Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Macs Don't Have Software Available?

The Mac has a large amount of constantly updated and upgraded utilities and games. This link points to one of the more popular sites for keeping Track of new software versions. The menu at the top right side also shows you a list of Windows Apps that have been upgraded, so this is a keeper for both Mac and PC users.

Remix Online

It was a matter of time... If you like to listen to Remixed music, that is music that has been merged with other sounds and a dance beat added (most of the time) then this site will be fun. You can go and remix music on their page, without having local software loaded. Upload your clips and sounds or music, and Remix away! Listen to a few of the other Remix fan creations too.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

War in Iraq - My Take

My latest Weblinksnewsletter Podcast is available in MP3 format. Check it out here.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mac - For Power Users

I just ran my Mac through an unbelievable test. I downloaded 225 large files without a hitch. I queued up just around 225 files, and Safari (the Mac web browser) downloaded them smoothly, and quickly! I used to queue files on Windows XP, but after the first 50 things would get unstable. I was just shocked at the ability of my iMac to download, and to add to that, I was watching a DVD and checking Mail at the same time. It never slowed or burped. I felt as if I could have done many more things if I wanted to. I have just been so very pleased at the performance of Mac OS X. Along those lines, this OS is clearly for the novice as well as the Power User. You can do almost anything and pressure the OS as much as you want. You can also get Xcode which is the de-facto standard compiler for programming on your Mac. Take a chance if you are a PC user, take the challenge I was offered! Purchase and test the mac for 30 days. Do everything on it, switch for 30 days, and you will NOT go back to Windows.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

John Kerry - Great Coward of our Time!

Today John Kerry, who you might recall ran for President in 2004, bowed out of the 2008 Presidential race. I was stunned! I never liked the guy much, didn't vote for him, and probably wouldn't, ever! BUT I think he should have run. What better way to "Put and END to the WAR" then be the Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces? Kerry did win 50% of the votes in the last election! My Question is... Who told him or asked him NOT to Run? This man can not be bribed (I hope) since his wife is a billionaire. I doubt he has had Clintonesque sexual escapades which need to be covered up. I just can not fathom just what he was offered to NOT run? Any ideas? We all know he has been one of the most verbal critics of the War, even though he voted for the war before he voted against it.

My only conclusion, if he was not bribed or asked to bow out by high power friends... He is a Coward! A total gutless turd. He held onto his 2004 campaign fund for the sole reason of running in 2008. It just doesn't add up to me. He claims this is NOT THE TIME to mount a Presidential campaign. Ok, when? Idiot! Coward! Give me your Millions in the Presidential Campaign Fund and I will run. But one thing I don't want to hear from the fool, is how he thinks it should all be done. If you don't want to step up and show us how it is done, then sit back down in your Senate seat, go back to sleep, and shut up!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ready for Microsoft Vista?

Is your PC capable of running Vista? It has a heavy resource requirement, so it is best to run this Microsoft Utility to be sure if your PC is up to the task!

Take a look at some of the footage of Vista at the Microsoft WOW Page.

There are 4 major releases of Vista. Which one is right for you?

If you are wondering just what Vista is all about, how it looks, and what you can expect from it, you can take a Virtual Test Drive on the Web.

Also see some other information and marketing info with videos, one form Bill Gates, of just what Vista is, why it is, and how it came to be. Interesting really.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Lions Club - Donate Your Old Used Eye Glasses

Ever think of donating your old used eye glasses? You should! The old eye glasses go to those who are unable to purchase eye glasses for themselves, all over the World. I just recently sent a large batch of old glasses from me, my wife and dad. Not sure what I was saving them for, but now I know. How about you? Send your old glasses here:

Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling Center
501 Elm Avenue, SW, PO Box 1772
Roanoke, VA 24008

See the Lions Club webpage for alternate drop off sites.

Christine Thinks the Mac is Beautiful!

See what happens when one Blogger has infatuation over the Mac, cute and funny!

Then goto her site to see some creative genius!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Mac - Fast and Easy - Working Daze

Gang, this cartoon hits is right, Vista has many issues and is a true resource hog. Not to mention it is a new fancy interface on old NT technology. I have also been reading that Vista won't run many utilities you own now. Sounds like time to go Apple, and Mac!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Christian Cage Wins NWA World Title!

Christian cage won the TNA - NWA World Title. Christian is one of my all time favorite personalities, often called Captain Charisma.

Wal-Mart Wins - Consumers Win - Employees Win!

