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Pixlr Online Photo Editing - Recommended

Pixlr is an free online photo editor that works great if your not on a pc that has photo editing software or if your restricted on a company computer.

My New Touchpad and Thoughts

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Baseball Collector's Dream Site - Zistle.com

Great place to keep track of your card collections online.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Ad wars: Microsoft takes a bite out of Apple; Hires comedian Jerry Seinfeld to promote Vista - MAC.BLORGE

jerry_seinfeld.jpgTired of taking the beating from Apple in its Mac vs. PC commercials, Microsoft has decided to put on the gloves and fight back. The ad campaign is being created by MDC Partners’ Crispin Porter + Bogusky.According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, the software giant, has a new 300 million dollar advertising campaign and it has hired comedian Jerry Seinfeld to help it take a bite out of Apple. The commercials theme will be “Windows, not Walls” a dig at Apple’s closed environment. At the moment, not too much is known about what the commercials will involve since Microsoft is keeping this information closely guarded. Seinfeld will be appearing alongside Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in the upcoming ads and he will be paid $10 million dollars for the work. It will be interesting to see what the ads involve.Seinfeld is an interesting choice for the upcoming commercials, Jerry Seinfeld had an extremely popular show named Seinfeld in the 90’s. The show originally aired from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998. According to the Arthur Nielsen Media Research Ratings it finished among the top two every year from 1994 to 1998. I think I’ve seen every episode of Seinfeld and one thing that was seen in the far corner of Seinfeld’s apartment was a Macintosh computer. Over the years, it got upgraded to a newer Mac. In fact, at one point during the series he even had a 20th anniversary Mac on his desktop.Seinfeld also appeared in Apple’s Think Big commercials. It sort of makes you wonder if Microsoft knew this before hiring him. Perhaps the angle they are going for is views from a Mac switcher? Then again John Hodgman, the man who plays PC in the Apple commercials, is an Apple user. Hodgman spilled the beans to the New York Daily News a few months ago.Although Microsoft has sold more than 180 million Vista licenses since its release in 2007. Critics claim that it still continues to suffer largely due in part to the perception that its release was a flap. Apple’s commercials which constantly poke fun at Vista just ads fuel to the fire. Microsoft has said that the early problems many experienced with the operating system has been resolved.It will be interesting to see what Microsoft will unveil with the upcoming ads. One of the reasons that the Apple ads have been so popular is that Apple has pointed out the flaws that we as computer owners occasionally experience. I really liked the fact that Apple focused on that the computer can be the problem, not the owner. A lot of Apple’s ads have focused on Vista.It’s not surprising that Microsoft has finally decided to target Apple in its upcoming campaign. Apple’s recent success has been phenomenal and even though Microsoft is still the reigning champ I imagine Apple’s success along with the Mac vs. Pc commercials aren’t so funny anymore. So when will the ads appear? WSJ reports that we can expect to see them in early September. WSJ also stated that Chris Rock and Will Ferrel (Ferrel starred in Mac switcher ads years ago) might also appear in some of the ads.BLORGE writer, John Lister, has covered this on Vista.Blorge.com.
Ad wars: Microsoft takes a bite out of Apple; Hires comedian Jerry Seinfeld to promote Vista - MAC.BLORGE
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

meedioChrome v1.0.7 beta - Added Grid Mode

This is an update to the meedioChrome theme for Meedio. For those of you that don't know, Meedio is a HTPC(Home Theater PC) frontend application. I've been using it for a while now. To me it's the most customizable HTPC frontend out there.

meedioChrome v1.0.7 beta
- added GRID (aka Racedriver GRID) theme mode
- added GRID main menu mode (best used with Grid and Carbon theme modes)
- added Empty Bin in file browser (by Kricker)
- added support for icons set using Icon Manager (by Kricker)
- fixed support for genres fanart images in music library

- fixed bugs
- optimized code

* to promote new menu and theme mode GRID is set as default mode for this release *


Be sure to also visit Meedios.com

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

As Long As Today - New Video

"Schizophrenia" - As Long As Today from chris lang on Vimeo.

