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Eye-Fi Wireless SD Photo Memory Card – Review

April 9, 2008

Eye-Fi Wireless SD Memory Card
I’m not much of a photographer.

It’s not that I don’t occasionally find things I want to take a picture of, it’s just that I seldom think about it far enough in advance to be sure I’ve got everything rounded up, the battery in my camera charged, etc. to be ready when the opportunity strikes.

Similarly, after I take some pictures, it’s a hassle to gather up the data cables, memory card readers or whatever other gear is required to get them onto my computer so I can deal with them. (Yeah, I’m the guy that used to go in to have a roll of film developed with photos from 12 events over 3 years on it).

That’s where the Eye-Fi card is brilliant. It won’t automatically charge my camera for me, but it does make dealing with pictures once I take them dirt simple.
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Quick — Undeck The Halls!

December 8, 2006

Today’s moment of Holiday Zen…

“Holiday Decorations Can Create Major Wi-Fi Disturbances”

It figures — just when I was wondering if I could use an aluminum xmas tree as an omnidirectional antenna, and amp-up the wattage enough to zap any cat that tried to climb it…

Bah humbug.

The Internet is Down?

November 21, 2005

I’ve spent the better part of the last week living in a hotel room out in the hinterlands, with the world’s most annoying up-and-down wi-fi connection…

Life was a lot like this (funny video, work safe), ‘cept they wouldn’t let me go to the router room to fix it….

Back to real connectivity tomorrow — hurray!

Verizon – Clueless from the top down

April 18, 2005

It’s not that I want to pick on Verizon as much as I do, it’s that they make it so easy…

Okay, I do want to pick on them.  They made my life miserable for too many years.  But they still make it easy.

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Best PDA-enabled web sites?

March 31, 2005

One thing about the Treo 650 is I find I actually use the web browser, which is something I’ve seldom ever done on Wi-Fi PDAs, WAP phones, etc.  In fact, I use it enough that I’m beginning to develop a collection of “favorite” PDA-enabled sites.  (Yes, making a PDA-enabled view of this site is on my to-do list somewhere too…)

Here’s my current list—please share your own favorites!

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Treo 650 – Now with “Rough” Wi-Fi

December 16, 2004

Rough indeed—you can only use wi-fi when it’s running, and you have to hard reset to get your phone back.  But it’s a start.

I’m starting to get interested again… Somebody wake me when a GSM version is finally out (hell will freeze over before I ever become a Sprint customer again, and I don’t want to invest in insulated underwear…), and if they have the kinks ironed out of the wi-fi, I could get very interested in this…

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New Toshiba e830 Pocket PC?

August 1, 2004

Apparently if Toshiba is leaving the Pocket PC market (or the market in the US, depending on which story you’re listening to), they’re taking the overland route… This link to the FCC’s web site appears to show the FCC approval label for a Bluetooth & Wi-Fi equipped Toshiba e830.

Current rumours have it using a 520 MHz processor, 128 meg of memory, with a 4” VGA screen, and both CF and SD slots.

As usual, the full twenty-five cent grinching on the topic is available at Brighthand and Pocket PC Thoughts.

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How many megabits per gallon?

January 30, 2004

Remote Cambodian villages have e-mail relayed by motomen—wi-fi toting motorcyclists to the provincial capital where they are uploaded to the ‘net via satellite.

The world is getting smaller…

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Does this mean we can expense our bar tabs?

January 21, 2004

Technology Trends reports that Polyfuel has commercially released a membrane for creating fuel cells for laptops and cellphones.

Apparently the membrane will allow you to power your mobile device from a “safe-to-transport” mixture of methanol and water, producing water and CO2 as byproducts.

I wonder if this would work for ethanol, also?  I rather like the idea of dropping by the local watering hole, and ordering a gin and tonic, and “another one for my lil’ buddy here”.. 

Gee, if they also had free wi-fi, you could claim you worked so hard you were in the bar until last call…

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Money For Nothing

January 21, 2004

A recent study modeled five wi-fi hotspots, three that charged a fee, and two that offered it for free.  Profits (in the form of increased food and coffee sales) for the free hotspots were 533% higher than those for the pay hotspots.

I wonder if this also took into account overhead reduced by not requiring access control software, sales of service, etc.?

How long are people going to continue to be surprised by the idea that you can sometimes make more money by giving something away than you can by squeezing the juice out of every penny as it goes by?

I was recently back off in the wilds of middle america, where any sort of public access wi-fi couldn’t be found for love nor money… I couldn’t help but think that if I managed any kind of business where I wanted to get customers to hang out and purchase consumables, one of the first things I’d do would be to drag in a broadband connection and a wireless router, and drop a bunch of “how to use our free Wi-Fi” service flyers on the counter…

(link via Wi-Fi Networking News)

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