Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALS is bad

Hi all,

I love that the success seen by the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS society. It truly shows the power of social media, and brings out the best in people.

Everyone is against bad stuff, regardless of the method.  I get that people were against the method, but it's hard to argue with the results.

I was nominated by my sister, and decided that water dumping is cool.  Literally.  My wife filmed a quick video, and then I made the donation:

I'm happy to play a part in a global phenomenon, and hope that other causes get some of the love, because there's a lot of them out there that need this.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

New gadget frenzy (good or bad?)

Hi all,

I've had 2 new gadgets enter my life:

OUYA - the Open Source gaming console - so far it's good for emulating other gaming systems (NES, SNES, PS1) and media, but the games on it... kinda meh.

Chromebook - I got this one to play with, and play with it I am - so far, my beefs are:

Right-clicking (sometimes I can do it)
Copying and Pasting (see above)
non-web friendly apps (Teamviewer)
Constantly switching languages (this is me being bad, and I have hope for my habits)

The price was right for both ($25 for OUYA and $260 for the chromebook), but I'm not sold on either.

Lifehacker has great articles about making the most of both of them here and here, and the fact that these articles existed was a huge push for me.  I can make them even better!  Sign me up!  The downside is, these articles didn't really make it better, just had me use them more.

Anyone have any experiences with either of these things to push me one way or the other?