Here is a new video for my friends band. They play around the Charlotte, NC area. Here is a link to there music. www.myspace.com/aslongastoday

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Run Xbox Media Centre from a USB Drive | Lifehacker Australia

Run Xbox Media Centre from a USB Drive

We've shown you how to turn your classic Xbox and Mac into a super-powered media centre using Xbox Media Centre, but what about everybody else? Well, if you've got at least a 1 GB USB drive and a computer that can boot from it, you're in luck. LiveXBMC, a blend of the XBMC and Ubuntu Linux, lets you do all the same big-screen media playing, file sharing, DVD ripping, and other media centre goodness without installing a thing, but with saved settings. Let's get started creating a portable media monster with XBMC after the jump.

What you'll need

  • 1 GB or larger USB drive—You'll perform a full re-format of this drive, so back up anything you can't lose. Larger drives, like an iPod or external hard drive, will give you more space to store your goods, but LiveXBMC can also save to any USB drive while it's running.
  • PC that boots from USB—It doesn't much matter what OS it's running, but you can create the live USB stick from Windows or Linux.
  • Decent video card, preferably NVIDIA—LiveXBMC can still work with ATI and Intel-based graphics processors, but it's somewhat hit-or-miss support. But, if you can get your card working in an Ubuntu live CD, you might have a shot—more on that down the page.
  • LiveXBMC Image and Builder—Grab them at SourceForge. At the moment, I'm using the LiveXBMCBuilder.20080507 and the LiveXBMCV2.12835 image, but they may update after this publishes, so grab what's freshest. The xbmc.12869.img file seems newer, but also incomplete.
  • 7-Zip—This handy utility unpacks the LiveXBMC image above.

Create your USB booter

In Windows, create a folder right at the root of your primary hard drive (usually C:), and name it something like xbmc—just don't use any spaces or fancy characters. Now un-zip the LiveXBMCBuilder package into that folder, and use 7-Zip to likewise copy the .img file in your LiveXBMCV2 package (the one with the .7z extension) into that root folder. Plug your USB drive in, head into the LiveXBMCBuilder folder, then double-click to launch the USBBuilder. In Windows Vista, you'll likely have to right-click the USBBuilder app and choose "Run as Administrator."

This program is pretty straightforward. Hit "Select Image," and navigate to the .img file you pulled from the LiveXBMCV2 package. Next, select the letter of your USB drive in the drop-down box, then hit "Write Image" to get started.

It'll take a few minutes to format your drive (varying with size), and then watch for a pop-up from the WinImage shareware bundled with the program, which requires an "OK" from you. Once it finishes pressing the boot image into your USB stick, you should be done and ready to boot.

... At least, that's the hope. More than one forum poster has had problems with the program, as I did (until I realised it couldn't deal with folders with spaces in the name, hence the awkward root placement). The creator has put up a blog post explaining how to manually create a booting USB in Windows, but left out an important step near the end—make sure you also copy the restrictedDrivers.img and xbmc.img files onto the drive, or you'll just have a seriously bare-bones Linux desktop.

appletv_scaled.jpgLooking to create the XBMC USB stick from inside Linux? Try this example, substituting the LiveXBMCV2 image in place of the file used there. If you're a brave and willing AppleTV owner, you can get LiveXBMC up and running using the Apple TV bootloader and these very long, detailed instructions. It's not impossible, and it won't harm your unit, but it certainly looks like a weekend project.

Last setup steps

Before booting up, let's talk video drivers. Most modern NVIDIA cards are supported out of the box in LiveXBMC, and some ATI and Intel cards work as well. If you've got an Intel card, rename the restrictedDrivers.img file on the USB stick to anything else, or just add an x somewhere. If you're successfully using Ubuntu, or can get your video card working on a live CD, you can copy the file at /etc/X11/xorg.conf onto the USB drive and get a much better chance at compatibility and correct screen sizing.

