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Personal | Haiti Trip Photos

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 08:56:29 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2010/02/11/137925.aspx

(image) My Haiti trip was amazing, I learned so much from the culture and how much love they have.  I can’t really express my emotions well still because it is a major adjustment to see people living with so little and going through so much while having huge hearts, and coming back here where we have so much and worry about everything.  It is a little to get used too.  Imagine watching a movie with 300 kids who the majority of have never seen a movie and a few days later getting on a plane with TVs in the headrest and kids complaining that they can’t watch a particular show.

Any who, more to come for sure, but here is a photo slide show from my trip.  I will continue to add pictures as I get a chance to review.

 

 

Please take an opportunity to take a look at what the Global Orphan Project is doing in Haiti and around the world,

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RCA | Flat Antenna Review for Over-The-Air HD/DTV

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:11:07 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2009/11/23/136494.aspx

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Along with the new TV we purchased, I need a new antenna for Over-The-Air HD/DTV because I absolutely hate the Trek antenna I bought last year because of it’s bulky size and lack of a strong signal.  I was strolling through Lowe’s picking up some stuff for youth group and I wandered by the home audio/video section.  You will be amazed sometimes by the stuff Lowe’s carries and the prices compared to Best Buy and the chains.  In this case I for the RCA Flat, non-powered antenna (see picture) for around $50 bucks.  Being I spent well over that for the other antenna, I thought I would give it a try and take it back if it didn’t work (which I planned, because I didn’t think it would).

First off, it has no power adapter, which is awesome, but scary at the same time.  I figured every antenna needed a amplifier or signal booster of some sort to get a good picture in KC.  I was wrong.  Very wrong.

THIS IS THE BEST ANTENNA I HAVE EVER USED.

Now that said, I have never attached anything to my house and I am at the top of a hill at the new place so I am sure these factors all play in, but man is this thing amazing.  I have always struggled in the past to get a good mix of VHF and UHF channels to come in, but this thing handles them perfectly.  In fact I get every known channel listed on the over-air channel list for the metro area without any signal lost.  The picture is perfect without all the digital fallout that I have seen with most antennas.

The ease of use is what makes this thing some awesome.  No power cord, No mounting, No tweaking or pointing.  I just sat it on top of the cable box and plug the coax into the TV.  Once the auto-tuning was done on the Samsung LED 6000 Series, we were ready to rock with free HD.  The device is so low profile, you don’t even notice it. 

Like all reviews I need to state that this is my first reaction to the product, I have used it for only 4 days now and we mainly use Time Warner as our HD provider, but I do truly think this is a solid product for you to try.

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Windows 7 | Installed on my HP Mini 1000 and loving it

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 22:00:02 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2009/01/09/128530.aspx

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In the spirit of most Microsoft fan boys, I installed Windows 7 Beta on one of my machines as the primary OS and am having an excellent experience.  No, it is not my TouchSmart (even though that would be awesome), but my HP Mini Netbook. 

As most have stated, this OS is very stable (except Lou and his BSOD) and am really looking forward to the test drive.  I tried reporting some bugs I saw in the basics, but didn’t have any luck with the new Send Feedback feature.  Hopefully it is due to everyone submitting bugs so we can make sure this OS is a stable one. 

Tonight I plan to move forward with some basic Netbook optimization and removing unneeded files, then installing the large Office 2007 install to take back the space I just saved.  I use my Netbook for my out-of-office machine, cause it is just not feasible to pull out the MBP and waste all that battery on boot up time and have the 1920x1200 resolution for emails and websites. 

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12/31/2008 | The Day The Zune 30 Died!!!

Wed, 31 Dec 2008 14:20:41 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/12/31/128265.aspx

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Today Doug came in with his Zune 30 and said, “Look at my screen, this is where it has been for 30 minutes.”  I was shocked cause I had never seen that before, then I looked down at mine to find it synced with the exact same screen.  So my question for Microsoft is “Why?”. 

Doug came back to the office a few minutes later saying the Zune boards are going crazy with this happening.  I have my Zune 4gb right next to it and it is still working so this must be a Zune 30 only issue, but I can not completely confirm that.

More to come as we find out why the Zune’s are dying on New Years Eve!!!

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(image) Microsoft knows there is a problem!!!  But, I wouldn’t say most users are patient.  It is the day before a holiday and now most Zune owners are going to be forced to listen to the RADIO!!!  If you are like me and have had the Zune Pass for over 2 years now, you don’t own any CD or MP3 anymore.  Microsoft has a lot of PR to do with this one.  This, IMHO, is much worse than the BSoD that happened at CES with Gates on the stage.

