Saturday, February 25, 2006

Backpack

I've been using Backpack to keep up with some of my personal organization obsessions, as well as the more prevalent complete lack thereof. It's great. And free. At least to try. The free account offers a taste, and for a few dollars a month, you can get the good stuff. SSL encryption. Storage space. More than 5 pages. So I've decided to give the paid account a try. I've signed up for the $9 package, which is the cheapest plan that includes SSL. I don't really care about the encryption so much, but I plan to start using the service to keep track of more of my work notes. I hope my employer appreciates me paying more, because I care.

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Backpack: Get Organized and Collaborate

Friday, February 24, 2006

Rig of the day

My Rig!

I submitted my rig to the tuaw group. Lets see if I get selected...

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Google tells the Gov't to FUCK OFF!

This is so great that I lifted the entire blurb from /.!

"Google Inc. on Friday formally rejected the U.S. Justice Department's subpoena of data from the Web search leader, arguing the demand violated the privacy of users' Web searches and its own trade secrets. Responding to a motion by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Google also said in a filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California the government demand to disclose Web search data was impractical."

Take that, you anti-american government assfucks!

Move over, W!

Via /.

It would seem that GW Bush has a competitor for biggest terrorist of the year this year:

I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

In the news

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I've been going through my news reader *ahem* and decided that instead of just staring all of the entries that I want to blog about, I'd actually write about them. Brilliant!!


Now Playing:

#330 Daily Source Code for Monday February 6th 2006
by Adam Curry


USB Power Injector by ThoughtFix

I've been thinking about something like this for a while, since the USB jacks on the back of Apple's Pro Keyboards are somewhat useless low power ports, there's always at least one that stays empty. I was pretty sure that something like this would be possible. After looking at the tutorials on HackADay for building battery chargers for USB devices, the only thing keeping me from trying it out has been a complete abundance of free time.

ThoughtFix takes all the guess work, and most of the actual work, out of the project, with a very nice (and well pic'd) walkthrough. Its complete with hand drawn schematics.

The blog he's posted this to is a side project, devoted to his Nokia 770. Worth a read, and I'll definitely checking out his main site as well.


The MacMini Portable on Engadget

Engadget's carrying this story about Peter Green's ~$700 Mac Mini portable. Interesting, but I'd be willing to bet that it's a little to refined to take off, unlike the next news item...


Original i-Tablet being sold on eBay on Engadget

Also on Engadget, the i-Tablet. The one of a kind mod'd iBook, that simply looks amazing. Creator Joseph DeRuvo is auctioning the device to fund bigger and better projects. Check out the auction here. The price has gone from $700 to $710 in the last ten minutes. Too bad I gotta ask my wiff before I make the killer bid.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

First Post

Back in the USA

Getting back into the swing of things. Went shopping, got groceries. Got the 30k maint. done on my car. Finally replaced the tire with the golf-ball sized bulge in the side wall. And the full sized spare is back in the trunk, where it belongs.

The mechs found out why the rear defroster wasn't working; the ground wire on the driver's side wasn't connected. The connection that's actually ON the glass had been sandwiched in between the glass and the body of the car, and those friendly fellows at Honda Cars of Concord in Concord, NC. didn't feel like they needed to fix it, or even mention it. The official fix was to remove the rear window. This means replacing the entire piece of glass, since it can't be put back in, if they manage to not break it taking it out.

Thanks to a little extra effort on the part of the tech at Honda North, Danvers, MA. (meaning he took the time to point out exactly what was wrong and explain it to me) and less than $10 worth of parts @ radio shack, I fixed it myself. Nothing even caught fire, melted, or even smoked when I tried it out. AND THE DEFROSTER ACTUALLY WORKS.


Trying to set up a meeting with the finance department at ITT to try and work out something with them so my credit doesn't get even WORSE.


Looking in to some new hosting for the site. I've been dragging my feet because I don't know PHP, and it seems to be a lot different from Cold Fusion, which I've known for years.