Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-11-30

  • @xolotl Yes, I believe that site is run on Jive. @bobduffy or @joshprostar could give you a lot more detail on it. in reply to xolotl #
  • Monoprice iPhone Battery – Best $15 You Can Spend http://post.ly/DoHs #
  • Want a year of Popular Science magazine (the tree corpse version) for $5? Amazon has a bunch of cheap mag subs today: http://bit.ly/80oqJB #
  • Heh. Looks like I cost a few of you $15 with that post about the Monoprice iPhone battery. Hope you like it – it's a great piece of kit. πŸ™‚ #
  • Wanna hear a secret? I used a new iPhone app, TrueHDR, to make the photo in my Monoprice battery post: http://bit.ly/6KkquO #
  • @gregleff yes, magazines and news printed on tree corpses are very 1998. πŸ™‚ in reply to gregleff #
  • You know, the touch scrolling of the new Apple Magic Mouse is like, um, magic for scrubbing around video clips in iMovie. #

Monoprice iPhone Battery – Best $15 You Can Spend

Monoprice.com (source of dirt cheap cables – seriously, don’t pay full price for cables. I have no affiliation with them, other than a happy customer) has had a $15 external 2200mAh iPhone/iPod battery for a while now. I’ve seen it, and kind of steered clear of it, because I was uncertain of the quality. But then I saw a couple of reviews (at TUAW and Minimal Mac) that were happy with it, so I took the plunge. I also picked up two iPod cables, two USB AC adapters, and 2 12V car USB adapters in the same order. The total price was about $23. πŸ™‚

The stuff arrived last week, just before the long Thanksgiving weekend, and I had a chance to use the battery pretty extensively, as I spent many an hour at my mother in law’s house playing games and doing other battery draining things on my iPhone 3GS. So what’s the verdict?

This thing is the best $15 you can spend if you own an iPhone. Period.

The battery capacity is 2200mAh, which is about twice the iPhone’s internal capacity, so you can charge it up (about) twice. You can also attach the battery and charge and use at the same time. The connection is the standard iPod/iPhone connector, so it will work with any device or charger that has one. It’s made of glossy, smooth plastic, sort of like the back of the iPhone 3G/3GS (though it’s thicker).

There are tons of other external battery options out there – the Mophie Juice Pack Air is a popular one, at 1200 mAh and $79. But this little cheapie from Monoprice has almost twice the battery capacity at less than a quarter of the price. Most of the time, I find myself in easy reach of a charging source for my iPhone (my desk, the car, etc.), but for the times when I’m not, this little guy is definitely coming with me in my bag or in a pocket. It’ll be a lifesaver for conferences, travel, and other all day events.

If you have an iPhone/iPod, and have ever wished your battery would last just a little bit longer, or are sick of carrying around a charging plug and cable all the time, just to keep your phone running, you should DEFINITELY get one of these. Highly recommended.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-11-29

  • Should be in bed. Instead I'm in a hotel room with a lime Creamslush from Sonic that I really must finish. πŸ™‚ #
  • Too bad Foursquare doesn't cover Eugene/Springfield yet. I could have added a bunch of new venues this weekend. #
  • My 10 year old nephew Jayden solved the Rubik's 360 http://post.ly/DihB #
  • Woot! Tweetie 2.1 for iPhone is out with Lists, Retweeting, Geotagging, and more. Yay! http://twitpic.com/ribu8 http://twitpic.com/ribub #
  • Happy Day! Tweetie 2.1 for iPhone is out, with Native Lists, Retweets, Geotagging, and gap detection. http://post.ly/Dj0K #
  • It seems that Foursquare tweets are automatically encoding the geolocation. Do Brightkite, Gowalla, and the rest? http://twitpic.com/rifna #
  • Home sweet home, after a great weekend with family in Springfield. Nice to be back, but I don't wanna go back to work yet! πŸ™‚ #
  • @BMW @buzzmodo lives there, says they're closing in on the guy who killed those cops near Tacoma… in reply to BMW #
  • Cool! Tweetie 2.1 fills in the gaps in my tweet stream when I press the clearly indicated gap. Thank you @atebits. /via @tokerud (me: nice!) #

Happy Day! Tweetie 2.1 for iPhone is out, with Native Lists, Retweets, Geotagging, and gap detection.

The post title almost says it all. I’ve been waiting for this update to hit the App Store ever since Twitter started deploying these new features widely. Now it’s here – go get it from the App Store (free update if you already have Tweetie 2 – the absolute best $2.99 you can spend otherwise).

Huge thanks to Loren “@atebits” Brichter for single handedly raising the bar for developers and users everywhere. You rock! πŸ™‚


My 10 year old nephew Jayden solved the Rubik’s 360

I brought my Rubik’s 360 puzzle with me to the Thanksgiving Festivities, for people to noodle on. I haven’t solved it yet, nor have I resorted to Googling ways to do it.

