Friday, September 30, 2005



Originally uploaded by Phil Morrison.

Three netcom guys in a tub... Oh, can you see, they are all wearing pink?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

My Haggiswurst's 23/5 meme

Saw this on Nodded

Search your blog archive.
Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
Tag five people to do the same.

And this is the fifth sentence from MY 23rd post:
"This is bizzare!!"
If you are close enough to read this consider yourself tagged.

Apple to Fix Nano Screens, Not Scratches

Um, so I have a scratch in my nano so I should take a hammer to it or sit on it before I ask for a new one? 

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Apple acknowledged that a manufacturing error led to a small percentage of iPod Nanos with weak screens, which could potentially crack in a tight pocket. Apple says it will replace any Nanos with broken displays, but not those with scratches.


Monday, September 26, 2005

iPod Nano's LCD Scratches More Than a DJ

 Man, if I forked out the dough for one of these and the screen broke I would be bent!  Hehe, I made a phunny.

ipodx_family_050907.jpgiPod Nano is coppin' a bad rep already with it's users. Why? Well apparently your LCD is fucked if you even put it in your pocket. Now some of these breaking LCD screens make sense. For instance, you don't put an iPod Nano in your jeans pocket or whatever and sit down. We all know the thing is going to bend and snap a little. The screens are breaking so fast, supply cant keep up with demand and LCD price-gouging has occured (we won't name sites)! If you have a Nano, we highly suggest picking up a solid case to protect it....or a thong if you want. UPDATE - Or maybe an invisible shield?

iPod nano screen complaints abound [iLounge]

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Palm Treo 700w - First Look At The Windows Mobile Treo

 Hey this is kinda cool.  But I think I will keep my PPC-6700.  It has a 1.3 megapixel camera and a hideaway keyboard. J

Engadget has their hands on a Palm Treo 700w, the name and model for the Windows Mobile Treo some of us have been salivating over for the last few months.
"A few confirmed specs: Windows Mobile 5.0, one megapixel camera, EV-DO, Bluetooth, 64MB of memory, still trying to conclusively determine the resolution of the display, but it looks to our eyes like it's 240 x 240 pixels, not 320 x 320. But we're not 100% on that, ok?"
There are a lot...

[Pocket PC Thoughts]

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Well, I saw this and decided to check it out.  Seems I was still able to get to and download the file.  Not sure what good it will do since I am not in SF. J 

The story begins,

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Online search leader Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is preparing to launch its own wireless Internet service, Google WiFi, according to several pages found on the company's Web site on Tuesday.

The page was, but it's gone now. Try and you'll be redirected to the index page. From the FAQ, while it was still visible: "The program can currently be downloaded at certain Google WiFi locations in the San Francisco Bay Area." (Please tell me it's not Windows-only. [Later... Yep, it is. But that's Secure Access... not clear where that ends and other Wi-Fi services begin.])

Other poop here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here (with excerpts, such as One of our engineers recognized that secure WiFi was virtually non-existent at most locations. As a result, he used his 20% project time to begin an initiative to offer users more secure WiFi access. Google Secure Access is the result of this endeavor.), here (with a screen shot!), here (more screen shots), here and (of course) here.

Tag: goofi. (No offense intended. It's just too good a pun to resist.)

[The Doc Searls Weblog]

Friday, September 16, 2005

Sprint Releases PPC-6700 To Business Customers

Woohoo!!!  Now I wonder if we can get the ROM from this to work in a PPC-6600…. 

Sprint has begun to release the PPC-6700 to business customers. Currently it is not available for consumers and even some smaller businesses are reporting difficulty in obtaining units. The device is replacing the PPC-6600 in Sprint's lineup and is priced at $629.99 before rebate.

However one curious note about the device is its final form. The device from pictures on Sprint's web site is completely unbranded, with no references to Sprint or UTStarcom on it. This may represent an ongoing conflict with UTStarcom and Sprint over the new ESRP program, which will handle future Sprint replacements. Under new ESRP guidelines, customers which do not have the $6 ESRP plan will be required to ship the phone back to the manufacturer. However, Sprint and UTStarcom have an agreement (made under Audiovox, long before UTStarcom purchased Audiovox) that Sprint will handle all warranty replacements for Sprint products, and that all UTStarcom products will solely bear the Sprint name.

To date, we have seen PPC-6700 shells that bear every combination of Sprint logo and UTStarcom logo, however, the conclusion of one lacking both logos leads us to believe that UTStarcom and Sprint have not yet finalized branding and warranty agreements for ESRP. This is especially concerning considering this is a post-merger device, not shielded until the end of the year. We strongly advise anyone who purchases this device add ESRP to their plan until we can confirm who is warrantying these devices currently.

PPC-6700 Business Product Page
[PCS Intel]

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Future Looks Bright for Hybrids

About time.  I just wish I could afford to buy one…  I despise having to pay 70 bucks to fill up the stupid beater car I drive around… 

b015-highlanderhybrid-0905n.jpgLeave it to the Japanese to finally promise a 100% hybrid lineup in the near future. By 2006, Toyota is aiming to produce 400,000 gasoline-electric cars, including the beloved Prius, Camry sedans, Highlander SUVs and Coaster buses. It seems the whole, oil-equals-high-prices-at-the-pump thing is finally starting to make some sense, so I look forward to seeing reactions from other car companies. Oh, and Toyota has also talked about creating new technology to cut production costs for the hybrid vehicles and "halve the $5000 price premium."

Toyota sees 100% hybrid vehicle lineup [Detroit News]

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


ok. TechnoD tried it so I figure I would too. "umptyphratz" isn't showing up on Google Blogsearch so I figured I would see how long it takes to show up.

Philip Morrison, 89, Builder of First Atom Bomb, Dies

Yes, I google my name.... Sad to hear about the "other" Philip Morrison.
Original Post

Sprint Supplies Latest Excuse for Puns on the Word "Sirius"

I’ve been quiet this month but I just couldn’t resist this one.  Personally I am a XM Radio fan but hey, this is way cool.  I just hope you can listen to the radio and not miss your calls.

BTW: If you ARE a XM Radio subscriber, did you know you can listen online for free? try it! 

siriussprint.jpgCan't go without Howard Stern in the morning? Help is on its way. Sprint inked a deal with Sirius, allowing 21 channels of the company's music to be downloaded from any of its multimedia handsets—all for only $6.95 a month. Good going Sprint. As if the satellite radio presence orbiting CEDIA this week wasn't indication enough, this is just the beginning of the satellite radio/hardware romance. Soon you'll find sat radio service embedded in all kinds of gadgets—toasters, toilets, kids plush toys. And what if you're already paying for Sirius service, let's say, in your car? Are you willing to pay twice? Three times? Get the prices down and the number of stations up and I'll fill my next root canal with a sat receiver.

Sirius/Sprint Debuts [Orbitcast]
Sprint Offers Sirius Music To Customers [TWICE]

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Philips Shows Rollable Display

This completely rocks!!!  Reminds me of the little devices they use in Earth Final Conflict. 

PolymerVision-readius-in-ha.jpgWe're getting close to electronic paper here, people. Get your panties in a bunch. Come on. We're waiting. OK. Good.

Polymer Vision, a subsidiary of Philips, reports that they will present a portable consumer device with a "rollable display" at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin, Germany, September 2-7. The prototype, called Readius, has a monochrome 5-inch QVGA display with four grey levels that can show maximum two images per second; colour screens with quick move images aren't possible yet.

Looks like more proof-of-concept, but if they've got something moving on that screen, we're entering the diamond age.

Philips presents rollable display prototype [GadgetFlash]