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Wish I was at Maker Faire this weekend

I wish I was attending the Maker Faire this weekend. There’s so much cool stuff that I’d love to check out. Maybe I’ll drop by in Second Life, and see if there are any Make events in the ‘verse.

My weekend plans? Buying a lawnmower, mowing our lawn, possible weedeater and trimming, and a chance of putting up a swingset. Ah, the joys of homeownership. It was kind of nice not to have to worry about all of this stuff when we were in an apartment. I still can’t convince Rachel to let me just pour concrete/pave our yard. The Wife Acceptance Factor of that idea is so miniscule it almost doesn’t exist. πŸ™‚

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Google Calendar Data API – Sync Should Come Any Day Now

My previous post on how important I think it’s going to be for someone to get two way syncing between Google Calendar and MS Outlook has been the hottest post on TinyScreenfuls.com this week, by far. Lots of traffic coming in via people Googling for something along those lines.

Today, whIle catching up on feeds, I notice that the Google Calendar Data API has been released, with the purpose of enabling “your client application [to] use the Google Calendar data API to create
new events, edit or delete existing events, and query for events that
match particular criteria.”

That’s exactly what we need. Now, all you developers out there, let’s see what you can come up with! πŸ™‚

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Second Life: Live Concert in two places at once

This was so “meta” and geeky that it blew my mind. At the Podcast on the Floor party tonight at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, some friends are playing live music (mellow acoustic guitar stuff). I didn’t go the party (I’m beat!), but I did notice on Eric Rice’s blog tonight that the concert was going to happen simultaneously in Second Life on Slackstreet/MVR. So I logged in, and headed over. The live music stream was perfect, and I was hanging out and chatting with people who were both physically at the Jupiter Hotel, and present at the event in Second Life.

Blew my mind, man. πŸ™‚

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Second Life: Sea Monster



Second Life: Sea Monster, originally uploaded by JoshB.

I’ve started dabbling in Second Life with the encouragement and help of Spin Martin (a.k.a. Eric Rice). Media hacker that he is, he owns the first record label Second Life, Metaverse Records, which actually has real life assets and artists. Eric (ahem, Spin) is doing some pretty interesting stuff in SL – very “meta”.

This is the sea monster near the KSSX building where I’ve taken to sitting when I’m not doing anything.

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Podcast on the Floor Day Two

Just arrived for day two. Got our mobile Verizon EVDO hotspot up and running, and getting set up. Eric Rice got in last night, and will be here all day. And don’t miss the Podcast Hotel party tonight at the Jupiter if you’re in town.

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Samsung A920 doesn’t charge when used as a USB modem

Just discovered the hard way that the Sprint Samsung A920 phone doesn’t charge over USB when being used as an EVDO modem. Our fancy mobile hotspot went down at about 1:00 because my phone died. The folks across the way at the Sprint booth didn’t have a spare charger (which wouldn’t have mattered, since it uses the same port on the bottom to sync and charge – can’t do both at the same time).

Time for plan B.

I put my Samsung i730 with Verizon EVDO in USB Modem mode, hooked it up, and we were back on the air. Getting better speeds on Verizon, too (~200Kbps on Sprint vs. ~450Kbps on Verizon). And Paul Colligan confirms that the little Boxwave miniSync cable I’m using charges over USB. So we should be good to go for the rest of the event. Woo hoo! πŸ™‚

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PotF: DIY Mobile Free WiFi Hotspot



PotF: DIY Mobile Free WiFi Hotspot, originally uploaded by JoshB.

WiFi here at the Portland Convention Center is a steep $12.95 a day. I’ve got two phones with high speed EVDO wireless, so I hooked up the Sprint A920 phone I have (courtesy of the Ambassador program), and got my Tablet PC connected.

Then, after trying to make sharing via WiFi work on my Tablet PC and failing, we hooked up an ethernet cable to the iMac next to me, and are using the Mac’s Internet Sharing capability to share out the connection.

The result? A free open WiFi hotspot for people at Podcast on the Floor to use, without having to pay $12.95 for access. It’s a shared connection, and only about 300Kbps, but it’s working great so far.

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