Saturday, January 05, 2008

Pointui on Cingular 8525 with Windows Mobile 6 (WM6)

Yes, it works, at least 1.01b. I didn’t try any other versions. Some brief notes:


It rotates when you slide the keyboard open just like WM6. It crashed once but then just restarted. (Just the shell not the whole device.) It will make you wish the rest of the OS looked as good. WM6 is ugly after looking at this thing for even just a little while.


It shows upcoming appointments much further in the future. I don’t have that many, so that’s fine.


Here’s a tip for PDA users in general: Keep as much as you can installed on the SD card and keep your docs there too. Easy backups. Just copy the whole card off somewhere. Let Outlook serve as your Contacts etc. backup. I don’t worry too much about the data on my PDA in this fashion.


What’s needed: a better way to specify what happens when you hit the messaging icon for example. It goes to the Outlook folder. I’d like it to open my Gmail POP folder, thanks. The hard button on the 8525 still cycles through all your inboxes, so that’s still kind of minor for us.


Summary: Minor annoyances but a very nice little shell.



Thursday, January 03, 2008

Funeral Funnies

Here's some good stuff from my little comedian. He's the best kind. Often funny when he doesn't mean to be and funny frequently when he does.

We were at my wife's grandfather's funeral recently and here's some of the stuff Aaron came up with. Aaron is 6 and a half years old.

To my wife at the viewing with the casket open:

"Why's he wearing glasses?"

'Because that's what he always wore and that's how he looked and we want to remember him that way.'

"Why's he got clothes on?"

'Well, would you want to see Poppa without clothes on?"

(Poppa was 92 years old. I can't imagine a scenario where anyone would wish to see that. If you just Google'd '92 year old naked' then please PLEASE move along. Click an ad above to get you going. Now great, we'll be number one in rankings for the '92 year old naked' search term. Terrrrrr-iffic.)

And earlier while eating at the wake:

"Aaron, this isn't some sort of food fest." (or something like that.)

'I just got my fest!'

Poppy's buried in an above ground vault like all those made famous in New Orleans. Little church along the side of the river levee road in a little town in Louisiana you've never heard of north of Melville.

Aaron: 'So they're going to put him in there then use this crane to put the lid on and this is the chain...' (On and on, my little funeral engineer goes.)

'Who was this person? When did they die? They were all in the same FAMILY? They were only 6?' (No concern over the fat that HE'S only 6 mind you.)

It is becoming clear to me that Aaron might be suffering from the GOOD kind of chemical imbalance in which nothing concerns you at all, and unless you're tired, you're in a good mood. We'll explore that in later blog posts I'm sure.

And I've saved the best for last! Here's the favorite of mine when we told him we had to go to the graveyard later:

"Do we get to help dig the hole?"

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Monday, December 31, 2007

If nautical nonsense be somethin' ya wish...

Then pay close attention to this little high seas tale me hearties.

First, this photo from my wife's side of the family:

You stay classy, San Diego. I mean, this is a pirate hat away from theme park memorabilia. I've got some 'What were they thinking?' fashion mistakes from my own 70's childhood, but as I was 8 in 1979, I suffered from a lack of control of over my own posterity at the time. So I can't really be blamed.

But this, this really says something. What, I have no idea. Just drink it in dear roblog reader. Perhaps if someone asks nicely, I'll blur it without the captions for a Fark photoshop contest.

Now to be fair, a story on my side of the family.

When certain, but to remain nameless, close close relatives of yours truly were younger, and, shall we say, 'bumpkins', they decided to to spend a night on the town at a nice restaurant.

It was a small town, but had just recently had the good fortune to have a BRAND NEW Long John Silver's built.

To be fair, since Long John didn't get started until 1969, they weren't well known in the 70's I suppose.

But getting dressed up nicely to go to LJS expecting a classy seafood restaurant is still 'You Just Might Be a Redneck' territory.

I love you all. And thanks for your non-consented use of your 'Pirates of the Caribbean' souvenir photo.

(Yeah really. This photo ISN'T memorabilia, unless you count the 70's as a theme park ride. For some of you damn hippies, it might have been. If you can remember it at all.)
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