Archive for May, 2011

  • You can’t delve into the origins of the PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) without first excavating the history of the webcomic known as Penny Arcade.  Penny Arcade is a webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik based around video games and video game culture.  The comic originally debuted in 1998 on the website loonygames.com.  Jerry and Mike have since established their own website at Penny-Arcade.com which is updated with a new comic strip every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The comics are accompanied by regular updates on the website’s blog. The Penny-Arcade.com website receives over 2 million page views a day and I can say without hesitation that I am quite green with envy- almost as green as Kermit the Frog.  […]

    What is PAX?

    You can’t delve into the origins of the PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) without first excavating the history of the webcomic known as Penny Arcade.  Penny Arcade is a webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik based around video games and video game culture.  The comic originally debuted in 1998 on the website loonygames.com.  Jerry and Mike have since established their own website at Penny-Arcade.com which is updated with a new comic strip every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The comics are accompanied by regular updates on the website’s blog. The Penny-Arcade.com website receives over 2 million page views a day and I can say without hesitation that I am quite green with envy- almost as green as Kermit the Frog.  […]

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  • Sometimes when I go on walks I see birds gathering in large groups perched high above me in the trees.  They chirp and tweet and make such a commotion it sounds like a party.  Often I have wondered if they are actually communicating complex details to each other, perhaps trading their favorite bug hunting spots or best lake to bathe in.  Humans have always asked the question “is there other intelligent life out there?”  Instead of looking outside our solar system for intelligent life, why have we never looked at the creatures around us?  Obviously they too are evolving just as we did and some will eventually take our place as we leave this rock to search the cosmos for answers.  Whales, […]

    Secret language of prairie dogs

    Sometimes when I go on walks I see birds gathering in large groups perched high above me in the trees.  They chirp and tweet and make such a commotion it sounds like a party.  Often I have wondered if they are actually communicating complex details to each other, perhaps trading their favorite bug hunting spots or best lake to bathe in.  Humans have always asked the question “is there other intelligent life out there?”  Instead of looking outside our solar system for intelligent life, why have we never looked at the creatures around us?  Obviously they too are evolving just as we did and some will eventually take our place as we leave this rock to search the cosmos for answers.  Whales, […]

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  • Forget about X-men Origins: Wolverine… A difficult task, I know, but this new movie shouldn’t have anything to do with the characters that were terribly jammed into the first Wolverine movie. The new movie, titled The Wolverine, will NOT be a sequel to the abominable “BarakaPool” story line, according to director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan).  With Aronofsky at the helm and writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, The way of the Gun, Valkyrie, The Tourist) penning the screen play, I am intrigued. In the comic book world, Wolverine was created by writer Len Wein and artist John Romita. Here is one of John Romita’s concept sketches for the Wolverine: Wolverine was introduced to us […]

    The Wolverine

    Forget about X-men Origins: Wolverine… A difficult task, I know, but this new movie shouldn’t have anything to do with the characters that were terribly jammed into the first Wolverine movie. The new movie, titled The Wolverine, will NOT be a sequel to the abominable “BarakaPool” story line, according to director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan).  With Aronofsky at the helm and writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, The way of the Gun, Valkyrie, The Tourist) penning the screen play, I am intrigued. In the comic book world, Wolverine was created by writer Len Wein and artist John Romita. Here is one of John Romita’s concept sketches for the Wolverine: Wolverine was introduced to us […]

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  • If you’re looking for an easy way to get a website or blog setup quickly and keep it affordable, WordPress is the way to go. WordPress is basically a graphical user interface that makes it easy to manage your website without knowing any coding languages. Of course, it will help you knowing a bit of HTML and CSS, but it is not needed with all the great tools and plugins WordPress offers. The most amazing thing about WordPress is that is comes standard with almost any web hosting you buy. If you haven’t purchased service yet go with a reliable, affordable, and stable provider like Hostgator.com. At Hostgator you will find all the tools you need (like WordPress) to make […]

    How to install WordPress

    If you’re looking for an easy way to get a website or blog setup quickly and keep it affordable, WordPress is the way to go. WordPress is basically a graphical user interface that makes it easy to manage your website without knowing any coding languages. Of course, it will help you knowing a bit of HTML and CSS, but it is not needed with all the great tools and plugins WordPress offers. The most amazing thing about WordPress is that is comes standard with almost any web hosting you buy. If you haven’t purchased service yet go with a reliable, affordable, and stable provider like Hostgator.com. At Hostgator you will find all the tools you need (like WordPress) to make […]

