Saturday, January 30, 2010


Just because a donkey has a sack of gold on its back does not make it a rich donkey.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Anonymous Webcam Kit

Someone told me they wanted a mustache like the one in my profile pic. So, here it is. Click my mustache for a printable version.

Sounds like one of those stupid flash advertisements: 'Click rob's mustache and win a free iPad!'

Why not go for the full cyberspy/stalking/anonymous coward posting kit? A hat, and mustache? (Sunglasses not included.)


 If that identity is compromised, the disguise can quickly be changed into another equally untraceable identity.

The hats are extremely well made, 100% cotton, strap and buckle in the back for anything short of muy grande cabezas. $15 if you want one. Which you do. Buy one at etsy.

Dry Erase Markers, You Know, for the Bathroom?

If you're always writing stuff on the mirror to remember, stop with the soap bar. I use a green dry erase marker. I know, it conflicts with my post about NOT using them, and getting a Boogie Board instead, but I'm not going to keep any electronics more delicate than an electric toothbrush in the bathroom.

And, the kids can leave you fun messages, like my daughter's scribblings about another pet she wanted. As if the dirty pack (ok, 2) of dogs we have weren't enough. At least it was a cat this time.

Another tip: somehow we ended up with Silly Putty in the bathroom stuck to the mirror. (I have kids, remember.) So now the game is to make strange art shapes and leave them there.

Captioning with the markers is optional.

Silly Putty

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Favorite Site for those Odd and End Items


I know, it's sort of a cheesy banner, but I've ordered several things from Shop4Tech such as Wii video cables, and a couple of SATA 2.5" drive to USB cases. Both were cheap and of good quality.

Shipping was fast and cheap or free depending on their promotions. Google around and you can usually find a 15% off coupon too.

I liked them so much, they've earned a spot on my affiliate list.

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Apple: the iPad is out

Updated 30 January 2010

Most of the people on the side of Apple keep telling us: someday this will be great! I believe them. 

No one lauded Einstein when he popped out of his mother's womb except Einstein's immediate family, so let's wait until the baby is a bit older to see. We had to do that with the iPhone. To carry the child analogy a bit further, the iPhone 2G will be abandoned in the street this summer when OS 4.0 is out. If the rumors are to be believed.

To put that in perspective, the first G4 iBooks ran the latest OS right up until June 2008. They were off the market 4 years before they were considered 'obsolete', but that included a processor architecture change from PowerPC to Intel. The iPhone 2G has only been discontinued less than 2 years, but it's darn near the same hardware they ARE supporting, at least the important stuff. I can still live without GPS. I have one in my car already.

So, Apple's doing some stuff people don't immediately grasp the importance of. Maybe it's not so important like the Air and Apple TV.

But I said all that to say this: 1: Apple, don't abandon your hardware so quickly. 2: PLEASE stop trying to sell us 1.0 hardware that you are going to abandon relatively quickly. (See #1.) 3. Stop dribbling out features and forcing hardware upgrades for what should have been available on the darn thing in the first place.

Summary: Most folks say to wait a while, maybe until version two. Apple, you've taught us this is what you do, so you've only yourself to blame for not selling as many new gadgets as you could. The majority of us are looking to see the baby grow up a little before we commit to adopting it.

Original Article:

Just to prove I'm no fanboy, let me say that it looks pretty cool, but, so what?

Some initial thoughts:

Does little that's new. Pretty much everything this thing does is what an iPod Touch or iPhone already does, and guess what, mine's already paid for. Oh, and the iPhone makes phone calls, texts, etc.


  • $30 a month for unlimited AT&T usage? What if I have an iPhone or other device already? Does AT&T think I can digest more data because I have more than one device? Two words: Bluetooth tethering.
  • $499 for a big iPod

  • bigger screen
  • looks cool
  • built in cellular data connection for $130 more (but so has the iPhone.)
  • Looks like you can use a Bluetooth keyboard with it now.

I just got an email with this bit of advertising copy:

Most advanced? Mmm, depending on your point of view. Revolutionary? We'll see. It's a nice piece of tech. Magical? Well, it did make me think of unicorns when I read it. Does that count?

Summary: $500 for the base model? Pass. Let me know when the refurbs hit $399 and it isn't such a niche device.

A Pilgrimage to SkyMall


If you love the Jonathan Coulton song you need to visit this article. And if you haven't heard the song, it's a free MP3. Straight up, just grab it. Donate to him as I have if you like it.

Any song that starts sarcastically with 'O'Hare is nice this time of year' and proceeds to sing of the positive aspects of Skymall is a unique experience not to be inexperienced.

Monday, January 25, 2010

We have a T Shirt Store Now

It's no Snorg Tees, but we have a T-Shirt store now.

Click-y Here-y.

Now, to add some designs! I think if I dig through the last couple years of posts, Shirley I've put something clever into a short amount of space.


It's all fun and games until someone loses it.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cheap PS3 Controller

Quick note: If you ever see an old Kensington / Gravis Gamepad Pro like the one below, it will work with a PS3. Obviously it doesn't have all the buttons, and is dependent on game, but we played the Up demo and LittleBigplanet with it.

This is not a huge surprise, as they used to bundle it with the Connectix Virtual Gamestation emulator back in the day (circa 2000).
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