Saturday, December 29, 2007
I can't believe it, as I was trying to help Eric out on his computer, turns out he is talking about having too many things open on his desktop he mentions Evolution, I remember he installed Ubuntu, wow, he is running Ubuntu and liking it.
I closed my blinds this morning, it is cold in here 16ºC and I miss the hot sun light, but then it glares my screen so it is no good, I think about a thermal black thing to absorb it, but in looking on the internet, it is way to expensive for a 6'x9' for $68, no way, are this Aussie dollars, Yen? Address shows Summit NY, so I guess no.'
Ron wants a talk about these cool Lego like electronics at LiLAX, why he can't just contact the company himself instead of contacting us to start with, I don't get, talk to them first, then us.
It has been very cold here, yesterday I saw that the temprature had dropped to 58 indoors, good thing I had the heater lit. Not sure if this is the reason I have not been producing much these days. Just seems like a good time to hybernate.
Today I was looking over the Flickr for StartupWeekendLA, then got dragged into the the pictures that Marianne Masculino took, 1600+ wow, that is quite a large collection. Would be nice if JJ took pictures, I do want to take her to the next StartupCamp. I wonder if someday she will ask me to take down this link, she doesn't even really know me except for the StartUp Weekend LA. Anyhow nice collection. I better get mine up there too.
I am doing this on a borrowed latop, I got to say that by now it is easier for me to use Ubuntu then IE 6, on this Windows XP. ^T does nothing for me, no tabs. Oh well, ^N still does the new window, will have to do.
Last night I setup a Real VNC on a computer, but the ATT supplied DSL router is still thwarting me, either that or the computer was turned off overnight, I really don't know, although the guy claims the doesn't do that, foolish as this may be, burning power all night and giving black hats a computer to take over.
This little laptop is very nice, light weight, long battery life and it works great, I might have to create a user here, I have it on weekends sometimes. I feel a bit like I am traveling today, since I am typing this on a borrowed computer. I may be getting a year old HP, hope that the warrenty can remedy the 2 horizontal lines accross the screen. Today using the IE here, not spelling checking, lousy IE. But this is avery nice HP Compaq nc6400, light weight and functional. But I hear the DVD drive is broken. I hear sounds of waking in the next room, time to go back.
Monday, December 24, 2007
I took a look at ElSegundo.NET, but no story, haven't figured out what happened. I guess I could call the company, but usually they will leave fliers in car windshields to let you know what happened.
I am watching Fox Business news and this guy there is powering his boat on human fat, wow, I had this idea as well, we are all so fat.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I got to test that a blue tooth keyboard to the N95 sometime, the time I had one available I couldn't find the option on the menu, turns out under Office is where it lives, who knew, the stupid numberpad is really bad for typing. My aunt came back a week ago from Cape Horn, the weather was good so they crossed from the Atlantic to the Pacific on the bottom of the world and got some sort of certificate on the boat, flew back to Germany from Buenos Aires.
I have to sometime get someone to give a talk at LiLAX.net about firewalls again, I listen to Security Now and keep hearing about the Astaro, which is Linux based and sounds awsome, I also need to run Snort on my home machines to see if they are behaving and on visitors to check for bad behavior. I think that it even makes sense for ISPs to have some automated scripts send email to users of thier system, although it is a bit like big brother and users might not like this sort of thing, besides how quickly would the RIAA ask to use that system to figure out if someone is sharing music? but so much wasted bandwidth on the internet used for bad things could be saved.
Friday, December 21, 2007
But I think that a job with real pay might give me more money then my consulting is right now, after all I am not doing that full time. On the down side, I will probably have much less time to learn, so it will hurt my abilities. Perhaps I might have to stop blogging, not that this makes me money, I guess I started putting ads on in August and as of now I am up to $21.39 in revenue. Not impressive, I can surely make more with anything else, but then this blog wasn't about making money, it was about sharing what I am doing in something other then email and about figuring out what all these things do and how they work, it has been a learning experience.
