- Good form factor -- the keyboard snaps open/closed easier than on the G1. The screen is large, but the device itself isn't too much bigger or heavier than the G1.
- The physical keyboard is bigger and no longer has that bulky thing on the right side like in the G1.
- ZOMG 4G!! Getting close to 6mbps down on a phone is pretty ridiculous.
- Swype is pretty cool, but nowhere near good enough to replace the physical keyboard.
- Battery life seems ok, drained about 20% after 2 hours, but I was re-downloading apps or otherwise using it fairly heavily during this time.
- (edit) I am loving this "www. / .com" button
- Bloatware that I can't uninstall. What is this, CompuServe on a Compaq from 1995? (Offenders: Amazon MP3, Photobucket, Web2Go) Once I get CyanogenMod on this baby this won't be a problem any more... which leads me to the biggest con...
- Rootkit preventing me from rooting my phone. In @cyanogen we believe...
- Touchscreen still has that "laggy" feeling
- Keyboard only has 4 rows. I caved in and bought this even though I really wanted a phone with a numeric row...
- Still no way to screen-capture :(
- I wish the four physical keys (home, menu, back, search) were physical buttons, instead of glass with haptic feedback.
- No in-browser SVG support
In the same spirit of the original coffee drink infographic from a few years ago, Plaid Creative describes the perfect pour, or as I like to call it, the citizen's guide to fancy pants coffee drinks. At its root, its a series of pie charts where each wedge represents the percentage of ingredient in a given fancy pants drink. But the subtle stylings make it look so much more delicious, from the pattern fills out to the mug-like border.
We're not in the habit of following earthquake prediction websites and such, but we feel like the collective consciousness around town has been buzzing a bit about earthquakes since that little one last week, and this guy at QuakePrediction.com is now really freaking our shit out. He's calling that baby 3.5er a foreshock for "the coming 6.0 to 7.0 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area July 28."
Having a "hey everyone, switch to us" campaign is great and all, but the way you're doing it is simply awful. This isn't "unbridled ambition," this is you guys being a dick. This is my last post on posterous, I'll be switching to something else this weekend. It's too bad, posterous was the first half-decent blogging platform I found.
mjp280: bulls is going to happen
mjp280: battlestar galactica
I got a "chikki" from an Indian grocery the other day, it's basically crushed peanuts, sugar, and "liquid glucose". I noticed something weird in the nutrition facts section - it claimed 35g of saturated fat is 5% of DV, whereas 40g of total fat is 10% DV. Ignoring the fact that 400g is a shitload of fat*, it still doesn't make sense, since they are essentially claiming that you should get 400g of fat daily, and 700g of that should be saturated! So I took a side-by-side picture with (American) whole milk, and this is what I got:
A simple request to TV manufacturers (and media providers): I don't want a 3D TV. Instead, this is what I want:
damn, makes me want to redesign my site.
Woah, looks awesome.
After my failed attempt to open a coconut last year, which ended with my favorite steak knife being rendered useless, I decided to give it another go. Armed with better knowledge and better equipment, I took another whack at it, and succeeded! This is my first attempt with a cleaver from Ranch 99, which took about 10 hits. The second try only took 4 -- typically at Vik's Chaat, they can open it in 3 swings.
Comcast changed my IP again (third time already this year I think), and choilaptop has been acting up more frequently... I was trying to decide between linode and vps.net (both $20/mo for comparable entry-level linux vps node) and decided on vps.net after trying their $1/day service. I wasn't 100% certain on either one being better, but after trying out vps.net for 1 day I was sure this is exactly what I wanted. So now choibean.com, grizzlypanda.com, coolcurlings.com, odellchoi.com, and lucidtree.com all go through 126.96.36.199. Forever. No more changing A-record on godaddy. Yay!
