Archive for the Technology Category

Flutter: The New Twitter

Posted in Humor, Technology on April 16, 2009 by gyma

Hey, kids.  Now that you have the attention span of a gnat, it’s time to get ready for the new Twitter.

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Living Night Lights

Posted in Nature, Technology on April 11, 2009 by gyma

I wonder how much we should be messing with Mother Nature.

Fail Whale

Posted in Humor, Technology on March 30, 2009 by gyma

No offense to those of you who Twitter, but I find it silly.  As it is, I think I spend way too much time blogging and reading other blogs.  I have absolutely no time/desire for Twittering.

Digital TV Question

Posted in Technology on February 14, 2009 by gyma

I need some help!  We used part of our tax refund money to buy a digital tv today.  We are using a rooftop antenna and most of the stations in the Denver market will not be converting to digital next week.

Here’s the problem:  when watching the channels in digital mode, part of the picture is cut off.  For example, the tops of heads don’t show and any wording gets cut off.

For now, we are watching in analog because we get the full picture.  But when the conversion takes place, I’ll want to be able to see the entire picture.

How do I fix this?!

UPDATE:  Looks like I fixed it by pushing the ‘pix shape’ button on the remote control.   Now that’s intuitive, and there wasn’t anything in the crappy manual that helped.  Sometimes you have to just begin pushing buttons and hope you don’t screw up anything too badly.

Blackberries for Kids

Posted in Technology on February 4, 2009 by gyma

I suppose it was bound to happen, especially now that Obama has won the battle over keeping his Blackberry.  Can anyone tell me why a toddler needs a toy Blackberry with a fully functional qwerty keypad?

Ingenuity

Posted in Technology on January 7, 2009 by gyma

I’m fascinated by novel ideas.  I like the challenge of solving problems and probably missed my calling in life by not pursuing a career as an industrial engineer or something similar.

I loved this article in the Sunday NYT about  23 student innovations.  If you read this article you’ll learn about a new design for water bottles that can be recycled by filling them with sand and then using them as building blocks to make inexpensive shelter.  Or a purse covered in flexible solar cells that can charge cellphones, iPods, etc.  One idea I never would have thought of is called the Elizabowl (named after the Elizabethan collar) that allows you to store round fruit individually so it will last longer.  Quite ingenious.

There are 20 other bright ideas included in this article and after reading it I couldn’t help but ask ‘why didn’t I think of that?’

Light Posting

Posted in Technology with tags on November 30, 2008 by gyma

It looks like my laptop will be taking a trip to the doctor to have a very nasty virus removed.  When I wasn’t working I let my antivirus program expire and now I’m paying the price.  This is something called the DeeWoo Network Manager.  I’m a far cry from a computer geek so I can’t read logs, etc. and have decided to let someone else deal with it.  I don’t know if the virus is also responsible for the explorer.exe problem I’m having, but the icons and taskbar keep disappearing so I’ve had problems copying or backing up data, etc.

I might put a few things in the queue for posting throughout the week, but expect it to be spotty untl I get the laptop back. 

Ugh!