I am almost done cleaning up yet another Windows XP Home machine. It is a Christmas present for Victor, so I have to clean off all the personal files, put them on a really neat Seagate 250 Gig HD I just bought at Best Buy for $99.99, great deal I would say, the loyalty card they made me get kind of sucks, can't these retailers link the loyalty program to a credit card? I can't carry yet another thing, so I will have to enter my phone number each time. Anyways, for something that had expired virus sigs and no patches, not even SP1, wow, it actually was still functional. But I do need to do a reinstall on such a system. If I end up doing this for a living, would need to setup a monitoring firewall to see where all these Windows PCs communicate too. I got to figure that many are part of a bot net or supply services like SPAM or keyboard logging.
Got to run, hate the freeway, grrrr, probably won't take this 40 mile away job, unless I get lots of $$$.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I have someone on my street building a car computer, it is more of a nights and weekend thing, although he has a company now. I thought years ago when I first saw this that the software should be what he concentrates on, but he being a ME was more interested using mechanical HDs and making the thing resistant to shocks, all very nice, but as I predicted solid state HD have now come to the point where this isn't needed anymore. Today I found an website that shows the Samsung. Sometimes ads on websites are useful.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Getting ready for a job interview, wish me luck.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
This youtube reminds me of the stock market, it promises to be good for me, but keeps given me bitter returns. You do have to admire the tenacity the baby has. I got to say that this babies and lemons don't mix theme is funny.
Monday, December 10, 2007
So off to hacking the Meraki, you can in fact login into it from the ethernet port and browse to 10.128.128.128 and in the advanced screen you can join a SSID, just what I wanted, but they don't support it and write it is DEPRICATED, who cares, it works, life is good again.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Flight AA149 is late, arriving at 11:18 at gat 42b baggage 2 so I guess we will ditch Eric at the airport, he can fend for himself, he loves to stay at the AA club there and always complains about me picking him up to early.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Watching CNBC again I saw a story on Apple opening another retail store in NY, the second biggest they have. I thought that the story of Apple retail is really interesting, they started it because computer stores didn't want to carry their product because it wasn't selling well enough, so Ron Johnson headed the retail operation and turned Apple stores into this hip place to be which sucks you in and gets you to spend all kinds of time there. I know I have spent hours there, checking email, listening to talks in the back. Maya, PhotoShop, iMovie, iDVD, FinalCutPro, iPhone, iTunes, switch at 6, .... I have listened to many talks there, they are very interesting and it is a really nice environment. I get it, they sell more per square foot then Best Buy. It is a great place, I enjoy it and I have been doing very well owning the stock as well. There is also such a big market of PC users they can switch to Apple, what an opportunity.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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Wow another meeting tonight, however it is already fully booked according to http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032360759&culture=en-US:
*** Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest on 12/5 at MS in Irvine
Published On: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 12:43:16 GMT
When: December 5th 5:30p – 9:30p Where: Microsoft Irvine / 3 Park Plaza, Suite 1600 / Irvine, CA 92614 Registration URL: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032360759&culture=en-US Registration Limit: 200 (first come…) On site competition: We will have a “Show Us Your Visual Studio” slot where you can get your members (and you can compete as well) to show in 5 minutes their favorite thing about VS 2008. The space is limited for this and we will have a site up for people to register for a slot soon. We will also have a Guitar Hero completion as well! Free product! Everyone who comes will get a NFR copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional mailed to them after the event, at the event we will have evaluation copies of Visual Studio 2008 Professional. To upgrade from the Pro eval version to the Pro retail all users will have to do is enter a registration number. If they want to install a different version of Visual Studio 2008 line Team Suite they will have to uninstall the eval version. Food and drinks will be served. Many giveaways (XBox, Zune etc.) Text on the registration site reads: ATTENTION DEVELOPERS! Are you ready to be one of the first to get their hands on Visual Studio 2008? Join Microsoft and the Sothern California User Group community for a Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest and Community Party on December 5th, 2007 at the Microsoft Offices in Irvine! Visual Studio 2008 is HERE and this event is your opportunity to get your hands on the released version before anyone else! Every person that installs Visual Studio 2008 on their computer at the event will receive a FREE fully licensed copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional in the mail shortly after public release. Don’t miss out a great evening of fun, food, the latest Xbox 360 games and your very own copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional! We hope you will join us - space is limited so register today!
