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Tuesday, 2003-11-25

watch with usb flash drive

The Meritline USB WatchDrive is either the coolest or geekiest gadget I've ever seen. (It might be cool though because I'm a geek.) The watch doubles as a storage device — it'll hold 128 MB of data — with a USB standard interface.

Friday, 2003-11-21

stephen hawking. british?

Until just a couple of minutes ago, I honestly had no idea (blame American arrogance) that Stephen Hawking's British. I guess this'd be because his "voice" is computer generated. Inadequate justification, I'm sure.

"censorship" at mozillazine

As of today, an updated policy for MozillaZine Forums (and specifically AfterDark) has gone into affect:

Afterdark Rules [Updated - no discussion of politics or war]
Jason Kerz, MozillaZine Admin

We are as of now banning posts concerning politics and war. Postings on them will be locked and posters have a single warning before being sent to time out.

Shame. There's going to be no way in hell I can avoid either topic. To the corner I shall preemptively send myself. See! There I go.

Thursday, 2003-11-20

bought a digital camera

Today, I finally made the plunge and bought a digital camera. Specifically a Samsung Digicam V3, which has one of the best set of features/accessories I've yet to see (for a camera around $150.00).



My favorite feature (listed above): the camera's 6 cm super macro capability. That'll come in handy as I've long anticipated the ability to capture detail, ever since seeing Pinder's 'down there at the autoshop' photoset, that is.

If you'd like to know more about the deal, check it out at One Call. Here's the $50.00 rebate I'll be using the moment the camera gets to me. At this point, it can't get here soon enough.

give adobe acrobat the old nip/tuck

It's about time a solution has been found to address the slowest loading plugin in existence: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How to use liposuction to repair Adobe [Acrobat] Reader 6
Fernando Cassia, The Inquirer

Install Adobe Reader 6 :)
Open the "x:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader" folder, where x is the right drive letter.
Find the plug_ins folder and rename it plug_ins_disabled
Create a new folder named plug_ins
Copy the following files from "plug_ins_disabled" to "plug_ins": EWH32.api, printme.api, and search.api

In following the steps outlined above, I've now found Acrobat Reader to load exceptionally faster. Try it out. You've got nothing to lose (and instead plenty of time to gain).

Wednesday, 2003-11-19

o'reilly (hypocritical) factor

The following quote is from a transcript of a live O'Reilly Factor broadcast. It's in reference to the now notorious Paris Hilton Sex Tape, among other things. And it's a direct quote from the mouth of my favorite talking head, Bill O'Reilly:

Socialite Paris Hilton, the Internet and Your Privacy
"Fair and Balanced" Fox News

The Factor has obtained that video, but we're not going to show it to you because of taste issues. These stills will give you an idea of what is on the tape.

So you have taste Mr. O'Reilly, but then you show stills? Am I missing something here?

Sunday, 2003-11-16

where's vince? although we still had a chance

Things seemed to be going pretty well in our home game against Texas Tech. But then something happened. Actually, more like nothing (for most of the fourth quarter Texas, that's us, went scoreless). All the meanwhile, Texas Tech closed in on our lead.

Then exactly what all cynical Longhorns had feared of the evening seemed to hit home. The Red Raiders jumped ahead of our score with only around two minutes left in the game. It was over. Once again Texas had unraveled, only this time the stakes were higher than they've been in some time. Prior to the game we were already in the runnings for a BCS bowl. A loss would all but destroy such a possibility.

A friend, Phat, said something in the midst of all the confusion and hysteria: "I saw those white legs and I just thought 'what the hell?'" You may need to know the background story to see why such a comment would be hilarious (even in the midst of turmoil).

Needless to say, Chance Mock (owner of said white legs) threw a 52 yard strike for Roy Williams. With that catch, we were back in it. And in this series, under a two minute warning, Texas answered with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to reclaim the lead.

Vincent Young quarterbacked very well, and he will no doubt continue to start. But Mock came in from second-string with his heart behind the very team that has sidelined him and exhibited the character he has always been made of.

Friday, 2003-11-14

prolonging the end of the (land) line?

Cingular has a new service that makes for the coolest cell phone feature I've yet to hear of (saw it in an ad on TV today). They call it Fast Forward. I call it convenient. One drawback: you'll still need your landline.

For $2.99 a month, your calls are forwarded — when your cell phone is plugged into an of-course proprietary adapter — to your residential/business phone. As well, you won't be charged the cost of cell-phone minutes when these calls are forwarded.

I can only envision the day when companies offer the option for an adapter that'll broadcast your cell phone connection to a receiver, that's in turn connected to one's wire based phone system. At which point, the days of running to your room when your mobile rings only to have to find it, should finally be over. As well as the future of the landline.

Thursday, 2003-11-13

just curious

Why the hell does my laptop have a parallel port? (Or a serial port, for that matter.) Shouldn't both technologies be defunct by now?

Wednesday, 2003-11-12

roll out, segway

Here comes the Bombadier EMBRIO. If only it were already available, I could definitely see it come in handy for my Riverside to Campus commute. Avoiding the bus route would be swell. Actually using the concept vehicle may be a bit more of a hassle than it may be worth — considering the distance between the two locales — but I could definitely still find use for it.

Tuesday, 2003-11-11

naval aviator bush


Tuesday, 2003-11-04

one day it will hit me

Why do I do absolutely nothing when there's so much to be done?

Monday, 2003-11-03

carson's a tool? no way!

Probably an already well accepted fact, but I find Carson Daly to be the tool that ate Tokyo. Proof, from the man's own words:

Thanks for loving music! Erase the word "celebrity" from your vocabulary and live through the songs, not the music. God bless and thanks! And I hope we get to hang soon! Rock on! One!

If my street cred'll be questioned through my evident viewing of Carson's MTV Profile, I do (ahem) have an explanation. Ahem.

Apparently, every member of my favorite currently active band, Blue October, also has a Celebrity Profile, which I found via their MTV band bio. Redeeming aspect of this somewhat troubling discovery: all five band-members' profiles remain unaltered and unedited. Whew!