This is my little piece of the world. I'm a relentless tech junkie and prepress guy ...these are my ramblings and useless swill.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mini vMac - Mac Plus emulator for iPhone and iPod Touch.

How about a blast from the past for all you iPhone jailbreakers out there?? If you are interested in playing some old early Macintosh (Classic) games on your iPod touch, you are in luck.  In the Cydia repository is a game called Mini vMac that is a old Mac Plus emulator.

Hat tip 9 to 5 Mac

Saturday, February 21, 2009

You grew up in the 80s if ...

Do you remember these from the 80's?

I found this listing on a cool website called Openzine... Worth sharing...

  1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word PSYCH
  2. You watched the Pound Puppies
  3. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton Dance
  4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy
  5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.
  6. You owned those lil' Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls
  7. You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey on Blossom
  8. Two words: Hammer Pants
  9. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock"
  10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars... and spokey-dokes or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect
  11. You can sing the entire theme song to "Duck Tales" (Woo ooh!)
  12. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons
  13.  You wore a ponytail on the side of your head
  14.  You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen...and still know the turtles names
  15.  You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school
  16.  You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side
  17.  You played the game "MASH" (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)
  18.  You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it
  19.  L.A. Gear....need I say more?
  20.  You wanted to change your name to "JEM" in Kindergarten. (She's Truly Outrageous.)
  21. You remember reading Tales of a fourth grade nothing and all The Ramona books
  22.  You know the profound meaning of "WAX ON, WAX OFF"
  23.  You wanted to be a Goonie
  24.  You ever wore fluorescent neon clothing (some of us...head-to-toe)
  25.  You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted
  26.  You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf
  27.  You took lunch boxes to school...and traded Garbage Pailkids in the schoolyard
  28.  You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets
  29.  You still get the urge to say "NOT" after every sentence
  30.  You remember Hypercolor t-shirts
  31.   Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band
  32.  You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up.
  33.  You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
  34.  You ever owned a pair of Jelly shoes.
  35.  After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"
  36.  You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"
  37.  You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
  38.  You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide.
  39.  You have ever played with a Skip-It.
  40.  You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.
  41.  You've gone through this nodding your head in agreement.
  42.   You remember Popples
  43. Don't worry, be happy
  44.  You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.
  45.  You wore socks scrunched down (and sometimes still do..getting yelled at by younger hip members of the family)
  46.  You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
  47.  You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
  48.  You know what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare!!"
  49.  You remember watching Rainbow Bright and & My Little Pony Tales
  50. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot
  51. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac
  52. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool...and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB"
  53. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class
  54. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - > YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME
  55. You just sang those words to yourself
  56. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird
  57. Homemade Levi shorts.. (the shorter the better)
  58. You remember when mullets were cool!
  59. You had a mullet!
  60. You still sing "We are the World"
  61. You tight rolled (pegged) your jeans
  62. You owned a banana clip
  63. You remember "Where's the Beef?"
  64.  You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis?
  65. You had big hair and you knew how to use it
  66. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Aaa those were the days.

I have always had a thing for Macs since I first played with my good friend Ken Halls Macintosh 512KE back in 1986. Once I laid eyes on the GUI and started messing with the software, I was hooked. In the early 90's after lusting after Steve Jobs masterpiece NeXT machines, I finally dropped a whole lot of cash on my first Mac, knowing that the NeXT was out of my league.

After months of stopping at the BYU Bookstore, scoping, preping and lusting after those Macs, Apple finally came out with one that I could afford...well loan myself into is more like it. It was a package deal, Mac IIsi, 14 inch monitor, Apple ADB keyboard and mouse. Oh this baby was loaded with all the best Apple could offer..and corners Apple could cut to keep the price down. 2 MB yes MB of juicy ram, 40 MB, yes MB of hard drive space, running a  Motorola 68030, at a whopping 20 MHz --oh and yes. Macintosh System OS 6.0.7.

All the for educations goodness price of for $3100. Back then education discount actually meant something and I think I saved over $750 bucks over retail. Apple was one of those companies that knew to be popular, you needed to get your tools into the hands of the future working folks--that meant saturate colleges with your tools and once day they will take thier love of the Mac to the working sect.. and it worked.

