Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Movie Review: Live Free or Die Hard


I just went to see Bruce Willis in the latest episode of the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard. Wow! What a great movie!

Ok, ok, this is a tech blog not "Ebert & Roeper at the Movies", but stick with me on this because I guarantee you there is tech involved. Sure the plot is simple; While the bad guys, lead by Timothy Olyphant's character, Thomas Gabriel, wreak havoc our hero, a New York cop John McClane becomes "a fly in the ointment", "a monkey in the wrench" and there are lots of things blowing up, bullets flying, great one liners, and tech! Lots of tech. There was action, action, and more action. And yes plenty of tech, lots of LCD screens, laptops, PDAs, cell phones, flexible USB keyboards, and a lot more. The Apple ad guy, Justin Long, who used Apple equipment in the movie was the geek that McClain was sent to haul in for questioning .

Justin Long's character, a Black Hat Hacker named Matt Farrell who is wanted for questioning by the FBI, plays well against Bruce Willis' gruff and gritty Detective John McClane. While the the reality of the hacking of systems as depicted in the film is no way that easy, like hacking into the FBI's computer system, the possibe vulnerability of the Nation's cyberinfrastructures are brought into question. Ferrell uses his hacking skills like McClane uses cars to take out helicopters, which gives us the film quotes; Foster: "You just killed a helicopter with a car!" McClane: "I was out of bullets. " Great lines and there are plenty of them. even the bad guy has soem good ones like; John McClane: [after covering a webcam] "Freddy, can you trace these guys?" Gabriel: "Mr. McClane covering the camera does not turn off the microphone."

While I did not like Die Hard 2: Die Harder (it really sucked), and Die hard with a Vengeance (Die Hard 3) as decent, this movie was more like the original. I loved the original Die Hard movie. Actually, I don't ever feel like its Christmas season until I see that movie as it had a Christmas theme and there are Christmas jingles sung in the movie by Sgt. Al Powell (aka Reginald Veljohnson). I digress. The feel of the plot, the pace of the film and the action sequences were impressive. The visual effects were great and it is amazing what can be done with CGI these days. We were hanging on the edge of our seats at times and even jumping out of them, like my wife did once or twice.

It has been a long time since I was in a theater and the whole audience got into the movie. When McClain knocks off another bad guy the whole theater cheered. I paid $9.75 for my ticket and I feel that I got my money's worth. I left that theater feeling great having forgotten about the real world and all of its troubles. While I don't think anyone would categorize it as a "Feel Good Movie", well except for geeks and gun lovers, I sure felt great! So take some time out of your week and go see this movie. If you loved the original Die Hard, then you will love this movie.

I'm giving this movie 4 out of 5 microphones.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Show #40 - Bike Tech Podcast, June 26, 2007.

Show #040 – Bicycle Tech


Contact info:

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Pearl Izumi Vertex MP3 Bib - $400

Castelli Split Second Jersey - $150

Swobo Merino Jersey - $98

Descente Classic Pro Chevron Shorts - $90

Oakley RADAR - $155 to $255

Exo-nerve - $130

Robota - $90

Diadora Ergo Carbon - $170

Shimano SH-M121 - $100

Speedplay Light Action Pedal System - $115 MSRP

Rotor Agilis Crank Set & Q-Rings - $329 Crank Set & $159 for the Q-Rings which on Sale thru June (shipped to US address)

ZIPP ZED6 Wheels - $2,700 (set)

Jelly Belly Sport Beans - $20 (

Fallbrook NuVinci CVP bike transmission - $ Unknown

Shimano Coasting Automatic Transmission - $450 - $700 depending on the bike.

Trek Lime Retro Bike- $550

LeMond Bikes - $750 - $7,700

Kestrel RT700 - $3,300

Raleigh Supercourse - $1,475

Trek Madone - $3,000+ Article
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Friday, June 15, 2007

Counterfeit AC Adaptor Alert!

If you own a Massage chair or an MP3 docking station (hmmm wonder for which "brand" of MP3 player), you might want to verify that your AC adaptor is legit!

UL UL Warns of Counterfeit AC Adaptors

Monday, June 11, 2007

Show #39 - Father's Day Tech Podcast, June 11, 2007.
Show #039 – Father’s Day Tech

Had a great day in San Jose visiting the
Winchester Mystery House so I'm late
getting these show notes and the
podcast audio posted. Sorry.

Checkout the link for the house that
Sarah Winchester, hieress to the
Winchester Repeating Arms fortune
built here in California. Really cool
place thet you have to visit to fully
understand and enjoy.

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17th and you
got nothhing in mind for what you're going
to get pops do ya? Well, I'm
here to help you
figure to what to get dear old Dad.

This episode I take a page out of
Steve Holden’s old podcast, Tech Rag Tear
Outs, and do the Sunday Advertisement Tear
Outs. Lots of tech stuff for your old man.

Listener Feed Back from Paranoid Jack on
the Last Episoide, Show #38 - Yard Care
Tech. Great link from Jack too.

DVD/iPod Player-Dock - $140 Circuit City
Panisonic HT & iPod Dock - $400 Circuit City
ION iTTUSB Turntable - $130 Circuit City
Jensen DVD/iPod/XM - $400 Circuit City
Pioneer CD- MP3 & iPod & Satellite Ready - $140 (maybe less) Circuit City
iJoy Recliner & Ottoman - $750 & $350 Linens -n- Things
Cordless Grill Brush - $19.99 Linens -n- Things
IntelliLaser Pro - $34.99 Target
Tripod LED Flashlight - $19.99 Target
Auto Wrench - $28.44 Target
Eddie Bauer Tent - $69.99 Target
Reebok 25lb SpeedPac Weights - $49 Target
Vinotemp Wine Cooler - $149 Target
B&D 6" Alligator Lopper - $99 Home Depot
Gorilla 17' Ladder - $169 Home Depot - Tools Galore. More from here during Tool Tech
Titanium Ratcheting Wrenches - $100 Sears
Titanium 3/8" Socket Set - $80 Sears

Bonus Links:
Golf Bag Storage Unit - $50 Linens -n- Things
BBQ Grill - $250 Linens -n- Things
Free Gift Card w/ iPod Purchase - Circuity City
Logitech Bluetooth Headphones - $90 Circuit City

(206) 888-NORB (6672)

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