Let's Go Digging

As you may have notice if you want my links closely, I'm now into Digg. is kinda billed as Slashdot without the top-heavy management that filters stories. So most of the stories are geek-related, but then again some are just random, weird stories. Anyone (who has signed up) can write up links to stories, and if somebody enjoys it, they "digg" it. If it's really cool, it'll show up on the front page of Digg. Check it out to find some really interesting stuff.

The Google Image Game

Here's a cool thing I just found on The Google Image Game. A cool guy made a program to take a Google Image search and make a collage of the images. But this twist is you have to guess what the keyword that created the collage is. It's pretty fun to guess what all the images have in common. My only beef is that the program doesn't give you the answer, it just gives you the first letter of the answer.

The Great Format War

Haha, now this is good. Here's somebody talking about the upcoming war between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD:

"Now we are engaged in a great format war, testing whether the next generation of packaged entertainment ... can long endure. We acknowledge that the great battlefield of that war is not here, but across the Pacific. ... Yet, retailers call for the elevation of compromise over conflict and a future for all behind a unified format. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this."

Google Maps Update!

I went to Google Maps today and noticed something really cool. They added Satellite a while back, but nothing beats their latest, "Hybrid". Not only is it a satellite map, it includes the biggest labels on the map in a map. Check out my current location in full-style Hybrid.

Burning A Hole In My Pocket

My Next iPodFor a while now, I've been thinking about getting a new iPod. Mine's over two years old and it's running better than ever now that I put a new battery in it. But, the 30GB of space is not enough for me now that I'm officially a music snob.

Optimus Keyboard

Who doesn't want one of these? Of course, all respectible geeks want a keyboard that lights up, but what about a keyboard where the buttons change depending on what program you're using? The
Optimus keyboard even has a left side bank of keys that can be customizable to load any program and it puts the icon right on the key! It's all through the power of beautiful LCDs.

A Smart Coaster

It's in a networking magazine, but it's even more proof that I want to go to Cedar Point in Ohio. Not only does the roller coaster top 400 feet, but it uses a large computer to figure out exactly the speed it should launch at so that you get the most enjoyable ride. Of course, that's not the only reason I want to go because it's The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.

The Podcasting Conundrum

Recently I've been getting into the latest phenomenon: podcasting. It's basically downloadable radio shows that I can put on my iPod if desired. (Right now I mostly listen to them on my computer, but I can forsee myself loading up my iPod and listening on the way to work.)

Thanks, Sprint!

I just have to give a big shout-out to Sprint PCS for finally getting a much-needed tower up. I have been living in the west end of St. Paul, Minnesota for most of a year now, and here in the southwest corner it's a battle to keep a Sprint connection. I had to practice finding the one spot in my room where I could get a signal. But all those problems are finished.

Open Source Has Features

I use many Open Source software tools in my day-to-day life, but I know I could use more. Right now I use PHP, Apache, MySQL, Drupal, WordPress, and may others, mostly related to my website design business.