Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Make My Logo Bigger Cream

Thanks to @spiffy.

My New Phone: LG Spyder II 840

After being burned by the Motorola Evoke QA4 (Read: A Phone Upgrade Story), I decided that I would wait a while before getting a new phone. Well, when the key pads on my old Motorola ROKR z6m started to peel off, I decided that it may be time again to look into getting a new phone.

This time around, I decided that I would do a lot more research than what I had done for the Evoke. I looked through several cell phone forums and read many user reviews while bypassing anything that was obviously product marketing material.

With everything that I read, I decided that the LG Spyder II 840 at Cellular South would sufficiently meet all my needs in a mobile phone. (Those needs which were: a decent digital camera, ability to set custom ring tones, picture and text messaging, and a decent web browser). All these features were supposedly on this phone, and if it all proved to be true, then I would definitely go for this phone.

I decided to forgo ordering the phone online despite the possibility of being able save a few dollars. Personally, I'm the kind of person who needs to see and hold a phone in my hands especially since it's something that I'll be using all the time. When I saw first saw the phone, I was a bit hesitant. It looked too good to be true. It reminded me too much of the Motorola Evoke with all it's shiny accents, and I have learned that looks can be quite deceiving when it comes to performance

When I finally got around to playing with the phone, I was actually impressed at how intuitive the menu and how responsive the touch screen was. The phone supposedly had widgets but I discovered that they weren't really widgets or apps. They were more like shortcuts to applications that the phone had. The camera on the phone is awesome. It's 1 more megapixel than Motorola Evoke making it a capable 3 MP camera. The phone also plays MP3 music and is able to take a standard set of headphones with it's standard headphone jack. I haven't tried the video recording on it but I wasn't really interested in that feature since you can't send videos on the Cellular South network. All in all, I was impressed enough with the phone that I decided to buy it.

I have had the phone since September 26th and I haven't encountered anything bad or weird. The only thing that took me some time to figure out was how to upload my own personal/custom ring tones. It turns out that the key to getting your own ringtones on the Spyder II is realizing that QCP files are basically renamed WAV files which means that you'll need to convert your old MP3 ringtones to WAV files and rename the extension to OCP to make them work.

So far, I'm enjoying the LG Spyder II 840. It's my first LG phone and the Spyder II has really made a good impression on me.

If you want to do more research on the phone, you'll discover that it's also called the LG Tritan under Alltel and U.S. Cellular. All in all, I recommend getting the Spyder II from Cellular South. since they have the best and cheapest unlimited plan for mobile phones.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

2009 Pensacola Seafood Festival

After much anticipation, I finally made to the Pensacola Seafood Festival on it's last day. The festival started on Friday but I had work that day, and on Saturday, I had to go out of town to get a new phone (I'll post about that later). So, it wasn't until Sunday that I would be able to go.

I manage to get there around 3PM and you could see the crowds gathering from blocks away. At the festival, I saw the types of food vendors who were serving a plethora of seafood albeit most of it was breaded and fried. There were some selling grilled food, but that tended to be the chicken, beef, and pork kind. I did my usual thing and grabbed a couple of chicken shiskabobs and a soda. I did notice something that wasn't there in previous years; I saw someone selling turkey legs. They also served beer and other cocktails at this year's event.

I have two gripes about the festival. First, the price of food is getting a bit rediculous. I paid $10 for two shiskabobs and I saw a sign that said $7 for an Italian sausage. For Pensacola, this price level is insane. If the price goes up next year, I don't think I'll be buying any food there anymore. Secondly, the music venue needs to get better. I have lots of respect to the local bands that play at these events, but it feels like it's the same band that plays at all the festivals. Whoever organizes this event needs to try to get some big name bands to come if they really want to market this event as one of the Gulf Coasts best events.

This year, I failed to get a t-shirt to add to my collection of festival shirts. I actually do not collect these shirts but I do buy one to support the events. I wasn't able to get a shirt this year because they ran out of large and above sizes. (I guess people in Pensacola are getting heftier each year). I didn't want to just buy any shirt, so I decided to keep my money. Better luck next year, I guess.