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  • Finding the perfect name for your unborn baby can be quite difficult.  You start by naming off people or family members you like, names you have grown accustomed to over the years, celebrities, weird names, and common names.  Eventually you are wits end and as your due date gets closer and closer you still don’t have the perfect name. Do not worry, there’s no need to fear- BABY IS HERE!  Your baby is just waiting to tell you the name that he or she loves most via a creative app for your iPhone called “Kick to Pick“. The app includes a database of thousands of gender-specific names which you can narrow down if you prefer by creating a favorites list. […]

    Having trouble finding the perfect baby name? Let your baby decide.

    Finding the perfect name for your unborn baby can be quite difficult.  You start by naming off people or family members you like, names you have grown accustomed to over the years, celebrities, weird names, and common names.  Eventually you are wits end and as your due date gets closer and closer you still don’t have the perfect name. Do not worry, there’s no need to fear- BABY IS HERE!  Your baby is just waiting to tell you the name that he or she loves most via a creative app for your iPhone called “Kick to Pick“. The app includes a database of thousands of gender-specific names which you can narrow down if you prefer by creating a favorites list. […]

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  • Amazon recently released a list of the most well-read cities in America.  Did your city make the list? Cambridge, Massachusetts tops the list which includes three cities in Florida and two local to NERD TREK- Bellevue and Seattle, WA.  Amazon based their numbers on the sale of both print and kindle books, magazines, and newspapers purchased per capita since January 2011. In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon.com also found that: Not only do they like to read, but they like to know the facts: Cambridge, Mass.–home to the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology–also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books. Boulder, Colo., lives up to its reputation as a healthy […]

    Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America

    Amazon recently released a list of the most well-read cities in America.  Did your city make the list? Cambridge, Massachusetts tops the list which includes three cities in Florida and two local to NERD TREK- Bellevue and Seattle, WA.  Amazon based their numbers on the sale of both print and kindle books, magazines, and newspapers purchased per capita since January 2011. In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon.com also found that: Not only do they like to read, but they like to know the facts: Cambridge, Mass.–home to the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology–also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books. Boulder, Colo., lives up to its reputation as a healthy […]

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  • Facebook has seemed awfully quiet lately, hasn’t it?  Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your news feed from the same people lately? Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links, the same circle of people are commenting and everyone else seems to be ignoring you? Don’t worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you. The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can’t see anything you post and here’s why: The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you’ve recently interacted with or interacted the most with (which would be limited […]

    How to see friend updates on Facebook

    Facebook has seemed awfully quiet lately, hasn’t it?  Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your news feed from the same people lately? Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links, the same circle of people are commenting and everyone else seems to be ignoring you? Don’t worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you. The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can’t see anything you post and here’s why: The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you’ve recently interacted with or interacted the most with (which would be limited […]

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  •   Making your own magic wand similar to the wands in the Harry Potter movies and books is a very magical thing. It is an excellent way to connect with the magic inside you.  Most witches and wizards work with several wands, one for each different kind of spell.  This article details several different ways to create a magical wand, from the extremely simple to detailed and complex.  In the real world many pagans and witches find wands useful for focusing energy in spells and rituals.  There is no right or wrong way to make a magic wand.  I offer my suggestions as a guide to help you develop your own method for making magic wands and connecting with the […]

    How to make Harry Potter Wands

      Making your own magic wand similar to the wands in the Harry Potter movies and books is a very magical thing. It is an excellent way to connect with the magic inside you.  Most witches and wizards work with several wands, one for each different kind of spell.  This article details several different ways to create a magical wand, from the extremely simple to detailed and complex.  In the real world many pagans and witches find wands useful for focusing energy in spells and rituals.  There is no right or wrong way to make a magic wand.  I offer my suggestions as a guide to help you develop your own method for making magic wands and connecting with the […]

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  • Why there will NOT be a Final Fantasy 7 Remake in the foreseeable future (for the PS3 and XBOX 360 anyway) You want one.  I want one.  If Square-Enix got off their ass and made one, they would probably make more money than they ever did before.  But it isn’t going to happen.  Final Fantasy 7 when it came out was called “perhaps the greatest game ever made.”  The idea of a Final Fantasy 7 Remake for the PS3 has circled the internet in countless forums, YouTube and internet articles.  But any claims that they are going to ACTUALLY make one are usually based on wishful thinking and rumors.  This myth has gone on far enough. Personally, it is getting […]

