Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blueberry Poundcake

Meet my breakfast. ;)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Test photo from my iPhone

Video demo of Pogo Stylus at GBM

The guys at GBM are going all-out with pen input today. Check out their video demo of the Pogo Stylus for the iPhone. That's going on my wish list!

Pandora is outstanding

I never eat up Internet bandwidth at work with streaming music. For one thing, I need that bandwidth to work. But with my iPhone, I can stream music all day, and Pandora is perfect for that since it builds a playlist around a song or artist that I pick, setting the right tone for the work environment. It's fantastic!

Need to set up a Gmail account

Bah. Turns out sending photos over Yahoo won't work for posting on Blogger from the iPhone. Fortunately, there's no such problem with Gmail, so I'll be setting that up as my outgoing account.

What is Scoble smoking?

Speculation over a post-Windows OS from Microsoft sounds rational, but I don't think Robert Scoble is looking at it rationally.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pandora CTO not hyped about Android

"I need Android like I need a hole in the head," -- Pandora CTO Tom Conrad, speaking about Google's open source mobile OS. Admittedly, a person does need a few holes in the head, like a mouth, but I don't think that's what he meant.

Behold my golden (actually, white) iPhone ticket


Monday, July 28, 2008

Cuil is uncool to Sumocat

There's a new search engine with the audacity to be named Cuil. As you can guess from this screenshot, it doesn't look that "cool" to me.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

As if I needed another reason...


McCain can't catch a break

John McCain, presidential candidate in favor of offshore oil drilling, cancelled a trip to Louisiana because it's hard to drum up support for offshore oil drilling at the site of an oil spill.

Don't tell someone they need schooling...

...when you're the one who can't back up your points. Some fool called me out on HuffPost. I have citations, quotes, and scientific facts on my side. He doesn't. Judge for yourself whose kung fu is stronger.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Let the kkk wake you up.

Yes, now you can be woken up through your browser by the kkk -- Kuku Klok. I don't need to be sleeping with a white woman (but I do every night) to know that's not the best name.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

funny but sad flashback

June 28, 2000 New York Times: "Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was president, he would bring down gasoline prices through sheer force of personality, by creating enough political good will with oil-producing nations that they would increase their supply of crude."

OneNote by email twice in one day?

I've lived my whole Tablet PC life without anyone sending me or mentioning sending me OneNote files by email. Today, I got the latter followed by the former from two different people in totally unrelated contexts. It's as if I didn't believe the mention and then got proof it could be done. Weird.

Nokia needs better marketing

Pity poor Nokia. They've had a handheld Internet tablet in the market for years, yet the community is still looking forward to Intel's Mobile Internet Devices and has gotten stirred up by Mike Arrington's proposal for a "web tablet" that pretty much describes Nokia's.

Much on my tech plate

Design blog template for Rambles
Record screencast of ritePen + nirCmd
Buy iPhone
Reconfigure home network (major effort)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sad news

Sadly, Susan's mom passed away this weekend. My condolences go out to Susan and her family.

Obama nails the drawdown timetable

For all the accusations that Obama doesn't know foreign policy, the man never seems to get it wrong. It's official: the Iraqi government hopes U.S. troops can withdraw from Iraq in 2010, well within Obama's 16-month proposal. It's almost as if the man is already calling the shots.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Robeks in Reston! Woo Hoo!

A Robeks has finally opened in Reston. As you can see, I'm quietly but obviously excited about it.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

31 Apps, No iPhone

No iPhone yet, but look how many apps I've downloaded.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Taking more patience than I thought

Looks like AT&T's iPhone wifi hotspot service is off the table again. And there's still a huge line for the iPhone at the Apple Store. Starting to push my patience now.

AT&T Wifi Hotspots for iPhone

Good things come to those who wait, such as wifi hotspot service for iPhone customers. For my perspective, read what Kevin C. Tofel wrote about it. He's on the money as usual, and I'm glad to see he's calling it "free" in quotation marks. (Not free when you pay for service.)

Happy Birthday to the Central One

Scribbles is not the only tablet-related entity celebrating a birthday this week. Big B-day happy thoughts go to Warner Crocker, the Center of the Tabletscape.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

16 GB iPhones are in stock

Will I get one tomorrow? We'll see.

How confusing is the term "original" files?

I spend way too much time asking for original files and getting crappy copies instead. If I wanted muddy and compressed images, I'd make them myself from the originals... if I had them.

Do they know he's not commander-in-chief yet?

The Pentagon is getting ready to shift forces to Afghanistan. I seem to recall Obama stating something to that effect a few days ago. Obama also previously stated he favored covert ops targeting al-Qaeda in Pakistan. The CIA successfully performed such an operation not long afterwards. That's weird, right?

Rain in Antarctica

I still marvel at those who deny global warming despite the evidence being gathered from nearly every scientific and industrial field, from anthropology to landscaping, and every corner of the Earth, including the coldest, driest continent, which is being struck by snow and rain in winter when it should be far too cold for either.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Clever uses for Evernote

I plan on doing a lot more with Evernote after I get my iPhone (already downloaded the EV app), particularly recording voice and photo notes. I intend to squeeze unusual uses out of it too, as I am doing with ritePen. Must check out the "clever uses" at Cranking Widgets Blog after I get home.

Why You Should Use A Sideblog

Found this entry on Pro Blog Design giving the pros and cons of sideblogging. Turns out I killed pro #3 by splicing my feeds. Coincidentally, they cited as an example the Twitter feed on the now-defunct blog of our long-lost ink blogging friend Silver. Small world.

Sideblogging frees up my inbox

I was about to send that last post as an email to myself, as I often do for things I want to investigate further after work. But then I realized it was share-worthy, so I sideblogged it instead. Think I'll make that my default response from now on.

.mht support for Firefox

Lifehacker is featuring UnMHT, an extension for Firefox that enables the browser to view and save .mht files. I worked around this limitation by using the IE Tab extension, but native support is a welcome addition.

Envious of Voodoo Envy

Warner Crocker claims everyone is excited about the new HP Voodoo Envy 133 with instant-on functionality via SplashTop. I am inclined to agree, but I've been getting a similar experience by keeping my tablet in standby, so instant-on doesn't have the same allure it once did. Still very impressive stuff though.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Worlds collide: iPhone + Molecular Imaging

An attendee of the SNM Annual Meeting raves on his blog about MIMVista, a multi-modality image viewer, on the iPhone. Neat overlap of my professional and personal worlds. - and

Regret not standing in line?

Warner Crocker is disappointed that he's not able to grab an iPhone at his AT&T store. I'm happy to wait until my InvisibleShield arrives and use that wait time to download free apps and retool my blog. Ah, the virtues of patience.

I love raw sugar

Been using raw demerara or turbinado for my coffee. Ran out last week and resorted to refined white. Ugh. Tastes so artificial compared to the raw stuff.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sumocat's Rambles is Live!

My new sub-blog is fully armed and operational. Entries sent fast and furiously via email.

Are watches outdated?

The question is posed at GBM. My response is "yes", but that's mainly because I live on Hawaiian Time.

Vegetarians Live Longer

Apparently vegetarianism is good for your health. Shocking. The Huffington Post: Benefits Of Vegetarianism: Vegetarians Live Longer -

Plain text test

Will send entries in plain text with photos as attachments.

Rambling Sources

Content for "Rambles" will come primarily from work, home, and most importantly, my upcoming iPhone. It will be largely spontaneous.

First ramble

This is my first ramble using my new text and photo blog. "Rambles" will serve primarily as a side feed to "Scribbles". No lengthy diatribes here.