Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays Eveyrone

Happy holidays everyone, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a great, changing, New Year!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

iTunes 8 quick review

I downloaded iTunes 8 today and installed it. It quickly went through my 70 gigabye music library and then asked me if I wanted to start the Genius tool. It took a little while though I have heard complaints that it could take quite sometime to go through a library of my size. My system is a rather speedy XPS 720 (3.7Ghz, 4 Gigs, 2x1TB RAID 0) and it only took about 15 minutes to get though the entire library.

I tried out the Genius playlist tool. It is FAST! I selected 25 songs and reminds me of Pandora. Unfortunately it does not analyze the music to determine the songs to select after you have made your song selection. It relies on user input and eventually will get better as users begin to use it. It did a fairly good job with locating songs that made a nice playlist. I will definetly use this tool in the future.

Apple needs to be real careful where it is heading with iTunes. It is nearing bloatware as they continue to add features. It is no longer a music player but an entertainment center. Your games, podcasts, movies, tv shows, music, and now your education center (thanks to schools like UC Berkely, Stanford, MIT, etc). It is struggeling with my 70 gig library and in the recent past I have had the xml file it uses to index the library get corrupted. I am happy to use the program and have to say it works just as well on my Vista machine as it does on my iMac. I am sure there are many features waiting to be discovered...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Family Trip to the Big Island of Hawaii

Here are a few pictures from our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. It is a beautiful place and we have a great time. We stayed in the Kona area and enjoyed adverturing around the island. Unfortunately when they say big island, they mean BIG island. A week is nowhere near enough time to even see the good tourist spots much less the not-so-traveled areas. I will get more pictures up soon, just too busy with school starting for the kids...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Our new car

We bought a new Honda Civic. It wasn't quite what we wanted (no hybrid, wrong color) but we are happy. We bought it in Eugene and on our drive down along with some running around town today we averaged almost 34 MPG. Not bad but I think we might be able to get 40 out of it...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo

It is cinco de mayo again, enjoy your fifth day in May...
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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Spring Break Cruise to Mexico Pictures

Here is a slideshow of pictures from our Spring Break cruise to Mexico. We went on Princess Cruises on the Golden Princess. It is a nice ship, but I will disucss that more later...

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

So what is up with big oil profits

Okay, I am not a conspiracy theory person, mainly because I don't think there is enough intelligence to pull off a conspiracy on a grand scale. But, how can gasoline skyrocket in price and oil companies all of a sudden make huge profits? And more importantly, why? I started to think that there may be more to this than just big dollars for "good friends" and others. What if this is all part of a big plan? We have enraged the public at large, making it difficult to go to work, recreate, and stressed us to the point of breaking with gas prices. The common theme I hear, it is a supply shortage. So if there is such a huge shortage then how do you make record profits?

My thoughts on this, scare the American public into near pandemonium, then swoop in with a saviour. Sounds good, right? So, where is the saviour? Alaska! 400 billions barrels of oil just going to waste and the only thing getting in the way, the environment. We know at least 40%, maybe 49% of the country seems to support drilling for oil in Alaska (completely anecdotal). Now that we have strangled the economy, the middle class, and even the poor, how many of us are ready to say screw the risks, start drilling?

So once again, what are the chances of a consipiracy of this size? I use to think it was too complex but I can only wonder now. I would predict that before the end of the year we will be drilling in ANWR. The oil companies are primed to spend a fortune on research and it is "good" for the economy. It sure sounds like a win-win but unfortunately we will be blinded by economic rage to think clearly and away we go. If we could just put half the effort into finding alterative solutions we would be considerably better off in the long run. I guess only time will tell...