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April, 2008:

Rockbox… umm ROCKS!

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I have RockBox setup on my Sansa e250.

It adds a few features that are pretty cool.

1. FLAC file playback

2. Audio file bookmarks

3. JPEG image viewing

4. TXT file viewer

5. customizable themes

6. a whole bunch of games.

7. MPEG1/2 video playback

8. preservation of original firmware via bootloader

9. file tree browsing and playback

10. Gameboy Color emulator.

11. DOOM!

I didn’t even know about FLAC support when I installed RockBox and it is my favorite feature.

So if you have a device that supports RockBox, I would say go for it.

Bought this weird beast I twittered about yesterday.

I’m a sucker for something that is 25% of the original retail.

The “iSee 360i iPod Video/Recorder for iPod

It essentially uses an iPod exclusively as a hard drive and has it’s own processor and screen.

It records and plays back video.

I forgot I had a 4GB iPod mini sitting around that works perfecly, except for the lack of a useful screen.

I’ve used it for years as a small firewire drive, but now it gets to be more useful again.

I’m pretty sure the video will look so-so, but for $40 it should be fun.

I am thinking about finding a cheap video cam that just has an composite video out.

kick ass: camera RAW format without buying a new camera


Wired has a really cool Wiki explaining how to get some great new features on a Canon camera using free custom software. It even leaves the existing firmware intact.

Biggest addition for me is the ability to shoot in camera raw format (CRW).

You will need to convert that CRW to a PNG, but that is pretty simple.

Even though the utility says it only support DIGIC II, it does work with the SD 800 IS which has a DIGIC III.

I am running a beta build on my Powershot SD800 IS.

Haven’t spent much time with it, but it is pretty cool so far.

I just love custom code on my consumer electronics!

Now I need to get RockBox running on my Sansa e250!

update: RockBox is running on my e250 and… well… rocks!

update: Here is some video I shot using CHDK’s ability to change the bitrate or quality via new menus.

Untitled from zebtron on Vimeo.
caveat: this video was converte3d in some manner my vimeo.

Barack knows art!


Obama talks about music and art.

I love this man.

And he is right about ‘No Child Left Behind’.

Just a tweet-hint

You can follow me on twitter. I think that is cool, but if I go check out your profile and all it says is “I want more people to follow me on Twitter”… I will NOT follow you.

at least tell me what sandwich you ate 😉

image from MechanicallySeparate dOkra

I despise DSL.

I thought I had gotten away from it, after my year of pain back in 2003 with a DSL contract.

It seemed like a better deal, but I missed Cable BB (and learned my lesson).

Now after 5 years not having to deal with DSL, my parents have it (sounds/feels like a disease).

DSL is good when it works as they came from Satellite internet which was slower and more expensive.

Problem is that the SAT BB seems to have had less problems.

This time the problem is static on the line.

I am guessing it is the wiring somewhere in their house or that runs to their other buildings

I told people I would not help them with AOL back when people still used it and not DSL is ‘the new AOL’.

Why do I have so many MP3 players?

I finally broke down and bought an MP3 player that is smaller than the 3 I already have.

I decided, as I am working out almost every day, that I needed a smaller PMP primarily for working out.

I wanted something that was:

1. cheap

2. small

3. had a memory card slot so I can easily update the card and then throw the card in the player. Also so I could have multiple cards.

4. FM tuner


And what did I find? The Sandisk Sansa e250. A 2GB flash-based MP3 player that almost/kinda’ does video. It plays WMA, MP3, AAC, audible, and WMA DRM files. Almost plays photos and video, but you are required to use the Windows-only software to convert the files into a format specific to the e2xx. It does have an FM tuner and records FM radio as well as voice messages using the built-in mic.

Did I mention it was $40? I have had this refurb for a few days now and really like it.

My refurb 30GB Zune is a bit jealous, as is my PSP, but they will be ok.

Looks like things are a bit faster

I have disabled all but 3 plug-ins for WordPress and things seem to be responding a little quicker now.

It was really bad for a minute; it took about 26 seconds for the site to load yesterday… ouch

Now I need to figure out why Twitter Tools posted my daily digest the first day and hasn’t since.

Then need to get the old blog stuff here and fix the log.  My list of “WordPress To Dos” is getting much shorter.

An old photo

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Even closer…

Thanks to this post, I think I now have the silly prefix removed from the blog WordPress to Twitter handshake.

portable power

Just bought 2 portable rechargeable battery packs from Woot.com.
Made me think about the energy I use and I stumbled on a form that will help you calculate your energy usage.

This makes so much sense: think “salad spinner for your laundry”

Spin Dryer

Indiana voter registration deadline April 7th

You can print a form or complete online.

The link will let you know my voting preference for the In Dem primary.

New Bjork video for ‘Wanderlust’

This video is so neat.

and there is a ‘making of’ video
Wanderlust – the making of wanderlust
via LaughingSquid