Archive for November, 2010

We haven’t had cable for a while, and I get a lot of questions about how we still have so much TV to watch. The answer is a high-def antenna and Hulu Plus.  Previously, it was invitation only for testing purposes, but I was able to nab one and we’ve been using it for a few months now.  Basically, it’s the same thing as Hulu, but by paying a subscription fee you get access to more episodes (like all 8 seasons of a show instead of the current season or just the last few episodes) and you can watch most of the content in HD…which is a must when you’re using it on your living room TV as your main source of content.

As of today, it’s now available to the public and they dropped the price to $7.99 a month!   I encourage everyone to try it because it’s a heckuva lot better than paying $60+ a month for cable or satellite and we really never run out of content.  Lisa even gets her HGTV shows!

If you’d like to try, you can use this link here to get 2 free weeks (and I get 2 free weeks as well, in the interest of full disclosure).  But I totally think it’s worth every penny!

http://hulu.com/r/npV5Sg

UPDATE 1/22/11: Link was broken but should work now.  Sorry!

While it would be kind of weird to call a heart rate app my “favorite” app, I will admit I think it’s the most creative app I’ve ever downloaded.  First were the racing games that you steered by just moving the phone.  Then the dice games where you rolled dice by shaking the phone.  Now, a heart rate monitor that uses the camera to measure heart rate.  That’s right!

Free app “Instant Heart Rate” is available on the Android market (and app market for you Apple fanboys) for FREE.  Yes.  And you can even turn off the ads.  You then open the app and, using the LED flash to light your finger while placed over the camera, measures your pulse pretty darn accurately if you ask me.  Lisa and I tried it and it effectively jumped way up for her pulse, as would be expected based on her medicine, then back down for mine.  Also matched her manual measurements.  Nice.

I think my favorite thing about this is that it uses the technology to do something USEFUL.  It’s this kind of ingenuity that I like donating money toward.  And yes, I will be making a donation because 1) the developer doesn’t blatently ask for it or plaster the app and his website with download links, 2) because it works, and 3) this kind of forward thinking deserves reward.

Nicely done.  Very nicely done.

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I believe I first got the idea from Lifehacker.com, which was probably a repost from instructables or DIY…nevertheless, I was able to use an old credit card, heated with a torch lighter and cut just right, to make a remarkably sturdy stand for my Droid.  Makes it very nice for using as a desk clock.  No mote need for a clock radio!

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