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SXSWi 2005

March 13, 2005 at 10:14 PM

Photos from my trip back to Austin for the SXSW Interactive Festival. This is the Hi-Fi Design with CSS panel featuring Doug Bowman, Dave Shea, Dan Cederholm, Molly Holzschlag, and Chris Schmidt. Check out the photoset or view the slideshow on flickr.... Continue reading

Posted in Photos & Web/Tech


February 26, 2005 at 10:36 AM

Peerflix is a movie trading service where you sign up and trade DVD's with other users rather than renting them from a central service. There's no monthly fee so you can use it as often or as little as you like, just pay $1 per trade. Each DVD in the system is assigned a Peerbux value, when you ship one of your DVD's you get Peerbux and when you receive one they cost Peerbux.... Continue reading

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Samsung SlimFit Widescreen TV

February 24, 2005 at 07:36 AM

Wow, I'm actually falling in love with a TV that's (almost) moderately priced. It's certainly more reasonable than most of the electronics I have on my ever-growing wishlist. What's really cool about the new Samsung SlimFit 30" Widescreen TV (more images) is that is has the price and quality of a CRT TV but manages to weigh in at less than a ton. A suggested retail price of $1199 means that it won't be hard... Continue reading

Posted in Web/Tech | 26 Comments


February 09, 2005 at 04:21 PM

A very cool Flash application. Check out mine here and get more info from the flickrBlog.. It would definitely be cooler if I had more contacts.... Continue reading

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50 Gmail invites

February 04, 2005 at 02:49 PM

Yeah, you heard me right, fifty. I had four yesterday, got in to work today and I have fifty. I've seen other people saying the same thing happened to them, so I have to suspect that it'll be open to the public real soon now. Comment on this message or email me if you want one or two. Or seven.... Continue reading

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January 28, 2005 at 11:24 AM

The main idea of Audioscrobbler is that you use a plug-in with your music player of choice and tracks every song you play in their database. After they have a decent collection of data on you, it determines your neighbors and then you can listen to radio stations pulling from their collections. If you donate monthly (as little or as much as you want), you get extra features such as the ability to listen to... Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment & Web/Tech

eBay phishing scam

January 24, 2005 at 10:19 PM

I just received my first half-decent phishing attempt in an email. I've received several of them from PayPal before but never actually believed any of those for a minute. I don't know why, maybe I just wasn't paying very close attention, but I actually fell for this one at first and had to read it closely before I realized it was a fake. If I had actually read the thing, I would've known right away... Continue reading

Posted in Personal & Web/Tech

Mac mini and iPod Shuffle

January 11, 2005 at 01:21 PM

Apple has officially announced the Mac mini and iPod Shuffle. Both look really cool but I'm much more interested in the Mac mini. The Mac mini has a nice looking form factor, and it's tiny and cheap too. $599 for an 80GB version. Bluetooth and WiFi are options and it only comes with 256MB of RAM. After all the upgrades you're pretty much required to make, you're looking at close to $1000. Not as... Continue reading

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What day is Christmas again?

January 04, 2005 at 01:25 PM

I know I said I wouldn't procrastinate anymore, but now I'm rethinking that goal. After all, according to MSN procrastinators can shop now and the gifts can still arrive in time for Christmas. Damnit, why didn't someone tell me I could have put off all my gift shopping until January. I guess we should commend Microsoft for staying in the holiday spirit instead of being the grinch they normally are. Or maybe someone should... Continue reading

Posted in Humor & Web/Tech

Halo 2 and MS Excel

December 06, 2004 at 10:11 PM

I could've swore I mentioned it already, but apparently not. I did at least mention Halo 2's RSS stat feed. Well some dude came up with an Excel workbook to integrate the XML feed Bungie provides and create some sweet charts of the data. Now the info has actually found it's way into a good old fashioned paper newspaper article.... Continue reading

Posted in Games & Web/Tech | 5 Comments

RFID to track punk school kids

November 17, 2004 at 12:47 PM

The NY Times is reporting that schools in the US have finally started using RFID technology to monitor student arrivals and departures. Pretty sweet. Spring ISD (near Houston) is issuing ID badges with RFID technology built in so they can track the little boogers. I really could've used this when I was teaching, I wouldn't have had to pay any attention when taking attendance. Not that I really ever did, I always screwed that up... Continue reading

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TiVo to add banner ads when fast forwarding

November 17, 2004 at 09:40 AM

Eh. TiVo is now going to be showing banner ads while your fast forwarding. PVRblog makes it sound like it'll only be if you're fast forwarding through commercials, but I think I may have just read that wrong. The idea bothers me ethically and on principle, but I really doubt I'll actually mind it too much. As long as the ads aren't obtrusive and I can still see what I'm fast forwarding through, I'll... Continue reading

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