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Dell Joins the Green Route with Studio Hybrid Series

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Dell Studio Hybrid SeriesI must give props to Dell for taking a big step towards greener computing with their new Studio Hybrid lineup. In terms of design, I'm very picky about what I like and Dell has been producing some pretty good looking hardware (although I prefer Mac OS X over Windows for software). I applaud Dell for making a machine with a tiny form factor that consumes 70% less energy than standard computers and ships in 95% recyclable materials.

The reason why I am promoting this is simply because I believe it is a step in the right direction for a major market holder in the industry. Not to worry, the Hybrid line comes with a variety of options to customize it to your needs. You will not only save energy but you'll also have a smaller carbon footprint.

Apple has already begun its process of making their machines as green as possible by using highly recyclable materials (aluminum), smaller packaging, mercury-free LCD backlights, and more. It makes feel that much better about companies doing the right thing, and it should be the same with you.

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Posted In: Green & Environment, In the News, Technology

Organic Clothes Shop in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 1:30 am

Eden, Organic Shop in Sao Paulo, Brazil

It's not so often you hear about a 100% organic clothing shop opening in your town. Treehugger reports that "Eden" has opened its doors about a month ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil that does just that. All articles of clothing in this shop are made with organic cotton, and the shop goes as far as having its furniture made using bamboo and demolition wood.

Promoting organic cotton shouldn't be a rarity, but instead, it should be something more companies pay attention to. YD Confections and Coexis is the company in charge of the Eden brand and they work with manufacturing organizations in the field to produce sustainable materials.

According to the World Health Organization, about 20,000 deaths occur due to pesticide poisoning. On top of it all being a danger to humans, the environment takes a toll as well. Check out Treehugger's guide to Organic Cotton.

I'd like to see these kinds of stores opening up in New York City. I'm sure the fashion world would give this idea a nice big hug!

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Posted In: Green & Environment, In the News

Getting into Mixed Martial Arts

Posted on Sunday, July 27th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Yin YangI've mentioned a number of times in the past that I love Mixed Martial Arts and now I am finally getting into it. I have to modify my school schedule in order to join to the MMA school that I'm planning to attend. When I was younger I used to take Shotokan Karate for around 3 years and even after that, I remained interested in martial arts and all forms of styles including grappling, boxing, kickboxing, etc.

I am currently scheduled to take 5 classes during this semester of college, totaling 15 credits. In order to stay fulltime, a minimum of 12 credits is required and I will be dropping one class to give myself more time. The class that I am dropping will free up A LOT of time and will allow me to do more things. I will have all morning and afternoon classes with Thursdays free.

So yes, this is big change in my life. In the past, I've always concentrated on school first, but now I realized how important it is to cater other things too, especially at my age. I also mentioned in the past that getting my Driver's License was one of the items on my 2008 Resolution list. I'll keep you guys updated with how all these things develop.

Question for you: Are you taking any sort of Martial Art now, or have done so in the past?

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Posted In: General Stuff, Productivity

Purchased Another Year of Mobile Me

Posted on Sunday, July 27th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

Mobile Me

Lately I've been contemplating whether or not I should extend my .Mac Mobile Me membership. I've decided that I'll make the move and take the risk. Not everyone may find all the features of Mobile Me useful but they've all helped me a great deal. The online storage (now up to 20GB) has saved my life numerous times and I really don't wanna lose this feature.

I know that a lot of people have been complaining about the stability of the service as of late, but I haven't experienced any of that stuff. Now, to be honest, I don't really use the Mobile Me email for anything, but I plan to change that very soon. I really love the idea of having "push" email, calendar, and contacts but I've been fine without it for the longest time!

I trust that Apple will fix up whatever problems they've been having just as they do with other issues. And while on the topic of issues, I'm still disappointed at the iPhone 2.0 firmware! The camera just started messing up where it wouldn't store some of the pics that I take. Where's the update, Apple?!?!

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Posted In: In the News

Photoshop Tutorial: Fox News Logo

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Fox News Logo PreviewHere is a tutorial showing how to recreate the world famous Fox News logo. A Google search for the Fox News logo gave poor results so I figured I'd show you how to make one yourself. The techniques in this tutorial can be applied to many other tasks throughout the suite of Adobe applications.

View the tutorial after the jump!

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Posted In: Design & Code, Tips & Tutorials

Current.com: Gates vs. Jobs

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

I must give credit to Current.com for this video. I've watched it a few times and showed it all of my friends. Can't forget all the great arguments we've all had between Macs and PCs. Ever wondered what a face off between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would be like? If so, you're going to like this. Enjoy!

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Posted In: General Stuff, On the Web, Technology

Apple, get your act together!

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 12:52 am

iPhone 3GI'll get straight to the point. The iPhone 2.0 sofware is great in many ways, but it has also made me miserable! The interface is stupidly slow and sometimes unresponsive for moments at a time. Everything accessing the preferences, camera, and serveral applications from the App Store freeze a lot, and at times cause the phone itself to reset.

Syncing and backing up takes forever, even when the phone is just over half full with audio/photos/videos. I recently restored my phone again and so far things have been more stable, but some of the menus and applications are slow. I hope this is something that gets fixed in an update very soon.

The App Store is great and all, but more and more just barely seem to work properly. I hope this is the fault of the 3rd party developers and gets fixed up in a timely manner. I love the App Store, but these negative aspects just take all the joy away.

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Posted In: Technology

Review: Flip Video Ultra, Portable Camcorder

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 at 6:20 am

Flip Video UltraI have been using the Flip Video Ultra for about 2 weeks now and I only have positive things to report. This device has turned into something I take with me everywhere I go, just like my cellphone and keys. I've been able to capture rare moments with friends and family, as well as events such as the July 4th fireworks.

There aren't many cameras that are targeted for the general consumer, but the Flip Video Ultra looks like it's the one to beat.

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Posted In: Reviews, Technology

First Impressions: iPhone 2.0 Firmware Update

Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2008 at 8:09 am

iPhone 3GWhen the iPhone 2.0 firmware was released, I eagerly downloaded and updated my iPhone. The App Store is probably the main reason of why I've been excited about it all this time. There are a lot of free applicataions that are quite useful, but there are also a lot of apps (both free and paid) that suck. I don't blame it for being new and fresh with the things that are being offered, but I have no doubt that in due time improvements in the apps will be made.

Lately, I've been playing around with a bunch of different applications such as Shazam, Last.fm, Twitterific, vSNAX Videos, and more. I'll be posting mini-reviews of the applications that I like, and the improvements that can be made in them.

I haven't paid for any applications yet since there isn't much to lure me in at the moment. One thing that I am really looking forward to (that I will purchase) is language learning software. On top of dictionaries and translators, which should be cheap or free, I'd like to see well developed apps that can teach me Russian, Cantonese, Spanish, and other languages. On top of all that...a bunch of cool games would be nice, too!

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Posted In: Reviews, Technology

Happy Independence Day!

Posted on Friday, July 4th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

It's July 4th and that time of the year is here again. The day America became a free nation. History lessons aside, tonight I'm planning on heading into the city to watch the fireworks in person! I hope all of you out there (in the States) have a great day and have lots of fun.

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Posted In: General Stuff