Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Archives-November 2005

My Christmas Wish List

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This year I think I have been extremely good! And all I want (as usual!) is Treo related stuff. My dream items would be:
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A Wi-Fi Adapter:
Completely frivolous, but I love it.
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An FM Transmitter that works anywhere:
(I guess I'm not really sure about the difference between this and the car transmitter?)

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I am absolutely drooling over the to-be-released inMotion docking station:

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 And of course, a different outfit for my Treo ( who now always sports its Vaja case!):

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Or maybe just a gift certificate for PalmGear for me to splurge later on software! :)

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November 23

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

Well, its that wonderful time of year again. You know, when we stuff our
faces until we're ill and then continue to pick at turkey carcasses until
Christmas. We'll be at my mother-in-laws tomorrow; she bought a new house
and I haven't had a chance to see it yet.
Is it just me or is Hallmark trying to make Thanksgiving one of theirs too?
I've seen more Thanksgiving cards than Birthday cards the last few weeks.
Tomorrow, apart from being Thanksgiving, is also my husband's birthday. I
like to have 2 traditions for birthdays- a suprise, and something we
really want. This year he really wants a guitar so this weekend we'll be
picking that out. I really hope he sounds decent because I can't imagine
having to listen if its terrible! He's a quick study, though, so he'll pick
it up in no time. Last year I threw him a suprise party... This year I'm
going to get him a cake and take it to him and his bowling buddies down at
the alley-thats the suprise. I like having it this way because you know you
get something you really want (I got a brand new computer for my birthday)
and something totally unexpected (mind your business! Lol!)
Well I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow and remember to leave
enough room to tuck your shirt back in!

November 21

Xiino- I've been waiting for a browser like you to come into my Treo...

Increasingly over the past couple of weeks I've been experiencing horrible
problems with Blazer, the Treo's stock browser. Apart from being
ridiculously slow (an irritation further highlighted by its name), more
often than not I would encounter a system reset while entering or leaving
the web.
This lead me to avoid using my Treo to surf the internet altogether-a
shame, since that used to be one of my favorite passtimes. I relied on
clipper applications such as Avantgo and Isilo to either transfer the
information to me during hotsync or a long and arduous wireless sync.
Last week it dawned on me that the issues I was experiencing in Blazer
might not plague me in a different browser app. After all, all the other
wireless features on my Treo were operating without incident. I pored
through reviews and write-ups and finally decided to try Xiino. Again.
You see, the problem with Xiino is that the interface is so barebones that
if you don't pay close attention, you won't realize all that it can do for
you. I had tried Xiino in the past, but was initially so underimpressed
that it did not take long for me to move it to my memory card and
eventually off my Treo altogether. Well this time I decided that (mainly
out of desperation) I would hang in there and make it work for me.
First of all, Xiino is fast. I'm not sure but I think Xiino is Xhosa for
warp speed. (Actually, it definitely is not!) In addition to being fast
its also smart; all the pages you download can be stored on the memory
card. The benefit of this is that your browser can actually double as your
offline clipper/viewer. Xiino also saves time by loading its saved cache
whenever a page is requested.
If you have a Treo (or any other wireless capable palm) I recommend you try
Xiino from www.mobirus.com. Tell them I sent you.

...it won't do you any good, but tell them anyway.



Oops, I did it again!

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Just had another article published over at Everything Treo!
November 17

Name Change

Yesterday marked a very significant event in our lives. We both took the
day off from work to go and officially get my name changed on my major
documents. I now have my Driver's license and (in 2 weeks I'll have ) my
Social Security card in my married name.
This is a huge deal for me as it means that I am actually accepting the new
identity that marrying this man has given me. (Did I just refer to my
husband as 'this man'?!??!) It means that I am declaring myself as a whole
other person from the Single in the City gal with the fabulous single
apartment who danced the night away at Centro Fly, Sound Factory and
occasionally at Ohm. The girl who would never wake up on Sunday before 2pm,
and smoked elegant Capri menthols. I'll miss her a bit.
Born is the fabulous woman who has a wonderful career, comes home and keeps
an imaculate home for her family. The woman who would rather spend Saturday
night out at family dinner and home in time to watch 'America's Most
Wanted'. It might not seem that way, but to me I definitely traded up. :)

Daylight Savings Time

What are we really saving this for? I propose that we do away with turning
the clock back. What does this really accomplish except to make it dark and
dreary by 5pm? And, no, don't give me that astro-hybeejeebee crap; what is
the benefit to the average Joan?
November 15

Paris finally meets her match

Someone who loves the spotlight more than Paris Hilton and is willing to
bitch-slap her to get it.
I heard this morning that P-Hi had been attacked by her monkey. I didn't
even know she had a monkey. Then all kinds of crazy things went through my
mind...remember the South Park episode when all her pets committed suicide?
And how the heck would a pet monkey attack you? Were they both preening in
the mirror and the monkey didn't like that she was taking up most of the
space? Did she hook up with the monkey's Greek boyfriend? The possibilities
boggle the mind! But I, for one, think this is great news. Even if not
delivered by humankind, there is still justice in the world!