Finally, the major drawback to this version of XBMC is its seeming lack of wireless support—at least, it lacked any support for my Intel-based wireless chip. You're going to need to hook up a physical Ethernet cable to your system before booting with LiveXBMC, so get that ready before hitting the power button.

Boot up

Assuming your system's set up to boot from a USB drive, you should quickly boot into Xbox Media Centre and arrive at its main screen: From here on in, your live Xbox Media Centre is going to look very much like its hardware-loaded brethren—check out its awe-inspiring features in Gina's original post (under the wholly appropriate sub-heading "Revel in how much you rule"). Here's a few Linux/live-specific tips on getting the most from LiveXBMC:
  • Turn on Vertical Blank Sync—From what I've read (and experienced), with vertical blank sync turned off, XBMC will try to run videos as fast as possible, resulting in some herky-jerky moments. Fiddle around with the video settings until you find just the right rhythm.
  • Keep your system cool—As noted by commenter jkrell, the Xbox Media Centre runs at 100% CPU usage, even when it's not playing anything, but the developers are working on a fix. Until then, make sure your system isn't wedged somewhere it will overheat, and invest on quieter fans if you're utilizing a spare PC.
  • Store big files outside the USB disk—You'll always be able to access any media you grab with LiveXBMC from inside the system, but finding it in Windows or Linux seems to require decompressing .img files and hunting around for your home directory (unless one of our super-helpful readers knows an easier way). You'd be better off sharing a Windows folder with XBMC, or plugging in another USB device to transfer files off the live system.
I've only scratched the surface of what can be done with a live-booting Xbox Media Centre, so let us know what tweaks, fixes, and upgrades you've found while trying out your own media centre on a stick.

Kevin Purdy, associate editor at Lifehacker, loves free alternatives to costly media centres. His weekly feature, Open Sourcery, appears every Friday on Lifehacker.

Run Xbox Media Centre from a USB Drive | Lifehacker Australia
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Monday, August 4, 2008

Sirius and XM Complet Merger


SIRIUS XM Radio Chosen as New Corporate Name

Combined Company Has Over 18.5 Million Subscribers, Annualized Second Quarter Revenue Exceeding $2.4 Billion

Company to Offer Consumers Best of Both Services, While Maximizing Significant Efficiencies

SIRIUS XM Reiterates Financial Guidance; Expects 2009 Synergies of $400 million and 2009 Adjusted EBITDA of over $300 Million

NEW YORK, NY – July 29, 2008 –SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) and XM Satellite Radio today announced that they have completed their merger, resulting in the nation’s premier radio company. The new company plans to change its corporate name to Sirius XM Radio Inc. The combined company’s stock will continue to be traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “SIRI”.

SIRIUS XM Radio begins day one with over 18.5 million subscribers, making it the second-largest radio company, based upon revenue, in the country; and, based upon subscribers, the second largest subscription media business in the U.S. With under 10% penetration of the home and car market, the opportunity for continued growth is significant.

“I am delighted to announce the completion of this exciting merger between SIRIUS and XM,” said Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS XM Radio. “We have worked diligently to close this transaction and we look forward to integrating our best-in-class management teams and operations so we can begin delivering on our promise of more choices and lower prices for subscribers.”

“Every one of our constituencies is a winner. Combined, SIRIUS XM Radio will deliver superior value to our shareholders. By offering more compelling packages and the best content in audio entertainment, we are well positioned for increased subscriber growth. Our laser focus on subscribers will continue and listeners can be assured that there will be no disruption in service. We also believe that the completion of the merger will eliminate any confusion that has been lingering in the marketplace,” added Karmazin.

XM shareholders will receive 4.6 shares of SIRIUS common stock for each share of XM.