Where: Microsoft Irvine / 3 Park Plaza, Suite 1600 / Irvine, CA 92614 Registration URL: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032360759&culture=en-US Registration Limit: 200 (first come…) On site competition: We will have a “Show Us Your Visual Studio” slot where you can get your members (and you can compete as well) to show in 5 minutes their favorite thing about VS 2008. The space is limited for this and we will have a site up for people to register for a slot soon. We will also have a Guitar Hero completion as well! Free product! Everyone who comes will get a NFR copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional mailed to them after the event, at the event we will have evaluation copies of Visual Studio 2008 Professional. To upgrade from the Pro eval version to the Pro retail all users will have to do is enter a registration number. If they want to install a different version of Visual Studio 2008 line Team Suite they will have to uninstall the eval version. Food and drinks will be served. Many giveaways (XBox, Zune etc.) Text on the registration site reads: ATTENTION DEVELOPERS! Are you ready to be one of the first to get their hands on Visual Studio 2008? Join Microsoft and the Sothern California User Group community for a Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest and Community Party on December 5th, 2007 at the Microsoft Offices in Irvine! Visual Studio 2008 is HERE and this event is your opportunity to get your hands on the released version before anyone else! Every person that installs Visual Studio 2008 on their computer at the event will receive a FREE fully licensed copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional in the mail shortly after public release. Don’t miss out a great evening of fun, food, the latest Xbox 360 games and your very own copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional! We hope you will join us - space is limited so register today!
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032360759&culture=en-US Registration Limit: 200 (first come…) On site competition: We will have a “Show Us Your Visual Studio” slot where you can get your members (and you can compete as well) to show in 5 minutes their favorite thing about VS 2008. The space is limited for this and we will have a site up for people to register for a slot soon. We will also have a Guitar Hero completion as well! Free product! Everyone who comes will get a NFR copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional mailed to them after the event, at the event we will have evaluation copies of Visual Studio 2008 Professional. To upgrade from the Pro eval version to the Pro retail all users will have to do is enter a registration number. If they want to install a different version of Visual Studio 2008 line Team Suite they will have to uninstall the eval version. Food and drinks will be served. Many giveaways (XBox, Zune etc.) Text on the registration site reads: ATTENTION DEVELOPERS! Are you ready to be one of the first to get their hands on Visual Studio 2008? Join Microsoft and the Sothern California User Group community for a Visual Studio 2008 Install Fest and Community Party on December 5th, 2007 at the Microsoft Offices in Irvine! Visual Studio 2008 is HERE and this event is your opportunity to get your hands on the released version before anyone else! Every person that installs Visual Studio 2008 on their computer at the event will receive a FREE fully licensed copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional in the mail shortly after public release. Don’t miss out a great evening of fun, food, the latest Xbox 360 games and your very own copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional! We hope you will join us - space is limited so register today!
We will also have a Guitar Hero completion as well! Free product! Food and drinks will be served. Many giveaways (XBox, Zune etc.) Text on the registration site reads: We hope you will join us - space is limited so register today!
We will also have a Guitar Hero completion as well!
Food and drinks will be served.
Many giveaways (XBox, Zune etc.)
Text on the registration site reads:
We hope you will join us - space is limited so register today!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I am not against using the best tool for the job though. I will run XP when I need to.
I went to LAJUG today topic JavaFX. Spoke with Matt outside about the stock, a 4:1 reverse split wasn't how I wanted to get value for my investment, SUNW or now JAVAD has been a trainwreck for me. I was too busy working in 2000 to sell it and since I moved and didn't have the net back then, or the sense to sell all, not paying attention cost me lots of money back then, not really Sun's fault, but ouch... Meanwhile most browsers support both Java and Flash so this could be a real compeditor to Flash, which is top dog now. FlashFX came out in May, seems interesting.
Today I deleted my 559 spam messages, about half through decided no need to keep going, Google did a good job filtering no false positives, only when I was in China did it baffle me why I couldn't get email from the person sitting in front of me, and some occasional dubious email that can't make it, but on the whole gMail is awesome as long as you don't need privacy or your mail to be deleted.