November 13

Derailed...Deja Vu?

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We just came back from seeing Derailed. Pretty decent movie, except that I already saw "Birthday Girl" and it was entirely too much deja vu to see Vincent Cassel in the same role in the same movie. It was kind of like when I saw "Open Your Eyes" and then later saw "Vanilla Sky" after.
RZA played his role extremely role, and ended up being the character that we sympathized with the most ...well, almost.
I don't want to ruin it for anyone else, but I will make the following observations:

1. Clive Owens is hot
2. Vincent Cassel is so creepy
3. Xhibit should really stick to pimping rides on MTV.
4. Why do people in the movies always have to do their own investigative work?
5. Popcorn is really expensive in the movie theatres!

November 10

Nip/Tuck just keeps getting better!

So here's where we are so far with Nip/Tuck:

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Julia has now opened DeLa Mere and is selling that secret semen cream as their 'signature product'. You just know there's a whole bunch of drama
a-brewing once everyone finds out the secret ingredient! This week Julia
accepted a date with the hot latin guy (I always forget his name) and, what a coincidence, they had an opportunity to break into a hot Tango number on the dance floor. Where exactly do these people go for dinner? I have a serious bone to pick with my husband because no restaurant we ever go to plays the Tango and then clears the dance floor so we can do an elaborate dance while looking lustfully into each other's eyes. Nope- all I get is a meal.

Sean is now all wrapped up in being a plastic surgeon for the witness
protection program. He falls in love with his first client and whisks her
and her son back to his home. Sean ticks me off because he is always the
'good guy' and his apathy just makes it seem like he's just a victim.
This week the plot surrounding him was so silly and impossible I can't even bother to repeat it. Get a Tivo. Whatever.

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Ever since he got arrested and was suspected of being the Carver, Christian has been going through a weird mid-life crisis. He proposed to Kendra although we all know that she used to be a porn star. And by the way, what the heck does she do these days besides rub Christian's stressed shoulders?
Honestly, she is as unemployed as those Desperate Housewives.
Christian's long lost mother popped in to visit him while he was in jail to
let him know that he had been conceived during a vicious rape. Needless to say, she's decided to keep her distance from Christian....just in case, you know.

Costa (aha! That's his name)
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This guy is just smoking hot. He's 'out' as bi, but the kind of bi that just makes you want to go for it. He's bad to the bone, and almost a bit reminiscent of how Christian was back in the day. We don't get to see a lot of his life outside of the practice, which may add to his allure.
I'd like to see him get more action...not like that, get your head out of the gutter.The relationship now that Sean has left seems like the way it was in the beginning... good surgeon, bad surgeon. Whatever. Get that Tivo.

Treo Revitalization (A.k.a Flashing My ROM)

Well folks, I did it again. I flashed the ROM on my Treo and customized it.
For those of you not familiar, this is the delicate process of updating
your Treo's software and putting applications in the ROM (hard memory) to save precious space. Last time I did this back in May I put the following
applications in ROM:

-Agendus 9.04

The main reason I did this was because I just fell in love with Agendus 10
(www.iambic.com). I learned (the hard way!) that if an application resides
in the ROM you cannot simply add the updated program to your Treo. I tried to use Agendus 10 while Agendus 9 was in the ROM and it just created a huge mess.

So I went on over to Shadowmite's site again (www.shadowmite.com) and refreshed myself on the latest ROM happenings. For anyone who is going to attempt this, read up on it first! This process is extremely delicate and
if not done correctly could turn your $500 Treo into a paperweight.

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This time I added the following to my Custom ROM:
-1 ZLauncher theme
-Agendus 10
-Hi Launcher

I updated my phone to software version 1.43/1.14. This version is a huge
improvement as it handles the slow DTFM tones. This is the annoying lag
that occured when you had to dial a number or key in a response during a phone call.
Another nice feature in this version is that when you miss a call you are
presented with the option to either call back the caller or send an sms.
How brilliant is that!

The only thing that made the process slightly tedious was that my 2 GB SD card somehow got mangled and I had to reformat it, which completely wipes it out. Try putting 2GB worth of songs, movies and applications on your card... Not fun!

But now everything is pretty much back to normal. I am operating with 7.5MB of free memory, and every program that needs to sync with a desktop component (DocumentsToGo, SmartListToGo, Daynotez, Bonsai, Woman,MySportTraining, TurboPassword, 2ActionMeeting) along with a few of my frequently accessed apps (pTunes, iSilo, QuickNews, WinHand, Wi-File, Slap) can stay happily in the main memory while everything else stays on the card.

Its a good thing. :)

November 07

Today's Subway Peeve

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The Risk Taker

Just getting onto the train is risky enough, why is there a need to incur a
higher adrenaline rush with stupid acts. Within Risk Taking there are
several sub-categories:

The Precarious Leaner
This is the moron who chooses to check whether the train is coming by
stepping on, or over, the yellow safety mark and lean onto the tracks. This practice is so dangerous and it annoys me to no end. I mean, must one
almost fall onto the tracks just to see the train's arrival status? And must our commute be jeopardized because of the inevitable delay that will
be caused by trying to remove said moron from the tracks when they fall

The Car SwitcherMy theory is: get onto the train, sit down and shut up. For the most part
it seems like the same credo everyone lives by. But every so often there is
the idiot who finds the need to open the door and traverse into the next
car. Why? Suprisingly, the cars are all identical so there is really no need to jeopardize the commute by being silly.

