Archive for August, 2004

AlphaSmart Dana Wireless

August 31st, 2004, 3:00pm by Mike

Have you guys seen this device from AlphaSmart? It’s called the Dana Wireless, and it’s a full-sized keyboard, with a (non-color) screen, 802.11b, and a MMC slot, that runs Palm OS! It’s being billed as a laptop alternative, but unfortunately it costs $429 — imagine if these things were $200, I’ll bet they’d sell a million of them to students. It’s smaller (2 lbs), more durable, and cheaper than a laptop, and for simple tasks, it’s probably more than sufficient. Interesting idea that will probably die really quickly (I’ll bet you can pick one up on eBay in 6 months for nothing).
For more info, as well as screenshots, load up the datasheet PDF.

iMac G5

August 31st, 2004, 9:57am by Mike

Since I’m on the East Coast, and I get up earliest, I get to make the post about today’s announcement of the new iMac G5, which was unveiled this morning at the Paris Apple Expo.
The specs look great — 17 or 20-inch widescreen, 1.6 or 1.8 GHz G5, SuperDrive (DVD-R) or Combo (CD-RW) drive, 80 GB hard drive, starting at $1299. But I have some qualms about the design — see below.


Site News

August 30th, 2004, 11:47pm by Mike

I’m reorganizing parts of the directory structure where The Board is housed. I think that everything should still be working — if you come up on any problems, let me know. Hopefully you’ll all notice no changes.

Protest sign

August 30th, 2004, 6:00pm by Mike

As already linked from BoingBoing, just wanted to put it up here and make sure that we all saw the nerdiest protest sign in existence. You gotta respect somebody who has the guts to carry this sign in public. I wonder how many of the other protesters got the joke?

Breaking in the New Car

August 29th, 2004, 11:57pm by Kelvin

Now that the break-in period is over, it was time to see what the new car can do! Howard and I put our cars through the paces on Calaveras Road, a windy 2-lane road that leads to Calaveras Lake in Milpitas. It’s really a fun drive, but be careful, ’cause people drive like crazy here! And who knows how much scarier it would have been if we had encountered any other cars while on the road :).
By way of a review, the M3 is much faster, but we both thought the handling seemed to be the same between the two cars. His car is equipped with a 6CD changer. How antiquated :).

If nobody else is gonna do it…

August 29th, 2004, 10:13am by Mike

… I’ll start the post about the Treo 650, or Ace, or whatever it’s gonna be called. As I’m sure everybody knows, pictures were posted last week on the Treo boards, with a good side-by-side comparison with the Treo 600. No new info on the specs, but the hi-res screen looks great, and the backlit keyboard is really backlit! Supposedly still has Bluetooth, so my 2 criteria are met (screen and bluetooth). Rumors say that Sprint will have it anywhere between 20 October and November, with no new on when others will have it (that I’ve seen). No compatibility with any accessories that attach to the bottom of the phone, since there’s a new data/charger port.
So — comments? What do you think the battery life will be (note that the battery is now removable)? How much do you think it’ll cost?

Blogging from 55'

August 27th, 2004, 3:39pm by Jake

Hey, here’s a picture of me from the ropes course, where I am right now.

Picture from My Cabin

August 25th, 2004, 3:32pm by Jake

Here’s a picture I took from the front of my cabin. You can see Dollar Island, Mt. Washington and a sailboat. Having fun, so many things to do.

The Sports Guy via RSS

August 22nd, 2004, 10:14pm by Mike

For those of you with newsreaders, who are also fans of Bill Simmons, aka The Sports Guy, on ESPN’s Page 2 Bill Simmons, aka you can now get new articles by RSS from this feed. I debated putting it up on the sidebar, but wasn’t sure if you guys would read it or not. Anyway, for those of you who don’t regularly read him, I highly recommend the site, if only for the frequent 80s and 90s pop culture references (90210 and Top Gun make frequent appearances).

Wireless on iBook via Treo

August 21st, 2004, 3:09pm by Jake

OK, I finally went ahead and installed Wireless Modem on my Treo & Mac. Kelvin sent this to me a few months back, and I finally decided to get it working. The main problem I had was with the USB Hotsync cable Kelvin gave me. It didn’t work to charge the phone for either of us, but I thought maybe it would work for data. No dice. But I did notice that when I moved the Treo, the charging light would occasionally come on. So I decided to kink & unkink the cable… lo & behold it charges! And, I’ve got Wireless Modem working. Look below for proof. This is the most productive week I’ve had in years. (Sorry for the lack of links, but I don’t know where Kelvin found this stuff.)

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