Stay Classy, PennLive

Jersey Mike posted an outstanding comment today that I wanted to call out for the attention it deserves.  You can read the entire comment here, but the part that I really want to point out follows: One: don’t be disappointed in the people who wrote negative comments about this story. You, as a PN employee,…

The End of Radio: 2010

About five years ago I posted a diatribe about terrestrial radio. You can read the original post here. The gist of it was that radio was killing itself by refusing to adapt to changing times. And I said that by 2010, traditional broadcasting giants like Clear Channel and Cumulus will be in the fight of…

Sprint and the 99-cent Netbook

I want to take a break from budget-related posting for a moment and go over this sweet, sweet HP netbook I just picked up for $0.99.  Yeah, that’s right — 99 cents.  Less expensive than (but not as tasty as) a double cheeseburger.  Don’t worry, fellow state employees — I will resume my kettle-banging and…

Local Tweeps

I came across this site today, courtesy of a RT by @sarabozich: http://nearbytweets.com/ It’s an automatic Tweep aggregator (that’s right; it’s a Tweep aggregator, not a Tweet aggregator).  It locates Twitter users near you.  It uses a combination of Twitter and Google APIs to geographically assess your IP, translate it to a physical location, and…

Calling Verizon’s Bluff

In today’s Patriot News, a story was published about telemarketers selling your personal information.  This story contains a quote from Howard Waterman, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless:  “It’s a scam to get your cell number.  Do not call this number.”  Mr. Waterman goes on to state that this is an urban legend and is simply…

Gmail Encryption

One of the reasons I love Gmail (as if you needed another) is that since day one, Google has allowed you to encrypt your entire session.  Gmail has always encrypted your login information, but typically turns off SSL afterwards.  This has the unpleasant side effect of allowing anyone to view your mail (and calendar, and…

Security System Part 3

After reading my last two posts, you already know why you need a security system and how to design / install your own. Security systems — even the inexpensive, do-it-yourself ones — can do a lot more than just tell you when someone breaks into your home.  With all the news of prowling over on…

About That Free XBox 360

About two months ago, I started on my quest for a free XBox 360.  If you recall, I’ve navigated these promotions before, resulting in my “free” Macbook Pro.  They do work; just be sure you’ve crossed all your Ts and dotted all your Is.

Buying a Security System – Part 2

A few days ago I wrote a post as a very rough primer on home security systems.  Crime is steadily creeping up locally, and a decent security system provides peace of mind (not to mention a degree of protection) for not much money.  I’m a big advocate of security systems partly because they’re fun to…

Buying A Security System – Part 1

Newsflash: home burglaries are on the rise.  This happens every summer and is pretty much usually best attributed to bored kids + warm weather.  It is not easily dismissed as a “midtown problem” or a “hilltop problem”; it happens everywhere.  Everyone knows the general tips on protecting your home — lock your windows & doors,…

Just In Time for the Meetup

With a little luck and some excellent timing (and if my recent eBay buyers pay up), I’ll have my brand new sub-notebook just in time for next Thursday’s Harrisburg bloggers / Twitter-users / new media meetup.  The MSI Wind goes on sale here in the US at $399 for the Linux (SUSE) version and $499…

Emptying The Ol’ Closet

I’m finally getting around to cleaning out my house.  It’s only two garbage cans at a time, as York Waste Disposal doesn’t want to do bulk pickups — even though they’re supposed to — but it’s progress.  One of the things I’m going to be doing is clearing out a LOT of old computer parts…