I used my entire pPell grant fo that semester on this new Mac..and laser printer too. I was so jazzed. Did all my research and according to MacUser Magazine, the Qume CrystalPrint Publisher II was the laser printer to get with genuine Adobe PostScript. None if this ink jet crap using QuickDraw, I needed true Adobe PS for real desktop publishing horsepower! This thing was fab..btw, it cost be a cool $2100. Oh but I'm not done yet. Who can do anything with only 2 MB fo ram? Not me either. So I maxed out my Citibank credit card with 4 - 4 MB SIMMS fo this bad bot, so now I was sporting 17 MB RAM! Oh $700 for the RAM upgrade.  Too bad the OS could not access that much RAM and I had to use the rest of the RAM as a RAM disk.

Who remembers Connectix Virtual?

Aaaaa the good old days.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Ask Twitter: If you are trapped in an elevator, pick 4 people you want to be stuck with?

So this morning I woke up and started my morning routing of checking email / RSS feeds and monitoring twitter when one of my good friends from London, sends me this...

kelliesimpson @tommytrc Not much! I'm just asking people who'd they'd like to be trapped in an elevator with!

and I said

@kelliesimpson asks, if you could be stranded in an elevator with, who would it be? Me: Steve Jobs, Tina Fay, Bear Grylles & Heidi Klum

kelliesimpson @tommytrc Good to time to get to know someone, stuck in an elevator.

As I'm going about the rest of my day and people start replying to my original tweet. I get one, 2, 5, 10 replys and they keep pouting in. people keep forwarding or Tweeting my original question and I'm getting the best answers. Many have asked to see what other have said, so I'm compiling the

Ok Kids, If you are stuck in an elevator, what 4 people would you want to be stuck with? Alive people only

Okay here's what I found out... I did not edit this at all or correct spelling errors in names or anything. Remember twitter is limited to 140 characters per reply, that's why some words are truncated.

tangokdesign @tommytrc my hubby, mybff mary, her hubby dave and Anthony Bourdain. Interesting people to have conversations with.

LesleaC @tommytrc Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Dexter, Robin Thicke

JasonAltenburg @tommytrc Maynard James Keenan, Juliya Chernetsky, Bill Gates, and Linus Torvalds

judyrey @tommytrc Good choices, but I'd rather be stuck in a elevator with an elevator mechanic or the building's superintendent.

coconacchi @tommytrc Lily Allen, Neko Case, my dirty ex, Amir Derakh

footenotes @tommytrc My 4: Pres Obama, Tom Colicchio, J. D. Salinger and Sandra Day O'Connor

laquesefue @tommytrc Obama, Sarah Palin, John McCain and Pelosi, I love drama.......

ShoeSmitten @tommytrc 1) You, we could chat for hours about shoes ;) 2) Giuseppe Zanotti, of course 3) My dad, he tells great stories 4) my best friend

WOW ShoeSmitten picked me interesting...

lollieshopping @tommytrc @dudieboy, @tara_bear, her BF @_twt and my BFF/Gay Husband Joey (who isn't on Twitter, but should be).

Ashleybird @tommytrc the 4 members of The Used. :) They would keep me entertained

DougOntrack @tommytrc Shir Shimron,Warren Buffet,Guy Kawasaki,Stevie Nicks.

smlacy @tommytrc My 2 best friends, my boyfriend and @TheCharmQuark I thin

Oshkosh_mommy @tommytrc just me, so quiet would be nice, maybe form a whole thought without hearing mommy, mommy, mommy, mommy, mommmy

snowvandemore @tommytrc my husband, Bear Grills, Bobby Flay and George Cloone

klanum @tommytrc tina fey, conan o'brien, travis clark and al roker. what about you

Another Tine Fey Fan..nice

carnellm @tommytrc Jenny McCarthy and her three clone sisters. Yup, that would about do it for me!! ;)

KRAPPS @tommytrc tough/good question!!! Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria :)

Yes, I knew Steve Jobs would be popular...

mattmutz @tommytrc Dave Attell, Jorge Garcia, Steve Wozniak, Kevin Rose

writingroads @tommytrc Eve Ensler, Ellen, George Clooney, Jon Stewart

LisaTorres @tommytrc barack obama, oprah, hellen keller and YOU so you can ask me more great questions!

Is Hellen Keller still alive?

shawnz @tommytrc Quinn, John, Donna...and Jim Beam (much needed companion as I have a great fear of getting stuck on elevators). I take the stairs.

UneditedVersion @tommytrc Sigmund Freud, Eva Peron, Ernest Hemmingway, and Frida Kahlo still stands with me. I'm thinking of alive people.

