Category: Movies

Boost Google Reader's Productivity

Increase Google Reader’s Productivity Using Greasemonkey Scripts

 

I use Google Reader to read through 200+ feeds that contain mountains of information. Google Reader does a great job helping me manage this tall task. If you do a little tweaking, you can turn Google Reader into an amazing productivity tool. Firefox allows you to add extensions to increase functionality.

 

Google Reader plus Greasemonkey

 

One of the most handy extensions is Greasemonkey. Greasemonkey allows you to customize the way a webpage works using small bits of JavaScript. There are thousands of Greasemonkey scripts available that help you get more from just about any popular website or service. I use a few scripts to customize Google Reader into more than just an RSS feed reader.

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How the Palm Pre Can Save the American Auto Industry

GM and Ford can use Palm’s Simple Plan to Save Taxpayers $30 Billion

I saw all of the videos from CES of the new Palm "Pre" phone this week. I was pretty impressed, to say the least. I was discussing it as a challenger to the iPhone (don’t say killer) with a friend at work.

We both came to the same Earth-Shattering conclusion. (more on that later)

 Palm Pre Saves Auto Industry

First, a little history on Palm Inc.

Palm completely owned the PDA market space to the point that they were as synonymous with PDA as Band-Aid (brand) was with adhesive bandages. Windows mobile made a better OS and HP made a better device and there went that market.

Then, they came out with the Treo and single handedly created the "Smart Phone" category. It did so many things, but had so many annoyances at the same time. Even after a few iterations they still have not ironed out the dings that make the Treo annoying. Along comes Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Symbian and again, they’re an also-ran. These phone/OS combinations were tough enough competition, but then the iPhone comes out and destroys everyone.

GM and Ford could just read this simple five step plan:

  • Buy a Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
  • Pay a few designers from Toyota and Honda triple their current salaries to come to America.
  • Make a shameless rip-off of each car.
  • Sell lot’s of them.
  • When another competitor starts stealing your market share, repeat as necessary.

So Palm has been scuffling around for the better part of a decade running a household name into the ground. They have not adapted or innovated their products in any way that keeps up with the pack. How many times have they been on the brink of death in the last few years alone?

What does Palm do in the face of this? Well they grab themselves a JesusPhone and a few of the Apostles that helped create it. Next they just break out the photocopier. They build something that appears to capture all of the splendor of the iPhone experience. That alone would have been a small miracle, but they didn’t stop there. They took a look at a few of the tiny knocks on the iPhone.

  • Apple’s ridiculous closed platform (links to articles)
  • Camera with no Flash or Video
  • No physical keyboard
  • Poor multitasking / task switching
  • No copy and paste

They came up with reasonable solutions to these problems.

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Movie Review – Juno – Great Date Movie

Juno (16 years old) gets pregnant after having sex once with her friend Bleeker. She decides to have the baby and put it up for adoption. I don’t want to spoil the movie, so I’ll withhold some of the plot. The rest of the movie revolves around the trials and tribulations of a pregnant teen trying to live a “normal” life until the adoption takes place. As you might expect, some weird stuff happens along the way (most of it funny) and she grows up while she navigates the choppy waters. The ending is a toss up, there were two things that had to get closure: Keep or Give Away the baby and Find true love or Not. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but one goes the cliche Hollywood route and the other does not. See it for yourself to find out.

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10 Best Off Beat Holiday Movies Ever

Spare Me 34th Street, Rudolph, and Charlie Brown Please

Christmas-Collage Well, it’s that time again; the holidays. Time for credit card bills, bulimia, annoying relatives, and yes, Christmas movies. Every year, it’s the same old stuff: Miracle on 34th Street, Bing Crosby, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Charlie Brown’s crappy little tree. Well I’m a little tired of all of that cliche, Winter Wonderland stuff.

I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite off beat, quirky, dark, or just plain weird holiday movies. They all have to be of a Christmas theme and/or heavily related to the holidays.

I have to give credit where credit’s due. I received quite a bit of input from my wife and my 15 year old daughter, so I will also indicate each of their top picks.

So without further ado, let’s start the countdown.

The List of the 10 Greatest Off Beat Holiday Movies:

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