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Friday, June 27, 2008

Hula A Free Online Video Service

Apparently I have been living in a cave again. I ran across Hula last night.

It is another online video service and it is FREE. It has a lot of clips but it also has full length movies and series. The currently are featuring all six seasons of Highlander, a cult classic. There is a wide variety of material although quite a bit seems a somewhat off beat. Quality is good and again it is FREE.

They say about themselves that Hulu was founded in March 2007 by NBC Universal and News Corp and is operated independently by a dedicated management team. Hulu's mission is to help people find and enjoy the world's premium video content when, where and how they want it. Hulu is an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at Hulu.com and other online destination sites — all for free, anytime in the U.S. Hulu brings together a large selection of videos from more than 50 content providers, including FOX, NBC Universal, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros. and more. Users can watch current primetime TV such as The Simpsons and The Office the morning after they air, classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Married...with Children, movies like The Usual Suspects and The Big Lebowski, and clips from Saturday Night Live and other popular TV shows and movies.

Check it out, I am sure you will find something to entertain you and it is FREE.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Boost your Cable or Satellite DVR recording capacity by up to 400%!

I got this article in a newsletter from Diamond Case Designs Inc. (the home theatre people) It provides a solution for a frustration many of us have with our TV. The shows we want to watch aren’t on when we are available and when we TIVO them we often blow off stuff we haven’t even watched yet due to lack of space. There is a solution that won’t break the bank. Diamond Case is a family owned and operated business that specializes in knowledge and know how as opposed to down and dirty pricing. That doesn’t mean they are expensive, it just means that finally you can get what you pay for. I highly recommend the company and will periodically reference their newsletters as they are very, very informative. (No, I do not have any financial connection to Diamond Case, however if they wish to buy me a beer, I will be happy to accept it.)

Diamond Case’s Article.
Is your DVR running on fumes as you constantly fill up your hard drive? Are you deleting programs you have not yet watched? Are your children and spouse monopolizing your hard drive space? You need a BOOST. Inject your DVR with a completely legal 'steroid' and increase your recording capacity by up to 400%! Perfect for recording all your favorite TV programs and even creating your own high definition movie server.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Email Funnies

I get a lot of "funny" emails. Some are and most aren't. This is a funny one and I will consider it philosophic.

1. A day without sunshine is like night.

2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.

3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.

6. He who laughs last thinks slowest.

7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.

9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.

13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.

14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?

15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?

18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?

20. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, "What the heck happened?"

22. Just remember -- if the world did n't suck, we would all fall off.

23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

My Personal Favorite!
24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Jabra SP5050 Bluetooth Speakerphone—A winner!

Like many out there, I am addicted to my cell phone. I got a 3megapixel phone to get the best possible photo (of course 6 months later a 5 megapixel is out), I put some songs in it (just because I could) and I even use it to make calls. I have a Jabra Bluetooth headset that works perfectly fine, except I feel like even more of a geek than I am when I wear it. Even though PA hasn’t instituted a hands free law for cell phones, it is inevitable. (If we could institute a no make up, no nose picking, no reading, no eating, no making out while driving law it would even be better.) I noticed though that when ever I was in the car and got a call or wanted to make one, either my headset needed charged or it was laying on my desk at home. I did not find the headset meeting my needs.

On a visit to LA, I noticed a gadget on my sister’s car visor. It was the Jabra SP5050. My geek lust aroused, I researched Bluetooth Speaker Phones. There are several and some were better rated and cheaper than the Jabra. Jabra was the only one that listed my phone as having been tested and working with their product. (Note you other manufactures, a compatibility list should be a requisite for your products.) I ordered my SP5050 from http://www.buy.com/ for $60.99 including free shipping. Many web sites advertised it for a few bucks less but then nailed you on the shipping. I got it yesterday and I Love IT!

It paired seamlessly with my Samsung Flipshot. The voice recognition works very well. It was loud and clear on my side. I did some test calls and was told that I was coming in loud and clear to the receiving side. My granddaughter was totally impressed with it. (age 4) I found reaching up and pushing a button, announcing who I wanted to call and it happening flawlessly was priceless.

