Thursday, September 30, 2004

Electronic back-seat driver being tested

If this becomes standard equipment in all vehicles, it could prove to be the most distracting safety feature since the "dinging" seatbelt reminder. Hopefully it can be turned off or at least drowned out by the stereo. This wonderful new technology detects road signs and the speed of the car, and nags the driver to slow down.

Monday, September 27, 2004

New phone OS release by PalmSource

PalmSource will announce their new smartphone OS tomorrow. It will be available on 11 upcoming phones, probably including devices from companies other than PalmOne. The new OS will include improved blackberry-like email, a new browser and better support for bluetooth and wifi.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Sushi Keychain

For all of you Asynchrony sushi fans, here's something to show your love for the raw sport. For the small sum of $6.00 plus shipping, you can receive this beautiful sushi keychain from jlist.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

"Bloggers have drawn blood and American journalism may never be the same"

According to the first to challenge the authenticity of the documents about President Bush's National Guard service during the Vietnam War were bloggers, and were mainly responsible for CBS's eventual admission of error.

Monday, September 20, 2004

A nice desk for your laptop

I purchased the Laptop Desk v.2.0 with the MouzPad and am very happy with the product. This is great for working on the couch, especially if your laptop is of the thin and light variety. You can preview the product here.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Contributors wanted - yes that means YOU

If you enjoy this blog, please contribute at least a couple times per month. Your contributions will be appreciated!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Firefox 1.0 preview release is here

The 1.0 preview is out including the Windows, Macintosh and Linux versions. I've installed the Windows version and no problems so far.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

40 gig cigarette pack sized drive

I've been looking for an extra-small external drive for quite a while and have been underwhelmed by the price per gigabyte value. The best I'd found was a 1.5 gig drive at Comp USA for $150 including a $50 instant discount.

This Apricorn EZ bus mini 40GB drive leapfrogs ahead of the pack, with a <$250 price street price tag in a tiny form factor.

Monday, September 13, 2004

OQO Handheld XP Computer Debuts October 14

After a long wait, the first of the full-blown XP computers with a handheld form factor will hit the market, right around the time the new Treo is available. So many toys, so little time.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Another free file sharing option

Grouper allows user to share files using Peer to Peer technology, rather than hosted storage.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Coffeehouse discussion on Blogging

Thought you blogging fools might appreciate this discussion tonight at the Creve Coeur Border's. If anyone goes, I'd love to hear about it, since I won't be able to attend.

Blogging Our Hearts Out: Authenticity or Mediolatry Stew[ard?]ing (or Either/or Fallacy?)?
Speaker: Jeremy Clive Huggins, Eastern Washington University graduate student in creative nonfiction
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Borders, Creve Coeur: 11745 Olive Blvd.

Free photo sharing service

Flickr is a great newish site that allows anyone to store and share photos. Photos can be available to the public or kept private. This is a great site to keep photos you'd like to use in your blog. It's a also a great place to find interesting photographs including those of current events. You can search all public photos by "tags" which are key words.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Free file-drop-off service

If you're like me, it's always a hassle to figure out how to get someone a large file. Email isn't a good way to send fifty megabyte PowerPoint file. is a free service that allows you to upload up to a one hundred megabyte file and then allow authorized people to download it from their site. They erase the files after four days.

This is not a place to drop confidential files, but for normal use, it sounds like it might do the trick.

Bad-Cell-Connection-In-Hotel Conspiracy Theory

I was just talking with Steve H. last week about cell phone reception in hotels and at events. It turns out at least some hotels try to block cell reception to increase their revenue from phone calls.

There are quite a few companies marketing cell phone jammers.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Birthday Techno Lust II: Treo 650 Info Here

Specs on the upcoming new Treo are out (leaked.) They include:

  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • High Resolution Screen, much better than the current 160 x 160 Treo 600
  • Better camera with 1.3 MegaPixels (current Treo 600 is VGA 640 x 480 camera)
  • Different and brighter backlighting system
  • Looks to be GSM compatible
  • Removable Battery (current Treo 600 is not)
  • Video Recording via Camera
  • Faster Processor (not sure of the exact speed, but faster than the 144MHz processor in the Treo 600)
Hmm, I don't think it is coincidental that they are releasing it in October, so close to a certain special day of the year.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Envoke featured at AFCEA Conference

Asynchrony Solutions was featured today at a special session at the AFCEA DOIM conference. Here's a Treo snapshop of Steve Hirsch, who represented Asynchrony at the show, along with Ted Haddad, Zeke Salter, Tom Nowicki and David Elfanbaum.