Month: January 2008

First few days on a MacBook Pro

Some people say that Apple Macintosh users are elitists. If that’s the case, I just became rather elite.  I’m now typing this on my shiny new MacBook Pro. On Wednesday, I started a new job at the Wasatch Front Regional Multiple Listing Service (WFR).  When I started, they gave me the choice of what kind…
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Next generation laptop batteries

You know the feeling.  You’re right in the middle of something important on your laptop.  You’re in deep concentration and nothing should interrupt you. Then all the sudden… [BEEP].  That dang battery warning. It seems like you just barely charged the thing. Laptop batteries are what make laptops so amazing.  But at the same time,…
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Scientists “prove” Adam and Eve — kinda

Scientist recently studied mitochondrial DNA to determine ancestry at a large scale level.  Their objective was to  determine lineage across today’s major racial groups.  They took 147 individuals from these groups and analyzed the DNA to determine their parentage.  The results are quite astounding. … the geneticists concluded that every person on Earth right now…
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War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card

War of Gifts is a step back into the “Enderverse” and takes place as Ender Wiggin is relatively new in Battle School.  Card returns to this powerful world with his understanding of humanity and Ender’s uncanny ability to know people and what they truly need. The story follows an extremely intelligent young boy (Zeck) who…
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Card pleads with Romney over illegal immigration

Orson Scott Card has once again posted an opinion on the 2008 presidential race.  Although Card indicates that the war is still one of the major priorities of this election, he speaks mostly concerning “illegal” immigration.  The portion that really jumped out at me was the following (penned before the New Hampshire primaries).

R.O.U.S. found!

You all remember the R.O.U.S.’s  from Princess Bride. Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.’s? Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist. [Immediately, an R.O.U.S. attacks him] Well, scientists have found one of seriously unusual size:  an estimated 1-ton!  The skeletal remains of this amazing find are in Uruguay and were for centuries…
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High Definition DVD – is it ready for you?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Bly-ray and HD-DVD are competing technologies for the next generation in home video. The video and audio coming from these technologies is incredible. Can you tell the difference… nope. They are pretty much the same. And as home video tech goes, welcome to the latest format war.

Google Apps rocks!

Recently, I got a new server. While trying to get the email handling installed, I became very frustrated. Not only did managing the email consume a majority of my server administration time, but it took a lot of bandwidth just dealing with the spam I received. Because I’ve had my main domain ( for over…
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Joe’s Goals — Keep your resolutions

So in the spirit of the New Year and setting New Year Resolutions, I figured I needed something to help me track and keep my resolutions. I first had the idea to build something simply myself. An online application I could use personally and perhaps expand in the future for other’s use. Of course, when…
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The Cadaver Calculator – How Much is Your Body Worth?

My buddy over at posted an interesting test today. Have you ever wondered how much your family could get for your dead body? 🙂 Well, here’s your chance to know. Here’s my total (click to find out yours): $4625.00The Cadaver Calculator – Find out how much your body is worth.