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No Dollar Sign on Samsung i730 Keyboard

I can?t believe there’s no dollar sign ($) on the keyboard of my Samsung i730 Pocket PC Phone. Every time I want to enter one, it costs me 4 screen taps to bring up the onscreen keyboard, hit Shift then 4, then dismiss the onscreen keyboard. it drives me nuts every time I have to do it. Hence this post.

Most other punctaution is available on the keyboard. The dollar sign is a glaring omission. I’d gladly give up the caret, tilde, or some other rarely used symbol in exchange.

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Bye Bye Tip Jar

I’ve removed the PayPal tip jar donation button from the site. It was an interesting experiment, but in the end, only a couple of people donated (thanks!).

Again, I not trying to turn this blog into a money making machine, but I do like to experiment with the ad technologies that are available with bloggers, to get familiar with them. And the little bit of money that does get generated goes to pay for hosting and new gadgets once in a while (I’ve limited myself to only buying “toys” with what I make from this blog).

I think I’ll see if I can strike a decent balance of Chitika and AdSense. I’ll be fiddling with them over the next couple of days, so apologies if anything goes weird. When I talked about dumping ads altogether last month, everyone who responded said basically “keep the ads – we don’t mind”. So, going on that, let’s see what happens in the next month or so.

In the end, the only thing I really care about is writing interesting enough stuff to keep smart people reading, so many thanks to those of you that do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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TinyPodcast 2005-12-13 – M-Audio Microtrack Initial Review

I picked up an M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 digital recorder, and have spent about 24 hours with it so far. Here’s a short audio review (5 minutes, 2MB) of the device, as I was telling Brian and some others about it during a Blogging Academy session today.

The show was recorded on the Microtrack device, with the intro being recorded on the included little stereo mic, and the rest being recorded on the Shure 8900 dynamic mic that I usually use for TinyPodcast.

Quality isn’t the greatest, but I’m only starting to use this new recorder, as well as switching from Audacity to Adobe Audition for editing and post processing, so this should mark the beginning on what I hope will be a big jump in the audio quality of TinyPodcast.

Have a listen, and let me know what you think!

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Podcast Academy: Podcasting from Mobile Devices

Doug Kaye has started posting the audio from Podcast Academy, and mine is the first session up!

You can download the MP3 file directly (16MB, 35 minutes), or subscribe to the TinyPodcast feed in your favorite podcast aggregator (iTunes, Juice, etc.) to receive my podcasts automatically.

Here’s what IT Conversations has to say about me and my session on Podcasting from Mobile Devices:

Great podcasts come from having great content, not expensive equipment. With some basic kit and knowledge anyone can produce a show. The Podcast Academy was created with the idea of sharing information so that as many people as possible can get their audio online.

In this session from the first Podcast Academy, which was organized by The Conversations Network, Josh Bancroft talks about podcasting with the absolute minimum hardware. He discusses how to record using a cellphone, PDA or MP3 player. With the knowledge that Josh shares you will be able to podcast from just about anywhere.

Have a listen, and let me know what you think!

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MobileTechRoundup Podcast

I’ve been meaning to post about the MobileTechRoundup Podcast for a while, but their recent contest giving away stuff from Battery Geek was just enough impetus to get me to post. ๐Ÿ™‚

The podcast is done by Kevin C. Tofel, James “jkOTR” Kendrick, and David “Dave’s iPAQ” Ciccone. I know all three of these guys (via IM, Skype, and email), and they’re true geeks. The MoTR podcast is definitely worth checking out.

Hey guys, am I entered in the contest now?

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On the IT Conversations Front Page!



Josh on IT Conversations Front Page, originally uploaded by JoshB.

Doug Kaye has started to publish the audio from the sessions of Podcast Academy, and guess who’s the first session to be published?

I just had to take this screenshot of me on the front page of IT Conversations. Yup, that’s me, right above Ray Kurzweil. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be posting more info about the Podcast Academy feed, and including the audio in the TinyPodcast feed, but if you subscribe to the IT Conversations main feed, my session should have already come down into your aggregator.

Let me know what you think!

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I Hate Wiki Spammers

I’ve been dealing with an increasing number of spammers/vandals defacing pages on TinyScreenfulsWiki.

It used to be an infrequent problem, and not a big deal for me to roll back their changes (usually a big block of links to sites selling prescription drugs, etc.) and ban the user. I’ve got MediaWiki set up to require an account to make any changes to the wiki, but anyone can create an account. I hestated to lock it down any tighter, because I use that wiki to teach people about wikis in general, and I didn’t want to make it too inaccessible.

In the last week or so, though, it’s been more common. I don’t know what the spammers think they’re getting by vandalizing my wiki – I usually roll the changes back within a few hours. It’s a person creating the account and making the changes, or at least, I don’t think it’s automated.

Anyone else dealing with wiki defacement or spam? Know any good ways to deter them? I can think of some ways that involve a baseball bat and kneecaps… }:-/

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I lost my Bluetooth Headset

I dropped my Plantronics Bluetooth headset the other night, moving some boxes into the apartment. I keep it hung on the collar of my shirt, and it often falls off.

I thought it was lost forever, and was resigned to having to spend $60 or so to get a new one. But last night, I was checking my mail on my phone, and I got the “Bluetooth Headset Connection Active” popup – my headset is inside, somewhere close enough to my couch to pair with my phone.

At least I know it’s inside, but I still have no idea where it is. I guess that’s one nice thing about Bluetooth that makes it a little harder to lose things. ๐Ÿ™‚

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