What if BB-8 ran Windows XP…

Alright, so seriously, we all know that BB-8 runs some hard core calculations based on the mapping projection that he does within Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but what if he happened to make use of the Windows XP sounds? What if that were a thing? Would we be able to better understand him or be emotionally receptive to the noises he would make? We all loved Windows XP… couldn’t we therefore love BB-8 even more then?

Feed flipper, iTunes Feeds and McLean Presbyterian Church

A few months back, I had sent a note to a local church in the DC metro area – McLean Presbyterian to be precise – asking if they had an RSS feed for their sermons that are presented on Sunday mornings to their congregation. At the time they didn’t, but they informed me that they were re-vamping their website and would have this in the near future. I was amazed that they were forward thinking on engagement mediums – go McLean Pres!

Sure enough, when I went to check this morning, lo and behold, an iTunes feed to consume through iTunes Podcast. If only I used iTunes Podcast functionality on my iOS device – instead I typically use OverCast.fm, mostly for its Smart Speed capability to remove the gaps in podcasts that sometimes get left in.

So I think to myself, “Well that’s not good, how am I going to consume an RSS feed that’s published through iTunes?”

Enter Feed Flipper – an online based app that will check to see what the actual RSS source is by pulling the feed and parsing it on behalf of the user.

So after copying the iTunes feed, I was presented with the underlying source – http://feeds.feedburner.com/mcleanpressermons

Presto, entered into the OverCast.fm app on my iDevice and I’m in business.

Thanks to the fine folks at McLean Presbyterian for putting together an RSS feed to be able to more easily pull down sermons from the faithful pastor teachers. Also thanks to the developers for Feed Flipper so that I could find out the source RSS feed.

AdBlock Plus… is it worthwhile?

If you’ve been using trusty ole AdBlock plugins for Firefox and Chrome to make your web browsing experience a bit nicer, you might need to take a moment and determine if it’s actually working for you.  Apparently a few of the Internet titans may be working to make sure that their ads still show up.

Check this article from the Register for more information – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/02/google_amazon_taboola_microsoft_adplock_plus_unblock/

Time to start looking for an alternative I suppose :-/

Lego Marvel Superheroes – SHIELD Helicarrier

So if you’re like me, you get giddy when there are Legos around…. I’ve got a Lego R2, a Lego Millennium Falcon, and perhaps sometime in the future, a Lego SHIELD Helicarrier.

The starting price according to a Brickset article is ~$349. A bit of a stretch, but we’ll see.

If you’re interested in seeing just how amazing this set is, check it out over here:

Welcome to Carousel…

Hey thanks DropBox… just what I was… hoping… for.

If you’re a DropBox user and you have your mobile device setup to automatically push photos up to the “Camera Uploads” directory within your DropBox then you might notice the next time that you go there that you’re being flipped over to Carousel.

I didn’t receive any warning, but I did notice in the modal popup that I could change it back to the normal photos view that I’ve become accustomed to over the past few years since it became available – either immediately or through the settings.

And no, there’s nothing over at the Dropbox Blog at the moment about Carousel. We’ll see if a blog post comes out.

Within minutes of going to the website though, I did find it interesting that I received an email to let me know that I’d been upgraded to Carousel. Interesting change management strategy…

And if you happen to wander over to your friendly neighborhood Dropbox, you’ll notice that the Photos item is no longer there but just Carousel.

Nevertheless, we’ll see how this goes and see if it gets changed back to good ole Photos in the near future.

Amazon Prime discounted for a day…

Stop the presses!

There’s a Sale at Penny’s!

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Wait, no, it’s Amazon Prime that’s on sale today! From midnight to midnight Pacific Time on 24 January 2015, Amazon Prime is having a sale on it’s service that provides for free 2 day shipping and a slew of other things like streaming television and music for a mere $72!?!?!

Mind you this is only available to the new customers le sigh.

If you’re interested, head on over to Amazon Prime

Goodbye And Farewell WayPort broadband

You call this Internet broadband!?!

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There are definitely days when I’m sitting in StarBucks riding on the AT&T / WayPort network and notice that it slows to a crawl. This typically happens whenever I’m actually attempting to use any devices that rely on the Internet. I realize this is probably something that most people don’t actually try to do. 😉

Seriously though, I’m befuddled by the service offering that StarBucks has through AT&T for Internet in a good chunk of its cafes through out North America providing shared Internet bandwidth of a low class DSL line. While this may be something that most individuals in the US probably look at as decent for mail synchronization of a mobile device, anything more is just not happening – so yes that means lugging your iMac to play worlds of Warcraft in the corner will probably be better suited somewhere else.