Skiing in Lake Tahoe

by *cowboy*
Mar 25th 2012 - 0 comments

At the end of February I met up with a few friends in Lake Tahoe, California, for a few days of skiing in the Sierra Nevadas. It was my visit to California and I was extremely excited to check it out. Unfortunately, this winter was one of the worst on record for snowfall and the [...]

My Favorite Albums from 2011

by *cowboy*
Dec 30th 2011 - 0 comments

As 2011 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my favorite albums released this year. I listened to a lot of music. With great services like Spotify and iTunes Match recently released, I found myself listening to music constantly. I continued to explore new genres and, as [...]

iTunes Match

by *cowboy*
Nov 25th 2011 - 0 comments

Earlier this year Apple announced iTunes Match alongside its iCloud offering. iCloud allows you to access your music from all of your devices and download (or stream) the music you want to listen to. iTunes Match is intended for users who have music in iTunes that was not purchased from the iTunes store. This could [...]


by *cowboy*
Oct 19th 2011 - 1 comments

With the launch of the new iPhone 4S last week, Apple introduced an intelligent personal assistant named Siri. Apple acquired the company, Siri, in April of last year and has since been integrating their software into iOS. Siri uses advanced natural language processing to assist with making phone calls, scheduling meetings, sending messages, or simply [...]

The Art of FLIGHT

by *cowboy*
Sep 19th 2011 - 1 comments

I’ve always been a huge fan of action sports films. There’s just something magical about watching some of the best athletes in the world travel to incredible places, ski/bike/ride ridiculous lines, and hit enormous jumps. It’s exciting to me because I can relate to the emotions they must be feeling, and I can appreciate the [...]

P90X: Day 730

by *cowboy*
Aug 27th 2011 - 3 comments

This coming Monday will be exactly 2 years since starting the P90X workout program. I first heard about the workout DVDs from a friend and later discovered that they were quite popular on late night infomercials. I decided to try it out and quickly realized that this was the real deal. This program is intense [...]

Pool Party Brings Addictive Photo-Sharing to Mobile

by *cowboy*
Aug 13th 2011 - 2 comments

If you haven’t noticed, the mobile photo sharing space has been exploding lately. Facebook, Google+, and Twitter are all including photo-sharing as a major feature in their mobile apps. Smaller startups, such as Instagram, Path, and now Pool Party, are starting to get quite a following as well. Instagram continues to be my favorite photo-sharing [...]

Downhill Mountain Biking in Snowshoe, WV

by *cowboy*
Jul 23rd 2011 - 3 comments

Two weeks ago a couple friends and I headed up to Snowshoe Bike Park in WV for a weekend of downhill mountain biking. This was my first trip downhilling, but I generally do 3-4 days of cross-country mountain biking each week. The allure of downhill biking is a combination of lift access, big bikes, speed, [...]

A Few Days with Mac OS X Lion

by *cowboy*
Jul 22nd 2011 - 0 comments

I installed OS X Lion (10.7) this week on both my personal and work Macs. I spent some time over at checking application compatibility for my frequently used applications. Everything was reported to be working fine in Lion so I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my OS on the first day it was [...]

Streaming Music with Spotify

by *cowboy*
Jul 17th 2011 - 0 comments

Spotify announced this week that it’s finally coming to the US. The streaming music service has been hugely popular in Europe since it started in late 2008, but presumably the record label deals have kept it from reaching the US… until now! Spotify offers three plans: Free, Unlimited, and Premium. The service is currently invite-only [...]

1Password and Internet Security

by *cowboy*
Jun 28th 2011 - 0 comments

This weekend I read a linked post on The Brooks Review which really irritated me. The linked post was about the popular 1Password application. Justin Blanton says: “While on the topic, if you?re not using 1Password (or similar)?and you can afford it?then you?re an idiot. I?m sorry to be so blunt, but there just isn?t [...]

The Mac App Store

by *cowboy*
Jun 6th 2011 - 0 comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Mac App Store lately. The store is essentially the same thing as the iOS App Store that exists for iPhone and iPad devices, except for Mac OS X applications. The App Store makes it extremely easy to download and install free and not-so-free software. The store features the [...]

Unable To ?Find My iPhone?

by *cowboy*
May 26th 2011 - 0 comments

A week ago, my wife Caitlin had her iPhone 4 stolen at a local restaurant here in Raleigh. She was eating with some friends and decided to move outside near the end of the meal. The iPhone presumably slipped out of her pocket as she was getting up. A few minutes later she realized it [...]

Looking Back: iPhone Home Screens

by *cowboy*
May 15th 2011 - 0 comments

While working on my blog this weekend, I stumbled upon the archives and started to read through some of my old posts. I found a screenshot of my iPhone home screen from August 2008. It’s fascinating to see the apps I was using back then and see how my “top apps” have changed over time. [...]

Blackberry Playbook: A Confusing Message

by *cowboy*
May 10th 2011 - 0 comments

Over the past few months I have been carefully following the news and reviews about Blackberry’s new tablet, the Playbook. I’m not exactly sure why, but something about Blackberry has sparked my interest lately. (Basically, I think their future is looking disastrous… but that’s a topic for another day.) I’ve been surprised by the significant [...]

Making That Perfect Cup of Coffee

by *cowboy*
Jan 21st 2011 - 3 comments

Over the last month or so I’ve been on a quest to create the perfect cup of coffee. I’m definitely not there yet, but I think I’m headed down the right path. As a Software Engineer, it’s absolutely critical that I have a good source of tasty coffee (and, good coding music) in order to [...]

A Week With The iPad

by *cowboy*
Apr 9th 2010 - 6 comments

If you’ve been following me on Twitter this week, you’ll know that I recently picked up a shiny new iPad. I decided not to write a review of the iPad right away, but instead spend a week using it and report back with my findings. It’s really easy to jump to conclusions (good or bad) when [...]

The iPad Excitement is Building

by *cowboy*
Mar 30th 2010 - 7 comments

Wow, I haven’t written a blog post in weeks! The weather has been getting really nice here in Raleigh, NC and I’ve been trying to spend as much time outside as possible. Although I might not have been inspired to write about tech lately, I’ve definitely been keeping up with it. One of the most [...]

What Happened To Google Wave?

by *cowboy*
Feb 13th 2010 - 5 comments

I was originally planning to do a post about Google Buzz this weekend, but then something reminded me about  Google Wave. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t heard anything about Wave in weeks. It occurred to me that one of the most hyped products of 2009 might have fallen completely on it’s face. [...]

Introducing The New PSSC Website

by *cowboy*
Feb 12th 2010 - 0 comments

As some of you know, I am the web developer behind the Penn State Snowboard Club (PSSC) website. I built the site from the ground up 3 years ago when I was attending Penn State. The website has evolved a lot since then and has signed up over 1,200 users. The past couple months I [...]