The truth about why I’m leaving the Dallas Startup Community.

It may come as a bit of a surprise to hear that North Texas’ number one startup community evangelist is leaving the region. It’s true, we’re moving… but “why” is not the most shocking part. DFW Nouveau. 2013 to Present. You’ve more than likely been a part of an event I’ve led (Dallas Startup Week, … Read more The truth about why I’m leaving the Dallas Startup Community.

How much does it cost to live “off the grid?”

Heather and I are fascinated with the idea of living off the grid in a much simpler, much less “distracting” environment. It’s not just to get away from the noise of the city busses and semis that whiz by just 30′ from our master bedroom window, or the random stranger passing at 3am, singing as … Read more How much does it cost to live “off the grid?”

The home theater of the future is smaller and faster

Drop by any consumer electronics store, and see what TVs are selling best. According to the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) “Sales of super-sized TVs are up 50 percent in the past year, as prices on behemoth flat panels have dropped.” The 65 inch range is great, and, in fact is what we have in the … Read more The home theater of the future is smaller and faster

What do computer graphics, assisted intelligence, Watson, and actual humans have in common?

Recently I spent some time reading, researching, and watching the state of the art in several areas of interest, notably CGI/computer animation, VR, text to voice, and facial pattern recognition. The takeaway is that all of the pieces are in place for an idea I’ve had for several years. Be advised, many of the videos … Read more What do computer graphics, assisted intelligence, Watson, and actual humans have in common?

Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft Office 365?

I’m thinking about forcing a potentially life changing event, and I need your help to make the decision. But not everyone qualifies to answer. The qualifications for participation are important here – I’m asking for advice on a very specific problem, and you’ll need experience with all three platforms to offer the most relevant input. … Read more Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft Office 365?

Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop for developers?

Absolutely yes. And here’s what you need to know about the hardware. For as long as we can all remember, web development has been done on a laptop or a desktop computer. It’s an obvious choice given the power and screen sizes available. The late, great Steve Jobs posited that PCs were more like trucks, … Read more Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop for developers?

Why I listen to podcasts, and why you should too.

As many of you know, I'm an avid podcast listener. If you've met me in person, you probably noticed the bluetooth stereo headphones around my neck – they're there solely for podcasts. I listen to 15 to 20 shows per day – covering a variety of subjects – innovation, technology, startups, marketing, and personal finances … Read more Why I listen to podcasts, and why you should too.

2005 was neat. But this is way better.

Remember 2005? In 2005, Panasonic introduced the TH-65PX500. It was the world's first 65″ 1080p Plasma (the press for the display actually defined the HDMI acronym). It was a cool $9k. In 2005 I was using a Nokia N-Gage as my phone – it didn't have a camera, but it did allow me to install … Read more 2005 was neat. But this is way better.

What do you do with a 50Mbps internet connection at home?

One evening, while on the topic of high speed internet, a friend of mine told me that he'd just upgraded his cable modem and was now getting even faster internet. Comcast, our local cable internet provider had recently upgraded the network in Colorado to DOCSIS 3.0. Among other things, DOCSIS 3.0 in Colorado means internet … Read more What do you do with a 50Mbps internet connection at home?

Tuesday in Boulder, Boulder Open Coffee, BDNT, and the tech community

Today is Tuesday. Tuesday is a special day for me because it's the one day that I get to spend entirely in Boulder. From the beginning of the day to as late as I need. My wife and son have a weekly play date so I'm relieved of fatherly after school duties. Tuesday, every other … Read more Tuesday in Boulder, Boulder Open Coffee, BDNT, and the tech community

What to expect from my Twitter stream

This post is about how I use Twitter, and what to expect from my Twitter stream. I believe it is important to be open with social media – to be clear about your intentions. My twitter stream has been a mix of personal and commercial posts (my blog, companies, etc.) since the beginning. That will … Read more What to expect from my Twitter stream

