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Make sure you are paying attention…

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by No Comments

Make sure you are paying attention…

Reshared post from +Bernie Sanders

The Future of Social Security:
"By extending the payroll tax cut, Congress and the administration have quietly made a critical change in how Social Security is funded – one that some in Washington worry could undermine the program's foundation if lawmakers keep renewing the tax break," The Washington Post reported on Friday. "For the first time in the program's history, tens of billions of dollars from the government's general pool of revenue are being funneled to the Social Security trust fund to make up for the revenue lost to the tax cut." Sen. Bernie Sanders cited the same concern when he was one of 10 senators to vote against the bill extending the payroll tax cut. "Middle-class working families need tax relief to help them survive in this terrible economy," Sanders said, "but diverting billions of dollars from Social Security to provide that tax relief is wrong. This continues a dangerous process that began last year. I strongly believe tax relief should be done in a different way."
Read The Washington Post article: http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=7a50e5e7-b1c0-4416-a3d0-437be28aa1d9

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Newt needs Life Alert, he's fallen and can't get up.

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by No Comments

Newt needs Life Alert, he's fallen and can't get up.

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Woo hoo new design :D

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by No Comments

Woo hoo new design 😀

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My Nano Watch! :D

Posted on: December 30th, 2011 by 1 Comment

My Nano Watch! 😀

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Nano Watch. I had a secret desire to own the 6th gen iPod nano ever since I saw Steve suggest wearing it as a watch. And now thanks Apple, I have one! When I bought my first MacBook it came with of fi…

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Nano Watch

Posted on: December 29th, 2011 by Bily Foster 3 Comments

I had a secret desire to own the 6th gen iPod nano ever since I saw Steve suggest wearing it as a watch. And now thanks Apple, I have one!

When I bought my first MacBook it came with of first gen iPod nano, with 2 GB, fast-forward to 2011 and Apple has to replace the batteries because they have this tendency to explode. So since I didn’t want mine to blow up, I sent it in worried that I wouldn’t get the first gen back. I kind of thought of it as a collectors piece. But then I started reading that they were replacing them with the six generation nano, and I was one of those lucky ones. So I ran out and pick up picked up the hex watchband. And I love it!

I even have GhostArmor to protect it and I really like it, with it’s built-in step counter, the radio with TiVo like features, and my music. The nano itself is so light I can barely tell what I have it clipped on. I say 95% of the weight is in the watchband, which is okay it gives it a solid feel. I also like that the nano clips into the band securely and is still completely accessible.

So I could be super nerdy, and have the nano set up as a flash drive, and connect the 30pin connector to the USB into my computer, while it’s on my wrist.

The total cost to do something like this is over $200, and not something I would normally do. In fact I didn’t do it, since I did get the nano as a replacement. But for a watch that feels this solid, had 18 different faces, and hopefully the ability to get more, I say it’s a pretty good deal at $200.

I can totally see, in a future generation, where the nano will be able to connect to the iPhone, and you’ll be entered able to interface between the two. Imagine caller ID on your wrist, or using it as a speakerphone and send commands to Siri.

And remember the nano has the motion sensor to track your steps and activity, and if it could relay that back to the phone, it could then send it up to you the Nike website and your profile is updated.

Or it’s great to plug the headphones into the nano through your sleeve, so that gives you a nice connection that out-of-the-way you can play the music on your iPod nano, and then if a call comes into your phone you could pause the music and give you the information, plus a screen to accept or deny.

The possibilities are virtually endless.

Reflection

Posted on: December 29th, 2011 by Bily Foster No Comments

Looking back, it’s been over 10 years since I started doing web design independently and professionally. I can’t even believe it’s been that long!

I’ve seen technologies come and go and I’ve seen standards finally get implemented semi universally. Funny thing, it always throws me off when someone asks if I’m a front end designer or a backend developer, because I most of the time I live in a world where I do both.

In order for me to learn how to do the backend programming I had to have an interface, or if I designed an interface I needed to have the backend programming in order to make it work. So I’ve had a foot in both worlds for quite a while.

It also surprises me when I come across clients and associates that have a recently designed websites and the code is written like it’s 2008. Sometimes people tell me it’s because of backwards compatibility and I understand that to a certain degree. However at a certain point you need to do a service to your visitors and let them know hey you’re using an out-of-date browser you should update to really enjoy our site and at least for the security reasons. Or even worse are still in Flash, don’t they realize that surfing is moving to mobile devices? And in case you didn’t know even Adobe is abandoning Flash for mobile.

Recently a client of mine had his site hi-jacked by his designer. I’m not going to go into the details but the designer was completely in the wrong and had no professional reason to pull what they did. Including but not limited to changing passwords, changing the domain registration, changing PayPal information and it goes on from there. Luckily we were pretty quick on his tail and changed the information back before too much damage was done, how much is going to be up to the lawyers to determine.

So if someone’s coming around saying that they can design a website for you do a little research. It doesn’t take much time to pop them into Google to see other things that they’ve done. Very few clients have an issue with letting someone putting their name on work that they did.

Moral of the story even though you don’t really want to know a whole lot about how your website works, you do need to educate yourself a little bit on what some minimum standards are. Or find someone like myself, who will be there to consult if I don’t have time to take on the project myself.

To sign-up for Amazon Prime or not? Your thoughts?

Posted on: December 28th, 2011 by 19 Comments

To sign-up for Amazon Prime or not? Your thoughts?

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Woo hoo I just realized they fixed the playlist bug on AppleTV!

Posted on: December 25th, 2011 by No Comments

Woo hoo I just realized they fixed the playlist bug on AppleTV!

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The strangest thing happened last night, there were these three ghosts…

Posted on: December 25th, 2011 by 2 Comments

The strangest thing happened last night, there were these three ghosts…

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Whoa what a Christmas present! Load up your new Android device these great apps for…

Posted on: December 25th, 2011 by No Comments

Whoa what a Christmas present! Load up your new Android device these great apps for free!

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GetJar Offering 100+ Premium Apps For Free – December Catalog Available Now | Cult of Android
GetJar Offering 100+ Premium Apps For Free – December Catalog Available Now. Share. Tweet. By Vincent Messina (9:05 am, Dec 21). Popular third party app store GetJar is holding its own holiday sale fo…

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