Friday, May 30, 2014

HTC One Sense TV

HTC One Only:  

An unexpected benefit of my new HTC One is its ability to act as a remote control for my TV, cable box and A/V hub. Unbelievably, it took under 5 minutes to set up those devices and the proper Time Warner Cable service. Swipe or search to find shows. Super easy!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Android Remote Install

Android Only:

One of my favorite things about using Android is being able to install apps to my smartphone directly from Google Play's web browser interface. Just click "Install" and the rest is taken care of automagically. This was particularly useful after getting my new HTC One last week and needing to reinstall several dozen apps. It even knows which of your Android devices is compatible with an app.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

eBay Hacked

Last week eBay reported they had joined the growing list of companies that have been hacked and account credentials compromised. If you're an eBay user you should change your password asap.

Delta Safety Video

Hump Day Humor:

Delta released their latest safety video last week. Using some humor to get folks to watch a safety video is a great idea. ROFL.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Altaeros and Makani

Altaeros Energies and Makani Power are next generation wind energy technologies which take advantage of the higher and more consistent wind speeds found at higher elevations. Since both are mobile, they can be deployed in remote areas for purposes such as disaster relief.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


It's been 2 1/2 years since my last smartphone upgrade and for the first time in forever I did not get a Motorola.  I've had 3 of the flip phone Razr's, a Droid and most recently a Droid Razr.  Was it the features? Nope.  The brand?  Nope.  I simply liked the looks of this one best with its brushed metal and slimmer look. All about design baby!

Heart Calcium Scan

Last week I had a Heart Calcium Scan, which is a test that looks for specks of calcium in the walls of the coronary (heart) arteries and can show early signs of plaque buildup in the coronary arteries. My doctor suggested it as a low-cost ($99, not covered by insurance) test just to see if anything was happening in there that needed attention. Quick and easy CT scan. Happy to find out my score was zero and my pipes are free and clear.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Oxford Comma

I often add a comma before the word 'and' at the end of a list, for example, "We sell paper, pens, and envelopes". I don't remember where I picked up that habit, but I use it most of the time to make the meaning of a sentence clear. And I didn't know it actually had a name .... until today. It's called an "Oxford comma".


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It's available as a mobile app on iPhone/iPad and Android, an installed application on Windows and via the Web. WebWISER supports both PC and mobile device browsers.

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Before Happiness

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Shawn's program maps out the following five steps to raise your levels of positive genius and, in turn, your rates of success.
  1. Choosing the Most Valuable Reality
  2. Map your Meaning Markers
  3. Find the X-Spot
  4. Cancel the Noise
  5. Create Positive Inception