This is a great example of someone recognizing something we all hate and making it better.  We all despise our thermostats.  And for good reason.  A simple task like changing the temperature shouldn’t be very confusing, but the thermostat designers have made it complicated. My first apartment had this Energy Star programmable thermostat.  I think … Read more

Quality of Service

Since moving to North Idaho our internet is slow, we’re regularly saturating our 1/2 Mbps upload doing cloud backups and uploading pictures and videos which can make gaming or web browsing painfully slow and unreliable.  I tried to get QoS (Quality of Service) working on DD-WRT but it can only have QoS rules based on … Read more

If you can’t handle email just send me a fax

On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM, Aetna Notification>>New Communication on Aetna Navigator®Dear BENJAMIN,You have a new communication to view on your secure Aetna Navigator® member website.  Click here to display your online communication.(snip useless info) *** On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM, Benjamin Bryan>>Please send the contents … Read more

Brilliant Super Bowl Commercial from Motorola

Motorola’s genius marketing department hit Apple with a Super Bowl commercial. I think a lot of people wouldn’t understand what Motorola is inferring about Apple, so I’ll explain it. For reference, here’s some great commercials from Apple: Apple’s 1984 commercial… And Apple’s 1985 Super Bowl commercial… And Apple’s tribute to the crazy ones, the misfits, … Read more

Android, Affordable

My dream cell phone plan comes true.  The mobile provider targeted towards trendy-youth of all places has the best plan designed for mostly data usage.  $25/monthly for 300 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data.  A few days ago Virgin Mobile launched a new Android phone, the LG Optimus V (Optimus One).  LG’s strategy with this phone … Read more