Aereo Cincinnati, OH Beta Available & Review

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Aereo Cincinnati Coming: 1/21/14 – Sign Up Here

I was able to get into the Aereo Cincinnati beta and a month trial a few days prior to the official release here in Cincinnati, Ohio and am putting it to the real test now watching a broadcast NFL game from their DVR feature.

I actually was able to finish the super fast sign up process last night and start immediately watching live TV from my computer in just minutes Read more ›

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Do You Even Rift?

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Rift, the never popular World of Warcraft clone has gone F2P (free to play).

The question is, do you even Rift bro?

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Carrie Fisher Gets Kim Peek Award for Disability in Media

The actress who portrayed Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, was presented with the Kim Peek award this weekend for her ability to overcome her disability while taking on Hollywood -

“Would Kim Peek have liked the word ‘disability’ to describe him?” Fisher asked in a phone interview beforehand. “Disability sounds so broken. Bipolar disorder is challenging; it’s incredibly intense. … You have the choice to submit, be a victim, or take it on and fly in the face of it.”

Kim Peek is the man who the story of Rain Man was based on

The woman who was Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy at 19 and born to Hollywood royalty — singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds — has never lived a fairy tale.

Friday, she shared pieces of her journey during “An Evening With Carrie Fisher,” sponsored by the Utah Film Center. She received the center’s second annual Kim Peek Award for Disability in Media, an honor bestowed because of the candor with which she has tackled the mania and depression that are part of who she is.

 

… Fisher was lauded as having a similar passion for knowledge and the same goal of acceptance for people who are different.

via Carrie Fisher takes Kim Peek honor for owning challenge, raising awareness | Deseret News.

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Amazon Published Books… Aren’t Really Books?

Amazon has been stepping into publishing with their self-published books for Kindle and the fancy tools to do it – but what happens when accomplished writers start publishing with Amazon? Sadly, it looks as if their books won’t be printed and they won’t get carried by other eBook retailers such as Apple or Google. Apple and the brick-and-mortar stores I understand, but Google?

The impact is somewhat chilling (see bold):

As Amazon attempts to sign big-name authors in the future, it will have to convince them that print distribution isn’t important. The 4-Hour Chef may be sold at few places other than Amazon. Barnes & Noble, the largest bookstore chain in the U.S., won’t stock Amazon titles in its stores, and many independent bookstores refuse to do so as well. And while Amazon is making its New York titles available as ebooks to other retailers through distributor Ingram, few rivals are biting. The ebook edition of My Mother Was Nuts, for example, is for sale at Kobo but not at Google, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store or Apple’s iBookstore.

Via: “Ferriss: Even if I sell a million Kindle books, some people will call it a failure

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New Favorite Rainmeter Skin & Layout: Encoded

Rainmeter Logo

I switched my Rainmeter skin, theme and layouts around a few hundred times last week and dumped my Enigma skin and theme in favor of the smaller and simpler Encoded (by lilshizzy). It started out as just looking at options, and then actually setting up Encoded the way I liked and then it just kind of stuck.

I only used six of the blocks or boxes available along with the date, time & weather:

  1. CPU Usage
  2. Ram Usage
  3. Swap Usage
  4. Network Usage
  5. Drive Space Usage
  6. Computer Uptime

The only thing I’m kind of missing or would want back, would be the RSS reader widget-type skin. Though I could regain that with any number of Rainmeter skins, I’m going to go without it for a while. I’m noticing instead that I am seeking out news and finding a lot more interesting and up-to-date information than reading the RSS feeds alone. The feeds I was using were not updated as often as I’d like – and I know their sources – so I can visit those sites when desired.

Here is a screenshot of my latest Rainmeter layout – cropped to only the relevant part as this is in the top left part of the screen – with no other portions used.

New Favorite Rainmeter Skin: Encoded

My Rainmeter Theme Layout - Encoded by lilshizzy With Custom Aero Blur Box

Your screen resolution will almost definitely differ from my own, but here is a (rough) guide for setting this up after installing Rainmeter and/or the Encoded skin from DeviantArt:

  • Select any six white info boxes under Encoded -> Squares 
  • Select the white_blur from Encoded -> Headers -> Backgrounds -> AeroBlur
  • Edit the white_blur.ini file (right-click, Edit Skin) as follows:
    • SolidColor=255,255,255,150
    • W=371
    • H=300
  • Select the following headers from Encoded -> Headers
    • Date -> Date_black-left
    • Time -> Time_black
    • Weather -> Weather_black-small (right-click, edit, give this your local weather code!)
  • Select the blur box and then right-click, select Manage Skin:
    • Edit the coordinates, giving the first number (X coordinate) a value to indent from the left of the screen. I’ve used “30″. (You’ll want to repeat this or reuse this on the first box to make sure the pixels are aligned as in the screenshot above.)
    • Once in position: Deselect the “Draggable” property and change position to “Desktop” from the provided drop down
  • Now just place the boxes, date, time and weather over the blur background as desired.
  • ???
  • Profit.

Again, you can download the latest version of Encoded from devaintart here.

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