Archive for June, 2007

Grandma Fish-kisses

Posted: June 23, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in digital photography, family, internet


Anyone have a Grandma like mine? Didn’t think so!

MS Surface Parody

Posted: June 22, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in computers, internet

If anyone actually watched the MS Surface video I posted awhile back, below you will find a parody of that video.  If you haven’t seen the original, I think you will get a lot more out of the parody if you first it.  Ok, enough talking… just watch the video!

Photowalking: Eugene

Posted: June 19, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in digital photography, family, internet, travel

Yesterday, Father’s Day 2007, I took my family Photowalking.  I won’t reiterate some of my previous posts, but if interested, you can read what Photowalking is, here.  It also appears that our Photowalking session was the very first in Eugene!  At least in Flickr, there were no other images tagged with Eugene Photowalking. 

We had a fun time and would highly recommend the activity for all ages.  Since only Grant and I were taking pictures, we don’t get the full impact of community diversity on our picture sets but interesting, none-the-less!

Let me know if you’d be interested in going to the next one!

Yay, Double Bandwidth!!!

Posted: June 19, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in computers, internet

Update from the weekend…

As you can see below, we now have 1.5Mbps!  Watch out Xbox Marketplace!

Broadband Speed Test

Posted: June 16, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, internet

I am sure that you, like me, have been interested in finding out just how fast you’re going on Al Gore’s “Information Super Highway”.  It appears that has redesigned their interface since the last time I looked at this and I wanted to share this with you!

I viewed their Flash-based test and was impressed with the details it spit out and the ease of use.  To start you simply choose a server near you and click on it.  A green to red indicator gives a glimpse at the server’s status.  The closest to me were near San Francisco.  Next, it tests upload and download speeds.  Finally, it graphs the results and you can see how you stack up against other users of your ISP or against others in your ZIP code.  It even has a box to save the HTML so that you can post results to your webpage.  Mine are below.

I wanted to test my speed because Natalie just spoke with our ISP and was able to shrink our monthly bill by ~$20 AND increase our bandwidth to 1.5Mbps!  Is she awesome or what?

Thank you, Microsoft!

Posted: June 15, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in beta, computers, software

Guess what I got today in my email?  I was invited to participate in the beta test of Microsoft Windows Home Server!  I have downloaded the software and burned it to DVD.  I will try to get hardware wrangled up for a weekend install.  Is it scary that I am totally stoked to try this out?

I am especially interested in testing out the automatic backup of my computers, streaming media to my XBOX 360 and also the remote connection from anywhere.

 Is anyone interested in how the install goes?  …any other details?

Google Maps: STREET VIEW

Posted: June 8, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in internet, travel

OK, so it’s been around for a week already and I am just getting around to blogging about it, but… You have got to go check out Google Maps Street View!   So, are you still reading and looking for reasons to go check it out?  Well, this new feature allows you to get 360 degree views at street level, so you can get an even better feeling for where you are going… you can see specific street signs and other visual markers.  Street View is only available in certain markets like San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, NYC.  For more info-tainment, check out the video below!

Windows Home Server

Posted: June 8, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Here is a link to a good write up on Home Server by Steve Wiseman… Oh, man, I want it!  Microsoft, I would be sooooo happy to beta this software!

I found hardware specs (looks like hardware can be leftovers from around the house or easily picked up at a Garage Sale):

The recommended settings for Windows Home Server are:CPU: 1GHz Pentium 3 or better
RAM: 512MB minimum
Hard Drive:1 Hard Drive 80GB internal (IDE, ATA, SATA, or SCSI)
DVD drive that is bootable
Monitor for the installation
QWERTY Keyboard and mouse or a compatible pointing device.  Also installation only.
Network Interface Card (NIC) 100Mbps Ethernet
MotherBoard must be ACPI compliant

Must have Windows Server 2003 driver support.

I would recommend using 2 or more hard drives if you can.  This will allow Windows Home Server to make duplications if you turn file duplication on.  With 3 hard drives or more, this moves information off the hard drive that has Windows Home Server installed on.  If you only have 1 or 2 hard drives for now, you can always easily add more later on by simply plugging a USB hard drive in or installing one internally and adding it to your storage.

In other words, my recommended setup would be the following or better:

Hard Drives: One 80GB hard drive for Windows Home Server and two 80GB drives (or larger) for the storage.
DVD drive that is bootable
Monitor for the installation
QWERTY Keyboard and mouse or a compatible pointing device.  Also installation only.
Network Interface Card (NIC) 1Gbps Ethernet
MotherBoard must be ACPI compliant

Please note: Laptops are not supported per the Release Documentation.

Windows Home Server Team

Beta Testing

Posted: June 7, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

I just registered with Microsoft to be a beta tester.  A beta tester is someone who helps the developer find bugs, etc. before software is released to the general public.  I am hoping to be invited to test out the MS Windows Home Server.  As I understand it, this new product will be aimed at the home computer user who has multiple PCs.  The product will act as the central administration portal to your home network and act as a central place to store data (pics, videos, documents), to automatically backup your PCs, and to also stream this to your Xbox360.  I am very interested in seeing this product in action and truly believe that many, many people will be using this product in the next couple of years!  Converging devices are becoming the norm and I think MS has begun to focus on the home as a brand new market potential.

After signing up for this Beta, I also registered with MS Game Studios!  Hopefully, I will also be chosen to try out some new Xbox games soon, too.

If you, too, are interested in Beta testing for MS, the URL is: