Archive for May, 2010

Google likely to unveil its ‘Smart TV’ this week – FierceIPTV

May 18, 2010

This could be the week that Google raises the curtain on its much-rumored and awaited initiative to take Internet television into the living room with the Smart TV play it’s partnering on with Intel, Sony and Logitech.

The software, expected to be announced Thursday at the Google I/O developer conference, is likely to come built-in to Internet-connected TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players. Earlier this year, Google also was rumored to be considering manufacturing its own STB.

More than 1 million Internet-connectable TVs already have been sold in the U.S., and forecasts expect another 10 million to be sold by 2011.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini last week told investors and analysts “the television revolution we are about to go through is the biggest single change in television since it went color.”

The Diffusion Group’s Colin Dixon in March told FierceOnlineVideo he believes Google’s play is a game changer for online video and even Pay TV.

“It makes a lot of sense for Google to do this, to leverage the technology from Intel,” he said. “And it puts a lot of pressure on other players, especially smaller companies who are navigating the field now.”

With 1-in-10 Americans currently connecting their laptops to their TVs, the market is wide open for a big boom. Google is poised to provide the spark.

For more:
– see this San Jose Mercury News article

Related articles:
Rumor mill: Google TV coming out party in May
Google TV changes the game for TV Everywhere, STB platers, consumers
Report: Online video success forces strategic shift in cable, IPTV industry

Just wait until Apple launches it’s 47″ iPad just in time for the holidays.

Spring is here

May 15, 2010

Sent from my iPod

Vespa!

May 12, 2010

Texas Chainring Massacre award

May 8, 2010

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AllRecipes Launches New iPhone App; Planning Cooking App For iPad

May 7, 2010


Cooking and recipe community Allrecipes

is launching a new iPhone app for pro users today, called Dinner Spinner Pro.

The app, which costs $2.99 in the App Store, allows users to access the complete Allrecipes.com recipe library, add recipes directly to personal Recipes Boxes, create interactive shopping lists, and more.

Allrecipes launched a free iPhone app last year which has seen 2.8 million downloads. Based on the popularity of this app and requests by users to be able to save recipes, Allrecipes decided to launch a paid version with additional features. Cooks on the go can locate recipes, save recipes to personal Recipe Boxes, rate recipes, share recipes and upload mobile images to Allrecipes. The app also includes a shopping list feature which aggregates ingredients across recipes and allows users to virtually check off items while shopping.

Interestingly, the iPad

may breathe new life into cooking and recipe apps. While reading recipes on the iPhone and other mobile devices while cooking can be tough; the iPad’s large screen almost simulates a digital cook book. And we all know that the iPad will be used as an e-book, allowing users to download and access cookbooks directly from their device.

AllRecipes’ president, Lisa Sharples, agrees that the iPad will be a “killer” device in the kitchen. Accroding to survey’s conducted by AllRecipes, one out of five people bring their laptops into the kitchen to access recipes. But the kitchen is a dangerous place for a laptops, with significant threats of spills onto keyboards. But the iPad could come with protective screens and stands, making it safe to use in the chaos of the kitchen.

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Website: allrecipes.com
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Founded: 1997

Allrecipes.com, Inc. operates as an online social network of food and entertaining enthusiasts who discover and share food ideas through user generated recipes, reviews, photos, profiles, and meal ideas. It also provides users with tools and advice… Learn More

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I believe the iPad could be a wonderful platform for cooking and restaurant management applications.

Mike

Smoking Pork with a Weber Bullet

May 7, 2010

Today I am smoking two pork butts (shoulder) and 3 racks of ribs using a combination of techniques that started with teachings from my dad and have been augmented by trial and error as well as things I have learned from those I have shared with over the years.  One great thing about smoking is that is takes a long time and the results can be very rewarding.

I started this morning by going to the Home Depot to get two 20lb. bags of charcoal.  It’s always good to keep Home Depot in mind as they open at 6am.  This is handy if you forgot to get charcoal the night before along with the pork butts from Sam’s Club.

I’m using something Mango told me about called “The Method” or “The Minion Method” of managing the fuel for the smoker.  This allows you to fuel up the smoker with coals at the beginning of the session and be able to cook for 20 hours without having to add more coals.  The idea is brilliantly simple in that you provide all the coals needed for cooking and then ration the air making sure that only o many coals can be lit at a time.

Kaiden’s Kure

May 4, 2010

Kaiden Brennfoerder is our two year old son.

He was recently diagnosed with brain cancer (supra-tentorial PNET) after we found him having a massive seizure in his bed on March 25th, 2010. He’s an awesome little kid, with a hard road ahead of him. He’s already had surgery to remove the tumor, and is undergoing chemotherapy now. When he turns 3, he will receive focal radiation to the part of his frontal lobe where the tumor was, and then an MRI will let us know how the cancer is responding to treatment.

A good friend of ours has had these wristbands made to help raise funds to cover Kaiden’s medical expenses, and to remind us daily of how special life is. They are available at a few locations in the Dallas TX, Joplin MO and Springfield MO areas. If you are in one of those areas, please visit the shops listed below if you’d like to purchase one. If you are out of those areas, you can request one or more here, by clicking the “Donate” button to the left. The price of $5.50 each will also cover Paypal fees and shipping, and the link will take you directly to Paypal where you can enter the amount, and send us a message indicating how many bands you would like, and where to ship them. We also have youth sized bands, so please let us know how many adult bands and how many youth bands you’d like.

Amy and I are posting updates on Kaiden’s progress, our lives, and various other things on his site at CaringBridge: www.caringbridge.org/visit/kaidenbrennfoerder

Thank you for visiting, and for your amazing love and prayers and support, in every way.

Brian, Amy and Kaiden Brennfoerder

 

Kaiden’s Kure wristbands are currently available at the following locations:

Plano Cycling and Fitness: 605 18th Street Plano, TX 75074

The Bicycle Path: 2416 Lillian Miller Pkwy Ste 190 Denton, TX 76205

A&B Cycle: 3620 S. National Ave Springfield, MO 65807

Bicycle Specialists: 1202 S Rangeline Rd, Joplin MO 64801

 

 

Kaiden’s CaringBridge website

Prayers for Kaiden group on Facebook

 

Please find a way to help this wonderful family with their battle cancer. Kaiden is a little boy that is going to need a lot of help from his cycling family.

Mike