They are dead..try again please...!

UneditedVersion @tommytrc Dr. Michael Stone, Barack Obama, Madonna, and Marilyn vos Savant. That was tough.

briancray @tommytrc Survivor man, Construction worker, Water delivery guy, and my girlfriend

nerdette @tommytrc 4 people: an elevator mechanic, MacGyver, Billy Crystal and Wanda Sykes because then at least it would be funny.

hack10 @tommytrc opra,obama,george bush sr, and richard branson

footndale @tommytrc That's easy. My wife and 3 kids.

linnetwoods @tommytrc Without pondering long? Keith 'Robbie' Robinson (he'd get us out) Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, and John Cleese (for examlple)

amitchowdhry @tommytrc bill gates, warren buffett, obama, and larry page

mayhemstudios @tommytrc: @Logomotives @andysowards @unmarketing and MacGyver

estmr @tommytrc putting family aside, Rush, Prager, Levin, & Ingraham, funny, informative and I'd get along with them all!

kodakCB @tommytrc Hmmm. My husband, Martha Stewart, David Letterman and an elevator repairman! (Comforted, educated, entertained and rescued! : )

AnneHyde @tommytrc Stuck in elevator: Barak Obama, Dalai Lama, Osama Bin Laden & world's best negotiator

LadyFate @tommytrc Hmmm, probably Eddie Izzard, Jen Lancaster, Lincoln Child, & Dmitri Martin.

ragebots @tommytrc - 4 people in my immobile elevator: Bear Grylls, Billy Idol, Ricky Gervais, and Don Rickles

Another vote for Bear! Rock on!

docmurdock @tommytrc Just kidding! Robin Williams, Sully, @mariasimone, [wifye poo] @aplusk

CreativeWisdom @tommytrc My 4 people: My oldest son (he's cool), My best friend (we'd laugh), @Mitzs (she'd have a utility belt), & anyone w/snacks.

AmyStark @tommytrc Bill Gates-Warren Buffet-Omar Sharif and a Bellhop with food and wine. Bill and Warren against me and Omar in bridge

Drwright1 @tommytrc My friend Angie, Vin Diesel, my friend Laura

greenbaygreg @tommytrc Tiger Woods, George Bush, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett

AmberLyssaMarie @tommytrc That is a good question. Of course, my sweetie @AbigailRaymaker, my mother, my sister, and I guess my father & brother take turns

AmberCadabra @tommytrc Barack Obama, my kid, Brian Greene (physicist) and Conan O'Brien.

rosslarocco @tommytrc Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Amy Smart, Anne Hathaway

debworks @tommytrc Barack Obama, Karl Rove, Chris Brogan, Jon Stewart (Barack&Chris have blackberrys,Karl to argue with, Jon to laugh with) so there!

SashaKane @tommytrc If I were trapped in an elevator with (4) Celeb people would want -- Whoopie Goldberg @mariashiver Jon Steward & Celine Dion

JRGriggs @tommytrc well my wife, son and daughter. 4th is tough, I'll auction that spot on ebay

crisangwich Icon_lock @tommytrc my hubby, @queenoflotr1, my mom and my other sister. You?

AbigailRaymaker @tommytrc My Amber, my sister and my parents

pfont @tommytrc I only want two: shemar moore and blair underwood. Naked.

Only 2...okay only 2 then!

SusanMazza @tommytrc Deepak Chopra, Robin Williams, and My Husband & My Daughter I'd be happy to be stuck anywhere w/ them.

jessicahalem @tommytrc hmmm...obama, rachel maddow, chris rock, and my partner red.

CubanaLAF @tommytrc Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, Eric Bana, George Stephanapolus, (sp?) and Mike Modano.

ninjen @tommytrc Eric Dane, @rightgirl and Christian Bale. It would be a hot mess.

Only Three?

TheDailyBlonde @tommytrc ok 4 people I want to be stuck w in an elevator: George Clooney. Why 4? I think that's enough.

xianfox @tommytrc Four highly skilled elevator repair technicians.

ninjen @tommytrc Hmmm. I forgot a 4th person. Ok, I said @rightgirl, Erice Dane, and Christian Bale. 4th...@stephenkruiser

AnnEvanston @tommytrc Gordon ramsey, Leslie Blodgett, John Maxwell and Janet Evanovich

tygerbaby @tommytrc Christian Bale, Frank Langella, Michael Keaton, @ninjen (I'd just fight her for Christian Bale's attention LOL)

Anoher in the Christian Bale fan club, just please DO NOT set him off....!

