USPS Informed Delivery

I was just recently notified by USPS that they were rolling out a feature that allows you to see scanned images of every piece of mail that is delivered to you each day.  It’s pretty handy, and also lets you know tracking status of all of your Amazon packages being delivered as well ūüôā

The mobile app works reasonably well and also allows you to see the images of all your mail.

Give it a try here: if it sounds like something that would be useful to you.  I already have accounts with UPS and Fedex that does the same thing for package tracking information, only without the pictures.


Windows 10 Technical Preview – Installing in VirtualBox

Here’s a quick guide to getting Windows 10 installed in a VirtualBox.

Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO from Microsoft (x64 used in this example) or from a torrent magnet link.

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Google’s Home Entertainment System,news-14142.html


An FCC filing by Google has brought Project Tungsten back into the spotlight after nearly a year.

ZoomNews of Google’s plans for a¬†home¬†entertainment¬†system¬†isn’t really new — the company demonstrated its hopes and dreams last year at Google I/O 2011 during the Day One Keynote. Essentially the company wants consumers to have a network of¬†accessories¬†with Android baked right in — aka the Android@Home Framework — which will talk to each other, and to non-Android devices.


For instance, Google Calendar could control when the lights in the house turn on and off through an Android-based device. A music CD could be swiped next to a special NFC-packed gadget and unlock the digital version to be played from the cloud to connected speakers. Last year Google even demonstrated an Android-based hub that streamed music to a set of Wi-Fi speakers, or to a stereo system in the next room.


Nearly one year later, news has surfaced that Google is still working on the hinted “Project Tungsten” entertainment system¬†thanks to the Wall Street Journal. Sources close to the project say that, as seen last year with the reference designs, the system’s hub will stream music wirelessly throughout the home to Wi-Fi speakers or other Web-connected devices. And unsurprisingly, the system will be marketed under the¬†company’s¬†own brand.


“[The hub] is both a stand-alone Music Beta end-point and a bridge to the Android@Home network”said project head Joe Britt last year. “It’s always powered on, and it’s always connected to the cloud.”


This week the unnamed sources also claimed that Google’s entertainment system may stream more than just music — possibly movies rented from¬†Android¬†Market. Even more, Google will supposedly unveil the new system later this year — perhaps at Google I/O 2012?


The Wall Street Journal’s story probably stems from news released on Monday that¬†an FCC application shows¬†Google developing a home entertainment system. The application describes a device that connects to a Wi-Fi network and communicates with other devices within the home via Bluetooth. The filing asks the FCC to grant 252 employees permission to test the device (hub) in their own homes between January and July (which kills any kind of Google I/O launch).


Unfortunately, the filing doesn’t mention anything about the 900 MHz based radio system that Google chose for its Android@Home system. “The device utilizes a standard WiFi/Bluetooth module, and the planned testing is not directed at evaluating the radio frequency characteristics of the module (which are known), but rather at the¬†throughput¬†and stability of the home WiFi networks that will support the device, as well as the basic functionality of the device,” the filing reads.


Naturally Google isn’t manufacturing its own devices, but will likely rely on hardware partners to produce Android@Home compatible accessories and hubs. We expect to hear more about Google’s upcoming entertainment system this June at Google I/O 2012.

Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

The Internet Blacklist Legislation – known as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House – is a threatening sequel to last year’s COICA Internet censorship bill.¬† Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!


Visitors, please go here to find your local representatives and send them a message about why this bill should be stopped!

Pretty amazing stuff

These new cameras capture light fields, which allow you to change the focus of the image after the picture has been taken. ¬†Although the technology has been around for years, it’s now available for use in cameras and desktop applications, where it used to take entire rooms of super computers to do the calculations.

Check it out, it’s pretty crazy: