Mar 16

TURNS TO THE DARK SIDE!!! Why My Friend Switched to Mac!

My friend has turned to The Dark Side and purchased a MacBook Pro after 2 years of him telling me how crazy I was for using one!

Here’s his reasoning:

I think i’m going to get a 15″ macbook pro. I like the pro over the regular macbook because of it’s aluminum construction, higher performance, and back lit keyboard…especially the back lit keyboard, that’s a feature I really want in my new laptop.

Something I really like about the Mac which can’t be said of windows machines is that the software company is the same company that makes the notebook. Huge difference. When you buy a windows machine, it comes loaded down with no end of advertising BULLS**T…and you know how much I like advertising….Not to mention my HP overheats and shuts down if I’m doing anything even remotely processor intensive….like listening to music for instance.

From what I can tell Mac makes a high quality product speaking strictly from a hardware standpoint. I’m indifferent about the operating system, but I suspect I will like it better because I don’t have “processes” and “services” running ALL the time and making me constantly wonder which ones are necessary and which ones I can disable. I did this when I first got my notebook 3ish years ago and it took me half a day. I ended up shutting off half of the processes and services. What a load of crap.

I’m not looking forward to learning a whole new file system and all the other stuff that comes with managing an operating system (like setting an IP address for instance), but hey that’s life.

The nail in the coffin was really the “boot camp” option. All I have to do is buy whatever distribution of windows I want, choose a partition size, and the mac will do a full installation of windows ON THE F**KING MACHINE which I can optionally boot to any time I want. Are you kidding me?!?! This is one of the most brilliant marketing strategies ever devised. It’s a direct assault on Microsoft, and as far as I am concerned, it wins the war…for now.

So yeah…after all the crap I give you about your apple products, I’m switching to the dark side. My experience with the iPhone has been nothing short of great and I hope it continues for the macbook as well. I still think they market these things to hippies and the whole “green computer” business is a bunch of tree hugger nonesense, but the bottom line is they make a superior product, and for my money right now, it’s going to me a mac. God help me….


Gotta Love the Images You Find Online!

My friend has already edited and posted a video on YouTube using iMovie! Check it out!

Mar 16

WTC Attack September 11, 2001 from New York Police Helicopter

Never before seen footage of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 that was taken from a helicopter. Interesting to see it from a different angle!

Video obtained by an FOIA request from a person to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST.gov) who directed NIST to send it to Cryptome.org. NIST investigated the WTC tower collapses and collected large amounts of evidence from officials and individuals. While much of this evidence has been released to the public, more is still withheld.

Excerpt of the March 3, 2011 NIST letter to the FOIA requester who used the mail address of Cryptome.

Quote: These electronic files image were provided to NIST by the New York Police Department. The City of New York has provided NIST with the following notice:

“Please take notice that the City of New York (“City”) has asserted that the contents of the enclosed DVD-ROM is protected under tbe Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. sections 101 et seq. Tbe City expressly reserves its rights in these materials, and requires that you obtain the City’s permission prior to any reproduction, modification, adaptation, recompilation, or other derivative use of each DVD-ROM or portion thereof, including any still image extracted or derived therefrom, and that the City’s permission be obtained prior to the commercial distribution of any video footage and of still or moving images extracted or derived therefrom in any medium, by sale, rental, lease, lending or other means. The City requires that the instant notice accompany any moving or still images that you disseminate for any reason, including dissemination that complies with the fair use authorized by section 107 of the Copyright Act, and requires that each recipient of these materials comply with the instant Notice. Moreover, the City requires that a summary statement of its copyright be embedded in any moving or still images extracted from the enclosed DVD-ROM that are broadcast in any medium for any purpose. This summary statement shall read as follows: “Copyright (c) NYPD.” Please write to the New York City Police Department, Legal Bureau, 1 Police Plaza, Room 1406, New York, N. Y. 10038, for information about obtaining an appropriate license.” Unquote

Mar 16

Honk For Japan!

Honk if you Love Japan! I love seeing YouTubers giving back and helping other out in times of need.

For every 1,000,000 views that this video gets, I will donate another $600. I will take screenshots again and post on my site http://www.higatv.com for proof, when it happens.
I decided to make a little video to encourage others to support the disaster reliefs in Japan by taking it to the streets!

Mar 16

how to hack video screens on times square

the way it works is pretty simple: plug in my transmitter into the iphone 4 and play back any video clip. you can play it through the ipod feature or through the camera roll. the transmitter instantly sends the video signal to the video repeater and the video repeater overrides any video screen that it’s being held next to. it doesn’t matter what shape or size the hacked screen is because the hack video will simply keep its correct dimensions and the rest of the hacked space will stay black.

i chose times square for my demo because it has lots of video screens to try it on. it is also one of the most monitored and secured areas in new york city and that made it that much more fun :). you can see in my video that the repeater is pretty powerful but the signal is not very stable yet. i’m working on that. i will post a new video later this week explaining how i made this prototype.

This could be VERY useful for some guerilla advertisers! Neat little gadget!

Mar 14

iPad 2 Camera Tests!

My mom got an iPad 2, and I decided to film some little test videos to see what the quality of the cameras looked like.

Back Camera:

Front Camera:

As I said in the video, I think that the iPad has the iPod Touch camera system and not the iPhone 4′s camera system, which the iPhone 4′s cameras are a little bit better that the other two from what I’ve heard.