My only complaint is that they do not include a house charger with it. You can only charge it through the cigarette lighter adapter that is included. I have a 12 volt lighter adapter in house so it isn’t a problem for me but it would be a nice addition to the product. It supposedly has a 200 hour stand by charge. I don’t know that yet. It turns itself off if it loses connectivity with your cell phone for 15 minutes.

All in all, if you live in an area where you must be hands free or if you just like gadgets, get this product. It (in the vernacular) ROCKS!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

New Marketing & Web Firm in MA

A friend of mine has just partnered up with a friend of hers in a new partnership. I based my businesses on relationship selling and support. I felt that if I could establish a rapport with my clients I was better able to meet their needs. Oddly enough I felt that ethical considerations should always be part of my business life. Knowing Maryellen I feel that I can comfortably recommend doing business with this new partnership. The following is their press release. If you are in need for this type of work, I don’t think you would be disappointed.

Scituate, Massachusetts (June 2, 2008) – Fat Cat Design, a web and print graphic design firm and Tree Frog Marketing, a marketing communications and public relations firm, announce partnership of their companies.

“By dovetailing our businesses we can provide a full range of services, allowing clients to literally pick and choose elements to find the right fit or balance, and achieve their marketing needs and goals,” says Maryellen McCarthy Rogers, principal owner of Tree Frog Marketing.

“Our joint venture will bring a full spectrum of cutting edge services to the client –with one stop shopping,” adds Jamie Ross of Fat Cat Design.
Some of the services offered include Event Marketing and Planning, Strategic Services - Branding/ Messaging/Corporate Identity, Public Relations Initiatives, Corporate Communications/Collateral, Online Identity Creation and Website Design/Development.

Contact: Jamie Ross, Principal
Fat Cat Design
Phone: (781) 679-0747
E-mail: Jamie@fcddesign.net

Contact: Maryellen Rogers, Principal
Tree Frog Marketing
Phone: (781) 545-9125
Email: mrogers@treefrogmarketing.net

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Nice 20” LCD Monitor/Nice Price $206.00 with free shipping.

Envision Professional Series G2016wa2 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1000:1, 5ms, 1680x1050, HDCP Supported DVI-D - Black - G2016WA2
A buddy’s monitor died last week. He called for some troubleshooting ideas and after I had him connect it to his laptop and still no picture he decided a 5 year old monitor was due for replacement. I found this one at buy.com and recommended it to him. The three year warranty is pretty standard these days but I still like to insure it is included. It is. He did not pay for expedited shipping and got it next day anyway. He hooked it up and so far he loves it. He loves it even more now that the $30 rebate he got last week is off in June. Regardless, the price is pretty darn good for a nice monitor. However since the rebate disappeared you may also want to look at the BenQ G2000W 20.1" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1680 x 1050, 1000:1, 5ms, DVI for $194.00 with free shipping. It too has a 36 month warranty but it does not have built in speakers. Both of the monitors seem to their lowest price at buy.com.
Their Description:
Maximize your space and productivity with its slim bezel design, better enabling multi-display setups. Ideal for industry professionals run applications side by side, eliminate the need for toggling, and view more columns when working with tables or spreadsheets. It has ultra-fast response time for crystal-clear display of rapidly moving objects and 1000:1 constrast ratio for superb image clarity. Enhance your viewing pleasure by watching DVDs from your computer in their natural widescreen format. The built-in stereo speakers complete the G2016wa2's feature set. The G2016wa2 has earned the Certified for Windows Vista logo to deliver a superior experience with a PC running the Windows Vista operating system. It's HDCP capable DVI input will enable viewing of HD video images using Windows Vista.

20-inch TFT Widescreen LCD
1680x1050 Resolution
16:10 Aspect Ratio
5ms Response Time
1000:1 Contrast Ratio
RGB Analog & DVI-D Signal Input
HDCP Supported DVI-D
Built in stereo speakers
3 year warranty (not mentioned on the buy.com site, probably because they want you to buy their extended warranty but Envision’s site states a 3 year warranty)
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