I was in Staples the other day and found this little guy sitting in the mark-down bin. I needed a webcam for a couple of projects I’m doing, so I decided that he needed to come home with me. My new RobotCam has a built-in microphone and these cool L.E.D. eyes that light up when … Continue reading RobotCam

Pelham Mill Excursion

Pelham Mill Orton Desaturated

Early this week when I left work the sun was casting beautiful shadows across everything. I decided to take the long way home and look for something to photograph. My trek took me through the “Golden Box” area of Greenville, south of I-85 and the airport. This is the area after which all of the developers are lusting, but it still retains some vestiges of rural Greenville. It’s roughly bounded by Highway 101 on the east, Highway 14 on the West, I-85 on the north, and Reidville Road on the south.

I drove past our new elementary school under construction on Abner Creek Road and through the community of Liberty Hill. This is an interesting place that looks like it grew up around a prominent farm. I continued on Abner Creek across the Golden Box until I got to the community of Pelham, otherwise known as “Sugar Tit” by the locals, a reference to candy given to the children of the mill village. Continue reading “Pelham Mill Excursion”

Where’s the Rebel?

Roxann Owens is the tech coordinator at James F. Byrnes High School, and she has been doing a neat project with her students the past couple of weeks. Each day she sets all of the desktop backgrounds to an image from Google Earth and challenges the students to find out where the picture is from. … Continue reading Where’s the Rebel?

Twelve Must-Have Software Tools

Every now and then I’ll post a link to a cool new product that I think has promise, such as Jott or Jing. I got to thinking about how many of these I actually use, and which ones just seem cool at the time. I decided to make a list of my must-have software tools. These are the ones I use most on a day-to-day basis.
Some of these tools have been around for awhile and have gotten lots of press, and some are fairly new. I guess I tend to take for granted that everyone knows about Audacity and Firefox, but some may not have. So, some of these on this list will be ones that I’ve discussed at length, and some are those have just glossed over.

Anyone who’s followed this blog knows my hobbies – photography, anything dealing with maps and GPS, computer geekery, music and multimedia design. These tools tend to line up with those interests. What’s not on the list are tools which only function as file readers – Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash Player, for example. They need to actually do something. Some are for productivity, and some are just for fun. I’ve also left off purely online applications, such as Bloglines, as useful as this might be. All these tools are geared toward the Windows environment (sorry, Mac and Linux folks), however some are cross-platform. I’ve also left off any shareware/crippleware tools with the possible exception of EasyGPS – all are free.

So, without further delay, and in no particular order, here’s my list… Continue reading “Twelve Must-Have Software Tools”

Caspian Grill

NOTE: This restaurant is now closed Laura’s been doing quite a bit of evening work, so I’ve been on my own to explore dining options around town. It being Mardi Gras, I thought some Cajun food might be in order. However, there’s only one place that I know of, and it was jam-packed when I … Continue reading Caspian Grill

Cafe Rivera

Carin Piretti told me about a new place that I should try for lunch. So today I headed to downtown Greer to visit Cafe Rivera. It was rough around the office, so I needed to escape for a bit, and this seemed like a great opportunity. UPDATE: Since I started this post, I’ve visited the … Continue reading Cafe Rivera

Fat Tuesday

What better way to celebrate Fat Tuesday than with three different restaurant reviews. I feel like I’ve been eating my way around the world lately, having sampled Brazilian, Cuban, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Japanese, and now Iranian cuisine. I’ve visited a couple of new places, but just haven’t gotten around to writing them up. So, here … Continue reading Fat Tuesday