Monthly Archives: November 2007

OLPC christmas gift

OLPC(One Laptop Per Child), is currently running a give a laptop get a laptop deal. Seeing that christmas is around the corner, this is a perfect gift for the child in your life. The laptop is user friendly and can perform all of the basic computing needed including email, web browsing, document creation, and even chat. The laptop is durable and includes one year of wireless for T-Mobile hotspots. Check it out.

Thanksgiving Holiday Recap

Thanksgiving vacation started Tuesday night for me when my wife’s family came in to town. Here is a breakdown of the vacation by days:

Wednesday: This was the first official day of vacation and we drove around SD checking out the sites and having a good time. Towards the end of the day we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant Fred’s. After that we went to a blues bar in the gas lamp called Patrick’s II. My wife’s cousin came into town too and joined the fun.

Thursday(Thanksgiving): This was the first thanksgiving that I have hosted and I have to say it turned out pretty good. We had: Turkey, Cranberries, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, a relish tray with olives, carrots, and celery, rolls, stuffing, gravy, green beans, apple pie, pumkin pie, and about 3-4 bottles of White Zin. It was awesome!! After dinner we hung out.

Friday: We went to ocean beach and watched my wife’s cousin surf a bit and then went up to La Jolla and checked out seal beach. We ate at my favorite bar Little Italy Urban bar and then came back to my place and watched Scene It.

Saturday: We went to Coronado and hung out there a majority of the day…we also recovered pam’s cousin’s cell phone that he lost from the night before. The best thing is that, and this is the guy who found it said, the Cell phone was found by some crack heads and then traded to him for a “little something something”…the guy was really impressed that the cell phone was nice and if he shut it off “it would just recharge, right?” This was a good day. My wife’s cousin and brother had to leave to go home.

Sunday: We hung out a bit and then decided that we wanted to go to TJ…so we hopped on the trolley. After about 6 stops we noticed that the clientelle on the trolley were getting suspicious
. My wife’s mom was getting a little nervous and so we decided to get off and go grab a FlexCar. We went down to the border and was going to cross but saw that the line to get back into the US was about 8-10 blocks long…so we decided to look at TJ and hang our in San Ysidro. It was a lot of fun.

Video that sums up this weekend:

Same Money on Cable and avoid Tivo

Recently I’ve been looking at getting a solution like TiVo but am put off by it a little by the recurring fee for the service, especially since the service really doesn’t get you anymore than a configured computer. The cost of a TiVo box is $99 plus $129/year for the service…this is for the minimum system. For $500 you can get a dynamic system based off of either Myth software or even using Media Center for windows(I’m partial to Linux though which Myth is).

Windows Vista includes media center functionality but because the OS is bloated and will over utilize the RAM and Processing power, you’ll have poorer performance on the media center functions.

I haven’t put my money where my mouth is yet by purchasing a mob to put mythtv on as I haven’t had time. DVR’s(Digital Video Recorders) are really cool and will change the way you watch tv. Also with MythTV you’ll be able to backup your recordings to watch on different mediums like Ipods and Laptops.

What’s been going on with me?

Well I’ve been posting a lot about technology and videos but I haven’t put a lot about me up…and you can’t’ really Live Vicariously through me just with posts about technology so here we go:

All the in laws are coming out tomorrow for Thanksgiving…it is going to be awesome. Only my brother in law has been out to SD so this will be cool to show them around and have them check out my pad.

This is the first Thanksgiving that I am cooking for. I’m excited…I did the best I could to actually get a turkey etc…but it may turn into a charlie brown thanksgiving:

It should be a good time though and before you know it Christmas is going to be here. I’m going back to MN to hang out with the fam. It will be a good break and will give me my snow fix.

One time use Credit Card Number

Paypal is coming out with a one time use credit card number that will allow you to use Paypal on sites that don’t accept it. This one time use number will link to the users account and doesn’t require an application to use…beneficial for people that don’t have good credit but still have a Paypal account.

Another part of the implementation allows for a secure auto fill of website payment forms with the required information, making it easier for people to purchase on the site without having to transfer all of the newly created CC info over.

This service will be available next Tuesday to users. See release on this announcement.

This definitely increases the ante in comparison to Google Checkout. See my previous post on online payment processing.

Wikis – The New and Improved CMS

Working for MindTouch keeps wikis on the brain a majority of my waking hours and some of my non waking. One thing that becomes more apparent to me everyday and will continue to be more apparent to others as time and development progresses is that Wikis are the new and improved CMS. Here is a comparison of Wikis and CMS using Deki Wiki as the wiki to compare:

What Wikis do better than CMS:

  1. Easier to edit and collaborate on Content
  2. Easier to set roles for users
  3. Allows for easy integration/mashups of web services
  4. Easily build hierarchies and communities that allow the site to grow faster and have more relevant content

What CMS do better than Wikis:

  1. More development of plugins/extensions
  2. Been around longer, more well known(this is becoming more level everyday)
  3. Workflow

Where they are Equal:

  1. Deployment – both can be installed with a little bit of effort
  2. Skinning – CMS have some more themes but both are leveling off in regards to narrowing down to CSS/HTML editing of the look and feel
  3. Good to use for setting up a website

Wikis aren’t at the full development point that CMS are at because of how long CMS have been around…but they are getting there and offer a better way to have dynamic websites that can easily aggregate content and mashup web services.

In many cases a Blog is a better CMS than typical CMS solutions. Hats off to WordPress for that.