Minervity @tommytrc Carmen Electra, Steve Jobs, President Obama and Peter Jackson. (There's an interesting mix. Would be interesting!! :)

msmonogram @tommytrc my mini, my bff, Prez Obama, Dr. Rey from Dr. 90210

Mittons @tommytrc My Mom. Only because she would be the only one willing to put up with my going insane stuck in an elevator!

Brandilyn @tommytrc Hubby, son and daughter, daughter-in-law. Although I wouldn't wish that on them!

jeanettejoy @tommytrc @YoungBob @PhilHenderson & wife Susan @MichaelMillman Because they are all calming inspirational influences in my life. Fun too!

rosyblue @tommytrc I'm think I would want to talk with Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Gov. Sarah Palin and Kobe Bryant. I have so many questions.

TheMogulMom @tommytrc If u were stuck in elevator, I bet you'd like 2 b stuck w/Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Snoop Dog & Jay-Z. Am I right? Am I right? :)

Nooooooo I told you before, Steve Jobs, Tina Fey, Bear Grylls & Heidi Klum!

Pdkay @tommytrc First of all I hope I dont have to pee. Lets see Obama, Chris Rock, Andrea Fonseka, and Keith Olbermann

Forian @tommytrc Robert Scoble, Loren Feldman, Stephen Colbert and a tie between Bill O'Reilly and Obama.

briancarter @tommytrc the 4 fattest people on the planet

KikiValdes @tommytrc If i was stuck in an elevator...hmm Kim Kardasian, Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan and Anne Hathaway

goDOTchris @tommytrc the 4 best friends of the guy who can fix the elevator.

jesshatchigan @tommytrc, Jennifer Aniston, Hugh Grant, James Franco & J.K. Rowling.

TheMogulMom @tommytrc Jerry Seinfeld, my husband Scott (he'd be so pissed he'd figure a way out), Oprah & Neil Peart from Rush. (Random & weird, huh?)

kateblogs @tommytrc Hmm, I'll go for Barack Obama, @stephenfry, Germaine Greer and Sean Bean

MariSmith @tommytrc 4 peeps stuck in my elevator: Oprah, @StephenFry, Madonna & Jude Law. Hm, wait I wouldn't be able to breathe!!

Paul_Holgorsen @tommytrc George Bush, Newt Gingrich, Mike Shanahan,Tony Dungee Ok I thought about it.

boonebgorges @tommytrc David Lee Roth, Jimmy Carter, Toots Thielemans, Jacques Pepin. Booya!

techpr @tommytrc Aside from family? I'm a go with Russell Crowe, Mike Rowe (the "Dirty Jobs" guy, rowr), Bradley Whitford and John Cusack. :-)

Sarah_Stuart @tommytrc ok got it I would like to be with @aroadretraveled @briancarter @eunice007 and a guy Who knows how to fix elevators

clifford1029 @tommytrc Andy Dick, Carrot Top, Rosie O"Donnell, and Rosanne Barr. Hands down.

detainee @tommytrc Rod Blagojevich, his wife, Mayor Daley and President Obama. I would be super scared of the first 3. Bad tempers

krclaypool @tommytrc My hubby and 3 kids. They are my fav peeps!

noraburns @tommytrc ......@DaveTaylor cause I'd have all that time to ask my techie questions! @ashleyandrus because she would bring humor & levity

noraburns @tommytrc ....and @stevespangler the science guy cause he would be able to figure a way OUTof the elevator!

KellyOlexa @tommytrc Easy. My best friend Wendy, @garyvee, my massage guy Mr. Rene and Will Ferrell. LOL And some wine. Lots of wine.

AnnEvanston @tommytrc my SO wants General Michael Hayden, Obama, Osama bin Ladin, and David Petraeus - hmmm.... interesting elevator!

