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Mobile Blogging

This post is a test for my new iPhone app, BlogWriterLite.

This app is pretty cool, simple, and clean. The Lite edition is of course free and the pay version has other options not in this basic-text-only version.

Just another reason to buy this awesome device!

iPhone Tethering Works!

Ok, I finally got tethering working on my iPhone!

This is extremely awesome and it's been a gigantic headache for me because I've been switching my SIM card from aircard to phone to get an internet connection.

I have to admit though, I did sell out a bit. I wanted to get this done free (a recurring theme in my blog), however, the only way to make it work was using a jailbreak app called PDANet.

The program is a hefty $29, however, it comes with a 14 day free trial, which is what I'm on right now, and it just... works!

I've spent months sifting through settings like the Remote DNS, proxy, OpenSSH, OpenSSL, a terminal emulator, a ad-hoc network, and I'd finally just had enough!

It lets you connect through your iPhone cable, or through WiFi. Very easy, very simple. It just works. And that my friends is worth $29

Blackberry Bold Trade-Up Program

Get cash back if you are an AT&T customer and have a 2G Blackberry (Pearl, Curve, or 8800 series)!

This is a serious offer, is good through June 30th, 2009.

For complete details, visit the website

Progression of Technology

Being a communication worker as an employee of AT&T and a member of the CWA (Communication Workers of America) Local 2107 Union, I was really impressed by this presentation about how technology has changed. It's a few months old, but hey, it's new to me!

Alien Arena Freebie!

Did someone find Atlantis on Google Earth?

This is a rumor that is abuzz on the internet right now. Interesting theories, but I think someone should at least check it out to confirm Google's affirmation that it is a "data glitch". Check out this video for some more intrigueing evidence in addition to The Sun's Google Earth screenshot.

Rest in Peace Coco

My dog, Coco, passed away from euthanasia on February 19th, 2008.

Coco was an 11-year old, 11lb. Poodle/Pomeranian mix. We found him wandering down the road about a year and a half ago. Poor Coco was in bad shape; he had many broken and missing teeth, he was malnourished, and had a severe arthritis problem. After a thorough, and expensive, vet visit, Coco was ours and healthy as could be expected.

For a dog in such poor shape, he could run extremely fast when he was outside. We often joked that his "doggie narcotics" that we had to give daily for his painful arthritis gave him a "boost". He flung is hind legs back and ran like a gazelle, much to the amusement of everyone watching.

While he was a quick little thing, Coco I think will forever be known for his laziness. He loved to sleep! My wife and I worked alternate shifts, so Coco would sleep in bed with both of us!

He was my buddy. He came with me everywhere, whether I was walking the mailbox, taking trash to the road, or just playing PS2 in the living room. He was my buddy, and preferred me to anyone. The other dogs we have I love equally as much as I love him, but I was his favorite. The other dogs prefer my wife, and in some cases, the kids over me.

We got the bad news on February 18th. Coco had been very lethargic and acting strange. He refused food and water. He slept even more than was normal. The vet gave us the bad news... his kidneys were shutting down. The only option was euthanasia.

When I arrived to see him, I refused to allow this to happen. I bundled Coco up and said I wanted one more night to spend with him. We rented movies, took off of work, and spent a night taking pictures, hugging, crying, and playing with our "old man" one more time before it was his time to go.

I regret to say that I was too emotional to hold him while they injected him... my wife shined here though, and she was able to do it. I took his body home and picked out a great spot for him to spend eternity: close to the dog pen so he could hear his friends, under a shady fruit tree so he never gets hot or hungry, and near the stream on our property so he never gets thristy.

May you rest in piece my poor little Coco...

Bomberman Clone comes to iPhone with Multiplayer!

I'm downloading this game for the iPhone. Remember the old Bomberman for the original NES? Now imagine better graphics, and the ability to play multiplayer everywhere!

Download it so I can destroy you in multiplayer! :)

Solar-Powered Cell Phone: Blue Earth

Samsung unveiled a new solar-powered cell phone: all touch screen, all green!
I think it looks pretty friggin' sweet!

BREAKING NEWS: Women Less Tolerant Than Men!

From Digg:

Study finds that women are less tolerant than men!

Are you kidding? Did we really just figure that one out?

Baby Has Baby?

Got this disturbing news tidbit off of Digg!

What has the world come to? This kid is the father of this baby! I think my four-year old could take this kid in a fight!

Apple says Jailbreaking is Illegal!

Here's a link to the first blog post I could find.

Apparently, Apple is saying it's illegal to jailbreak an iPhone, but nothing is official yet. It's sort of ridiculous to say that customers can't do what they want to their device. In my opinion, that's like Honda saying you can't change anything under the hood on your Civic because it violates their rights. Kind of a strange position I would think.

Whatever the angle, 90% of jailbreak users only ever really use the Winterboard application to change their icons, themes, and graphics. Let's face it, just because someone owns a jailbroken iPhone doesn't mean they are necessarily interesting in running on OpenSSH servers or a SOCKS proxy.

