OtterBox claims their new Armor Series cases are the toughest smartphone cases ever built. The Armor Series is waterproof for 30 minutes in 6.6 ft. of water, survives 10 ft. drops, allows for zero entry of dust and debris and can withstand two tons of crushing force. Despite the beast-like protection, all ports are easily accessed via integrated covers, and the built-in screen protector allows for hassle-free use of the screen while protecting it from scratches, cracking, or worse. Whether you’re an adventurer, a busy parent, gear-collector or someone willing to invest in protection, the Armor Series is for you. The Armor Series cases for the Galaxy S3, iPhone 4/4S, and iPhone 5 will be available in mid to late February for around $100.
If you have an iPad and love bacon, then there’s no reason not to pick up The Better Bacon Book from Open Air Publishing ($4.99 on iTunes). Designed especially for the iPad, this interactive book offers up instructions on how to make your own bacon, build your own smoker, and find the best bacon to order, as well as 31 interactive bacon recipes. In total, there’s over 20 HD videos, 150 photos, and more tastiness than any human can handle at one time.
Is it a portable stove or a gadget charger? How about both. The BioLite ($130) is a compact, portable stove that burns sticks, twigs, pine cones, and other renewable resources instead of petroleum gas, lighting quickly and bringing water to a boil in no time. In addition, it packs a USB port on the front that draws its power from the heat of the fire, letting you charge your phone, GPS, or LED lights miles from the nearest outlet.
The Crypteks USB™ Drive is one of the first physically locking USB storage devices to feature 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption. If you like cool puzzles and want to protect your data at the same time, then you must check out the Crypteks USB Drive. This a hardcore portable drive featuring a precision-crafted aluminum mechanical lock that offers up 14,348,907 possible combinations that you can customize to keep your data protected. This would make a great stocking stuffer for the security-obsessed geek in your life.
There are dozens of social networking sites available today…MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ just to name a few popular ones. While social media sites typically go after a younger generation, a new service out this week is decidedly going after the opposite demographic. Proust.com, a memory-sharing service targeting nostalgic seniors heading into their twilight years.
The private social network, named for French novelist Marcel Proust, is modeled after the “Proust Questionnaire,” and designed to help family members and close friends tell their life stories. Proust tries to solve the age-old issue of writing in the blank white box. That is, Proust helps facilitate content creation from its users by creating topic prompts based on the “Proust Questionnaire.” Rather than leave sharing in the hands of the person, Proust helps the process move along with questions. Fun questions like “If you could have any natural talent what would it be?”, probing questions like “What did you learn the hard way?”, and nostalgic questions like “Who was your first kiss and how did it happen?”. Proust.com is a place for families and close friends to share the stuff that really matters; and is a private place to capture our life stories, thoughts, and aspirations to spark meaningful conversations about who we are.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.
In 2010, there were 67 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 230 posts. There were 27 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was September 27th with 61 views. The most popular post that day was Photo Friday – Fall Tree.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, lumbertalk.com, en.search.wordpress.com, twitter.com, and huntingtonnews.net.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for tree photography, marine war dog memorial, fall tree, war dog memorial, and tips for successful communication.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Twitter (or “tweeting”) is still fairly new to me. However in just a few short months, I have compiled a pretty good list of individuals that I follow daily. Most are leaders within their company. Others are friends, organizations, or interesting people to follow.
If you can suggest other leaders or interesting people I could follow, please leave me comment and let me know. Here’s my list follows, and a few followers:
- Michael Hyatt – Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Nelson Publishers
- Ed Stetzer – President of LifeWay Research
- Thom Ranier – President & CEO of LifeWay
- Rob Phillips – Director of Communications at LifeWay
- Pete Wilson – Pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville
- Andy Andrews – New York Times Best-Selling Author – The Noticer, The Traveler’s Gift
- Scott Lehman – President and Founder of the In His Grip Golf Association
- John Maxwell – Bestselling author and speaker on leadership
- Bill Seaver – Social media marketing consultant, blogger, and speaker
- Mark Sanborn – Leadership Keynote Speaker and Best-Selling Author – The Fred Factor, The Encore Effect
- Max Lucado – Bestselling author and Senior Pastor of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX
- Todd Smith – Christian group Selah
- Angie Smith
- Allan Hall – Christian group Selah
- RMH Knoxville – Knoxville Ronald McDonald House
- RMH Charities – Ronald McDonald House Charities
- Dave Ramsey LIVE – Live Events Team for Dave Ramsey
- Coupon Katie – Stay-at-home mom and Coupon Ninja in-training
- UT Knoxville – The official Twitter of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Knoxville Tourism – Knoxville Tourism & Events
- Tom Ziglar – Son of motivational, inspirational speaker Zig Ziglar
- Grand Ole Opry – The Grand Ole Opry, Nasville, TN