Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fuzzy hazy iPhone photos

Ok, I was getting photos with that sort of World of Warcraft 'Full Screen Glow' effect. Like this:

See how bright objects are not clear and sort of glow? (Like my son: he's bright but not always clear. Damn near indecipherable sometimes, but you just nod and say "Orly?")

Turn out it's simple: the lens was dirty. I have a hard case on the iPhone that made it pick up a a bit of dust. Nice case overall with a belt clip it slips in and out of that you don't have to use. It flips open for easy cleaning, so don't worry about that. Quick wipe of the shirt tail and you're done.

(I have the same one for my 1st gen iPhone.)

After cleaning my lens, this was the result.

No more fuzzy! And it wasn't that dirty, but the lens on the iPhone is so small, it makes a big difference.

Reindeer Fun

Once again it is time for festive headgear. They would not, however,
let me join in any games.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cheapest WiFi Adapter for Xbox 360 and TiVo, and Others

Ok, forget the one Microsoft/TiVo/whoever sells. You don't need it.

What you need is what is called a bridge. It connects wired boxes via a plain old cable to a WiFi network.

So anything that has a network plug can plug into the bridge without buying that special expensive adapter for your TiVo/Xbox/Xbox 360/etc.

Something like this is what you want, and if you want to plug multiple devices in, get a switch or hub.

Sometimes, they have a switch built in like this one:

That is the one I have and it's ROCK SOLID. Not the cheapest, but recommended. You can plug 4 devices into the switch on it. So you saved $20 by not buying the official Xbox 360 adapter, and now you can plug EVERYTHING in your entertainment center into your network.

Good job.

Merry Christmas!

Nothing says Happy Holidays like discount liqour! I got these lovelies
in the mail today.
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