Kobe Bryant & Michael Jordan: Dream Team Argument

Kobe Bryant says that this years U.S. Olmypic Basketball Team would beat the 1992 “Dream Team”.  Michael Jordan strongly disagree.

Dream Team vs 2012 Olympic TeamThe Olympics are stirring up some heated basketball arguments and comparisons.  Who is better?  The current Olympic basketball team or the “dream team” of 1992. 

Kobe Bryant says that this year’s team is much better.  Michael Jordan, every the competitor, strongly disagrees?

What do you think?

This is all over the news today and quite an interesting discussions. Obviously, both teams are great.  But, we have not even seen the 2012 team play a game and thye have yet to win a gold.  I think it’s a wait and see argument.  I know I’ll hold off on my judgement. 

I have hit the net and found many links on the topic.  So, just for you guys, here is some extra information on this topic that I have found.

The Dream Team Vs. the 2012 Olympic Team:  Kobe Bryant Vs. Michael Jordan

Jordan, Barkley laugh at Kobe’s Dream Team assertion
Kobe Bryant said Wednesday he believed this year’s United States national basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley could only laugh. (read more)

Jordan: Kobe’s dreaming if he thinks this Olympic team is better
Michael Jordan said he laughed when he heard Kobe Bryant say the current team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. “Remember now,” Jordan said, “they learned from us. We didn’t learn from them.” (read more)

Jordan ‘absolutely laughed’ at Kobe’s boast
Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. (read more)

Jordan ‘laughed’ at Kobe saying current squad better than Dream Team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. Jordan told The Associated Press Thursday that he laughed — “I absolutely laughed” — when hearing Bryant’s comments that the squad training in Las… (read more)

Dream Team Vs. 2012 Men’s Basketball Team: Jordan And Kobe Both Claim Victory
Will there ever be a team better than the 1992 Dream Team? It’s a question that will never get a definitive answer. It’s also a question that will never stop getting asked. Kobe Bryant, who leads 2012 USA Men’s Basketball team that is filled with players like Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Blake Griffin, believes […] Dream Team Vs. 2012 Men’s Basketball Team: Jordan And Kobe Both Claim … (read more)

Michael Jordan: Dream Team could take down this year’s team
Star of Dream Team says this year’s Olympic team doesn’t have enough to take down the 1992 squad. (read more)

Jordan: 1992 Dream Team better than 2012 USA squad
Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. (read more)

Michael Jordan rejects Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dream Team’ comparison
Michael Jordan says there’s “no comparison” between the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and the 2012 US basketball team. Jordan “laughed” at Kobe Bryant’s comments that the 2012 team was better. (read more)

Jordan: No way Team USA could beat Dream Team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. (read more)

Michael Jordan memo to Kobe Bryant: ‘No comparison’ between Dream Team and 2012 Olympic squad
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. (read more)

 

Published in: on July 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm  Comments (1)  
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Guest Blogging: All The Rage

Guest Blogging WorksGuest Blogging has become the rage among blogging enthusiasts.  I will investigate why this is and whether you, or I, should consider it. 

Why Has Guest Blogging Become So Popular?

Everybody is always looking for new ways to promote their website and garner more traffic.  In the past, there were many tried and true ways to do this including:  blog commenting, PR writing, article directories, etc. 

These methods of site promotion worked quite well, but they don’t anymore. 

Why not?  What happened?

Well, an alarming number of manipulators sought to get their content to the top of the search engines using these techniques.  The problem was that all of their content was “shallow”.  In other words, they were selling something, ads or products, and their goal was not quality.  It was simply to manipulate the search engines to get to the top and be able to sell their stuff.  And, they were successful.  So, in turn, Google, needing to preserve the integrity of their search engine, sought to remove these “shallow” sites from the SERPs.

In doing so, they penalized many traditional methods that people would use to promote their site.  Regrettably, many good sites were caught up in this net and suffered as well.

Enter Guest Blogging…

As these means of site promotion dissipated, people began searching for new ways to promote their sites and one of these ways is guest blogging.  Guest blogging meets the original intention of Google’s search algorithm because it is seen as one site vouching for another.  For example, as I am researching various ways to do guest blogging, I found the site http://ultimateguestblogger.com. 

This site connects guest bloggers with guest owners alloing people to share content and there are many sites that do the same thing.

One of the most renowned authors who writes about site promotion and guest blogging is Kristi Hines.  As a primer, you may want to read her article entitled The Ultimate Guide to Guest Blogging.  In this article, Kristi talks about how you can leverage guest posting to enhance your online web presence. 

Guest Blogging:  My Conclusion

If you have a great blog, it will remain anonymous unless you promote it or unless, quite simply, you get lucky.  In the past, there were assured methods of promoting your content that worked.  Now, the sea of site promotion is very murky.  Many of the old methods will not only not work, they will get you penalized. 