Competitive New Options for Consumers

SIRIUS XM Radio broadcasts more than 300 channels of programming, including exclusive radio offerings from Howard Stern, Oprah, Opie & Anthony and Martha Stewart, among others. SIRIUS XM Radio will offer these expanded options to consumers through arrangements with the world’s leading automakers and its relationships with nationwide retailers.

As a result of the merger, SIRIUS XM Radio will also be able to offer consumers new packages in audio entertainment, including the first-ever a la carte programming option in subscription media. In addition to two a la carte options, the new packages will include: “Best of Both,” giving subscribers the option to access certain programming from the other network; discounted Family Friendly packages; and tailored packages including “Mostly Music” and “News, Talk and Sports.” The first of the new packages will be available in the early Fall.

“One of the most exciting benefits of this transaction is the ability to offer subscribers the option of expanding their subscriptions to include the Best of Both services. Given the respective popularity of exclusive programming on both SIRIUS and XM, we expect many subscribers will upgrade their current subscription,” said Karmazin.

“The upside potential for both consumers and shareholders is huge. Consumers have the ease of adding premier programming without purchasing a new device. For shareholders, this kind of organic growth is a key part of the company’s future and the success we expect to see,” said Karmazin.

As promised when the merger was first announced, existing radios will continue to work and every subscriber has the option of maintaining their current service package.

Benefits for Shareholders Begin Immediately, Integration Already Under Way

SIRIUS XM Radio expects to begin realizing the synergies expected from this transaction immediately.

“In addition to realizing significant potential revenue growth, the management team will move quickly to capitalize on the synergies that many analysts have predicted for this combination. We expect to begin achieving those synergies without sacrificing any of the world-class programming and marketing we are known for,” said Karmazin.

The company today also reiterated guidance for the combined SIRIUS XM Radio. Based upon a preliminary analysis, the combined company expects to realize total synergies, net of the costs to achieve such synergies, of approximately $400 million in 2009; to post adjusted EBITDA exceeding $300 million in 2009; and to achieve positive free cash flow, before satellite capital expenditures, for the full year 2009. The company also expects that both synergies and adjusted EBITDA will continue growing beyond 2009.

“We have all the tools necessary to begin executing as a combined company with high aspirations for subscriber growth and greater financial performance in part from the significant synergies that we begin realizing literally today – on Day One. We are moving quickly to integrate the operations,” said Karmazin.

The corporate headquarters will be located in New York, NY and XM Satellite Radio, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, will remain headquartered in Washington, DC.

Effective after the close of the market yesterday, trading in XMSR common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market ceased.

About SIRIUS XM Radio

SIRIUS XM Radio is America’s satellite radio company delivering the “The Best Radio on Radio” to more than 18 million subscribers, including 100% commercial free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather.

SIRIUS XM Radio has exclusive content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Oprah, Martha Stewart, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Frank Sinatra, Opie & Anthony, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, NHL, and PGA, and broadcasts major college sports.

SIRIUS XM Radio has exclusive arrangements with every major automaker. SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at shop.sirius.com and shop.xmradio.com, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy, Circuit City, RadioShack, Target, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart.

SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic service for GPS navigation systems delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road construction, for more than 80 North American markets.

The guidance contained herein are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by us when taken as a whole, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, the guidance is based upon specific assumptions with respect to future business conditions, some or all of which will change. The guidance, like any forecast, is necessarily speculative in nature and it can be expected that the assumptions upon which the guidance is based will not prove to be valid or will vary from actual results. Actual results will vary from the guidance and the variations may be material. Consequently, the guidance should not be regarded as a representation by SIRIUS or any other person that the synergies, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow will actually be achieved. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this information.

