Friday, December 24, 2004
Rally champions and the PlayStation
Henning Solberg, the older brother of 2003 World Rally Champion Petter Solberg, will join the Word Rally Championship this year in a Ford. He’s spending an hour a day
playing practicing with a custom steering wheel and gear box on the PlayStation to get used to his new car:
MyAir.com: 10.000 seats at 1 eurocent
Booking from December 21st to 27th with a travel period from December 21st, 2004 to October 29th, 2005 you pay a 0.01 Euro for a one way fare. Some additional charges like airport taxes are not included.
MyAir.com flies to:
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Adobe Acrobat 7.0
It should fix all my problems with DRM protected eBooks on the Pocket PC
I say should as I am stuck with a Windows 98 with dialup until I’m back from vacation and Acrobat 7.0 is only available on Windows 2000 SP2 or Windows XP.
I decided to give Bloglines another chance on my Christmas vacation as I did not bring my PC (it's a vacation after all:-) Bloglines imported my OPML file from SharpReader without problems and organized my blogs like I was used to in a tree view.
As my blogroll has grown I appreciate Bloglines a lot more. It has several great features:
- It is good for reading blogs that has a lot of noise any only have a new items you care about. The alternate background of the blog items works very well so it's fast to skip to the next item.
- I can easily catch up with an entire group of feeds by selecting the parent folder in the treeview. Great for groups of feeds with few posts.
- The "clip/blog" feature is great for keeping track of items I want to blog about or read later. I clipped some items before I left that I'll have a look at during my vacation
- By default it links open in new windows
- It keeps RSS traffic down to bandwidth challenged people like myself. Bloglines checks the feeds once an hour for all users whereas normal RSS clients check each feed individually. Click the 'sub bloglines' icon above to subscribe to this feed with Bloglines.
- It is free
The only drawback is that it only works online. It is not a big problem as most blog entries point to something that I have to be online to read anyway.
Looks like a winter storm is heading my way so I'll have some time to catch up with my feeds (unless the power goes out again).
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Cool Tool: Skweezer optimizes browsing for mobile devices
Skweezer is a web interface for browsing web sites. It optimizes the contents of the source web site so the layout looks better on a PDA. The pages are also smaller than the original page which is great news when you navigate via GPRS or UMTS where you pay per kb. It saved 53kb on the home page of CNN in normal mode and an impressive 169kb in text mode (85 cent saved!).
You can browse in anonymous mode or register for a free account which also allows you to check your POP3 accounts via a light web interface. The free version has an advertising section at the bottom of the page which is removed if you pay $14.99 for the one year subscription.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Free software for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Series 60, SonyEricsson on Handango
Handango gives away one free mobile application per week until January 31st 2005.
Click the “Free app giveaway“ link to get your free software for:
- Palm OS
- Windows Mobile Pocket PC
- Sony Ericsson
- Series 60
- Windows Mobile Smartphone
This weeks free application for the Pocket PC is the Calendar Bar by Omega One Software LLC ($4.99 value)
Via [Windows Mobile Team Blog]
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
MobDex: Read eBooks on your mobile phone
I have read several books on my Pocket PCs using Microsoft Reader. Adjusting the back light properly there is no problem reading for 4-5 hours on a train or plane trip. I've got a SD Card full of books from Project Gutenberg although I'm still waiting for Acrobat 7.0 to read DRM protected PDFs on my PPC as well.
MobDex by Russell Beattie goes one step further as it allows you to read free eBooks from Project Gutenberg on you mobile phone. Cool if your employer pays your phone bill or you have a mobile phone plan which allows you to navigate for free.
Via [Read/Write Web]
Christmas gift idea: Lord of whatever
Buy a gift has a lots of cool Christmas gift ideas. What about going for a spin in Silverstone with a Ferrari, flying a Mig 25 or a Top to Toe Day at Champneys Tring. But, what really caught my eye was the Lord or Lady title:
For £29.00 it's a cool gift for anyone: a real Lady, posh friends or pompous assholes
Thursday, December 9, 2004
New blog betas
I'm on vacation for a few days and things happen in the blog community:
- MSN Spaces has been released. Scobleizer points out the shortcomings which convinced me to stick with .text for now. I have reserved my space on Spaces and will continue to play around with it for a while.
- Scott Watermasysk (the guy behind .TEXT) has released Community Server beta 2
I want to spend my Christmas opening cool gadgets, not testing, so the latest blog software will have to wait for next year. The only exception may be Kevin Daly's Pocket Blogger if he updates it during his “vacatation“
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
RyanAir flies to more destinations
RyanAir will start flying from Milano (Bergamo) to Oslo (Torp) in 25th of February 2005. Booking early I should be able to bring my family to Norway and back for 100 euro instead of the 2.000 I have to pay for this Christmas.
Way to go RyanAir!
No Secretary? USB Vibe to the rescue
No Secretary? No problem!
The USB Vibe Personal Massager makes sitting at your computer easier. From long airplane trips to being trapped behind a desk, the USB Vibe vibrates away stress, pain and fatigue. Multi-surface massage head oscillates at 3600 vibrations per minute - 60 vibrations per second.
Note: Not to be confused with the USB VibraExiter
1.6TB external USB 2.0 disk
It costs a small fortune but it should solve your personal data storage problems for a while:
The "HDZ-UE1.6TS" will be made to order at a price of 294,000 yen. Supported operating systems are Windows Me, 2000 and XP. The drive contains four 400GB Maxtor HDDs which are recognised as a single drive. Support interfaces are USB2.0 and IEEE1394.