The falsely named fair share bill was halted yet again in Federal Court. A federal appeals court agreed with the lower court that the fair share law was inappropriate and unconstitutional. Here is the actual legal speak decision (PDF), and this is the Retail Industry Leaders Association's reaction, and this is the NY Times press release.

Maryland attempted to extort money from the successful Wal-Mart by forcing a law that applied to any large employer, even though Wal-Mart was the only one that qualified under the guidelines. What a sad misuse of legislative powers and authority. If you want to help those Wal-Mart employees, cut their taxes.

In Maryland we are being gouged by many taxes, such as a Gas and Electric charge designed to offset a normal industry increase which was kept from us by an artificial ceiling adjustment. It ended, and was not renewed by lawmakers. So they created this "temporary" 10 year tax which was forced on us taxpayers without us signing any agreement to allow a loan against our monthly bill to offset the increase. The "relief tax"is sure to be extended when the artificial ceiling is below the actual costs of the resources we use.

How about cutting the Maryland Gasoline tax of 23.5 cents a gallon!

If you read this article by John Stiglich, you will see we have something in common, we both deeply believe that Wal-Mart is an American Success Story! John must be a reader of Weblinksnewsletter!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Apple iPhone Introduced!

You must see the demo of this iPhone product. It is an iPod (Widescreen), Phone, and Internet Device all wrapped up into one, and it is INCREDIBLE! Watch the Keynote Demo from Apple CEO Steve Jobs for details and how this thing functions, I was astounded!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

US War Takes New Turn, Into Somalia!

I can say it is about time! The US military struck Al Qaida operatives in Somalia yesterday. "The targets included the senior al-Qaida leader in East Africa and an al-Qaida operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania". Way to go Mr President, take it to the terrorists no matter where they are in the world. This is what you promised just after 9-11. This is the War America expected to see.

Monday, January 08, 2007

VLC Media Player

I use a fantastic Video Player on Mac OS X, called VLC, and this player is also available for you on Mac, Windows or Linux! It can play almost anything! There are some features to export to other formats, but admittedly this is a little klunky. For a standard player though, it may be the best ever, plays almost anything I throw at it, no matter what format of audio or video.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Pelosi - I just don't know!

Pelosi smile I just don't know, but does this smile look real, or look like one of those phony political smiles? Great, she is female, but I just don't feel like she is genuine. The phony smile really takes away any faith she may deserve or desire for someone in her position. In almost every picture I see her smiling like a big lummox. When she met with Bush right after the election, she seemed very stiff to me, even when she spoke. I didn't think much of it then, but after seeing more pictures and videos it looks like she is in some kind of pain. Perhaps it is the fact that she will have to at least look like she will work with Bush even though she doesn't really want to. I say, you have the majority, so go for the jugular. Majority party rules, even if I don't like the current majority party right now. Act like the majority, because you are the majority party!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Mark Levin Show Online

My friends, if you want to hear a Conservative do some shooting on the wacky Liberal BS thats being spewed in the mainstream media, this is your man. Hang on, put on a seatbelt, wear some sunglasses... This guy is awesome. Mark Levin is broadcast locally in my area, but I get alot of AM radio noise. Now a clear signal!

50 Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss, mans (and womans) worst enemy. Seems just after the 1st of the year we start to hear of all the bad stuff associated with being over weight. It starts in October, with Halloween, then November you get Thanksgiving, and Christmas in December tops it all off with candy, dinner, and far too many social gatherings. Now we come to January. The month of pain. If you are anything like everyone else in America, you gain a few pounds every year, and in 20 years realize it is way out of control. I am in that same big pot of spaghetti, er boat. You should look at weight loss the same way you put it on. It happens gradually, so the take it off gradually. Change a few things and stick to them. Here are 50 Weight Loss Tips from Chris Pirillo. Chris is a tech geek who has done very well with his personal tech sites and stay at home business.

The reality is to eat less (yet more times a day) and exercise alot more.

eBay To Raise Prices AGAIN!

January 30th, eBay will put into place an increase in Auction Insertion fees and final sales fees. They recently raised prices 6 months ago, in July. This time the increase will affect everyone. I think the fees increase could help drive people to try out alternatives. The fee hikes could be the opening that a rival or competitor could see at a chance to compete. Craiglist has already begun to nip at eBays heels. The post for free model is not exactly a winning business venture, yet. I believe that a new startup must specialize in Auctions to even come close to being competition. Auction sites that offer everything to all won't stand out.

