A little simpler than I thought it would be – much less complicated than TinyScreenfuls.com (on WordPress).
You need to check out the animation of this tool as it maps out a site – it’s very cool.
Totally non tech related, and kind of gross (no pictures, though). You’ve been warned.
I went to my doctor yesterday because I had this bump thingy on my right ring finger. It’s been there for months, but only recently started getting much bigger, bleeding, etc. I was pretty sure it was a wart or something, but it was time to get it looked at.
Got to the doctor, pulled off the homemade bandage I had on it (which made it start bleeding all over the place), and the doctor decided it wasn’t a wart (likely a benign granuloma – regenerative tissue around a splinter or something that just wasn’t stopping like it should), and he wanted to cut it off. Yay.
I’m not exactly proud to admit it, but I get faint when I’m in a lot of pain and/or see a lot of my own blood. This qualified as both. The doctor laid me down on the table, so I didn’t pass out and fall off. and proceeded to inject anesthetic in several spots around the tender area. Yee-owch! That was definitely the most painful part. After that, I couldn’t feel much more than a dull ache as he sawed the little protuberance off, then cauterized it with the little electric zapper (worst. smell. ever.). It was very painful for a few hours after the anesthetic wore off, but a couple ibuprofen took care of that, and it feels fine today.
It’s all wrapped up now, and I have to go back in a couple of days to see what it was, and get it checked, but I just thought I’d share. Oh, and the bandage I have on my finger now makes typing take twice as long as normal (and causes typos every other word that I have to go back and fix), so if blogging is a little light the next few days, now you know why.
Blog buddy Matt “palmsolo” Miller has a great review of the much anticipated Motorola Q Windows Mobile Smartphone over at Geek.com. He used a preproducton version for a couple of months (and wrote the nice Reviewers’ Guide that comes with review units they’re sending out), so he’s pretty much the expert on this device right now, until it becomes officially available in a few days, and the rest of us can get our hands on it.
I’m seriously considering switching to this device from my Samsung i730 Pocket PC Phone. It’s got the same screen resolution (though landscape vs portrait), high speed EVDO wireless data, and the ability to do 95% of what I do with my i730 (email, surfing, PIM stuff, etc.). The remaining 5% reflects a couple of apps I use all the time (like eReader for ebooks), that SHOULD work on the Smartphone version of Windows Mobile 5 (since it allows you to install Pocket PC apps on the Smartphone), but since the Q doesn’t have a touchscreen, I need to test those apps out, and see how well they work. I’d also have to break down and buy a MiniSD card, since there’s no full size SD card slot.
The real answer will come in how much Verizon wants to charge me for the phone. They’re offering it for $199 after instant rebates and a two year contract to new users, but they’re famous for charging astronomical amounts to existing subscribers who want to upgrade to a new phone. I’ll have to drop by a Verizon store later this week and see…
My friend Jason Harris is looking to sell his pristine 12″ Apple iBook G4 (Craigslist link), to raise money to get one of the new Mac Books. If you’re in the market for a great little Apple laptop (especially if you’re in the Portland area), then check it out.
Good luck, Jason!
In a good way. Turns out that lots of people think that Unboxing.com is a very cool idea. It’s been linked all over the place, from Wired to Gizmodo, and has brought in more traffic than I ever dreamed (roughly 6000 individual visitors in the last 24 hours). I’ll post a detailed look at the traffic, referrers, etc. (using the awesome Performancing Metrics) in a bit, but I just wanted to say “wow”, for the record.
I’m proud to announce Unboxing.com – a site I created dedicated to sharing the “Unboxing Ceremony” that most geeks go through when we get a new piece of gear.
I’ve had this little side project on the back burner for a while. I’ve been tweaking it, and basically waiting for the right time to start getting people to visit. It’s set up how I like it, so it’s time for the wraps to come off. It’s mostly for fun, though you’ll see some Google AdSense on it (hey, anything that helps pay for hosting, and a new gadget once in a while).
I’m not going to stop blogging here at TinyScreenfuls – I just thought it would be cool to create a site that focuses on cool unboxing experiences. A one-stop-shop for New Gadget Pr0n, if you will. 😉 I know for a fact there’s demand for it – the video of my PSP Unboxing Ceremony is always one of the most popular pages on this site, and I’ve received emails (and even phone calls!) from people telling me that they enjoyed it, and begging for more unboxing videos.
Some of the Unboxing Ceremonies are my own, some are friends’, and some I just ran across on the web via super secret sophisticated wiretap automated delivery methods (oh, alright, I have a bunch of search feeds). There’s also an Unboxing Flickr Group I created – feel free to join and share your photos there.
Let me know if you have something (now or in the future) that you’d like posted – preferential treatment will be given to Friends of TinyScreenfuls. 😉 You could see your name in lights! Or something.
A lot of the content is Apple-centric right now, but that’s not on purpose. It just seems that Apple geeks are a lot more prone to taking photos of their new toys, and posting them on the web. That, and Apple has been on fire lately, releasing hardware that makes your geeky parts feel tingly. But, I’ll post anything I find that’s geeky and cool and has that new gadget smell.
Check it out, and subscribe to the site feed. And if you don’t mind, tell some friends about it. And teach them how to subscribe to the feed, since updates will probably be sporadic, and feeds are the best way to keep up with stuff like this, anyway. Think of it as a great opportunity to teach someone about RSS and syndication!
Last but not least, let me know what you think. Like I said, this is just a little side project that I thought would be fun. If you can think of ways to make it better, I’m all ears!
After hearing from a couple of you about the Plantronics 510 bluetooth headset I was looking at, and adding in the fact that I have a $10 Amazon gift certificate to make the $47 price even more attractive, I went ahead and ordered it. Should have it later this week, and of course, pics and experiences with it will follow.
Thanks to all who commented and emailed with suggestions!