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Archive for September, 2006


September 28th, 2006, 4:17pm by Jake
Get Your Own! | View Slideshow

Just discovered this website/ service, which created the slideshow (hopefully) shown above, and has a downloadable application, too. It can interface with Flickr to create slideshows from someone’s photos, yours or someone else’s. Not just a Flickr tool, looks like there’s a lot more to it, but I just started exploring. Check out Slide.

iPod nano

September 28th, 2006, 2:16am by Jake

iPod v. iPod

I decided to join many others in the extended Pyslent family and buy an iPod nano, to replace my recently departed Shuffle. Picked up a refurb 2GB model for $99 from Apple, and it arrived on Friday.So far, it works great, I’ve taken it up & down the sand dune about 30 times w/ no problem. I figure now that I’ve got a screen & a dock connector, I can use it instead of the iPod 5G when needed. Above is the side-by-side comparison of the two iPods, in matching black. I chose this angle to emphasize the difference in thickness, which is considerable.

It’s About Time!

September 26th, 2006, 1:30am by Jake

Finally, (yet another) replacement for that old board on the old fridge.

Nachos Football League

September 19th, 2006, 1:30pm by Jake

The NFL season is underway, and along with it the fantasy football season. While Kelvin & I have been competing in a fantasy football league for about 8 years now, this year we each entered Lance’s Nachos Football League, along with the Derrick, Mike, Lance and some of Lance’s other friends. So far, the veterans are showing their experience, with the Kansas City Chefs and Manhattan Beach Stranders each going 2-0 to lead their respective divisions, while fantasy football newcomers Mike & Derrick both maintain an 0-2 record.
Reading through one fantasy football column today, I came across this gem, “If you’re pushing the panic button, it should only be because your team consists of Daunte Culpepper, Cadillac Williams, LaMont Jordan, Larry Fitzgerald and either Moss receiver (or both — yikes!). Throw in the Buccaneers DST, and you’ve got a major league headache.” The Valenica Blind Luck happen to feature Lamont Jordan, Cadillac Williams, Duante Culpepper & the Buccaneers Defense!
This week, the Stranders travel to San Elijo to take on Lance’s Hos, while Mike’s Boston BigDiggers travel to Mission Bay, the Chefs host the Ocean Beach Bums and Derrick hopes his Blind Luck improves enough to beat America’s Team.

Don’t Use Yahoo Charts Beta

September 19th, 2006, 12:11pm by Jake

Just saw the news that Motorola is buying Symbol, so I went to check out the Symbol chart using the Yahoo! Charts Beta. Bad idea. The page won’t load, and I can’t switch back to the old view. The help page tells you to delete all your cookies if this happens,

If you’re having trouble loading the new Charts Beta, and cannot access the “Classic Charts” link to opt out, you can delete your browser cookies to return to the Classic Charts. To do this, refer to the browser-specific instructions below. If you’re not using one of the browsers listed below, refer to your browser’s Help menu for instructions on clearing cookies.

While savvy users may know how to delete individual cookies, most Yahoo! users surely don’t and the instructions tell users to delete ’em all anyways. Which will no doubt loads of other problems as these folks surf the web. So, unless you already know it works or want to deal with finding the right cookie to delete, stay far away from the Yahoo! Charts Beta. Terrible.

The Pearl

September 17th, 2006, 12:57pm by Mike

It was finally time to replace Joanie’s aging T68i, so yesterday we went to the T-Mobile store and picked up a Blackberry 8100, otherwise known as the “Blackberry Pearl” (warning: pleasantly annoying website) because of the little, backlit trackball that’s used as the navigation device. It’s gotten pretty rave reviews from what I’ve seen, and I’ll let her give her impressions in the comments, but so far it seems great. We both thought that push e-mail would be no big deal, but it was pretty cool last night when we were testing it out — I sent a mail from my gmail account to hers, from my computer, and I had just pushed the chair back and started saying, “OK, I sent it,” when it hit her phone.

New Ipod

September 15th, 2006, 12:21am by Kelvin

Looks and feels really slick, but the slightly shifted position of the dock connector makes my bluetooth adaptor fit poorly.


September 14th, 2006, 1:20pm by Jake

Zune is Microsoft’s answer to the iPod/iTunes juggernaut. Officially launched today (took ’em less than 5 years!), there’s news all over the place. I’ve heard the new player/store will be incompatible with “Plays for Sure,” Microsoft’s sneaky & wholly unsuccesful attempt to derail iTunes with FUD & word games.** Microsoft’s got a cryptic page up at Coming Zune (clever!), and their are already blogs about it. The folks at Zune Insider really dig the proposed WiFi features, which sound like fun once everyone has a Zune player. Any thoughts– should Apple be afraid? I actually dig the brown Zune in a retro kind of way, and the form factor looks nice. Not sure if it’s any better than the dozens of other MP3 players out there, so despite the many dollars that Microsoft will undoubtedly spend promoting it, I don’t think it will knowck the iPod off its perch. But maybe they can challenge Sandisk for the #2 spot.
It does include a lot of things that people have requested for the iPod: an FM radio, WiFi and a widescreen display. Not sure I get the obsession w/ the widescreen display, since it’s designed as a music player first, and there’s more content out there for a 4:3 device than a 16:9. Not a bad thing, but watching movies on an iPod or Zune is definitely a tertiary activity.
**[I think the service was fine. I just think the name was undoubtedly chosen to confuse customers, and they got what they deserved– Karma sucks. Reminded me of when they referred to their WinCE devides “Palm PCs.”]

D’oh,new Nanos!

September 12th, 2006, 1:48pm by Kelvin

Nice day at the Yuerba Buena Gardens

Hollywood Released

September 12th, 2006, 12:19pm by Kelvin

750v (WinCE).jpg
What if Palm announced a new Treo and nobody noticed? Guess it’s pretty tough to compete with the Apple buzz machine! Regardless, the Treo 750v got announced today– it’s essentially a 700wx without the external antennae and substituing WCDMA (not HSDPA) for the EVDO radio. Also uses a miniSD card, instead of a normal SD card, inexplicably. It appears to be a bit lighter (5.4 oz vs. 6 oz), but the external dimensions are otherwise the same.
Is this a non-event? I’d expect to see a nearly identical 750c for Cingular/ AT&T (Lennon) or a 750t for you T-Mobile users…


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