Aug 31 2008

PhoneTray Free – identify callers, zap telemarketers and block unwanted calls with this free Caller ID software

screen2 PhoneTray Free - identify callers, zap telemarketers and block unwanted calls with this free Caller ID softwareWhile I am sure I would find this product useful if I had a traditional telco line, I don’t; therefore the ability to use this program is beyond me.

Using a traditional telco with a standard modem would be fine, but the issue is that persons/people using Vonage, Comcast, FIOS and VOIP in general will get less than perfect performance from the hardware in the PC.

The issue is that VOIP and traditional telco services are similar in feature and function, but both are approached in completely different ways.

So what are they?

Well telco services are handled via a analog line and when the call comes in the current is put through the lines and the phone devices pick up the Caller ID signal.

VOIP services are completely digital, they are compatible with traditional features, but when the phone rings the information is sent over the lines to the phone devices where the Caller ID is displayed. Problem is that the signal is not as predominate as a traditional signal and PC modems will not pick up on this signal 80% of the time; negating the service of the program.

And while I love the basis of this program, I can’t figure out why they can’t drop the program on a EPROM chip, encase it in plastic and wrap it in box and sell it at Wal-Mart? Seems like a perfectly applicable tool for everyone. There’s probably some FCC violation I am missing, but I like this program; if you have a telco line.


PhoneTray Free – identify callers, zap telemarketers and block unwanted calls with this free Caller ID software.

Aug 31 2008

Tron 2 [TR2N]

While not everyone will be happy about this [including my wife], TRON 2 [TR2N] is coming out to theaters near you and our good friend Jeff Bridges is going to be in it.

The original Tron was released in 1982. The fact they were able to complete that movie with the technology they had is simply amazing. It was a collection of CGI and Animation. I loved the plug for Mickey Mouse during the spiders, going through the mountains. It’s only there for second, but it’s there.

While the trailer for the movie has been removed from YOUTUBE the teaser [as of this article] is still on Gizmodo [See it there].

There is actually a lot you can do with this series and sorry, but it’s really going to be a technie movie. So I am sure I’ll love it [and my wife hate it].

But it’s all gonna be worth it for those light cycles. Watch for me. I’ll be the one with the bicycle helmet laced with glowy bendy things. Cya There.

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Aug 31 2008

ISP’s Controlling You

I have been watching the buzz about the ISP bandwidth caps and content filtering; it’s all a preamble to repression and keeping people in a particular spot and the companies retaining their business. It’s self preservation, but the Internet is the wrong place to impose like this…

Over a year ago, ISP’s [COMCAST] were basically contacting customers and saying hey if you cross this line in bandwidth use, we’re gonna shut you down. The problem was, they wouldn’t say what that line was. Droves of users contacted COMCAST and inquired, but none were successful. The ISP was working out the details then, but didn’t want to say anything.

Now if COMCAST is limiting bandwidth, with their ‘unlimited internet’ use, how do you know when your getting close to going over? Quest puts it out there, so you at least know. Since COMCAST is one of the largest providers and if they can impose their will like this, who’s to stop the smaller companies from doing the same. In some areas, people have no choice as to where they get their Internet service; mostly it’s you either have dial-up [argh] or go the local ISP bully.

If you own a cell phone, it tells you how many minutes you have left. If you drive a car, you know how much gas you have left and when companies setup guidelines like this; you know how much patients your going to have left? You don’t have a clue and the ISP says we’ll call and let you know- yeah right, as opposed to just sending you larger bill for use; like banks with NSF’s, but different. They haven’t even offered to provide any tools to find out how much your using or sent an email telling ANYONE what their average is. They seem to just want to scare the heck out off you so you will stop using the Internet.

The problem with cable Internet service is that it’s shared; it’s not solely yours. You’re sharing it with everyone in you neighborhood. Yeah this is bad, or good, if you are a hermit and your the only person with a light switch for 3 miles. But let’s just stay you’re the ‘bit torrent master of hermit land’; COMCAST is gonna slow you down baby [for 20-30 minutes]. Why?! Cause your having too much fun and you are being a bandwidth bully and not sharing with the other 60 users. With DSL/FIOS you are your own island, but the thing is while ISP’s are advertising 5-20mb download speeds, most are never going to get it. You can only get the information as fast as the provider can send it.

