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James Kendrick Blogging Hurricane Rita

Friend and fellow geek blogger, James “jk” Kendrick of jkOnTheRun, lives near Houston, TX – right in the path of Category 5 Hurricane Rita. He’s decided to stay and ride out the storm, and has been blogging updates on the situation.

In true geek style, he’s charged up the batteries on all of his laptops, tablets, and other devices, and is planning on blogging via Verizon EVDO as long as connectivity holds out. Now that’s hard core!

James, I hope you and your family stay safe, and that you escape major damage. Our thoughts are with you and the others in the area.

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Signs of the Apocalypse: Palm Treo 700w Running Windows Mobile

The Palm Treo 700w (aka Treo 670) – Exclusive first look! – Engadget – www.engadget.com

This has been suspected for a while, but the lucky geeks over at Engadget actually got their hands on the Palm Treo 700w, running Windows Mobile 5 (Pocket PC version):

That’s right, a Palm device running Windows Mobile. You may now proceed to your end-of-the-world shelters in an orderly fashion.

Go check out the article for more photos and details. The specs are pretty vanilla (64MB RAM, Bluetooth, camera, etc.), and they’re not clear on the actual screen resolution (240×240 or 320×320), but it does include EVDO! w00t! ๐Ÿ™‚ That makes up for the lack of WiFi.

I’ll have to wait until some more info comes out, but this might be enough of a draw to get me to jump. The EVDO all but seals the deal, and the form factor is more appealing than my current device, the i-mate JASJAR/HTC Universal.

Let the drooling begin!

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Buying a Digital Camera – TinyScreenfulsWiki

Buying a Digital Camera – TinyScreenfulsWiki

A friend of my wife Rachel emailed us asking for advice on buying a digital camera. I wrote up my recommendations, and thought “gee, this would make a great page on my wiki, to refer back to in the future. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The link above will take you to what I wrote, and what cameras I recommend.

I love my wiki – it lets me document stuff like this so I can refer people to it later, and easily update it if anything changes. Everyone should have a wiki! ๐Ÿ™‚

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PDC: Vista Sideshow Gadgets for Auxiliary Displays

The session on “Reaching your users when their computer is off: Auxiliary Displays” was pretty interesting. They showed off an Asus prototype laptop with this auxiliary display, and gadgets for Windows Vista Sideshow that could show Outlook calendar items, control Windows Media Player, etc. Pretty nifty stuff.

They also showed off the emulator that comes with the SDK, that will give you virtual hardware display to code against. Handy, since you can’t buy a computer with one of these displays yet. There aren’t even any announced that I know of, but I’m sure that will change as Vista nears launch next year.

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Try Firefox on the PDC Windows Vista Build

Of course, I had to see how Firefox looked/ran on the build of Windows Vista that was on PCs all over the conference. The kiosk PCs weren’t running as administrator, so I couldn’t actually install Firefox, but that’s where PortableFirefox comes to the rescue. No need to install!

It wasn’t actually very dramatic to see FIrefox running on Vista. The window borders were “glass” (translucent), but that was about it. Everything worked as expected. You can see some screenshots I took here.

I did leave this icon on the desktop of the system I used, in case anyone else wanted to see it, and maybe compare to IE7. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vista (Hearts) RSS!


Vista (Hearts) RSS!
Originally uploaded by JoshB.

Here we have Amar Ghandi, self-described RSS evangelist and member of the Vista/IE7 RSS team, presenting his session on how Windows Vista will embrace RSS.

Dave, if there was every any doubt that Microsoft wants to play nice with RSS, this removed it from my mind. I wish you could have been at this session (I don’t even think Scoble was there). If you haven’t met with Amar yet, you really should. I’ll try to dig up a link to his materials from the presentation, and see if I can get you the video of his session when the PDC DVDs come out in a few weeks.

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