Just found out that there is another bar camp on the 14th, great, bring it on. At least this one is in Culver City not London.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I have no idea after spending the day what they are trying to do. Ken could be trying to do something lnice for the community, but John finds it very strange that someone would do something without trying to get something out of it. Charles is looking for a money making venture for his company and this doesn't require much investment in money, I keep hearing about a grant and the area could obviously use education, like anywhere I guess. Anyhow I guess it is a classroom to teach open source. But does anyone really want to learn this? Or do they really want marketable skills like Windows and Office, which is what everyone is looking for. I guess that Ubuntu and Open Office is close enough to be transferable to real world experience, besides if you use Linux you are probably going to get MS interested in funding the classroom or even better Apple. China and the 3rd world has been very efective at getting things done this way, Windows can be bought for a buck if you make it clear to the company that this is what you are willing to pay and not a cent more. After all if you have a bunch of yahoos making something new it might compete, and that is a bad thing for a company that has 90% of the market and wants desperatly to keep it. Anyhow I have to keep on this project, it could be interesting, maybe I can replicate it at the SouthBay Adult School in Redondo Beach CA.
Friday, November 30, 2007
So in the world of investing there is a company in Omaha NE that does really well since, gosh how how long, wiki says 1839 and the stock price is over 100k as of this writing, you can always buy a B share which is 1/30 th of an A share if this is too steep. I bought into them this year, great thing to own. It has done nothing but go up. Berkshire Hathaway is a keeper as far as I am concerned. It is even diversified, has several lines of bussiness in the verious companies that it has purchased over the years. I must go to Omaha NE some day and attend the shareholders meeting. This is a great story. Dream would be for me to move there and work for them, you listening Warren? I really want to bring you into the information age and who knows, I would love to talk stock with you someday, when I am worthy of talking to the Oracle of Omaha. So today I did some searching on the topic, the company is world famous and in a city of .4 million so it should be easy to find land and cheap housing in the area. Being a small town, I would imagine that the quality of life is better then El Segundo CA, not as much noise and perhaps not as worldly, but hey now that I am starting a family, who cares about that anymore? The big problem of course is how do you get someone like this to know you exist and you have skills? This one I will have to think about much longer. Mr Buffet, I would teach you how to blog for free. I bet you can make a pretty penny on advertising too, you are a brand that stands for excellence, more so then a Trump as far as I am concerned. I would sleep on a Warren any day.
Today Charles gave me a link to his very old blog, the one he had to remember his passwd too, lol... So I asked in the comments if he was stupid or something.
The Truman Show and the Matrix are moves that really change your view of the world. Like, is reality real?
I get this email from my sister with a PowerPoint file Dominicana-no-es-el-culo.OVIN.pps attached, yuck, I click on look at as HTML on gMail, no can't see, OK slide show works and it does seem to be a neat slide show about why the Dominican Republic isn't the ass hole of the world. In googling this I found an intersting new artist, Arianna Puello, never heard of her before, but she has music on her myspace, maybe even her own music.
Jack called me to talk about the Kindle, it seems like he is excited about epaper, but I am still not going to buy something new at 399, it has to drop before I get interseted, I will be a library customer.
Gizmo4 has Video! I must test this, as it seems like a cool thing. My N95 has Video too, but can I get that call done, probably not, need to find another endpoint, guess I can test it against Gizmo on a computer.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
So reading my email another message from Charles saying that I should join yet another mainling list, BarCamp has good stuff on it, but it is 5:26 AM now and I still haven't researched why I need to sell SBUX, ouch Cramer trashed the stock yesterday by reading a buy recommendation, which didn't sound that great and a sell recommendation that he endorsed. I guess I got a tax loss stock here. I have been ignoring my bad stocks for a long time, I hate selling in a really bad down market like November has been. But this one is a dog, can it redeem itself? Probably not, big companies are not able to grow, there is no more space for more Starbucks, who wants it, MacDonalds, DunkinDounuts, etc... cheaper, probably a big attraction now that the dollar is worthless.
Monday, November 26, 2007
This morning I get an email from Charles asking of we should do the RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINES filming, I think this could be very fun if we can get into this. Even being on a team or a show with heather vescent could be a really neat thing. I saw a Half Life 2 engine (Cheating, I think, since the physics are 100% accurately repeatable!): http://youtube.com/watch?v=dNHj0gPtpJE that has lots of explostions, probably right up Heather's ally, she could make this for real, or something easier.
