Drudge Report. Run from an apartment, website never redesigned, HTML edited by hand, three man operation, yet it gets 2 million unique visitors per day and drives more news traffic than Facebook or Twitter…
Here’s a rare press conference speech and Q&A session by the reclusive Matt Drudge from 1998.
Good news for the cheap photographers, Yahoo! wants back in the photography sharing game. Flickr has redesigned their website and is now offering 1TB of Free photo storage to anyone. You can see on my grandfathered Pro account I have only used 0.035TB up in 2 years! To give you an idea of how many photos you can store….
Android Phone Camera (8 megapixel) = 400,000 photos.
Canon EOS Rebel T3 (12 megapixel) = 300,000 photos.
Nikon D3100 (14.2 megapixel) = 245,000 photos.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i (18 megapixel) = 200,000 photos.
(Obviously if you’re shooting in RAW you won’t be getting that many pictures).
Tip: Grab an Eye-Fi card ($28 on Amazon) to automatically upload pictures when your camera is near your Wireless router. On your Android phone use Flickr Uploader to automatically upload pictures as you take them (you can set it to only upload when you’re on Wi-Fi).
In January I picked up a Mossberg 500 and finally got a chance to shoot it this weekend. Dave & Melody (and their puppy) came along and showed us a great shooting spot not too far out of town. This was Kris’s first time firing a gun and she did very well, even hitting the targets! We also got to try some of Dave’s guns, including a Taurus .40.
Anyway, the Mossberg 500 performed well, it’s a great multi-purpose shotgun and can be used for home defense or hunting anything from small fowl to moose. A few observations / thoughts:
The two most popular pump-action shotguns are the Mossberg 500 and Remington 870. They are both great guns, I went for the Mossberg because of the ambidextrous tang safety (I’m left handed).
12-gauge is very versatile and you can get shells for just about any purpose from bird-shot for waterfowl to refiled slugs for Moose hunting.
I wanted a pump-action because they’re extremely reliable (and also a lot cheaper) compared to semi-automatics. The action can be worked very quickly.
It’s designed to work under harsh conditions; built with loose tolerances like an AK-47, it will fire in just about any condition even if it gets dirty and wet.
Magazine holds 5 shells and can drop a sixth round directly into the chamber. Mossberg also sells tactical models with a shorter barrel and extended magazine that holds 7 or 8 shells but that more than doubles the price in the current market.
The kick isn’t bad with #7 target shells, but both Kris and I had sore shoulders after going through 40 rounds. If I was only going to target-shoot all day I’d probably go for a 20 gauge, but I think 12 gauge is the best for an all-purpose gun.
Christian family seeking asylum; Obama wants to deport
Here’s a German family, the Romeikes, that believe in homeschooling their children but in Germany that means jail-time and their children will probably be taken away. So, they came to the United States, the land of Freedom, seeking asylum.
If you believe raising your own children is a right, then sign the petition. It doesn’t guaranty a favorable response, but 100,000 signatures does mean the Obama Administration will respond. Currently it was 84,144 (as of April 8, 2013) and needs another 15,856 by April 18th.
Andro12C – This is the best HP 12c emulator for Android that I’ve come across. The HP 12c is now 30 years old, and also happens to be my favorite financial calculator. I use it to calculate interest on loans, mortgages, investments, depreciation schedules, etc.
QuickRegister – Record cash transactions then export QIF file into Quicken.
Reading This has been a good year for Bible apps, YouVersion’s Bible app continues to improve and offer more free translations. Also we also saw the introduction of Logos Bible Software, which links your commentaries and books with scripture references. Logos Bible Software – The best Bible Study app. It can do word studies, translation comparisons, but where it really shines is if you own one of the Logos Base Packages it will synchronize with your library so you have access to any commentary, hymnal, book that you own are licensed to access, and can run a Passage Guide which will pull up every commentary entry related to that passage. Logos did a good job.
Bible (YouVersion) – Best free Bible reading app. It can read to you, most popular Bible translations are free (including NIV, ESV, NLT, NKJV, AMP, NASB, CEV, NET, WEB, NCV, TNIV, HCSB, as well as translations in foreign languages). For publishers that allow it the Bibles can be downloaded for offline use. I’m not interested in the social stuff so I haven’t tried it but it also does social interaction during a service (I guess you can comment and ask questions to other people with the app at the same event) with YouVersion Live, and also has hooks into Facebook, and Twitter.
Kindle (Amazon) – Can’t go wrong with Amazon’s Kindle App. Free classics (G.K. Chesterton, Lewis Carroll, etc.)
Weather Most weather apps could still use some improvements, typically what people want to know is what it’s going to do and when… and most require too many taps to get there. One weather app did it right… but what I’d still like to see is what will today be compared to yesterday so I’d know to prepare for a warmer or colder day.
Calendar Business Calendar – ($4.99, I got it for free from the Amazon App Store) – Much better than the stock calendar, especially since the month view can show text entries instead of colored blocks.
HandyCalc – The most powerful calculator. Graphic calculater, currency converter, unit of measure conversions, fraction calculations, formula solving.
Communication Google Voice – Transcribes your voicemail, intercepts dialer to make outgoing calls as your Google Voice number, free text messaging.
Tasker ($6.49) – What is there that this app can’t do? I use it mostly for location based actions. Walk into church and my phone goes to silent mode, if I have a meeting scheduled at work phone goes to vibrate during that meeting.
CSipSimple – The best SIP client for the Android. It’s sort of like Skype in that you can make phone calls over the internet but unlike Skype, you’re not locked into any particular provider (like email). It’s pretty useless since I’m the only one who has it.
GrooVe IP – Make VoIP to POTS through Google Voice/Chat for free.