Sally has been declared dead by Amica, and they decided to pay me for a new car. Woot I guess... we took advantage of this and got a larger car that can actually accomodate a car seat. We were mainly looking at the Ford Edge and the Ford Flex. Both were very roomy, and had the same engine, but the Flex comes with a better interior and 2 extra seats for not much more. After dealing with two awful dealerships in San Leandro and Livermore, we got the car we wanted at Sunnyvale Ford. The Flex really is a nice car, but it does get lousy gas mileage (24/17, or 2 more than the Mustang), and sales apparently have been slow. We were able to get this one for about $800 under invoice, and with all the incentives, we ended up getting it for about $7,000 below sticker, just slightly over $30,000, which was roughly our budget, taking into account the insurance settlement figures.
This was a little better - fried dough + yogurt + chutney. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't really that much different from the dahi papdi chaat. The later puri ones in the menu look a little better, maybe I should skip ahead to those first.
Ok, not really a food challenge per se, but I wanted to try every item on the menu at Vik's Chaat Corner, located about 1/2 mile from work (no, not all at once). I went with the #1 lunch special, which was Dahi Papdi Chaat. Basically garbanzo beans + potatoes + spices, with yogurt + tamarind chutney + mint chutney from what I can tell. I didn't particularly like it, but it wasn't bad either, especially for $5.xx. I thought it was a little dry, only to realize that I was supposed to mix in the yogurt in the bowl. Hoping tomorrow's dish is a little better.
Learned this the hard way... if you upgrade your Xcode to the iPad beta (iphone_sdk_3.2_beta_with_xcode_3.2.2.dmg), you cannot compile iPhone projects in distribution mode, even if you set the target device to 3.0/3.1. I'm not 100% certain what build configuration flag is causing this to fail, but it compiles just fine in my other configurations. I just downgraded my Xcode to the latest non iPad version (iphone_sdk_3.1.3_with_xcode_3.2.1__snow_leopard__10m2003a) to confirm this. And to think I blamed this on OSX migration (which caused other equally brain-melting experiences, but I digress)...
I swear Xcode has wasted tens of hours of my productivity... I will probably need to allocate 5 hours or so tomorrow night to reinstall OSX on this computer. I hate you Apple user migration tools. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me three times, fuck you.
I get water delivery through water.com, and each month they tack on $2 for "energy surcharge." I don't mean to single them out, but every time I see this it pisses me off, not just because of the $24/yr more I'm paying than their advertised price, but because this is scammy business practice that simply must stop.
Ever since the gas price spiked in the early-00s, companies with delivery fees have been adding this charge - which is fine, if you honestly believe adding this "surcharge" is necessary to cope with a temporary situation. However, by now you should know exactly how much you need to charge to stay in business. That means my water delivery bill should not show up as $25.99 and $2 surcharge, you should go ahead and fucking charge me $27.99 - and advertise this as your price. The only reason companies would still have an adjustment/surcharge for an event from several years ago is either you are 1) incompetently slow to react to changes, or 2) unethically gouging me. Which is it, water.com and a lot of other companies?
At Swivel I used to pass by this place a few times a month, on the way to the Ferry building for lunch. I don't have that sweatshirt anymore, but I'm thinking about buying a new one and taking a 8-years-apart picture sometime in March. That should be fun.
Also, I miss fishing.
Comments from PosterousVisnu Pitiyanuvath: wow, skinny
Hwan-Joon Choi: damn why does everyone keep saying that. i was probably like 165lb back then, 180lb now... web 2.0 free food 15 lb
Visnu Pitiyanuvath: maybe it's the bulky sweatshirt hiding your bulky 165 lbs.
Trying to set up an email account at grizzlypanda.com so I can add it to LinkedIn... I was finally able to set up postfix on choibean.com (same apache instance), hopefully adding grizzlypanda should be easy. I mostly followed the directions on linode.com while making some minor adjustments. I also had to make changes to my MX record but I'm not 100% sure if that was necessary. If this was a real full time job I think it may have been worth just paying $10/yr GoDaddy email account, but at least I learned something (kinda).