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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Monday, June 09, 2008  
    Technology: iPhone?


    We are just barely inside the 3G area. So perhaps now is the time to think about the iPhone. Will they give us a discount if we move our TV and internet and regular phone to ATT? Will I have to give up my day job and start developing iPhone apps? Will we buy an Apply laptop when our Dell gives out?

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    Tuesday, June 03, 2008  
    Health: Digital Retina Scan
    I had a Optos Retina Scan" today at the eye doctor. I refuse to let them dilate my eyes and cringe at the talk of lazik. So, to get an image of my eye, this is the next best thing. Or the latest great thing. Or some way to get additional revenue, I'm sure mostly to pay for the hardware.

    My eyes were normal. The link has some images of not so normal eyes. One more area for a hypochondriac to worry about. Someday we'll be able to get digital eye replacements. Until then, I'm still wearing glasses.

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    Saturday, April 14, 2007  
    High school high tops

    These shoes are from high school - nearly 20 years old. Sophia finally convinced me to throw them out. The soles were nearly worn through. They were stained with grass juice from being used to work in the yard. And honestly, I rarely ever wore them. Goodbye!

    To make this fit the technology category...I suspect shoe technology has improved in the last 15 years.

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    Monday, February 05, 2007  
    Transponder Landing System
    While playing around on the web, I stumbled upon a bit of my past that I thought was gone. Transponder Landing System at Wikipedia. I worked on this project one summer as an intern at Advanced Navigation and Positioning Corporation.

    Congrats to everyone involved. It looks like the business finally took flight 10+ years after it was established.

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    Monday, January 22, 2007  
    Books: Online and everywhere
    Some links to books online (and not just places to buy them):

    And some places to store your books:

    It looks like I will start using Libary Thing to track the books I read or audio books I listen too. And someday, perhaps all of the ones on the shelf will get added. Go go 43 folder power!

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    Technolgy: Sync Toy
    Microsoft has a tool called Sync Toy that works like robocopy and can be used to keep two directories synced. Perfect for a mirror backup. I plan on using it to backup the photos and other data. The task is scheduled daily.

    Too bad you can't schedule a task for when the computer is being shutdown. I'll work on that one.

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    Thursday, January 18, 2007  
    Blog: Blogger2 or GoogleBlogger
    I updated to the new google version of Blogger.com today. Hopefully you won't notice.

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    Wednesday, January 10, 2007  
    Hardware: NAS and a slug?
    This time, NAS means Network-Attached Storage. The slug is really a Linksys NSLU2. The hope and rational is that $250 in hardware (the slug, a new 320GB drive, and a USB 2.0 enclosure to convert an existing drive) converted into a simple backup solution AND shared network drives will make life better and safer -- especially in case of data failure and when I get a laptop. The bonus of a potential iTunes server and a linux box (toy depending on your opinion) makes this an easy investment of some holiday money. If it works, I may suggest the same setup for my parents.


    The kingwin external enclosure has some great lighting. The red bar is for access and the blue one is for power. Newegg had them fairly cheap. In the long run, I expect this device to be used as the offsite backup -- unless I decide to push the backups out to our Dreamhost space. Once a month (or so), I'll copy the important backup data to it and leave it offsite. Until then, the server room (guest bedroom) will look more and more like a laser-light show.

    The primary USB drive is a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 320GB External Hard Drive. The photo is correct, it looks like a hardbound book. A little silly but a great thing to have on the bookshelf.

    Everyone needs a backup strategy! Reuse an existing drive and this solution comes in under $150 with shipping.



    Add a network laser printer to the mix and you'd think we were starting our own internet company.

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    Sunday, October 15, 2006  
    Computers: Amazon Turk
    Amazon Magical Turk. Hard to explain except this is the artificial artificial intelligence side of an Amazon API that lets a program ask a human for the answer. Brilliant.

    Sheep Market is one of the clever results. But after taking a look at the available tasks and the prices, I find that the Turk movement probably isn't ready for primetime. In fact, one blog quote a found said it was more like a crossword puzzle -- idle amusement, rather than a potential income.

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    Tuesday, August 29, 2006  
    Computer: 1GB
    I upgrade from 512MB to 1GB at home. Supposedly this is an easy way to notice performance improvements. As simple as pressing opening up the Dell (the new ones are laid out nicely inside), opening up the connectors on my empty memory slot, pressing in the new memory, closing up the box, and turning on the computer. Nothing confusing about it.

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