Josh’s Really Fun Day

•August 22, 2008 • 2 Comments

Josh had a really fun day today. It started out in Perris, CA, at the Perris Valley Skydiving School. They have a shark plane there. It looks like this:

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Josh went with his friend Dustin.

They rode in the plane up to 12,500 feet, and then, they jumped out! They had a whole lot of fun!

 

 

 

Once they were back on the ground, they realized they had taken the whole day off, and Dustin had a brand new (from Craig’s List) road bike, so they came home and went for a ride. It was a really fun day! There are a few more pictures here, if you want to see them.

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Ars Technica Debunks Black Hat Paper

•August 11, 2008 • Leave a Comment

You may have read recently that a couple of Black Hat presenters found a way to totally circumvent Windows Vista security. Most of the initial reports didn’t have any sort of details, and many reasonable people decided to wait until the paper was finally presented to pass judgement. Many other people immediately jumped on the “Vista is the worst thing ever released to the public (at least that’s what the Mac switcher ads told me)” bandwagon. Ars Technica has a good article up on why the research these two presented isn’t actually that big a deal. Check it out.

Why I’m Still Undecided…

•August 10, 2008 • 1 Comment

It’s things like this which leave me undecided as to whom I will vote for. I’m going to let the politicians do their little flip flop dance for a little while longer and decide on what exactly they want their platform to be before I decide on which of the candidates I will vote for.

Don Reisinger is Wrong About AT&T

•August 1, 2008 • 1 Comment

Don Reisinger is busy crying about Apple signing another year of an exclusivity agreement with AT&T for the iPhone, and I think he’s wrong. Here’s the comment I left him:

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Although Apple COULD build a CDMA iPhone, it doesn’t seem like there is actually a compelling reason too, as they could only sell it in the US. Would the costs of R&D to build a CDMA iPhone be justified to really only gain Verizon subscribers? Sprint’s a pretty dead end service from what I hear. And, factor in that Apple hasn’t even hit their 10 million mark with the current iPhone.

The big news the other day was that Apple sold something like 1.3 million 3G iPhones on launch. To contrast, Nokia sells a million a day. Not a single one is a CDMA phone. There’s no worldwide demand for CDMA phones. Last November Verizon said they would be moving to GSM for high speed. A CDMA iPhone would be a poor investment.

And T-Mobile? Really? I’m pretty sure they have no 3G coverage to speak of. Let’s face facts. Apple really did do the smart thing accepting AT&T’s subsidy, because Apple then gets the money they want, and the subsidy makes it cheap enough that people will buy the iPhone in larger volumes.

The iPhone on any carrier other than AT&T in the US is a pipe dream. Don’t hold your breath people.

Politics

•July 31, 2008 • Leave a Comment

A few people have asked me lately (including a British guy working at Heathrow) who I’m voting for in this next election, and for now I have to say I’m not sure. I’m still waiting to see what some of the candidates say about the issues.

On that note, could we get to the issues please? McCain, stop whining about how much the media loves Obama. The media can’t do anything right anyway, and they’ll probably end up hurting Obama all on their own. Just talk about your plans!

And Obama, stop dignifying McCain’s attacks. Remember when you were a little kid and everyone told you to just ignore that kid at school that’s bugging you? Sooner or later they’ll get bored. If you look at the poll numbers, it doesn’t seem to be hurting you anyway.

And a tech related note: apparently a few people in the House of Representatives have started Twittering from the floor, and their getting in big trouble for it. I think it’s brilliant. Isn’t the whole point of our democracy for people to be informed and participate in government? Everyone of the representatives in the House and Senate should have the option to communicate with their constituents any way they want. And if you want to get the youth involved, Twitter seems to be a great place to start.

Obama is apparently Twittering, though it’s probably not him and just one of his aides. Think it will continue if he is elected President? It would be interesting, to say the least.

120!

•May 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

That’s how many miles I’ve ridden my bike in the last month and a half. It’s been super fun. I really enjoy getting out on a bike much more than I’ve enjoyed running or anything else. I think it’s because I feel like I’m actually getting somewhere if I go out on my bike, where if I run I can’t go nearly as far in the same amount of time.

Thanks to Woot! the other day I was able to pick up a heart rate monitor for about $20, which has been a neat little gadget to have while I’m riding. It’s helping me figure out when I am working hard enough, and when I need to slow down just a bit to try and keep a consistent workout.

If you’re into riding, or thinking about starting (I would definitely recommend it, obviously), you should check out MapMyRide. It’s the site that I’ve been using to track my rides. It gives you a neat little Google Map interface that you can trace your route on, and then allows you to drop those routes into a training log. It will also try and auto calculate calories burned, etc, from what it knows about you and the terrain and such. The reporting structure is pretty nice, and will show you all kinds of things. The ones I’ve used most are the miles over time and calories over time.

Biking!

•May 11, 2008 • Leave a Comment

So, I’ve decided that I really love biking. I got a bike just a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve already ridden over 55 miles! I have to say, it’s pretty fun. I’ve ridden all over Redlands so far, and I’m planning on riding around more of it. I went to both ends of Redlands this weekend, which was super fun. I’ve actually done about half of the mileage that I’ve done just this last weekend. So yeah, that’s what’s new! If you’re in Redlands and want to go ride, let me know!