Thursday, August 14, 2008

Introducing Amazon Green

While it may seem like they're jumping on the "Green bandwagon", I have to give credit for attempting to make eco-friendly products more discoverable and accessible to the general public with their new Amazon Green portal.


The portal features a variety of "green" products such as cleaning supplies, energy-star compliant appliances, baby products, and efficient lighting products.  From a quick initial look, there are quite a few products on the site I'd be interested in purchasing, and having Amazon's famous customer reviews to add extra information on each is a big help in making decisions.  Another common complaint about buying "green" is the extra cost.  Don't forget Amazon's Prime program, in which you pay a flat fee for unlimited second-day shipping for an entire year.  Buy green to save some green!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Qik Windows Mobile client updated

Qik has updated their Windows Mobile client app.  In addition to bugfixes, they've added a few new features:

  • Offline Streaming - now you can capture even if you don't have a wireless signal, and when Qik detects a signal it will go online and push out your stream.  Nice!
  • Zoom - Again, a great feature!  You can use digital zoom by pressing right (to zoom in) or left (to zoom out) on the D-Pad
  • Access Point Selection - For devices that have both 3G and WiFi, you can choose which network to broadcast over

Qik will self-detect the new version (v 0.1.25) and offer to update your installation automatically.  I tried it today on my Blackjack II and it worked flawlessly.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Hybrid Jerk - Battling Ignorance and Arrogance in the Eco Age

It's bad enough when non-handicapped people park in spaces reserved for the handicapped.  Now we have a new ignorance to battle.  "Hybrid Parking Only" spaces are popping up in more progressive areas more and more, yet we still see blatant displays of defiance.  Note, this is *not* a Hybrid Tahoe, but rather a standard EPA-rated 14 city / 20 highway (yeah right) Chevy Valdez. 

All I can say is, this person is paying the stupid tax to fill his tank.  Let eco-Darwinism prevail. 


A big thanks to Ed for the photo!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Blogroll: Hypermiler

I'd like to give a nod to a new blog on hypermiling, appropriately titled "Hypermiler".  I didn't see an RSS feed link on the site, but a little auto-discover turned it up here.  So point your browser in their direction for a regular dose of hypermiling tips, tricks, news, and videos.  I'm looking forward to some great inspiration from this site!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Spreading the Hypermiling Word


My new vanity plate arrived yesterday.  Hopefully now those irate tailgaters will understand they're dealing with someone who is dedicated to better MPG.  If you see me on the road, give a honk!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Twitula for Windows Mobile

Kudos to Kevin Daly for coverage of his Twitula Windows Mobile Twitter client on PocketPCThoughts today!  I've been a big fan of Kevin's work ever since the early builds of Diarist, and Twitula continues the excellence!  If you're in the Twitterati and aren't using Twitula, you're definitely missing out on a great app.

I'll be reviewing the Smartphone version in the next couple of weeks.

Where to buy a Stormtrooper costume

I've wanted one of these ever since I saw Star Wars in the theater as a kid.  Until now, I've never seen one for sale!  Unfortunately, the $899 authentic replica costume is currently out of stock.  Good thing the same costume is only $595 on eBay.


If you're interested in making your own, you can study up on the multiple varieties here.  Little did I know there were so many Stormtroopers living among us.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

LiveMesh rocks!

I've been playing around with Live Mesh Tech Preview a bit lately, and I'm becoming more and more of a fan.  If you haven't seen the service yet, check it out at  In a nutshell, Live Mesh provides you with 5GB of online storage, will automatically synchronize folders between your PCs (and soon Macs and cellphones, apparently), and even features a remote desktop service you can use to easily connect to your home PC from work.  You can also invite other Live members to co-own folders.  My wife and I are using this to share a calendar and some budget spreadsheets between our computers.

No telling when the native app for Windows Mobile devices will be available, but for now you can access your files in shared folders by pointing your mobile browser to

Follow Live Mesh updates and new developments at the Live Mesh Team Blog.

Friday, August 1, 2008

What's on my Smartphone

I'll keep this post updated with the list of apps I have running on my smartphone (currently a Samsung Blackjack II)

As of 9-2-2008, my phone is running:

What other "must have" apps do you suggest I try?



  • 9-2-2008:
    • added link to PhatNotes review
    • added link to WM6.1 upgrade
  • 8-1-2008:
    • added Qik
    • added Internet Connection Sharing
    • added RealDice Multiplayer Texas Hold'em Poker
    • removed SplashNotes
    • removed PhatSketch
  • 4-10-2008:  added CorePlayer