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My Former “New Cell Phone?”

sony_ericsson_t610.jpgI think I'll be returning the T610 to T-Mobile very shortly (in about three days). The reasons? There are three:

  1. The screen is ass when I'm outside. Absolute ass. Even in the shade you can barely see it, and in any variety of sunlight, just forget it. I picked the highest contrast theme possible, and I still couldn't see squat.
  2. T-Mobile must have a crappy network where I am, because I get between zero and one bars of reception, sometimes two, very very rarely three. Dropped calls? Inability to place calls? Yeah, been there, done that all within the first day of use. Not a good sign. My Cingular phone maintains three to four bars at all times (even in the bathtub - don't ask).
  3. There's a third reason, I just can't think of it right now. So let's go with "because I said so." That always seemed to work for my mother.

This is a bit of a bummer because I really, really, really wanted to like this phone. I did. There's still a slim chance I'll keep it - calls I've placed with one bar have still gone through. The bluetooth support is nice, as is the Jabra Bluetooth headseat I bought - absolutely awesome (and good range!). The ringtones are pretty sweet too.

I guess we'll see… Hrmph. When the hell will Cingular get off their butts and go GSM in my area? I love my Motorola v60, but it lacks color, polyphonic ring tones, Bluetooth, and a few other nice things.

P.S. I'm attempting to synchronize my Address Book to the phone right now, but it's taken over 10 minutes already, so I'm not sure I'm doing that correctly. Hmmm. The Address Book button is dark blue and the phone has the <> double arrows to indicate synchroninzation is occurring. How long should this take? :-P

Climbing Again: 5.8 is Me

Gabe and I finally went climbing again after nearly a two month absense from the wall-scaling world. Long story short: "ouch" and "ugh." The ouch: I was attempting a 9.1 climb with a very slanted foothold. I went for a reach, my foot slipped off and out, and then my foot (specifically my big toe) slammed into the wall. When your toes are already small because they're cramped into a tight climbing shoe, banging them against a wall doesn't help. The ugh? We're out of practice. Gabe and I both couldn't climb routes we could have climbed a few months ago. I was limited strictly to 5.8 routes and Gabe could barely manage some of the 5.9s he tried, and couldn't do any 5.9+s. We suck. :-) We'll get better, though, and hopefully we'll get back on a regular schedule.

QotD: Climbing

Question: What's the most difficult thing you've ever had to climb?

My Answer: I climbed Crested Butte Mountain (if that's the name of it?) in Crested Butte, Colorado. I was quite young, and the last 500 feet up were mostly rocks, and so that made for an interesting climb. According to my parents I "scampered right up" but I remember spending most of the 30 minutes waiting for them to catch up catching my breath as well.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

My New Cell Phone

sony_ericsson_t610.jpg"My New Cell Phone" is one of the lamest damn titles I've ever put on my blog. Like any of you care. Why am I even assuming that anyone reads this drivel? Whatever, okay, I'll console myself by pretending that I am my own audience. I am - the me in the future will wonder what day I got my new cell phone, and here it is.

I found out from Jon's comments in my Cingular: Crappy Phones post that - duh - Cingular is TDMA in my area and that only T-Mobile is GSM. So I stopped by T-Mobile today and picked up a Sony-Ericsson T610. It's charging, so I haven't played with it yet, but the features I like include:

  • Polyphonic ring tones
  • Bluetooth
  • Color Screen
  • A game or two

QotD: Phones

Question: How many phones do you own and use?

My Answer: My Cingular/Motorola phone, my T-Mobile/Danger phone (don't really use it), and my home phone. That's three and two, respectively. My home phone has a second handset if you want to count that one too.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Cingular = Crappy Phones

Y'know, I like Cingular. I really do. They've got good coverage, decent rates, and sales offices all over. They're not too bad. They're certainly not Verizon, that's for sure!

They suck at one important thing, however: phone choice. I got my Motorola V60 last March or so, and it's still the best phone they offer. Bluetooth? Ha! PDA stuff? Ha ha! They've got the following pathetic offering:

  • Sony-Ericsson T62u (free)
  • Nokia 6340i (free)
  • Motorola C331t ($50)
  • Nokia 3650 ($130)
  • Nokia 8265i ($130)
  • Motorola v60ti ($150)


FWIW, I almost never use my HipTop. I need to find a way to cancel that T-Mobile contract without paying lots of penalties or something.

