Friday, December 31, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
I caught an early Xmas at my mother's house in Ohio this year. I usually fly "home" on Christmas day, but the flights were exhorbinantly priced this year(probably due to the holiday falling on a Saturday). Either way, it was nice getting back - even if today is only 5F.
Brian and I got some time to reconstruct his rig with a new 200GB hard drive and sample the newest coffeehouses. His Cup O' Joe isn't half bad.
The unfortunate thing about these trips is the flight:stay ratio - I fly about 16 hours for a 48 hour visit.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
SmartFeed™ converts your RSS feed between the myriad of formats available for syndication (RSS 0.94, 1, 2 or Atom) on the fly so that anyone who asks for it, gets it in the version they need. It also offers a ton of other enhancements like statistics and brnading (putting logo in feed). However, the coolest features (and the ones that drew me to it) was feed splicing. Feed splicing inserts other content into your RSS feed. Think of it as merging your RSS feed with other RSS feeds. For example, I am "link splicing" my Bloglines RSS stream (from my Bloglines clipping blog) into my RSS feed - all my postings there just show up in my feedburner feed intermingled with my blogger posts. I am doing the same thing with Flickr -- my photos just show up in the feed as I post them. Basically, everything I am posting these days shows up in this RSS feed.
They also give you this cool flash animated headline button:
Subscribe to my Feedburner RSS here.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
As nothing was that new in LG, I decided to take my coffee in Saratoga this morning. After checking to make sure that my favorite dot com era restaurant (The Basin) was still in business, I settled into my favorite coffee shop in the world. Blue Rock Shoot is just about everything that you would want in a coffee shop: An abundance of wild wood tables, free wireless internet, good coffee, small mountain town atmostphere and most importantly stiff drinks (Starbucks really should serve alcohol). I settle down and enjoyed my Americano with the locals before I had to scoot into Menlo Park for a meeting.
Monday, December 06, 2004
I'm in rainy, drizzly, freezing cold New York City today, helping out some clients. Luckily, I got to stay right here in midtown, next to Grand Central Station. My office is only 2 blocks away and my client is across the street. This photo is from my client's office on Park Avenue around the 40th floor.
We didn't get a chance to go out to any good bars (or watch MNF), but we did have a good dinner at a place called Tuscan.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
As my location sidebar says, I'm visiting Boulder, Colorado this week to attend a few meetings. I've always really liked coming to Boulder since it's so close to the Front Range of the Rockies -- Even though they are 20 miles away. This picture was taken on the way south to our office in Broomfield, near the University of Colorado campus.
In less pleasant news, it is friggin' cold here. Even the locals are saying that 15F is cold for this time of year.
So I've been thinking that it would be nice to be able to tag all the articles I read that I find
And that's when I saw the feed splicer that Feedburner is doing with Flickr and Bloglines. This is cool.
You can check out my feedburner splice here:
You can just click on it and it will render in your browser. Or you can add it to the RSS reader feeds.
I'm still working out the bugs, but this seems cool.
Monday, November 29, 2004
While this is bad news, this still won't kill Tivo. People love Tivo, not the service. In fact, few people know what a PVR is -- even people that own a Tivo. It's that ubiquitous. It also has a UI that defines the industry. Assuming that Tivo can come through on their NetFlix arrangement (for broadband movie distribution), I think they will be around for a while . . .
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Shelley got some free tickets to the Kings NBA game tonight so Kelly, Shelley and I wandered down to Arco Arena to see the Minnesota Timberwolves. Having never been to Arco, I was surprised at how small it was. The last NBA game (and only) was in Chicago and Sacramento's stadium seemed smaller than my University's. However, it was packed with locals and they do love their Kings in a midwestern, minor league kinda way.
The Kings folded to Kevin Garnett's Twolves 121 - 110 late in the fourth quarter.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
- The blog itself is hosted by Blogger
- The photos are stored at Flickr
- The photos and text are posted via email from my Treo 600
- Go to Blogger: Create your Blog Now and sign up for their free blogging service. They have you enter your some personal details, create a name for your blog and choose a template that defines how it looks.
