Touch n’ Go: Surprising Early Birthday

I have greatly enjoyed my iPod Nano that Lyndsay gave me as a gift Christmas 2005. I have a job that allows me to use my Nano nearly all day at work. It’s great and helps immensely to pass the time listening to music and podcasts. However the thing is just about used up and I decided in October that I am finally going to save up and purchase a new iPod. And I thought I might as well go with the oh-so-intriguing iPod Touch.

The iPod Touch comes in three capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB. Of course the higher the capacity the higher the price. I assessed my needs and determined that the lowest priced 8GB Touch would do it for me. So I set out to save the money needed leaning most heavily on writing articles for Associated Content. As of this past Friday I had raised about $95 putting me at over 1/3 of the way to reaching the amount needed for an 8GB Touch ($218 on Amazon.com).

In the meantime my father-in-law got himself and my mother-in-law a 32GB iPod Touch. Having played with his I was all the more determined to get mine (8GB though it be). But ol’ dad had a trick up his sleeve.ipod-touch

This past week my father-in-law made it known that he had also gotten two additional 32GB iPod Touches. One he gave to Steve, as a congrats on completing his exams for his PhD (and it was well-deserved). The other he gave to me as an early birthday present (I will be 30 on December 8). I was absolutely amazed. I went from a 2GB iPod Nano that was on its last leg due to hours upon hours of heavy use to a fancy-smancy iPod Touch that does music and video and with a whopping 32GB of storage.

I am so grateful for this amazing gift and I am enjoying it so much. Thank you, mom and dad, you are too generous. Love you guys!

Josh H.

ps: Jason, here’s hoping that you’ll join me in iPod Touch Land very soon, buddy!

The Good Thing About Saving

Lyndsay and I are very blessed to have a house that we love and the ability to do things that we love and enjoy. On the other hand we are by no means rolling in dough (I mean, that would be so messy—who wants Pillsbury’s all over their knickers?). Let me just say we do alright. But we don’t have an abundance of disposable income. We usually have to save up for more expensive items but we can eventually get the things we need/want.

I heard a successful business man on a podcast this week who immediately bought one of the new Apple Macbooks that were released this week. He said later that day he bought a second one because “he wanted two”. Did I mention that the new Macbooks cost $1,244? I didn’t? Well, they do. So this gentleman [Read more…]

Guitar Praise: Yes, That Is What It Is Called

On moral grounds most Christians do not support cloning. Well, not the cloning of humans anyway. Enter: Guitar Praise by a company called Digital Praise (how cute). This new game, to be released later this month, grabs Guitar Hero by the chords and it catches it up to the third Heaven. That’s right, trade in that harp, grab yourself a Guitar Praise axe, and kerrang for the kross! I mean, cross.

I am a Christian who listens to Christian music only and I am familiar with all of the artists that have been included on the Guitar Praise game (though I am most definitely not a fan of them all). These artists for Guitar Praise range in style from acoustic pop (Caedmon’s Call) to teeny-bopper punk/pop (Superchick) to post-hardcore hard rock (Flyleaf and Spoken). Quite a gamut.

I am surprised by many of the artists on here [Read more…]

Shoe Circus? Really!? Shoe Circus??

Ok, this is getting ridiculous! This is just so wierd. How does this help them?


Now, are you ready to switch to a Mac?

Apple “Let’s Rock” Event

Apple Inc. sent out an invitation this week to select members of the media for a special event to be held Tuesday, September 9. Due to the timing of the invitation and the style of the invitation, it is pretty much assumed (and rightly so) that this will be an event for the announcement of some new iPods. It is typical for Steve Jobs to come out and announce new iPod revs or models prior to the holiday buying season. The month of September is usually the month of choice for such announcements.

There was speculation everywhere of a completely new iPod Nano design, a new iPod Touch and probably a host of other things many of which are quite unlikely. But I can sum up the event for you in once sentence: The product(s) announced will once again dominate Christmas lists and achieve such a cool factor, nay, star status, that any kid who finds a Microsoft Zune under the tree on December 25 will immediately conclude that either he was a very bad boy this year or his parents no longer love him.

You can now head over to Apple’s website and choose which new iPod you want on your Christmas list. The new iPod Touch has been reduced in price (though not by enough, in my opinion) and now features a mobile App store, built-in speaker for casual listening and new high-quality earbuds. Or you can choose the completely redesigned and repackaged iPod Nano. The most to change about this product is the form factor. Time will tell whether the “fatboy” version or this new slimmer form factor will be most conducie to video viewing. Me? I will be staying with the first-generation iPod Nano that I have. Mostly because I want a light Christmas so that we can have some extra funds to fix our broken Macbook screen. So yeah. I’m getting a new Macbook screen for Christmas.

