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Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Belly of the Bean

This is one of the most unique places on earth (outside of Round Lake anyway).

Standing under the bean in Millenium Park!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Busy, busy, busy!

For the last couple of weeks I've been full steam ahead working to get my company's email system in to the 21st century by nukeing our dated Microsoft Exchange 5.5 server and moving up to the latest MS Exchang 2003 server. There is quite a bit of work that has to be done after hours dealing with converting all 200+ mailboxes.

Alas, this coming week should see the final steps of the upgrade and we'll be all done.

The nice thing is Exchange 2003 now works wonderfully integrating to my Treo's email service. What a wonderful thing, eh? Yeah right!

Sorry if you've emailed me and I've been a bit behind in responding!

Fun Fun!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Are You Kidding Me?

I ran in to this review of the new mPOD beta being developed over at MotionAPPS. It basically turns a Treo in to an iPOD by simulating the simplicity of the iPODS menu navigation and click wheel design.

The software is in a 15-day trial beta so I decided to give it a shot. I am an iPOD owner and use it to store all of my music, but I find myself using the treo a lot to listen to music and podcasts only because I carry it around more often than I do the iPOD.

I'll have to say that mPOD just blew me away when I tried it out for the first time. The iPOD's click wheel and buttons are simulated on the Treo's touchscreen. You don't get the touch feedback that you get from the iPOD's click wheel, but the response from the treo's touch screen is rather impressive- and can adjusted to a high or lower sensitivity.

I'm preferring to use the Treo's 5-way button to navigate through the menu's, and the on-screen click wheel takes a bit of getting used to. Plans on intergrating this software with iTunes are in the works, so that would be an added plus!

This comes AWFULLY close to simulating an actual iPOD right down to a menu selection dimming the treo screen to save battery, so I don't know what kind of legal issues are involved, but I can only hope motionAPPS did their research in making sure they don't get tangled in some kind of lawsuit.

I'm watchin this app closely!

Friday, April 07, 2006

The GDC Part 3: What a pack rat I am!

Man do I have a TON of junk on these computers.

I've been spending the last couple of weeks going through ALL of my data on the 3 computers I use the most and TRASHING the junk I no longer need. It's amazing how much junk one can accumulate over the years.

I'm collecting all of my photos and placing them all on my home computer's "My Photos" folder in My Documents. I've gone and gathered all of my music files and put them in the My Music folder and then imported them in to iTunes if they weren't already to get them all organized.

The documents (word, excel, etc.) are taking up most of my time since Windows provides no way of thumbnailing these things before having to open them and viewing the contents.

The ultimate goal, as I had mentioned before, is to be able to get to them through my Treo (or through a PC web browser) whenever I need to. I'll be detailing the applications I'll be using to do that in my next article.

On to more digging around...