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50 Pound Burger

I came across an article about a 50lb burger the other day and turns out the diner in the article is only around 65 miles away in NJ.  So my friends and I figure why not, it seems like fun and set a date.  Unfortunately the burger didn't live up to the hype, it was much smaller in person.  Below is a picture of me and a slice of the burger.

 

Posted: Dec 14, 2008 @ 08:01 pm


My Fish Broke My Monitor!

My 22" Dell monitor broke a few weeks ago and I think my fish broke it. Yes, my fish. The fish tank is right next to my computer desk and it probably splashed water out of the corner onto the monitor while it was hunting. It worked fine for another month or so, but strange things started happening and the buttons started going nuts. The Samsung that is right next to the tank gets splashed all the time, but it works fine, maybe it's just poor build quality on the Dell, I don't know. But I'm happy Dell didn't give me any trouble, it was still under warranty and they sent me a replacement. (I called at around 10PM and got a replacement the next day, now that's what I call service!)

Fish

Don't let those puppy dog eyes fool you, it's a killer! I caught this thing off the beach at Captree State Park in Long Island last year, and after it grew a little bigger it started eating everything that'll fit in its mouth! I don't have much fish left in my tank. Last month I put like maybe 20-30 killies in there, it's all gone now. I still don't know what kind of fish it is.

Posted: Sep 25, 2007 @ 11:29 pm


Phone Bill

I recently noticed something on my phone bill, out of the $30+ dollars, only $.16 was for the cost of my calls.  Yes, that's 16 cents of out a $30+ bill!  The privilege of getting a dial tone costs over $11, and another $11 or so for taxes and surcharges.  So the basic bill without including calls or any other services is over $22!  That's just crazy!  Now I know why so many people go without a landline, at least your not charged $11 for a dial tone on a mobile phone.

Posted: Sep 09, 2007 @ 09:44 pm


First Vista Freeze!

Vista finally froze for the first time.  Not a crash, but a freeze where the screen is still up but nothing (not even the mouse) works.  I have a feeling it was because the DVD ripping software I was using didn't like the scratched DVD.  Oh well, hope that was the problem and not something bigger.

Posted: Sep 01, 2007 @ 01:49 pm


Avoid Devil's Tombstone Campground

Avoid Devil's Tombstone like the plague. I was supposed to be camping there last weekend, but we turned right back around after we saw the place. We ended up staying at North South Lake, it was crowded and noisy but at least it didn't have a highway running through it. Yes, that's right, Devil's Tombstone has a freaking highway running through it! You're camping like 20 feet from a highway. It's like camping at the side of the road, if god forbid there's an accident, the car will land on top of you.

I don't know where they took those pictures on their website, but it isn't Devil's Tombstone. And the river? It's run off water. Everything is done over at North South Lake, their sister campground 8 miles away, even garbage dumping. You have been warned. It's off my list.

Posted: Jul 09, 2007 @ 11:30 pm


The iPhones... they're everywhere!

Err, everywhere I look its news about the iPhone. What's a big deal? It's just a phone, it doesn't do anything that current smartphones doesn't already do. Ok, so it's from Apple, and that fact alone makes it cool. But get a grip, it's just a phone!

I still think my Motorola Krzr is the perfect phone.

Posted: Jul 02, 2007 @ 10:32 am


Where is my reset button?

When I was having some network issues with my file server last week, I discovered that apparently Vista's Windows Explorer doesn't know what to do when a mapped drive goes dead while being accessed. So it just hangs. The computer isn't frozen, things still work, but that Explorer window just hangs. I can't kill the window, I can't restart, and I can't shutdown, there was nothing I can do from Windows. But wait, what's this? My shiny new Dell doesn't have a reset button!? I don't understand, where is my reset button? Is a reset button that expensive? Why even have a power button? Just have it power on when it's plugged in, that's good enough isn't it?

Posted: Jun 29, 2007 @ 01:56 pm


Shopping for an MP3 Player is Hard Work

I've been in the market for a new MP3 player for a while, ever since it started getting warm. Without a jacket I really don't have anywhere to carry my 20GB Gmini 400 (about the size of an iPod, but a little thicker). What I usually end up doing is carrying a bag just to hold the Gmini. So this summer I decided to get a small flash player so I can just put it in my shirt pocket instead of carrying a big bag.

Here are my requirements: 1GB or more, small, cheap, rechargeable batteries, charges by USB, standard USB connection, display, good battery life, drag and drop music.

The first player I got was the $30 Audiovox MP6610FM with 1GB. The sample that I saw was perfect, met all the requirements and it was cheap. But turns out the display model I was looking at was the 512MB version, and the 1GB model slightly different, mainly non-standard USB connector. The proprietary connector was so bad I thought I got a lemon, but turns out it must be shoved in all the way, and if you move the player there's a good chance it'll get disconnect. This I can live with, but the battery life for this unit sucked. The battery indicator was at nothing after about 3 hours, and completely died after 4 hours.

Pro: Small, Cheap
Con: Crappy Proprietary USB Connector, Poor Battery Life
Conclusion: Returned - The battery life was the deal breaker, my commute is about a little over an hour each way, and that doesn't leave much juice for anything else. It also blue screened Vista, probably because it keeps getting kicked in and out due the crappy connector.

The next unit I tried was the $50 Philips SA1333/37 with 1GB. It's a bit more expensive and larger than the Audiovox, but it looks a lot nicer. The packaging for this thing was insane, it was about a foot tall and a foot and a half wide, it took me a while to open. Unlike the Audiovox the Philips has a standard USB plug, it's like a USB thumb drive. The only problem I had was it did not show up as a drive but as an audio device, and when I imported my music not all of it showed up. I called Philips and they told me the player doesn't work with Vista and WMP11 and that I should use it on an XP computer or get one of their newer models that support Vista. Uh, bull. I ran the driver wizard on the player and switch to the USB Mass Storage driver, it showed up as a drive after that and problem solved. I did some research and turns out the player supports both MTP (for transferring music) and MSC (mount as a drive), and unfortunately WMP 10/11 defaults to MTP. I tried the player on an OSX and Linux, both showed up as a drive.

Pro: Shiny, Retractable USB Plug
Con: Defaults to MTP, Big (twice the size as the Audiovox), Browsing is Slow
Conclusion: Keeper - This was supposed to be returned, but now that I figured out the MTP vs. MSC mess, I think I'll keep it. It meets all the requirements and it looks nice.

Posted: Jun 08, 2007 @ 12:27 am


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