    Why there will NOT be a Final Fantasy 7 Remake in the foreseeable future

    Why there will NOT be a Final Fantasy 7 Remake in the foreseeable future (for the PS3 and XBOX 360 anyway) You want one.  I want one.  If Square-Enix got off their ass and made one, they would probably make more money than they ever did before.  But it isn’t going to happen.  Final Fantasy 7 when it came out was called “perhaps the greatest game ever made.”  The idea of a Final Fantasy 7 Remake for the PS3 has circled the internet in countless forums, YouTube and internet articles.  But any claims that they are going to ACTUALLY make one are usually based on wishful thinking and rumors.  This myth has gone on far enough. Personally, it is getting […]

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  • Naga Vipers are the hottest chili peppers in the world; Ironically they are grown in England in the snow!  The Naga Viper chili rates a 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale which is over 300,000 points higher than the previous world record holder – the Naga Jolokia (commonly known as the Ghost Chili or Bhut Jolokia). Jalapeños rate between 2k-2.5k on the Scoville scale. Culinary madmen have taken to battling it out on who can create and utilize the world’s hottest chili pepper. The Naga Viper pepper was created in England by a British chili farmer and pub owner named Gerald Fowler. He created the pepper by crossing three of the world’s hottest peppers, including the Naga Jolokia.  “It’s painful to […]

    Naga Viper – the hottest chili pepper in the world

    Naga Vipers are the hottest chili peppers in the world; Ironically they are grown in England in the snow!  The Naga Viper chili rates a 1,359,000 on the Scoville scale which is over 300,000 points higher than the previous world record holder – the Naga Jolokia (commonly known as the Ghost Chili or Bhut Jolokia). Jalapeños rate between 2k-2.5k on the Scoville scale. Culinary madmen have taken to battling it out on who can create and utilize the world’s hottest chili pepper. The Naga Viper pepper was created in England by a British chili farmer and pub owner named Gerald Fowler. He created the pepper by crossing three of the world’s hottest peppers, including the Naga Jolokia.  “It’s painful to […]

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  • HTML5 has a lot of cool new features which include the ability to embed audio and video without special plug-ins. Streaming audio quickly and effortlessly is one of the features I started using right away on a paid subscription website I run.  One of the first problems I had embedding audio using HTML5 was the incompatible audio formats from browser to browser.  Instead of explaining which formats work with which browsers lets just say you have to use all 3 formats and leave it at that.  How do you use all 3 formats when you only want one sample to play at a time?  Easy, you put all 3 as options and the browser will try the first one and […]

    How to add HTML5 audio to your website

    HTML5 has a lot of cool new features which include the ability to embed audio and video without special plug-ins. Streaming audio quickly and effortlessly is one of the features I started using right away on a paid subscription website I run.  One of the first problems I had embedding audio using HTML5 was the incompatible audio formats from browser to browser.  Instead of explaining which formats work with which browsers lets just say you have to use all 3 formats and leave it at that.  How do you use all 3 formats when you only want one sample to play at a time?  Easy, you put all 3 as options and the browser will try the first one and […]

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  • Motion controls, I’ve never been a big fan of them, until I got the Socom 4 Full Deployment Edition. It’s something I’ve always equated to the gaming equivalent of training wheels, something “real” gamers would never lower themselves too. After all, my Dualshock 3 has 10 buttons if you include the analog sticks, 2 of those actually, and 4 directional buttons, so why would I ever stoop so low as to use a motion controller? Simply because the Sony Motion controller is brilliant! Unlike the “insert gag here” Wii motion controller, it works, and it’s accurate. Not to mention the Sharp Shooter! It holds the two pieces of the motion controller in an assault rifle shaped case, making the game […]

    Motion Controls

    Motion controls, I’ve never been a big fan of them, until I got the Socom 4 Full Deployment Edition. It’s something I’ve always equated to the gaming equivalent of training wheels, something “real” gamers would never lower themselves too. After all, my Dualshock 3 has 10 buttons if you include the analog sticks, 2 of those actually, and 4 directional buttons, so why would I ever stoop so low as to use a motion controller? Simply because the Sony Motion controller is brilliant! Unlike the “insert gag here” Wii motion controller, it works, and it’s accurate. Not to mention the Sharp Shooter! It holds the two pieces of the motion controller in an assault rifle shaped case, making the game […]

