Archive for July 2009

I Get Featured on “The Media Center Show”   5 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by Media Center Show host Ian Dixon to share the technology side of my Africa trip with him on his show.  We had a great conversation and hit on a lot of topics including Media Center, Zune, Home Server, Movies, Windows 7 and much more.  The show was published today so go have a listen!  My thanks go to Ian for having me on the show.

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Posted July 9, 2009 by chrislux in Technology

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Free Audiobooks from the Library   Leave a comment

I recently discovered that my public library system in Indianapolis is now using a service called OverDrive to distribute digital audio books (as are many other libraries).  After downloading a small Media Console you log onto your local library page and search for books.  Some are available immediately and some you can add to your queue and receive when it’s available. 

 

The console is clean and self explanatory.  Books are downloaded in parts and stored on your machine.  I chose to store the files on my home server which can be selected in the preferences.  From the console, you can transfer the books to your portable audio device (a Zune in my case).  Some titles can even be burned to CD from the console.

 

As you can see, I checked out a copy of The Call of the Wild by Jack London and was able to transfer it in under a minute.  I synced my Zune and was off on my bike ride to work listening to a great audio book.  I have 3 weeks to listen to it before I have to renew the item with my library. 

I listen to several podcasts that have Audible.com as an advertiser.  I tried it once as a promotion, but didn’t want to pay for a long term subscription.  OverDrive is a fantastic FREE alternative that may not have the same selection of books, but will certainly keep me occupied for quite some time.    

Posted July 7, 2009 by chrislux in Technology

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Newport Aquarium   2 comments

A couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend Liz and I met up with my friends John and Karen Hudek at the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky.  Newport is right across from Cincinnati on the opposite bank of the Ohio River.  They have a huge shopping center and aquarium.  This was our first time visiting the new exhibit.  The Newport Aquarium has a wide variety of tanks including a jellyfish exhibit, alligators, a room with exotic birds, shark petting and penguins.  There are several clear tunnels that run through the tanks so you can walk among the fish.  I’ll admit, that made me a bit dizzy since the tubes somewhat distort the image.  The $20 ticket is a bit steep, but it’s well worth the price.  Check out pictures below to see a few of the sights.  (A camera does not do the aquarium justice).

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Posted July 1, 2009 by chrislux in Photography, Travel

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