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What Goes Where?

Jul. 31st, 2009 | 08:53 pm

Social Networking is driving me crazy. Once upon a time, I lived in a simple world: E-mail for most things, IRC for immediacy. Over time I have accumulated an accretion of various tools. Friends talked me into Live Journal a few years ago, although I rarely post. I've got a Flickr account. Someone asked me to join Facebook earlier this year, so I did. For work, I helped test a twitter client, so I've got a twitter account. All of this, of course, on top of E-mail and IRC, and the AIM account. To make matters more complicated, they're all accessible from my cellphone.

Now I have a dilemma. What do I post where? Some of it's easy to figure out. E-mail is still for the usual sort of ad hoc slow communication with one or a few people. AIM is for near real time communication with one or two others, for things like coordinating lunch dates. IRC is for hanging out with the same group of people off and on.

Some of it is very confusing. I can post photos on LJ, FB, and Flickr. So which photos go where, and why? I can post text on LJ and FB. So which text should be posted where? How is my FB status different that my tweets?

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iPhone accessories

Jul. 21st, 2009 | 05:12 pm

I am an accessory nut. Every time I get into something knew, I buy a lot of accessories, and the iPhone 3G S I bought a few weeks ago is no exception.

I bought a crappy car charger from Target. It was cheap, only $15, and thus a mistake, but it's basically a 5 volt power supply driven from a car plug that has a USB out, so you can use it to charge any USB-chargeable device that you have the cables for. It comes with a cable for the iPhone, but it turns out the cable doesn't work for syncing.

Then I discovered Pocket Solutions and ordered a couple of sync cables and a sync cradle from them. One sync cable will go in my man bag, along with the phone, the other will go in a laptop bag for work. The cradle will sit on my desk at work and the original Apple sync cable will stay with my laptop at home.

Pocket Solutions seems like an OK outfit to do business with. Their prices aren't the lowest, but they're reasonable, and they shipped promptly, as promised.

I didn't buy a case. Why spoil the industrial design of the iPhone with a case? But I am a klutz, so I did buy an $8 static-cling screen protector from Fry's today. I'll have to see how that works out.

The other thing I wanted was a recharging cradle with powered speakers. This turned out to take some detective work to discover. Most of the powered cradles are designed for the iPod and only do the iPhone as an afterthought. The problem with this is that they have no shielding from the inevitable noise from the GSM radio in the iPhone so you will get annoying buzzes when it's working

One of the ones I really liked, from the reviews, is the iHome Home Audio ip99. It reviewed well, and is said to have shielded speakers, so I made a pilgrimage to Fry's to purchase one. Turns out that iHome is closing out the ip99 in preparation for their new clock radio, due in August. The first Fry's store, in Palo Alto had three left, but they were all open box. The second Fry's store, in Sunnyvale only had the display model. On a hunch I tried Micro Center, and they had two in stock, although their price was higher than Fry's. Still, it was the one I wanted, and I got it.

Brought it home and set it up a while ago, and have been listening to John Renbourn on it since. It's got nice speakers for a clock radio, good FM reception, and, silly of sillies, a remote. It works well with my iPhone, so I'm happy with it.

I think that's all the iPhone accessories I'll buy. The iPhone already plays well with my Parrot car kit and my Jabra 3030 stereo BT headset, so I can't think of any other accessories that I don't have but do want.

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Writer's Block: What's the Plan?

May. 2nd, 2009 | 11:41 pm

Do you like to plan everything out or do you prefer to be spontaneous?


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Annual post

Jan. 1st, 2008 | 05:29 pm

Well, it's been more than a year since the last time I posted.

I don't have anything to say, though.

See you next year.

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It's all 2wanda's fault

Dec. 21st, 2006 | 06:44 pm

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Emperor Marty the Ambidexterous of Studley Roger
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

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and the best part of google's da vinci quest:

May. 19th, 2006 | 07:27 pm

One of the answers to the last puzzle was wrong. In a video clip you're supposed to figure out how many books were in a room. The google answer: 2. the right answer: who knows, but definitely dozens.

oh, and the movie sucked.

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May. 15th, 2006 | 10:19 pm

well, apparently having a DSL line, knowing two of the three final answers without having to look, and being a very fast typist wasn't enough.

Just got the email from Sony saying I'm not a finalist. So much for me and the DaVinci code quest.

I didn't expect to be one of the first, and never thought I had a chance of winning, but knowing that at least 10,000 people were faster sucks.

To rub it in, my department is all going to get to go to the opening friday on the company.


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yay! (?)

May. 14th, 2006 | 08:48 pm

Well, Sony sent me email saying I really did get my forms in. Now I just have to wait until tomorrow to see if I won.

All this angst over a thirty dollar trinket. Makes me feel like a teenager again!

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Google Da Vinci Code contest

May. 10th, 2006 | 05:33 pm

Well, I did all 24 puzzles, and I filled out the entry form, but I haven't heard anything back from Google. It is mildly annoying that I may have screwed up the entry form and there's no way to find out if I should resubmit it.


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sidekick 3

Apr. 23rd, 2006 | 08:32 pm


It's funny. You try everything you can to keep the press from getting hold of something, and some silly bureaucrat at the FCC blows it and reveals all.

I still can't comment on whether or not I'm working on it though.

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