Thursday, September 29, 2005

My Flickr account

I've opened up an account on Flickr. It's pretty useful. As a freeloader, you can upload up to 20 megs of photos per month. If you choose to pay $25 / year, you can upload up to 2 gigs a month. (EDIT: Changed from 20 gigs to 2 gigs to reflect reality. Still, that's a lot of photos: All the photos on spine so far aren't even 2 gigs.)

Since I have a quality camera on my cellphone now, I've taken to taking random pictures. Flickr is the perfect venue for such an endevour. You can even subscribe to an RSS feed for my photos.

You can see my photos in all their web-enabled glory here:

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Some stuff has happened while I was away

I ventured out into my neighbourhood today. Many things have changed since I've been gone. I took some pictures using my jizz-jar.

Click inside and we can walk through them.

1. It looks like the ol' Copper Penny is getting a new facade. I don't think that'll make it any more upscale.

2. This HDC place was supposed to open before I left (on September 7th). It still doesn't look very open, and really, why do I care anyway?

3. Applebees. Swiss Chalet meets the Apple Barrel. Meh.

4. NSLC in Bayers Lake is finally open! Only about an entire year behind schedule! Walk-in coolers get my thumbs up. Now if only they weren't under the thumb of a retarded union like the NSGEU...

5. Old Navy, baby, yeah! I will continue to ensure that children in developing countries have jobs by shopping here.

6. I couldn't zoom very well, but if you look in the background on the yellow building, you can see the logo of the once great Kartbahn. Hopefully it'll be open soon.

Friday, September 16, 2005

i-mate Jasjar

One of the cool things about going to the PDC was the crazy deal that was announce during the keynote speech on the first day by Jim Allchin. An i-mate Jasjar, normally retailing for about US$1200 for the low, low price of US$160. And if you were one of the first 300 people to order (of course, I was; I was #78), you could get a bluetooth wireless headset for US$9.95 (which I also got). How can you say no to a nearly 90% discount, especially for a device that is so fucking cool?

Let me run down some of the features on this baby: First, it's a Windows Pocket PC 2003-based PDA. It has bluetooth and 802.11 wireless capabilities. It has two cameras, one 1600 x 1280 on the back for real pictures, and a 320 x 240 on the front so you can partake in video calls. Calls...yeah...did I mention it's also a cell phone? Pop your simcard in and you're also on the GSM network.

The device can open like a clamshell to reveal the beautiful 640 x 480 screen and QWERTY keyboard. I'm still getting used to typing with my thumbs. The screen can also swivel 180 degrees and fold back down on top of the keyboard to act like a regular PDA. The screen will automatically re-orient itself from landscape to portrait when you do this, in order to maintain "uprightness" of the display.

I popped my 256 meg SD card that previously belonged to my camera in to the device and it happily played my MP3 media files in Windows Media Player 10. I'm really enjoying using my first true convergence device. I think I'll still use my MP3 player for music though, this thing is still a little more bulky than I'd really like to carry around with me all the time, but I can't really complain. It's the best portable device I've seen to date.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tuesday afternoon at the PDC

I am posting this from a new PDA/cellphone/wi-fi device...I'm still getting used to the keyboard, or thumbboard as it seems to be.

Anyway, a session on MMC 3.0 is about to start so I'll check you guys later. Frosst and I will put up some audio as well.

Edit: Some photos are up, and the podcast is back up after some technical difficulties.

PodcastPDC01.mp3(audio/mpeg)7.3 MB[ Download ]

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

I win again

Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 17:26:47 -0300
From: Kimberly Hoffman <her email address>
Subject: Allison Crowe
To: <my email address>

Congratulations Steve, you have won two tickets to see Allison Crowe on Saturday, September 10th at 8:00 pm and a copy of her CD. You can
pick up your prizes prior to show date at The Coast, 5435 Portland Place between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. Thanks.

Office Manager
The Coast
5435 Portland Place, Halifax NS, B3K 6R7
902.422.6278 ext 123 Fax: 425-0013

Anyone know what Alison Crowe is like? I knew an Alison Crowe growing up, but I don't think it's the same one.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

SteveCast #6 - New Orleans is Sinking

I rant a little bit about the anarchy that's going on in New Orleans and some about Big Brother 6.

Check out this guy's LiveJournal blog. He's a sysadmin the crisis manager for DirectNIC, and he's been holed up in their offices on the 10th floor of an office building in New Orleans since before the Katrina hit. It's really interesting to hear a first hand account of what's happening on the front lines.

PodcastSteveCast006.mp3(audio/mpeg)3.7 MB[ Download ]