Archive for August, 2003

Apple Store

August 30th, 2003, 5:55pm by Mike

Hanging out at the Apple Store, on a G5. Kinda cool — neat looking anyway (and big!). Anyway, thought one of you might be online for a video chat, but no dice.

Roofnet getting publicity

August 30th, 2003, 3:39pm by Jake

Hey, check out this “story” at Slashdot. It talks about roofnet, which was recently written up in MIT’s technology review. As a past user of this system, it’s nice to see it getting some major notice (in the geek world, anyway). Mike, you should definitely chime in with your thoughts.

Almost blew $400

August 29th, 2003, 8:39pm by Jake

Well, I almost bought the Kyocera 7135 phone for the low, low price of $400. There wasn’t any one thing that turned me away, rather it was a series of minor things that were too much. On the plus side, it’s a nice color, Palm flip phone that’s not too big and has a nice browser for surfing the web, an SD card for expansion, and an MP3 player. It’s a real nice design, and I’d take it in a heartbeat if it was free. But…
1) The web browsing takes place over an old 9.6-14.4kbps connection, unless you upgrade to the Express Network for $25-45/month.
2) It runs Palm OS 4.1
3) No camera
4) Only a 160×160 screen, so the text isn’t that sharp. Maybe it would look better with anti-aliasing.
5) It’s $400
In short, a nice piece of hardware, but there were just one too compromises I had to make. Hopefully, the Treo 600 will be out in November and will live up to the hype. I can wait.

Immoral politicians in SD

August 29th, 2003, 1:19pm by Kelvin

This story describes how the owner of Cheetahs in SD has been bribing councilmen to help lift the “no touch” rule in local strip joints. Man, what a moral wasteland.

The Demise of PayPal

August 29th, 2003, 8:29am by Mike

Recently sold an item on eBay, and said that I’d accept payment via PayPal. Then today, the person pays me with a credit card, and I get the following e-mail from PayPal:
“You have received a credit card payment. However, to reduce credit cardprocessing costs for accounts that do not pay fees, the ability to receivecredit card payments is limited to Premier and Business accounts.If you upgrade to a Premier account, all of your pending credit cardpayments will immediately be completed. With your upgraded account, youwill receive a range of premium features in addition to the ability toaccept unlimited credit card payments. And the fees on incoming paymentsare low — just 2.9% + $0.30 to receive payments.
If you would like to keep your Personal account, you may log in and denythis payment. Personal accounts may still accept payments funded with abank account or PayPal balance at no charge.”
When did this policy come into effect? I thought you had to accept a certain amount of credit card payments per calendar period before you were forced into a business account. I can only imagine that PayPal has been hemorraging money, first from the $5 referral fee, then from not ever charging for credit card payments until now. Probably a lot of people sending $1 and $2 to friends and costing PayPal lots of money.
Anyway, are there any options out there to accept credit cards and not have to pay a fee? I’m bummed that I lose over $1 on a $24.50 sale.


August 29th, 2003, 5:35am by Kelvin

I just tried out the Rhapsody service from It’s a music on demand service that lets you search and listen to individual songs or albums. There’s also a streaming radio feature that lets you skip songs that you don’t like. I get a 7 day trial, but so far, it’s been really fun– a trip down memory lane. I’ve been revisiting a lot of old albums that I used to have on tape and record that had fallen by the wayside on the technological upgrade to CD (and beyond). There are occassional holes in music availability, but for the most part, I’ve been pretty impressed with the selection. If you have access to a PC, you should download the player as me and check out what I’ve been listening to :). The categories make perfect sense and are good ways to find suggested music. For instance, the most popular song under “Brit Pop” is Girls and Boys, by Blur, as one might expect. Been playing with it for about 2 and a half hours… really oughta get to bed.
Posted while listening to “Mad World,” by Tears For Fears.

SMS Spam

August 27th, 2003, 6:10pm by Jake

Well, it was bound to happen- my first SMS spam. The really infuriating thing is that it was sent to me by Verizon. Bastards. I mean, how could they possibly think this is a good idea– they’re trying to keep spammers from using their systems, but their the 1st ones to send this junk. Makes me want to switch phone carriers. Anyways, here’s the crap they sent me:

FREE Msg frm VerizonWireless-Call 800-493-3002 & get 400 natl anytime, unlmtd night&wknd, 1000 mob2mob for $39.99 (contract renewal reqd)

So I called Verizon Wireless, and I told the guy why I thought this was a verybad idea for about 2 minutes. The guy on the phone sounded like he had already fielded about 50 of these calls. Maybe they’ll get the point.

Red Sox game report

August 23rd, 2003, 11:25pm by Jake

OK, so Mike & I went to see the Red Sox play last night at Fenway. When we checked for tickets early this week, it did not look promising. Pairs of seats were selling for $100, and those weren’t great spots. Read on for a full game report and associated details.


Got $65 tix for $10.

August 22nd, 2003, 7:47pm by Jake

Got $65 tix for $10. Ben Affleck threw 1st pitch.

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Hey, Mike and I are

August 22nd, 2003, 6:28pm by Jake

Hey, Mike and I are at the Sox game. There's a thunderstorm, we're inside drinking a beer. Plan to buy cheap tix after rain.

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