Samsung Alias Dual-Hinge Flip Phone

30 09 2008

The successor to the Samsung SCH-u740, the Alias sports the familiar dual-hinge design but is packaged with an updated easy-to-read full-QWERTY keyboard. In addition to sending text messages, customers can use Wireless Sync, Verizon Wireless’ proprietary personal information management solution, to synchronize their phones with their home or office PCs for easy access to e-mail, calendar, contacts and task information.

Additional features of the Alias include:

  • 1.3 megapixel digital camera with flash
  • Camcorder
  • Instant Messaging using AIM, MSN, Yahoo!
  • Text, picture and video messaging
  • Bluetooth
  • Expandable memory with external microSD card slot
  • Dimensions: 3.8″ x 2.04″ x .58″; 3.65 ounces with standard battery
  • Bilingual user interface: English and Spanish
  • TTY/TTD Capable

I LOVE mine! I get a flip phone with a qwerty keyboard and the dual flip is so great. The sound and apps are all top notch and I highly recommend this phone to everyone!


Knight Rider 2008

24 09 2008

Ok, I admit that I watched Moonlight, the now canceled CBS show about a vampire private investigator, and Boston Legal and Desperate Housewives and all of the stuff on the History and Discovery Channels. But I never blogged about it. Well, I ALMOST blogged about Moonlight but not because of the show, which was great. But the decor was enough to ignite the passions of any techno-geek!
But the new Knight Rider is a Techno-Geeks Dream. I’m not a fan of the Ford Mustang but I want THAT one! And the computer gadgets and setups. It’s drool city. I was waiting until tonight to see the season premiere, which I have been waiting for since the 2 hour pilot last spring! I went to double check the time (7pm central time) and it was available online! So I watched it. Twice. I’m still drooling over the gadgets. I’ll bet if we had put Bill Gates (All hail Lord Bill!) in charge of the car industry, we’d have cars like this now! The storyline was great, the action sequences outstanding and the acting was dead on. But the Computers, technology and car were perfection. If you don’t want to wait until tonight, go to the website and watch the video there. It’s well worth it! Knight Rider Rocks!

MS21.2 – Multimedia Speaker System

24 09 2008

A couple of weeks ago, the nice people at The Speaker Company sent me this set of speakers for my Desktop. The deal was that I get to try them and write a review. In this case it is a SWEET deal! They replace a 5 year old set of speakers from Cyber Acoustics that were still really good (They are now living on a stationary laptop). This new set is incredible. First of all, the speakers themselves are smaller than the ones I had and blend in nicely with the desk and monitor. I hardly even notice them. The Sub woofer tucks away nicely and there is a corded remote that makes it much easier to adjust volume control and bass.

TSC’s MS21.2 three-piece multimedia speaker system brings the convenience of a desktop volume control module and dramatic styling. Clean power for all your multimedia sources at an equally-satisfying price.

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Now the deal was to write a review. There was no deal as to what type of review. They are not paying me to write one way or another. Either way, I get to keep the speakers. Let’s face it though, if they were terrible, why would I want to keep them? Well they are great and I love them. The down side is that there was no manual with them so I didn’t know to adjust the bass on it (mine arrived turned off so the sound was not very good). Other than that, no down side. It’s nice to get free stuff to review on here. But even nicer when it’s free stuff I would actually purchase. So far this company rocks! Get your own speakers at The Speaker Company

Incredible New Designer Lingerie Available!

19 09 2008

Boudiche has their new selection of Lingerie available. It’s absolutely yummy. For those who have the need, which I do not, unfortunately, they have a great selection of D+ cup items. One of the few places I’ve found that actually works hard to outfit ALL women is beautiful lingerie. Designer Lingerie has always been big but never like it is now. It’s also never been more accessible than now with the availability of internet ordering.

This is a store that sells the good kind of designer lingerie. The stuff that makes a woman look like a goddess AND feel like one too. It’s comfortable and elegant yet sleek and sexy. It’s clear that Boudiche chooses their lingerie carefully. I mean seriously, what would be the point of looking divine if you didn’t feel great as well? They obviously agree. I have yet to order anything from them that didn’t arrive quickly, fit beautifully and look incredible.
I want to mention again that they have a huge selection of designer lingerie in extra large cup sizes. My oldest has a DD cup and she loves this place. She can order until her credit card screams for mercy and everything will fit beautifully. She especially loves the swimwear. Swimwear can be a problem for those with a D or larger cup. Not here. Their designer lines all have that taken care of for the customer.

Boudiche has an outstanding selection and their customer service can’t be beat. Even their shipping is quick. Now I’m going over and take a look at their newest selections. I suggest you come with me!

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Laptop Skins

19 09 2008

The latest rage is in Laptop Skins. It’s about time! For years you could do all sorts of cool things to your desktop cases but were left out in the cold if you wanted a designer laptop case. Now with these vinyl skins, you can design the case of your dreams. Decal Girl has many designs to choose from and they are inexpensive, easy to add and remove….and reuse! So get 2. Or 12. The only problem I have now is trying to decide what to dress my laptop in for the day! Get your at Decal Girl.

Soccer Moms Unite!

17 09 2008

Ok, now I will admit I don’t understand the whole soccer mom deal, but it sure is fun to watch! But I do know a few. Both are the kindest, gentlest and nicest people you could ever hope to meet….until you get them on the sidelines of their childs soccer game. Then Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan appear!

Both of them were telling me about this site and it’s a blast. Here is how it works:

  1. Buy specially-marked Chiquita and Fresh Express products or write in for a game piece (One per household).
  2. Collect the Fresh Funds points on the back of specially marked packages.
  3. Bid on weekly auctions, make donations or obtain rewards.
  4. Win unique prizes from Chiquita and Fresh Express.

