Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Google "Office"

In an effort to give users a "one stop shop", if you will, for all desktop apps, Google "Office" is now available for use. With this new feature, you can create word documents and spreadsheets that you can now access as long as you have an internet connection. I haven't really been able to test it yet. It appears that you can upload existing files as long as they meet the following specs:

Types of files that you can upload (up to 500KB):
Documents

* HTML files and plain text (.txt).
* Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf), OpenDocument Text (.odt) and StarOffice (.sxw).

Spreadsheets

* Comma Separated Value (.csv).
* Microsoft Excel (.xls) files and OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods).


I just uploaded an Excel file and edited it a little bit. It was a seemless transfer with no problems noted. I may actually use this feature on a regular basis.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Apple Event Day

I wonder how many of us were sitting around today, hitting the refresh button on the screen, to see the latest and greatest from Apple. Things that got me interested were:
ITunes 7 with downloadable movies. Movies appear to range from $9.99 to $14.99 for most titles. I saw Pirates of the Caribbean for $12.99 and a slew of other Disney titles. The movie will download in 640 x 480 pixel, near DVD quality, perfect for downloading to your video iPod. You can also download iPod games for $4.99. Classics such as Bejeweled, Tetris, Zuma, PacMan and more are available to download to your video iPod.
Apple also updated the iPod as follows:
30 GB: $249
-Black or White
-14 hr music playback, 4 hr slideshow, 3.5 hr video

80 GB: $349
-Black or White
-20 hr music playback, 6 hr slideshow, 6.5 hr video

Apple today introduced its 2G iPod Nano, available in 5 colors depending on model. Apple claims the new model can get up to 24 hours of battery life, and the screen is 40% brighter. The new models are as follows, and are available today:

2 GB: $149
-Silver only

4 GB: $199
-Silver, Pink, Green, Blue

8 GB: $249
-Black only

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ready for Soccer....





We made the switch



After having numerous problems with our local cable company, we made the switch over to Direct TV. I have had hesitation about switching to satellite tv b/c of the concern for local tv channels and signal strength. After talking to local friends who have Direct TV service, my wife and I decided to jump onboard. We just couldn't stand the idea of staying with a local company that screws it's customers. For example, we have had digital cable service from our local provider for about 3 years. Last month, we decided to get rid of the digital service and go back to regular cable b/c we just weren't using the premium channels much. My wife brought the digital receiver back to the cable company and cancelled our subscription. The CSR told her that it would be deducted from our next month's bill and all would be taken care of. It was taken care of alright! This months's cable bill $451.00!!!!WTF!!!!We called the CSR and was told that there wa nothing they could do about it. NOTHING????? Well, there was something that I could do. We called back and sopke to numerous manangers and finally got a refund for the rediculous amount of money and that evening we called and ordered Direct TV. A couple of days later, the installer showed at my house and 4 hours later...Satelite sweetness. The installer did a great job, considering he had to run new cable to 4 rooms, and the signal is great. We got two DVR's and 2 basic receivers (for the kids rooms). I was reluctant to try tis DVR after having Tivo for so long, but I must say that I really like the fact that I can record one show, while watching another. I could rewind 90 minutes, to Tivo's 30. I still haven't figured out how to program a season pass though. I hope that is an available feature. So, in closing, let me just say this: Screw You Vision Communications!!!!!

10 days and counting.....

till the start of LSU football.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Playing at Grand Isle, LA

We tool the kids to Grand Isle, LA. They loved playing on the beach and hunting for hermit crabs.




Tuesday, July 18, 2006

GOOWY is yummy!



I recently decided to give GOOWY a go. I was hesitant at first, because I thought that this was just another web based e-mail service. After I dug into it a little bit, I realized that it was more...much more. How great is the fact that, from 1 interface, I can send and receive e-mail, check my calendar, listen to music, play games,store files, and IM. I have been looking for an option like this for awhile and now I've found it. I have been using GMAIL, GOOGLE CALENDAR, and GOOGLE NOTEBOOK. Although they are good applications, I didn't care to switch back and forth between the apps. GOOWY allows you to go back and forth in 1 app. I recommend all to give it a try.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

0 for 2

Over the last few nights, my wife and I have decided to catch up on viewing some of the new movies that we have acquired over the last month or so. A few nights ago, we watched "JARHEAD" and let me just say this......BORING!!!!!I was very disappointed with the storyline, although Jake Gillenhaul's performance was somewhat o.k. This movie had gotten good reviews and Netflix's rating was a 4.5 stars. I had been looking forward to seeing JARHEAD since it came to theaters, but I am glad that I didn't waste $14 to see it at the big screen. Last night, we decided to watch Nicholas Cage in "The Lord Of War." Although, this was better than Jarhead, it still left something to be desired. I knew it was based on true events and had kept on the real life scenario of gun runners in the 80's and 90's, I was still left with a bit of disappointment with the way that it was portrayed in this movie. Nick Cage's performance was good, but both my wife and I agreed that this could have been much better. So, I was 0 for 2 this week in picking movies, maybe next week I will have better look. I think we are gonna watch "The Great Raid" and "Munich".

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

It's got me thinking....

In the last few days, I have been reading a ton of content on Robert Scoble, leaving Microsoft to join Podtech.net. Now, I have kept up with his blog and his work over at Channel 9 and I have always admired the way he was able to take you into the inner workings of such a huge company and give it a personal face. It is something that I have thought about doing at my company, but I am still hesitant to do. Every company should consider having their own "Channel 9" and use it to bring that "personal touch" for everyone to see. The more I think about it, the more I want to create it. Sure, there is the usual corporate redtape and support that I need to get, but I have been able to convince our team to do a few things to bring our company up to speed with today's technology trends. The cost would be practically nothing for them, I have the camera and I can do the website for nothing. My job description is basically to concentrate on all things technical and I believe this classifies as "technical" in nature. My boss would be 100% supportive on the effort as it would help to publicize our department, and our company for that matter. I don't know, it sounds like a great idea, in theory, but I just don't know if I have the extra time that would be needed to make this a success. I sure don't want to put the time and energy into starting it, if I can't make it a huge success. Oh well, off to ponder on that thought for a while.