Sunday, February 24, 2008

Call me - GrandCentral

Mobloggin might have gotten a little more mobile.

When I started this blog it was based on the premise that my phone could talk to my blog (I know most of you thought my motivation was much deeper), now my blog can talk to my phone...

... If you look to the right of the screen, there should be a "Mr. Call Me" button. That is a new service I'm trying out called "GrandCentral". Basically it allows anyone who wants to leave a comment by voice mail ... to leave a comment by voice mail. When you click on the button, it asks for a number where you can be reached, the software then calls you.

From that point on, I can configure the software to connect you with me at any phone number I designate, or it can put you into a voice-mail system. Once you finish recording your voice-mail, GrandCentral sends me an alert on my phone and also sends the voice mail to my email account. I can listen to the voice mail from my phone or from my computer.

The software is in beta right now after being bought up by Google.

Give it a shot...

I've been goofing around with GIMP the open source image editor, it has many of the same capabilities as Photoshop, but it is open source and distributed to both windows and Linux users. As you can see comparing this image with the one I posted last week from William and Mary, you can do a number of interesting things to pictures with this software. To get the more dramatic colors in this picture I increased contrast, and then used a tool called color curves to make the reds and greens pop. The tools are not as easy to use as Photoshop, but for the price you can't beat it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Shopping for colleges

William and Mary

What a great campus, We took the kids down to check it out. Second oldest college in the country, and can claim Thomas Jefferson as one of it's alum, they must have had a great government study program back in the day.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Chinese new year in Washington D.C.

We got to the parade late, so we went to an Irish Pub to wait for the return of the Dragon and the fireworks. I other words it was a great opportunity to enjoy Irish beer, while celebrating a Chinese holiday in the capital of the United States...

Sunday, February 03, 2008

I'm Free!

I need to post before I loose my place as Apian Apostle

A good friend of Mobloggin works the keys for KT Cat at the Scratching post but I have been slack'in in my posting behavior here on this blog. I send my apologies to the maximum leader and offer this post ...

I'm Microsoft free!

I took the leap a couple of weeks ago, took an old PC and reformatted the hard drive. The new platform is UBUNTU - 7.10 - the Gutsy Gibbon -Linux,

It's amazing... this old clunker I got from my daughter when she upgraded is nearly as fast as her new Vista platform. Gutsy Gibbon installed much more quickly than any MS platform, there is tons of free or cheep software available. It recognized all of my hardware, with minimal anguish (a problem I have had with other Linux installs).

Bottom line, if your thinking about buying a new PC, look into upgrading the operating system on your old system, it's way more fun.