This communication contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the business combination transaction involving Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., including potential synergies and cost savings and the timing thereof, future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “may,” or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of SIRIUS’ and XM’s management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of SIRIUS and XM. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement: general business and economic conditions; the performance of financial markets and interest rates; the ability to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on a timely basis; the failure to realize synergies and cost-savings from the transaction or delay in realization thereof; the businesses of SIRIUS and XM may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected; and operating costs and business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on employee retention and on our business relationships with third parties, including manufacturers of radios, retailers, automakers and programming providers. Additional factors that could cause SIRIUS’ and XM’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in SIRIUS’ and XM’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and SIRIUS and XM disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.


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Jensen NVX225 Mulit-Media GPSMod

This is for the people that requested it. I didn't right this so I won't be able to answer any questions about it. As I posted before, my Jensen stopped working and I'm upgrading to a Navigon 2100 max. Good luck with your Jensens. A link to the forum this is located at is at the bottom.


OK I got one of these units from Buy.com for $160 or so. Following the instructions here with some improvement I have managed to hack the NVX225 to allow explorer and media player access from the main menu.

As normal use at your own risk, this is what I did to the best of my recollection:

1) Install Active Sync From the companion CD to my PC.

2) Copy off IGOPATH.TXT from \MyFlashDisk

3) Changed the IGOPATH.TXT to add an explorer button

Settings = "icons/settings.bmp", "settings", 1
Navigate = "icons/logo.bmp", "\\MyFlashDisk\\iGO\\igopna.exe"
Explorer = "icons/files.bmp", "\\Windows\\Explorer.exe"

4) Downloaded TCPMP 0.81RC1 from:
And copied to an SD card on my PC

5) Remove SD Card from PC, Insert Into NVX225 and Restart the NVX225 using the slide seitch on the side.

6) Double click the new explorer button and go to SDMMC to find the .CAB file and Double click it. This installes the Media Player to Program Files, the problem with this is when I turned off the unit by the slide switch it would disappear. So....

7) Copy the PLAYER folder from the \Programs Files\TCPMP Media Player 0\ to your PC.

8) Copy it back to MyFlashDisk (Fortunatly there is 14MB left on the internal flash and the Media player is only 6MB or so.)

9) Re-Edit the IGOPATH.TXT so that it now looks like:

Settings = "icons/settings.bmp", "settings", 1
Navigate = "icons/logo.bmp", "\\MyFlashDisk\\iGO\\igopna.exe"
Explorer = "icons/files.bmp", "\\Windows\\Explorer.exe"
Multimedia = "icons/media.bmp", "\\MyFlashDisk\\PLAYER\\PLAYER.exe"

10) Re Upload IGOPATH.TXT file to the NVX225 and restart the device using the slide switch on the side.

You should now have a working media player. I have tested with FLAC, MP3, JPEG slide show and a short video and they all seem to work OK.


Try as I might I could not get the Player to work fully when placed on the SD Card. It would run if I double clicked it from explorer but I could not get the Button on the Menu to work from the SD Card.

I also placed the C310 utilities programs (see higher in this thread for link) and most work fine from explorer (Rotate, Screen and a few others fail)

Some of the above C310 Utilities also overflow the screen

GpsPasSion Forums - Jensen NVX225 3.5'' GPS by Audiovox

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Update on my Navigon 2100 Max GPS order

I now hate Costco and will never buy anything from there. I ordered my GPS from there and they kept canceling the order. I finally got fed up and called Costco. Come to find out they still had the product on there site and allowing you to order the product even though they no longer had it in stock. It was even starting to take the money out of the bank, then it would be put back. Right after I made the call I refreshed the page and it said out of stock. We have no Costco's where I live to just go and pick one up.

I then found the same deal on Buy.com and saved even more money. I saved $30 with getting the credit card. My final price was $179.99. It should be here tomorrow. I'll write a review as soon as I check out all the features. I will also have trip (Minot, ND to Kannapolis, NC) starting August 30th to try out everything on a long trip.

meedioChrome - New Meedio Theme

Here is the newest theme I'm using for Meedio (A HTPC application). It's pretty sweet.
    meedioCHROME v1 beta

MeediOS :: View topic - meedioChrome
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