Rights

Lets talk about rights for just a minute here. Lets say i go to the store, and lets say I buy one hundred copies of Lenny Kravitz Latest CD. I don’t think anyone would argue that if I was to throw my money away like that, it’s with in my rights to do so. In fact i think their would be a lot of grateful people out in the world knowing that their are one hundred less copies of his crappy music that could fall in the hands of unsuspecting kids.

Now lets say I take these same one hundred copies of Lenny Kravitz latest CD and use them for target practice. Again, I don’t think anyone would say anything because well, i bough and paid for these CD’s i should be able to do with them what i want.

Same with movies. If i want to buy a copy of Star trek and make a backup copy or put a copy on my iPod i should have that right. So Here.

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BlueRay is going to win out in the end anyway.

SLAX

Everyday it seems I am learning something new at work. For me this is fun since I get to work with computers all and I enjoy it. So anything new I learn about computers and software, and how they work is a bonus .

Recently I learned about a Linux Live CD called SLAX. A Live CD, as I understand it is any computer operating system that can be run from a CD-ROM. This can be very helpful if you find your self with a computer that has a bad hard drive. You can still use the computer from the CD-ROM. Just put in the Live CD and tell the computer to boot off the CD-ROM from the Bios.

The resin I’m sitting here tell you about SLAX over other Live CDs I have found is because SLAX is very fast. It’s actually useable. When your running an operating system from the CD-ROM you want all the speed you can get. Other live CDs I have used have been very slow and laggy. That has not been the case for me with SLAX.

You can download a copy of SLAX from http://slax.linux-live.org/.

You can customize your copy of SLAX with a tool called “Myslax” that is located at http://myslax.bonsonno.org/

You can visit a great fan site on Slax here http://www.geocities.com/slaxfansite/

Firefly

FireflyI know i am kind of lagging behind on the Firefly band wagon, but I have to say this show is great! It’s an amazing show that sadly the Fox network canceled prematurely like so many other shows. (Family Guy ring a bell with anyone?)

Firefly is a true Space Western that aired in 2003. The show takes place in 2517 in a whole different star system then our current one because Earth no longer exists. The story line implies that China and the United States ended up dominating earth as the only two superpowers left. As a result everyone in the show can speak English just as fluent as Chines. This a allows the characters in the show to swear creatively so that nothing ever gets bleeped out.

Firefly ended up being canceled by fox because know one could follow it. Fox originally aired the show out-of-order. This was because fox was never happy with the pilot episode and felt the show did not have enough action.

After the show was canceled fans started working together to create Firefly websites and started a postcard mailing campaign to try get the show put back on the air. Eventually the show was put out on DVD, which generated enough interest to convince Universal Studios to produce a feature film, Serenity.

As a fan of the show and the movie I can only hope that they will continue to work to create more films or try and bring the show back on the air. Time will tell.

The State of Movies

Have all of you been noticing a trend in recent movies like Superman, Batman and Ninja Turtles? It seems like movie makers have been able to re-write history (so to speak) for the better.

Let me explain. Will start off with the movie “Superman Returns“. They basically told everybody “Just forget about all the Superman movies after Superman 2 because they all suck. We are redoing Superman 3. As a result they were able to create a story line that is much more accurate to the comic books of Superman. This has made fans so much more happy with the Superman movie franchise.

Now lets look at Batman. Now back in the late 80’s Tim Burton directed the first and second Batman movies. I happen to really enjoy these movies. Tim Burton does great work and the image of Batman as this dark knight I feel was shown very well. But if you are a Batman fan you can tell from this first batman movie with Michael Keaton, that Tim Burton never once has picked up and read a Batman comic book. But a few years ago they come out with “Batman Begins” Which basically starts all the way over making a much more accurate story that the fans loved.

Lastly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This movie has pretty much pulled a superman saying to just forget the 3rd movie, we are redoing it.