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  • …and why it’s addicting. For me it’s the feeling of accomplishment when you make a machine do something that it wasn’t built to do.  Some people like to take things apart and put them back together.  I like to softmod, whether it’s a Nintendo DS, old school Xbox, or a Wii- there’s something to be said about the feeling you get when you beat the system.  Play Super Mario World on my Wii?  No problem!  How about Goldeneye 007 on the Xbox?  Yeah!  Multiple player! With the internet it is so easy to find instructions on how to softmod almost anything you can imagine.  I’ve even found myself trying to turn my iPhone into an old school mac which is […]

    Softmodding Video Game Systems

    …and why it’s addicting. For me it’s the feeling of accomplishment when you make a machine do something that it wasn’t built to do.  Some people like to take things apart and put them back together.  I like to softmod, whether it’s a Nintendo DS, old school Xbox, or a Wii- there’s something to be said about the feeling you get when you beat the system.  Play Super Mario World on my Wii?  No problem!  How about Goldeneye 007 on the Xbox?  Yeah!  Multiple player! With the internet it is so easy to find instructions on how to softmod almost anything you can imagine.  I’ve even found myself trying to turn my iPhone into an old school mac which is […]

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  • Google Wallet, that’s what Google has named their new app aimed at making shopping easier than ever before.  The app will have many layers of security to protect against fraud although many of us are still skeptical.  I see a future of virtual wallet snatching where criminals snag your smartphone and go on shopping sprees using up all your “credits”, just like the sci-fi novels, movies, and RPGs of yesteryear. To make the Google Wallet a reality, Google has partnered with Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint and merchants including Subway, Macy’s, Walgreens, and American Eagle Outfitters.  Google says it is building an open solution to other financial companies and retailers. “Your phone will be your wallet- just tap, pay, […]

    Pay for groceries with your Smartphone. Does anyone else feel like they’re playing Shadowrun?

    Google Wallet, that’s what Google has named their new app aimed at making shopping easier than ever before.  The app will have many layers of security to protect against fraud although many of us are still skeptical.  I see a future of virtual wallet snatching where criminals snag your smartphone and go on shopping sprees using up all your “credits”, just like the sci-fi novels, movies, and RPGs of yesteryear. To make the Google Wallet a reality, Google has partnered with Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint and merchants including Subway, Macy’s, Walgreens, and American Eagle Outfitters.  Google says it is building an open solution to other financial companies and retailers. “Your phone will be your wallet- just tap, pay, […]

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  • If you can’t wait to find out what games will be showcased at this years E3 2011 you have come to the right place. We have narrowed down the list and although some games are just rumors we have included and marked them as such. VIDEO GAMES APPEARING AT E3 2001: 2K Games: BioShock: Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) The Darkness II (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Duke Nukem Forever (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) XCOM (Xbox 360, PC) *Rumored* Spec Ops: The Line (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) 2K Sports: NBA 2K12 (PS3, Xbox 360) 505 Games: *Rumored* Backbreaker: Vengeance (Xbox 360) *Rumored* Sniper Elite 2 (PS3, Xbox 360) *Rumored* Wrecked (PS3, Xbox 360) Activision: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3, […]

    Dying to know what games will be at E3 2011? Don’t worry- we’ve got the list.

    If you can’t wait to find out what games will be showcased at this years E3 2011 you have come to the right place. We have narrowed down the list and although some games are just rumors we have included and marked them as such. VIDEO GAMES APPEARING AT E3 2001: 2K Games: BioShock: Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) The Darkness II (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Duke Nukem Forever (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) XCOM (Xbox 360, PC) *Rumored* Spec Ops: The Line (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) 2K Sports: NBA 2K12 (PS3, Xbox 360) 505 Games: *Rumored* Backbreaker: Vengeance (Xbox 360) *Rumored* Sniper Elite 2 (PS3, Xbox 360) *Rumored* Wrecked (PS3, Xbox 360) Activision: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3, […]

