February 9, 2014

Absolutely worth the whole 5:28.

February 9, 2014
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: a good thing in a small(ish) package

(link to Engdaget review, above)

I think it’s interesting that Sony decided to make this model, and it’s a direction long overdue. With Android “phablet” demand growing in Asia, it’s enticing to manufacturers to join that size war, and there’s nothing to say that Sony can’t or won’t. But to do so (and not consider other form factors) leaves an under-served market consisting of people who would rather go the other way on scale.

For me, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is about the upper limit for my pockets. Anything more and I have to carry a separate bag to hold the device, which, if I’m going to do that, I might as well just carry my 8” tablet or a laptop. So there is definitely some attraction to a device like this, as I could have it with me and not need to worry about what else I’ll need to carry in order to hold it.

Given the review and the thought that’s apparently gone into the device, Sony deserves a little bit of credit for getting this to market.

December 21, 2013
"To be an American is precisely to imagine a destiny rather than to inherit one; since we have always been, insofar as we are Americans at all, inhabitants of myth rather than history."

— Leslie Fiedler (via youmightfindyourself)

August 31, 2013
Inmarsat and unlocking the IsatPhone

I wanted to post the following information to my blog, as it was extremely helpful in unlocking an IsatPhone, and should be out there for the benefit of others in case it disappears from this site.

With the phone on and the SIM installed, enter this keypad sequence: # * 04289035 * 4 * 0 #. The sequence must be entered including the symbols (but no spaces).

After typing in the sequence, the lock should be lifted. If nothing happens after the last # is entered, hit “OK”. 

You will get the “Corporate Restriction Off” notice once the request for unlocking is complete.

August 21, 2013
6,200 miles

I exchanged data with someone in New Caledonia this evening, off of the coast of Australia. He’s 6,200 miles away, and it was done completely over radio on less than 5 watts of power. It’s an impressive combination of signal processing, finely tuned antenna systems, and some ingenious thinking of others on how to put all of the pieces together.

And it makes me feel better that if the world goes to hell, I can still send a message to someone in New Caledonia.

July 8, 2013
Endless testing

Last weekend, I took the final test in a series of amateur radio exams. Having passed the “extra” class on just a couple of days’ worth of study, I’m glad my multiple choice skills are still sharp.

But now the problem is that I’m running out of tests to take. California broker’s license, LSAT, GMAT? Done. I think the customs broker exam is calling…

July 8, 2013
"I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning."

Haruki Murakami1Q84 (via pink-bullets)

(Source: 13neighbors, via pink-bullets)

March 23, 2013
The trouble with the federal government

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering buying 400,000 tons of sugar—enough for 142 billion Hershey’s Kisses—to stave off a wave of defaults by sugar processors that borrowed $862 million under a government price-support program."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324096404578356740206766164.html

But that’s not all. A later article notes that the sugar then would be sold to U.S. ethanol producers, likely at a loss.

Your tax dollars at work.

March 3, 2013

Grown from seed, these Wisconsin Lakes peppers and Red Zebra tomatoes are finally starting to come into their own. I started them in the early fall of last year, pretty much just for the novelty of being able to grow things like this in the Los Angeles winter.

February 2, 2013
It’s just one data point on the Mac, but…

I’ve always been a “PC” person, and have to say that in my many years of slaving over Word documents on a PC, I’ve never actually lost anything significant from a program crash. Such crashes were pretty rare, anyhow. In fact, it’s fair to say that since autosave came along, I haven’t lost anything.

I was using a Macbook Air at work yesterday. I’m not terribly keen on the Mac, but it’s usable. I’d been working on a contract for three hours or so, saving manually on long occasion and letting autosave handle the rest. Word crashed on me, and the autorecover feature took me back to where I’d been about 30-40 minutes prior. Not sure why - the save interval was at 10 minutes - but there I was missing a large portion of tedious work.

So, thanks Mac. You’ve taken me back to a pre-autosave era, in which I instinctively and unconsciously hit control-S (or the Mac equivalent, in this case) every few minutes, just to be sure. Progress, indeed.

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