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NeuroWear NecoMimi Ears – Troubleshooting Motor Noise Problems?

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So, my girl just got a pair of Necomimi ears.  She loves these things a ton, and swore she’d never go anywhere without them again.

That sucks, though, because here she is, not wearing them.  Why?

Turns out that there’s this weird sound coming from the motors rotating the ears on either side.  So , not wanting to ruin it further, is now busy being sad about them…

I think she contacted Neurowear, so this post’ll update as new things happen. Anyone else have any insight on this?  We can’t open it up or we’ll violate the warranty…

Apache 2.2 and PHP 5.1.6 having “The Specified Module can not be found”

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So, I had the above problem when trying to install those.

How did I fix it?

I found this topic:

http://www.apachelounge.com/viewtopic.php?t=859

then, looked up the page linked in the Wayback archive:

http://web.archive.org/web/20061006022158/http://www.apachelounge.com/download/

And got the following file:

http://www.apachelounge.com/download/mods/php5apache2.dll-php5.1.x.zip

Stay cool, broheims.

Three Reasons Why I Never Use Wi-Fi on my Android Smartphone

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Hey everyone.  If you’re like me, you love your Android-powered smartphone.  If you’re lucky to have a great data plan, you probably won’t stop watching, reading, and accessing websites.  You may even tether your computer to your phone!

But did you know that many problems plague Wi-Fi networks?  And did you know your Android phone may be susceptible to yet-undiscovered problems with security?  Did you even know how Wi-Fi affects battery?

That’s why I wrote this post.

#1: Wi-Fi drains the battery, and you’re likely to not be needing it.

So, let’s think about this.  How often are you driving?  Do you visit many places in a day, or only a few?  If you’re not on the streets or road often, why would you leave GPS on?  And this follows:  If you’re not using the internet, why would you leave Wi-Fi on?

Let’s face it.  You either want to browse the net or email for a specific period of time, or suddenly when it hits you.  When you’re with the former, it’s easy to turn Wi-Fi on if there’re networks nearby.  But with the latter, you can’t rely upon wireless.  So, if you have a data plan, why even need to use a local Wi-Fi?

#2: Accessing an unsecured Wi-Fi network is asking to be violated.

Did you know that black-hat hackers can steal your login privileges if they’re on an unsecured network with you?  It’s really easy.  Everything you do with an unsecured network is shouted over the airwaves.  Furthermore, a lot of websites don’t use https:// encryption.  So, imagine:  you’re shouting your password in a non-encrypted format, and then the website shouts back all the login settings and passes.  All somebody has to do is be listening to hear it all.

Furthermore, even savvier hackers may set up a lure by creating their own fake, wireless networks.  It’s like telling the robber your PIN and Bank Account # while thinking he’s a bank teller.  And then telling him your Facebook password.  And so on.

This last paragraph is where #3 comes in.

#3: A recently-discovered vulnerability affects 99% of running Android operating systems– only 1% of phones have the security update.

I just recently found out about this, and it cements my belief in never trusting a network besides Sprint’s.  To reiterate, 99% of running Android phones have an un-updated vulnerability in the Android OS.

What’s the bug?  In summation, when you connect to a wireless network, your phone checks for all its updates through it.  This means to access Facebook updates or GMail updates, your phone sends the GMail or FB credentials across this network.  This could make sense on a network you trust. However, Google found a way to prevent such a leak and applied it to an update to the Android operating system.

Only problem is, 99% of Android phones have yet to get this update from their phone’s manufacturer.

 

 

In summation, what can you do to avoid snafus with wireless networks?  Don’t trust them. Especially with the wallet of the future– your phone.

“Join us Online” – The Daily Show transcending ‘Show’

Jon Stewart is a popular TV Pundit, whether he likes it or not.  Because of this, media networks and politicians alike want to be represented in the chair Stewart interviews every night.  Of growing importance on The Daily Show featuring Jon Stewart is Stewart’s extended interviews.  On CNN or Fox, if there’s not enough time to continue a conversation, the last few words are where it lies.

