Sunday, October 22, 2006

Halifax Pop Explosion 2006

How I could I write about the Halifax Pop Explosion without playing music? I decided to put my thoughts in an MP3.

Check it out.

Shotgun and Jaybird
The Sourkeys
Pony Up!
The Diableros
Duchess Says

PodcastSteve015.mp3(audio/mpeg)25.1 MB[ Download ]

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

My own personal feed, burned

Just now, I went and hooked myself up with a feedburner feed for my personal blog here on What's really cool is that I found out that I can have all the links that I post with, and all the photos I post on Flickr spliced into the feed with no extra effort from me. I'm all about being lazy. I think it will also automatically change any MP3 I link to into a podcast enclosure as well, if you're into that sort of thing.

So, if you want the one-stop-shop for all things Steve, check it out:

Monday, October 16, 2006

Motorola SLVR L7 Review

Last week, I bought a Motorola SLVR L7 from a guy on eBay. It's basically like the RAZR, but it's the candy bar style of phone instead of a flip phone. So far, I'm liking it. It's not that I didn't like my iMate Jasjar, but there are some obvious advantages that the SLVR has over it. For one, it's an insane amount smaller and lighter. It also has an almost completely metal body, which I'm sure adds to the weight, but makes it feel very sturdy in your hand. The Jasjar has WAY more processing power, and a much bigger screen, but after carrying it around in my pocket for more than a year, I really started to yearn for something that wouldn't weigh my pants down and clunk against my leg when I took every step. (Not that I don't have that problem already...rimshot!)

The SLVR is just a smidge over a centimeter thick, and not very much taller than a RAZR when it's closed. You can honestly hardly even tell it's in your pocket. The things that drew me to the SLVR/RAZR over other phones was not only this form factor, but also the fact that its connection for data and charging was not some esoteric $80 cable that my older Nokia phone required, but a standard mini-USB cable.

Given that the phone has a standard USB jack in the side of it, I can plug it into my computer, and automatically have my contacts synchronized to it...I didn't have to re-type in a single one. I can also easily get the photos onto my computer to post via flickr or anywhere I choose. I really pity most people that have to use their data plans to send themselves photos through email or some other such kludge. The camera isn't really that great; it only takes 640x480 images. Obviously camera-phones don't replace real digital cameras unless you really don't care about your photos.

Contacts on Motorola phones took a little bit of getting used to for somebody who's only used Nokia phones up until now. Nokia phones' contacts were grouped by the contact name, whereas the Motorola doesn't seem to group contacts at all by default. I managed to get this worked out, but it wasn't as intuitive as I would have thought.

I'm sure some of you are yelling at the screen that I should have just read the manual. Well, that's where you'd be correct. However, I did read the useless, waste-of-pulp, craptastic, bundle of pages that sullies the name of manuals everywhere and it has not much more than a diagram labeling the buttons. Fortunately there are many, many people who use the RAZR, which uses the same software as the SLVR, and one of them was able to tell me what I needed to do. It's not like it would have made or broken the phone for me, but it's nice that I can make it do what I want.

For all you crazy kids who like your ring tones, it's easy to add them to the SLVR. Just like you can drag all your photos off of the phone, you can drag MP3s onto it. I've managed to add a separate ring tone to each person who I would normally call or would call me. There's only about 6 megs of space on the phone, so I made them 15 seconds or less and encoded them at 48 kbps and 22 kHz. When played on the phone, there's no noticeable loss in quality, because that's about as good as the speaker is anyway.

That's all I have to say about it after a week of using the phone. It's actually more remarkable that I don't have more annoyances to report. That's something in itself. I guess that means it's pretty good :)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sunday Shopping

As I'm sure everybody here expected, I made it my mission to go out shopping on Sunday. I headed for Bayers Lake and shopped at both Futureshop and the Superstore.

Futureshop was completely unprepared for how busy their store was going to be. Only one checkout was open and the line-up quickly wound its way past all reasonable lengths. Even when the second checkout opened, it still took quite a while to get through. At the Superstore, it was even worse -- they were prepared, but the crowds still overwhelmed the cashiers. See the pictures below.

New Futureshop hours Sunday Shopping line-up @ the Superstore

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 mentioned in the Halifax Herald

In case you hadn't caught it, was mentioned in the Halifax Herald a couple of days ago. I'm wouldn't be surprised if you didn't catch it; it was quite inconspicuous. It was only after it was pointed out to me by Brent that I saw it myself.

Anyway, it looks as though they were looking for confirmation of public opinion for their story on musicians licensing their music for ads, and they googled something and found my previous blog post about hearing Joel Plasket in a Zellers ad. They then shamelessly stole the text without so much as a link back here or a nod to the original poster (Keely).

I maintain that I posted that a full 5 months before it showed up in the Herald. I'm on the fucking ball, you all know it :)

Saturday, October 7, 2006

The Michelin RAZR?

This case for the Motorola RAZR makes it look like it was made by Michelin. I suppose it might also save it from a fall down the stairs:

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

It's about time

A Nova Scotia judge has issued a ruling stating that the provincial government went beyond its powers by preventing grocery stores from opening 7 days a week.

The article goes on to say that the Premier would "clear the way for wide-open Sunday shopping". Hopefully this means that full-blown, non-grocery store openings aren't far behind. I feel like we're finally catching up to the rest of the world -- too bad it had to involve the courts.