Thursday, June 09, 2011

Stick It to Her, His Dishonor, -and- Send in the Clowns

In the News Today:
  • Stick It to Her - world's most pierced woman gets married to balding civil servant
  • His Dishonor - Alec Baldwin mulling running for mayor of New York City
  • Send in the Clowns - Woman admits to robbing banks dressed as a clown.

    Technology in the News Today:
  • Android, Windows Phone 7 Set to Be Most Popular Mobile Platforms
  • Citigroup: Hackers Accessed Customer Data
  • Mac Tech Cuffed for Rigging Webcams, Peeping on Women

    On this Day in History:
    June 9, 1990 - In the midst of a cocaine binge, comedian Richard Pryor attempts suicide by dousing himself with rum and setting it ablaze. The self-immolation attempt goes haywire when the flaming man leaps from his apartment window and runs down the street, screaming in agony. Pryor barely survives the incident, and only after six weeks of intensive care and three skin graft surgeries.

    Born on this Day in History: June 9, 1963 - Johnny Depp Born in Owensboro, KY, and raised in FL, actor and director Johnny Depp left school at 17 to play in garage bands. He gained teen idol status on TV's "21 Jump Street" and today has carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic performer, consistently selecting roles that surprise critics and audiences alike.

    Scripture of the Day:

    Video of the Day: -

    To ensure compliance with proposed legislation criminalizing embedded YouTube videos, I have discontinued doing so.

    Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene at Walmart while journeying to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.


    The Roku XD/S - As a Media Player: - I replaced the Roku XD with a Roku XD/S at home yesterday. The XD/S features a USB port. I quickly (and very happily) determined the Roku XD/S will accept any USB device that uses FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, or HFS+ drive formatting. I tested it with my Droid X smartphone, my Motorola Xoom tablet device, an old hard drive I found on a dusty shelf (using an external drive interface), and an HP 16GB USB thumb drive. The Roku XD/S worked flawlessly with all of them.

    Today, I received another Roku XD/S to replace the Roku XD here at my office. I also received two 2TB Seagate external USB drives—one for here and one for home. Laura and I will begin filling these monster drives.

    I used an HP 16GB USB thumb drive with the Roku XD/S today to ensure the Roku XD/S would work well with directories and sub-directories. It certainly does!

    To access the USB device, one needs only to connect the device and go to the USB Channel, using the Roku XD/S remote control. The Roku XD/S then prompts one for the type of media one wishes the unit to play. The choices are Movies, Music, and Photos. If one selects Movies, for example, the Roku ferrets the USB device and displays the names of all the movie/video files it locates. I created directories and sub-directories on the USB thumb drive, and Roku quickly found the files specific to the choice (of the three available) and displays them. The Roku displays the file directory names, sub-directory names, and file names. Only supported file types are displayed. Roku hides all unsupported file types. The following file types are supported = Video: - MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV, WMV9; Music: AAC, MP3; Photo: JPG, PNG

    The Roku XD/S— in addition to performing superbly as a media player— performs all the tasks of the Roku XD, as well: It provides access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook, Flikr, YouTube, and hundreds of other media resources. With ease, one can add Nowhere TV, which gives one access to several dozen other media sources, including CBS, ABC, FOX, NASA, etc.

    GET ONE! (or two or three or...)

    This is an incredible device that I highly recommend to everyone!