Study: Masturbation May Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer

I kid you not. Updates to my blog in the next few days will now be non-existent. Gotta do as much preventative medicine as possible. Anyone willing to contribute good porn (for my health, dammit!!!) should send care packages to… :-D

NeXT Hardware

I'm looking to buy a NeXT Cube or Slab. I'd like it to run OpenStep 4.2 and be in good (working) condition. I'll pay for it, obviously, and I'm putting a note here on my blog because searches on eBay for "next slab" really don't turn up very many appropriate results! :-) Plus, I know at least a few people out there who should have some… anyone willing to help a nostalgic geek out?

FTPeel PB 3 Out

ftpeelicon.gifFTPeel Public Beta 3 can be downloaded by clicking the picture. This one's got a lot of improvements and bug fixes, some of which I'll list here.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred after closing a document when some other activity was occurring (like a download was going or a directory was being loaded).
  • The upload "percentage done" string is now displayed correctly.
  • FTPeel no longer mirrors .DS_Store files.
  • Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred when trying to change directories with the "go to directory..." menu command while in column view.
  • FTPeel should now do a better job of remembering the window frame location and size after the application was quit with windows open, and then re-launched.
  • In list view, if sorting is activated, then the directory list will remain sorted after loading a new directory or transferring over new files, etc.
  • In column view, it's now possible to delete directories.
  • In column view, it's now possible to drag-and-drop upload files into the first column to the left.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when the GetURL or OpenURL AppleScript commands were called, and the user began a transfer and then closed the FTP window.

QotD: Hairless

Question: Would you rather a girl be completely hairless or not shave at all?

My Answer: Not shaving at all means you've got three bushes where you normally don't want 'em: two under the armpits and one in the legpit (for lack of an, uhhh, appropriate term). Shaving completely means hair and eyebrows too - a tough look to pull off for any woman. Frankly, I'll go with the latter. Armpit hair on a gal is higher up on my list of "gross things" than a bald woman, and I know I don't like hair stuck between my teeth…

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Keira Knightley… Or Not

I hate spam. Sometimes, however, it makes me chuckle:

From: Keira Knightly <>
Subject: ADV: Pirates of the Caribbean Stars Naked! - Must be 18 Years or Older

Uhhh, right. Oh well. If the real Keira ever wants to email me, she should feel free. ;-)

Mail (the app) on Mac OS X uses standard mbox files to store its messages. Given this, how hard would it be to write a webmail client that literally served up your local mboxes. When I'm at a friend's house, how great would it be to log into my machine with a simple browser and see my current email. Mail will have already filtered them into the proper folder(s), marked some as spam, and done all the "checking" of my eight accounts for me (every five or ten minutes, in fact).

Mac OS X has Apache and the ability to run perl, python, php, and scads of other things. The idea here is pretty simple: use Mail to do what it's always done - to fetch your messages, filter them, etc. Then use its documents - standard mbox files - to serve up a multiple-account webmail system. Replies could go into the Outbox mbox for sending by… Mail itself once again! The really ambitious developer could probably add in other Mail "hooks" such as the ability to specify a signature for replies, the ability to "mark as junk," and other things. Mail is also fairly AppleScriptable, no?

Or maybe it has already been done?

QotD: Screensavers

Question: What's your favorite current and all-time screensaver?

My Answer: My favorite current one varies. I change my screensaver about once a week. Sometimes it's the Matrix one. Sometimes it's Flurry (not the bundled one, the better one with more streams). Sometimes it's seasonal (with snowflakes). My favorite screensaver of all time? It's gotta be the Marine Aquarium one. Of course, that costs $20, and apparently costs $30 if you want the new version with the clock… You get what you pay for: it's gorgeous.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

20th Century Voyage

To quote codepoet:

20th Century Voyage is by far the best screen saver I've seen written for Mac OS X. Against a beautiful background of two translucent Earths spinning counter to each other, all the major events of the 20th century are displayed (war, music, movies, politics, inventions, etc.) with random quotations from various history-makers.

It's great. I'll be showing it off to people later today. And hey, that's a good question for a QotD…

You Don’t Know Who You’re Talking To

I think it's funny when people don't know with whom they're discussing a topic. For instance, someone talking about the creator's intent when creating the Objective-C language contradicts something Brad Cox says on a newsgroup in the same discussion. That'd be a bad thing to do, because, well, Brad Cox is the creator of Objective-C.

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