AmberLyssaMarie @tommytrc Oh, if we are talking famous people, my 4 people would be Terry Goodkind, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Colleen McCullough

Didn't I already heard from those 2..I guess they want another crack at it!

twitwebtester @tommytrc Alive people? how abt split personalities? hahaha... @simonleung @coolsi @leecollins @robincollins does all tat count hahaha

stylestar @tommytrc I choose @meandsports, Brandy H, @Chrishelle, and my son (though 5 mins into it I'll be praying that he shut up)

Attitudegrrrl @tommytrc Robin Williams, Bill Clinton, Michael Symon, and Sponge Bob (or Patrick)

KrisColvin @tommytrc Omg, how fun. Stuck in elevator companion wishlist = @garyvee, @guykawasaki, Chelsea Handler & Justin Timberlake. Hahaha!!!

abarcelos @tommytrc Elevator: Dali Lama, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, & Bill Gates. The last 2 only to see if I could get them to be friends again;-) U?

anjin19860 @tommytrc keiichi tsuchiya, liam neeson, uma thurman, and sonny chiba would be my four at this exact moment in time.

klsnyc805 @tommytrc My man, Jon Stewart, Tom Wolfe, and MacGruber

KateGaffin @tommytrc Richard Branson, Bono, Lance Armstrong and my best friend Simon

employerbrander @tommytrc awesome question! Right this minute? @stelzner @hrmaven @chris_bailey and @gabrielrossi :)

Lets try that one again....

employerbrander @tommytrc celebs...hmmm George Clooney, Brad Bitt, Matt Damon & Edward Norton ...LOL ;-)

kristacolvin @tommytrc my husband, my best friend diane, and 2 interesting people that i've yet to meet.

kristacolvin @tommytrc to clarify... 2 interesting people that showered + have snacks on them!

Holly_GPB @tommytrc My husband, my 2 boys and my brother

islandprincess2 @tommytrc Elvis (young Elvis on X) and that would be all LOL

TheUserPool @tommytrc Hot girl 1, hot girl 2, hot girl 3 and hot girl 4.

FollowingBetty @tommytrc oh, I found it...I like your picks! Mine would be: Jeff Hardy, Tom Brokaw, Betty White and Jerry Seinfeld

greenskeptic @tommytrc missed yr question re: 4 ppl in elevator; top of mind: Will Smith, Michael Ondaatje, Pierre Omidyar (@pierre), and Alison Krause

chatblanc @tommytrc I'd say. . . Daisy the Curly Cat, JD at I Do Things, BeesMusings (all bloggers) & Jen Lancaster (writer). AWESOME CHICKS (& 1 cat)

BarbDreger @tommytrc Hmm... good question. My husband, my min pin dog and Jesus. How's that?

MichaelJames_NY stuck in an elevator...3 Swedish bikini team members and a good locksmith...Lol

MichaelJames_NY Just kidding tommytrc, easy answer. Spielberg, Cronkite, Goldman, and DeCoster.

MissShellBelle @tommytrc 1. Maya Angelou 2. Hillary Clinton 3. Alice Walker 4. Michelle Obama

VAnetworking @tommytrc Sam Elliot (eyecandy/sexy voice), MacGyver (I know he'd find a way out), Obama (pick his mind), Bette Midler (entertainment)

CupCate @tommytrc Hmm...I'd like to be stuck in a lift with @barackobama , @diablocody @ibwan & Russell Brand. Brand & Obama will totally get on.

greenskeptic @tommytrc missed yr question re: 4 ppl in elevator; top of mind: Will Smith, Michael Ondaatje, Pierre Omidyar (@pierre), and Alison Krause.

What did I learn from all this? Well first I think that I learned that there are a lot of folks who would really like some quality time with our new POTUS, Barack Obama. I'm betting that choice would bring some amazing conversation, not just about the situation at hand but even world issues. Second thing I learned is how many people like Christian Bale. Do they like him more at this time because of the rant from earlier this month, or because he was just a good looking stud from the movie Newsies or was that Batman?

I think the last and most impressive thing I leaned is more about the twitter community then anything else. I learned that even though you do not talk or "tweet" people every single day, if you have an engaging question, one that makes people think, you will get people to spread the word and share. I mean it speaks for itself. a good questions, repeated anough, gets over a hundred responses...and I wasn't even really trying that hard to get people to reply. This was a great example of how twitter can really enrich the people who participate and I for one am a believer.

PS...they keep coming's another...

nessienoo @tommytrc Stephen Fry, My Husband, Helen Mirren, George Clooney

jamield @tommytrc David Bowie, Simon doonan, Isaac mizrahi, salman Rushdie. Today anyway. Tomorrow might be different.

Thingsall2good tough question. Jim Carey- he'd make me laugh, Oprah - they'll work harder at getting us out if she's in there, the pope - for the obvious

Thingsall2good and finally .. with someone I love. That would be a great team to be stuck in an elevator with. What are your choices?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009