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  • Have you noticed since installing iOS 4 that your iPhone 3G or 3Gs slowed to a horrific crawl? I was going crazy tearing my hair out waiting to access information and check my email on my iPhone. Sometimes by the time I was able to access the information I was looking for it was too late. It felt like I was using a new OS on an old computer, which essentially I was. The new iOS4 was really designed for the new iPhone 4 and although functional on the older models it is FAR from efficient. The iPhone without it’s efficiency defeats the purpose of even possessing one. After playing around with the settings I have finally figured out the […]

    How to speed up iPhone 3g running iOS4

    Have you noticed since installing iOS 4 that your iPhone 3G or 3Gs slowed to a horrific crawl? I was going crazy tearing my hair out waiting to access information and check my email on my iPhone. Sometimes by the time I was able to access the information I was looking for it was too late. It felt like I was using a new OS on an old computer, which essentially I was. The new iOS4 was really designed for the new iPhone 4 and although functional on the older models it is FAR from efficient. The iPhone without it’s efficiency defeats the purpose of even possessing one. After playing around with the settings I have finally figured out the […]

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  • In my last post on “the Art of Video Games: Issue 1” we took a look at the fantasy artists that shaped the Final Fantasy series as well as hit RPG games Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross.  Those games were all special favorites of mine since the RPG genre is where I feel most at home.  Today I thought I would delve into fantasy artists who made classic games that we have all played as children (or adults), those classic games that make you smile and reminiscence about the good old days when time seemed endless.  The golden classics of gaming are ruled by Nintendo titles and out of all those, one character shines above all others- MARIO. Mario is […]

    the Art of Video Games: Issue 2

    In my last post on “the Art of Video Games: Issue 1” we took a look at the fantasy artists that shaped the Final Fantasy series as well as hit RPG games Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross.  Those games were all special favorites of mine since the RPG genre is where I feel most at home.  Today I thought I would delve into fantasy artists who made classic games that we have all played as children (or adults), those classic games that make you smile and reminiscence about the good old days when time seemed endless.  The golden classics of gaming are ruled by Nintendo titles and out of all those, one character shines above all others- MARIO. Mario is […]

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  • Forget Top 40, these bands top the 8-bit list of best video game cover bands. The Minibosses only play covers of original NES games and have experienced huge success in the USA.  You can find them constantly on tour and as of this writing they were heading from Arizona over to California still going strong and playing a show almost every single night!  On their website at www.Minibosses.com you can find more nostalgic tunes to kick you back to the NES old school days. *Listen: Minibosses – Castlevania *Listen: Minibosses – Contra *Listen: Minibosses – Ghosts & Goblins   The Advantage have been covering retro game music since 1998, making them the forefathers of the 8-bit gaming music revolution.  Hailing […]

    Top 8-bit Bands

    Forget Top 40, these bands top the 8-bit list of best video game cover bands. The Minibosses only play covers of original NES games and have experienced huge success in the USA.  You can find them constantly on tour and as of this writing they were heading from Arizona over to California still going strong and playing a show almost every single night!  On their website at www.Minibosses.com you can find more nostalgic tunes to kick you back to the NES old school days. *Listen: Minibosses – Castlevania *Listen: Minibosses – Contra *Listen: Minibosses – Ghosts & Goblins   The Advantage have been covering retro game music since 1998, making them the forefathers of the 8-bit gaming music revolution.  Hailing […]

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  • The scoop on Skyrim character development via Todd Howard of Bethesda Softworks! One of the best things about Skyrim versus Oblivion is that instead of having to make a decision in the start of the game as to what kind of character class you would like to be, you instead naturally develop your character over the course of the game. Whatever skills you focus on become better and skills you ignore stay where they are. Should you decide to become a jack of all trades, it will take you a lot longer to level up. Here’s the full scoop via NERD TREK YOUTUBE: PRE-ORDER SKYRIM NOW! – GameStop.com

    Skyrim: the Scoop on character creation

    The scoop on Skyrim character development via Todd Howard of Bethesda Softworks! One of the best things about Skyrim versus Oblivion is that instead of having to make a decision in the start of the game as to what kind of character class you would like to be, you instead naturally develop your character over the course of the game. Whatever skills you focus on become better and skills you ignore stay where they are. Should you decide to become a jack of all trades, it will take you a lot longer to level up. Here’s the full scoop via NERD TREK YOUTUBE: PRE-ORDER SKYRIM NOW! – GameStop.com

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  • ORIGINALLY POSTED 26 JANUARY 2011 I spent hours looking for the tools needed for the 4.2.1 unlock. Instead of wasting your time clicking on stupid links and getting nowhere, HERE IT IS: Update your iDevice in iTunes to 4.2.1 Download Redsn0w for Mac or PC. Download IPSW 4.2.1 Run Redsn0w and select 4.2.1 IPSW Follow the instructions DONE.  Was that so hard for someone to post on the internet?  Damn.

