Category: Web Wanderings

Trekkies Rejoice!

author | November 19, 2008

reg_tt Okay, I admit it.  I am a nerd.  In the Star Wars vs. Star Trek thing, I’ve always been a Trekkie at heart.  I love the corny original series and the movies, the next generation was fun even though their movies weren’t great – and I was even sad and forlorn when enterprise didn’t get renewed.

Now THIS looks cool!!  If you haven’t seen the trailers or heard about it yet – there’s a new Star Trek movie headed our way in mid-2009.  It’s a prequel – and from the trailers it looks like it’s going to fun!  Check it out at the Star Trek movie website (IMDB, too).

Should be good (I hope) – It’s got Zachary Quinto (the bad guy Sylar from Heroes) as Spock, and Simon Pegg (the funny guy from Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead) as Scotty.  And a sign it can’t be all that bad – the real Spock (a.k.a. Leonard Nimoy) is actually in it too, as himself (er… I mean Spock).

EFIX

author | July 6, 2008

So here’s something nifty in development!  Say you’re the type of guy (or gal) that just loves to build their own computer AND you’re also the type of guy (or gal) that really, really wants it to run a Mac OS.  Well, in the past that guy (or gal) was just SOL.  Now there’s a nifty little piece of hardware that you slap onto the internal USB header of your motherboard (provided it’s on the very short supported list), and then Voila! – you can just pop in a copy of OS X and install.

Just imagine – someday we can all live in a world where a man is free to choose his hardware and his OS!  haha

:: EFIX ::

WorldWide Telescope

author | June 19, 2008

Dude…  This is cool.  Sure – there’s other stuff you can get for this, like things you pay for (like Starry Night or RedShift) – or you can also use Google Sky.  It’s from Microsoft, but don’t hold that against it; it’s pretty darn sweet for free and it’s better and has more features than Google Sky.

Beyond just being a pretty cool and easy to use free planetarium software, it can control your telescope (if you have one, and live somewhere it’s nice and dark), but some of the guided tours are actually informative and interesting.  For those that watch shows like The Universe, you might even recognize some of the folks that have contributed some guided tours.

Check it out at the link below!

WorldWide Telescope

At last – Cheap and Good Cables!!

author | June 8, 2008

In case you haven’t noticed, the price of some cables – especially those for home theater hookups – are just getting downright insane.  You walk into your local ‘big box retailer’ and even their cheapest, shortest HDMI cable is going for over $50.  Ouch!

Come on, you say to yourself, this is just some pieces of copper with some connections on each end.  Well, you’re right.  Back in the day of analog signals, quality cables could actually make a big difference by helping to avoid signal noise and drop-off.  Well, we’re in the digital age now (some of us are, anyway) and now these cables are just expected to carry 1′s and 0′s across the wire to their destination.  Point being, if the digital information gets there, it gets there – plain and simple.

So the days of ‘premium’ cabling needs are behind us, but the cable manufacturers haven’t bothered to let you in on the secret.  Cable makers like Monster Cable are still there to happily take away your money.  I’ve come across an excellent online source for discriminating cable buyers that prefer to keep money in their wallet, instead of wasted…

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Stuff White People Like

author | May 27, 2008

So you wander around the Internet – you’re bored, shopping, wasting time until you have to go somewhere, etc.  Why not fill your time with some worthwhile research.  This may be old news to some of you, but I came across a blog that will provide some valuable research topics.  It’s geared to helping you get greater insight into fitting in with an interesting minority in this country, white people.  Stuff White People Like

I happened across it in search of some modern furniture sites.  Article #79 on Modern Furniture ironically hit the nail on the head.

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