Insertion Fee
Starting Price: $1.00 - $9.99
Now $0.40
Was $0.35

Final Value Fee
Selling Price: $25.01 - $1000.00
Now: 3.25%
Was: 3%

Motorcycles & Powersports Transaction Fee
Now: $40
Was: $30

Cars & Trucks, Other Vehicles & Trailers Transaction Services Fee
Now: $50
Was: $40

Motors Reserve Fee
Now: 0.1% of reserve price, ($5 minimum, $10 maximum)
Was: $5

Will this affect my sales on eBay? We will have to wait and see.

PBS New Pilot Shows Online

PBS is working very hard to modernize its lagging viewership and decade old broadcasting model. Not only are they considering new avenues of marketing and revenue, they have placed these new shows online for iTunes. Here is the link for viewing the pilots online.

The overall effort is called Wired Science. It looks promising!

Example, see the technology inside a Plasma TV.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

WalMart To Promote Energy Saving Bulbs!

According to the New York Times, my favorite American Success Story, the awesome American Company WalMart, will take initiative (without government regulation) to propel energy saving bulbs throughout the USA this year. This ambitious resolution for 2007 will be aided by lower prices and a marketing effort to suggest to consumers to use the more energy efficient bulbs. I have been waiting for this kind of thing, since the bulbs are so expensive, it removes the cost savings on the electric bill. But not anymore, look for a price drop on something that is great for consumers. If I can save money, both by buying a high efficient bulb at a low price, and save electricity costs on my bill, I am all for it. Maybe they could sell them in bulk, perhaps an energy savings pack of 10 bulbs (for the price of 3), so I can replace all the light bulbs in my home (versus buying them separately). Thanks again to Walmart, no matter how they plan to do it!

Weblinksnewsletter Podcast

Gang here is a link to my audio podcast in mp3, a companion audio file to this website. I just did a run down of the latest few links the newsletter had to offer. I plan to begin updating this at least weekly, perhaps with reviews of things on this site, eBay auctions, or perhaps personal opinions or tech subjects and reviews. Hope you like it. My Conservative Minute may also poke out its lovely head on occasion. For now I want to try to keep things more in line with my general webpage and general interests. The link will always remain the same, so you can grab the podcast anytime you want to try, or keep an eye out right here for notification of updates.

Fred Reed: Ivy Blindness?

Fred Reed had this to say in a recent article, here is my response to him.

Fred, you recently said the Rich don't know much about how America works. I must submit that the normal middle class could not fathom how to interface with the rich! Why would this be important? Think that of the world leaders all are rich, even the "lower" class third world countries. But to interact with them, you must be one of them. Each class, upper. middle and lower or poorer... all have nuances about that class that each of the others are not aware of. Yes you easily attack the upper class, in an envious pitiful way. I love your columns but your liberal speak sometimes gets weary. Instead of attacking the upper class and make assumptions that all citizens know how to buy groceries at the automated checkouts, you need to consider that most Americans may not even know what they are. I myself have only used them 3-4 times, don't like them, but tolerate them. I would prefer a person with a job, speaking with me and interacting with me and my groceries.
I always appreciate your views of growing up, but your country life in no way represents the inner city turmoil or gang related ways of today. You miss the point, that each of us have different views and points of reference, and that is good! Very good. If we all shot rats at the local dump, we would have no leaders capable of representing the upper class or interfacing with dictators who have it all (at poor peoples expense). The upper class serves a HUGE purpose, one of prosperity, and providing jobs to those of us who would rather not have a business of our own. Most people work for someone else, in case you forgot this. Only a small amount of people, even in America, run their own company, though more today than 30 years ago. Thanks to the opportunities the rich provide, and the better standard of living here in America represents thanks to hard working Americans.
And just what is the deal with always bashing Bush? Give the guy a break please. He has had more turmoil and crap to deal with in 2 terms than many presidents even dream of in one. Not to mention the house cleaning forced on him by inept leaders of the past, Clinton, Carter, Kennedy, and yes... Bush 41... (Don't get me wrong each had good points too they just did a poor job with foreign affairs). Shame you don't write about the positive things going on in America, but I guess you may not see them down there in ole Mexico City.
The White House understands what it needs to, the House of Representatives is supposed to be more in tune with mainstream America, and they are not. The President just presides and executes the wishes of the people, as extolled by Congress, most of the time. Lets not turn the position into a Monarchy.

Monday, January 01, 2007

HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2007

Yes the $2.5 Million Dollar HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2007 starts today! They will have a guided tour on HGTV this evening at 9pm EST. Or you can browse the website at HGTV to see more. You can enter every 24 hour period until February. Good Luck!