    Pinapple Express! It’s the iPhone 4.2.1 Unlock!

    ORIGINALLY POSTED 26 JANUARY 2011 I spent hours looking for the tools needed for the 4.2.1 unlock. Instead of wasting your time clicking on stupid links and getting nowhere, HERE IT IS: Update your iDevice in iTunes to 4.2.1 Download Redsn0w for Mac or PC. Download IPSW 4.2.1 Run Redsn0w and select 4.2.1 IPSW Follow the instructions DONE.  Was that so hard for someone to post on the internet?  Damn.

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  • The Social Network movie portrayed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a pretentious yet intelligent, self-centered jerk. Or did it? As society begins to speed up in terms of information, travel, media, love, music, and everything in between we try to keep pace. Most of my friends are like me and are able to talk a million miles an hour about a subject and then change gears without so much as a blink and start jabbering about another subject completely. On top of this we all think we are know-it-alls and sometimes are. We don’t want to wait for information. Think about the last time you spoke with a person that took their sweet time to say something. How much patience […]

    Is Mark Zuckerberg a jerk or nerd hero?

    The Social Network movie portrayed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a pretentious yet intelligent, self-centered jerk. Or did it? As society begins to speed up in terms of information, travel, media, love, music, and everything in between we try to keep pace. Most of my friends are like me and are able to talk a million miles an hour about a subject and then change gears without so much as a blink and start jabbering about another subject completely. On top of this we all think we are know-it-alls and sometimes are. We don’t want to wait for information. Think about the last time you spoke with a person that took their sweet time to say something. How much patience […]

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  • The mysterious and elusive Click Through Ratio known to most webmasters who utilize Google Adsense as “CTR”. A question I get asked a lot is “What is a good CTR?”  Although this question gets asked a lot it’s hard to ever get a straight answer due to the fact that there are so many variables involved. The Variables The first variable has to do with your type of website- forum, blog, social, video, audio websites are all quite different and depending on your niche you may get more or less clicks depending. The second variable is what kind of content you provide and what type of user this draws.  A website featuring articles on automobile repairs would probably draw gearheads […]

    How to Raise Adsense CTR

    The mysterious and elusive Click Through Ratio known to most webmasters who utilize Google Adsense as “CTR”. A question I get asked a lot is “What is a good CTR?”  Although this question gets asked a lot it’s hard to ever get a straight answer due to the fact that there are so many variables involved. The Variables The first variable has to do with your type of website- forum, blog, social, video, audio websites are all quite different and depending on your niche you may get more or less clicks depending. The second variable is what kind of content you provide and what type of user this draws.  A website featuring articles on automobile repairs would probably draw gearheads […]

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  •   Square-Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Tactics will finally be released for iPhone and iPad in June or July 2011. The version slated for iPad is promised to be HD, eliminate the jagged edges present on the PS1 and PSP versions and introduce some new fancy graphics. The price has not yet been announced, but being as this is some of the best news to come out of Square-Enix in some time I could care less how much it costs! I’m buying it as soon as it’s available!  As stated previously in my article “Games with the Best Replay Value“, FF Tactics holds a nice spot at #7 on my list!  Also, as of late my son has been […]

    Final Fantasy Tactics coming to iPhone & iPad

      Square-Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Tactics will finally be released for iPhone and iPad in June or July 2011. The version slated for iPad is promised to be HD, eliminate the jagged edges present on the PS1 and PSP versions and introduce some new fancy graphics. The price has not yet been announced, but being as this is some of the best news to come out of Square-Enix in some time I could care less how much it costs! I’m buying it as soon as it’s available!  As stated previously in my article “Games with the Best Replay Value“, FF Tactics holds a nice spot at #7 on my list!  Also, as of late my son has been […]