A PC in the living room? Here are the Basics

Unless you're a live sports fan, Cable and satellite subscriptions are no longer required. Internet sources in the living room are becoming a common means of video entertainment – most TV shows, from today's popular hits to classic TV shows are available for viewing online. Movies of all kinds are available for rent (or purchase), … Read more A PC in the living room? Here are the Basics

Quick Review: Rocketfish RF-MAB2 and the iPhone 3Gs

This is a quick “first impression” review of the Rocketfish RF-MAB2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, as used with the iPhone 3Gs. The short review: Yes, I can finally leave the silly Apple wired ear buds in my backpack, as a backup! When I saw the RF-MAB2 on the shelf at Best Buy, I decided to look … Read more Quick Review: Rocketfish RF-MAB2 and the iPhone 3Gs

TV and movies neuvo: Getting rid of cable and satellite TV

This is a story that cable and satellite TV providers will find increasingly familiar. It's possible and even easy to ditch your cable/satellite box for good. We've done it – I'll show you what we use, and if you have questions ask away – I'd love the answer them. First up? AppleTV. AppleTV is hands … Read more TV and movies neuvo: Getting rid of cable and satellite TV

Moving a Boot Camp disk to a Parallels Virtual Machine

The day Windows 7 RC was released, I wanted to get it installed on my MacBook Pro. My MacBook has the power, and I already have a 40 gigabyte partition dedicated to Windows Vista Home. I rarely boot directly in to Vista using Boot Camp, but I do use Parallels to run that copy of … Read more Moving a Boot Camp disk to a Parallels Virtual Machine

To buy, or not to buy? My views on pirated media and software.

According to Apple's built-in dictionary, the word integrity means: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moraluprightness.” I also like this definition: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.” Over the past four and a half years, I've given this word a lot of thought. Exactly how does … Read more To buy, or not to buy? My views on pirated media and software.

Mac OS X or Windows Vista? Either will do, really.

I believe the days of operating system dependence have finally come to an end, and I'm ready to test it. I know, this is a little strange coming from me, but I think everyone should hear it (and Digg it!). A new era of technological independence is upon us – either of the two major … Read more Mac OS X or Windows Vista? Either will do, really.

Zend Studio for Eclipse – No file extension as PHP

I've been a Zend Studio user for a long, long time. Being a Mac user has made it interesting at times (we're still a server release behind, for example), but the productivity gains that using an IDE with a debugger gives me makes the occasional “suck” well worth it. There are others out there, but … Read more Zend Studio for Eclipse – No file extension as PHP

iPhone Headphone plug pinouts

After our successful modding of the Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset for use with the iPhone, I realized that there may be others interested in the pinouts for the iPhone headphone plug. I've seen other places that mention the external iPhone plug functions, but to do anything productive you need to know which colors go to … Read more iPhone Headphone plug pinouts

The MobileMe Thunderbird Address Book Sync

I came across something that is apparently being overlooked by the Windows based Thunderbird community. If you don't know, Thunderbird is a cross-platform, open source, feature rich email client. Windows isn't quite a first class citizen with Apple's MobileMe (yet), but it is a lot closer than it was when the service was known as … Read more The MobileMe Thunderbird Address Book Sync

Will the iPhone Tether? How to tether the iPhone 3G or EDGE

The short answer? Yes. The iPhone will tether, and not just the 3G iPhone, the 1st gen iPhone will tether too. Setting up tethering with the iPhone is a bit technical, but I think you can handle it. The instructions below don't mention creating a new location in the network settings for this purpose, but … Read more Will the iPhone Tether? How to tether the iPhone 3G or EDGE

SUCCESS! Modified Fatal1ty desktop headset (with mic) for the iPhone

I've been looking for a decent pair of over the ear headphones – with a mic – for my iPhone. The closest I'd come is the Bose® Mobile On-Ear Headset – but they aren't over the ear – and they're a bit pricey compared to desktop headsets at $200. When the iPhone 3G was released, … Read more SUCCESS! Modified Fatal1ty desktop headset (with mic) for the iPhone