I think I need to go sob in a corner.

Josh H.

Apple “Let’s Rock” Event

Apple Inc. sent out an invitation this week to select members of the media for a special event to be held Tuesday, September 9. Due to the timing of the invitation and the style of the invitation, it is pretty much assumed (and rightly so) that this will be an event for the announcement of some new iPods. It is typical for Steve Jobs to come out and announce new iPod revs or models prior to the holiday buying season. The month of September is usually the month of choice for such announcements.

There is speculation everywhere of a completely new iPod Nano design, a new iPod Touch and probably a host of other things many of which are quite unlikely. But I can sum up the event for you in once sentence: The product(s) announced will once again dominate Christmas lists and achieve such a cool factor, nay, star status, that any kid who finds a Microsoft Zune under the tree on December 25 will immediately conclude that either he was a very bad boy this year or his parents no longer love him.

So check out Apple’s website Tuesday afternoon and choose which new iPod you want on your Christmas list. Me? I will be staying with the first-generation iPod Nano that I have. Mostly because I want a light Christmas so that we can have some extra funds to fix our broken Macbook screen. So yeah. I’m getting a new Macbook screen for Christmas.

I think I need to go sob in a corner.

Josh H.

I Never Win Anything…Sort Of

Have you ever known someone who always has things go his way? More specifically, have you ever known someone who always wins stuff. He may just casually buy a $1 raffle ticket or fill out a contest form on a whim at the fair. And lo and behold the guy always wins! Well I am at the other end of that spectrum because I never win anything. I have entered my fair share of contests, drawings, raffles and such and I have never won. But last week something changed for me. [Read more…]

“Avoid This Ebay Seller” and Other Computer Repair Mishaps

By now you all know the story of the freak accident involving my Macbook, a subwoofer enclosure, and a 3 1/2 foot drop. You also know that besides the screen being cracked and shattered, one of the keys of my keyboard (the letter X key) was chipped during this accident. Well I contacted Applecare (the extended warranty repair service for Apple, which costs extra by the way) and the guy told me that this is a case of accidental damage and Applecare only covers hardware and software malfunctions. He also told me though that sometimes the repair center will go ahead and repair even accidental damages under warranty even though officially they are not supposed to do so. So he drafted a service request for me and said that Applecare would be sending a box with which I would ship my Macbook to the service center.

However there is a major catch to all this. [Read more…]

Firefox 3

For those who keep up with tech news you have probably heard that Firefox 3 is in the works. It has been in development for about two years. There are promised to be numerous features including increased browsing speed, one-click bookmarking, better security and anti-phishing measures, smart location bar,and many many other things that have techy names but don’t mean much until you actually use them.

Well finally Mozilla has released that the launch date for Firefox 3 is June 17th. Furthermore there is a report that Mozilla is attempting to set a Guinness world record by having Firefox 3 become the most downloaded software in one day. I for one plan on downloading Firefox 3 right away. However I will keep Firefox 2 just in case. Many of you know the problems that software early adopters have to put up with. However my past experience with Firefox upgrades has been good so I expect it to be a painless experience.

So I will do my part to help Mozilla make their world record. How about you?

Josh H.

Lightning Storm, Broken Network, Stuff at Work, and Other Things in My Life

Alright, guys and gals I am back in action. After a brief hiatus due to a lightning storm and a subsequently damaged modem I am back. Though computer-wise I am not back up to exactly where I was before. I have good reason to believe the lightning damaged my Mac Mini desktop computer. My Macbook is fine and I can still get online wirelessly same as I could before. But my Mac Mini no longer recognizes when I plug in an Lightning, I defy you! Ethernet cable (for those who aren’t down, the Ethernet or networking cable connects my Mac Mini to the router thus allowing it to get online as well as access my other computer). Granted we hardly ever use the Mac Mini for getting online and I only use it occasionally for managing some files, so it is not a huge problem for it to be unable to get on the network right now. Though one irritation is that I have my network set up so that my two computers can share my one printer even though the printer is only hooked up to my Mac Mini. Well now, in order to print from my wireless Macbook I have to go physically plug in the printer to the Macbook which I didn’t have to do before.

Stuff At Work

Work has been a nail biting experience lately. The first of the year we found out that there would be a delay in the renewing of one of our major contracts. This particular contract is also a huge source of income and workload for us. It has been a very secure contract in the past but due to some hold ups in the contracting office on base, it was delayed until the fall of this year. This resulted in the laying off of several of our personnel. [Read more…]