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  • Hard drive manufacturer Seagate has unveiled a new goodie that should make your data storage situation at home a little easier.  Right now if you are like me you probably move files around on one of those little USB flash drives.  I love using them because they are small and easy to use; I plug one into my computer, drop the new Big Bang Theory episode onto it and within a few minutes I am upstairs watching it with my wife.  What could be easier than that?  Seagate has the answer. Although there is already technology out there to plug hard drives into your WIFI network (NAS), most units don’t seem to function correctly with all devices such as your […]

    Wireless home data storage

    Hard drive manufacturer Seagate has unveiled a new goodie that should make your data storage situation at home a little easier.  Right now if you are like me you probably move files around on one of those little USB flash drives.  I love using them because they are small and easy to use; I plug one into my computer, drop the new Big Bang Theory episode onto it and within a few minutes I am upstairs watching it with my wife.  What could be easier than that?  Seagate has the answer. Although there is already technology out there to plug hard drives into your WIFI network (NAS), most units don’t seem to function correctly with all devices such as your […]

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  • We have just received information from a close source at Apple that Apple Stores are planning something special for their 10th retail outlet anniversary this Thursday May 19th 2011. Our source has reported the following information: An overnight shift is planned for about 15 individuals at each Apple Store to work from late Saturday all the way through Sunday. During the overnight shift, it will be required that employees lock their mobile devices in the main office. They also have to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with Apple. The overnight shift has a wide variety of job assignments that include visuals staff, a manager, a business team member, a few Genius team members, one back-of-house employee, and a few generic […]

    Apple Store plans secret event for 10th anniversary

    We have just received information from a close source at Apple that Apple Stores are planning something special for their 10th retail outlet anniversary this Thursday May 19th 2011. Our source has reported the following information: An overnight shift is planned for about 15 individuals at each Apple Store to work from late Saturday all the way through Sunday. During the overnight shift, it will be required that employees lock their mobile devices in the main office. They also have to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with Apple. The overnight shift has a wide variety of job assignments that include visuals staff, a manager, a business team member, a few Genius team members, one back-of-house employee, and a few generic […]

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  • Yesterday I was finally able to sit down with some friends and try out the game that seemingly everyone from AD&D 2nd edition to D&D 3.5 has migrated to.  I have had a borrowed copy of the Pathfinder book kicking around my house for a couple months but haven’t really had the chance to crack it open for more than a few minutes at a time.  When I had the chance I flipped through the pages and was immediately attracted to the colorful illustrations, high quality background and Pathfinder logo at the top of each page.  Although aesthetics should not necessarily be considered when weighing the quality of a RPG product, it is still something people look at and could […]

    My first Pathfinder game

    Yesterday I was finally able to sit down with some friends and try out the game that seemingly everyone from AD&D 2nd edition to D&D 3.5 has migrated to.  I have had a borrowed copy of the Pathfinder book kicking around my house for a couple months but haven’t really had the chance to crack it open for more than a few minutes at a time.  When I had the chance I flipped through the pages and was immediately attracted to the colorful illustrations, high quality background and Pathfinder logo at the top of each page.  Although aesthetics should not necessarily be considered when weighing the quality of a RPG product, it is still something people look at and could […]

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  • In 1988 Milan Bertosa was finishing up a long day at his recording studio in Honolulu, Hawai’i. “And the phone rings. It was a client of mine,” Bertosa remembers. The client said “I have Israel Kananananananananaoi here and he needs to come in and use the studio”. Bertosa said he was shutting down, call tomorrow. But the client insisted on putting Israel on the phone. “And he’s this really sweet man, well-mannered, kind. ‘Please, can I come in? I have an idea,’ ” Bertosa remembers Israel saying. Bertosa finally accepted because Israel was such a friendly soul on the phone, and gave Israel 15 minutes to get there. Soon, there was a knock at the door. “And in walks the […]

    Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole

    In 1988 Milan Bertosa was finishing up a long day at his recording studio in Honolulu, Hawai’i. “And the phone rings. It was a client of mine,” Bertosa remembers. The client said “I have Israel Kananananananananaoi here and he needs to come in and use the studio”. Bertosa said he was shutting down, call tomorrow. But the client insisted on putting Israel on the phone. “And he’s this really sweet man, well-mannered, kind. ‘Please, can I come in? I have an idea,’ ” Bertosa remembers Israel saying. Bertosa finally accepted because Israel was such a friendly soul on the phone, and gave Israel 15 minutes to get there. Soon, there was a knock at the door. “And in walks the […]

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