Monday, February 10, 2014

Stream the 2014 Winter Olympics Without a Cable Subscription

This is how I watch the Winter Olympics: I open the NBC Olympics app on my iPhone, and turn the WiFi off. I enter my friend's cable account username and password. Over the data link NBC can't determine if I'm really a paying cable customer or not. I turn the iPhone WiFi back on and I watch the Olympics on my TV using Airplay. The app remembers my information, so next time it immediately starts streaming without asking for user my name and password.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Add a GIF to your iPhone Mail Signature

This tutorial is from CNET in 2010(!), and I'll summarize it here. The final result will be a home screen icon you will click to write an email that will have that GIF or JPG signature (emails written directly from the native IOS email app won't have the signature, and neither will a reply to an email sent to you).

1) The GIF or JPG you want to use must be 80KB or less.

2) Go to CoolGeex on your desktop computer and open a free account.

3) Fill out the form with the information and logo/GIF/JPG you want to be your signature.

4) Click "Create Signature at the bottom of the page to see how it will look.

5) If you like it, click "Email Signature URL" at the top left of the page under "Options".

6) Open the email with your iPhone, and click the link. A new home screen icon will appear on your iPhone. Use this new app to write an email.

 That's it. Granted, it is limited.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Comparing Apple's Siri and Google's Voice Recognition

Siri voice recognition on iPhone works quite well.  But Google's voice recognition works very well.  You can directly compare their performance by opening the YouTube app on iPhone and hitting the search button (top right). Now you have the choice of using Siri (next to the space bar), or Google (top right).

Friday, November 02, 2012

My Cat Will Die at 5pm

Two hours from now my old cat will be dead. My younger cat can smell his illness, and stays away.

I have three hours left to say goodbye to him.  And I'm crying now for all the losses in my life I never cried for.  For the girlfriends that left me. For loneliness I felt in my 20's. For depression that has wasted my life and limited my choices.  I never acknowledged those losses.

My cat has never known an unkindness.  I am happy for the life he has had with me.

Monday, July 30, 2012

No Olympics for me



This year I thought I'd be watching the Olympics streaming online.  I was ready with Airplay, Apple TV, and Mountain Lion to stream the Olympics from my MacBook to my television (that's one of the great new features of OS X on newer Macs).  And I would be doing that, but I live in America, where NBC has chosen to only stream the Olympics to cable and satellite subscribers whose contract includes television. It's the dark ages.

I could setup a UK proxy and watch BBC coverage, but my past experience with iPlayer wasn't great.

Maybe I'm better off not getting streaming Olympic events from NBC:  I've read that their presentation of the games is the usual commercial TV sentimental slop: 'Heart warming' stories of US athletes overcoming something, and the camera shots of their parents in the crowd.

I just want to see athletes in top physical condition perform great athletic feats. That's exciting and compelling enough for me.

Now the medal count.  I know that it's not in the spirit of the games to compare national medal counts because individuals compete against each other. But everyone follows the national medal count.

This is how it's done: the country with the most gold medals is first.

This is how it's done in the US: the country with the most medals wins. Using this logic, a gold is equal to a bronze.


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

George Washington NSFW

This animation pokes fun at the insipid hero-worshiping (whoreshiping?) cartoons used to teach American children about their white history.
(The language is for adult ears only. It's a bit crude)