June
29
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-06-29

I’ll be so glad when 6PM today rolls around and I can stop hearing about the stupid iPhone. I don’t understand for the life of my why someone would want to pay $600 for a locked GSM phone that doesn’t even have 3G (EVDO or HSDPA) data capabilities. Yes, it’s elegant. Yes, it’s got a nice looking widescreen. Yes, it plays music and yes, it makes phone calls. None of that adds up to $600 though! I paid a lot less than that for my Treo 700w AND it has EVDO, a real keyboard, and the memory is expandable via inexpensive SD cards. On top of all that, Windows Mobile is a very open platform for outside development quite the opposite of the iPhone which will apparently only allow web-based applications to run inside of Safari.

Beyond all that, offering it only through one carrier, even if they are the nation’s largest, seems like someone really wasn’t thinking it through. I’m sure quite a few current Cingular/AT&T customers will upgrade to the iPhone and I’m sure there will be some folks who sign up for new accounts thanks to the iPhone. But I can’t help but think they would’ve sold at least two times as many if they would’ve launched it on Cingular/AT&T and Verizon and/or Sprint all at the same time.

No thanks, Apple. Maybe if you’ll let some CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint at it and drop an EVDO chip on it for version 2.0, I’ll take a look at it. However, even then, unless that on-screen keyboard truly is amazing, I’ll hold on to my Treo.

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June
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, WordPress) by Justin on 2007-06-26

I’ve been a minor contributor in a very heated debate going on on wp-hackers regarding what to call the functionality in WordPress that allows you to post links to other websites on your blog. To me, the answer is clear, but someone finally decided to take an informal poll to hush up the few who are in strong disagreement. So, if you’re a WordPress user, take two seconds and go vote.

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June
22
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-06-22

I followed a link at Gizmodo over to Lifehacker showcasing the Top 10 DIY office projects. There are a few decent ideas in there, but the binder clip cable catcher is so ingenius that I feel like an idiot for never thinking of it.

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June
19
Filed Under (News) by Justin on 2007-06-19

Bonnie forwarded me an email earlier today about the USS New York. I remember hearing about this shortly after they started building the ship, but didn’t keep up with it. Here is an excerpt of the full article on Wikipedia

Twenty-four tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship’s “stem bar” — part of the ship’s bow. The construction workers reportedly treated it with “reverence usually accorded to religious relics,” touching it as they walked by.

USS New York

The USS New York touts one heck of a payload: around 350 Navy sailors/officers and just shy of 700 Marine soldiers/officers and has the capability to launch up to four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters simultaneously.

Can somebody give me a Ooh-rah?!

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June
16
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2007-06-16

I’ve obliterated my openSuSE 10.1 install from my Thinkpad in favor of Kubuntu. For whatever reason, I really felt like it had become bloated and sluggish in comparison to some other distros I’ve seen lately and I’ve always liked Ubuntu when I’ve used it. Since I’m absolutely in love with KDE, Kubuntu was the perfect choice. It took about 25 minutes to install from the single Feisty Fawn CD compared to about 50 or 60 minutes it takes to do a clean openSuSE install from four or five separate discs. The default set of packages is solid and apt-get and/or Adept is soooo much faster than yast/YaST2 has been in two years. The bi-annual releases of the Ubuntu-based distros as well as much faster security/bug fix releases is also a nice point.

It’s only been about 24 hours and I haven’t spent a lot of time computing on it yet, but so far I’m pretty happy with it. The UI is much more responsive and actually seems a bit more polished than Novell’s implementation of KDE. I’ll let you all know if it continues to go well.

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June
02
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2007-06-02

I was cleaning up some old items from my gaming rig and ran across some editorial comics from a year or two ago. This one really made me laugh:

Most Wanted

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