Archive for June, 2009

Cooliris 1.11

June 30th, 2009 No comments

Just when you thought your viewing experience couldn’t get any better (I’m talking to OS X users here;-) CoolIris comes along and takes it to the next level.  I’ve been playing around with it for the last week and seriously having the best time.

CoolIris isn’t just for Mac users though, it works on Windows XP, Vista and Linux (!!!) too. The folks at CoolIris want to bring this experience to everyone! And it truly is a beautiful experience.

A simple image search on Google

A simple image search on Google

CoolIris was previously PicLens. So some of you may already be familiar with previous incarnations of CoolIris (even though I am not).

So what is it, exactly? Well, it is a plug-in that gives you a new way to navigate, find and share images and videos “using the rich media that is now dominating the web” says partner Randy Komisar.

Learn about the CoolIris vision here!

It basically transforms your viewing experience into a cinematic 3D wall. You can do Google searches, YouTube, Flickr, Hulu, Facebook and many many more. It frees you from the confines of your browser, which I didn’t know was confining until I tried CoolIris, strangely enough.

Image search zoomed out

Image search zoomed out

It also works in your Finder. Search all images and videos within your Finder with speed and style. CoolIris transforms your screen into the ultimate 3D viewing experience! The best word I can find for it is elegant. Really. It’s like Cover-Flow’s debonair cousin or something.

Using it is simple enough.  Just install and then the CoolIris icon will appear on images when you mouse over them in your browser, or you can launch CoolIris from the icon that appears at the top right of your browser window.  Of course you can launch from your Applications folder as well.  From within CoolIris you can zoom out (as seen to the right) or go full screen with any image.  And that is just the tip of the CoolIris iceberg.

It’s even gotten me excited for the day that those oh-so-awesome fictional GUIs that you always see in the movies may actually become something of a reality.

There is a version for the iPhone as well that looks pretty awesome, though since I still have yet to get one I haven’t been able to test it out yet.

Check out the CoolIris website and then get ready to change the way you see the virtual world.

CoolIris Overview
CoolIris Features

Urban farming movement is a revolution

June 29th, 2009 1 comment
Urban Farming

Urban Farming

This is a very exciting and much needed change in our food culture especially in the urban areas where access to fresh produce is limited or expensive for minorities. What you tend to find is more fast food is located in the poor urban areas which are one of the causes of obesity and diabetes. Urban farming promotes a self sustaining food supply system in a community garden.


  • Use of Solar Energy and reduction of carbon foot print for trips to grocery store
  • Quality fresh vegetables and fruits
  • Less reliance on fast food and thus reduction in obesity and diabetes
  • Less waste
  • Implicit excercise through gardening

I think this is SOOO important for us to really take back our food communities from fast food nation like McDonald’s (McDeath), Burger King (Murder King), Taco Bell (Taco Hell). It benefits us in so many ways.


Gadget Summary of posts up to 06-29-2009

June 29th, 2009 No comments
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Science kits galore!

June 24th, 2009 1 comment

Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned the distinct lack of chemistry sets on our shelves in the last few decades. Well I was shopping at Book People the other day (one of Austin’s very cool local bookstores) and I came across National Geographic’s Elements of Science kit.
Elements of Science Kit
For $74.95 you can do 100 experiments in biology, chemistry and physics. It includes 112 page book that covers optics, light, electricity, chemical reactions and much much more. It’s a pretty basic kit for ages 10 and up.

But then I found this on the DiscoverThis website:
Chem3000 kit
The Chem3000 kit is a comprehensive chemistry set for ages 12 and up that covers over fifty topics relating specifically to chemistry.
The kit includes dozens of actual chemicals along with all the supplies needed to do 360 different experiments (including ones covering fuels and combustion… the most fun part of chemistry in my opinion).
Obviously these experiments need to be done with adult supervision. But I’m willing to bet that any parent that gets this kind of kit for their kid will have just as much fun helping with these experiments as their kid will have doing them. I know I would (now I just have to get around to having kids and raising them to age twelve… dang!).
There are dozens more kits on the DiscoverThis website covering everything from Astronomy to Zoology. They have Robot Kits (!!!) and Genetics and DNA kits too. Hopefully if more kids learn to have fun in science early on the US of A won’t be so woefully behind in producing the worlds leading scientists anymore.

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128 GB capacity USB flash drive!

June 22nd, 2009 1 comment

Lately I’ve been shopping around for a USB flash drive. I’ve not had much of a need for one before, but seems like I do now. And I came across this…

Kingston flash USB drives

That’s right. 128 GB USB flash drive. This one is by Kingston. But I found another made by DiskGo (though it doesn’t look quite as cool). I hadn’t thought I would need such a high capacity USB drive, but now that I know it exists (it was just a matter of time really), well now I really REALLY NEED one. Though at $546.00 for the Kingston and $389.95 for the DiskGo I might need to rethink the need part a little.
They both have the ability to password protect, though sadly only on Windows (for now, hopefully).
But ultimately I like the Kingston better for the simple fact that it has a sliding USB connector. Great idea:-)
They come in 64GB and 32GB versions as well for significantly cheaper. I’ll probably have to go with one of those until I strike it rich with my brilliant screenplay. Heh.

Via OhGizmo!

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How To Tether iPhone 3.0 for AT&T

June 18th, 2009 1 comment
How To Tether iPhone 3.0 with AT&T

How To Tether iPhone 3.0 with AT&T

AT&T has to realize we’re going to tether the iPhone with or without their help. Tethering allows you to use your mobile phone as a “modem” or bridge to the Internet with your other devices like laptop. No Wi-Fi Hot Spot freely available? No Worries.


  • Mac OS X Leopard Required
  • Install iTunes 8.2 Required
  • Download this carrier settings file from and double click it to mount it in Finder
  • iPhone 3.0 (7A341) Gold Master final release
  • Quit iTunes.
  • Run Terminal and this script
    defaults write carrier-testing -bool TRUE
  • Connect your iPhone to your computer using USB
  • Go To Devices Summary in iTunes
  • Option Click and hit Restore. Browse to and select ATT_US.ipcc. It is IMPORTANT to option click otherwise you will restore to previous iPhone back ups!
  • UpdateSettingsLaunch iPhone – General –  Network – Internet Tethering – On
  • If tethering is successful, you will see a message that is similar to the following:
    Network Adapter
  • Go into Preferences Network select the adapter as displayed above, and you’ll see something similar to this as it becomes active. Select that adaptor

    Network Preferences Mac

  • iPhone TetheringiPhone Tethering Charge

From high to low. Details on AT&T’s new 3GS Upgrade Policy

June 18th, 2009 No comments

attdsI’m back to teh suck.  I spent about 15 minutes on the phone this morning with a very nice AT&T rep (yes there actually are some) to try and figure out why I wasn’t upgrade eligible for a 3GS.  Basically, it seems that if you were a new-to-AT&T-customer who purchased an iPhone 3G with contract on the first day it was available (July 11th, 2008), then you are NOT eligible for the upgrade pricing.  This is based on my personal experience and your mileage may vary but the rep seemed to think that this should apply to anyone who was a new 2-year customer buying the 3G.  AT&T’s new policy seems to be targeted at original iPhone customers who upgraded to the 3G.  As far as the rep and I could figure, those are the only people who would have upgrade eligibility dates that were not in December or beyond.

So close.  And yet so far.  Damn you Death Star!

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