Friday, April 28, 2006

What muppet are you?

You Are Scooter

Brainy and knowledgable, you are the perfect sidekick.
You're always willing to lend a helping hand.
In any big event or party, you're the one who keeps things going.
"15 seconds to showtime!"

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Crappy printer ink system

My wife has started a custom design t-shirt printing business. I, being a big gadget nerd, decided to get her a "continuous flow" ink system. Well, let's just say that this is garbage. It makes a huge mess on your fingers, that is very difficult to get off. The "continuous" portion of the system does everything but flow "continuously". The ink that does make it to the cartridge inside fo the printer, flows at a free rate and you end up with globs of ink all over the paper. I could go on and on about this, but frankly, I am getting pissed again. I spent good money on this system that was supposed to be "GREAT." Well, it is turning out to be everything but.....To make things worse, there really is no instructions thta are included, just a half-done PDF on the way that it's supposed to work. The printer will work great, it's an Epson C88. The concern that I have is about the cost of ink cartridges these days. I will have to take out a loan just to stock up on ink for her. I will continue to tear away at thie system that I have and see if I can get it working. I really do hope that I can, because I can only cringe when I think about the cost of the ink that we will have to purchase if it doesn't. Pictures will be posted later of the system.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter & the GOOGLE calendar

First of all, let me say Happy Easter to everyone. Google has made another attempt to gain control of our entire desktop by releasing "GOOGLE Calendar". I began using it on Friday and it seems to be a fairly smooth application. Sure, I would love it to sync with my outlook calendar at work....wishful thinking, I guess. It appears that I can add events from my gmail account, but again, how nice it would be to sync my Outlook calendar with. You can also invite contacts to events in Google calendar wih a click of a button, but again, Outlook calendar........How about someone creating a way to sync outlook and google calendars and let me know....That's all for now.....I guess......Outlook calendar!!!!!!!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Honey, Can I have a FLYBOOK?

Mobility redefined! Flybook is a go-anywhere, do-everything computer. It’s as powerful as a desktop or a heavyweight laptop PC and as handy as a mobile phone. At a tiny 235 x 155 x 31mm, it’s crammed with the latest multimedia and telecommunications technology. Flybook is the office in your pocket!

Here are the specs:

Processor Transmeta Crusoe TM-5800, clock rate at 1GHz
64K L1 Instruction Cache; 64K L1 Data Cache
512K L2 Write-back Cache
Built-in NorthBridge to support DDR/SDR/PCI interface
LongRun Technology to extend Battery usage
Support full SMM(System Management Mode)

Chipset ALi 1535+

Graphic Chipset ATi Radeon Mobility high performance low power chipset
Built-in 16MB VRAM
Support VGA-out and Video-out
Support DirectXR 9.0

Main Memory 512MB DDR

BIOS and Flash Phoenix FB BIOS/512KB

Display 8.9" wide-view 16:9 display
LTPS technology
1024 x 600 (Wide-XGA) high resolutions
Highest color to 32-bit
Touch Panel overlaid for full screen touch control

External Display XGA (1024 x 768) (highest to 32-bit color)
SXGA (1280 x 1024)(highest to 32-bit color)
Highest resolutions to 1800 x 1440 (highest to 32-bit color)

External Video NTSC/PAL

PC Card Interface Support PCMCIA Cardbus Type-I/II

Hard Disk 2.5" Ultra DMA 66/100; 40 GB

Bluetooth Built-in Bluetooth Version 1.1
Antenna : Built-in

Wireless WAN Built-in GPRS
Frequency : Tri Band ( 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz )
Antenna : Built-in

Wireless LAN(WiFi) Built-in 802.11b Wireless LAN function
Antenna : Built-in

Wired connection Built-in Modem (56K) (RJ-11)
Built-in LAN (10/100Mbps) (RJ-45)

I/O Port 1 x mini-VGA
1 x Video-Out
2 x USB 2.0
2 x 1394 Firewire
1 x LAN (RJ-45)
1 x PSTN(RJ-11)
1 x PCMCIA Type-II Slot
1 x pair of earphones/Mic
Built-in WiFi antenna
Shared Bluetooth antenna
Built-in WAN antenna
1 x external wireless WAN antenna connection socket

Audio AC 97; built-in speakers (stereo)

Keyboard 80-key standard keyboard

Fast Keys 2 x Mouse Emulation buttons sets
Direction/Confirm Knob (Trackpoint)
Hot Keys

Power Support ACPI for Power On/Off, STR, STD and power management.

Battery 3-cell Li-Ion rechargeable batteries
Built-in very-low cut-off/Overcharge/Over Temp/Over-Current protection
2 hours Fastest charging time
User swappable

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP® Home or Professional Edition

Security BIOS/Power On/Hard Disk user name and password

Mechanical and
Dimensions Clam shell and tablet convertible styles
Landscape/Portrait display
Dimensions:235 x 155 x 31 (mm)
Weight around 1230g

External Power 100~240V / 50-60 Hz

They are selling overseas now and are running around $3000. I don't when they are projected to be sold in the U.S., but that's o.k. It gives me some time to save some cash.

Saturday, April 01, 2006


I really am struggling with the podcasting creation process. I do my research, get the stories that I want to talk about and then get ready to record. I am not sure if it's just me not making it interesting enough or if I should look into getting a partner to do the podcast with. It always sounds more interesting, to me, when there is more than one voice to listen to. I have alot of interesting ideas and would like to even put out a couple of different podcast, but I am having a tough run at it. I am interested in doing a technology (gadget) based podcast and a podcast on LSU Tiger sports. I have a deep passion for both and think I can put out good content, AHHHHHHHH!!!! OK, that's better. I just need to put my head into it a little more and decide to "Just Do It."