So a couple months ago Time Warner has started testing TIERED service in small town in Texas. Testing?! You don’t test something unless your planning on doing it. So yeah, it’s here, but you don’t hear about it yet, but it’s coming. It’s like being shot with a bullet; it’s not the ones you hear go by, it’s the ones you don’t hear that are the issue. Maybe your thinking this could be good if you’re a part time user that thinks Google is cool to find recipes, but for techies, it’s a major problem; especially if you ever visit YouTube or work from home using a VPN.

There are lot of companies out there that are banking on customers having unlimited Internet usage, video, VOIP, VOD services, but wait- if the ISP’s can control your surfing and bandwidth they’re to going to control dictate which services you’ll be allowed to use. VOIP services won’t be allowed by VONAGE because of bandwidth usage, but if you go with COMCAST on the same service; no problem. You can’t NETFLIX on demand service because of bandwidth usage, but if you go with TIME WARNER on the same service; no problem. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Access to the Internet should be global, free and unlimited. From my perspective, I see it as a natural right to have access to a information resource like the Internet. It should not have it’s content filtered based on a business model and poor network architecture.

Aug 28 2008

Video Controller Taps into Brain Waves – AW COMON!

Mind reader

I’m not going to sit here in front of my monitor and lie and tell you I didn’t see this comin, but I did. Some scientist has come up with a way to read your thoughts with a snap on head-band so you can sit in your chair and play video games. Now as a old timer, I can remember the scene from ‘Demolition Man’ where Sylvester and Sandra snap on a pair of head sets and pretend to have video game sex.

Are we really going to welcome even more lazy habits for the aging Americans and die hard gaming kids? I guess so. This invention when perfected will require absolutely no movement on a humans part. Why do I vision the half ton man with this thing strapped to his head, but in the virtual world, he’s Andrew Dice Clay in Ford Fairlane.

But this isn’t the end. It’s going to be there for pilots, race car drivers and office workers. And in thinking about this I envision the officer asking the woman [after the accident] what happened? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! Do we really want to know? But the true tragedy is that lying will be impossible because the equivalent to the airplane flight recorder [little black box] will be recording every thought you’ve had while wearing that neuron gleaming device. Darn.

What I want to say is, when is technology going to stop? At what point is too much technology? Where is the balance of benefit to technology vs the degradation of the human race. I guess we’ll find out when Call of Duty 36 comes out…

Head Games: Video Controller Taps into Brain Waves: Scientific American.

Aug 26 2008

Two More Riddick Sequels Coming – Vin Diesel

MTV Movies Blog » Vin Diesel Promises Two More Riddick Sequels

V For Vin Diesel from Jeremiah Lewis on Vimeo.

The way I look at it Vin Diesel has just a good a shot at playing Conan in space as anyone else. If Arnold can do it, so can Vin. First there was Pitch Black and then Chronicles of Riddick; technically there will be 4 total. I guess the serious roles don’t really get him paid.

I actually liked the ‘Cronicles of Riddick’… The acting wasn’t top notch, but it was worth it for those shined eyes and the killer knife action.

Aug 26 2008

My Notes Keeper – Personal Information Manager, Notes Organizer and Notes Manager Software

MNK Screenshot

Where as I would normally just avoid shareware all together, this is a great program. I’ve been using for almost 3 years and love it. Keeping in mind that everyone’s brain works differently and how they store it in their brain is important. This is a RTF based editor, with a tree like structure to organize [outline] your ideas, tasks or just keep track of general stuff. You can store not only text, but images and files in the programs database.

Main My Notes Keeper - Personal Information Manager, Notes Organizer and Notes Manager Software

The program allows for import and export of the information you put in to it. You never want to be locked in to a program when you have so much invested in it.

The program is also portable; you can put it on a jump drive and go with it. Running from a jump drive is fast.

If your lookin for a place to keep your thoughts and have them go with you everywhere; this is good start.

My Notes Keeper – Personal Information Manager, Notes Organizer and Notes Manager Software.