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OT | Kansas City Air Show This Weekend

Fri, 22 Aug 2008 20:06:18 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/08/22/124632.aspxI know this is a bit off topic, or am I kidding myself by assuming I have an actual topic.  Anyway, today around lunch some planes were practicing for the Air Show in Kansas City and we got some awesome shots.  If you are in town and the weather is acceptable, I would suggest this event.  It looks like it is going to be awesome. Here are some shots I took with the D300.  Thanks to Doug for driving me to the different locations again, he is the best photo driver.   Technorati Tags: Kansas City,Air Show,D300 [...]



XBox GamerTag

Sun, 07 Mar 2004 03:23:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2004/03/06/2596.aspx

Well I caved in and got XBox Live with Ninja Gaiden.  My tag is “jjulian2” and the only game I have is MechAssult.  Let me know yours and what other games are fun. (image)



Personal | Truth Project Simulcast - Test Run Successful

Fri, 20 Jun 2008 14:29:47 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2008/06/20/123034.aspx

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My church, the Berean Bible Church, is one of the over 200 churches that are participating in an awesome event in September.  We will be broadcasting the Focus on the Family's Truth Project training live on September 27th.  The Truth Project is a small group program for Christians that goes over the biblical worldview for comparison to your worldview.  I have been through the program and lead a group and I really enjoy the content.

(image) My role, along with some other guys at the church is technical maintenance and audio production.  Hard to believe eh?  During services I run the audio equipment and ensure the sound levels are good and also work with the house lights.  Since we haven't podcasted much lately, it is good to get back in audio production.

Here is a shot of my station during services and events.

Last night, in preparation for the September event, we ran a live test run with a one hour session with the Truth Project's leader, Del Tackett.  The event was broadcasts over the CCN satellite network so every church involved in this event has a satellite on their building.  The participants could ask questions via email or fax and Del would respond to those questions during the Q&A portion. 

They are looking to do more events like this through Focus on the Family which will really help bring relevant content to these churches along with the ability to interact with the presenters.

For more information about the September event, click here or if you are in the KC metro area, click here.

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Photo | Amazing Jet Contrail

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 02:06:58 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2007/12/17/117790.aspx

Doug Butscher and I were outside at the EOB today and we saw the coolest contrail (new word for me) from a jet I have seen.  It steadily progressed to get more squiggly as we watched it.  Check it out!

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It looks like someone was using a pen in the sky.

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House For Sale in Olathe, KS

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 19:07:00 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2007/02/27/107457.aspx

What else have I been up to lately?  Well we are in the process of moving to Lee's Summit, MO, where our offices are located.  Currently I drive 45 minutes each way every day to work and its starting to drain on me.  Also, all our friends live on the Missouri side of Kansas City, so it just makes sense.

If you want to move to KC or just around in KC, take a look at the property.  For you GWB members, this room is where Geekswithblogs.net was founded.

 

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News | Jeff Julian has purchased an Apple Laptop!

Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:43:10 GMT

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/jjulian/archive/2007/12/11/117591.aspx No the world is not ending, well I don't know if it is or isn't, but John and myself switched to MacBook Pros from our Toshibas.  These machines are amazing.  I have never been so excited to work with Vista.  Don't worry, I am not a switcher.  While I downloaded Vista Business from MSDN, I used OS X Leopard and I had the same reaction that I did with my original Apple PowerBook, "What can I do?"  I was literally bored on a computer and that takes a lot.  Those awesome applications they talk about on the ads just aren't for me I guess.  Ahhh, but when I installed Vista, my life was changed.  1920 x 1200 is SICK!  The performance of Aero and reaction time of Vista as a whole is really unleashed with this machine.  I should mention that we got the upgraded models with 2.4ghz Dual Cores and 17in upgraded display to get the awesome resolution.  The only thing we didn't get is 2.6ghz processors.  Out-of-the-box, you are stuck with 2GB of RAM, but Crucial.com has the 4GB kits for $159.99, so they will be here tomorrow. Those who know me know that this is not a typical move by me.  I am Microsoft all the way.  I have a Zune as my portable device, Microsoft IPTV for my HD/SD cable boxes, XBox 360 for entertainment, Treo 750 with Windows Mobile 6.0 for my cell phone, and every machine is running Vista/XP.  I wear a Windows Vista coat when it is cold outside and have Microsoft coffee tumblers and an entire set of Microsoft drinking glasses.  And last but not least, my son's middle name is William.  I am a Microsoft geek.  However, Microsoft does not have a laptop.  I don't have luck with Dells, Toshibas, Gateways, and others so I figured I always liked my Macs from days past, so lets try them again.  I mentioned the idea to John and asked if he could run it by some of his RD friends to see what they were using, everyone who was using them, loved them so we broke down. Now I am about 90% finished reloading this machine with my applications and am ready to get started tomorrow using it.  Today was a snow day for us and our client so perfect timing. Technorati Tags: MacBook Pro,Geekswithblogs,SharePoint,Service Pack 1 Oh Yeah, MOSS SP1, WSS 3.0 SP1, Office 2007 SP1 were released!  (Everyone else already told you I know) [...]