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Personal iPod Volume

Apparently, this results in this.

I'm attending the launch of a new product in early April. The launch will be held on a golf course, and some golf pros and some PR types will be around for interviews. I'd like to incorporate some of the audio from the event into The Sand Trap's podcast, and as such, I'm looking for […]

Ever since I got my Cellular One phone number on May 11 of last year, nobody has been unable to send text messages to my phone via AIM. I could do so (and did so) frequently when I was using Cingular, but Cellular One regarded AIM messages as spam and thus rejected them. I've tried […]

Saw a Smart ForTwo

Returning from Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Sunday, Carey and I saw a Smart "ForTwo" car. It's tiny and looks like a death trap, but it apparently gets about 60 miles to the gallon. I thought the car cost about $12,000 - and I told Carey that at that price, it'd almost be worth […]


I just checked the "value" of my home on (Mac users: use Firefox. Safari is not yet supported). It's "valued" at about $8k less than Carey and I paid for it. But that value is seasonal, too: I checked the graphs and the home was worth $18k more than Carey and I paid for […]

Porn Rating System

Seriously, a porn rating system? Real smart Republican there, that Senator Ted Stevens is. Let's see, we have "B" for bestiality. Or is that "Butts"? "A" is like "Anal Penetration" or "Ass," and "L" would probably be Lesbian. Is "G" for "group" or "gay," then? I digress… During a committee hearing on the Child Online […]

HD Camcorders Under $1600

Steve was right: Sony's consumer HD camera is under $1600. In fact, it's under $1500. Pretty amazing.

Annoying People Now Illegal

I never hide behind a pseudonym, so I have no personal problems with this, but this law has absolutely no practical purpose and thousands of potential problems. Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity. My freakin' Senator, good […]

Series 3 TiVo

I've considered moving away from TiVo for a long time now largely because, supposedly, DirecTV isn't going to work terribly closely with them after this year (2K6) and because HD support is expensive and/or lacking with the TiVo/DirecTV combo. The alternatives, however, leave a lot to be desired. Most, for example, can't record two channels […]

Yesterday I took the Touareg in for its 5K oil change. I also had the fire blanket installed under the hood (it should have been there all along). I've been waiting for the iPod adapter since August or so, and last wrote about it in early November. I got the iPod adapter yesterday. As suspected, […]

Perhaps, it seems - and it kinda makes sense. Such an item would save me $150 (the cost of an AirPort Express) for my game room. Then again, without a CD player, perhaps it wouldn't. An ideal iPod Boombox would have: the option for external speakers. Airport Express built in for streaming from a computer. […]


Business Plan: Make inferior product Don't turn a profit Sue maker of better product Looks like a sound plan to me!


Use of QuickTime VR to display panoramic images of games? That's certainly an interesting use of panoramas!

Not so: While no "green" person would ever advocate buying a hybrid for purely economic reasons, it is painfully obvious that existing hybrids lack the ability to make up for their steep prices with gas savings. Read more here.

Official VW/iPod Adapter Delayed

As I posted in a Touareg forum, the guy I bought my Touareg from had this to say: I am on the phone with the parts dept now. I will not have the adapters here until late December because of the insanely high demand for the parts right now. Basically, the demand is several times […]

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