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Thursday, December 15th, 2005 - Comments (5) in Nerd Stuff

So Verizon finally got the Razr! There have been a few CDMA Razr's on ebay from Asia that would work with Verizon but they were really expensive. I had heard rumors that Verizon was going to release the Razr soon...but they never gave a date. My two year contract was up at the end up November, so I decided to wait and go month by month until a cool phone came out.

motorola Razr V3C

One of the things that pisses me off about Verizon is that they cripple the bluetooth capabilites of the phones. They make it so you can only use the bluetooth with a wireless hands-free kit, not for Object Exchange (OBEX) which would allow you to sync the phone to your computer. They expect you use their "Get it Now" feature on the phone to let you buy ringtones and backgrounds and pay $0.25 a pixmsg to get pictures off the phone. But I have heard that the bluetooth is fully functional on Verizon's Razr. I don't have a bluetooth adapter on my computer yet so I can't test this.

One of the coolest features of the Razr is that it uses a standard mini-usb port for charging and data transfer. So if the battery is running low at work I can just plug a usb cable in and it'll charge it. This also makes data transfer pretty easy. There is a free driver for the phone from BVRP. Those are the Motorola USB modem drivers.

Once the drivers were installed I was able to access the filesystem on the phone using BitPim. This allows me to put files (ringtones, backgrounds) on the phone and take pictures off.

The only issue I've had so far with the phone was the clock lagging. Basically when the phone would go idle the clock wouldn't advance. Once it woke up it would then sync but still annoying. The answer was simply to turn the phone off and back on again. I actually read about people returning the phone multiple times and still having the problem. HAHA.

Met with a Photographer

Sunday, December 11th, 2005 - Comments (0) in Wedding

Today we went to Barffalo to meet with David Relan, of PhotoVid, a photographer we are working on booking for our wedding. His style is more photo-journalistic which is exactly what we are looking for. We'd rather have more candid shots of us and guests rather than a bunch of posed pics that look kind of awkward. He has some very reasonable packages (under $1000) and comes very well recommended. He also uses only digital cameras, so we can buy the full resolution digital pictures (completely unmarked) to get more prints made without having to order them from him. And if that weren't enough he is a really nice guy.

Lunch at an Art Museum

Saturday, December 10th, 2005 - Comments (0) in Work

On Friday a bunch of coworkers and I were invited by my boss and the head of the Advancement Office for a catered lunch at this odd art museum in town called Artisan Works. Very strange place. It is like a warehouse that is stuffed to the gills with all sorts of art. The guy that owns the place actually owns all of the art and like 99% of the stuff there is for sale. There are a few "areas" where local artists can keep their stuff and create more.

Lunch was great. They had Chicken French, Veggie Lasagne, Caesar Salad, some kind of rice and this really good caramel cheesecake for dessert. I'm not a big wine (or any booze) drinker but they also had a lot of wine for everyone.

After lunch one guy that worked there took us on a tour of the place. There was all sorts of neat stuff there: sculptures, paintings, cars, motorcycles, stuff that just looked like junk to me (but I'm sure can be considered "art"), pictures of naked women everywhere and I even saw a near-life-sized statue of an Ent. The coolest thing I found was a Harley Davidson constructed entirely out of wood!

Wooden Harley 1 Wooden Harley2

Definitely check this place out if you get the chance!

Email Makes People Stupid

Thursday, December 8th, 2005 - Comments (0) in Rants

I saw a story (well at least a preview for a story) on the 6 o'clock news yesterday about emails supposedly from the FBI or CIA claiming that the recipient is in trouble for going to "illegal websites". I haven't personally received one of these messages but my boss has, so I've looked pretty carefully at them. It was just one of your standard "we think you're doing this, so open the attachment for more details" messages containing a virus as an attachment.


Are people really that stupid that they think the FBI or CIA will get in touch with them about breaking the law via email? No, they'll send you a snail-mail letter. And what is an illegal website? Sure you can get in trouble for HOSTING illegal content on your website, but if you are a visitor you have every right to look at whatever is there. I should buy an email list of a few million addresses and send one out saying the draft has been reinstated and the first 1000 people to send me a $1 will be exempt. I could probably retire before christmas.

I'm assuming this story was on the news because a whole bunch of people got their panties in a twist thinking they are going to jail. I'd like to think people have more common sense than that, but I guess it was just wishful thinking.

Near Death Experience

Sunday, December 4th, 2005 - Comments (0) in Life

On Thursday I was feeling terrible by the time I got home from work so I took an Excedrin Migraine. Well as I'm swallowing this pill it gets stuck half way down to my stomach!! I'm not talking like it just didn't go down all the was totally blocking anything from going down. I was drinking water trying to force it down and the water would just sit on top. So after about 15 minutes for gagging and spluttering it moved enough to enable me to swallow but it was totally still there. It was one of those plasticy gelcap type pills also, so it wouldn't disolve, I just had to wait for it to move on its own.