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My Fair Brady

Pretty embarrassed to admit that yesterday evening I got sucked into the marathon of 'My Fair Brady'. And the conclusion we reached (yeah, I got him hooked, too) is that hot or not, Adrienne Curry is the most annoying woman on the planet. Not to mention desperate. My goodness, how many times did she have beg him to propose? And every single conversation was either about sex, or the lead-in to a tearful boo-hoo about how he wouldn't propose.
Chris Knight is also the most spineless wimp I've ever witnessed. I'm sure even Florence Henderson was disgusted watching the show...if she even bothered.
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November 06

Spring in Fall?

What a beautiful day today is! Its about 60 degrees and feels like a spring
or summer day.

Today we found an Art Sale and made our first major art purchase. Its a
haunting piece by B.Duggan of a canyon and cacti.

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I hope you're spending the day outdoors...its too nice to miss.

November 04

P.C. Commercials

Did anyone else notice that Secret deodorant changed their slogan from:

"Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman."


"Strong enough for a woman."

Are we really that sensitive these days that even our B.O. must be
comparable to a man's? Ladies, some battles don't need to be fought!

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November 03

Technorati Tool

My blog is worth $3,951.78.
How much is your blog worth?

Nifty Feature...where's the check?

It's Official- I'm a Writer!

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      The good folks over at Everything Treo have seen fit to ask me to be a review writer for them!  And here is a peek at my first review!
Writing and Treo. Finally together.
It's a good thing.
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Today's Subway Peeve:

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The Space-SaverThis is one peeve that really ticks me off. We're all squeezed in and,
like the Mad Hatter's Teatable, there's tons of space on the other end that
isn't being used.

This morning SS and I sat down in 2 empty seats. Except she squeezed right up next to me, forcing me to give her a dirty look. I looked pointedly at the empty space next to her and finally asked her if she could move over a bit. And she had the nerve to look annoyed! What I really wanted to know was who was she expecting that she was saving space for?

I mean, I know I supposedly have a magnetic personality, but that should
not be taken literally.

November 02

The Many (Disturbing) Looks of Kelly Osbourne

Thanks Gallery of the Absurd for this Halloween collection of  Kelly.
Halloween Kelly
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       Pseudo-Glam Kelly

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Punk-Rocker Kelly
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"Who,Me?" Kelly

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Platinum Kelly
(Hair, Not Album)

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What the Heck is a Gaucho?

I was completely prepared to let this one slide quietly, but it seems like
this needs to be addressed. First I heard Puffy refer to one of the 'Making
the Band 3' hopefuls as "the girl in the gauchos". Then I saw huge posters
at New York& Company the other weekend advertising gauchos.
Being a relatively fashion forward gal I went to a sales associate and
asked for a pair. Imagine my shock and suprise when she brought me a pair
of cullottes. Cullottes? Those went out with leg warmers!
I have really had it with the vicious fashion cycle we are stuck in. One
celeb finds a leftover pair of cullottes in her closet, gives them a new
name and suddenly it becomes a hot 'new' trend. What's going on? Calling an
old thing by a new name does not make it new! Take a stand against gauchos!
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November 01

The Best Application You Never Heard Of

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I thought I had finally lost my mind yesterday when I logged on to the
Dataviz website. That's the good folks who put Word, Excel and Powerpoint
files on nearly all Palm handhelds. They have "created" a "new" application
called Snaplist. But unless I'm in a Treodaze, this is simply a rehash of
www.dontforgetthemilk.com. Snaplist is about $20 a year to host your lists
while '...Milk' is and always has been free.
The concept behind both is to create a mobile website that will allow you
to create lists and then pull them up from any computer or handheld device.
Ideally you would create your master shopping list and then your entire
family, in different stores, could purchase items and check them off the
master list.
There are tons of creative ways these lists could be used; scavenger hunts,
class assignment report topics, dating websites...and that's just off the
top of my head.
In a world where the Treo 650 only has 22MB of memory, every KB is
precious. Software developers are now starting to be more savvy in the way
they work around that. What the Treo lacks in available memory, it makes up
for in wireless connectivity- so more and more developers are creating
applications reminiscent of the old 'PQA' (Palm Query Applications) which
enable the user to have a form which would need to be completed and the
next hotsync would retrieve the data via the web. A program like iNoah, the
wireless dictionary is a perfect example of such a revised notion. Avvenu
is another, which gives the user mobile access via a standard browser to
files residing on any configured pc. Because these apps do not store any
data on the Treo itself (except when files downloaded by request)
they use up little or no space on the handheld. The only downside, of
course, is that these apps are generally unusuable if you do not have a
wireless connection available.
Try out www.dontforgetthemilk.com and report back on all the innovative
ways you can come up with to use it.

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