Friday, November 11, 2011


Obligatory post for 11/11/11 at 11:11. By looking at my last post I can tell there's a trend! Let's see if I can post something else before 11/22/33. Until then, enjoy life.

Friday, February 13, 2009

System.currentTimeMillis() == 1234567890000 :-)

As if the title wasn't enough... :-) Today is a special day! On top of being Friday the 13th, at 3:31:30PM PST exactly 1234567890000 milliseconds will have gone by since January 1, 1970 at 12:00am. Mark your calendar for this very special, once in a life time day... Geeks rejoice!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year 2008!

Happy new year 2008! May you find peace and happiness in your life! :-)

If you're wondering what happiness looks like, here's a good way to describe it:

Have fun!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Gmail for your phone!

Hurray! The ultimately cool Gmail client for mobile phones is out! Check out the Googleblog announcement or the actual download page. On my Samsung A900 it looks very sleek, with 6 message headers per page, access to my labels, a very easy navigation between various conversations and messages within a conversation, an easy way to see attached pictures (I've never tried the PDF attachment viewer).. If you have a java phone with some kind of data plan, you should definitely check it out :)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Mercedes On Fire!

Not your everyday sight: an old Mercedes on fire on 101, by Moffett... Crazy!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Fatboy, My Daily Driver

For the past few months, now that the rain has finally stopped pouring over the valley, I've been taking my Fatboy to work. It's my daily driver, or should I say daily rider, and for obvious reasons I only want to take it out when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping.

A photo enthusiast from work, Erik, took a few pictures of my ride today. Wow, I had never seen Fatboy like that! I figured I'd share them with the world, so here they are: Fatboy!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Back To The Future: Samsung A900

Two years -- that's how long I've survived without a cell phone in our world of ultra-connectedness. It wasn't always easy and I'm sure I've broken a few records! The last time I was part of the easy-communication community was with the help of a Nokia 8260: tiny, old, light, simple, no-fuss, phone-only phone.

Three weeks ago the need to be always-reachable drove me to investigate cell phones again. The Motorola Razr looked good but reviews seemed to hate its user interface. Samsung had just come out with its direct Razr response, the Samsung A900 a.k.a. "Blade". I played with it briefly in the Sprint store and a few minutes later I was trendy again. (Or so I'd like to think)

Wow. Culture shock. Reality check. Phones are not phones anymore! Two years suddenly feel like an electronic eternity! I am back to the future and find myself saying "Kit! Kit!" to my phone. But my car won't move.

After three weeks with the Blade, I'm still excited over it. The user interface feels very intuitive. I didn't have to use the manual much and when I did I easily found what I was looking for. The phone is light, skinny, razr-like looking (people say "oh you've got the razr, too") and in general does everything pretty well. The battery doesn't last long for sure (you'll find several posts out there talking about it) but if charged every night, it's reasonable. If you talk a lot, have bluetooth, gps and the screen on max brightness you'll certainly have an issue though :)

The thing can play mp3s, stream music (with stereo speakers, mind you), stream video at a decent rate, take photos, shoot movies, surf the web (not limited to any site, very cool!) and the screen is big enough that it's even useful. The java apps don't take too long to start and work in general pretty fast, I'm impressed :)

What really did it for me though is two things: Google Local for Mobile and Gmail Mobile. Google Local is simply awesome: download the little java app, and you have Google Maps in your phone! It works really well with both map- and satellite- views and search of local businesses/addresses. Scroll around, zoom in/out... It has saved me a few times already :) Gmail Mobile just works as you'd expect: read your gmail email from your phone with a convenient mobile-specific interface. These two things have convinced me to keep the $15/mo PowerVision data plan, I love it!

Um, of course the real reason of my excitment over the phone is that I can talk to my girlfriend all the time now ;) When I'm not talking to her it's definitely a nice toy to have around!