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Scott
Technology Professional living at an undisclosed location (aka NYC).
Interests: Coming up with lists of things I like! Skying, Scuba Diving, Roller Bladding,Swimming, Poker, Hockey, None of the above is done nearly enough for my tastes but i like them!
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On several occasions I have blogged about Zimbra. In June I decided to switch back to Google apps. For about a month or so I had been playing with both Zimbra and Google apps. What's funny is I was relatively happy with Zimbra, but when I was playing with android phones I started looking again at Google apps. It seems like nowadays Google apps is universally accessible on multiple operating systems and phone platforms. Zimbra does use Microsoft's exchange sync but do not as universally compatible as Google apps. The biggest drawback was the limitations on android phones. Even though I ended up not keeping an android phone I actually like the flexibility that Google apps gave me. When I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
Today seems like the last day of Partsearch Technologies. It looks like the staff has been let go and the company is going out of business. It is still kind of odd that I found myself wanting to write about it. After all I haven't worked there since February 2007. In any event I have several friends that still worked there up until the end, and after spending so many years working there I feel like a wanted to write something. For the past several weeks I've heard about problems they been having. Of course it seemed like (to me) there've been problems for years. In the end I have mixed feelings about this day. Partsearch was a place I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
You may remember that back in December I had purchased a Verizon MiFi. Other than the cost I was actually very pleased with it. I never really used it that much. It was a really nice to have and did come in handy, but I didn't NEED it. I was pleased and surprised to see virgin mobile announce mobile hotspot of their own with the pay-as-you-go price plan. The $20 a month for 200 meg plan was perfect for my occasional need for hotspot. Before my trip to Syracuse for the Fourth of July I ran out to Best Buy and got one. I wanted to try it out head-to-head with my Verizon one and see how the performance was.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Powerpedia
When the iPad was announced I decided to stick with a MiFi and go with the Wi-Fi version. I already had a 3G hotspot (my MiFi with Verizon) and the Wi-Fi version was coming out much sooner than the 3G version. In practice using the MiFi wasn't that seamless. It was okay, and I was getting decent speed, but there were times when it didn't work or was just slow to work. Because of the limitations I decided that maybe I could use the 3G version after all. I have a Wi-Fi version so I was in no rush however I started checking out the Apple stores in New York City to see if they have them in stock. For... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Powerpedia
Earlier this month Plex came out with a new version. I had been really liking version 8 since I started using my Mac mini as a media center back in late June. I was eager to download the new version when it came out. Initially I was not very pleased. I had significant issues with my media library upgrading. Well, part of the problem was it didn't upgrade. I had to start over and lost all my customizations. The new version also had issues downloading TV metadata initially. Thankfully the download issues were resolved and I am actually quite pleased now how Plex 9 is turning out. I also purchased the IOS media streaming app for my iPhone and iPad.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Powerpedia
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Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Powerpedia
I ordered one of the new Mac Mini's the other day. It should arrive on Wednesday. It is taking so long since I wanted 4gig's of RAM so it was a special order. I got the stock HDD and Processor since I don't think I needed more than what it came with. Now I will agree I have a few computers so why would I want another one? Good question. No real good answer. I don't "need" anything. However with this new Mini I can use HDMI naitivly so my hopes for a media center machine are once again alive. I don't know if this Mac will have the same HDMI issues as my other ones have with the adapters... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at Powerpedia
Way back in October of 2008 I started using Zimbra (Hosted by 01.com) instead of Google Apps. At the time the reasons were based mainly about security and the lack of good syncing from Google Apps to my iPhone. I also recall the less than stellar Contact management on Google Apps. Whats different? We first the Contact management on Google Apps/Gmail is much improved. I think it is pretty close to being on par with Zimbra, or enough to be really usable. Secondly they offer Exchange like sync to any devices such as my iPhone. With those two problems solved plus the fact that Google Apps always was a better email system I was very tempted to switch. Another driving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at Powerpedia
Today was a very long day for me. It isn't that I don't do 11 hour work days. I get my fair share every once in a while. It was the fact that I had to get up and have a conference call at 7AM that was killing me. I was surprised that after my shower and some cappuccino I was actually able to function. I had calls pretty much all day till about 4PM. I ended up catching up on work tasks and email till about 6 when I finally decided to get offline and relax. That was pretty much my day! Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at Powerpedia
Ever since I moved I haven't biked as much as I would have liked. Nothing beat going to central park and biking the loop or part of the loop. The first summer I moved to LIC I went out once or twice and really couldn't find any place I liked biking too. Last summer I went biking in Central Park once but otherwise didn't do much in the way of biking due to lots of work deadlines. This summer I want to get out and do more biking and exploring. Today I rented a bike right by the Intrepid (I didn't want to deal with traveling on the subway with my own) and biked on along the west side highway.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at Powerpedia
Last nigth I went out and meet up with some friends after work. It has been a while since I saw one of them, and a week since I saw another. A third went out to the beach for the weekend early so she bailed. I was impressed with how much alcohol I actually drank. I think I had a few mixed drinks and at least 3 shots. Not my normal night out, but I had a blast. We went to our new hang out Ping and Whistle. Well sorta new hang out. We have only been there twice. All in all a great evening. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at Powerpedia
