Archive for July, 2003

Free digital camera accesories

July 31st, 2003, 11:42pm by Jake

So, I saw a deal on SlickDeal last week for a digital camera starter kit. It included 4 AA rechargeable batteries & charger, a big bag, a mini tripod, lens cleaner, and a few other things– for $9. Anyways, they decided to replace it with a different kit that had no tripod, no lens cleaner & only 2 batteries. I called up OfficeMax to tell I didn’t want their crappy kit. They told me to keep the kit & they’d credit me the full amount. The bag is very big, and I’m not sure what I’ll use it for, but it seems like a fair deal for free.

iTunes Music Store vs. BuyMusic.com

July 28th, 2003, 8:05pm by Jake

OK, I tried playing around with BuyMusic.com to compare it with iTunes Music Store. Sadly, I could never get to the points of getting clips clip play b/c it doesn’t work on Macs, doesn’t work w/ Mozilla (Explorer 5+ only), requires ActiveX (disabled via corporate policy), requires Windows Media Player 9 (which is installed, but not recognized) and was kinda a pain to use.

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Another top 100 songs list

July 24th, 2003, 2:23am by Jake

OK, I found this list after searching Google for “100 greatest rock song.” Definitely a personal list, but there’s a lot on their to like. Definitely biased towards 70’s hard rock (AC/DC. Aerosmith, KISS… you get the picture), but there’s a good amount of diversity, and not one song that makes you wretch. Worth a look.

iPod on the fly play-lists

July 23rd, 2003, 1:12pm by Jake

iPod on the fly play-lists. Pretty fun, I'm able to queue up my songs, kinda like a personal jukebox. Real easy to create, handy for flights.

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Nerds on caffeine

July 22nd, 2003, 2:42pm by Kelvin


Scene from a Starbucks next to our local abattoir. There are at least 7 laptop users here. These guys must be killing McDonald’s in the hotspot market :).

Unintentional irony

July 22nd, 2003, 3:09am by Jake

OK, this site pretty much speaks for itself. These are definitely the guys I’d want to go to for my “non-cheesy” solution.

Montana's bum arm

July 21st, 2003, 10:51pm by Kelvin


I just wanted to give an update on Montana. For those of you who didn’t know, we had to take her to the hospital this past saturday to get treatment for a gash on her arm of unknown origin. I’d let her out into the yard on her own, and went out to check on her just a minute later. I found her sitting in shock, it seemed, with a large cut about 3 inches long along her forearm. It was pretty deep (to the muscle), and had split to about an inch wide (indicating tearing of the subcutaneous muscle attachments). anyway, after some quick panicking, during which i did nothing productive, i called serena (in the house)and mobilized our emergency response team :). we bandaged her up quickly (always make sure to have sterile gauze and ace bandages in the house!) and then drove her to the vet, where they put her out and stitched her up. anyway, she’s doing fine now, and is walking around with what feels like a wooden peg for a leg :).

Changes at The Board

July 19th, 2003, 10:43pm by Mike

In the spirit of the construction surrounding me on the streets outside of both home and work, I’ve done a little work on The Board:
— Search form — searches entries and comments (Kelvin — try searching for “t68i” when you’re ready to clean Serena’s phone)
— Comment posting — you will no longer get a badly-sized popup window, but will go to a view that shows the main entry as well as all comments posted before you. Enter your comment at the bottom.

Graduation pictures

July 16th, 2003, 8:52pm by Jake

Well, it took me a few weeks to get all my graduation pictures, and posting them now seems anti-climactic– which is quite appropriate, actually. Anyways, I ended up getting pictures from 4 different cameras– mine, my Dad’s, my Mom’s, Kelvin’s and a labmate of mine (Sai). That doesn’t even include the pictures Kelvin took with his camera phone. Anyways, you can see the .Mac version here, or click on my link to the left to see the full-resolution versions.

Wi-Fi Detector

July 16th, 2003, 5:26pm by Mike

Anybody seen anything about this keychain Wi-Fi detector yet? Supposedly, you can click a button and it’ll tell you if you’re near an 802.11b or g access point, by picking up on the carrier signal (somehow it distinguishes the 2.4 GHz signal from things like cell phones, Bluetooth, and microwaves). I haven’t been able to find out if it can figure out whether the network is WEP encrypted or not (probably can’t figure this out, I’d imagine), but it’s for sale for as little as $25 at PC Mall.


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