Thus, you need new strategies and one of these strategies that certainly works is guest blogging.  I recommend that you give it a try!

Published in: on July 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm  Comments (2)  
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Will You Lose Internet on Monday?

dnschanger virusAfter reading the computer virus strikes on Monday, I was a little concerned!  How can I be without Internet?  This is not possible!

Apparently, this virus will not kill your computer but it will kill your Internet access, which is basically killing your computer.  The FBI caught the guys who did this last November and have basically made the systems that have the virus work.  On Monday, they will undo their fix.

So, do you or I have the virus, known as DNSChanger

Fortunately, there is an easy way to tell.

Simply visit http://dns-ok.us/ and if you are green, you are good.  

If you are red, be prepared to call a local systems consultant!

For my audience, I have found a few links that may help you if you have the problem.  So, I will give you these links and say a few prayers for you all that you do not have the virus.

DNSChanger Malware: How It Works And What To Do If You’re Infected
By now you’ve probably heard about DNSChanger, a piece of malicious software that has found its way onto millions of computers worldwide. On Monday, any computer still infected with the software will be unable to connect to the internet, leaving users in the dark forever. Or at least until they have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new computer. (read more)

DNSChanger Malware Infected PCs May Lose Internet Access on 9 July [Steps to Detect DNSChanger Malware]
The DNSChanger malware is expected to cause over 350,000 computers to lose access to the internet on 9 July. (read more)

DNSChanger Malware Set to Knock Thousands Off Internet on Monday
Here’s how to find out if your computer is infected, and what to do if it is. (read more)

Published in: on July 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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An Amazing Tablet PC: The MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet

Review: MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet (Wi-Fi)

I have been interested in getting a tablet PC for some time but was not really up for getting an Apple iPad because, ironically, I found it too mainstream.

I wanted something new that nobody else with tablets had and I wanted it to be able to play Flash video which I would be watching a lot of.  Enter the best tablet that is not an iPad.  And, truthfully, for my money, this is better than an iPad.  The name:  The The MOTOROLA XOOM Android Tablet

The reviews of this tablet, which are just coming in, are terrific.  And the features?  Abundant.  From the Amazon page, here is a listing of the various features of this tablet:

 

  • Next-generation tablet with 10.1-inch HD display, Android 3.0 platform, and ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor; support for Adobe Flash for viewing web sites, movies, games, and more
  • Front-facing 2-megapixel camera and microphone for video chats; rear 5-megapixel camera with LED flash for high-res stills and HD 720p video
  • 32 GB internal memory; HDMI output; microSD expansion (with software upgrade)
  • Up to 10 hours of video playback/Wi-Fi web browsing

For my money though, this was about the three “P’s”:  price, performance, and picture.

The price right now for the Xoom tablet is just $599.  The performance–dual core mobile processor. 

And the picture is what I love best.  This bad boy can play movies in full screen AND play Flash files, which, in my mine, sets this ahead of the Apple ipad.

Resizing Pictures for Email and Facebook

I had to teach my mom yesterday how to resize pictures for email and Facebook.  This was a chore.

You see, my mom has now embraced Facebook as a means to keep in touch with all of us and it has been the most pleasant thing because she expects us to be on Facebook all the time.  Mom–we have jobs and are not all retired with endless amounts of time on our hand.

Well, the main thing that my mom is trying to do is put up all of the pictures that she has and tag everyone.  We are talking about thousands of photos here.  And, of course, many of these pictures are not even yet digitized.

So, I taught my mom how to scan them in about 6 months ago but now she says “all of the pictures are too big to put on Facebook or email”.

I wish my dad were doing this.  A couple of years ago my dad asked me the difference between HDMI and DVI and with very little explanation, my dad understood everything that i was telling him.  Not so with my mom.

I show her how to use this thing called the Picture Resizer for Windows XP.  Then I showed her again, and again.  Then, she asked about quality degradation when you change the size of pictures and I thought she might be getting it.  Not so fast cowboy. 

She fumbled a few more times before, after 3 hours, she finally understood how to resize her photos for email and Facebook.

Brack Picks the Superbowl

I have just completed my review of this weekends NFL championships game and reviewed some Superbowl blogs where people are doing the same thing. 

This is the most intense time of year for football and unfortunately there is not much left of it.  Normally, I can count on Sunday to be watching about 14 football games.  As most of your know, I have the NFL game pass which rules!

Anyway, now there are only two games left and while many are already learning how to watch the Superbowl online because they think that they know who will win the games, you haven’t read my assestment.

In the AFC, we have the Jets vs the Steelers.  Of course, everyone is picking the Steelers because they are at home and have seemed unstoppable.  Plus, Big Ben has proven unflappable in big games. 

However, I think that the Jets will take it.  The Jets are on a roll that will not be stopped in Pittsburgh!

On the other side, the NFC, I have a surprise for everyone.  The Bears will stop the Packer offense that everyone is talking about.  However, the Packers might just do the same. 