For years I would travel everywhere with my iPod. Recently I had a 60gb and then a 160gb models. They aren't the smallest but had enough storage for extra stuff so I had them vs a mini or nano. One of the reasons I bought an iPhone 3G was so I didn't have to carry my iPod everywhere with me and just use my phone. At first I couldn't stand that the iPhone couldn't use the wired remote that I had with my iPhone. Because I liked skipping through songs I still used my iPod for music even though I had the iPhone. Back in October that started to change. The other day was the first time I actually took... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
Back in December I tried T-Mobile and the G1 out as a possible alternative for my iPhone. The idea was that T-Mobile's no contract plans might work out for me and if I liked the Android OS enough I would get a newer Android phone to replace my iPhone 3GS. That experiment ended badly due to the G1 being no where near the iPhone and T-Mobile service sucking as bad or worse than AT&T did where I use it. I have been eying the Nexus One for a little while since they offer an AT&T version of it. It is the latest in Android phones and it has some advantages over the iPhone in hardware. That and it used the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
For the holiday I went up to Jayson, Gretchen, & Seth's for yesterday and today. Originally it was going to just be me coming over and hanging out. At the last minute John and his family called and wanted to come up so Jay turned Sunday into a BBQ. 2 of Gretchen's brothers came over, John, Z, and Christian came over also. Dave came by after his shift at work ended. We hung out. BBQ'ed, and went into the pool. It was a bit hot so the pool was nice. I stayed over and we grabbed breakfast this morning, and then hung out by the pool for most of the day until I headed back to the city. I took... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
This week I was sick for most of the week. I took Tuesday off just to have a longer weekend, but it ended up being just a day I was sick inside! I wasn't too happy about that. I worked from home Wednesday but felt like crap most of the day. I even napped in the evening after work. I woke up on Thursday and decided to just take a sick day since i was still feeling out of it. I should have done that on Wednesday, but I didn't. By Friday I was feeling more myself but a bit congested. I worked, but it was from home. I ran out to Manhattan to look for something at the Apple... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
Today I went to my nephew's 4th birthday party. It was a bit early this year since my sister won at an auction an appearance / performance of Zachary's favorite musical performer. This guy is like kiddie crack for Zack. He loves his music. So in order to have him for the party they had it a few weeks before Zachary's birthday. It was a long day for me since I had to get up early to catch a train out to south NJ. That on top of the fact that I was out kinda late I was tired. The party was fun. They had it outside in my sisters back yard. There were tons of kids there. I took... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Powerpedia
The past week or two has been actually very hectic. Typically when I'm really busy I still try to write about my experiences and post date blog entries. Over the past week or two it had been so hectic I haven't really thought about what has been going on, so I have not written anything down. That's not being that I haven't been doing very much. Actually I think I've been out off every night during the week, and all last weekend. I will endeavor to try and keep track of what's going on more. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia
I found a note about a company store website where I can get stuff with the company logo. I had bought a polo and an unbrella on another site a few months ago but the selection wasn't so great. I was eager to check out the new site. I bought two polos, and a fleet of top. If the polls fit well probably buy more. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia
Air that most of my friends will not be surprised to find out when I bought the iPad. I pre-ordered it the first chance I got. It arrived this Saturday. I actually should have just gone to the store and pre-ordered it for pickup. Instead I ordered it and had it shipped so I didn't have to deal with the store, but there was a lot of uncertainty on if the shipment would arrive on time.Next time I may just go to the store. I wanted a tablet for some time, and I believe I written blog post about it. I was skeptical at first that the iPad would not suit my needs, however after reading more about it I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia
Tonight I was able to meet up with a bunch of friends near and far. Joe and Karen were in town so Jason, Gretchen, John, a bunch of Karen's family, and myself all met up at city crab for dinner. We had a really good time. We all don't get to see each other that often so was nice to get together, have a nice meal. John, Gretchen, and I on King crab. It was very yummy. Afterward, we went down the street to the old town Tavern for a few drinks and to just hang out. We always have a good time we get together so it's sad to see everyone ago. Overall was a fantastic night. What I... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia
Today was the first night of Passover. My family met at my brother-in-law's dads apartment in the city. There were a lot of people there. Besides my sister, her husband, and her three kids, my brother-in-law's sister, her husband and 3 kids, my brother-inlaw's dad, his brother and some of his grandchildren. In total there were nine kids, and become adults. We did an extremely abridged children's seder. It was good seeing everybody had a great time playing with the kids. I've also happy that I was able to get a ride home from my parents, but usually do when we go to Donnie. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia
This weekend Jason, John, Phil, and I went to Atlantic City to celebrate John's birthday. I personally haven't been to Atlantic City that often. is actually my third time going. The last time was actually for John special party. Jason or John I can remember Alan that New Jersey transit has a train that goes directly to Atlantic City. The Atlantic city express service or a ACES was pretty cool. All us decided to take the train and we went first class since it wasn't on the former. The train was basically a modified New Jersey transit double-decker train that makes one stop in Newark and then goes express all the way AC. We got there in the afternoon played... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia
Not sure what was up this morning but I was super tired. With a full day of meetings and no time for anything else I opted to work from home.I haven't been typically working from home on Wednesday anymore but like today I still do it sometimes. I'm very thankful that I have up to. Other than that what was good, and today was a generally ordinary day. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia
Tonight was the 2nd thursday in a row I had plans that got canceled. Part of me with a little relieved, because I was really tired. Of course it is never fun Plan canceled. Other than that it was a typical day at the office. I almost totally forgot that today with tax day. That is what happens when I do my taxes and get a return early. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Powerpedia