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Google Wave: First Thoughts

by on Oct.06, 2009, under Technology

I received my invite for Google Wave last Wednesday and have spent several days playing with it.

Its features can be read about elsewhere (I found this Lifehacker article particularly helpful).  In short I’ll say revolutionizing Internet communication is a lofty goal–even for Google.  That being said, I do see potential and look forward to checking it out more.

Mostly I’ve been stupefied by the attention it’s gotten–particularly by those who’ve used it as a new trendy topic to attach their spam to.  Never have I seen so many people desperately littering their raw, uncloaked email address all over the Internet in hopes of some random person sending them one of their 8 “nominations” (technically, they’re not invites)–especially when that random person could try and sell it on eBay.

In less than a week Google Wave has been tremendously successful in its goal as a new communication medium.

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Purchased: Samsung Omnia SCH-i910

by on Oct.04, 2009, under Technology

I just bought the Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 from Verizon Wireless.  I previously had–and really liked–the XV6900, but after spending a few hours working with Verizon Wireless technical support on Friday, trying to troubleshoot my being unable to authenticate after a hard reset, the only option they offered was replacement.  I’ve had the device for over a year was past the warranty, so I figured it was time for an upgrade.

I don’t know what the deal with this phone is, but it was only $50 (with 2-year activation of course) despite having the two big features of a 5 mega-pixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage.  I had to ask the clerk, “Why is this only $50?” and she attributed it being a promotion.  Maybe they’re just trying to clear some shelf space for something newer and better coming out, but (so far) I think this phone will keep me satisfied for awhile.  In addition to the two features mentioned, it has wi-fi, which the XV6900 didn’t, and the GPS works out of the box without any additional hacking–as was necessary for the xV6900.  I should mention Verizon enabling the GPS is a fairly recent event and require a fireware upgrade on my part–but that was it.

I can’t comment on battery life yet or anything like that, but I imagine with wi-fi and the larger screen it will probably be less than the XV6900.  And although most people find the sluggishness of Windows Mobile frustrating, particularly with touch screens, I’ve only had Windows Mobile devices so it doesn’t bother me.  The XV6900 also had a stylus which I didn’t need most of the time, but occasionally it did come in handy…the Omnia has a stylus, but it’s external which I think is a really stupid idea.

Samsung Omnia by Jakesa

Samsung Omnia by Jakesa

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Windows 7 on HP Mini 1000 (1120NR)

by on Aug.13, 2009, under Technology

I’ve replaced Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix with Windows 7 Starter on my HP Mini 1000.  After having no problems running the Windows 7 Release Candidate on it, I decided to switch to the RTM version.

So far I haven’t had any problems (and sound works–out-of-the-box sound didn’t work in UNR).  The Windows 7 Starter edition is missing the “Aero” bells and whistles, but for the most part when I use my netbook I’m remoting into another computer so this doesn’t bother me.

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Remote Desktop into Windows 7: Weird Lines

by on Aug.13, 2009, under Technology

I recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate RTM on my desktop computer at home.  When I remoted home from work today, I saw these annoying lines/grid all over the screen.

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I’ve tried changing the Remote Desktop settings, however they won’t go away–further they’re variably appearing on some windows in varying levels of saturation.

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Urgent Support Notification From HP

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Technology

I just got this e-mail from HP regarding my HP Mini 1000:

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URGENT SUPPORT NOTIFICATION FROM HP
******************************************************************

HP recently released a critical BIOS update, version F.13, for
Compaq Mini 700 series and HP Mini 1000 series of notebook PCs.

This BIOS updates the Keyboard and battery Firmware on your
notebook PC.

HP records show that you have registered one of these products.
If you do own one of these products, HP suggests that you click
here to download this BIOS for your notebook PC product.
http://www.hp.com/support

1. Click here and select your country/language.
http://www.hp.com/support
2. Select Download drivers and software (and firmware) and enter
your product number in the text box.
3. Select the Operating System you are using.
4. Scroll down and click the link below the BIOS section.
5. Follow the instructions on the download page to install the
latest BIOS.

Sincerely,

Hewlett-Packard Company

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Windows 7 RC on HP Mini 1000

by on Jul.07, 2009, under Technology

I just installed Windows 7 RC on my HP Mini 1000 netbook.  It boots and run surprisingly fast–I’d maybe even say faster than Ubuntu 9.04 UNR which I had installed on it previously.

Didn’t run into any driver issues.

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Using Windows Live Writer

by on Jun.23, 2009, under Technology

I just read a post on Lifehacker called “Top 10 Tools for Your Blog or Web Site”.  One of the suggestions is to use Windows Live Writer for posting.

I’d used Windows Live Writer before, when I hosted my own blog, but always figured with the free WordPress.com account, the functionality would be disabled.

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Hard Drive Enclosures: Hard Drive Plastic Melting?

by on May.20, 2009, under Technology

In January, after getting a new computer with two 320GB hard drives, I wanted to salvage the two 160GBs from my old computer and put them in enclosures.

I went to NewEgg.com and found the Rosewill RX35.  It’s black aluminum and only cost $20.  What a great deal!  …I bought two.

Now, after just buying my first 1 TB hard drive (again, from NewEgg: SAMSUNG 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA for $75), I opened one of the enclosures to replace it and noticed this:

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harddrive-02

…that looks like melted plastic to me!  I always leave these enclosures on, further I think they’re included in my daily virus scan and weekly defragmentation schedule.  They’re both still working fine, but it is a little concerning.  I hope my new hard drive doesn’t get damaged!

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Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix on HP Mini 1000

by on May.17, 2009, under Technology

A couple weeks ago I installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Netbook Remix on my HP Mini 1000.

I tried tried UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix) a few months ago on a virtual machine and really liked the interface.  Installing it on my netbook took some consideration because I believe it voided my warrenty (I didn’t get any kind of extended warranty, so just the standard warranty).  In the end, I decided I liked the interface enough, wanted to use the new EXT4 file system (which is supposed to be faster on solid-state drives) and everything else 9.04 has to offer.  Most importantly though is always being up to date.  With HP MiE, I assume I was only getting updates after they tested them, found no problems in the existing infrastructure and decided to release them.  Overall it’s probably not a big deal to be a bit behind the times, but not when it comes to Firefox security updates and the like.

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[UPDATE]: It’s probably worth mentioning that out-of-the-box sound does not work through the speakers (it’s noted here).  There is an official bug submission related to the issue here, and possibly a fix some where.  I haven’t gotten around to looking into this yet; sound works through the headphone jack and I guess sound through the speakers is just not something I require in a netbook. 🙂

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PureText

by on Mar.19, 2009, under Technology

Thanks once again to Lifehacker, I’ve found a great tool called PureText:

“Have you ever copied some text from a web page or a document and then wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple by adding a new Windows hot-key (default is WINDOWS+V) that allows you to paste text to any application without formatting.”

http://stevemiller.net/puretext/

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