But this morning, my ten year old nephew Jayden solved it – got all six colored balls out of the concentric spheres and into the corresponding domes. Nice job, Jayden! πŸ™‚

(And yes, he’s wearing a Gnomedex t-shirt I gave him. πŸ™‚

I told him I’d give him something cool if he did it, and now I have to decide what. A harder puzzle, perhaps? I’m thinking something like a Perplexus… πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-11-28

  • Being a superfat ogre really sucks. #justsayin πŸ™ #
  • @blath Aww, that's very kind of you to say, Klint. πŸ™‚ I'm fine, just having a hard day. in reply to blath #
  • Took a field trip to a natural fish ladder today, near Triangle Lake. Huge salmon leaping up the falls. Pretty cool. #
  • @davemerwin This was the fish ladder we went to: http://www.ohwy.com/or/l/lacrfall.htm in reply to davemerwin #
  • OH: "An extra 2200 mAH never hurt anyone." (OK, I said that. #
  • @blogan we drove past a ton of tree farms today (W of Eugene) that had Christmas Trees for $5. I figure this is where in-town sellers go. in reply to blogan #
  • Valley River Mall in Eugene has a NORAD Santa Tracker station, with GPS, etc, instead of a "visit Santa" booth: http://twitpic.com/rf2tf #
  • And it seems that Valley River Mall in Eugene is about to get a Mac Store (not Apple Store, but still awesome): http://twitpic.com/rf31e #
  • @teleken I think I misabbreviated milliamp-hour (mAh?). I confess I didn't mean milli amp Henry. (but I know what a Henry is! πŸ™‚ in reply to teleken #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-11-27

  • Madness at the traditional trip to Fred Meyer in Springfield for 1/2 off socks. Woo! (Only Black Friday shopping we do.) #
  • Took the clan to see G-Force at the dollar theater. There were a LOT more killer robot appliances than I expected. So, that was something. #
  • @verso that was definitely the best line in the movie. I LOL'ed. πŸ™‚ #gforce #yipeekiyaycoffeemaker in reply to verso #
  • Playing Stair Dismount for iPhone. Can't wait for Truck Dismount to arrive. πŸ™‚ http://twitpic.com/r9m84 #
  • @OfficeBob I tried it (Stair Dismount) with my own face, but that was, um, creepy. Haven't tried Facebook friends' faces yet. πŸ™‚ in reply to OfficeBob #
  • Stair Dismount would be even more awesome with the ability to grab faces/avatars from Twitter as well as Facebook. (hint hint πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-11-26

  • @jezlyn I love the new game features in the latest Waze update. Look for items on the road. Driving them makes the maps better. Clever, eh? in reply to jezlyn #
  • Adults and older kids are off running a 5K. The rest are swimming. I'm hanging out at grandma's with @gabebancroft's sniffly nose. Poor guy. #
  • Food must be done. There goes the smoke detector. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Let the record show that my wife, @rachelbancroft, made a fudge pie, which I declare to be the tastiest pie I have ever eaten. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-11-25

  • Dear Portvangelists – I have a request from a 24yo single guy touring US cities who wants to check out the Portland/Pearl scene. Takers? #
  • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is finally coming to Rock Band. Now maybe I can figure out what the heck the lyrics are. πŸ™‚ #
  • And with that, the holiday weekend begins. Have some errands (DEQ), then headed to Grandma's. Yay turkey! πŸ™‚ #
  • Stopped in Albany for food on the way to Grandma's. Used my iPhone car dock + Waze the whole way. Waze got WAY better with the latest update #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-11-24

  • RT @macgenie: Whoa! @1Password Pro for iPhone is free for one week. http://bit.ly/731Kcz (normally $7.99, so worth it. GET THIS NOW. πŸ™‚ #
  • Even if you already have 1Password Touch for iPhone, get the Pro version (free for now). It adds an awesome "Lookup in 1Passwd" bookmarklet. #
  • 1Password Touch Pro's bookmarklet is the closest you can come to 1Password's awesome browser plugin functionality on the iPhone. #
  • Cool: there's a Foursquare layer for the Layar AR app: http://bit.ly/6RbxbB Not cool: last Layar update on my iPhone 3GS is CRASHY. πŸ™ #
  • Cool: Amazon adds PDF support and 85% battery bump to Kindle 2 with a sw update: http://bit.ly/5KRARR Not Cool: doesn't apply to my old K1. #
  • I'm really digging that Google Reader can now show favicons for your feeds. Spices things up, gives it a little visual variety. #
  • @jezlyn I admit I haven't picked up my Kindle 1 in about 2 months. Been reading Kindle books on my iPhone. Convenience + backlight FTW. in reply to jezlyn #