5 Browsers, 1 OS

Posted on December 5, 2007

This is one of the reasons I've switched from Windows to Mac: As a web developer, it's essential to be able to test a fresh page in as many browsers and environments as possible. (more…)

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Remember all those really cool Nintendo classic games like Donkey Kong Jr, Super Mario Bros., and Galaga?  Well I do, and those are three of my favorites. Nintendo8.com now has all of these games online, right now.  They are all Flash based.  Up until now you had to download an emulator to play on your Mac, PC, PDA, phone, or other device.  Finally, someone took the time to figure out how to do it online, technically and legally. One ...

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Amazon Kindle: amazing tech, but kinda ugly

Posted on December 4, 2007

Now this is innovation... Amazon has just done for books what Apple has done with the iPhone: innovate to a whole new level. This is the iPod for readers. You can download books, newspapers, blogs, and even your own content to a hand-held device that has an innovate new newspaper ink-like display, plenty of battery life to keep you going for a few days, is lighter than most paperback books, and check this out: it comes with free EVDO wireless ...

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I’m in the NY Times today!

Posted on November 30, 2007

Well, I'm not, but one of my sites is! My sister just called me... turns out her husband, Hank, was reading the New York Times today and came upon an article that mentions RUNNER+! Holy cow... I'm so stoked! I seriously never thought anything I'd do would wind up in the NYT! I'm going to run out later and pick up a few copies of today's paper. It's in section C8. It's also online: "Some Essential Hardware (Even Away From the ...

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Webcams that work with Mac OS X Leopard 10.5

Posted on November 29, 2007

Apple puts their tiny "iSight" webcam into the monitor of every computer they make, except for those of us who have purchased a Mac Mini or a Mac Pro and have opted for a non-Apple monitor solution. Personally, I'm rocking a 27" DELL Widescreen that does not have a built in camera. It has everything, but that! After much research and futzing around with the latest webcams, I found a few that work with Leopard. (more…)

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Soda, snacks, and iPods

Posted on October 30, 2007

I'm staying at the Las Vegas Hilton this week for the SEMA Show, and down by the elevators they have the most amazing vending machine for Apple fanboys... BOOM! It's an Apple vending machine. Chock full of iPods, cameras, headphones, cables, adapters... everything you might need in a pinch. They even have the latest toys, such as the iPod Nano, iPod Video, and iPod Touch. Check this out. Got any spare change?

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Mac OS X Leopard delayed for good reason?

Posted on October 27, 2007

I got this (finally) late this evening from Apple: To Our Valued Apple Customer: Dear Apple Customer, Thank you for your recent order with Apple. Due to local emergency conditions in your delivery area, our carriers are unable to deliver to the address listed on your order. As a result, your Apple shipment is currently being held at your local FedEx facility. Understanding that you may need your order sooner than it can be deliver...

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Boost your WiFi signal using foil

Posted on October 12, 2007

Check this out. Create this simple "EZ parabolic reflector template" out of aluminum foil and some paper and give your router a ridiculous signal boost. I haven't tired it, since the freeantennas.com website appears to be down at the moment. Check out this Lifehacker site for more tips. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUTT8wdN_VA]

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New plotter arrives

Posted on October 11, 2007

With Brian's huge SEMA vehicle decal project I have this weekend I couldn't do the job with my 8 year old Roland Stika SX-12 10" plotter. While it's done a great job over the years, its time has come to be replaced by something bigger. Since Mike wasn't using our 24" plotter in Houston, he shipped it to me. It's a behemoth 24" GCC Bobcat plotter that's basically brand new. Here's a shot of it with my old Roland Stika cutter sitting on top ...

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Mac Week is next week

Posted on October 4, 2007

After reading last week about how Microsoft is extending the life of Windows XP due to the slow adoption rate of Windows Vista, it dawned on me that the mad excitement over the initial launch of Vista was nowhere close to what it was for Windows 95, 98, and XP. Has Microsoft lost its OS innovation or has it simply reached a point where it is as good as it gets? Outside of the great new graphical interface, I personally have no need to upgrade ...

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Remapping Apple Mac keyboard for XP

Posted on October 4, 2007

Yesterday I got the new Apple aluminum keyboard and I was raving how cool it is, even for Windows XP. My main complaint was that the Windows and ALT keys were swapped, which was causing me much havoc since my brain has been programmed for so many years to find the ALT key to the left of the space bar. My initial hunt returned nothing, but after some more Googling today I found the answer in a Freeware product called KeyTweak. This program ...

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My new favorite XP keyboard is…

Posted on October 3, 2007

This is kind of an odd discovery. I used part of my $100 Apple iPhone rebate to purchase the new Apple aluminum flat keyboard, with the expectation that I would be using it for my Mac. It arrived this morning and since my primary computer of choice is a DELL Windows XP desktop, I figured ah what the hell, I'll plug it into my DELL monitor to see what happens. Much to my surprise, it detected it just fine and not only that, it functions ...

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iChris: How many iPods do you need?

Posted on September 11, 2007

Well, my new Nano arrived today directly from Shenzhen, China, a day early. I ordered it Sept 5th, the day Apple announced their new line-up of iPods. I'm glad I skipped the 2nd gen iPod Nano because it wasn't much different than the first gen model. The 3rd gen model, however, is crazy different... shorter, wider, does video and games, and if you can believe this... it's thinner than its predecessor. Featured is my 8GB iPhone, 1 GB ...

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Adobe AIR

Posted on September 5, 2007

I'm glad to have a social network otherwise I'd miss out on some great tips. Adobe has published a new development environment for building desktop apps. In their words: "Adobe AIR is a cross-operating system runtime that allows web application developers to use their existing web development skills (HTML, Javascript, Adobe Flash®, Adobe Flex, Ajax) to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop." I used to build desktop ...

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Every kid should have an Apple IIc

Posted on September 1, 2007

Now here's blast from the past! I was going through some of my old website files from the early 90's looking for something specific (I can't even recall what it was I was looking for now...) and found some Apple IIc print ads from my old Apple II+ fan site: digg_url = "http://www.christhis.com/archives/124/every-kid-should-have-an-apple-iic"; According to this Apple Computer, Inc. print advertisement (circa 1985), every kid should have an ...

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