Archive for May, 2006

Treo 700p

May 31st, 2006, 10:07pm by Jake

After 2.5 years with the Treo 600, I finally upgraded to the 700p. Ordered it yesterday (for either $290 or $400, depending on some mystery credit), and it arrived today on my doorstep. UPS is great! So far I got it synced up with my addresses and a couple of programs from the Treo, but the software that was “locked” on the Treo 600 wasn’t in my backup folder, so I can’t install it now. Any ideas? I’ll be back later with a full report, for now I’ll just note that I got a download speed of 294 kbps.


May 29th, 2006, 12:57pm by Kelvin

Finally gotten around to trying the Beta of Windows Media Player 11 on my laptop. Seems fine, nothing really interesting about it, especially for new or old Mac users :). Of note, however, is that coincident with the new Player is the launch of MTV’s URGE, another subscription-based PlaysForSure music store, a la Napster, Yahoo Music Unlimited, Rhapsody, etc.
The difference? Urge has Radiohead! Take that, iTMS! I would market the hell out of that. Apparently, Allofmp3’s Radiohead exclusive ran out :).
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Popular Blogs

May 24th, 2006, 10:16pm by Jake

Technorati maintains a list of the world’s most popular blogs. You’ll notice lots of familiar name on the lists, such as BoingBoing at #2 & Engadget at #3. Lifehacker, Gizmodo, The Dilbert Blog, Instapundit, Wonketter, Gawker, Ain’t It Cool News, Talking Points Memo and many other familiar names. The #1 blog? As How The World Works puts it, A Chinese movie star topples Boing-Boing. The blog is maintained by xujinglei– anyone know who that is? HTTW uses this as an oppurtunity to discuss how China is storming the Information Age. If anyone in the Pyslent community can read Chinese, maybe they can take a look at xujinglei’s blog and let the rest of us know what all the fuss is about.

Better Mosaics

May 24th, 2006, 2:09am by Jake

I mentioned it this morning, but I think the new MacOSaiX deserves its own post. It now supports both Flickr & Google image search, and will create an image map for the picture that links to the original photos. Or, if you’ve created a mosaic from local files, it saves everything in one convenient directory, such as the image shown here. There are also now options to use hexagonal or puzzle-piece shaped tiles for some more variety. When used with Flickr, you can specify that it uses only certain tags. I’ve now tagged many photos with “pyslent,” so anyone can create a custom mosaic using only Pyslent-themed photos. Really neat software, and I dig the end results. Check out this Pyslent mosaic.

TiVo Adam Sandler’s life

May 23rd, 2006, 10:09pm by Kelvin

I saw a preview of this movie (click) recently. Looks like this guy has a remote control that can pause life! What a cool concept!

Game 7

May 22nd, 2006, 12:29pm by Jake

images.jpg Tonight is the biggest game in the history of the Los Angeles Clippers. They will do battle with the always formidable Pheonix Suns in their first game 7 since moving to the west coast about 30 years ago. Like the Clippers, members of The Board moved to San Diego, spent a little bit of time there, and then moved on; perhaps that’s why we relate. Having gone to at least 3 Clippers games (back in the old Sports Arena after eating at Sizzler, on our way back from Microcenter as PayPal scam was born, and on MLKJ Day in 2004 when we won the flip), I consider myself to be among the more rabid Clipper fans in Southern California. So go Clips!

Google RSS Reader

May 22nd, 2006, 12:02pm by Kelvin

For those of us who miss the RSS feeds on the Board’s sidebar, Google announced a mobile-friendly version of it’s RSS portal, according to engadget mobile. Looks like you set up your feeds, then you can access them from an html page formatted for the small-screen. Pretty cool, although without the “push” aspect, it kinda misses the point of RSS.
I’m sure you guys, who follow Google more closely than I, already knew this.

I Want to Run!

May 20th, 2006, 4:10pm by Jake

IMG_5261.JPGWho knew? This morning I woke up at 5:30 and drove to San Pedro for yet-another Palos Verdes Half Marathon, my 4th attempt. My first run there was my best run ever, coming in at about 1:50:50. My one try at the marathon was my among my most diappointing races. Last year was a training run for my biggest disaster, and the impetus for my renewed commitment to fitness. Despite loads of training and some excpetional training runs, my return to the half marathon was marginally succesful— it just wasn’t my day. Today was different. Read on for more.


What’s In A Name?

May 19th, 2006, 6:52am by Mike

We all know how pyslent got its start — a couple of guys who used their gadget obsession to fund their gadget obsession, based on deals, scams, and risky investments. Given that — what do you think is the best investment pyslent ever made?
Well, according to (don’t ask me), the best investment surely has to be the domain “” According to their calculations, our fair domain is worth a whopping $12,696! They go on to warn, though, that Domain names are, by theory, only worth what somebody will pay for them so could possibly be worth more or less than the Estimated Actual Value.) Given the about $10 per year that we pay, along with other expenses, we’ve spent less than $100 on this domain, so that’s about a 10,000% return on our investment!
Interestingly, I found this through lifehacker. Their domain supposedly is worth $85,000, based on their 321,000 Google search results (vs our 8). So Google hits really aren’t worth much — about 22 cents each by my calculation, assuming that “pyslent” and “lifehacker” are equal in every other way. Which we know they’re not.

Road To nowhere

May 18th, 2006, 10:00pm by Kelvin

Great view of the new Bay Bridge span from the bus on my way home.

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