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Gnomedex Day 1

The Gnomedex conference is under way this morning and it
looks to be a lot of fun.

We’ve got an open wireless LAN set up on the conference floor,
but this morning it’s seems a little flaky. (Around lunchtime
it became solid again.)

My Yahoo has a special page up that points to all the bloggers
who are here, along with easy “add to My Yahoo!” buttons: [Via Jeremy]

Another good source for updates is Feedster. Technorati
is also being pointed to by lots of folks, but the updates are
often quite old and it’s not that useful.

The sessions were all quite interesting:

  • The Future of Security was a great start for the day. Mostly the
    same topics that people have hashed through before, but it was
    a good discussion.
  • Maximizing Your Blogging Strategies was interesting but the
    conversation kind of wandered and was more of a blogger A-list
    kind of thing.
  • Steve Wozniak Keynote was cool. His talk started out a little
    scattered, but then he walked through his personal history
    with technology leading up to the start of Apple Computer. Very
  • Maximizing Your Digital Lifestyle was pretty good, talking
    mostly about digital devices and hearing from the various camps
    (backpack full of gadgets vs. don’t even have a cell phone).


Wow, time flies! Six months ago I registered for the Gnomedex conference and now it’s almost here…

Plus, it’s my birthday weekend, so being up in Tahoe should be fun!

Gnomedex 4.0


Did you get your copy yet?

Yahoo! Movies: Star Wars Trilogy DVD Review

Fry’s has the collection on sale today for $36.99 today. It was easy to find — just followed the steady stream of (middle-aged) guys looking for the same exact thing. I’ve been trying to cut back on the Tuesday morning Fry’s run (DVD release day), but this was a no-brainer.

Starwars Trilogy DVD

Finally Switched

After living in our house for almost 10 years and suffering with AT&T, TCI, and finally Comcast cable service, we finally got with the program and upgraded to DirecTV with TiVo. Our neighborhood still has the original “A/B” cable system — two cables to each house with half the channels on each; not even enough bandwidth for cable modem service.

Fortunately my procrastination paid off as the prices of satellite systems continues to drop (unless you want HD). On Rapid Satellite, I was able to get a 2-room setup with 35-hour TIVO in each plus the triple-LNB dish for about $170 (installed). We also bought the NFL Sunday Ticket package which gives us basically all the channels for the first four months. Talk about TV overload!


This week I finally rented Timeline which I've been meaning to watch for a while now. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the movie — it had received only average reviews so I was prepared for the worst. If nothing else it reminded me that I really need to read the book by Michael Crichton.

If nothing else, the movie was educational. I learned about Greek Fire which sounds pretty cool. Also, I always thought “trebuchet” was a Microsoft font but now I learn it also refers to a medieval siege engine. I also found a website dedicated to building your own trebuchets (wow!) — or for the more tame you can buy minuature working models to learn about the physics (and fling objects around the office).