Hear a BMW M54 Like Never Before

Ok, the title may sound a little dramatic but I’d never heard one quite like this & I figured you guys haven’t either. Regardless, I rigged up some microphones on the rear of my car the other day to capture the sound of the car & exhaust at various speeds, gears & throttle positions. I’m planning to use this audio in an upcoming video, but I wanted to share some of the more interesting clips here. Read On →

Look for My Ultimate Blogger Info in the Paper

I did an interview this morning with a reporter from our local paper here in Annapolis about the Ultimate Blogger contest & my entry. She asked about how the contest works, why I’m competing, what makes me qualified and a whole bunch of other details. It’s expected to be published this coming Monday, and obviously I’ll be posting up the info as soon as it’s available. She also took some pictures of Natalia & I, so hopefully one of those will make it into the article as well! Read On →

I've Found My New Best Friend in Hosting, and Their Name is Media Temple

About 6 weeks ago I decided to try out (mt) Media Temple to host my sites. I’d heard good things about them from friends of mine & various web folks with high traffic sites, and decided it was worth a try. After years of hopping host to host, I’ve finally found a home to settle down & raise a web family. I’m using Media Temple’s (gs) Grid Service, which is their answer to shared hosting. Read On →

All Cr-48s Have Been Shipped

Cr-48 box There have been no definite numbers from Google regarding how many Cr-48s they planned to ship, or when the shipments would end. A tweet from Sundar Pichai a couple of days ago has cleared all of that up, and if you’ve yet to receive one of the test notebooks then you probably won’t like the news. @palmjeff Sorry we have shipped all units for now. Thanks for your interest and we will have partner devices out mid-year. Read On →

Google Talk Notification Sound

I posted this on Android Forums a while back, and recently stumbled across it again so I thought I’d post it here. I wanted the notification sound for Google Talk on my Android phone for - surprise! - Google Talk messages. Unfortunately Google decided not to include it by default, so I managed to get it & post it online. I figured there are probably other people who want it as well, so I’ve decided to put it here as well. Read On →

Ecclestone is Determined to Destroy Formula 1 Credibility

Bernie Ecclestone proposed in an interview last week that Formula One should add “artificial rain” to Grand Prix races to make them more exciting. He claimed that this would encourage overtaking because it would force drivers to deviate from the standard fastest dry track line, and said that the most exciting racing takes place in the wet. Those assertions may be based in fact, but he’s out of his mind. Read On →

Hashbang is the New Flash

Hashbang I’ve been doing a bunch of reading lately on hashbangs and why they’re terrible. For those not familiar, a hashbang is the “#!” you may have seen in URLs on sites like Twitter or the Gawker blogs. It looks fairly innocuous, if a little ugly and code-y, but in reality it’s a mess. See, what these two little characters represent is the destruction and destandardization of how web addresses should work. Read On →

Gizmo5 is Shutting Down - C'mon, Really Google?

So I got an email today from the folks at Gizmo5, the SIP voice over IP service provider bought by Google back in November 2009. Here’s what it said: Hello, Gizmo5 is writing to let you know that we will no longer be providing service starting on April 3, 2011. A week from today, March 11, 2011, you will no longer be able to add credit to your account. Read On →

How To Change Your Wordpress Permalink Settings Without Breaking Anything

For years I’ve been using the same link structure on every Wordpress site I operate: example.com/year/month/day/post-title. I opted for this method because I liked that it gave time context to the content right inside the URL. Plus, my links looked fancier & more impressive! Recently I’ve decided I don’t like this so much anymore, mainly for one reason: it’s not easy to tell somebody a link like that in conversation. Read On →

An Update on the Ultimate Blogger Contest

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been an entrant in a competition called the Ultimate Blogger. When I submitted my entry & started promoting it, I figured I’d get a respectable number of votes, but it would be a ludicrous understatement to say that about what’s actually happened. Within a couple of days I’d managed to grab 2nd place and pass 1000 votes. At this point I’m a little more than 2 weeks in & have almost 4200 votes, putting me in 3rd out of nearly 500 entrants! Read On →