Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nice site for doing flowcharts

Draw Anywhere, has a nice online flow charting tool. The only issues to me is you only get three drawings for the free account. The oter accounts are a little pricey. The interface is nice. It was easy to use. I would like to see more symbol types, like Jacobson use cases..... Try it though.

Fun new website

You have to try this site out. It is Artpad. It is a fun online painting program. It records your strokes, and then lets you share the painting and how you painted it with others.

Nice interface, lots of fun.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cricket Wireless Broadband Review (Part 2)

I have now used it in around 8 different areas in the city. Just in case, they claim that my location is the problem, not the network they connect to the internet through. I know it sounds crazy, but I have dealt with too many of these phone companies. They always try to make YOU the problem. Except for a few bursts here and there where it is almost acceptable for just surfing. It has not gotten any better. In some reviews I am seeing, people are reviewing it positively? I can't believe that. They must have been connecting to aol, through a tin can with a string. My plans for this week is to call and cancel my account this week. I also think it is funny. I got an SMS for a bill. It said they woudl bill me on the 10th. I didn't receive my usb modem until the 13th? I guess I get to pay while it was being delivered.

My wifes cell phone works great though. I purchased here a refab motorola. It was 29 bucks, and it has worked like a dream. It seems their phoen network in Colorado is decent. She has not had a single dropped call.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cricket Wireless Broadband Review

I just received my usb wireless modem from Cricket. I had used Verizon's in the past. I will tell you right now I am very disappointed. I will try it from a few different locations this week. From my home I am getting three bars on my mac and Vista machine. I am seeing pings of over 800ms. On a new server of WOW, I was in the red, even though the server was low volume. My max transmit rate is 21.1 kbps, my receive rate is 105 kbps. The MTU was not returning a value for me. It takes 72 seconds to return Yahoo mail. Facebook is over a minute. It seems slower to me than my dial up modem.

I was hoping it would become a decent replacement for DSL, but at least where in Colorado Springs it appears to be lacking. Here are some screen shots of trace routes.

For those who are not familiar asterisks are bad. LOL

It appears that level3 is where Cricket gets its bandwidth from. I will try it in a few days just in case it is a one day occurrence.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Apple Success

Well, I traded a guy on Craigslist my old XP laptop for a iBook G4. I mainly did it so I could get iMovie again. I installed World of Warcraft on it, and that program runs so much better on the mac laptop than my XP box.
One suggestion I would have for Apple, is give up on the browser. The Safari browser BLOWS, and BLOWS big time. I knwo the company I work for has issues on their website with it. My bank Chase has issues. Just give it up Apple. Make Fiorefox the default browser, and invest those resources on another program.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Great Quote from Winston Churchil

Broadly speaking,
human beings may be divided into three classes : those who
are toiled to death, those who are worried to death, and
those who are bored to death.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Just Finished last Class for my Bach. of Arts.

I have been taking classes the last 1.5 years. I just finished my last class I needed to get my B.A. in Art. i am very excited about that. My next goal is to get my Master's Art History/Archeology. That is a goal I have had since the age of 7 is to be an archaeologist. I will not be changing careers, LOL.
It will not change my life much, but I feel it shows my daughter how important an education is. It could help in the future when I change jobs too.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

New website for my art.

Since I am no longer at the Tri-Lakes Center for the arts, I wanted to create a virtual studio to share with my friends and family what I have been doing with my art the last two years. That is why I set up the web-site http://www.davidallengraham.com.

I will try to post pictures of my current paintings. I plan to start doing shows again, so I will put information about them too.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, here is Rane with her doggy in her Easter dress. I really like this picture. I may start a oil painting of this one. It may be good to use as a contrast for sad girl.

I have not done allot with animals, so the practice may be good.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Here is a pic of Toby

Here is Rane's new baby brother.

Pic of Rane carving pumpkins

Sorry it took so long. This is from Halloween.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

What is going on!

As you may have noticed, I have not been updating this Blog much. Well you can thank my Xbox 360 for that. I have been addicted to playing Halo3 with my little brother. I have also been playing Rockband with my daughter. My GamerTag is wer2chosen, so if you are a friend or family member, invite me as a friend if you have are on Xbox live.

The online portions are what I love about the Xbox. i think Live really sells the system. It is great to be able to downloads demos for nearly ANY game you are thinking of buying. It is great to rent a movie without leaving the house. It is a little pricey around $3.60 it seems. You have two weeks to watch it, but as soon as you click start you have 24 hours to watch it. I can run to the RedBox for one dollar. I think they need to lower the rental cost to $2.50, I would probably rent a movie a few times a week now.
The price for TV shows is pretty good. Around 160-180 points for most shows. You get 2000 points for $25.00

They have allot of gamer videos that are free though. You can purchase online games, that are pretty decent and fun. They tend to run 400-800 points. Most around the 800 point region. I think they should implement a rental policy for these. Some are games you will play over and over. One in particular is PacMan CE.
If I want to play a game, and have only 5-10 minutes this is the game I play. I play it EVERY day at least a couple of times. It is fun, yet challenging.

So I am very Happy we got the Xbox at Xmas. I only wish I did it sooner.