
*The water reservoir is a good size, you can make about 8-10 shots before you need to refill it, which is very easy to do, and there is a clear section behind the basket which shows the water level.
*Fast heat-up time (only about a minute), good frothing wand, no wait time between frothing and brewing (though you do have to wait a little between brewing and frothing).

Be warned:
*Frothing wand is only 3 1/4 inches from the counter top. Not a big deal, I just went and bought a frothing cup that is about that height.
*Distance from grounds basket to tray is only 2 1/2 inches, I usually use a small espresso cup.
*Built-in tamper sucks, buy a good metal one.
*You don't end up with a nice dry puck, the grounds basket is a watery soup after your espresso is made, so I dump it down the disposal.
*You will end up drinking more espresso than you mean to, it's that good!

Seriously, I chose this machine after a lot of online researching, and decided on this one based on its outstanding reviews and great price. What led me to it were the reviews of another DeLonghi, the EC140B, which is an older and less attractive model, but had reviews from people who had owned theirs for 6 and 10 years! I'm hoping that this one will have the same longevity.

Le Pan TC 970 9.7-Inch Multi-Touch LCD Google Android Tablet PC

Who needs a tablet computer? That is what I've been saying to my Apple Fanboy friends since the iPad came out. Honestly, if it weren't for the Vine program, I would not have gotten a tablet.

My first impression, out of the box is, I'm impressed. It seems to act just like my Android phone. It is very responsive for a 1GHz cpu.

The instructions that come with it are non-existent, a card with where the buttons are. Their support page gives a URL error. Their FAQs has no entries except for the specs.

* The sound is very tinny. It is not very good, especially compared to my friend's iPad.
* No rear facing camera. So this is only good for chat. Can't really take pictures or use a scanner app. A little disappointing.
* The auto-brightness doesn't work very well for me. I think it makes the display too dark under all lighting conditions.
* It cannot play trailers from
* The system tutorial in Settings->About Tablet doesn't work. It just returns to the previous screen.
* Android 2.2 is not designed for tablets. Google said this.
* The wireless can use 802.11n but only the 2.4GHz band and not the less cluttered 5GHz band.
* My biggest complaint is that both the on/off and the volume buttons are very hard to use. They are too small or too recessed.

* The display is very nice and a good size.
* Price, though I think they could have sprung for more than a 4gb card. Even my phone came with 8bg card.
* Battery life seems real good. I've been using it for over 3 hours over two days and it is at 56%.
* The Android system is a plus. I hope it can be upgraded to 3.0+
* It comes with the Kindle app installed and ebooks look real nice. I do still like my Kindle better since it is so much lighter.
* Touch screen is very sensitive. I find if I press too hard, it doesn't work. But of course that kind of sensitivity can be bad too, because I press things I don't mean to all the time.

Some other notes: I tried Firefox mobile on it. It doesn't feel like Firefox and the password manager doesn't allow for a master password and that made me nervous. Also flash did not work with Firefox, so I removed it. I do not like the generic Browser on Android. So I will be looking for a new one.

I installed the "Hackers Keyboard" from the app store and really like that. No more hunting around for special keys, they are all there.

I played some games that required interaction of the touch screen and the motion detections system. Both worked very well.

You might think from all my cons that I don't like this tablet, but that is incorrect. Most of the cons are nits. If you are looking for a device that you can sit on the couch with, browse the web and check email, this is it. It would be nice if the speakers sounded better (I'm looking for an equalizer app) and if the buttons were easier to use, but this is a very nice device for $350.

Sony Bloggie Touch (MHS-TS20/B) - 8 GB, 4 Hours NEWEST MODEL

I've had this camera for about a week now and have been loving it ever since. I've used another "flip" camcorder and the Bloggie Touch puts it to shame.

1. Love the quick on and record. Great for spontaneous videos of the little one.
2. The touch screen interface makes it both useful and fun to use the big screen.
3. The still pictures come out brilliant, when the lighting and focus is good.
4. The battery charges up super fast and stays with you for a whole day of shooting.
5. The image stabilization is good. You can take decent video while walking around and panning too. Note that it is not optical, but electronic SteadyShot stabilization.
6. The lens is very good quality and the pictures are crisp.
7. Really like the "snap picture while recording" feature. I find myself using that feature the most. The video doesn't stall while the picture (full 12M resolution) is being taken and since the focus and exposure are usually locked well while you're in the middle of the video, the pictures come out great.

1. In low lighting, there is quite a bit of graininess and using the digital zoom makes it much worse.
2. While the lens is good quality, the auto-focus mechanism is really very slow. If you move around the camera too much before focus has locked on, the auto-focus will almost never lock.
3. What I really miss with this camera is a flash. Even a tiny one would help with low light pictures.
4. Minor annoyance: to preview a picture right after you take it, you have to go through at least two clicks. Sony could have designed it so that it always goes to the last picture taken by default, instead of the thumbnail list of all pictures/video on the device.

I decided to purchase this camera over a still camera that can do video because:
1. This one is dead simple. One button to turn on, one to take video and one to take stills. This makes it both easy and quick to use.
2. This one can do 1080p video and 720p at 60fps.
3. Its under $200 and is smaller than your phone.
4. Its got internal flash and USB connector - no more SD cards or cables. 8GB is enough to get you through the day before you can come back to your laptop to dump the pictures.

I decided to purchase this camera over other ones in the same category because:
1. Its got a big display and the touch screen is fun to use.
2. Its got a better lens system than the others.
3. Its got (some) image stabilization.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Am Number Four

Another winner by D.J Caruso. I never read the Ya novel it's based on, but from what I read, it adapts the source well.

This is a solid, fresh, action sci-fi flick combining a lot of elements from alien genre we've seen. The story with Loriens and Mogadorians is interesting.

The story is pretty straightforward: Aliens called Loriens have different powers, "legacies" and are being hunted down by the Mogadorians. The Mogs killing the Loriens will also enable them to take over the Earth.

The performances for this movie are all solid from Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Jake Abel (Supernatural), Alex Pettyfer, and Diana Agron. Very good performances, the actors do a good job of making the characters very real.

Action is good, drama is good, a lot of comedy too. D.J. Caruso is a good director, so this is another winner in his belt of very entertaining flicks. It's aimed, yes at a young audience, but I think anybody who enjoys fun sci-fi flicks will want to watch this one regardless of their age.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Angry Bird Seasons

Yes, you can still get the free version if you don't mind the ads. If you've thrown away hours and hours of your life playing these games (as I have), you know how annoying those ads can get after a while. I would have paid even more money than this to get rid of the ads, so thank you for the bargain.
If you haven't yet played this game, go grab the free version and try it out. It is a great casual time-killer game that you can play while sitting in a waiting room, etc, or you can just play it for hours and hours rather than sleeping. The choice is yours.
I think that once you get into the game, however, you'll start to get annoyed by the ads and you'll consider paying the small price for this ad-free version.
I was worried that it would overwrite my game and I'd lose all my saved progress, but it did not, either on my Droid Incredible nor on my Galaxy Tab.

Born This Way by Lady Gaga

the entire album for only 99 cents for the entire release date?!!! worth it! this has got to be one of the best decisions a record label has made to allow this good music to be available so cheap. the songs are very good. before you purchase you should be made aware that this version of the album is censored/edited. the song "government hooker" has f-words that have been bleeped out. other than that it's a definite keeper even at full price.

Friday, May 20, 2011

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The affiliate marketing software will take away all the guesswork involved with trying to decide which programs or products turn the most profit. They will supply you with reports that will allow you to see which ones have had the greatest amount of return for other people, so that you will be able to sign up for their program.

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