Likewise, Jon finds himself in similar situations with his interviewees– what to do with a rare and valuable guest, or how to end a worthwhile conversation?

The Daily Show ignores that question.  Why stop there?  Asking that assumes that shows have to fit into time constraints.  The Daily Show continues the interview and posts the result online.

Imagine that for a moment– additional information for people who want it and are aware of its existence.  Jon and his staff’s inclusion of “Watch the Extended Interview Online” in either verbal or screen caption form has amazing implications.

For one, I (and I assume many) of The Daily Show’s audience is savvy enough to watch the reruns online.  That means that instead of leaving the episode right there, I’m brought to the website for the additional interaction and advertisement.  The conversion and push to watch online is incredible, and strengthens The Daily Show’s website for the additional and unique content.  Can you imagine having this pull?

Imagine popular sitcoms having additional content online, such as scenes that were cut, but still exist within the show’s universe.  Imagine interviews that can continue and be archived or streamed online from a news broadcast.  Imagine The Price Is Right having an online component as well.

It’s rare to find innovation when it comes to network or cable television.  That’s why The Daily Show’s subtle and powerful extension into the online market should be grasped and appreciated for what it truly is:  a stroke of brilliance.  At this pace, Jon would be able to advertise additional content on the internet, additional fan interaction, and bring The Daily Show’s website to be a valuable hub for its target demographics.

I want a super home entertainment system– DVR, multi room audio and music, media center, the works.

So here is my latest hunger– moving out into an apartment with my buddies that is an incredible media hub.

Like…

  • Being able to record TV and send it to any computer at any time…
  • Or send LIVE TV to any room’s computer at any time!
    • If I’m lucky, that means that we can watch multiple channels from multiple boxes with only one cable box, or high-quality decipherable stream…
  • Being able to watch internet videos on the main TV…
  • Being able to watch whatever videos were loaded onto it!
  • Being able to send DVDs across rooms!
  • Being able to remotely tell the program to download torrents and other media, keeping users separate, but all within the upload limit, and allowing remote access to the files! 8)
  • Receive Audio from the main radio station in the house..
  • And broadcast to the household radio station from any computer!
  • Even to play a role as a game server!

It’d be complex, but damn.  I think this’d be awesome.  I think I’d need a great ethernet card, some nice RAID management.. etc..

What a headache, but fun!

Sprint Hero plan VS Droid Eris

I took a look at the Sprint Hero, and finally got one.

Problems:

  • It has its slow moments.  Sometimes, I type so fast that the keyboard can’t keep up, even when the phone is doing nothing.
  • Some applications you download can stay on constantly, draining the battery, even if you aren’t using them.  (EG: See the UStream application.  Great in theory, bad in practice?)
  • It has its slow moments more frequently than you’d desire.  Sometimes, I hit the phone-hangup button to stop the sleep display on the phone, and I have to wait at least half a second for it to show up.  This can be a problem when it doesn’t show up for seconds, and then you hit the same button just to make sure it’s working.  If you dot hat, when the phone DOES come back, the display will light up–and then immediately disappear because you DID hit the ‘turn off display’ button twice.

I think it’s worth my investment, however, and I’ll let you know how pleased I am by the end of the… ack. Two year contract :p

$80 per month is affordable, however.  I’ve had this for at least a week, and have only used 24 minutes out of 450… Either I don’t call landlines enough, or I picked an amazing plan for my phone.

Be back later– I plan to make an intellectual post on How to discipline yourself, what habits to create to get yourself discipline, and what has inspired this need for it with me.

What does Sprint’s EPRP mean? Also: Sprint Hero

EPRP means “Everything Plus Referral Program”.

I read a comment at the DROID ERIS for Verizon post at Engadget that talked about an affordable plan with Sprint’s Hero SmartPhone, which is essentially HTC’s Droid Eris.

If/when I switch to this plan/phone, I”ll let you know. I currently don’t get to leave my computer a lot, so if I plan on going out sometime, I think I’ll get the phone.