6 Strikes and you’re off the internet

access deniedOk, maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole, but it’s fairly close.  Similar to france’s “3-strike” law, as of February 25th, 2013, the US cable providers (AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon) have teamed together with the RIAA and MPAA to create the Copyright Alert System, or CAS for short.  With this in place there is now an official way that you can get in trouble, even if you haven’t done anything. Continue reading

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At what point does your eyes stop caring?

MathOK… let me just start out by saying to other than the 0.00001% of you out there that will get this, I’m sorry.  I’m soooo sorry.  You can skip this one.  But this has been irking me.  In fact it’s been nagging at me to figure it out for months now.  I know it could be figured out simply, but just never got around to it.  I know that your eye can really only see so much quality.  I’ve gone over this a little before, but it’s come up a few times at work, and I’ve mentioned that there was a formula to figure it out.  Except I didn’t know what it was.  And every time I’ve searched for it I’ve come up empty.  So I did what any respecting nerd would do and figure it out.  Here’s basically the simplified version of what I got (all measured in inches):

52.35 / (Distance to object * 0.01745) ≤ (Square root (image pixel width squared + image pixel height squared)) / image measured diagonally ≤ 83.2365 /(Distance to object * 0.01745) Continue reading

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Disabling Java on your computer

javaWith all the news about security holes, hacking, vulnerabilities and tons of other stuff all relating to simply having java installed on your computer, I figured now might be a good time to go over how to disable Java (not to be confused with JavaScript which is completely different, or java, aka coffee, which shouldn’t probably not be in your computer already).

For most people you don’t need Java to do 99% of the web.  There are a few sites, and you need to be carefully in what you allow to install java apps on your computer.  Only do so for sites you completely trust!  But for most of you out there it’s probably in your best interest to turn java off.  Heck even the US government is telling people to disable it!

And here’s how to do that. Continue reading

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Streaming video and music from your iTunes to your iOS devices

homesharingThere are many times when you might be around your house and want to watch a movie that’s on your computer, or a song that’s just not on your iPad or iPhone, but sitting not 20 feet away in another room on your computer.  Yes you could load all that onto your devices, but movies take up a lot of space and it’s sometimes just not reasonable to have your entire 20GB music library.  Yes there are some options out there, like iTunes Match to get instant access to your music, but movies still are not available.

So what to do? Home Sharing.  Continue reading

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Italian Coffee

485379_4725617333215_266262846_nAnother nice quick recipe post for all of you!   This was inspired by something called “Italian Coffee” at a local Italian restaurant.  It was rather tasty and I wanted to try to duplicate it.

It combines the sweetness of hot coco, the warm bitters of coffee, along with Armeretto and Kahlua.  All you need is a handful of ingredients and a french press.

Wonderful for all those cold winter evenings. Continue reading

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Horseradish Garlic Herb Butter

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I’ve been asked about my herb butter a couple of times, so figured it was easy enough to just make a quick little recipe blurb for everyone.  I make it in a large batch, enough to put in the fridge for later use.  A little prep goes a long way.

We discovered this butter one Thanksgiving when looking for something different to make.  That different thing was parsnips which lead us to this recipe over on Simply Recipes.  What was the shocker was the butter that the recipe included.  Tangy, tasty, with just a hint of spice.  Good on bread, melted over chicken, or included in any number of dishes, it because a great addition to my kitchen arsenal. Continue reading

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Low calorie Breakfasts… at work

IMG_6353I’ve been doing this low cal thing for a while, and one of the hardest things to accomplished this seems to be eating breakfast at work.  We all have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It jumps starts your system, can help you control the hunger at lunch time (since there’s already food in your system), and can help you concentrate and work better in those early morning hours at work.

However, how often do you grab a bagel as you run out the door, or stop for a breakfast sandwich on your way to work?  It’s not like on the weekends when you are home and have your over or all this time to prepare a nice, filling low cal meal.  No, at work it’s rush, rush, rush.  No time (or equipment) to make a nice filling low cal meal.

Well I’m happy to say that when I’m at work I tend to eat quite well with minimal time and calories.  To the point that even though my breakfasts are between 320 and 335 calories, I get comments on how delicious it looks.  And all you need is about 30 minutes prep time on Sunday night, a microwaveable dish (with cover), a microwave at work, and some Tupperware. Continue reading

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