In spite of what they say, this will be a defensive struggle.  My prediction:  Jay Cutler will make a few mistakes and the Packers will capitalize.  The Packers will win in a close low-scoring contest!

There you have it:  Superbowl 2011 will feature the Packers vs the Jets!

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm  Comments (1)  
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Who Makes the Best LCD TV?

Ever wonder who makes the best LCD TV?  I don’t because I buy from one company and one company only.  They ALWAYS have the best value and best technology combined. 

Here is what I do when I am wanting to buy a new LCD, which I do a lot.  I have always upgrading the size of my LCD.  (No size jokes, please!)

I head out to the local Best Buy (use to be Circuit City until they left) and check out the latest Samsungs in person.  I choose the largest at the best price and then I check what the price is on Amazon–it’s almost always lower than Best Buy.

Then, I tell them, “Look, here’s Amazon price.”  Can you beat it?  And they always do.  That way, I can take the LCD TV home that day. 

My friend got a Sharp 60 inch LCD TV for Under $2000 at Amazon which is a great deal.  Recently, I got the same one for my daughter for $1850.

As I said, I normally think Samsung is the best, but in this one instance, I made an exception and it was worth it.  She loves the TV!!!

Published in: on April 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

How To Copy a DVD to Another DVD For Free

I have huge collection of DVDs at my house and began wondering this morning how I could copy my DVDs so that I would not lose them.  After all, when you consider that I have about 400 DVDs, the price for these DVDs adds up quickly.  I am well over $1,000 for my DVD collection.  It’s probably more closer to $10,000.

So, I find an article called how to copy a DVD which pointed me exactly where I wanted to be because this article explains how to copy a DVD for free, which is what I am after.  I mean…I have spent enough on the DVDs…I don’t want to spend more money to buy programs just to copy my DVDs.

And, it turns out that there are many applications that will do it for free and, in the end, it turns out that Copying DVDs to Your Computer is not the great challenge that I thought it would be.

You need 3 things:  A program that will decrypt the DVD if necessary.  (2) A program that will copy the DVD to your computer and (3) a program that will then burn the DVD.

There are applications that perform these functions and they are all free and easy to use.  In order, they are DVD43, DVD Shrink, and Image Burner.

Find these applications and you are good to go!

Also, I discovered that you can also copy DVD to hard drive and have a copy of the DVD with you on the go whenever you want.  To do this, you need the program called Handbrake, which is also not that difficult to use.

Now, what I need is time :)  because copying DVDs takes about 1 hour each!

Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm  Comments (1)  

An Explanation of HDMI and DVI

This Sunday morning the Brack Man is getting technical bringing you an explanation of HDMI vs DVI.

You may have heard of the acronymns in passing and done this:  huh?

Well, each of these are inputs on your TV or Computer.  In fact, the reason that I am researching these is to learn how to connect my laptop to my TV. 

Basically, here’s the skinny as I read in Getting Technical With HDMI .  HDMI is the new type of connection and you want to use it whenever possible.  It carries digital video AND audio at incredible speeds.

The catch here is that your laptop may not have a HDMI connection.  If it does not, then you will have to consider DVI as a connection between your laptop and your LCD TV.  A DVI cable, however, does not carry audio signals.  In this case, you will have to use your laptops headphone output for your audio connection.

Is it possible that your laptop has neither HDMI or DVI?  The answer, unfortunately, is yes.  If this is the case, you will have to use a VGA connection which still looks ok.

For me, I have the new ASUS UL30A-X5 Thin and Light 13.3-Inch Black Laptop which has an HDMI connection so I am all set. By the way, this laptop rules if you are interested.

So, this morning, I will be getting an HDMI cable and viewing my laptop screen on my LCD TV. And this my friends puts me in a terrific mood!

Published in: on January 17, 2010 at 9:01 am  Leave a Comment  

The Coffee Maker Just Broke

Isn’t this a bit*h?  Thursday morning, everyone asleep, I get up to have some relaxation time before the whole house wakes up, and then I go to make some coffee.

And–BOOM–the coffee maker breaks!

So, then I wonder if the stores are open on Christmas Eve–check.  Stores are open on Christmas Eve for awhile but not very late.  Now, I check Who Makes The Best Coffee Maker?  First option was a single coffee maker.  Won’t do.  I drink 5 cups a day.  Who can use a single cup coffee maker?

Second option…Cuisanart…perfect…solid brand, makes 12 cups, good looking, and under $100.  Sold, I’m in. 

Next, see if its available this early at the stores.  Sweet, we have some stores that open very early today! 

Looks like I’ll be getting A Coffee Maker for Christmas for Christmas folks.  The Cuisanart 12 Cup Coffee Maker.  If you are getting a coffee maker, this one looks hard to beat.

Have a great Christmas everyone!!!

Published in: on December 24, 2009 at 6:15 am  Leave a Comment