Archive for August, 2006

Geotagging on Flickr

August 31st, 2006, 5:36pm by Jake

In one of the cooler innovations at Flickr, thay have now introduced geotagging. It’s been a phenomenal success, with over 1.6 million photos tagged in just over a day. Since I just got back from vacation and I took a ton of pictures (assuming ech picture weighs 2 pounds), I decided to test it out. I’ve gone ahead and geotagged just about all the pictures from the past week, which you can see on this map. The geotagging is super easy and quite a bit of fun. To take it to the next level, I’ll have to wear my GPS watch when I take pictures for now on and automate the geotagging process. Definitely check it out, it’s fun and even a little bit useful. Check out the photos taken in your neighborhood here, here or here.

Gadgets!

August 30th, 2006, 6:26pm by Jake

Looks like there was all sorts of gadgets news while I was on vacation last week, much of it pertinent to the greater Pyslent community. We’ll start with the announcement that Blackberry Connect is available on Treo 650s from Cingular, so this might be the time for Derrick to upgrade. Or he way want to wait, since the Treo 750 seems almost ready to debut. For that matter, the 700wx is ready to debut on Sprint this week.
There’s non-Treo, news too. Mike & Kelvin touched on the iBook battery recall, which should net me 1 or 2 new batteries. Plus, the Mac mini may be due for an upgrade, which will make the low-end model a lot more compelling if it is a Core Duo processor.
There are rumors of the Series 3 TiVo being released next month, in full HD CableCard glory. It’s already been spotted in the wild. Plus, TiVo has struck a deal with Cox to put their software in the homes of Cox customers. They made a deal with Comcast in the past, maybe Kelvin can take advantage of that soon?
Other items of note from Engadget’s week-in-review include Windows DRM-stripping software, iPod lawsuits and a possible Engadget Reader Meetup in Boston! Maybe I’ll have to juggle my schedule to get out there. Tough to be away from gadget news for a whole week, but glad to be back!

Holy Gadgets, Batman

August 30th, 2006, 4:05am by Kelvin

I just bought a SLVR case to house my BluetoothNano, and it fits pretty nicely. Mike was amused that anyone even makes an armband for the SLVR, being that it was “just a phone,” but he perhaps didn’t realize that he was talking to someone who happens to have an armband for his phone. Anyway, this has got to be the “next level.” I present to you: the Utility Armband.
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The SLVR case has a belt loop that I’ve used to attach it to my old cell phone armband. This allows me to carry both devices when I work out. Yes, this monstrosity is a bit heavy, but hey, I’m supposed to be working out, so how can I complain. I used it today on a 1.5 mile run to Best Buy. Didn’t buy anything, because my armband has no room for money (or for any additional gadgets, for that matter).

Upgrades

August 26th, 2006, 1:37pm by Mike

Just finished some upgrades to the computer that runs the site — let me know if there are any issues with the site. I was just happy to see that Pyslent came back up OK — guess I’ll find out shortly if the site rebuilds correctly…
Maybe we’ll even get some performance gains, we’ll see.

The Tipping Point

August 22nd, 2006, 4:37pm by Jake


The Tipping Point

Yesterday, I saw one small rock sculpture along a trail. Today I saw one of the kids at family camp building another, and I asked him how many he had built so far. His answer: 47! Later today, I saw a family camp parent building his own. And since lunch, 3 different people have commented about these sculptures. I’m now considering building my own. I have seen that one or two of these sculptures has toppled, so evidently the phenomenom has reached its Tipping Point.

Ready to climb

August 22nd, 2006, 11:34am by Jake


Ready to climb

Family Camp is fun so far. Here Nathan and Max are all geared up and ready

to start climbing on the high ropes.

Beverly Hillbillies

August 20th, 2006, 9:13pm by Mike

No, not these Beverly Hills, but rather these. Jake came through the Boston metro area this weekend on his way to his family’s camp that they do every year. I’ll let him fill in details in his own post or in the comments.
So I packed up the car and moved headed up to Beverly (Mass, that is), where we went for a 4-mile run to the beach — unlike our trip to the Sand Dune, I didn’t feel like I was going to die by the end. Next, we sat around for a while, and ended up having the LAN party we’ve talked about, playing a little WoW, then after visiting with Jake’s dad, we met up with Joanie for dinner.

Book Review

August 19th, 2006, 11:27am by Jake

Another book review. But before I get to that, let me explain the circumstances that got me to read this book. It was hard to put my finger on why exactly I decided to read this particular book during this particular week. It’s a bit of a story, so continue after the jump to see more.

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There are Snakes and they are on a plane…

August 18th, 2006, 7:40pm by Kelvin

So I’m a bit embarrassed to say that Serena and I met up with some friends to watch a midnight showing of Snakes on a Plane last night at the Metreon. I had no prior knowledge of the internet buzz that’d apparently built up over this movie, and I admit that I still feel like I don’t really understand the joke, but the movie certainly was an experience.
We got there about 2 hours before the movie and the line was just starting to fill up. I’ve been to many openings for hyped up movies, but this was crazy… people were totally excited, although no one was dressed up like Chewbacca. This must have been the most techsavvy preview crowd ever seen; there were like 15 people with laptops, people were taking pictures with camera phones, I’m sure all sorts of crazy live blogging going on. Throughout the movie, the crowd was totally into it, screaming out lines, throwing props out into the crowd at appropriate times, etc. It was oddly interactive.
As for the movie itself, it was pleasantly campy, I guess that’s all I can say about it. I did an A9 blog search to see if I could find a live review from the Metreon, but only came up with this entry, who described the experience better than I could, but after the fact.

Why is security searching this bag?

August 18th, 2006, 1:19pm by Jake


Why is security searching this bag? Just got to my gate at LAX, well ahead of my flight. For some reason, this bag prompted TSA to take a closer look. What do you think would trigger this search… The S2 IS camer, the iPod shuffle, iPod w/ video, GPS watch, SD100 camera, the headphones or the Treo stereo headset adapter (not shown)? What’s in your bag?


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