Archive for July, 2011

I love my Apple TV

Posted: July 18, 2011 in articles, computers

I love my Apple TV!

Thanks to this often overlooked and ignored Apple product, I have ditched my expensive satellite subscription and actually enjoy watching TV again.

Apple TV

The combination of and free podcasts, I have more commercial free content then I can watch in a day.

It started when I made a realization.  Everything I would watch on TV could be categorized into 1 of 3 types of content.  The first: Current affairs (i.e. News).  Which I can get via Podcasts.  The second: filler, reruns, you know the stuff you put on just because you cant find anything that is truly interest.  So you channel surf instead of turning the tube off.  This is what Netflix is PREFECT for filling. And the bonus… no commercials.  The third type is the prime time hooks, the shows we look forward too.  The stuff we count down the days to the next episode.  I have two solutions for this.  One being Apple’s iTunes and being able to subscribe to an entire season of a show.

Ok, so I cant watch sports.  First thing everyone asks me when I explain this structure to them.  However, I have a great solution for that too… A new super technical invention, bleeding edge of modern technology… The neighborhood pub!

So my monthly “TV” bill dropped from approximately $100/month to $7.99/month.  And NO commercials.


Now with this short 1 minute video, you have no need to go see the new Harry Potter Movie….

Yet another valuable time saving service brought you by your truly 😉

Do you think socialmedia is just an interesting fad? Great for wasting time, but has no real value to business… Is only a minor unimportant marketing tool.

If you’re in business and want your business to have any chance of surviving the next five years. Then you need to watch this…

I want this car!

Posted: July 14, 2011 in automotive, green

Anyone who knows me, knows I am partial to small cars.  I have no need to compensate  with an over sized or over power, monster gas guzzler.

This however is from a manufacturer that normally makes very well known for the insanely powerful V8 and V12 supercars.

Can anyone guess WHO makes this?

The most observant of my online friends have noticed my name on Facebook has recently been changed.  May be you did but didnt say anything, or maybe you just didnt notice.  😦

Anyways, I changed my Facebook name from “Al LaRose” to “Allen LaRose”.  Huge change! And no it does not mean I will no longer being go by the name “Al”.  The reason for the change is Google.  More accurately my ranking in Google and search engines in general.

Now if you search Google for “allen larose” or “allen larose”, my blog, my Twitter, and my LinkedIn accounts/profiles come up in the first 10 listings.  Many would envious, as Google ranking and search engine optimization (SEO) is more art then science and can be difficult to achieve.  Or at least I have been told.

Of course if you misspell my name, and oh so many people do…. Of course links associated with me shouldnt show up.  And my name gets misspelled a lot:

alan larose, alen larose, alan la rose, allan larose, alan lerose, ellen larose.

I have always been “Allen LaRose“.  Sometime shortly after collage, people started calling me “Al”.  And I’m fine with being called “Al”.  It’s less formal, and I’m not exactly a formal guy.  It actually got to a point that only my mother called me “Allen”.

Then a few individuals decided they preferred to call me “Allen“.  Always the special ladies in my life.  Until they would decide to call me something far nastier, the many variations I will not repeat here.

Then for business I was “Allen“.  “Al” away from work and “Allen” at the office.  My best guess is this happened because my business cards have always had my full name on them “Allen LaRose, FMA, CIM, FCSI“.  Yes the designations are part of name, at least when I am at work.

Could be worse, my mother could have let my grandfather name me… Then I would be “Kiddo”. 😦  That is leaps and bounds ahead of some the nick names I have had: Skippy, Alaroo (Dont ask), Ala-boo-boo.

You can call me “Al” or “Allen“, but online the best way to find me is with “allenlarose“.

QR Code

Posted: July 4, 2011 in articles, computers, Uncategorized

A QR code according to Wikipedia is…

“(abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text, URL, or other data.”

I have started to see these all over the place.  Magazines, newspapers, ads, product packaging, business cards….  Then after a little googling discovered my wonderful iPod Touch can read this QR codes.

So I had to try generating one for myself.  So here is my QR code. I used the website to generate my QR code.

I am curious as to what others think of QR codes.  And does any one out there use them?

Here is an excellent article on the best uses of QR codes.  The coles note version is… QR codes are good at from physical to virtual without the hassle of typing.