Archive for January, 2006

iTunes phone v2.0

January 31st, 2006, 1:08pm by Kelvin

(is this thing on?)
I saw this new iTunes phone, the SLVR L7, in a Chinatown Mobile store over Chinese New Years. It’s got a very cool form factor, felt great in my hand. Anyway, Engadget says it’s available now, if anyone’s in the market for a dumbphone :).

Thirty-Three Percent

January 29th, 2006, 1:33pm by Jake

I just got my W-2 form today, and I did a quick calculation of how much I paid in taxes. Counting federal, state, Social Security and Medicare taxes but excluding sales taxes and anything else not reported on the W-2, I paid 33% of my income in taxes last year. Yikes! Hopefully I’ll get some of that back when I file my return.

Changes Around Here

January 27th, 2006, 8:04am by Mike

Hopefully you will have noticed that there’s no more “RSS Feeds Down” over on the right side of the page — instead, there are links to our category archives, along with the titles of the last 3 posts in that category, which is kinda fun to look at. If you click on the number next to the name of the category, it’ll pull up a page with the titles of all the posts in that category. The only other minor change is in the format of the date archive on the bottom left — we’ve been around since about the dawn of the internet, and the list was getting too long!
Let me know what you think.

Remember Combat?

January 25th, 2006, 1:12pm by Jake

You guys all remember the free game that came with the Atari 2600? Well, check out this Combat-inspired Java game.

Use a WinMob Cell phone as a second monitor?

January 24th, 2006, 11:32am by Kelvin

I ran across this app in the windows mobile circles… It let’s you control your windows mobile device while it’s connected to your PC uning your mouse by dragging your mouse to the edge of the dekstop. Seems pretty cool, but at first read, I was amused when I thought it was just going to give you a few extra pixels on your desktop.

Unfinished Monkey Business

January 23rd, 2006, 8:39am by Mike

While in California a couple weeks ago, it was great to be able to hang out with some of our longtime readers — here’s a shot of me, Albert, and Won at the ICRS meeting. Albert was particularly excited to get his mug up on the site! It was great to see you guys! We’ll have to do another reader meetup sometime soon — maybe March, in Chicago, at the ORS meeting.
Unfortunately, the late hour of my arrival in San Diego prevented me from meeting Nathan Held, but I did get a great tortilla soup dinner from Lance and Dionne! Next time we’ll actually take some pictures, too!

Traffic Reporting

January 23rd, 2006, 8:29am by Mike

For whatever reason, we seem to talk about traffic quite a bit around here. Via the WSJ, and then through Joanie, I found out about, which even though it has the obvious domain name, is a really cool service! They allow you to put in your own customized routes (in my case, entry and exit points on the Mass Pike), and it will give you up-to-the-minute traffic info on that route. You can save the routes, and (the best part) subscribe to them as RSS feeds. The feed only has the “jam factor,” a 0-10 number related to the number of incidents and congestion, but on the site, you can get estimated travel times and the locations of these incidents and congestion.
Very cool.

Jake 0-2

January 22nd, 2006, 9:24pm by Jake

I’ve been watching football at home today, for what seems like the first time in a month, and it hasn’t been a good day for Jakes. First, as expected, Jake Plummer played a horrible game throwing 2 interceptions and fumbling twice as the Jerome Bettis and the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled to victory. Congratulations Steel City, you’ve earned it!
In the second game, Jake Delhomme is having an inexplicably horrible game, throwing 3 Neil O’Donnell-esque interceptions through the first 3 quarters. Ouch! All told, that’s 7 turnovers for The Two Jakes today. Can’t wait for HD Super Bowl in only two weeks! Steelers-Seahawks in sunny, warm… Detroit? Well, I don’t think any Seattle or Pittsburgh fans will be complaining. They’ve been waiting a long time.

Has CouPalm’s Time Finally Come?

January 19th, 2006, 7:31pm by Kelvin

Engadget blogs about a trial service in which you buy a movie ticket over the web and your ticket is sent as a barcode image to your cell phone. Not the first time one of our ideas has been swiped– in fact, not the first time that that particular idea has been swiped (see comments here), so I guess we really should have put some IP protection in place. CouPalm has always been a personal favorite among our wacky projects, since we actually did some work towards it (generated a barcode image, transferred it to a Palm, and took it to target to verify that it could be read by a barcode scanner). That should have been enough for a patent, right?


January 18th, 2006, 10:34pm by Jake


According to Flickr, this is the most interesting picture in my collection. I think interestingness is determined based upon who views the picture, how many comments it receives, the number of people who favorite, the tags attached to it and the notes placed in it. The most interesting photos are featured in the Explore section of Flickr.
Sorting views by interestingness does a pretty good job of finding good photos of a particular subject, such as when I helped Kelvin search for photos of San Francisco. That particular search yields a lot of Thomas Hawk photos, renowned for his questionable attacks on PriceRitePhoto, the Flickr Nation blog and Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection, a favorite for the Media Center PC crowd.
I’m a long ways from making the Explore page; the best I can do, according to Scout, is #398 on April 30, 2005 for this picture, and that’s only because I added it to a group that gets a lot of comments. Maybe one day I’ll break into the top 100.

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