Technology’s Infestation of my Life

Examples of how technology has permeated every single bit of my life.

Skype Me

Skype is an up and coming VoIP (Voice over IP) program that I first heard about from Make you go hmm‘s TDavid. A short while after that, Phillip from Germany (he attended SAAS my Juinor year) IMed me on AIM wonding if I had Skype. And today we finally talked! It was sooo cool! It’s really just like talking on the telephone. I couldn’t detect any lag and the sound qualaity was excellent, better then a telephone. So, head over to Skype.com and download it! My username is fergbrain. Give me a ring!

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SPOT Watch and Johnny Carson, Dead at 79

So what, praytel, does my SPOT watch have to do with Johnny Carson dying? Well, not much except that I was alerted to Carson’s death just 15 minutes ago on my watch while I was eating breakfast at the Cafe:

NBC reports that Johnny Carson has died from emphysema.

That was it. Simple, short, sweet. Yet very informative. I think Things that…make you hmm‘s TDavid summed it up best:

He made us laugh through The Tonight Show, walking out on stage some 4,500+ times, Johnny Carson has exited this life at age 79. Thank you for making us smile.

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Bluetooth Setup to the Max

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I just received the last of my new Bluetooth setup. I have the Microsoft Bluetooth Desktop with keyboard and mouse and I just got my Bluetooth PCMCIA transceiver so I don’t have to use Microsoft’s giant USB adapter. Anyways, it’s way cool; I can type on my computer from 4 rooms down the hall. This will also set me up for future bluetooth devices I might get, such as headphones or a cell phone.

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Reading With The Tablet PC

I havn’t had the unfortunatle pleasure reading using my Tablet PC until now. But I have to say it is awesome, despite the fact that I actually do have to read. For NHV, almost all of our readings are in PDF form. It’s a simple mater to convert them to Journal files which I then can read and highlight on my Tablet PC. It’s also nice because I can change the “font size” by zooming in or out (It’s actually a picture because the document was scanned as such and not sent through an OCR system). This new system also ensures that I actually keep track of all my documents that I’ve read and marked up, lest I loose my laptop, which would be a horrible and tragic event.

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Daily Update

And for today’s update:

I think I’m going to get the Colorado 10 Pass instead of the other unlimited pass. This let’s me ski for less then $38/day at any of the Vail owned mountains.

My Bluetooth Desktop set came today and I have to say it is really awesome. Everyone should own one. My Bluetooth PCMCIA card should be arriving soon.

I offically moved out of my Mines Park appartment today. Don’t forget to send me mail at my new address!

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Mines not on TheFacebook.com

I’ve known this for a long time and have even submitted various requests. However, I need your help! One man can only do so much. However, one man and his website can do quite a bit, hopefully.

Click here to request that TheFacebook.com add CSM to their list of supported sites. The link will open up in a new window. Once you’ve done if from your computer, go to your neighbors and do it again. And then do it from work. From ALL the computers at work. Go to your neighbors work and do if from there. Go to the public library and click on the link from all the computers their. IM all your buddies and have them click on the link. Here’s the link again: http://www.thefacebook.com/contact.php?newschool=Colorado%20School%20of%20Mines. Share the link with your friends, get CSM added to TheFacebook.com!

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2005 Predictions

Sorry, for the picture. I did a Google Image search for new year and that’s one of the pictures that came up. I thought it was sort of funny, in an odd sort of way….welcome to my world, I guess. Anyways, the following are my top 10 technology related predictions for 2005:

  1. Apple will come out with their own version of the Tablet PC. It will be called iWrite or iNote or iScribble or iSomethingLikeThat.
  2. Microsoft will begin to launch a whole slew of consumer based products for the Xbox, starting with Microsoft Word. The goal will be to build a computer and OS that is completely virus free by securing software at the processor level.
  3. The RIAA will announce that they are going to begin to phase out CD’s. They will replace them with a combination DVD/CD that offer consumer much better quality at half the price.
  4. The MPAA will announce that they are officially adopting the Blu-Ray format.
  5. Firefox will overtake Internet Explorer as the most used browser.
  6. In response to Firefox becoming the leading browser, Microsoft will drop more features of Windows Longhorn just so they can RTM on time. This will frustrate millions of tech users, including me.
  7. AOL will finally go bankrupt and disappear forever as dial-up finally dies and dissappears forever as well. People will look back and wonder why they yearned for the “You’ve Got Mail” voice. Some tech nut will just happen to analye the YGM audio and find that it contains a sumliminal message that urges users to keep using AOL.
  8. Cingular/ATT will buy out Sprint/Nextel. Facing fierce compeition, Verizon will merge with Cingular/ATT/Sprint/Nextel. New company will be called Springtelon. Unfortunatly, slogan will still be, “Can you hear me now? Good.”
  9. Realizing their giant flop in the console wars with the GameCube, Nintendo will announce that they will only be producing handheld gaming units. Sony can be heard gulping, while Bill grins an evil smile.
  10. WiFi Cellphone VoIP technology will be created.
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