Wednesday, May 31, 2006

AutoCart: Parent's Perfect Store

Parents w/ kids will truely enjoy this Drive-Thru Supercenter Store. Just pre-order everything. Drive-thru and your goods are loaded into your vehicle. On the downside, you won't be greeted at the door by a nice grandma/grandpa. I'll like it b/c my kids often fall asleep on the way to the store and now I won't have to wake them all up and lay them inside a cart. My kids won't be grabbing at candy in the register aisle either.
AutoCart Supercenter

Friday, May 26, 2006

Old Style Games in Flash

Here is a list of some old games like Frogger, written in Flash.
http://www.digggames.com/

Show/Hide Post Details

Do u have a blog and want to let your users expand/collapse the text of your posts, especially the long posts? Just follow Blogger's help topic entitled
How can I make show/hide links for my posts?

Now want to add a "show/hide all posts" link? Here is the code I wrote and instructions which assume you did the above steps already.

Step 1. In your template where you put the javascript "function expandcollapse", you must add more code so it will look like this:

function expandcollapse (postid) {
 whichpost = document.getElementById(postid);

 if (whichpost.className=="postshown") {
  whichpost.className="posthidden";
 }
 else {
  whichpost.className="postshown";
 }
}
var postIDs = "";
var allHidden = true;

function expandcollapseAll() {
var postArray = postIDs.split(",");
for (var i=0;i< postArray.length;i++) {
if (document.getElementById(postArray[i])) {
    whichpost = document.getElementById(postArray[i]);
    if (allHidden) {
        whichpost.className="postshown";
    } else {
        whichpost.className="posthidden";
    }
}
}
allHidden = !(allHidden);
}


Step 2. Right after where you put

<a href="javascript:expandcollapse('<$BlogItemNumber$>1')">
[+/-] show/hide this post</a>

add the following line:
<script language="javascript">
postIDs+="<$BlogItemNumber$>1,"</script>


Step 3. Somewhere after <div id="sidebar">
add the following line to create a link  
<a href="javascript:expandcollapseAll()">
[+/-] show/hide all posts</a>


That is all there is to it!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

C Yourself on TV in A.M.

No kidding. Turn any mirror in your house into a tv. So when u wake up, u can now literally see yourself on tv.
http://www.seura.com/
http://www.waterprooftv.co.uk/philips_32landscape.htm

A Great Code Editor

My friend Beau at Fallout75 told me about this neat free editor.
Notepad++

Pig Out 24x7

Anytime, anyday, just drop in your coins and get all the junk food u want. Actually some of the stuff is pretty good. Can u imagine a superstore vending machine?

http://www.shop24cstore.com/

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Free Low-Tech Grill

This sent to me by a co-worker.
This is not a joke. You can get a free BBQ grill from any of the following stores:

A&P

Albertsons

Costco

Food Lion

Fry's

Kroger

Meijer

Publix

Safeway

Sam's Club

Target

Vons

Wal-Mart

Winn-Dixie










I especially like the higher shelf which can be used for keeping things warm!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Real Car Is Game Controller

Why spend money on both a new car and a game controller when you can get both at once? The new Nissan Urge is a real car. It is also an XBox 360 game controller when you have it in "park." It comes with a built in XBox 360. Now you can play and drive almost at the same time.

Nissan Urge

Where's George?

Do you ever wonder where that paper money in your pocket has been, or where it will go next? This is the place to find out.

All you need to do is enter the denomination, series, and serial number of any US dollar bill, and your current USA ZIP or Canadian Post Code.

http://www.wheresgeorge.com/

Friday, May 19, 2006

Here Comes Pocket Communications

Sure Cricket Celluar sounds pretty good for unlimited anytime minutes for $45.
But by the beginning of June 2006, there is a new player in town called Pocket Communications.
They offer unlimited anytime minutes for $28 plus for $3 more you can get caller ID, call waiting, and voice mail. So for $31 per month and no contracts I get what i really need. In the future if I need unlimited Picture Messaging I can add that for $5 more.
http://www.pocket.com/

Cool Plugins For Your Browser

Save Flash movies, and other really cool utilities. All free!
http://www.browsertools.net/downloads.html

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Would U Buy An e3 Machine?

It may be the best/worst investment you've ever made. Read this review.
e3 Review

U want the finger?

Here, i'll give u the finger:
http://www.irdel.com/finger/

Internet Cable TV Getting Closer

I have digital phone service that works via my internet broadband service. Then I have cable TV as a separate service. I wish I could just pay for my internet broadband, then hunt around the internet to get the cheapest service for phone and cable tv. For cheap phone service there is Skype, Vosky, etc. But for internet tv? Enter Akimbo. Hundreds of channel and on-demand, but not live. Oh well, it's getting closer.
akimbo.com

Robotic Elephant Trunk

It was just a matter before someone invented a robotic arm like an elephant's trunk. What's next? A robotic octopus?
The Octarm

3D Mouse: A Little Too Late

Here comes the 3D mouse, but is it a little too late, considering that both Sony and Nintendo will have a gyroscopic game controller that detects spatial movement?
3D mouse


Friday, May 12, 2006

DVD Slideshow Creator

We have a friend who does DVD slideshows put to music for folks who were recently married, etc. I wonder if this is the software she uses or will this $70 app put her out of business?