Jack recomended Miro to me on Sunday, haven't tried it yet, but probably worth looking at once I have a bigger Windows machine, seems it only supports that. My current XP Home is only 10 Gigs and I have to fix the old install, the one that doesn't login. Haven't used Joost in a while either, but it too was really neat, recommended for all of you that don't have cable TV, it is a great alternative.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
It is a long weekend, come to think about it, we needed to plan some outing, time to play. Perhaps I will go play tennis or soccer this weekend. Missed my Wednesday game because of the dentist filling a tooth, didn't feel up to it after that.
I think we are getting close to the heating season, I never called the gas company this year to light the heater. We are close to the ocean and usually we only heat here for a few days a year, not a big deal.
Often on weekends I now listen to MacBreak Weekly, Mad Money Machine, RizWords(not every day), Security Now, this WEEK in TECH, FLOSS Weekly and the Apple Quarterly Earnings Call on iTunes. I don't actually have an iPod anymore, I returned the last unreliable Nano, it didn't always boot and I got tired of figuring out the iPod reboot procedure, sold my iPhone, and now sometimes move MP3s on the N95, but mostly I listen right on the computer, right now MacBreak is going on in the background as I type this. I often read and listen to something at the same time, I am often only scanning, not interested in everything they talk about. Today they mentioned GTD, which when I looked it up in Google pointed me to the Wiki articule, that Charles had pointed me to before. Something for me to reread. I also heard him Leo talking on TWIT about Toynbee, A Study of History, 1934-1961, was a synthesis of world history, something that seems interesting to me as well, but at 12 volumes, I better read the 2 volume short version, or maybe just that Wiki articule, after all who has the time.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I am looking through my browser history to find some worthwhile things I might have surfed in the past and find Apple iPhone and end up sharing my iPhone story.
On June 29 I went to the Apple store, not to stand in line, but to get help with xCode, and observe what Apple was doing with the launch, I wanted to learn more about development, but I knew that this iPhone was a really cool product. I do get kicked out of the store and sucked into the line, call a friend who hangs out with me. We move to the store and get in after waiting for hours and having the Islands people bring us food and Apple came by with water. What excitement, I buy a phone, I wasn't planning on owning, end up figuring out that geez, I am not nearly out enough to need a fancy cellphone, even one as cool as this one, I decide to take an offer from someone who desperately wanted it and sell it, get some profit for the trouble and keep on my extremely old LG330 on the 15/month contract. Last weekend I passed that one on to a friend who had no phone, he wanted to take over my contract, to his surprise Verizon took him on as a client. He doesn't have a job right now so even this small sum is a hard thing for him to pay, my hope is that if he is more reachable he can better find a job. Besides the ability to call out is also useful many times it can help save time. Anyhow 3 weeks ago we entered a contest and all won N95 phones, really cool, they are full featured, unlocked and open, 2 things the iPhone wasn't. But if the iPhone is ever unlocked and open, what a force it will be, the user interface and big screen are truely the best out there. This phone holds a very big promise. Great product. So I take someone to the store to see the iPhone, guess what Leopard is coming out and there again is a long line, leave for an hour and come back, line is longer, but I take a spot in it and we make it to the store, show him the phone, but alas, he had to pay extra to have it cracked and translated to his language. DRM and locking are so annoying, but keep up the good work Apple your products hold very much promise, too bad they are locked.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Justin.tv used to be PG, now it is more like R rated, but Nekomimi_Lisa is getting dressed in the morning, maybe X during the night when presumibly she is undressing, I had not been watching for a long time, but sex sells, and this was quite predictable.
It just dawned on me that Google should have created MyFace instead of Open Social, after all if you could combine the 2 biggest sites, that would be huge, worth another 100 points on the stock.
Reading my junkmail bobo92 address I see "Greetings to you from China, my names are Seng Cheong working with Shanghai commercial bank and I have a very good business proposition for you..." I guess they moved from Nigeria to Shanghai. Wouldn't it be cool to create some scripts to answer all these emails? Automate the process of making them send you embarrassing pictures.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
I thought I wrote about freegans on a previous post, but I must have dreamed it up, since I can't find the references to it. Someone asked me about it in a chat, said it originated in California, yet I had never heard of them. They are low impact on the environment people that live on the fringes of the economy, the name is made from Free and Vegan.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Had lunch with Uncle, he showed me his freshly cracked and translated iPhone, pretty cool, translated into Chinese, I bet Apple will soon open a store in Beijing before the Olympics.
