Test + cute pic

Test + cute pic
Originally uploaded by Roddykat.

This is a picture of my wife’s attack bear C.A. It stands for Cute and
Adorable. I call him A.C. because it sounds better. I bought him for her a couple of years ago for Valentine’s Day. Cute, isn’t he? Well don’t
be fooled, he’ll drop you like a bad bean pie if you mess up, so be
warned. I am posting this to test out Flickr’s email blogging
capability. This may not stay up long whether it works or not. If you
saw this, it worked. That’s how it goes around these parts. Enjoy.


Beat Street breakdown

I was just reading the latest Mobile Entertainment magazine (still on stands until June 15th) and in it, along with WAY too much Ipod stuff, was a quick breakdown on XM versus Sirius satellite radio. This is timely because I was asked for such a breakdown by a dear friend of mine who is looking into getting satellite radio. I trtied to find people that I knew who had each service, but I couldn’t pin down anyone I knew or anyone who had Sirius. But where there’s an internet connection, there is a way. Unfortunately, I could not find the article I was reading on the magzine’s site, but I can recap for those not wanting to preuse the issue.

It goes like this:

Price: Draw

Hardware: XM (Both XM and Sirius now offer portable tuners in addition to the standard players that you would need to buy. You can’t use one’s tuner with the other’s, either. Sirius’s most portable player, the XACT XTR1 only allows recorded streams to be carted around. XM’s 2 portable tuners allow varying degrees of Tivo-like recording on the fly and mp3 playback. One of which is called the Pioneer Inno. XM is currently getting sued for it.)

Music: Draw (Depending on what you like and whether you care to hear XY celebrity (like Snoop or Isaac Hayes) or DJ hosted their or show or in a couple of cases channels you can find a good selection of the major genres and oldie companions of them.)

Sports: Toss up (If you like NASCAR, XM is for you (until 2007). Right now, NFL, MLB, and hockey are split between the two, but will change soon. XM also has golf and baseball exclusively. Outside of the split stuff, Sirius has the NBA and NCAA football and basketball . XM , finally, has the Big Ten, ACC, and PAC-10, football and basketball.)

Talk Radio: Sirius (Really, from what I see, it depends on who you want to hear. Sirius has Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, NPR, and a channel with a block of podcasts that sits near Stern’s two channels, just to name a few. XM has Oprah, Air America, Ellen Degeneres, and whatnot. Take your pick.)

Other Content: Sirius (Supposedly because of Canadian radio and the BBC. Both Sirius and XM do weather and traffic for limited areas (probably major cities). XM has St. Louis, though, and divides their channels up better.)

Support: Sirius (Excellent 24 hour Tech support. XM 20 hours a day except for the 12 on Sunday)

Overall: Draw. (Go figure)

That being that, I did find a few other places with the majority of the same info. Instead of reading them off, i’ll list them here.

Howstuffworks – Great site for questions on, well, look at the site name. The article starts from how Satellite radio works and goes from there.

CNET’s quick guide to satellite radio – It’s a little out of date, but still informative. They also have reviews on satellite hardware in their reviews section. Check it out.

Mad dog in the fog – A blog with a graph of total subscribers of each service as of 3/4/2006.

Radiosatellite.org – Saved the best for last like Vanessa Williams. This site has a side by side comparison of the two services down to where they are located. It is nicely done because it really breaks down the services and has links to each one’s station listings, samples or each, equipment and so on. Go here first. really.

You could go the each one’s site to check them out, but the last link I gave is comprehensive. I should also point out that each service provides internet streams through their respective sites with free subscription. You can also listen to the XM streams over the net without subscribing for a charge.

That’s all I got people. Go forth.

Hapiness is…

A new version of Ubuntu Linux that is available. If you have a Broadband connection and a CD burner, you download it here and try it out. Basically, Ubuntu is an operating system like Windows XP and Apple OS X. Unlike either of those, it is open source, which means that you or anyone savy enough can download the source code (which make up a program or os), and check it or use it to build a program. More importantly, that means there are many many eyes looking into and tweaking it to make sure there is no funny business going on when it runs. Which also means that any problems that should arise gets looked into quicker than say on Windows. Because it isn’t as prevelant as Windows, it is deemed more secure than Windows and it does have it’s share of popularity in its’ circle. Graphically, it looks similiar to Windows  and OS X.  It also has a type of linux under the hood (but that shouldn’t stop you from trying it), so if you use OS X, you kind of have an idea of what it’s running on.

     It’s quite fully functional. Once you learned the navigation of it, you might like it. There is a learning curve to it, and if you are a video gamer it’s not quite ready for primetime out of the box. You can however use the many applications it comes stock with to browse the web, email, any number of “Office” like tasks and small games ala Freecell and such. Oh and did I mention it’s free. If you don’t want to take the time to download it, but want to try it, you can get free cd’s to do so.  And the best part is, is that you don’t have to install it to try it. You can pop the disk in your drive and run the OS from it, providing that you computer is set up to boot from a cd or not. It works quite well, and like I said, you don’t have to install the os if you don’t want to. If you do, then it’s best to read up on installation to make sure you don’t delete what you already have. You’d be pissed at yourself if you did. That is probably the thing that people shy away from the most because Windows is established and comes with most computers installed. And by the way, those who say that Windows, and moreso OS X, is easier don’t seem to remember that there is a first time for everything. That said, go forth and geek or whatever.