A lot of snow around Seattle

It has been heavily snowing for more than a week. I cleaned my driveway four times already, each time removing a foot of snow – good excercise :-). However, our street was only plowed once 🙁 so one really needs a high clearance car to get out. It is snowing every year and yet city…

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I like HTC Touch

I blogged back in April that I was going to get HTC S710. I did get one and liked it a lot. However, in July I went on vacation in Hawaii and was careless enough to go swimming with my new phone sitting in my pocket. Well, the phone, of course, died. So when I returned I started looking…

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NVidia 79xx SLI driver for Vista is published

Looks like I can finally install Vista on my home box. My rig has two 7900GTX in SLI configuration and NVidia drivers until the most recent one only supported 88xx in SLI mode. Hopefully fresh one works well. Well, if it crashes once in a while when playing games, that’s OK too as XP driver…

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The wait for HTC S710 is unbearable

I love Bluetooth phone/car pairing but my old iMate SP3 does not transfer address book to the car so I really want new phone. I preordered HTC S710 quite some time ago. Mobile Planet expected it on 22nd or April. Now it is due on 9th of May. Cool thing is that it also has…

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Small smartphone or a bigger device? Why do we have to choose?

Most of the time I only need a small candy bar smartphone that is extemely convenient to carry around and which is fine for calling, occasional e-mail reading and some limited Web browsing. However, sometimes I need to type an answer to an e-mail. But I don’t have to do it very often so I don’t really want to…

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Power outage in Puget Sound was bad

My home lost power Thursday night, a week ago. On Friday there was no power anywhere. Bellevue, Redmond, Kirlkand, Woodinville – all were dark. We tried to get to Microsoft campus on Friday morning since usually it used to keep power even under quite serious conditions. It took us good two hours to get there…

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Who is complaining about snow?

It is fun to play outside, then get back to work over remote connection, then go make a snowman and then work some more 🙂 My driveway today                                 Me, having fun with my daughter Now, I had too much fun……

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Pandora.com – highly recommended

Pandora.com is a pretty cool music service and price is attractive too. You can have if free with ads or ad-free for $36 a year. That’s one latte a month and four times chaper than satellite radio. And all it needs is a browser, so it is always with you as long as you are online. Now…

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Converting cassette tapes to MP3

I recently purchased an interesting product called PlusDeck2 which is essentially cassette deck that you install in the PC, connect to the sound card and COM port. It comes with software that automates conversion process by controlling deck via the COM port and digitizing tape output using existing sound card. Who needs to convert tapes? Well,…

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Lossless music online

Apparently Smithsonian Global Sound offers tons of world music in both MP3 at 128 Kbps and FLAC. Grateful Dead is also now available in FLAC at a reasonable price such as $23.50 for four CDs. Good sign, hopefully major online music stores will eventually follow the suit…

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