So we drove down Friday and ate dinner at Crazy buffet, next to BarCampSD, stayed at the Motel 6 off 805, which is so close to the freeway someone ran over the sign, no doubt a spinout from turning right too soon. I got to figure out how to move pictures from the N95 to the Blog.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Today I tried to update the N95 software for my phone. It really seems like the iPhone is better, I am sorry to say this, but the N95 takes too much time. It took time to get the Gizmo working, it takes time to evaluate the other carriers and I am not even sure why I would want this thing, my current Verizon phone does the job, it isn't cool, but it mostly works, crappy coverage at home, but then again, I can get my phone calls here with my GrandCentral number that rings my work phone over SIPphone/Gizmo and my home phone. One number to reach me everywhere. I might want to wait to do anything with my Verizon phone though after all Google partnered with them and this Android thing might turn out to be interesting. Should have a LiLAX talk on it, problem is where do we find a speaker? Anyhow download it Nov12, it is probably a great idea, give it time, might be on many cellphones. Who knows if it eventually works into a WiFi Network like Meraki or Fon. Peter claims Skype runs on iPhone, but my research only shows that it puts the voice on a normal billable call, it is a good thing, but not unlimited Skype to Skype calling.
Time to take the laundry out.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"Hi Ralf, just read about the massive pile up in Fresno near Bakersfield. Sounds bad like that fire in the tunnel some weeks back. You seem safe in El Segundo!" he asks, but what the heck do I know about this, I only watch CNBC, SlashDot, WSJ and a little goldfish on my desk.
I still have piles of stuff to get rid of: N95, damn this thing is cool, but time consuming,
Last night I was at LAJUG and won IntelliJ a IDE, maybe I will program again. I could use something easier then VIM. Maybe I should have grabbed a book, but I didn't feel all that interested in GlassFish or J2EE. I guess I should learn all of these things. Seems I can download and evaluate this product even before I get the email. They even have a license for open source for Free, comercial is 499, personal 249. Who knows if it is the best, but I haven't used Eclipse that much so don't know it that well, but from what I have used it, works great, written in Java so portable.
Monday, November 5, 2007
My brother calls me today, first time in a while, now that he is on Gizmo and he can use megabytes to reach me he is far more willing to make calls. I was rather faltered until I realized that he really mostly wants to talk with Eric and is afraid to use a credit card on the internet. Get some guts and pay off, his landline is 25 Euros, he seems to have no problem paying them. Its like everything web has to be free for people to use it.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This is a rumor that has been going around for a while, it is the reason I started to listen to RizWords - Daily Politics and Tech podcast. Now I see that GOOG is trading at an all time high, very close to 700 and CNBC is reporting that it is likely that they will anounce a phone in 2 weeks. This is huge, I guess my N95 will be obsolete even before I activate it. CNBC then mentions gPhone again a bit later in the broadcast this morning, very interesting.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday I took Eric to MobileCampLA. We ended up on a table with Charles, Arif, RoBo, and Susie and came up with CarWatch on the HalfBaked.com competition and all got N95 or N800 phones a sa prize, sweet. Our product was a way for people of warning people of impending tickets and more, basically you pay strangers to watch your car for you.
I just found Heater Vecent's blog, more info there, we had a great time and very good prizes :)
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I demo the iPhone, but still the biggest question is can it work in China, perhaps, in fact the last earnings, Apple said that they will open a store in Beijing. That is interesting, I hadn't thought about the implications of podcasting in China.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I own some shares in Google, it made sense that I try out some of the other tools, besides the excellent search, mail, video, ... adsense is something new for me to try, BlogSpot is definitly something new as well, although I have been doing this since spring, it is still very much something I am learning. Just the other day I tried the integration with Picasa2, easy way to put a picture in your blog and then write an article around it, and isn't that the way it works? We take a picture, upload it to the computer and then write all about it.
I took the old GPS with me, but after a rather unimpressive lunch at WholeFood's Asian Express we went to Best Buy and then Fry's . Turns out that BestBuy has some pretty good pricing on GPSs and Fry's now has a 15% restocking fee, which makes it much less interesting to buy a GPS from them, but we did, we now have a TomTom Go 720 to play with $399 before taxes.
