*Since UCI blogs expired my post that I wrote for my journalism class, I decided to republish it here. * Original Publish Date: 10 December 2009 It was a cold October morning when my alarm went off. I instinctively pressed the button to silence the racket. The clock read 7:00am. Going through my normal routine,… Continue reading Republish: Strained Evolution: How Big Media Is Struggling to Adapt
After many years, Apple has finally scratched off one reason not to go to an Android phone. The official Google Voice app has finally landed in the Apple App Store. For the most part, the app is great, though I would like to see some areas of improvement. I have been using GV Connect by… Continue reading Official Google Voice App, Finally On The iPhone
It took almost a month to get here but I have to say, it's worth it. I originally saw this mod on Lifehacker and had to jump on it because it looked too damn cool. The back panel was back ordered for weeks but took about a week to send from Hong Kong. The price… Continue reading Replace Your iPhone 4 Back Panel With A Cooler One
I used to press the power button on my computer and ate breakfast while I wanted for it to boot. Since installing a solid state drive (SSD) as a boot volume, I no longer need to. I was skeptical at first how much a SSD could improve performance but after installing one into my MacBook… Continue reading Optical Media Be Damned: Installing Second Hard Drive in MacBook Pro Optical Drive Bay
It seems like such a long time ago that I was studying Jammie Thomas' case for my article on digital piracy. It seems that she lost her retrial and has been fined $1.5 million for sharing 1,700 songs. Before her retrial, the RIAA wanted to settle with her for $222,222. She refused. I do not… Continue reading Spinning Like A Broken Record: Jammie Thomas-Rasset fined $1.5 Million
Today while cleaning out my desk, I stumbled upon a stack of floppy disks. A couple I remember I used for storing my homework. Then I noticed one labeled, "Lewis's Journal: TOP SECRET." I had totally forgotten about this floppy. I went downstairs to fire up the old Dell Dimension 4500S with a Pentium 4… Continue reading Blast From The Past
I read this story and I couldn't sit passively while something so horrific happened. Firefighters from Obion County, Tennessee, refused to put out a fire at a home because its resident didn't pay the $75 fee to contract the fire service in South Fulton because Obion County resides outside South Fulton's city limits. Many rural… Continue reading Firefighters Refuse To Put Out Fire Over $75 Fee
Today I found out some upsetting news. Xmarks, the all-in-one sollution to sync all your bookmarks, passwords, tabs, and histories across multiple browsers and across multiple platforms is going to be discontinuing service in January, 2011. I have been a loyal Xmarks user for years. I even bought their iPhone application so that I could… Continue reading Are We Taking Free Services for Granted?
I refuse to call them XFINITY because I think their attempts to change their brand are futile. No change of name will change the horrible experience I've had with different customer service representatives. Below is a transcript of the dialog I had with a customer service rep of Comcast. Decide for yourself if I'm over… Continue reading What Is Comcast Doing?
When Costco first announced their new Carne Asada Bake, I was a bit skeptical. They did not have proper marketing material out for the Bake. Instead they put up printed pictures of a poorly photographed Bake. Though it did make it seem more authentically Mexican by doing so, it was also veiled in darkness, almost… Continue reading Review: Costco Carne Asada Bake
Inspired by Lifehacker's guide to switching from the iPhone to Android, I'm going to list off the 10 things I miss most about Android after switching to the iPhone. 1) Access to every part of the phone. I miss opening up my phone to swap out the battery after one has died. I miss the… Continue reading 10 Things I Miss About Android
...was wait almost 17 hours in line for an iPhone 4. That's right, 17 hours. I'm not proud of it. It started when my girlfriend, Anne, and I arrived at Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton at 5am. By then there were hundreds of people already lined up in the brisk morning. We made out way to… Continue reading One of the Dumbest Things I Did Lately…