September, 2007

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Flotzam : A Twitter, Facebook, Flickr & RSS Mash-up

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    I recently installed Flotzam on my new laptop and it's really really cool. I've got it running as a screensaver

    From the Flotzam site:

    Watch the flotsam and jetsam of data that you care about in this mash-up of Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and blogs. Using this simple application, you can configure what you want to watch and the speed in which you see it. Want to view what your Twitter friends are doing? Want to see the photos your friends have posted on Facebook? Or maybe their photos on Flickr, too? Download now and have all of your photos, Tweets, Facebook invites & pokes and feeds come to you!

    What people are saying about Flotzam:
    "Flotzam is controlled information overload."
    "Flotzam takes the ADD Twitter generation to a new level of channel surfing."
    "Flotzam is the digital panopticon."

    Tip 'o the hat to the authors Karsten Januszewski and Tim Aidlin

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    Satelight kitteh is transmiting ur brordband

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    Thanks to David Olive and Michael Kleef for sending me this Westnet LOLCat!

    WESTNET LOLCAT 

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    The New Computer - Dell Latitude D830

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    I got my new laptop the other day.

    It's a Dell Latitude D830

    Dell Latitude D830

    The reviews are positive :

    It has the best Windows Experience Index of all the machines I have had so far, which isn't saying much really,

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    I am pretty happy with this little fella, but I do miss my tablet.

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    The One About Our Internet Access

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    We have been getting out broadband internet access from Comcast.

    As their ads say, "It's Comcastic"

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    We are also getting our cable TV service from Comcast.

    Now, we have moved around a few times, so how have I been able to manage this?

    Well, the housing provider manages the actual accounts with Comcast.

    Each time we have moved house, I have had to complete a form and a cable modem magically appears at the house. I then go through the setup, plug in the account details and voila I am on the interweb.

    It's been a relatively painless experience.

    It's a cable connection, which is the same as I had back home in Sydney with Optus. However, the speed is much faster than I had back home.

    I took a broadband speed test and came up with :

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    Not too fast, but not too slow either. Rigo is happy - and you know, that's all that matters.

    Right now I am thinking what to get once we move to our new home.

    I would really like something *FAST*, ideally "fibre to the home" (or as they call it here, FTTP or  Fibre to the Premises). Verizon has an offering called FiOS wich seems interesting.

    I need to do my research and find out what other options are out there. Any suggestions??

    Does it make sense to get Phone, Digital TV and High-Speed Internet from the same provider?

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    Callwave Visual Voicemail : Cool Service, Cool Gadget

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    I have been using a service from Callwave for a few weeks now.

    It provides a replacement voicemail system for my mobile cell phone with a range of really useful services.

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    It has a Windows Vista Sidebar gadget that hooks up to your voicemail and lets you listen right from your desktop.

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    Plus, it has a voice to text feature which sends an email with the gist of the message, so that you can see any keywords and decide if you want to listen to it.

    I really like it - it's like having a personal assistant screening all your calls.

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    Halo 3 version of Tafiti

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    I've been enjoying playing around with Tafiti - a funky silverlight search front-end

    Well, it's just been updated with a Halo 3 skin. More from Major Nelson and Soma

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    We're all getting into the Halo 3 mode right now. Even the Windows Mobile guys have skins and ringtones on the Windows Mobile Owner's Circle.

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    The One About Temporary Housing

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    We have been in the US now for 24 days now.

    In that time, we have had 4 addresses and have moved 3 times.

    As part of the relocation to the US, I got to work with a relocation specialist who would help me deal with all the details of the move such as packing, travel, temporary accommodation etc.

    I got a bunch of forms to fill in and provided all my details - including the fact I have 4 kids.

    When we were leaving Sydney, I was sent an email with our new temporary address. This is kinda important because we need to give the movers a forwarding address to deliver things to, as well as put that information on our I-94 form.

    Address #1

    While we were in transit, I got another email with a different address. Good thing I checked my email regularly.

    Address #2

    So, we land in Seattle, grab our luggage and head to the apartment.

    When we get there, we realize that it is the same complex we stay in during our first time in the US way back in 1993.

    Good news, it's really close to Microsoft.

    Bad news, it's a 3 bedroom apartment, and a little on the small side. I have 2 BIG boys who need their space.

    A few days later, we moved to a house

    Address #3

    It was an OK place, a little bit rundown, but at least it had room for the kids.

    However, there was construction happening all around.

    The view from my bedroom window

    They were building 27 houses behind the house and the builders would start early each morning.

    Builders building

    But the straw that finally broke the camel's back happened a few days after we moved in.

    The house next door to us was demolished and a HUGE truck was parked in the shared driveway. The family was "trapped". Oh No!

    Then, while the builders were working on the new construction, they cut the water mains. Which mean there was no water in the house.  And yes, I got a call from my wife very soon after that!

    So, after some discussion, we got a choice of 2 other houses which were becoming available.

    We picked the house and got ready to pack and move *AGAIN*

    Address #4

    This is a 4 bedroom place. There is room for the boys. And it's in the school district that we want.

    So far so good.

    Each time we have moved, I have had to change the address information for our bank, phone, and a bunch of other services we have signed up for.

    Hopefully, our next move will be our last.

    And finally I just want to say, the relocation folks and the temporary housing folks have been very quick to help sort things out. They have been very responsive and supportive.

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