Optical Media Be Damned: Installing Second Hard Drive in MacBook Pro Optical Drive Bay

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

Spinning Like A Broken Record: Jammie Thomas-Rasset fined $1.5 Million

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

Firefighters Refuse To Put Out Fire Over $75 Fee

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

Are We Taking Free Services for Granted?

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?

Review: Costco Carne Asada Bake

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

10 Things I Miss About Android

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

One of the Dumbest Things I Did Lately…

...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…

Microsoft’s A Contradiction

Gizmodo just reported that Microsoft will be offering a Mac syncing solution for their new Kin phone line that just launched. This is exciting because Microsoft hasn't really targeted Mac users for their products since the introduction of Office for Mac in 2001. What I don't understand is why Microsoft is just beginning to work… Continue reading Microsoft’s A Contradiction