Strange days, sometimes I think that Apple is as bad as Microsoft. We should all just switch to Linux.

P.S. I'm running a bit behind the curve, but there is an official jailbreak for firmware version 2.2.1 available over at QuickPwn, my jailbreaker of choice.

Wanted & Repetitive Stress Injury???

Ever see the movie "Wanted"?

I sometimes think I bear an eerie resemblance to the cubicle-bound main character, of course minus the ability to shoot the wings off a fly and the ability to curve bullets. I found out I have a repetitive stress injury because I use a computer so much at my current job as a sales representative. I'm reminded of his monologue where he says it's pretty sad he even does something often enough to have a repetitive stress injury!

If I am like this character, I'd prefer to have the more useful superpower of curving bullets rather the the ability to injure right deltoids with a single mouse click!

Here's a link with this sucky condition: Mouse Use and Shoulder Strain.

Google Earth 5.0!

Dude, GE 5.0 is friggin' sweet! It let's you go underneath the ocean and check out the trenchs! Maybe you can find the cell phone I lost during my last deep sea fishing adventure!

Twitter and iPhone Broadcast First Images of Hudson Plane Crash!

A customer with an iPhone, and a free Twitter client, captured the first images of the Hudson River plane crash!

Twitter, a fairly recent social networking app, can be a great tool for reporting breaking news. A few keystrokes and it's posted for the world to see. This means that the more tech-savvy citizens that are roaming about, the quicker, and more efficient, we'll get the breaking news that we are looking for.

Cool to see some practical, useful, and potentially livesaving applications for social networking products. I frequently joke with my buddy that we feel like 14 year-old girls, but the truth of the matter is that these products, now with their wireless adaptations, are becoming more and more commonplace and socially acceptable.

iPhone: The Loopt, Twitter, Facebook Trifecta!!

Yeah, I'm a social networking super dork. And I don't care. And me and fellow Twitterer VinDawg figured out the dorkiest thing of all: allowing Loopt to update Twitter, which will in turn update Facebook! This is what you do:

  1. Go to Facebook's website, and search for the official Twitter app. Login with your Twitter account, and click the button that says "Allow Twitter to Update Your Facebook Status". Done. Now Twitter and Facebook are linked. Post a tweet and it will update your Facebook status.

  2. Next, log into the Loopt application from your iPhone. Go to Settings, Loopt Link, and link Loopt to Twitter. Now you automatically post a tweet everytime you change "What's up?" on your Loopt application.

  3. Enjoy! You a now a social networking GOD!

P.S. TwitterFon is the best free iPhone Twitter app!

Obama Does The Single Lady Dance!

This is hilarious too. Sorry for the double-post, but this is just too good to not immortalize on my blog!

Fat Guy Does Single Ladies Dance!

This is friggin' hilarious!

School Sucks!

I'm currently enrolled in GNA class and it sucks! Not for the reasons you'd think, however. GNA, for those who don't know, stands for Geriatric Nursing Assistant, which is Maryland's version of a state-tested CNA.

I took Nursing 101 last Fall and had to withdraw due to poor grades. I was great at the technical aspects, sucked at the tests. Which is surprising, because tests have always been my strong suit. I ended up with like a 102% in Human Anatomy & Physiology and a 29 on the ACT. I'm proud of my 29 because the extent of my education is a High School diploma that I achieved about 8 years ago. When asked how good that score is I just respond, "Not good enough to get into Yale but good enough to get into Princeton."

So how in the hell did I fail these Nursing tests? I have no clue. The ambiguity of the questions, the introductions of diseases, symptoms, and injuries that were not present in the study material? I'm not quite sure. It could be any number of things honestly, but I passed my care plans, and I passed my skills, and I passed my patient interaction.

I am taking a year's breather to decide what I want to do. In the meantime, this GNA certification will give me some real work experience, hopefully to help me better prepare for the test questions. The only thing is, I was beyond the scope of this GNA class within 2-3 weeks! So everything is basically a review. Imagine sitting through hours upon hours of an addition and subtraction refresher course... it's how I feel! It's so boring...

I'm still in a career choice toss-up between PA vs. RN as my educational choice. PA is probably a better fit for me personally, however the schooling is long and pretty intense. RN is easier to complete, but not quite as good a fit for me, however, I still love the job. It's a tough decision and they are both difficult classes, but I'm starting to lean more towards RN again after I sat down and figured out actually how much work I'd have to put into being a PA.

Hey I could always go RN and then work at a much more casual pace towards PA! That works... it's an idea, after all...

I Might Be Going On Strike!!

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked away from the negotiation table yesterday when AT&T gave a take-it-or-leave-it approach to the new contract. We have voted (myself included) 85% positive to strike if necessary.

Sure am glad I'm completing that GNA class so I have a little something to fall back on!