Japan and Their Toilets

The Japanese never cease to amaze me with their toilet obsession and technology. Here’s another example of their latest creations. Will I see it the next time I go back to Japan? Who knows!?

How-To & Review: Google Cloud Printing

In the age of high-tech mobile devices bringing everything to you from streaming video, to email, to Angry Birds, and so on from the touch of your finger tips, we still sometimes have to rely on “ol’ fashioned” desk-top style hardware. Sometimes you need a large monitor, more processing power, or just that full QWERTY physical keyboard. Let’s no forget printers! Yes, people still do print from time to time, even in this age of soft-copies and electronic forms. So what do you do when you’re on the road and need to print something (lets say to your office) from your mobile device and you just don’t have the time/means to email it? You need a cloud printing solution, and you want it to be printer-model agnostic.

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Review: OnLive & Their New Gaming Console

OnLive, a cloud-based gaming system that connects through your broadband internet, recently released a gaming console. Up until then, you connected to their cloud from a PC. I am able to output the video to my 46″ LCD TV, but it was a pain to set up the laptop, plug in the video cable, the audio cable, AC power supply, network cable, keyboard, and mouse. Then just using the keyboard itself was a pain, because only certain keys are “mapped” to perform certain functions.

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How To Enable Facebook For Secure Login

By default, Facebook uses a non-secure login (http). You can though, enable secure login via https. Most web email platforms, including your bank website, email, 401k retirement, etc., all use https logins. So why not protect yourself on Facebook the same way? You already lock down your account to share information with Friends Only (don’t you?!) so why not enable https too. Here’s how:

  1. Login to your Facebook account.
  2. On the upper-right side of your profile, click the Account link.
  3. From the drop down menu, select Account Settings.
  4. Under Account Security, click the Change link.
  5. You should be now able to see the Account Security Section.
  6. Click the Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible checkbox.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Next time you will login to your Facebook profile you should get the secure SSL webpage. To check if you have got such security page, simply have a look the your browser Web address field. If the Facebook webpage contains HTTPS your connection will be secure!

iPhone on Verizon – Yes, It’s Here

No need to reinvent the wheel here. We all know by now the iPhone has come to Verizon, and cnet has their official review here:


Netflix: iPad vs PC

I was away for work this week, and while in my hotel room at night, decided to try the Netflix instant streaming. I figured with their account giving me unlimited streaming of their library, I should check it out. I had an iPad and my laptop, so I tested it out on both.

On the iPad, I have 3G and WiFi service. Even with hotel WiFi, there really wasn’t much of a difference in picture quality. When starting the program, it the buffering would take less than a minute. However, a re-buffer is necessary when rewinding or fast forwarding. This is true for 3G and WiFi. The 3G service was more consistent for quality, and it was my only option when the hotel power would go out (because of bad weather). The picture would sometimes get blocky, but would then clear up. Audio was always in sync with the picture on both services. All in all, it served the purpose, but if you are interested in crystal clear quality, you need a faster WiFi connection.

On the PC (laptop), WiFi was only available. Picture quality was a bit better (probably a better video card on the PC than iPad). Sound was clearer, but that’s probably because of the better sound components on a laptop over an iPad. Buffering time is the same as the iPad. However when the power went out, I had to go to the 3G iPad to continue the movie. Once I was on a faster LAN, picture quality was near perfect. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try the iPad on a faster WiFi to compare.

For the $8/month plan, which isĀ for the online unlimitedĀ streaming only, it’s well worth the money. Over the few days that I was using it, I watched 3 movies. Yes, Netflix doesn’t have the latest and greatest available, but there are plenty of previously released movies that I haven’t seen yet. I didn’t use the hotel TV once!

Angry Birds!

I resisted as long as I could, and finally broke down. Yes, I am addicted too. The basic idea is to sling-shot your birds at pigs set up within various structures. These birds must kill the pigs, but first break through the strategic set-up of their structures. Here’s some more info at Wikipedia.

Go get some Angry Birds!

Angry Birds

Angry Birds

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Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know

Found this on Yahoo this afternoon. Scary, isn’t it?!

Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know

Motorola Droid vs Motorola Droid 2 Global vs HTC Incredible vs Samsung Fascinate

Oh yes, a foursome versome! I’ve had the opportunity to personally experience all four phones. At this stage in the Android game, I’d like to review these phones according to my personal experiences and opinions, based on out-of-the-box features and capabilities.
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Can an iPad replace a laptop on a business trip?

Just read an interesting article on about iPad’s and business trips.

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