Friday, June 29, 2007

Iphone Line at Perimeter Mall, Atlanta @ 1 PM

About 100 people so far

First Person
Last Person

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Countdown to iDay

6/29/07 iDay...

I need to seriously make a theme song on Garageband tonight

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rail Network TV runs linux

I took these shots on a MARTA train this morning. The Rail Network provides tv and radio on trains around the US. It somehow crashed overnight and runs linux. It kept rebooting to a bash shell.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Sony Ericsson K850i
Hotness Personified

The Sony Ericsson K850 Cyber-Shot is a tri-band HSDPA phone with 5 megapixels camera with flash.

Sony Ericsson K850 Cyber-shot(TM) phone
# 5 megapixel camera phone with Auto focus and Xenon flash
# Tri-Band HSDPA phone for high-speed picture and video blogging
# Advanced digital camera features - BestPic(TM), Photo fix and PictBridge

Beautiful images - The 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and Xenon flash produces true digital camera results. Even if you are not an expert photographer, the K850 does everything to help you get the best possible shots on your phone. Photo fix automatically improves light balance in one click to make your picture as good as it can get. When taking a picture of a moving object, for example at a sports event, you can select BestPic(TM) and take nine pictures in one burst. Then simply choose the best and delete the rest.

Beautifully simple - Increased functionality does not mean increased complexity. When in camera mode the K850's next generation camera menu makes it intuitive to scroll between functions like shoot mode and picture size. The lens cover retracts automatically with one press of the camera button and a new mode selector lets you switch quickly between camera, video and picture viewing modes. The regular phone keyboard also has a dual purpose; switch to camera mode and illuminated icons indicate which keys act as short-cuts for the digital zoom and other functions.

Easy to access - Beyond the camera, the K850 is a capable multimedia phone. The new media browser puts all of your stored media, whether photos, video, music or podcasts, in one place offering you a unique Sony Ericsson media experience. Scroll, sort and access your media from a single point in the menu. The K850 Cyber-shot(TM) phone also allows you to carry out an intelligent search to see photos by the month they were taken, view thumbnail images or scroll through in full-picture mode. With the new crystal display, the K850 offers optimal clarity from any viewing angle.

Easy to share - Once you have taken your picture it is easy to share the memory. If showing a photo on the K850's large 2.2" crystal bright display, the innovative auto rotate feature will display it in the correct aspect - portrait or landscape - irrespective of the orientation it was taken in. Picture blogging and video blogging allow you to upload your shots and footage at HSDPA speeds to your own blogsite.

Easy to pair - Given the premium look of the K850 Cyber-shot(TM) phone, you will want to match it with an accessory that looks just as good. Announced today as an optional accessory, the Bluetooth(TM) Headset IV840 fits discretely and securely into your ear. This high-performance headset can leave you handsfree for up to 9 hours of talking. It can pair automatically with the K850 for easy set-up, whilst digital noise cancellation provides for optimum sound quality. So, like the K850, the IV840 does not compromise performance or ease of use.

Facts and FiguresSize:

102 x 48 x 17 mm
Weight: 118 grams
Colours: Luminous Green Velvet Blue
Screen: 262,144 colour TFT
Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels
Size: 2.2 inches
Phone memory: Up to 40 MB
Memory card support: Memory Stick Micro(TM) (M2(TM)) and SanDisk micro SD(TM)/Transflash(TM)
Networks: K850i (UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100-GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900)
K858c (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900)
Talk time GSM/UMTS: Up to 9 hrs/3 hrs 30 min
Standby time GSM/UMTS: Up to 400 hrs/350 hrs
Video call time (K850): Up to 3 hrs 20 min

The Sony Ericsson K850 Cyber-shot(TM) phone is a Tri-Band HSDPA and Quad-Band GPRS/EDGE phone with a colour choice of either Velvet Blue or Luminous Green. It will be available in selected markets from early Q4 2007.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

X10 IR10 iconRemote Review

My first impulse remote control buy. I'm on the fence after a week of using it. It was supposed to replace all my remotes (tv, cable, dvd, surround) but I still need to pick up my old remotes every so often because the remote has either failed to learn the remote code or fails to transmit the code learned. I think that I could have found a Harmony 880 Remote in a superstore for $129 if I would have waited a little longer. I'll hope and pray that this remote morphs into something that I want it to be.


Unboxing the remote you are presented with a hefty remote with alot of well aligned buttons. Batteries are included!! Pop in the batteries and you're presented with a wizard to setup your device(s) and you're on your way. Within a minute, I had my tv, cable box, dvd, and surround sound setup. There is no learning curve as you simply follow the instructions on the lcd. No need for a computer and usb cable for remote codes. Granted I did not receive a manual in my shipment; only a one page quick reference guide. I'm glad that X10 is appeciative of my high level thinking.

I ran into some problems after using the learn feature. If I programmed the soft keys at the top of the remote with a learned code and then tried to use that key it would not work. I don't know if this was user error or a device error. Hard keys always worked. I'll perform a master clear over the weekend and try again and call X10 if that doesn't work.

The DVR functions of my Motorola Cablebox did not work. I was about 5 seconds into learning the rewind button when it dawned on me that it might be another code for motorola dvr cable boxes and indeed there was one that worked with my box.

In the FAQ for the device it reads this:

Q: Can I control X10 lights and appliances with the iconRemote?
A: Yes! All you need is the Infrared Mini-Controller and it will control your X10 gear too!

I've tried but failed in getting X10 IR codes to transmit from the remote. I've made a tv device with the default code 999 and 998 for X10 and nothing seems to work. I'll call X10 about this one.

Macros are another feature that I have not tried but from the manual it looks like it was poorly designed.

Overall I'll give it a 7/10. It saves me from using 4 remotes but I do have to pull it out for some select features that can't be learned on my remotes.

His/Hers Favorites
Bright Clear LCD Screen
Huge Built In Remote Control List
Device Wizard
Channel Logo Favorites
DVR Controls
Price $129 Promo
Punchthrough Bypass(Make keys like volume change your tv volume while using your Cablebox)
Learn IR Receiver at the bottom of remote (seperate from transmitter)
Multiple Sleep Timers

No Keypad Backlight
No X10RF
X10 only using the IR543(which I haven't gotten to work yet)
No Touchscreen
Macros are hidden deep within the learn feature

I've received a new remote from X10 and the transmission if IR to the IR543 now works and softkey learns work as well. Thanks Michael Millary @ X10

Monday, February 05, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Iphone = 3 Years, 6 Months with Cingular

Do I really want to heart Cingular for another 3.5 years for the iPhone.
We'll See?