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2012, come at me bro!

Today is December 31, the last day in 2011! So close to 2012 now. Looking back 2010 seemed lame, 2011 seemed better. 2012 I want to make my best year yet.

My New Year’s resolution is to blog more, get to a closer done prototype of NewHills and try to get fitter. Now that I have Dragon I hope that will help me blog more. I also am graduating high school this year. I plan to take about a year break before going to college, so that means some dedicated time to work on my project. I don’t really look forward to college and looking for alternatives. One of those alternatives is the Thiel Fellowship which I submitted my application yesterday! Wish me luck! Continue reading

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11.5 review

Hello I recently got Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11.5 by Nuance to help me become a better writer by using my voice to write. It costs $89.99 on Amazon elsewhere it’s $199.00. They also have a Home version for $44.99 on Amazon elsewhere its $99.99. I love shopping on Amazon because of all the savings. I wonder why Best Buy is even still in business when Amazon is around.

Dragon seems to work way better than the built-in recognition by Microsoft on Windows Vista and Seven. I can’t believe how accurate this is out-of-the-box with only a little bit of training. I guess that’s because it uses its own database. It takes a little getting used to and learning, for example you have to say period when you want to place a period in a document. Also to delete all the text in an input area you have to say select all and then say press backspace. So it’s not exactly like talking somebody else because you have to say your punctuation out loud to it but it’s pretty close. Continue reading

Path 2.0 Review

As some of you know Path recently launched Path 2.0 and I heard lots of buzz about it on the Twitters. So I decided to give it a try. I had it for about 3 weeks. My first thoughts were that it was really new and neat but after using it for a while I decided it wasn’t the greatest thing.

I liked the user interface. It seemed years ahead of Facebook’s mobile application. I loved pressing the + button for the post menu. I like how it shows you the people who viewed your posts. I also like how it lets you smile, Wink, surprised, sad and heart posts instead of a boring “Like” button. I also liked how you can post the current song you are listening to and then your friends can listen to a sample plus they can also buy it on the iTunes store if they like it. I also like how you could add filters to photos similar to Instagram. Also you can do filters on your video also which is really cool, I haven’t seen that on any other app! I hate how it doesn’t have a landscape view. Continue reading

MacCleaning review!

 MacCleaning by EaseUS is a powerful menu bar utility. It monitors your disk space in realtime and warns you when it’s below a certain percent which is set by you. It also cleans up system junk to reclaim disk space. Also you can view all your drives and disk space usage. You can safely eject removable media. This app is under 3 megabytes but it’s a nice, simple and powerful application! Continue reading

Turning 19

I recently turned 19. Seemed like I just turned 18 a day ago. Time really goes by quickly when you get older.  I haven’t really been blogging much, sorry. I’ve also been trying to study, writing code and get better at my grammar.

Recently I started thinking about how I need to figure out how I’m going to make what I want out of life happen. I really want to go out to San Francisco and start a startup or be apart of one that does something that i will want to support like some great product or service. Continue reading

Favorite Steve Jobs Quotations

Here are some of my Favorite quotations by Steve Jobs. I wrote under them my thoughts.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

This is from the Apple Think different advertising campaign. I think it’s a very true saying.  This is a very inspirational commercial. Most ads are never inspirational, this one is different.

This is a never before aired version of that commercial narrated by Steve Jobs. The one that aired was narrated by Richard Dreyfuss. I like the one narrated by Steve Jobs better. Continue reading

R.I.P Steve Jobs

Today on October 5th, Steve Jobs has passed away. A sad day. He was only 56. Steve Jobs inspired me and a lot of people. He left behind a lot of innovations like the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. He built a major app ecosystem that helped small developers hit big. He stayed with Apple till he died. Can many other people say that stayed with the company they love till death, no. He was a very dedicated man. People back then thought personal computers would never work out and wanted him to give up. He didn’t, he kept in the game while everyone else thought his ideas wasn’t that great but he stuck with it and proved people wrong. Now look at Apple, the company he co-founded. A very profitable company. Steve did things most of us would not do. He took big risks. I think he did what he felt was right by his heart. He changed the whole technology world. I never knew Steve Jobs personally. Only what I read, watched and heard about him. I will miss his keynotes also. I already wanted to meet him in person or visit one of his keynotes in person. He seemed like a great and a unique guy.

Apple Homepage tribute to Steve Jobs

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Fake Steve Jobs Photo?

I’m an Apple fan. I don’t read TMZ but someone I follow tweeted out a link to a Photo of Steve Jobs. He looks very sick. The picture is below:

At first I thought “Oh Steve looks really bad and sick.” after seeing that picture. Thought maybe his friends was taking him home from a doctor visit. I even cried a little. I paused for a while and then I went on with my business. Wrote some content for iGeekable, watched a few YouTube videos and Did a video call. I kept wondering about his picture. I guess he even posed for them to take the picture according to a comment I was reading. Seems kind of unlike him? Looking at it again. I downloaded the image, and zoomed in. From far away it looks like he’s wearing shorts. I zoomed in.

They don’t really look like shorts, unless they were like twisted in some way which is a possibly, not denying that. It looks like he’s wearing a black dress. Continue reading

My Prediction of the future car and laws around it

My Prediction of the future car and laws around it

I predict the feature car will still look about the same as they do today. I predict this car will come around 2014, 2015. I predict the DMV will no longer be ran by the state but by the federal Government. I predict you won’t have to pay road tax each time you fill up but by the mile. I predict cars made before 2014 and 2015 would be outlawed.  Your car will make the Government money when it’s parked.  Also the government will know every move the car made. Why do I think this will happen? The Electric car. The Electric does not take gas, so I think in the short time you will have to report your miles but people may lie so a on-board computer would do it. But I will start with buying your car. This will be applied to both Electric and Gas cars.

Step 1: Finding the car – You go to car lot. You see a nice car. You ask if you can demo it. The sales rep puts in the ID card reader a Dealership card (A card for a company car) and lets you test it. You like it so you buy it.

Step 2: Buying the car. The dealer gets the vin and you both walk to a computer in his office. The sales man types in the vin to find in the dealers DVM Account. You set down at a screen read all the paper work and then put in your driver license card and agree. The dealer then hits transfer and the car is now registered to your name. Then the next screen allows you to add or buy new insurance for the car. It then asks you if you want to add anyone else to drive the car up to 10 people. You then have your wife and son put in his card. He’s now added. You then go to the parking lot.

Step 3: You go out, you see you see an Ad for some business on your license plate.  You then scan your license on the door to unlock it, and then put in your license to start it, you notice on the dash how many miles you want how much road tax you pay per miles and how much you have to pay. You also have seen your plate number. Also the plat outside of your car is showing it also. When the Engine is off it will show a new ad every 30 to 60 seconds. Companies can buy ads at on the new system.

Step 4: You can go to your DMV account and pay the miles so far and clear the miles you want so far. Also when you file with the IRS, they will reset it and add it to the fees you owe them.

Step 5: You drove home but you passed an old man getting shot in a building. You’re GPS and Crime Scene was close.  Next day you get a call asking you and whoever was in the car to come to the police station to get your blood taken, Hair sample, Spit Sample, tons of questions and lie detector test. You are now a suspect for a crime you never did or knew about.

Step 6: You have to take your car in for a checkup every 90 days. This report will be sent to you and the DVM. Also they will check for a software update.


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