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Archive for October, 2004

Happy Halloween, Pyslent

October 29th, 2004, 6:52pm by Kelvin

Wow, deja vu. I think I did moblogged this holiday last year, too.

This Is The Year!

October 27th, 2004, 11:56pm by Jake

Words cannot describe. But I’ll do my best. The Red Sox are World Champions, and the date of October 27, 2004 will forever be remembered as the day that David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Mark Bellhorn, Orlando Cabrera, Bill Muellar Tro Nixon, Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, Dave Roberts, Pokey Reese, Doug Manckiewicz, Gabe Kapler, Doug Mirabelli, Pedro Martinez, Derrick Lowe, Tim Wakefield, Keith Foulke, Mike Timlin, Mike Myers, Alan Embree, Ramiro Mendoza, Bronson Arroyo, Curt Leskanic and Curt Schilling brought the World Series trophy back to Boston after an 86 year absence. All of them are legends now, all of them are heroes. No team in any sport has a more devoted, more tortured following of fans, and tonight all of our patience is rewarded.
This was for everyone who ever wore a Red Sox cap, who ever went to a game at Fenway Park, who ever went to a Boston sports bar on the other side of the country, who ever watched as another season slipped away. For all of us, for those 25 legends, for Tito Francona, John Henry and Theo Epstein, for Ted Williams and Yaz and Johnny Pesky, for Tim Wakefield and Bill Buckner and Mike Torrez. This is the year, today is the day. A red moon hangs over America and the Red Sox Nation is celebrating at the end of a season for the first time in 86 years.

Dell i600 redux

October 27th, 2004, 3:24am by Kelvin

So I set up the in-law’s new Dell Inspiron 600m today. I got my 600m over a year and a half ago, in what was a killer deal then. I think i paid about $900. Well look what $900 buys you today! We essentially got the same computer (faster processor and more RAM), but also got this cool docking station (monitor not included). I was impressed especially that Dell included USB peripherals instead of the cheap PS/2 junk (the mouse is optical and the keyboard has 2 USB ports). The docking station is neat.. there are two buttons on the monitor stand (one to power the laptop on/off, and the other one to initiate the undocking sequence). It even includes a digital-out for dolby digital sound. It’s fun to swap the laptops back and forth– it only takes a few seconds. Anyway, the dock retails for about $270 undiscounted, which means this new laptop was less than $700. I dunno how Dell stays in business.

Under a Blood Red Sky

October 27th, 2004, 3:00am by Jake

I believe. I always believed. My earliest sports memory is of Bucky Dent leading the Yankees to victory over the Red Sox in the one-game playoff in 1978. Still I believed. I sat staring in shock at a TV for 15 minutes after the ball rolled through Bill Buckner’s legs in 1986. For some reason, I still believed. And I still remember rolling around my floor in shock after Aaron Boone hit that ball into the right-field stands last year. But I still believed. And after the Red Sox fell behind to the Yankees 3 games to 0 and trailed in the bottom of the ninth of game 4, imporbably I still believed. They’ve broken me so many times, yet I won’t give up, I won’t give in. Every year, I honestly believe that this is the year the Red Sox will win the World Series. And this morning we stand on the cusp.
So maybe this is really what it takes to win.
A full moon. A lunar eclipse. And a blood-red sky in the World Series. Perfect. A bloody red sock, a blood red moon. This is the year.

Monster Mash

October 26th, 2004, 11:26am by Mike

Anybody need any Halloween costume ideas?

Where We're Calling From

October 25th, 2004, 12:27pm by Mike

So when do we start talking about the Treo 650?

Love that Dirty Water!

October 25th, 2004, 8:59am by Mike

Despite some of the factual inaccuracies, the Hartford Courant got most of it right when they Interviewed Joanie and me yesterday afternoon while we were hanging out at Fenway Park. Here are the pictures I took while there.
Among the inaccuracies:
— I HAVE been to a game at Fenway, but not to a World Series game. Duh.
— I don’t work in the Chemistry department
— “bigger screen” TV, not “big screen TV.” We still have a 19-incher.
However, I do like that my hat is described as “Trot Nixon-style.”

Finding IP Addresses on a Network

October 25th, 2004, 1:11am by Jake

I have a question I’m hoping someone at Pyslent can help me with. As some of you may know, my TiVo is networked, which allows me to extract video, access it over the net— even wirelessly. Of course, I’ve run into a few speedbumps. The problem I’m having now is that my computer’s IP addresses don’t always show up on my router status page. This is a problem, because I can’t access the TiVo unless I know the IP address. It’s possible that the TiVo really isn’t joining my network (via the Airport Express), but I’d like to tackle the easier problem first.
My question is this: is there a tool (Mac OS X or Unix) which will show me the IP addresses of the other computers on my local network (192.168.2.x, for example)? And has anyone else had problems with a networked TiVo not succesfully joining the network. Thanks for the help.

Could Wearable XM Receiver Challenge iPod?

October 22nd, 2004, 7:24pm by Jake

Has everyone heard about XM wearable receiver yet? XM Radio, of course, is the satellite radio company that is especially popular among commuters for the commercial free format and immense selection. So far, it’s been mostly an in-car phenomenon, but it looks like XM will announce a wearable receiver on Tuesday. This happens to be the same day Apple, Bono & The Edge will make some sort of iTunes/iPod announcement. Coincidence? Probably. But it seems to me that this could appeal to many iPod owners or would-be iPod owners. Is this a threat to Apple? Should Apple team up with TiVo & XM or Sirius to make the ultimate portable music player?

I Believe!

October 21st, 2004, 12:39am by Mike

You would not believe the amount of noise outside my apartment right now — EVERY car driving by is honking, people are out in the street yelling. It’s completely incredible. The 10 O’Clock News has just come on (at 12:30), and there must be 30,000 people in Kenmore Square outside Fenway Park. The fans inside Yankee Stadium are chanting “Who’s Your Papi?”
We watched the game at our local pub, the Thirsty Scholar, where we watched Game 6. The picture above is the fans rejoicing as the last out was made, right before the “Yankees Suck!” cheer started.
I have to do a week’s worth of work tomorrow to make up for this week, then another week’s worth on Friday in preparation for GAME 1!!!!

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