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Episode 131 - What's On My Christmas List 2010 Jim & Mike return with our 5th annual edition of What's on My Christmas List, but first they need to get some stuff off of their chests... Stuff We Talked About Which...

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Episode 129 - The Penultimate Show The guys get together for the final "regular" show before the final episode of the Mind of Men, which will be happening the third week of June.  If you have any questions,...

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Episode 46 – Get in Shape without Joining a Gym

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This week on the Mind of Men, the guys talk about Jim’s return from Houston, a check of how the guys did on their Christmas lists, PC Magazine going monthly, the Patriots game, and yet another new airline restriction from the Department of Transportation.

We want to thank all of our listeners for hanging out with us this year and wish everyone and their families a happy New Year

This week’s Decision 2008 – Candidate Focus is former Senator John Edwards
His Issues Page
About John Edwards

After
the break, Jim helps you achieve your New Year’s resolution to get in shape (and we know most of you have this one) by giving you some ideas for working out if you don’t want to join a gym.

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      Episode 45 – Internet Searching

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      This week on the Mind of Men, the guys talk about Jim’s trip to Houston for Christmas, Mike’s new Snowblower (how’s that for a nice contrast), more dumping on Vista and praise for the Mac from the U.S. Army, and some of Mike’s initial feedback on Windows Live Services and Products.

      Also a Merry Christmas to all of our listeners and their families from Mike & Jim

      This week’s Decision 2008 – Candidate Focus is Senator John McCain
      His Issues Page
      About John McCain

      After the break, Mike presents a segment on Internet Searching – the history, the players, why you might want to use something other than Google, and some tips for to enhance your Google usage.

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          Episode 44 – 25 Things every Guy Should know how to do

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          This week on the Mind of Men, the guys talk about Jim’s new OLPC Laptop, Mike’s promotion to Cub Scout Pack Master, Jim’s solutuon to venting cigar smoke out of the Havana Hut, a guy who wants to sell you his soul for $1 million, and the latest sports stories including Michael Vick’s sentence and the results of Senator George Mitchell’s steriod investigation.

          This week’s Decision 2008 – Candidate Focus is Barak Obama
          http://origin.barackobama.com/issues/
          http://www.barackobama.com/about/

          After the break, the guys review Popular Mechanic’s List of 25 things that every guy should know how to do and see how they stack up on the manliness scale.

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          Video Processors Part 2 – Nope still did nothing for me

          Category : Reviews

          Well, I just realized that I never posted my follow-up article on the Anchor Bay VP30 and my Samsung 1080P TV. As you can probably glean from the title, not much changed.

          The same problems that I mentioned in part one were still in place – Since my High Def cable box only outputted in 1080i, the VP30 did nothing for the signal as it requires a 480i signal (The VP50 will process 1080i, but it’s a lot more money). I now could use the HDMI output on my VP30, but after conducting a similar battery of tests, I had the same result – there was no visible difference between VP30 and no VP30, so the box went back to Anchor Bay.

          The one thing that I will mention is that Anchor Bay made good on their 30 day return policy, but shipping the VP30 to and from Anchor Bay cost me about $100 or so for the experiment. An expensive lesson, but at least I now know whether or not it made a difference. As I mentioned in part one, the cost does not yield enough value to me so unless I win the lottery or find a lot more money somehow, I’ll probably call it a day with Video Processors.

          How to get WPA working on your OLPC

          Category : How-To

          Okay, just got my new OLPC yesterday and I have been playing around with it.  Definitely an entirely new paradigm and one that will take some getting used to.  I’ll be posting more of my thoughts in a review a bit later, however, I wanted to talk about how to get around an immediate problem that I had getting my OLPC to talk to my Wireless Network.

          I use WPA2-PSK which is generally the strongest wireless security option available today to the home user.  An even stronger version makes use of RADIUS and a back end user authentication service like Windows Active Directory, but most home users simply find running something that sophisticated to be more trouble than it is worth.

          My WPA key is an evil 63 character alpha numeric that includes symbols as well.  You can generate some pretty strong ones using Steve Gibson’s Password Generator.  For some reason, there is a bug in the OLPC code that makes it refuse to accept the ASCII string.  You need to covert it to Hexadecimal for it to work.  WPA clients generally take the ASCII WPA key you enter, combine it with the SSID of your wireless network and hash it to create a 64 character Hexadecimal value.  The client on the shipping version of the OLPC has a known bug that prevents this from working correctly.

          Generating the hash manually is a pain, but fortunately, some kind soul has created a web page that will do it for you.  Navigate your web browser here and you will get a page that will let you enter your SSID and WPA ASCII key.  It will then return the 64 character Hexadecimal value which you simply cut and paste into the Password field on your OLPC and you are good to go.  As I said, this works with the WPA2/AES system I am running.

          Have fun with it.

          Episode 43 – Interview with Tad: Crazy Christmas Lights

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          This week on the Mind of Men, Mike and Jim talk about how Jim can’t seem to get a podcast out without a screwup, some listener feedback from Bob on blind cigar ratings, and a recall on coffee mugs from Starbucks.  Mike provides us with an update on the carriage house renovation project, and the guys discuss the latest Vista/XP benchmarking (hint – it doesn’t look good for Vista) and the lawsuit over Apple’s Visual Voicemail.

          This week’s Decision 2008 – Candidate Focus is Mike Huckabee
          http://www.mikehuckabee.com/?FuseAction=Issues.Home

          After the break, the guys interview Tad Kledzik of KledzikChristmas.com to get some ideas on designing a kick-butt Christmas light display that will make you the envy of your neighborhood.

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          Carriage House Update

          Category : Ramblings

          After a week of pretty much nothing happening, work picked up again today on the Carriage House project. We were in limbo through all of last week while waiting for the town electrical inspector to sign-off on the rough wiring. That finally happened last Thursday, so we thought things would pick up again.

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          This is a Flickr badge showing photos in a set called Carriage House Remodel. Make your own badge here.

          Just as I was starting to get nervous, the insulating team arrived today and by the end of the day the room was insulated and the insulation inspection was signed off too. Hopefully the dry wallers will be coming soon!

          So, I posted a few more photos the Flickr site and the badge on this post can get you there too.

          – Mike

          Episode 42 – 2nd Annual What's on My Christmas List?

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          This week on the Mind of Men, Mike and Jim talk about Jim’s new car buying experience, Mike’s sister’s loss of 4 years of photos due to Dell Support’s inteptitude and how the music industry still doesn’t get it.  Mike then kicks off a new mini segment where we will present a presidential candidate’s positions.  This week, we start with Senator Hillary Clinton.

          After the break, the guys give you some ideas for holiday shopping (for yourselves of course) with their second annual look at what’s on their Christmas lists.

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          Jim’s Christmas List – Amazon Store


          Mike’s Chtristmas List – Amazon Store

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