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Archive for October, 2005

Pyslent Baby!

October 30th, 2005, 1:36am by Derrick

Brandon surprised us on October 24 at 4:00am by making his debut two weeks early as the first Pyslent baby. He was born in Santa Monica-UCLA hospital and within 17 hours of his existence into this world, he was met by Jake who brought gifts and greetings on behalf of all of Pyslent. Thanks again to all of you for the kind wishes, flowers and gift basket (shown here in the photos below for those of you who didn’t get a chance to see them in person).
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One Hundred Billion Dollars!

October 28th, 2005, 7:43pm by Jake

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It’s official– Google is now worth enough to save the world from Dr. Evil. As of the stock market close today, Google’s market cap is just over… One Hundred Billion Dollars! Searching the internet, saving the world from Dr. Evil… is there anything Google can’t do?

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There is a light…

October 28th, 2005, 2:39am by Kelvin

Ever since we moved into our condo, we’ve struggled with the lighting in our various rooms. Our ceiling is solid concrete (post-tension slabs, actually), and there are pretty stingent regulations to protect it from damage, making it impossible to install recessed lighting or overhead dome lights. In the office, we have a halogen floor lamp, but in the other rooms, we’d prefer to keep our floorspace free. We recently decided to splurge on a professionally installed monorail track lighting system for the family room. It’s pretty cool– adds a contemporary, industrial look to the place, and the positioning and aiming of the lights can be easily adjusted. We started with some of the most basic light heads, but many different fixtures are available. Unfortunately, the system was fairly expensive, so we were forced to skimp a bit for our bedroom. That’s where Ikea came in!

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Flickr Goodies

October 27th, 2005, 12:44am by Jake

On the Flickr website today, I noticed that they had some news about services. Today they introduced new features to let you order photos right off the site (only $0.15 each), create DVD archives and DVD slideshows. I tested on some recent photos I took, and it was very easy to use. They’ve added what amounts to address book functionality (for storing commonly used addresses) and let you control who’s allowed to print your pictures. You’re able to print photos of your own and other people, too. It’s very simple to print all photos in a set or choose them one at a time. Worth checking out for sure, I think it’s now the best option for sharing pictures with friends online and offline. We’ve talked about Flickr before.

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Frappr

October 26th, 2005, 1:55am by Jake

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Today, Lifehacker had a post about a new website that leverages Google Maps to create a map where members of a group can identify where they are and post a photo. It’s called Frappr. I went ahead and created a group map for Pyslent. I want to encourage everyone in the greater Pyslent community– contributors, readers, friends or relatives– to add your own “Shout out” to the map.

Hands-free Stereo Headphones

October 23rd, 2005, 4:10am by Kelvin

One of the first things I did when I got my Treo 650 was to hit up Dans_Celleular_Accessories on Ebay for some key accessories, namely a cradle and a car charger. Dan sells official PalmOne accessories for much less than retail price, and I’ve done business with him in the past for the Treo 600 counterparts.
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The auction I won for the car charger also included a hands-free headset and a leather case, both items that I had no interest in. When I got the package today, however, I was pleasantly surprised that the headset I received was the Hybrid Headset/ Headphones. It’s pretty cool… it plugs directly into the 2.5 mm jack and works like normal stereo headphones unless I am on a call. When a call comes in, i can push a button on the in-line microphone to answer. Naturally, music stops when a call comes in and resumes once the call ends.
Personally, I hate ear buds, so this won’t replace the Sony MDR-A44 headphones I bought a few weeks ago, but since I keep losing the Treo’s cursed stereo headphone adapter, I’ll have something to use in a pinch. Seems to sound good on a call too, according to Mike, although it’s probably not safe to use a stereo hands-free headset in the car.

The Web this Week

October 21st, 2005, 6:16pm by Jake

Just surfing around, and I came upon a number of articles that I thought be of interest to the wider Pyslent community. Read on to find out about what’s new on the web this week.

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Anything Microsoft can do…

October 19th, 2005, 6:25pm by Kelvin

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When Microsoft, Palm, and Verizon had their joint conference to announce the Windows-Powered Treo, they put on a demonstration, highlighting some of the software customizations that Palm made to Windows Mobile. One of these value-added features was the ability to decline an incoming call and send a friendly SMS to the caller in the process. A Microsoft employee later touted this as “A feature that Palm had been unable to implement with Palm OS.” Couldn’t be done, eh? Well, someone (not Palm) just developed this functionality for Treo 600-650 as a freeware utility, called SharkMsg.
I installed it and I’ll be happy to test it out on anyone who calls my cell phone when they read this!

Wilma!

October 19th, 2005, 1:02pm by Jake

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Fire. Mudslide. Hurricane. Earthquake. Tsunami. Another hurricane. Another earthquake. Blizzard. The bitter cold. Apparently, I like blogging about natural disasters and sometimes Mike even joins in. Looks like we might be in for another one. As you’ve all probably heard by now, Hurricane Wilma is the strongest Atlantic Hurricane on record, with winds reaching 175mph. It’s expected to head through the Yucatan Pass into the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Florida. The models then predict it will quickly move north just off the east coast and possibly hit New England. I’ll be keeping an especially close eye on this one, as Aaron lives in a storm-surge prone area and would have to evacuate if the storm was headed for Rhode Island. Hopefully it won’t come to that. As always, stay tuned to the Weather Underground for the latest.

Sports Guy Sighting

October 19th, 2005, 2:20am by Kelvin


Bill Simmons, aka the Sports Guy, was at the local Borders to sign his new book about being a Red Sox fan. Know anyone who might relate? I was hoping to get us another autograph addressed to “Pyslent,” but the line was too long. Sorry Boston fans.


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