Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Macbook lacks DV capture through firewire.

The 2009 Macbook is ready to come preinstalled with Final Cut Express, but you'll never be able to edit your home movies if you have a DV camcorder that uses firewire (or i.LINK) to get the video off. You have to buy a camcorder that transfers video through USB. Apple invented firewire and now they're giving up on it with their simplest notebook. The Macbook simply does not offer an option for capturing video through IEEE 1394. So if you  want to have any hope of turing little Billy's birthday party into a pretty iMovie project, too bad.

I just got off the phone with Steve Job's grandma or something because thats who it sounded like I was talking to with their technical support. She tried to tell me I could connect the camcorder through the ethernet port. Unbelieveable!! So much for Genius Bar.

Maybe its my fault for not buying new devices every year, but I'm not going to scrap my old, completely working, camcorder just to meet Apple's peripheral preferences. I really wish that they kept the PC card or a Express Card/54. And I'm certainly not going to fork over the extra $371 to be able to do something that my 7 year old T23 Thinkpad can do with a PC card.

It is Apple's expectation to conform to their set standards that has always prevented me from embracing them for their ingenuity. Their innovation and forward thinking is something to be admired but also, frustratingly, to be admonished. This is because they will always leave their old, even the most loyal, costumers in the dust. This is about as bad as them going glossy with their screens.

Here's the link that was given to me:http://store.apple.com/us_edu_18286/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook?cjid=10492644-1225267-u0t0f0fp28764c0s598&mco=MTAyNTQzMzg&AID=10479833&PID=1225267&SID=u0t0f0fp28764c0s598

Friday, December 18, 2009


Picking out the perfect holiday gift is always tricky. I always wish that I had done it earlier. This year I'd like to take advantage of Buy.com's free 2-Day shipping. I have to act soon. It may already be too late, but I don't think it is.
I ended up at the old capitol town center in Iowa City so I guess I should be looking around instead of writing this blog post.
I need a nap.

Well I didn't shop at buy.com but I should have.

Monday, December 14, 2009

AngLab photo shoot

2 new sculputres and over 5 new students.

Nikon D50

Canon Digital Rebel XT DS126071

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

MySpace does a face-plant.

"MySpace Mail beta" means they want you to have a @myspace.com email address. I think that MySpace is sputtering like the Yahoo! of social networking.

MySpace has the market for bands with an identity to display. The last thing anyone needs is a new MySpace email account. Gmail. Thank Google.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Solar panels on everything.

There are never enough ways to get electricity for free.

These aren't solar panels, they are linoleum floor tiles.
But, what if they could convert sunlight to electricity.

Can solar panels be flexible and thin? Can solar panels be anything besides a panel? Can it be paint? I want to paint the roads with solar collectors.

Amorphous silicon

Creating new Tab-to-search items for Chrome

The websites you can search using keywords and the tab key within Google Chromes address bar, the "omnibox", are found in Chrome's options window under the basic tab's search engine heading.

If you come accross a website you want to be able to search from Chrome's omnibox you must first add the websites search url string to the 'Search Engines' dialog box. This dialog screen has a long list that begins with "Default Searches" followed by lists of more websites chrome can tab to search. Open the dialox by clicking on the wrench, clicking Options and pressing the 'Manage' button.

Once you see the list, press the 'add' button to enter in an entry name, what you want to type in the omnibox before pressing tab, e.g. surfthechannel.com, and the search url which would be http://www.surfthechannel.com/search/all/1/1/%s.html. The %s must be placed wherever the search term goes. another example is http://roboputer.com/?s=%s.

Click some 'OKs' to close out the dialog windows and save your work and try tab searching your new website. When you type what was written in the keyword field while adding the site, and follow that with a tab, Google Chrome should now say "Search" before the keyword. The website should now be searchable by Google Chrome.