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Archive for July, 2008

I can't decide

July 22nd, 2008

Normally when I approach a technology purchase, I am able to look at the available options, weigh the benefits of each product, and make a decision that will serve my needs for an acceptable amount of time.  Now that my family's Sprint contract has expired, however, I am having difficulty deciding on the best option for a new phone.  Looking back at my past purchases, the Canon EOS 20D was an excellent buy that is still serving my photography needs today.  I have not had any regrets about my Mac Pro and MacBook Air.  The problem with the current phone market is that no device really fits all my needs.  The iPhone 3G comes mighty close.  The thing I am scared of, though, is that Google's Android platform may come closer…and be more "open," to boot.  So far I have been looking at Apple's latest iPhone and the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner.  One is slick and capable, and the other is extremely open with lots of future potential.  Phones running Android will be both!  Now if I didn't have the sticky problem of that whole 2 year contract thing, I would go for the iPhone today.

In the end, I'm predicting that Android will see some slight delays and worries over a rocky first release, I'll break down and buy an iPhone (and succumb to a 2yr AT&T contract for my family), the Android will still be 6 or so months away from its release, it will take over a year to get the platform capable enough to make me drool, and by that time our AT&T contract will be nearing expiration again, and Apple, Google, AND PALM will have fascinating options to choose from for the next great phone down the line.  Whew, that was a long sentence.  By the way, notice I did mention Palm there…I still haven't given up hope that Palm will be competitive again with a Linux-based OS one of these days.  They'll probably stay in the arena of less expensive phones, though, since they have had such great luck with the Centro.

"We need to act now."

July 19th, 2008

On July 17th Al Gore delivered another speech in Washington, DC. This was one of his most direct, clear, and effective addresses to the American people. The message is simple: we cannot wait to fix the impact of humanity on the environment. His approach: push the lawmakers, corporations, and citizens of the United States to buck up and move to an all-renewable, electric economy within 10 years. As with my last Gore post, I'm including a video of his speech.  Watch the short version below, and if you really want to save our planet and our economy, watch the full version as well.  Below the video, you will find some quotations I found particularly useful or pertinent to the message.  Please take this seriously.

Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.

We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that's got to change.

When we send money to foreign countries to buy nearly 70 percent of the oil we use every day, they build new skyscrapers and we lose jobs. When we spend that money building solar arrays and windmills, we build competitive industries and gain jobs here at home.

To those who say the challenge is not politically viable: I suggest they go before the American people and try to defend the status quo. Then bear witness to the people's appetite for change.

I have long supported a sharp reduction in payroll taxes with the difference made up in CO2 taxes. We should tax what we burn, not what we earn.

It is only a truly dysfunctional system that would buy into the perverse logic that the short-term answer to high gasoline prices is drilling for more oil ten years from now in areas that should be protected.

So I ask you to join with me to call on every candidate, at every level, to accept this challenge – for America to be running on 100 percent zero-carbon electricity in 10 years. It's time for us to move beyond empty rhetoric. We need to act now.

We're committed to changing not just light bulbs, but laws. And laws will only change with leadership.

Our entire civilization depends upon us now embarking on a new journey of exploration and discovery. Our success depends on our willingness as a people to undertake this journey and to complete it within 10 years. Once again, we have an opportunity to take a giant leap for humankind.

4th of July photos

July 18th, 2008

Fireworks

Last night I posted a new gallery to epkphoto.com that contains photos from July 4th.  I went with a group of friends to the National Mall downtown in Washington, DC.  We sat near the Washington Monument, so enjoy this gallery of photos that you might call friends and fireworks.

New server coming soon

July 10th, 2008

For those interested, I am building a new server that will end up hosting epkphoto.com and many other services within the next couple months.  I have already put together a decently powerful computer that is running CentOS 5 and allows for multiple virtual machines to run simultaneously.  These virtual machines will replace the following existing hardware and server instances: my webcam server, my home web server, my home router/firewall server, and my virtualized web/email server currently hosted by RimuHosting.  More info to come on this little project!  I hope to share more details on my final hardware and software configuration.