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Blackberry and Linksys

// August 9th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // tech

I’ve had some trouble getting my blackberry to work with linksys routers. After reading a couple of posts on different forums, I found this solution which should work with any linksys. Changing these settings should allow you to connect to the blackberry server without connecting to a mobile network, you’ll get access to your email, bb messenger, etc. This is useful when you’re roaming and don’t want to be charged for data usage.

Change the wireless settings on your router to the following:

DTIM: 2 (1-255)
Fragment Threshold : 2304 (256-2346)
RTS Threshold : 2304 (0-2347)
Beacon Interval : 50 (20-1024 ms)

I used to think that having a UMA connection meant I could make long distance calls as if I was in Canada, but it turns out I need to get another service to make my UMA work while roaming.

Kindle 2: Now international

// October 9th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Personal

Kindle is Amazon’s really amazing ebook reader. It was only available in the US due to it’s whispernet technology, which enables it to download your books from the amazon store using the 3G network. Yeah, 3G not wifi. They just announced on their website that it is now international, but for some reason Canada is not on the list of countries. Kindle books are a lot cheaper, for example my text book this semester costs 100 bucks, but on the kindle store it’s only 45.

I was recently looking for an alternative a few weeks ago and sony prs 600 seemed like the best choice. It has a touch screen, so no need for all the extra buttons. It also has native pdf support, and SD card expansion slots.

Wireless Electricity

// August 29th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // tech

For more information on the Wardenclyffe Tower mentioned in the presentation click here. It was an early wireless telecommunications tower designed by Nikola Tesla and intended for commercial trans-Atlantic wireless telephony, broadcasting, and to demonstrate the transmission of power without interconnecting wires. The core facility was never fully operational and was not completed due to economic problems.

For more on witricity click here.

I knew they were Real!

// August 21st, 2009 // 1 Comment » // humor

Hakuna Matata!!

6 Reasons to Drink Coffee

// August 4th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Personal

Many people see me drink coffee a lot, so I’m always being reminded that it could really be bad for me. Today I saw a great article in the Los Angeles Times paper which mentions 6 reasons to drink coffee. So, here is a summary of the article:

1- Diabetes: Twenty studies worldwide show that coffee, both regular and decaf, lowers the risk for Type 2 diabetes, in some studies by as much as 50%. Researchers say that is probably because chlorogenic acid, one of the many ingredients in coffee, slows uptake of glucose (sugar) from the intestines.

2- Heart disease and stroke: Recent studies suggest that frequent coffee consumption does not increase the risk of either condition. In fact, coffee might — repeat, might — slightly reduce the risk of stroke. A study published in March in the journal Circulation looked at data on more than 83,000 women older than 24. It showed that those who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had a 19% lower risk of stroke than those who drank almost none. A Finnish study found similar results for men.

3- Cancer: Coffee research has come up empty here — with one big exception: liver cancer. Research consistently shows a drop in liver cancer risk with coffee consumption, and there is some, albeit weaker, evidence that it may lower colon cancer risk as well.

4- Cirrhosis: Coffee seems to protect the liver against cirrhosis, especially that caused by alcoholism.

5- Parkinson’s disease: With this progressive, neurological illness, it’s the caffeine, not coffee, that carries the benefit. No one knows for sure why caffeine protects. Several studies show that coffee drinkers, men especially, appear to have half the risk of Parkinson’s compared with nondrinkers. Women also get a benefit, but only those who do not use post-menopausal hormones, said Dr. Alberto Ascherio, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

6- Athletic performance: It’s clear that caffeine, not coffee per se, delivers the big boost here, said Graham, the researcher from Ontario. In fact, caffeine was once deemed a controlled substance by the International Olympic Committee. Caffeine is a powerful “ergogenic agent,” meaning it promotes the ability of muscles to work.

So don’t feel guilty to drink that extra cup.

via The Los Angeles Times

PS The picture above is of a new coffee machine which I bought, It’s called Tassimo and it’s really great. It doesn’t need filter so no need for cleaning! Oh, and I didn’t take that picture I just found it on flickr.

Bing takes over Yahoo Search

// July 30th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Personal

In 2002 yahoo offered to buy google for 3 Billion Dollars, but google thought they might be worth a bit more than that. Less than a year later google stock sky rocketed and the company became worth 147 Billion.

Now Microsoft made a deal with Yahoo. Yahoo will now use Microsoft’s Bing search engine, while yahoo will manage the ad sales. Which means all your search data will belong to Microsoft, so they get to know who is doing what online.

The part that I am afraid of is if they integrate Bing with the Windows Operating System, and use data on your PC to “enhance” your search results. That would be too much power…

Youtube’s new 3D feature!

// July 24th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Personal

Youtube has added a filter to convert your videos to 3D!! All you need to do is add the following tags to “your” video and voila:

Your viewers get to choose between different types of glasses. You can get these from Amazon.

Here is an example of a 3D video, I would have embedded the video, but the feature only works on youtube‘s site.

Best Prank Call Ever!!

// July 22nd, 2009 // 3 Comments » // Personal

This guy calls a Chinese restaurant and orders food, then he calls another restaurant and he connects the two lines together.

Lights Out !!

// July 20th, 2009 // 3 Comments » // Hacks

Mirza sent me this video of a guy turning the power off from two buildings. In this video he uses his iPhone to connect to the power controls in those two buildings. Now I don’t know if this is real or not, but I doubt that he edited the video. Though it is possible that he video taped this during a black out then edited these parts in.

This is a video of him raising a bridge to stop traffic, in this video he plays with the highway signs, and in this video he hacks Microsoft in their headquarters.

So, do you think they’re real or fake?

New Theme, yeah again

// July 16th, 2009 // 3 Comments » // website

I just finished modifying this theme which I really like. I know I don’t write alot, but I have had this blog since 2005 and I really enjoy playing with it.