- Go to Flickr and signup for an account there. They'll want to know a little about you also. Flickr allows you to upload and store photos free (with restrictions).
- Once you have both accounts active, you need to configure Flickr to post to your Blogger account. Go to your Flickr account page, a choose the link "Your Blogs" under the Blogging header. Click "Set up a new blog" and follow the prompts (hint: you are setting up a blogger blog). After this is completed, you can upload a picture to Flickr and then post it to your blog.
- Finally, go back to your Flickr account page and choose the "Upload by email" option directly under the "Your Blogs". It allows you to set a style for the blog postings and gives you a email address to send them to.
Monday, November 22, 2004
Thankfully, we here in California still believe in freedom of crusteceans.
So Kelly and I spend every Monday night watching football (and my fantasy team win again) at our local Folsom bar, The Powerhouse Pub. And every week it just gets cheesier. The picture tells the story here (think unattractive scantily clad ladies).
Having said all this, the pub also has a 103" HDTV setup. I think we'll
endure the cheesiness for a few more weeks.
Friday, November 19, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
I still think that I need to expand my PVR rig to HiDef. Check out EFF's Guide To HD PVR for some interesting details. HD capture cards are trending down to ~$250.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
It's a beautiful fall day, unlike last week when Brian was visiting. And with beautiful falls days, come llamas.
This llama lives on our back fence line. He's been gone lately (not sure where llamas go - perhaps on the llama show circuit ?), but has reappeared now that the weather has gotten nice.
Maybe they will wise up and port this to Linux.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Supposedly, the brewery will open their own brewpub in downtown Folsom in December 2005.
Read more at Gizmodo : PSP Under Glass. Even better pictures over at Engadget.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Monday, November 08, 2004
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Although I don't watch much TV thse days, you will see some of these on Wander soon.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Perhaps I can spend my expatriot years here in California.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Sunday, October 31, 2004
- Upload / Blog via email (so I can photo blog from my Treo)
- RSS / Atom feeds for my photos
- Photo badges (to display on your website)
- Flickr API for development
- It's free
To make a long story short, these bad boys may be released in March 2005 for only $150. Most analysts were expecting it to ship next Christmas for $350. At the $150 price, this really starts to make sense and will probably push Tapwave's Zodiac out of business.
I am already rethinking my resistance to this gadget.
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
So Kelly just bought a Serius Satellite Radio receiver and he got me thinking. Is it better to outsource my music selection to some on demand service or keep on managing my catalog with iTune / iPod myself.
This was doubly triggered by the dual announcements of the new Delphi XM MyFi and iPod Photo. The MyFi is a portable XM satellite radio receiver that allows you to record up to five hours of broadcast to listen to at your leisure. The new iPod adds a color screen and photo sharing abilities (by connecting it to a TV).
I haven't come to any conclusion here, it just got me thinking. I am pretty sure I am not going to junk my third generation iPod until I see something that provides video on demand.
Monday, October 25, 2004
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Friday, October 22, 2004
Good lord, I ate a lot of BBQ at Dreamland. I have never seen such a large slab of ribs. I could only eat 3/4 of the slab. I had enough left over for two normal people's meals.
Overall, the BBQ was quite good (I liked the Brunswick soup). Certainly different from Kansas City style (more vinegar, less heat) and Memphis dry rub, but still better than anything we would get here in Cali.
The best part of the night was as we were leaving. We basically closed the place (watching BoSox game), but a woman came in just as the staff was letting us out. She had rushed over after work to grab some BBQ before heading home. "Sorry, were closed" was the wait staff response. So, my colleague offers her his doggie bag / half slab. Without batting an eye, she accepts and drives away. No questioning who we are, no asking what was in the bag, nothing just "Y'all so kind. Thanks for the BBQ".
I believe stories like this only happen in the South.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Monday, October 18, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Monday, October 11, 2004
Friday, October 01, 2004
Thursday, September 30, 2004
Monday, September 27, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Hopefully, my trip will start looking up when I find a good old fashion Tim Horton north of the border. I'l post some pictures from downtown Calgary this week.