Archive | April, 2007

Are Professional Landscapers Worth It?

This work was done by Cutler Landscaping here in Tucson, took about a month. Worth every penny. Before After

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Mitsubishi WD-65831 White Bloom

Uh oh. A poster here named Andy pointed me to a thread over on AVS where some Mitsubishi WD-XX732/831 owners are reporting “white bleed” or “blooming” problems with the Mits light engine. Some of the users have replaced their light engines multiple times already and our friend Andy already had his replaced once before and […]

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Gears of War Movie Treatment Summary

Kotaku pointed me in the direction of Latino Review’s 22 page summary of the Gears of War movie script it looks like. Does anyone else agree with GameSpot’s Brian Ekberg that Batista should play Marcus Fenix? I totally agree: Update #1: I can’t believe I never posted a comparison shot of Fenix so you could […]

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Mitsubishi WD-65831 Personal Tweaks

I’ve been tweaking my WD-65831 for about an hour and I think I’ve come up with a configuration that looks really good to me, no garuntees that you will like it. In fact it’s quite a bit different than some of the other one’s I’ve seen people post. Disclaimer: I always thought the defaults that […]

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Addictive Flash Zombie Game

Kotaku pointed me to another great time-waster, Click here or the image to try it out: The Last Stand

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RIAA Claims Royalties on Any Music Streamed on Internet

Slashdot is running a piece on the RIAA and SoundExchange (owned/run by RIAA) and how they have somehow worked into to god-knows-where a law that SoundExchange can collect, in escrow, royalties for any music broadcast online and then hold that money. Naturally the performer, even if they never wanted to charge in the first place, […]

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Mitsubishi WD-65831 High-Scoring Review at Ultimate AV

A long time reader, Gordon Walter, sent along information that the Mitsubishi WD-65831 has been reviewed over at Ultimate AV (months after it’s been out now) and is still raking in the praise for it’s HD picture. After having this TV for quite a few months (the shot above is of standard-def Dr. Phil) now […]

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Optimus Maximus OLED Keyboard Coming

Some of us have been waiting for this keyboard since it was first rumored almost 3 years ago I believe. It looks like the keyboard will finally be released late Nov/Dec of this year. The best part? It will carry a $1500 price tag with it. Ouch…. So now you just need to figure out, […]

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ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX, Retarded on Arrival

DailyTech got their hands on the new and shiny ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX, which is the DX10 card from ATI that everyone has been waiting for. Even with 1GB of ram and some decent clock speeds, the benchmarks suggest that ATI decided to release a giant video card that can’t even come close to […]

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Microsoft Trumps Vista w/ XBox 360 Elite in the "So What" Department

XBox 360 Elite… sounds impressive right? It’s $479 after all, more expensive than any other XBox 360 at launch (except maybe the Platinum bundle from Walmart?) So the Elite brings to the table a 1080p/HDMI connection and a 120GB hard drive… oh and it’s black. But wait, the 1080p over HDMI has got to be […]

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Use Any USB Drive with Vista ReadyBoost

Windows Vista Magazine has a great tip on how to use any USB Drive with the Vista ReadyBoost technology. Check out the article to see how, but the gist of it is two steps: Disable the re-testing of any USB drive you have plugged in Go edit the registry and set the drive’s values high […]

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Stolen Phone Charges are YOUR Responsibility Say Carriers

David Bach over at Yahoo wrote a very interesting piece covering stolen cell phone charges and how the owners are getting stuck with the enormous fees. In one case a Cingular customer had her phone stolen when we went over seas and had a $26,000 bill racked up; Cingular’s response? Pay up, or file bankruptcy. […]

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Vista is a Failure – Microsoft's Actions Agree

Dialog above doesn’t make any sense does it? Welcome to Windows Vista… I’ve been holding off blogging on The Inquirer’s piece on Vista being a failure, but wanted to throw my 2 cents into the hat as it seems to be making the rounds. The premise of what The Inquirer is saying is the two […]

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Checking Product Pricing and Reviews Instantly

How cool is this… The Consumerist pointed me over to Frucall which is a mobile and online comparison service. You essentially text message the number “fru” with the bar code from the item in question, and the response you get back is a summary of the average rating of the product and it’s price online. […]

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Comcast to Begin Charging for Tech Visits

If you have been a Comcast customer you may have gotten a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that your $60/mo bill helped pay for the times when you needed a tech to come out and figure out what was going on with your setup. The Consumerist is reporting that this is all coming to an […]

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How do Patents Protect Innovation?

When I think of the patent system, I think of pretty much one thing: the little guy being protected from the huge corporation wanting to rip him off for free. It’s because of this fear that I am worried the patent system may never be revised to allow free-thought and innovation that it has begun […]

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A Tip for Writing Better Javadoc

Writing good Javadoc is hard enough as it is; getting the descriptions just right, explaining enough of the API to make it clear without imposing implementation guidelines on implementors, etc. One thing I’ve been doing for the last few years to make my Javadoc actually look better is trying to be better about using <code></code> […]

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Netflix Throttling: 1.5 Months

Well it happened, I sent Netflix an apology for my mean email about throttling and 1 week later it looks like Casino Royale Blu-Ray is shipping, WOOT!

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Laziest Cat in the World Excercising

Dear lord, this is beyond cute. Ted Regulski sent this along:

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Grindhouse Is a Total Flop

Unfortunately /Film is reporting that Grindhouse was a total box-office flop pulling in something ridiculous like $537 per day on average. As someone that really wants to see the movie I have to say the reason it’s a total flop is because it’s 3hrs and 20mins long… that is about 1hr and 20mins too long […]

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Clash of the Titans to Get Remade

FirstShowing has the buzz that it looks like Clash of the Titans is getting remade. Right now Lawrence Kasdan has been contracted to write the script for it (he wrote Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Arc). This should be hot!

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Sony New DVD DRM Making Disks Unplayable… Again

Nice, after root kits, SXRD green-blob issues, class action lawsuits, flopped PS3 launches I thought Sony had learned it’s lesson… looks like while the electronics division might have, the MPAA-ensconced portion of Sony hasn’t. Looks like some new DRM going out on the DVD releases of some newer movies is making the movies unplayable in […]

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Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles Gameplay Video

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P2P Identification Algorithm Revealed

TorrentFreak got their hands on leaked docs recently that explain how the MPAA/RIAA are identifying users on P2P networks and figuring out who to send Cease and Desist letters to. The algorithm reads as follows:  The client connects to the P2P network, searches for sources of the infringing file, and collects the IP addresses that […]

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