It’s a great way to get some great stuff for essentially doing what you are doing right now. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Fresh Express Packaged Salads. They are quick, easy and really good. They have everything I want and it’s so much faster than assembling it myself. They are perfect for Techno-Geeks and Soccer Moms alike! For more information, check out freshfunds and take a look here for more of The Sproutwells.


‘Big Bang Machine’ Successfully Completes First Test

13 09 2008

The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s new and largest particle collider, passed its first major tests by firing two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 17-mile underground ring Wednesday.

Scientists hope it’s the next great step to understanding the makeup of the universe.

After a few trial runs, two white dots flashed on a computer screen near Geneva, Switzerland, at 10:26 a.m. (4:26 a.m. EDT) indicating that the protons had traveled clockwise along the full length of the $3.8 billion collider — described as the biggest physics experiment in history.

“There it is,” project leader Lyn Evans said when the beam completed its lap.

Champagne corks popped in labs as far away as Fermilab in Chicago, where contributing and competing scientists watched the proceedings by satellite.

Five hours later, scientists successfully fired a beam counterclockwise.

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Physicists around the world now have much greater power to smash the components of atoms together in attempts to learn about their structure.

“Well done, everybody,” said Robert Aymar, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to cheers from the assembled scientists in the collider’s control room at the Swiss-French border.

The organization, informally known by its former French acronym CERN, began firing the protons — a type of subatomic particle — around the tunnel in stages less than an hour earlier, with the first beam injection at 9:35 a.m. (3:35 a.m. EDT).

“The beam is the size of a human hair,” said CERN spokeswoman Paola Catapano.

Eventually two beams will be fired at the same time in opposite directions with the aim of recreating conditions a split second after the big bang, which scientists theorize was the massive explosion that created the universe.

“My first thought was relief,” said Evans, a Welshman who has been working on the project since its inception in 1984. “This is a machine of enormous complexity. Things can go wrong at any time. But this morning has been a great start.”

He didn’t want to set a date, but said that he expected scientists would be able to conduct collisions for their experiments “within a few months.”

The collider is designed to push the proton beam close to the speed of light, whizzing 11,000 times a second around the tunnel.

Scientists hope to eventually send two beams of protons through two tubes about the width of fire hoses, speeding through a vacuum that is colder and emptier than outer space.

The paths of these beams will cross, and a few protons will collide.

The supercooled magnets that guide the proton beam heated slightly in the morning’s first test, leading to a pause to recool them before trying the opposite direction.

The collider’s two largest detectors — essentially huge digital cameras weighing thousands of tons — are capable of taking millions of snapshots a second.

The CERN experiments could reveal more about “dark matter,” antimatter and possibly hidden dimensions of space and time.

It could also find evidence of the hypothetical particle — the Higgs boson — which is sometimes called the “God particle” because it is believed to give mass to all other particles, and thus to matter that makes up the universe.

Previously unknown particles are also expected to pop up, if only for a millionth of a second, from the high-energy collisions of protons and antiprotons.

A pair of Russian scientists even think the LHC would be the world’s first time machine, and that we should expect visitors from the future to arrive soon after it goes into operation.

The start of the collider came over the objections of some who feared the collision of protons could eventually imperil the Earth by creating micro-black holes, subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars.

“It’s nonsense,” said James Gillies, chief spokesman for CERN.

CERN was backed by leading scientists like Britain’s Stephen Hawking , who declared the experiments to be absolutely safe.

Brian Cox, a glamorous particle physicist at the University of Manchester in England who literally was once a rock star, told London’s Daily Telegraph that he and his colleagues had been receiving death threats.

He bluntly characterized anyone who feared the LHC would destroy the world with an unprintable term for a female body part.

That hasn’t stopped several people, including a former nuclear engineer from Hawaii and a German biochemist, from speaking out against the project.

“Someone will spot a light ray coming out of the Indian Ocean during the night and no one will be able to explain it, retired Professor Otto Roessler told London’s Mail on Sunday. “Very soon the whole planet will be eaten in a magnificent scenario — if you could watch it from the moon. A Biblical Armageddon. Even cloud and fire will form, as it says in the Bible.”

“[T]he compression of the two atoms colliding together at nearly light speed will cause an irreversible implosion, forming a miniature version of a giant black hole,” reads a lawsuit filed in March in U.S. District Court in Honolulu by Walter L. Wagner and a Spanish colleague, Luis Sancho.

The case, in which Wagner and Sancho demand that the LHC stop operations until an independent safety review is conducted, is still pending.

Gillies told the AP that the most dangerous thing that could happen would be if a beam at full power were to go out of control, and that would only damage the accelerator itself and burrow into the rock around the tunnel.

Nothing of the sort occurred Wednesday, though the accelerator is still probably a year away from full power.

The project organized by the 20 European member nations of CERN has attracted researchers from 80 nations. Some 1,200 are from the United States, an observer country that contributed $531 million. Japan, another observer, also is a major contributor.

Some scientists have been waiting for 20 years to use the LHC.

The complexity of manufacturing it required groundbreaking advances in the use of supercooled, superconducting equipment.

The 2001 start and 2005 completion dates were pushed back by two years each, and the cost of the construction was 25 percent higher than originally budgeted in 1996, Luciano Maiani, who was CERN director-general at the time, told The Associated Press.

Maiani and the other three living former directors-general attended the launch Wednesday.

Smaller colliders have been used for decades to study the makeup of the atom.

Less than 100 years ago scientists thought protons and neutrons were the smallest components of an atom’s nucleus, but in stages since then experiments have shown they were made of still smaller quarks and gluons and that there were other forces and particles.