ProShow Gold

Really Slick Screensavers

The old flying Windows screensavers are just a faint memory. Look at these ultimate screensavers.

http://www.reallyslick.com/

The 3rd Screen, The 4th Screen

Just to keep up with these terms, u need to know the 3rd screen for advertising is your cellphone. The 4th screen is.....
giant screens at malls. Can anyone guess what the 5th screen is going to be?

Bringing Digital Ads to the Local Mall

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Turn Your Blog Into A Newsletter

Now you can put a form on your blog for visitors to subscribe to your newsletter that contains all your latest blog posts. This makes it easy for you to create a newsletter. Just add content to your blog and you automatically create a newletter. You can subscribe to my weekly newsletter that I send out on Saturdays with the form on the top right.

http://www.zookoda.com

Friday, May 05, 2006

What is Cross-Site Scripting?

Here is a very informative video about what XSS is and other web app vulnerabilities. I highly recommend watching it.

Google Tech Talk

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Combat Expensive Gas

It's a long story, but I like it!!!
 
This makes a lot of sense~ read to the end!!!  The idea presented here is definitely worth doing... I would also add not using credit cards when you buy gas... they make even more that way.

A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the
 grocery store he pays .60 cents a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a
week he normally buys two dozens at a time.

 One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to 72
cents.
 The next time he buys groceries, eggs are .76 cents a dozen. When asked
to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "the price has gone up
and I have to raise my price accordingly".

This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. I checked around for a better price
 and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors have
begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have been
driven out of business.
The huge egg farms sells 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors. With
no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The distributors
then have to raise their prices to the grocery stores. And on and on and on.
As the man kept buying eggs the price kept going up. He saw the big egg
trucks delivering 100 dozen eggs each day. Nothing changed there.

 He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000
dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the price of eggs.

Then week before Thanksgiving the price of eggs shot up to $1.00 a dozen.
 Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "cakes and baking for
the holiday". The huge egg farmers know there will be a lot of baking
 going on and more eggs will be used. Hence, the price of eggs goes up.
Expect the same thing at Christmas and other times when family cooking,
 baking, etc. happen.

This pattern continues until the price of eggs is 2.00 a dozen. The man
says,"there must be something we can do about the price of eggs".

He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to stop
buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs. Finally, the
 man suggested only buying what you need.
 
  He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the
 grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a
 day.

The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs in
his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs. Maybe
wouldn't need any all week.
 
 The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge egg
farms that he didn't have any room for eggs and would not need any for at
least two weeks.

At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs.

To relieve the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor that they
could buy the eggs at a lower price. The distributor said, " I don't have
the room for the eggs even if they were free".

The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the price of the eggs if the store would start buying again. The grocery store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are only buying 2 or 3 eggs at a time. Now if you were to drop the price of eggs back down
to the original  price, the customers would start buying by the dozen
again".
 
  The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers. They liked
the price they were getting for their eggs but, them chickens just kept
on laying.
 
 Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only a few
cents. The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said, "when
the price of eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start buying
by the dozen."
 
 Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to slash
their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers. The
egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy at a
higher price than they were selling eggs for.  Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a while.  And them chickens kept on laying.
 
 Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were throwing
away eggs they couldn't sell. The distributors started buying again
because the eggs were priced to where the stores could afford to sell
them at the lower price.
 
 And the customers starting buying by the dozen again.

Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.

What if everyone only bought $10.00 worth of gas each time they pulled to
the pump. The dealers tanks would stay semi full all the time. The
dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge tank farms. The tank farms wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for the oil being off loaded from
the huge tankers coming from the Middle East.
 
  Just $10.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill it up. You may have to stop
for gas twice a week but, the price should come down.

 Think about it.

As an added note...When I buy $10.00 worth of gas,that leaves my tank a
little under half full. The way prices are jumping around, you can buy
gas for $2.65 a gallon and then the next morning it can be $2.15. If you have
your tank full of $2.65 gas you don't have room for the $2.15 gas. You
might not understand the economics of only buying two eggs at a time but,
you can't buy cheaper gas if your tank is full of the high priced stuff.

Also, don't buy anything else at the gas station, don't give them any
more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the prices
come down..
 

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Gorillapod: Instant Tripod

Nifty tripod for your digital camera that stands, hooks, etc.
http://www.gorillapod.com/

Shut Off That TV!!

Now u can shut off or turn on any TV anywhere. This keychain universal remote is small enough to carry with u. Hasta la vista, TV!
http://www.tvbgone.com/

Monday, May 01, 2006

Here Come The Blog Forms!!!

We've all seen and read blogs, but have u ever filled in a form on a blog? It's not likely that bloggers know how to create forms and the code needed to retrieve the responses. Enter the new Form Templates presently offered by two companies. Now u will see online surveys, gambling, auctions, etc appearing in blogs.
http://www.formassembly.com/
http://wyaworks.com/


Eye-Fi: A Hardware Mashup

Thought mashups were only for apps and not hardware? Think again. There are probably a ton of hardware mashups out there. I just think this one is interesting. What do u get when u mashup an SD Flash Memory card for cameras and WiFi hardware? Check it out:
http://www.eye.fi/

How To Use Google On Phone

All u need is text messaging (SMS). For all instructions and demo go to:
http://www.google.com/sms/