Much nicer then the $1200 old Magellan. It now has a battery, you can use it on its own. The 3D maps look sharp. Got to say that not updating the maps on the old one was probably the right idea, not that I wouldn't take them for free if offered, but another $99 for maps on that old unit is a bit of an insult. This is far worst then the iPhone price drop to screw the early adopter.
It seems that when I updated the software I lost many features were there originally. It seems strange. I might want to try installing the CD software again, after all it was feature rich, with the update, I don't see many things that were there before. I didn't get a chance to play with the original PC software, darn. One feature that I really need is moving addresses from the computer to the GPS. Seems like I should be able to cut and paste an address from an email to the TomTom.
Ev posted this article about Gizmo to UUASC, thought it was worth keeping the link.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I am trying uploading the pictures from Picasa2 today. It is a great little program, however it makes me use IE instead of FireFox, strange, since Google pretty much endorses FireFox, they put it in the Google Pack. IE6 breaks on the scripts, darn.
They are selling the old cosmetology chairs in the background on the right for $50.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I saw the moon come up today and it is very orange, must be all the smoke from the fire in the air.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
So this morning everything here went haywire. The IP phone seemed to have lots of problems, Gizmo wouldn't work right, then later I heard that the internet had major problems.
MyComputerWorks 800 990-4629 infomercial on Ch. 19 TWC. They claim to give computers support for 19.95/month. Almost seems worth paying to get your parents of your back, not that it seems to make sense that they could offer this for so cheap. Indian workers? I have no reports of how well this works, would be interested in accounts, this is not an endorsement of any kind, just find it hard to believe they will give great service at that price
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I was told that this was a personal blog and boring, I guess that is all true, I did start this as a personal blog and then put some technical stuff on it. Keep the comments coming.
Today Ubuntu is having a release party, they released 7.10, which I had upgraded 7.04 to recently. Now my system is XP dual booting with 7.04. I am at a point where I might not boot into XP anymore. Ubuntu has FireFox, where I spend most my time using Google Apps, Open Office for that occasional file I need to open or create, and I can run a LAMP stack, so I don't need to run a separate Linux server like I have been doing for a very long time. Now if WINE would only support the rest of apps, or I could not use them, they are not as crucial. In our area LiLAX had a Ubuntu meeting and today in Santa Monica Ilan called for another.
So I am booting into XP one day and Ubuntu the next, deciding what to settle on. Ubuntu is pretty strong right now.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Needs 2 reboots per day
Flashes some message on many channels that the box isn't authorized, reboot Will sometimes clear this message
Sometimes it doesn't display a channel or a recording at all
3x is the fastest speed that it will forward :(, however it doesn't have the very Annoying delay that 8300HD had when pressing forward repeatedly. I suspect this was by design, not to skip commercials.
This box was no great thing either. However it was more usable then 8300HDC. It did have faster forwarding, somewhat more stable, but still lots of reboots. Seems like MythTV would be a great thing for CISCO's SciAtlanta. The software they currently have stucks. The box might be compatible, maybe it is time to hack it and put MythTV on it. Drivers could be a problem. Anyhow time to Google. Seems like CableCard is PCMCIA, that is great, so maybe I can take this thing out of the box and put it in a computer.
So reading the FCC warning on the cable box gave me a great idea. I could put an antennae on the RF out and do a wireless connection to a TV on channel 3. The message expressly prohibits doing this, but if it hadn't been on there, it would never have dawned on me. I can't imagne that it would bug the neighbors if ch3 was used for this, 2 and 4 have signal, but 3 is empty here :)
Today I decided to boot into Ubuntu 7.10, Gutsy Gibon and so far I love it. Last week my XP wouldn't let me login. I have reinstalled and got to say happy with the results so far.
