Canon 5D Mark IV: Initial Impressions

Ever since I saw it advertised, I have been lusting for the new Canon 5D Mark IV. I’ve shot hundreds of thousands of images with my 5D Mark II and have generally loved the camera. But, like everything, it has some quirks. Auto focus is a hemorrhaging ulcer, especially in low light. But, I digress… So, on Friday, I stopped… Continue reading

Was I Really THAT Wrong?!

This has been rumbling around in the back of my mind bugging me for the past few weeks; so, I decided to blog about it. Those who know me well know that for the past 30 years I have been a huge advocate for embracing technology. Of late however, I’ve been seriously rethinking my participation on the technology cheerleading squad.… Continue reading

A Must Read: How to Cut Taxes!

Imagine if we paid little or no taxes in this country. Wouldn’t that be awesome? We are rapidly developing the technology to make this totally possible! Education Let’s start by making public school no longer publicly funded! We are almost at a point where education can be privatized, and only the people who are getting the education would need to… Continue reading

Persistent Ambient Sensing & Analysis

Sounds boring and geeky? But frankly, it’s absolutely fascinating and should scare the living hell out of you! Your smart phone contains many sensors that can (and do) capture data at any time. But what if these sensors captured data all of the time: temperature, compass, GPS, gyroscope, WiFi antenna, Bluetooth antenna, cell antenna, accelerometer, etc. What if an app… Continue reading

360º Pano of Carlton Point in Tasmania, Australia

One of the advantages of having a GPS is that I never really feel lost. Instead, I feel better equipped to explore. Especially when following coastal areas, where I can see the edge of the land mass on the GPS, I feel compelled to ask, “I wonder where this road leads?” And when that unsealed road dead ended in a… Continue reading

Your Driveway Is No Longer Private Property

Image via Wikipedia And I hate it that the front door to the house isn’t private property.  Daily, people leave fliers and business cards and unsolicited junk on the door! This week’s big news story:  the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that the government can, without a warrant, sneak onto your property, your driveway, and place a… Continue reading

Navigon iPhone Navigation Application

I haven’t posted much to my blog lately because I have been intensely busy, mostly with traveling, writing, and physical therapy.  And I have made some minuscule effort to avoid the computer as typing at the keyboard seems to train wreck my bad shoulder! Recently, well, over the past several days, I used my Navigon application on the new iPhone… Continue reading

Enterprise Car Rental @ Denver International

Seems that lately I’ve been grousing around about everything. I tend to be a fairly happy-go-lucky sort of guy, but when things annoy me, especially when my shoulder hurts, I vent about them. I don’t hold them in. So, when something good happens, I try to be equally as quick to share the love. Well, tonight, I want to share… Continue reading

Umm, There’s an App for That…

In one of life’s supreme ironies, AT&T today posted an iPhone app that allows you to report substandard service. That’s right folks. Got a dropped call? No reception? AT&T Marks the Spot [iTunes link] is designed to get that info to your favorite cell company so they can act on it. Let’s see… I don’t have any reception, so I… Continue reading

8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight

If the US has 8,000,000 criminals using just Sprint as their cell phone provider, then it’s time for me to leave this place! Call me crazy, but our government is out of control! “Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with its customers’ (GPS) location information over 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009. This massive disclosure of sensitive… Continue reading