I think this kind of a change in movies is a good one. It feels like they are saying that studios can’t always tell film makers or the movie viewing public what they want to see. To many of us know the story line . Too many of us will not settle for anything less then the already existing story line. The correct story line if you will.

Setup Your Own Photo Gallery Online

I was recently asked by a friend how they could setup an online photo gallery. So i thought i would give some information on the easiest way I know how to do this.

Lot of people out their want to know of a good and free way they can share their photos on the internet so that friends and family can see them. We live in a day and age where so many people own digital cameras and take tons of photos. The hard part can be getting these images on the internet so other people can view them.

The first step is to download a program that will help you save the pictures off your camera and keep them organized. The best program I know for that in Windows would be called “Picasa” and iPhoto on the Macintosh.

Picasa is a photo album program built by Google. It’s free and it’s good. You can download it from here. iPhoto is made by Apple and comes with the iLife suite of programs. Most new Apple computers already come with iPhoto installed.

Once you have loaded Picasa or iPhoto and put your first images from your camera in the program you want to follow this next link. It will walk you through setting up the Google online photo gallery part, so you can share pictures with people. The link walks you through setting up Picasa to upload your photos to the gallery but their is a plug-in for iPhoto you can download that will let you do the same thing.

Also, (and this is important) please make a backup of all your photos if your not doing so now. I learned the hard way. Not having a good backup system in place caused me to loose a lot of photos a few years ago. Make sure you backup everything to CD-rom/DVD-rom or another hard drive.

Portable Apps

In my line of work I more often then not find myself bouncing from computer to computer. Some days I can end up work from more then 15 different computers. While other days I may only work from 3 different computers. Needless to say, coming up with a way to organize my data in a safe and secure, easy to access way is very important to me.

The way I have gotten around this is with a 1 Gig Thumb Drive and some applications that have been designed, or re-tooled, to be portable. I pretty much keep a hand full of programs I use everyday on my Thumb Drive along with whatever files I may need.

One key application I use is Firefox along with a Google Sync plug-in. Having my own copy of a web browser like Firefox on my thumb drive insures that no cookies or passwords are being saved on whatever computer I am using at the time. It’s all being saved on my little thumb drive. The Google Sync plug-in for Firefox means that any computer that i have Firefox on with the Google plug-in will all have the same bookmarks and settings. It’s been very useful for me.

The best place I have found for a full list of portable applications (both Macintosh and Windows based) has been Wikipedia. I personal keep both a Macintosh and windows version of Firefox with me because I am always on so many different computers through out the day.

Another great site is called PortableApps.com. Their you can find cut and dry installs of many portable windows applications or install a whole suite of them  on your thumb drive with their Portable Apps Suit.

Lastly I use a Wiki. TiddlyWiki to be exact and it’s great. This wiki is a completely self contained wiki. It’s just one solid HTML file that saves all updates and changes to it’s self. I think a wiki is the best way to store information that you need to be able to get at easily and quickly. I keep all kinds of work and personal related data on my wiki. Everything from recipes, quotes, jokes, to  work related data like Windows or Macintosh tips or application specific trouble shooting techniques.

The end result is that because at my job i am always switching to work on different computers. Having a thumb drive to be able to run applications from and store data to has made me much more efficient in my tasks.

iWoz

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iWoz is a 288 page book that I just finished. The book by Steve Wozniak, talks about how he invented the personal computer and co-founded Apple among other things.
It talks about the history behind Apple computers and the personal computer. I love history and enjoy computers. Two things i am very interested in like that made putting this book down very difficult at times.

To read this book is almost like hearing Steve Wozniak talk. The book just comes off like he is talking to you which made for an easy read. It was very interesting how Steve’s mind works and how he came up with the personal computer. It’s really a rare look inside Apple computer, the Apple I and the Apple II from one of the key people in the company.

The book goes along nicely with the book “Second Coming of Steve Jobs” and the movie “Pirates of the Silicon Valley“.

I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who wants to know how computers work, or to history buffs or computer enthusiasts.