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Ultra Mobile WiFi Hotspot with WMWiFiRouter

March 3rd, 2009 by Rick

Every Friday, I try to set aside a little time for a geeky “Friday afternoon project”.  It usually starts with an idea and sometimes it takes many days (or even weeks) to figure out if the idea can work.  Last Friday, I found myself wondering whether I could turn the 3G internet connection on my Windows Mobile 6.1 cell phone (a Palm Treo 800W) into a WiFi hotspot that I could share with a computer (or multiple computers).  I found the answer and had it working within an hour – using WMWiFiRouter.  Amazing.

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TV for Geeks

March 3rd, 2009 by Rick

Cali Lewis bills herself as a happy, shiny geek girl and she does a great job of being very entertaining while keeping the world abreast of the latest geekery.  Cali runs several sites, but the “must see” is GeekBrief TV (www.geekbrief.tv).

Each day, Cali posts a new video segment that covers a timely technological topic.  Her show is well produced (with the help of her husband Neil) and her sense of humor makes each segment a have-to-see even if the geek topic for the days doesn’t seem interesting (be sure to stay past the credits for a little added entertainment).

She covers computing, home entertainment, Web 2.0, mobile tech, portable lasers, bacon (you have to see it to understand!) and more.  She talks fast, is engaging and keeps it lively.  In addition to the Flash based video on the site, Cali makes each show available on iTunes.  She is an active blogger, is frequently on Twitter and has several other productions.  If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest in tech, be sure to check out Cali’s shows!

Rick

Long Overdue Update

March 3rd, 2009 by Rick

Wow. It’s been way too long. The time has flown and both my photography and my geekery have moved forward nicely. So, it’s time to catch up here and then catch up on the galleries.

I’ll make separate entries in the blog, but want to give you some great info on several different topics. I’ve found myself exploring high dynamic range photography (HDR), found an awesome geek web site that you have to check out an awesome program that takes the 3G data connection from your Windows Mobile smartphone and turns it into a WiFi hotspot. Amazing stuff…!

Parallels Revisited

October 20th, 2008 by Rick

A few days have passed since discovering the beautiful combination of the Mac OS, Windows, Boot Camp and Parallels. I haven’t been disappointed… and for the most part, everything has worked exceptionally well. A few gotchas, but no deal breakers (at least for what I’m trying to accomplish). Between the home office and work, we’ve got three MacBook Pros set up this way.

As I noted before, the beauty of this arrangement is that both OS’s are able to run at once. You can copy and paste between both sides and there is shared file space (we took that one step further and included a FAT32 partition).

The obvious gotchas include shared resources (RAM and CPU), generic virtualized hardware, licensing issues with certain software and a few incompatibilities. The licensing issues can go beyond the OS activation problems warned about in the Parallels documentation (the requirement for multiple Windows serial numbers depending on the flavor and level chosen). The reason for activation issues stems from activation schemes that look at differences in hardware as a way to detect multiptle installs. Even though you’re only installing on one physical computer, Boot Camp and Parallels make it appear as two different boxes because of the virtualized software.

Adobe threw me an activation curve because of the different hardware look. I have the CS3 Master Collection Suite for Windows. They allow two concurrent activations – one on a desktop and one on a laptop, which I’ve taken advantage of (one on my MBP Boot Camp partition and one on my desktop). When I fired up Windows via Parallel and ran Photoshop, it gave me an activation issue. I haven’t yet researched to see whether Adobe will make exceptions for virtualized installs, but I’m not optimistic.

That’s enough for now… I’m writing on the plane and it’s about time to land.

Rick

Another Advancement In Geekery

October 18th, 2008 by Rick

I’m certainly not the first to blog about how to dual boot a Mac with Boot Camp, or to use Parallels.  In fact, for those of you with any significant cross-platform computing experience, you may yawn – but today was a great day in my view.  Based on some research we did at work to integrate new MacBook Pro’s into our Windows-based workflow, I ended up being a Parallels convert.

I’ve been running my MacBook Pro dual booted between Tiger and Vista since I got it.  With the huge investment I have in Windows software, it only made sense.  In fact, if I couldn’t have made the Mac work with Windows software, I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place.  Over time, I went from using the Vista side about 90% of the time to most recently using the Tiger side most often.  Still, there are things I need in Vista that I don’t have on the Mac.  Unfortunately, Boot Camp requires a reboot…  not optimal.

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Lack O’ Tech

August 11th, 2008 by Rick

It’s not often anymore that I get wrapped so tight in my job and life that I have a relative tech-free period. In this case, it was 5 days. Yes, f-i-v-e days.

Thursday through Monday (yes, over a weekend) I went without much of the normal geek stuff. A bit of TV, but that hardly counts anyway. A quick look on the Internet before and after work, but not much more. Now, on the plane ride home, life is about to get back to normal. Whew.

Geek or No?

July 25th, 2008 by Rick

What defines it? Having tech stuff? No… Technical babble three levels above nerd? Not really. Writing code? Nope.

As you’ll see, at least in my world, the definition is more about taking the cool tech stuff and combining it in ways that average, ordinary folks wouldn’t think of. Read the rest of this entry »