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April 28, 2011

LuzPro LED Lighting Review

So I purchased some MR-16 LED lamps to replace some often failing lamps in the kitchen and dining room. At first I was hesitant due to the price and lack of reviews (these bulbs are fairly new to the market) but being a bit of a risk taker and being into anything new in tech I took the plunge.

Am I glad I did! These LED bulbs by LuzPro are pretty amazing. First, yes they were expensive – about $40 each. But considering they are rated to last about 50,000 hours (over 17 years @ 8 hours per day give or take), consume a mere 5 watts and are replacing 35 watt MR16 bulbs they pay for themselves in about two years according to my number crunching. I also don’t have to worry about changing these guys for a very long time so less maintenance is good with me.

The main reason I ended up keeping these bulbs was heat reduction. It’s INCREDIBLE how much cooler my kitchen is after installing these bad boys! I used to sweat when I was in the kitchen – and I wasn’t even cooking! Now I stand under these lights and feel no heat from them whatsoever. If I touch the base of the lamp I do feel the base a little warm but not the scorching heat my old bulbs used to produce or the 3rd degree burns from touching them. Huge plus and definitely worth the price of the bulbs in my case.

The light is just about the same, maybe a little brighter (picked the 2700K warm white). This is great as I always thought the LED color would be “ugly” or an annoying bright white. Not these – the white is a nice amber color. Very similar to my original bulbs. So no complaints here.

LED bulbs are also “earth friendly” meaning they do not contain any hazardous materials (like fluorescent/CFL lights) and do not generate UV light which damages art. So these bulbs are art-safe! According to the store rep what matters is the chip type in these LED bulbs – they all look very similar but the chip that’s inside is what matters. My rep said CREE is the “king of LED chips” and a brief Google search seems to confirm that. Luckily the LuzPro bulb contains three CREE chips so that makes me feel much better!

To conclude my review, I couldn’t recommend these bulbs more. Yes they are expensive but they are worth the price of admission to get a bunch of benefits and long-term savings. Go to your local lighting store and pick some up or visit their site at http://www.luzpro.com. My local hardware store just recently started stocking these (in the last two weeks). Hopefully these lamps start taking off and the price gets lower – also heard they will start carrying flexible ribbon strips for cove lighting and under-cabinet usage. Looks like I’ll be busy pimping my crib up when these start showing up.

NOTE: Before the LuzPro brand bulbs I tried the Ushio brand due to the more known name but was disappointed to see the bulbs didn’t fit into ANY of my fixtures except one kitchen pendant. The Ushio (and some other brands) are too wide or oddly shaped and therefore don’t fit into most fixtures. The LuzPro bulb actually looks almost identical in size to a regular MR16 and fit in all my MR16 fixtures (recessed housings and track heads).

Filed by Tony at April 28th, 2011 under LED
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April 19, 2011

Porn fetish bookmarking link service

So there’s a new site at http://pinkcreme.com that is a curated porn fetish site.

It also promises to soon offer it’s users a way to bookmark porn links without revealing their identity. Worried to bookmark porn pages on your computer for fear that your wife/girlfriend/mom/boss/etc. will find out what you’re up to? This is the perfect solution.

The design is clean and simple and gets out of your way. Also, it’s semi-safe for work as no actual photos or videos are on the site… just links, descriptions and comments to the actual source. I say semi-safe because the title of some of the posts are a bit explicit.

Go check them out. They just started up so go have fun!

Filed by Tony at April 19th, 2011 under Interesting, Web
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October 17, 2010

Lost or found a pet? Go to WheresMyPet!

If you or anyone you know has lost or found a pet, make sure you visit WheresMyPet.com. Posting a lost or found pet is completely free! No strings attached – this is truly a labor of love which I hope will help a lot of people out. Although you can feel free to donate/support WheresMyPet should you so be inclined ;-)

Help spread the word and not only help the site grow, but help pets get reunited with their families!

In case you didn’t notice – this was a shameless plug. But one worth posting. Take care all!

-Tony

Filed by Tony at October 17th, 2010 under Internet, News, Pets, Technology, Web, Web 2.0
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August 14, 2009

HD porn streaming service available exclusively on PS3

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UPDATE: http://pinkcreme.com makes it REALLY easy to find some niche fetish content on the PS3, browser, mobile, etc. Curated links that direct you to quality content.

A dream come true? For most, YES!

The idea is simple. Using a blu-ray disc from this company you will have the ability to stream Standard Definition and High Definition pornography directly to your Playstation 3 for a fee.

For more info checkout the company’s site (DMM.tv).

