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Archive for September, 2004

A Writer Without A Clue

September 30th, 2004, 6:03pm by Jake

Some Forbes writer penned an article for must have gadgets for business travelers, which is so wrong in so many ways.. Get a satellite phone but the iPod is too expensive?!?! you think the writer has ever used any of these gadgets? I’m cancelling my subscription!

Rocket Garden

September 30th, 2004, 5:27pm by Jake


Just leaving a meeting in Promontory, Utah, home of ATK Thiokol. No Segways out here, but I snapped a picture of their roadside Rocket Garden; most notable is the model of Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor.

Spotted at Chipotle

September 30th, 2004, 3:24pm by Kelvin


… in Cupertino. We saw a couple of Apple employees eating there and suspect that they were the owners. Pretty exclusive lunch group– “Anyone have a Segway and want to go to Chipotle for lunch?”

Hold your head up you silly girl

September 28th, 2004, 8:24pm by Jake

This article has been sitting there on Engadget all afternoon, and I can’t let it go without a comment. The camera on the dog seems like the funnest organic dog upgrade. Seems PT has one-upped (well, 10-upped is more like it) the MontanaCam; how are you going to respond, Kelvin?

Montana Sighting

September 28th, 2004, 2:34pm by Kelvin

I have no response to the Engadget story, but doesn’t the animal in the picture look familiar? Guess Montana feels like she needs to sneak out to get her privacy. Wonder where she would have gotten her love of gadgets.
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New U2 Single

September 27th, 2004, 2:27pm by Kelvin

I got some spam from Apple touting it’s new exclusive single– Vertigo by u2: “Opening with one of The Edge’s fastest, most aggressive guitar riffs ever…”. Good marketing move by Apple… I’m tempted to make my first purchase.
Anyway, some things don’t seem to ever change … apparently, what Bono’s looking for can still be found over there to his right.
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It's gonna be a long, long time

September 27th, 2004, 11:12am by Jake

Just ripped this from Slashdot. Note the ealier Pyslent stories on the subject.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Commission, British airline magnate Richard Branson has announced a plan for the world’s first commercial space flights and has signed a technology licensing deal with Mojave Aerospace Ventures – the US company behind SpaceShipOne. See scaled composites’ media release and the Virgin Galactic website.

Sounds like fun! Think you’ll be able to use Virgin Air FF miles?

The REAL Treo 600 Killer

September 27th, 2004, 12:38am by Jake

Just saw this story linked from our 2nd favorite tech-related Blog, Engadget: PalmSource is introducing their new SmartPhone-centric OS. Some analysts think that PalmSource is fighting an uphill-battle, for example, “Palm faces an uphill battle, said Lars Vestergaard, an analyst at the market research company IDC. ‘Palm missed the train on wireless,’ he said. ‘Its competitive advantage now has to be gained.'” I think this guy is a bit nuts since the most succesful SmartPhone by far is the Treo 600, which runs on Palm.
This will certainly lower the bar for phone makers, as they now won’t have to keep hacking the OS to make it work better as a SmartPhone OS. If done right, I think PalmSource can take a giant chunk out of this market. There are a lot of Palm-loyalists who could pretty easily learn the OS for the new devices (whatever they may look like), and I imagine there will be quite a few low-end devices coming out; since PalmSource is doing more of the work, the prices should be lower. All in all, I think PalmSource will do quite well in the market if they keep the OS simple and keep the platform open.

Drive My Car

September 25th, 2004, 7:30pm by Jake

I opened my T3 at long last. Derrick set up the Bluetooth on his cellphone so i am blogging from his BMW as he drives me to pick up the GPS for the T3.

Could Life Ever Be Sane Again?

September 25th, 2004, 9:40am by Mike

This started off as a comment, but was getting too long…
Although he seems to have gotten away from it lately, one of the originals at the “song lyric as blog post title” was Wil Wheaton, he of Star Trek fame. I read his blog quite a bit for a while — it’s a little personal at times, but still fun. Anyway, Pyslent readers may find that he has remarkably similar music tastes to some of us — just look through the archives or just play name that tune on the following gems:
a cracked polystyrene man (post about Aqualad action figure)
silver and gold
not to put too fine a point on it
add it up
cobwebs fall on an old skipping record
doing the things a particle can
oscillate wildly
reel around the fountain
… then there was the Pixies fest of March 2004:
this ain’t no holiday
slicin’ up eyeballs
stay all day if you want to
missy aggravation some sacred questions
if man is five then the devil is six
and the ground’s not cold
I’ve made my point — I own all these records. Maybe it would be fun to try this for a while — without limiting myself to a single band. We’ll see


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