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  • Blog Post: A lot of snow around Seattle

    It has been heavily snowing for more than a week. I cleaned my driveway four times already, each time removing a foot of snow - good excercise :-). However, our street was only plowed once :-( so one really needs a high clearance car to get out. It is snowing every year and yet city does not have snow...
  • Blog Post: I like HTC Touch

    I blogged back in April that I was going to get HTC S710 . I did get one and liked it a lot. However, in July I went on vacation in Hawaii and was careless enough to go swimming with my new phone sitting in my pocket. Well, the phone, of course, died. So when I returned I started looking for replacement...
  • Blog Post: NVidia 79xx SLI driver for Vista is published

    Looks like I can finally install Vista on my home box. My rig has two 7900GTX in SLI configuration and NVidia drivers until the most recent one only supported 88xx in SLI mode. Hopefully fresh one works well. Well, if it crashes once in a while when playing games, that's OK too as XP driver crashes every...
  • Blog Post: The wait for HTC S710 is unbearable

    I love Bluetooth phone/car pairing but my old iMate SP3 does not transfer address book to the car so I really want new phone. I preordered HTC S710 quite some time ago. Mobile Planet expected it on 22nd or April. Now it is due on 9th of May. Cool thing is that it also has WiFi and keyboard in such a...
  • Blog Post: Small smartphone or a bigger device? Why do we have to choose?

    Most of the time I only need a small candy bar smartphone that is extemely convenient to carry around and which is fine for calling, occasional e-mail reading and some limited Web browsing. However, sometimes I need to type an answer to an e-mail. But I don't have to do it very often so I don't really...
  • Blog Post: Power outage in Puget Sound was bad

    My home lost power Thursday night, a week ago. On Friday there was no power anywhere. Bellevue, Redmond, Kirlkand, Woodinville - all were dark. We tried to get to Microsoft campus on Friday morning since usually it used to keep power even under quite serious conditions. It took us good two hours to get...
  • Blog Post: Who is complaining about snow?

    It is fun to play outside, then get back to work over remote connection, then go make a snowman and then work some more :-) My driveway today Me, having fun with my daughter Now, I had too much fun... Back to work! :-)
  • Blog Post: Pandora.com - highly recommended

    Pandora.com is a pretty cool music service and price is attractive too. You can have if free with ads or ad-free for $36 a year. That's one latte a month and four times chaper than satellite radio. And all it needs is a browser, so it is always with you as long as you are online. Now playing station...
  • Blog Post: Converting cassette tapes to MP3

    I recently purchased an interesting product called PlusDeck2 which is essentially cassette deck that you install in the PC, connect to the sound card and COM port. It comes with software that automates conversion process by controlling deck via the COM port and digitizing tape output using existing sound...
  • Blog Post: Lossless music online

    Apparently Smithsonian Global Sound offers tons of world music in both MP3 at 128 Kbps and FLAC . Grateful Dead is also now available in FLAC at a reasonable price such as $23.50 for four CDs . Good sign, hopefully major online music stores will eventually follow the suit...
  • Blog Post: Six months with Prius

    Back in October 2004 I bought Toyota Prius hybrid. (I traded in Infinity FX45 if that matters). It has been half a year and 5000 miles and I am still very happy. I am averaging 47 mpg. I upgraded audio system and now enjoying good music in the morning traffic. As a matter of fact, Prius is a great car...
  • Blog Post: Mac Mini - is Apple going to produce Mac-based car audio unit? ;-)

    New Mac Mini is 6.5"x6.5"x2". DIN1 size (standard car radio head unit size) is 7.375 wide by 2.25" high. I am wondering why it is so close... ;-) Mini may be a good media box provided it is quiet. Dustin Mihalik says Mini is quiet but I am not sure since I played with Mac G5 and it was pretty noisy at...
  • Blog Post: Last high quality photo lab closed on the Eastside

    Overlake Photo that I have been using for quite some time is going out of business due to digital pressure. No more quality film development close to work :-(. Now I'll have to either use mail order (most probably) or drive all the way to Seattle Photobition (former Ivey Seright). Overlake lab did a...
  • Blog Post: Digital music in the car: part II

    I began blogging about my car project earlier this month. Here are options I figured out so far: 1. Install full computer in the car. This might be new Sony U750 portable with 5" touchscreen. Or put DIN-size PC in the standard opening and add 7" touchscreen. However, I am not sure how slow Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Got a new car

    It is Toyota Prius . It is pretty big change for me since I have been driving fast cars for many years. However, most of the time I am now driving in peak traffic taking daughter to and from kindergarden. It has been three weeks and so far I have been enjoying the car, it is indeed a geek toy :-). I...
  • Blog Post: Here is the display I want!

    There are couple of 22“ LCD displays available with stunning 3480x2400 resolution from IBM and Viewsonic . Apparently video cards are barely catching up, ATI requires two DVI cables to feed the beast and it seems like it has to render four 1920x1200 tiles. I had seen information about IBM prototype...
  • Blog Post: Intro

    As you might guess from my name I am Russian (born in Moscow). My education is applied mathematics (specifically numerical methods and spectral analysis). In 1990 or so with a few other folks I co-founded imaging company ( http://www.csoft.com/ ). We did pretty cool stuff such as making software that...
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