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I updated the module on the right side to be a mobile photostream module.  It's taking photos from my flickr photostream, which is coming directly from my phone.  Pretty cool stuff, they've made it so easy now.  My Nokia N78 actually had the ability to upload to flickr built in.  I used to do this many years ago, but I did it on my own with a server in my home checking a mailbox every 15 minutes for photos then taking the photos and FTPing them to my website.  Of course I couldn't actually email photos from my phone back then, but Sprint's Vision plan came with the ability to upload all my mobile photos to their website for storage.  And from there I can share it, which would send out an email that my little bot can check and grab the photo from.  It was interesting for a while, but not worth running the server 24/7.  Ah, the good old days.

Posted: Feb 27, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

Five Boro Bike Tour

Registered up for the Five Boro Bike Tour once again this year, it gets more expensive every year.  But it's worth it, it's lot of biking fun without traffic.  Got an email saying there's only 1000 more spots left, so register if you haven't.  This year I'm most likely going to leave the mountain bike home and take my Dahon Boardwalk S1.  It'll be interesting doing this tour on at 20" single speed folder, I'll have to walk up the hill with this bike.

Posted: Feb 24, 2010 @ 07:43 pm

It's Toyota Time

I already have a Honda, but if I were in the market for a car, now's a good time to get a Toyota.  With all this bad press, Toyotas must be pretty affordable right now.  They are still very good and reliable cars.  If it's really as bad as it sounds on TV and the papers we should be seeing Toyotas crashing everywhere, but we don't, because it's not that bad.

Posted: Feb 23, 2010 @ 09:39 pm

Twitter... Phone

I can't believe it, first Facebook and now I just joined Twitter.  Yea, I'm a little behind the curve, but I just can't see it being that useful for me.  But whatever, I'll give it a try.  I'm @tinlaudotcom, my name wasn't available unfortunately.

I'm still looking for a phone.  Do I want an iPhone, Android or should I wait for the new Windows phone?  Right now I'm trying to find a cheap old iPhone 2g to hold me over until the iPhone 4G and Windows Phone 7 come out so I can compare. But man, even the iPhone 2g being a couple of years old is going for a crazy amount of money.  Trying to get a fully working one that's not too banged up for under $150, and no luck so far.

Posted: Feb 22, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

iPad... WTF?

What?  This is what the whole Internet was all worked up about?  I haven't seen one so I'm not gonna say it sucks or anything, but it's...uh, a giant iPod Touch.  It's even got the home button on the bottom and runs the same OS.  Now don't get me wrong, if this thing runs OSX and is still $499 for the low end model I'll be all over it.  But it doesn't, so to me the use is pretty limited.  I'll wait for the Windows 7 tablets.

Posted: Jan 28, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

No Nexus One For Me

I've been in the market for a new touchscreen smartphone, but I for one will not be getting the Google Nexus One. Why?  It is too expensive for the unlocked contract free version. I'm already with T-Mobile and contract free, why sign another 2 years of my life?

If I have to be tied down with a 2 year contract, I rather go with the iPhone. Why? Simple, software updates. One thing I really must give credit to Apple on is the iPhone firmware updates, even the original iPhones get firmware updates with new features. That's something you don't see in the cell phone industry where they are all about pushing handsets.  I know Apple is also about pushing handsets, but at least they allow their new software to be installed on existing hardware.

Yes, the Nexus One is running Android, but is Google really going to be able to provide a new firmware for every Android release? Seeing how HTC lets out like 20 phones a year (a number I just made up, but they do put out several a year), I highly doubt it. Have you seen the G1 or HTC Hero? It's not running Android 2.1 now is it? And it probably never will. At least with the iPhone I'll know I can always run the latest iPhone OS with a firmware update.  And this is coming from someone who does not own any Apple hardware, not even an iPod.

I just don't understand why these touchscreen smartphones cost so much. My Nokia N78 has a lot of similar hardware to the Nexus One and other smartphones like WiFi, AGPS, GSM, 3G, 3.2MP camera, LED flash, bluetooth, MP3 playback, video playback, and even FM radio and FM transmitter. And it cost me around $250 in 2008. Is a faster processor and touchscreen really worth the extra $250? I guess that is a yes to some people, but not for me. I would jump at it if it was in the $400 range, but $529 is just too rich for my blood.

So, no Google Nexus One for me, at least not until the price comes down.  I figure Google would sell them at a discount seeing as how they will be collecting very valuable information about me from the phone so they can show me more targeted ads.  Yes, I'm willing to give up a little privacy for a cheap Nexus one.

Posted: Jan 06, 2010 @ 01:17 am

New Folding Bikes

Just got two Dahon Boardwalks S1 folding bikes.  What I wanted was a cheap, simple, and high quality folding bike, and these are just what the doctor ordered.  They are single speed and back pedel to stop, so no gears or extra break/gear cables or parts to worry about.  These bikes are not the lightest in the market, but at 30lb, they aren't too bad.  I guess if I take off all the extra stuff it may go down an extra pound or two, but I kinda like the whole package.  I paid around $440 total for both, which is not too bad for folding bikes.  Could have found cheaper ones, but I've read that Dahon makes quality bikes, so I went with them.

So far so good.  The only problem I had was pumping up the tires, my little hand pump wasn't doing the job so I had to use my car pump.  Also, the boxes came really banged up with holes, but the bikes were all good and were well packaged and protected, the folding parts had plastic protectors covering them.  They are now sitting in the corner of the room taking up very little space.  And both bikes fit in the trunk of my car, which is great for short weekend getaways.

Posted: Jul 13, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

How I think the auto industry should be bailed out.

No, don't just give them money, that's as good as burning it.  What you want to do is to get people to buy cars, American cars.  And what better way to do that than a government discount program for qualified vehicles?  Those who finance with a 20% down should get 30% discount for the price of the car.  And for those who pay in full, they will get a 50% discount.  The car dealers will redeem the discounts directly from the government program, with no hassles for customers. 

This will pump more cash into the economy than what the government is handing out because this will give people an incentive to spend some of their savings.  Now I know what all the experts are saying: save, save, save.  But is that really what's good for the economy right now?  For those who do have some savings and can spare some on a car, why not?  Taking $15k out of savings and spending it on a car will keep someone, somewhere employed, at least for some time.  These cars have to be built and serviced, and that means jobs.  And who knows, if the American cars are as reliable as they are claiming, they will have many converts even after this program.  I for one will definitely take money out of my savings for a Mustang if I can get a 50% discount.

The unions, now that's another issue.  The labor contracts will have to be renegotiated, which should be a condition for this program.  Negotiate or everyone loses their jobs, I think that's motivation.

This is just a random thought I had, but why not?  The car industry gets money because people are buying cars, labor contracts get renegotiated, and the car industry as a whole gets healthier.  And the best part is some of us will get something out of it.

Posted: Apr 16, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

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