My YouTube ad generated a call, so I decided to try one for Charles. Feel free to call me if you are interested in hiring either of us, dispite what you may think, the pennies of ad revenue on this page, don't pay for hardly anything, maybe laundry, if I don't mind doing it monthly. Now how to reach me? If I publish a PSTN number here I am afriad I would get all kinds of SPAM calls. So to make price 0 and let you call me if you like, lets try this: find a number at sipbroker.com under PSTN that works for you. Then dial the code for FreeWorldDialup and my number is 630551. You can also reach me in the UK under: 08449334887, however be advised I am in California, therefore PST, is my timezone, UTC/GMT -8 hours. So far Ubuntu has worked with all the websites I go to, the camera, I may be staying in it. In the past I always needed Windows to use some program, but I got to say that Linux is getting easier, Ubuntu is great.
Google Maps is awsome, I decided to review a local tire shop as they were very nice to my wife when she was had a flat. I got to say that these Web2.0 apps are working for me. Everything is very slow, and sometimes FireFox will blow up, especially in Windows, but hey what can you do?
Monday, October 15, 2007
So benton was talking to me about iLO bing the solution to my remote install problem. Truth is that as good as it sounds cheap hardware probably only has PXE boot right now. So I guess good call, but the bean counters will not do this.
On Sunday I was listening to NPR and there was an interview with a Dominican American that got my attention. He wrote a book: Oscar Wao,
This morning Jacques calls me to talk about a talk by the President of Ubuntu at Google Tech Talks. I did in fact find it, but first listened to Larry Page. Great stuff is available on the net. I learned about Google Trends from there and saw that they now use the same graphs they have in Finance, they mark in time when the stories happen.
Today I got a job offer out of TX, I am to replace a guy out of Pakistan, but gosh, can't see how that is possible, maybe I have to leave the country to make the economics work.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Still need to tweak my computer.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Now it was great I had 2 days of relatively little to do, today I didn't even get to have breakfast until now.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
I really got to call those bozos that give me access to the internet, they are still slow.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
1) Recovery CD option 4 Factory Restore
2) Windows XP SP2 CD, which I had ordered from MS a long time ago, but never used.
3) All patches
Meanwhile still trying to get Peter to answer my call. I wonder if all of his clients have such a hard time. They must be getting terrible service, unless I am the only one he doesn't pay attention too.
So Ron calls me to say that Vista is upgrading just like Linux distros, right away, no more Tuesdays where your Windows XP Home gets bricked, now it can happen any day :) So eEye and Nod32 are the Anti-virus and anti-spy ware that he had recommended but also Windows Defender is free for XP, ships on Vista.
Friday, October 5, 2007
A little searching told me that ~/.mozilla/firefox/os3hmeay.default is the directory that holds this in Linux and /mnt/c/Documents\ and\ Settings/r.SHI/Application\ Data/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/pqgzrhs6.default/ in my XP. But the file is signons2.txt and key3.db there.
Alas, copied the files, no passwds, geez...
I then decided to copy /mnt/c/Documents\ and\ Settings/user/Application\Mozilla\Firefox to my directory in Linux and got all my settings, way call.
Now I am experimenting with downloading the latest firefox.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Gun Figher at the OK Corrall
So some other movie to see. Maybe I sould just list them under this topic from now on.
Warren Ashley Micheal Berlin
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
As I was walking around I noticed that many people had very large bills in their hands, I figured that they must be fake, but the did look cool. Sure enough someone gives me one, together with some questions about which commandments I have broken. Have I ever lied, well I must have at some point in my life, probably many times, stolen, ..... you get the picture. I am going to hell according to my answers he says, I didn't bother talking to him about redemption or Jesus, since it is the 10 commandments that I would be judged by. I would have filmed the guy had I had a camera with me. So I looked up the president on that bill and found a very funny article, seems like someone used a 200 dollar bill with George Bush on it to buy a sundae at Dairy Queen and other such stories. I wonder on which YouTube channel or TV channel I will appear, of course I didn't sign a release, so geez, maybe I can make that money real. I followed the guy to his next sinner and this guy came up much cleaner then I, or so he claimed. Maybe that is why he was homeless on the street? Anyhow I offered to give all the stuff in my trunk to a good cause, but Warren didn't want to hear of it, seems he is happier entrapping people with fake bills that look very much like money. But what the heck it was all in good fun or is it? The back of the bill points to hopechapel.org and livingwaters.com salvation takes work. Someone tried to use the bill in a store.... later I heard they were being investigated for printing money.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Perhaps it is time to move to ATT, they keep talking about low intro teaser rates, might try them.