Archive for July, 2008

24″ Dell Monitor with HDMI– under $400!

July 29th, 2008, 11:51am by Jake

Look like a nice deal, especially useful with the HDMI input for use a 2nd TV. 1920×1080 resolution is nice. I have a 24″ monitor on my desk at work (alongside a 20″ monitor, heh heh heh), and it’s very nice.

Talkinator: chat for anyone!

July 29th, 2008, 12:02am by Jake

Spotted this on I, Cringely this week, from the guys who bring you Mailinator. Mailinator lets you use disposable email addresses to sign up for services on any website requiring one. Talkinator lets you easily embed a chat client on any page. I haven’t seen this sort of thing anywhere else, so let’s run an experiment.

Centro Updated! D’oh!

July 23rd, 2008, 4:11pm by Jake

So since you probably haven’t heard the news, the Centro received an update this week, improving a lot of little things and adding support for “My Location” with Google Maps. Cool. So I followed the instructions carefully, except instead of syncing the Centro, I just backed it up using BackupBuddy VFS Pro 4.1. It’s always worked before, right? This will be important, because I have to wipe out all data on the Centro.
After a couple of false starts, I got the update installed and restored the backup. Well, that caused the Centro to go into an endless loop, so I did another hard reset. Fine. Now I went to selectively restore some files, and everything worked fine except… my memo pad, calendar and CONTACTS! Do’oh! BackupBuddy said these files were “corrupted,” so the Centro is now contactless. Ouch. I think the last time I synced was when I bought the Centro, so 6 months of backups might be down the drain if I can’t uncorrupt the file. I sent an email to the developers asking for assistance. Luckily, I was able to recover my favorites & the call log, so it should be possible to make phone calls today, and to restore most of the phone numbers at least (the name & number are both listed in the call log). Any other suggestions?
Oh, and My Location works fine with Google Maps. Nice upgrade, can’t complain about that.

Career option

July 21st, 2008, 10:07pm by Derrick

As you’ve all discovered, I’m not the most active blogger around. In fact, the WSJ Health Blog is the only other blog that I check regularly besides The Board (note that I use the term “regularly” quite liberally here). Just so happened that today there was an entry which seemed to span across my entire blog world.
It’s about about a physician who just quit his day job practicing medicine to blog full time about Apple. He ended up making more money from his blog than he was as a practicing nephrologist. Seems like there might be a lesson in this story for all of us.

What’s your Walk Score?

July 17th, 2008, 12:54pm by Jake

I clocked in at a mediocre 48. Check out the website to see how your past & present homes rate. Via The Numbers Guy.


July 12th, 2008, 4:48pm by Jake

Finally got the iPod Touch software downloaded today, and it’s a bargain at $10! The Remote application is really fun, and “just works.” I may have to reconsider and keep that Airport Express after all! Also, I accidentally bought the paid version of Exposure ($10), which is really Apple’s fault since for some odd reason the shopping cart is bypassed when buying applications. I did search for it, and I figured clicking buy now would take me to the application page. $10 later, I can now enjoy ad-free Flickr surfing. The location awareness is a little spooky, got me to within 100 feet just based on the WiFi– someone must have mapped out all the neighborhood hot spots! Mail is having a problem with Yahoo!, possibly because it’s AT&T Yahoo! Mail, should be easy to solve. I played a little with the “new” weather app, decided to keep New York in there and add Brookline & Manhattan Beach. Oh yeah, and I swapped out Cupertino for Sunnyvale, since the weather can be so much different! I know things are improving for Mike since the early debacle, hopefully things are perfect shortly. Anyone else got something to report?

Lucas’s first official steps

July 12th, 2008, 12:49pm by Kelvin


Lucas walked yesterday for the first time, stringing together as many as 10 steps.  Taken from Serena’s Flickr stream.

Big day is here!

July 11th, 2008, 9:50am by Kelvin

Great photo found on Flickr. Die hard Apple fanboys passing their time in line for today’s iPhone 3G launch by playing Guitar Hero on their XBox 360. There’s hope for the world yet! Fittingly, this post has 2 examples of "Portable Tech"!

Square Enix releases iPod RPG Game

July 8th, 2008, 3:44pm by Kelvin

I don’t know if this is genius or stupid, but Square Enix, makers of Nintendo and Playstation classic role playing games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and Dragon Warrior, is releasing a new RPG for the iPod. Not the iPhone, the iPod. It’s called Song Summoner, and features some innovative gameplay that involves using your mp3 library to identify and level up your characters.


Square Enix releases iPod RPG, Song Summoner – Joystiq

This might give me a reason to finally upgrade– my 1st Gen Nano has been getting less than 40 minutes of battery life.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure if any of the latest generation iPods can fit in my car’s iPod adapter. The game only works on the new Nanos, the new iPod Classics, and the 5th gen iPods, which means I need to track down Jake’s lost iPod!

Capcom’s E3 Booth Open to the Public

July 8th, 2008, 3:38pm by Kelvin

E3 is happening next week in LAs a trade show for the gaming industry typically only open to industry insiders. Capcom is giving the public a chance to sneak a peak behind the curtain. Pre-register to see such goodies as Street Fighter 4 and Megaman! Only open from 12-1:30 PM Thurs July 17.

Go to E3 with Capcom!

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