Saturday, December 25, 2004


Last minute gift: Make Magazine subscription

I just gave myself a last minute gift: a 1 year subscription to Make Magazine. Can’t wait for the first issue, which should be out March 2005

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:

Via [

406.aspx 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. flies to:

  • Barcelona

  • Madrid

  • Bucarest

  • Bergamo

  • Venezia

  • Brindisi

  • Catania

  • Napoli

Thursday, December 23, 2004


Adobe Acrobat 7.0

Acrobat 7.0 has been released!

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 tried Bloglines earlier this year but I didn't fall for it. I also tried several other online and offline systems but I always went back to SharpReader.

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.


Via []

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


Yetisports Part 7: Snowboard Freeride

Yetisports Part 7:  Snowboard Freeride has just been released:

A nice winterly theme for long cold Christmas nights.

Monday, December 13, 2004


Get in the Christmas spirit with the USB Christmas tree

How can a geek resist the USB Christmas tree?



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]


Google Suggest

AutoComplete for Google with Google Suggest:

I thought it would only be useful for the average user but I'm impressed. It also looks up strange keywords like rijndael instantly.

Wonder who I have to bribe to get AutoComplete for Cool Or What...


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:

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.

Snowflake only flies to Copenhagen or Stockholm so I need another full price ticket. Sterling flies to Oslo but costs 1.200 euro in low season :-(

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

Via [ExtremeTech]


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.

Via [TechJapan]