Disable iTunes iPhone backup, updated for iTunes 7.7.1

On Thursday July 31, 2008 Apple released iTunes 7.7.1 – which fixes bugs and improves performance. But wait, there's more. Upon further inspection of the strings in iTunes, I noticed a cool new setting available in the hidden preferences. If you had used my instructions for setting DeviceBackupsDisabled, the option to back your iPhone up … Read more Disable iTunes iPhone backup, updated for iTunes 7.7.1

How to downgrade an iPhone from 2.0 to 1.1.4

On Thursday, July 10th, like many other enthusiastic iPhone owners, I upgraded my 1st generation iPhone to the “leaked” 2.0 software. It was a blast, and I spent the entire day playing with the new features and the amazing apps that I suddenly had access to without jailbreaking. Now I'm the proud owner of a … Read more How to downgrade an iPhone from 2.0 to 1.1.4

Why the record labels are afraid of Apple.

My wife and I were up late this past Saturday night when a horribly produced commercial came on. It had a green background and some random person chanting nonsense about Ministry. See for yourself on Ministry's YouTube channel: The Last Sucker I have lots of music from Ministry, but none in my current listening ecosystem. … Read more Why the record labels are afraid of Apple.

The unofficial Inbox Zero – It is spreading.

Back in June of 2007 I wrote a post that asked a simple question: “Does your email inbox reflect your productivity level?”. I mentioned that I had just successfully cleaned out my inbox, and that I was going to keep it that way. Today, three months later, I still have zero (0) emails in my … Read more The unofficial Inbox Zero – It is spreading.

Survivorghetti, and the iPhone unlock?

For the past three years, my wife and I have had a group of friends over for dinner on Thursday evening. The intent is to relax with friends, have dinner (spaghetti, bread, dessert, beverages) and watch several time-shifted TV shows (Survivor, Hereos, Eureka, Smallville, Lost!, and Grey's Anatomy) and any other video content that the … Read more Survivorghetti, and the iPhone unlock?

The Apple iPhone Store Credit

Today Apple released the details of the iPhone Store Credit program. The process was simple, and effective. Simply visit the iPhone Store Credit site, enter your phone number, serial number, and the confirmation code that Apple will send via text message. If you qualify, you'll get a page with a bar code and some numbers … Read more The Apple iPhone Store Credit

Someone make textcastr.com please.

Someone make textcastr.com please. Yes, the domain is available. The service is simple. A user creates an account at textcastr.com, enters their user names at twitter, pownce, facebook, etc. Textcastr.com provides their SMS short code to the user… messages sent to the short code are then relayed to the appropriate services. The way you get … Read more Someone make textcastr.com please.

What is Social Ingenuity anyway?

I've been giving a lot of thought to the StartupWeekend phenomena. As I and others have mentioned, it was amazing to see such remarkable talent show up, ready to play. There were no rules, and no expectations other than to see a startup launched by Sunday. People got together to do something cool with the … Read more What is Social Ingenuity anyway?

VoSnap, Inc. – The fruit of StartupWeekend.com

Well under way, Startup Weekend is absolutely one of the coolest things I've been involved in. The company we've created is a web/sms service for making quick decisions. If you want to ask a few friends about a decision you want to make, come to the site, enter their email addresses, or mobile phone numbers, … Read more VoSnap, Inc. – The fruit of StartupWeekend.com

iPhone – blah blah blah. I want one, so will you.

The world has been abuzz about the iPhone, since even before Apple acknowledged its existence. Why? Who cares? My mom does… and so will you. First, let's take a look at the state of mobile phones. For better or worse, mobile phones have become far more than simple phones. Text messaging, email, browsers, and custom … Read more iPhone – blah blah blah. I want one, so will you.