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AppleTV 2nd Generation and SHSH Blobs

I am a huge Apple fan, and I have three 2nd generation AppleTVs that I use to watch streaming media in different rooms of my house. I have hacked them all so I can stream a wide variety of formats and stream directly from a large SMB file share I have. I also like checking […]

Review of The Savoy Restaurant in Rome, NY

I happily give The Savoy four out of five stars, based on an August 2014 visit and memories of many years ago. The Savoy Restaurant 255 E Dominick St Rome, NY 13440 (315) 339-3166 Family run Italian-American piano bar and restaurant with excellently seasoned steaks and East Rome Greens that remind me of the legendary […]

Review of Tomato Pie Cafe, Lititz, PA

I gave Tomato Pie Cafe in Lititz five out of five stars in August of 2014. Tomato Pie Cafe 23 N Broad St Lititz, PA 17543 (717) 627-1762 What an amazing gem to find! We stopped briefly in Lititz for Wilbur’s chocolates and popped across the street for a snack, discovered patio seating out back […]

Review of Origins Thai Spa, in Sterling, VA

I am a raving fan of Origins Thai Spa in Sterling, endorsing them for five out of five stars since January 2014. Origins Thai Spa 46179 Westlake Dr Sterling, VA 20165 (703) 376-8711 I was not a frequent professional massage customer, but I will be now; I have had perhaps fifteen professional massages in my […]

Review of China King Restaurant in Leesburg, VA

I gave China King Restaurant four out of five stars in March of 2012, and it has held up that excellent reputation since then. Do NOT be confused, there is no affiliation between this China King Restaurant and the fast-food chain of China Kings all over the Northern Virginia area (they are not good at […]

Review of Evo Bistro in McLean, VA

I gave Evo Bistro four out of five stars when I first reviewed French/Algerian Tapas and Wine place in November 2010, and if anything it has grown on me. Evo Bistro 1313 Old Chain Bridge Rd McLean, VA 22101 (703) 288-4422 We absolutely love Evo Bistro for tapas and wine. Our wallets are reluctant to […]

Review of Tipicos Los Amigos in Sterling, VA

I gave Tipicos Los Amigos four out of five stars when I first reviewed the Papusaria in June of 2010, and again when I updated in November of 2010, and stand by that rating today. Tipicos Los Amigos 46950 Community Plz Sterling, VA 20164 (571) 434-0060 Excellent and very cheap papusas that are sometimes HUGE […]

Review of Blue Ridge Seafood Restaurant, Gainesville, VA

I gave Blue Ridge Seafood Restaurant four out of five stars when I reviewed them on January 13th, 2010; and I stand by that today. Blue Ridge Seafood Restaurant 15704 Lee Hwy Gainesville, VA 20155 (703) 754-9852 This dive is an essential addition to local food. Warm, friendly, run-down building with picnic tables, butcher block […]

Computer Literacy Bookstore turned Indian Restaurant

I attended Sun Microsystem’s DC area reveal of the brand new Java and dancing Duke mascot at a Computer Literacy bookstore in the late 1990s… I just had lunch in the same spot which is now an Indian restaurant called Bombay Tandoor. Memories are funny things, I could actually still see (in my imagination) the […]

Hacking AppleTV for easier text entry

I just updated all my 2nd generation AppleTV’s and to save the current firmware blobs and then re-applied the Seas0nPass jail-break for v5.3 to install XBMC again. Each time I do this (roughly each time Apple offers new AppleTV software) I have to re-enter my AppleID and password through the painfully cumbersome TV remote and […]