Photo and info from joystiq.com

Filed by Tony at August 14th, 2009 under News, Technology, Videos
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June 22, 2009

Finally purchased an iphone!

After two years of holding out for an iPhone, I finally decided to take the plunge and get the new iPhone 3Gs. What held me back so long? First was the fact of switching from T-Mobile to AT&T. I’m now paying about $35 extra per month. Second was the lack of storage. 16GB wasn’t near enough to store my music alone, which adds up to a little over 20GB, let alone podcasts and additional apps I would download. Now with the 32GB iPhone 3Gs I had run out of excuses.

So I woke up at 5:20AM on Friday and was in line at the Apple store by 6AM. By 7:50AM I had my iPhone in hand, very good experience overall (except for some AT&T transfer issues). I’m sure having reserved the iPhone ahead of time made things a little smoother.

So far it’s been a handful of days and I am REALLY enjoying my iPhone. A lot of useful apps, typing is a pleasure, and the flexibility and mobility is unparalleled. So far it has (temporarily) replaced my laptop for everything except designing and developing web sites and using graphic design programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

One last thing until I can further review the phone: This thing is an amazing gaming system! I loaded the terminator demo and was shocked at the graphics, performance, and controls. This is truly the device of the future and I hope it only gets better. So far it is worth the extra fee per month along with the price of the phone. Highly recommended, and that’s coming from a former blackberry user.

Oh, and this post was completely written and published directly from my iPhone ;-)

Filed by Tony at June 22nd, 2009 under Uncategorized
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January 24, 2009

Family of 6 year old Gianfranco needs your help.

http://www.soapnights.com/2009/01/24/gianfranco-rivolis-family-needs-help-to-pay-funeral/

Earlier this week Gianfranco, a six-year-old boy from Pembroke Pines, Florida drowned. His family is in need of your help and/or contributions to pay for the funeral arrangements. Please take a look at the link above where you will find contact information if you’re interested in lending a hand.

Filed by Tony at January 24th, 2009 under News, Other
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January 17, 2009

EnragedAmigos to make a comeback!

First of all, sorry for the lack of posts. I currently have over 3 ventures/personal projects, 2 jobs, and more things to do then I can fit into a day. Which is great considering the economic conditions, so no complaints from this side. As for Sebaz, he’s MIA (well, he’s busy working actually).

EnragedAmigos is in the back-burner until I can finish two or more projects and I can dedicate some time to this site. Just bare with us and we’ll be posting a little more often. Thanks visiting and don’t forget about us! :-)

Filed by Tony at January 17th, 2009 under Other
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November 16, 2008

What What (In the butt)…

Yea, it’s been a while. Too many projects going on at the same time including a new venture which leaves me with very little time to dedicate to this blog (let along starting a personal one). I’ll try my best to make some time and dedicate myself a bit more to this site. Also, I noticed the background image doesn’t fit well now that I’m working on my 15″ macbook pro as opposed my 12″ powerbook. I’ll see if I can muster the time for that. I know it’s a quick fix but my time is extremely scarce as of the last few months. Priorities need to be made. Some TLC to come…

Every time I remember the lack of posts on here it makes me a bit sad, so I decided to post at least a quick video that made me laugh. Hope you guys enjoy the video.

Filed by Tony at November 16th, 2008 under Funny, Music, Videos
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September 27, 2008

Using TextMate to Blog

So this is my first post using TextMate to blog. Having set this up (finally), I can simplify my life just a little by consolidating some of my software. So far TextMate has been an amazing product, even though I don’t know how to truly use it fully yet, it’s obvious how powerful it is. Can’t wait to learn more and grow with it. Michael Sheets over at MacroMates was kind enough to give me a generous discount.

If you have a mac, give TextMate a try. It may not be as flashy as some other software packages but it does it’s job extremely well.

Now that I have this setup, I shouldn’t have any reason to not post more frequently.

Filed by Tony at September 27th, 2008 under Other
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September 26, 2008

2008 Mr. Olympia Top 6 Results

Staying up a bit late at home watching the Mr. Olympia webcast so I thought I’d share the results as it’s happening live. Yesterdays webcast was horrible, and by the way, why the crappy support for mac users? Damn Windows Media Player requirements…

  1. Dexter Jackson (Check for $155,000) – YES!!! Finally, he deserves it!
  2. Jay Cutler (Check for $90,000)
  3. Phil Heath (Check for $60,000) – Should’ve placed higher?
  4. Dennis Wolf (Check for $48,000)
  5. Toney Freeman (Check for $38,000) – Should’ve placed higher, IMHO.
  6. Melvin Anthony (Check for $30,000)

Filed by Tony at September 26th, 2008 under Other
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