Thursday, November 29, 2007

Black Friday Aftermath

Is everyone enjoying their Black Friday goodies? I picked up a "Black Saturday" deal on a 20" Vizio LCD TV. The TV is going into the kitchen. We don't actually have a cable jack in there but we do have Slingbox. We're going to replace our kitchen Audrey with a PC. I'm just waiting for the the D201GLY2 to become more widely available. It's a very low power, micro ATX, passively cooled Celeron based CPU/mobo combo. It'll be perfect for this type of application.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Acronis True Image $19.99 Shipped Free @ Newegg

I use the free version of ATI that comes with Maxtor/Seagate drives. It is a lifesaver and comes in especially handy when I'm building/re-building my HA server which seems to be occurring more frequently right now. The free versions have limited functionality (no incremental backups for example), but the full retail version is a deal for $19.99.

Get it here

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Language searching in GMail

Lately, I've been getting a bunch of Ukranian or Russian spam in my GMail account. Apparently, there is now a method of searching your email based on language. In the search box, just put lang:Russian or to make a filter, put that in the Has the words field

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Costco still has TONS of $1.49 ten packs of 13W CF bulbs

See thread on Cocoontech

New Toy - GPS Receiver for 700WX

I picked up an IBlue 737 GPS receiver from buy gps now. The receiver is very compact, about the size of a pager and it is very sensitive - it doesn't need to be left on the dash - it works very well in a cup holder or the door handle. It communicates to the 700WX via bluetooth and we use it with Google Maps Mobile and our unlimited data plan. It doesn't have all the extras of a dedicated GPS (like text-to-speech, etc.) - it just tracks your location. However, any place we can Google, we can get turn by turn directions to it from where we are at the moment. Also, since it's so small, there's no large device to tote around or leave in your car baking in 120 degree temps, hoping nobody steals it.