Telecaress: v. to touch someone across a long distance

June 12, 2015 By: erik Category: Geeky, Science

TelecaressMy eldest child, born in 2009, does not remember a time before she could instantly summon a video call with her grandparents on the other side of the planet. It took science fiction writers no time at all to predict such technology as soon as they saw a black-and-white television broadcast back in the early twentieth century. Obviously we’d be able to hold “face to face” conversations over long distances as if the other person were just on the other side of a pane of glass.
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What Size To Buy? Printable iPhone 6 PDFs

September 11, 2014 By: erik Category: Geeky

Printable iPhone 6 Models - iPhone 6 PlusOne problem with the latest iPhone models, 6 and 6 Plus, is that they are completely new sizes, so it’s not at all obvious which one you should get until you actually hold them both in your hand – and even then it’ll be a tough decision with trade-offs to consider. I looked around and found lots of sites drawing them relative to previous models to give an idea of how big they are, but that’s not the same as holding one. So I created a PDF document with each model more or less – they aren’t millimeter-exact – “life sized”.
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iTunes Radio is a Game Changer

September 19, 2013 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Marketing, Media, Music

iTunes RadioBack when Spotify was only available in Europe, and I had that to tease my American friends about, I signed up for the free version, and saw the value of it. For someone that doesn’t already have a massive music collection, or for someone wanting constant background music, like in a bar or restaurant, services Spotify make a lot of sense. I’ve never used Pandora, because they’ve never made the effort to enter the European market. And long before them, I used Last.FM for a while. The ability to stream music you don’t own is excellent. There’s only one problem: it loses money.
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Cloud Music and iTunes Match

November 16, 2011 By: erik Category: Geeky, Music

iTunes MatchApple finally launched their iTunes Match service this week. If you don’t know what that is, I’ll explain briefly. In the eight years since Apple opened their iTunes Music Store, they have been amassing an enormous collection of digitized music that they have the legal right to sell. If you buy a song from them, and your computer crashes, you can redownload that song again whenever you like, since, rather than a physical medium like a CD, what you’ve bought is the right to have that digital file.
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Apple Amazes

October 28, 2011 By: erik Category: Geeky, Weird

AppleYesterday morning I had a video conference with Bangkok, as international men of mystery like myself do on Friday mornings. It was actually with my friend Jacob, who is there for a month on business and had his workday cancelled because of the heavy flooding Thailand is currently experiencing, so he was bored in his hotel suite and sent me an iMessage. When I initiated a FaceTime call with him, I realized as soon a I pressed the button to call him that there was no way it would work.
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A Step-By-Step Guide to Booting Hackintosh to Striped RAID

March 31, 2011 By: erik Category: Geeky

Hackintosh LogoAlmost two years ago, I bought a Hackintosh: a normal Intel PC that can be converted to run Mac OS X, resulting in an $800 computer with the power of a $2400 Mac Pro. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so pleased with a computer purchase, especially two years later. One important decision I made was to go with a Solid State Drive for the boot drive. The biggest bottleneck in common use of most modern personal computers is the hard drive access; processors are fast, memory is fast, but hard drives are slow. As if using an SSD wasn’t fast enough, I bought two of them and used RAID striping, a technique which splits the data evenly across both drives, so when I want to load a file, half of the file is read from one disk and half is read from another in parallel. As you might imagine, it’s pretty speedy.
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Old and New Apple Products

November 26, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos, Spain

This weekend, we finally moved our old British refrigerator into Grandpa Ramón’s house (third floor, no elevator). It has been unplugged for three years, sitting in a corner of the covered area where my father-in-law keeps his chickens, so there’s a chance it might not work anymore. They say you have to keep fridges working or they can break. Of course, he’ll need to find a power adaptor first. The other thing in the pile next to the refrigerator was my old G5 box. We decided that we wouldn’t be needing it anymore. In retrospect, it was rather silly of us to bring from England, but whatever.
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