I'll be posting some more pictures in the photoblog and on this site. I need to find my cables or my card reader so I can get them out of my digital camera. I'm not digging through my box of cables tonight, so, I probably won't get to it until some time tomorrow.

Well, that's if for now. Until next post. Bye!

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Darth Vader In Love

Hilarious!!! Totally awesome.

When Google Talk Breaks, My World Slows Down

I never realized how much I depend on Google Talk for communicating with my colleagues during the workday.

When Google's chat service went down today, I resorted to calling people on the phone and sending them emails to get answers to my questions. The whole process felt painfully slow as I tried to wait for people to call me back (since most of these bastards screen their calls) or write an email replies.

I guess I'm just spoiled from having everyone accessible with just one click.

Email Overload

I'm hoping that something happened to the email server last night. There's no possible way I could have that many emails come in over night. I'm not that popular or infamous.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My New Wireless Keyboard

Apparently, my new wireless keyboard came in yesterday. It's nothing cutting edge or fancy but it does sport a built-in trackball which a major improvement over my last standard cordless keyboard. This particular keyboard is the Adesso WKB-3000UB.

So far, everything is working fine. I'm actually typing this post with it. I'll y'all know if something weird comes up with it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The IT Crowd

Except for a couple of people that I know, it seems to me that not many people in the US are familiar with the British comedy show, "The IT Crowd." If you work in the IT field and you haven't heard about this show, then your geek life is seriously incomplete. If you have heard about it, then you know how funny and awesome this show is . . . and you'd know that there's not enough room on this blog for me to explain it's awesomeness.

To get a better idea of why I'm raving about this show, go here and sample the show. If you like it, you'll be glad to know that all three seasons of the show is now available on DVDs at your favorite movie retailer.

There's an App for That

Le Wrath di Khan

New Site Design

Well, I got tired of looking at the old site and decided it was time to do a redesign.

I've been yearning to do something a bit more fun and creative. At work, I'm trapped within the approved templates and scripts and working in them is not something that I would really consider fun. It's a very intense and tedious task that requires you to deal with a lot of "spaghetti code." Let's not even talk about the departmental politics that have to be always considered. Patience is not just a virtue at my workplace. It's a required skill.

So, whenever I have a chance to work on my own sites, I take it as an opportunity to dust off some of my web design skills that I don't usually always use at work (Such as my PhotoShop skills and JavaScript/VB scripting). The whole thing is quite a cathartic process.

With this version of my site, I decided that the monkey needed to wear some clothes, since he is supposed to be at work and someone who considers himself more evolved than the average monkey.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Geeking Out On-the-Road

Well, I know I promised that I would post a lot more than what I've been doing, but life keeps getting in the way.

Most of my free time has been eaten up by my whoring myself into doing in-house computer repairs and 1-on-1 computer training sessions for people who want to learn more about their computers. Sure, it's not the glamorous work you'd expect a 13-year web development veteran to be doing, but to be honest, I really need the money. Good web projects are starting to get hard to come by and these days I'm taking anything that comes my way.

Lately, I've been finding myself on the road a lot more. As a result, I convinced myself to get a decent detachable WiFi antenna rig mounted on my car. Aside from war-driving, it allows me to get a stronger and more stable connection to any public hot-spots in the area. Last night was my first field test of my rig and it worked out pretty well. The rig consists of a Hawking USB wireless network adapter (the kind of that has a removable antenna) and a generic magnet mounted WiFi antenna that I found on eBay. So far, the whole thing is working as expected. I'm using my Asus netbook for this project since it is small enough to carry around. There is one drawback. My car now screams "geek-inside" whenever I'm parked somewhere looking for wifi.

Friday, September 11, 2009


It's the 8th anniversary of the 9/11. This is a time of reflection and rememberance. If you can, light a candle sometime today to honor those have were lost