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April 26, 2006

Realize that this is aimed at personal friends and family who'll never realize the power of RSS (despite my incessant advocacy over the last five years) and who I know visit this page often to check for updates.

A few days ago FeedBurner announced that they were now offering feed subscriptions over e-mail. As usual, FeedBurner seems to get everything right with this, and without going into too much technical detail and running the risk of turning off those most likely to sign up for this service, let me quickly explain what it is and offer an easy way to subscribe.

Basically, instead of using a news aggregator (you know, those things I never shut up about?), you'll simply be sent an e-mail containing my latest post, and because I have a full-content feed, you'll never really need to actually check the site to keep up.

It couldn't be any easier.

Also, I've just recently "burned" the linked-list feed (the links with the pink text on the index page) and the photoblog feed to get a better handle on reader circulation. Therefore, these are also now available as e-mail subscriptions. Please see the forms below to sign up.

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April 26, 2006
The Show with Ze Frank. A sub-five-minute daily video sarcastically tackling the day's events. It definitely has its moments.

HDR imaging software

April 24, 2006

Anyone aware of anything better than Photomatix Pro for producing HDR images on a Mac? I'm pretty eager to start experimenting with this technique, but before diving in I'd like to know that I'm using the best software available for the job.

Web 2.NO [thank you]

April 24, 2006

I'm done. I've had it with all of the "Web 2.0" hype and bullshit. It's all so very tired. If your article's got Web 2.0 in the title, you're pretty much guaranteeing yourself one less reader. Sorry, but enough is enough.

Jabra JX10

April 23, 2006

The Jabra JX10, my dream Bluetooth headset? Not quite, but it's certainly as close to it as any headset I've yet owned, and I've owned a lot of them over the last few years.

In reverse order, I've had the following: Sony Ericsson HBH-662 (includes LCD screen for caller ID), Motorola HS850, Jabra BT250v, Jabra BT800 (includes LCD screen for caller ID), and at least two others that I can't currently recall. Perhaps I should include these on the gadget page, lest I forget them.

Anyway, back to the JX10. This thing is tiny -- check out this shot I got of it next to a quarter (it's a quick and dirty cameraphone pic, but you get the idea). At 10 grams (less than 1/3 of an ounce), it's the smallest Bluetooth headset currently available (with a built-in, rechargeable battery). Couple this almost non-existent form-factor with the fact that I actually like the design and all that's left for it to do is perform well, and perform well it does.

It's a Bluetooth headset so there's not too much for me to say other than that I've experienced no trouble with it over the last month. Battery life, like most consumer electronics, is nothing like what is claimed, but it's certainly no worse than what I expected and I really can't complain about it.

With respect to features, one of its biggest selling points would have to be its DSP technology; this allows it to adjust volume levels relative to background noise, significantly reducing the latter. It works pretty well and I'm assuming it's the same technology found in the BT800 mentioned above, which performed about the same.

Given the feather-like weight of the headset, the braver among us might actually wear it without the detachable earhook. I actually do this sometimes when I'm in my apartment (read: not really moving about); it's balanced perfectly so that when you rest it on the 'inside' of your ear it will stay there barring any crazy head movement. This leads me to my one and only real gripe: why is there an earhook at all? With a device so small and lightweight, the earhook could have been obviated rather easily by allowing it to sit inside your ear (much like the in-ear headphones I'm always raving about; like those, it could also come with some sort of fitting kit). There's no doubt that this in-ear approach is where these headsets are going, and a couple of manufacturers have actually tried it already, but no one's quite pulled it off yet. Seems so simple and obvious to me. *shrug*

I passed the Patent Bar!!!

April 20, 2006

Earlier today I passed the notoriously difficult, six-hour Patent Bar exam and I don't think I've ever felt so good (in context) or relieved. I've never been one to get too celebratory about "achievements," but I can't lie, I'm pretty proud of this one.

It's a good thing I passed this first time, because I'm not sure what else I could have done to prepare for it. I BUSTED MY FUCKING ASS. Had I not passed, I wouldn't have been able to take it again until sometime after the California Bar, and by then I surely would've forgotten all that I had learned. It was kind of a dumb move to wait so long to take it (and remove the option of 'quickly' retaking it had I not passed), but to be honest, I'm not sure I would have passed without the added pressure.

I'm headed out tonight for some well-deserved fun, and tomorrow, when I emerge from my imminent alcohol-induced coma, I'll be sure to reply to all of the e-mails and voicemails I've been sitting on and might publish a few posts as well.

I've been holding down the bat cave in crazy, stressed, isolate-myself-from-the-world mode for a while now and can't wait to get back to "normal." Unfortunately, I'm going to have to balance all of that catch-up stuff with the fact that I've got four law-school finals starting in two weeks and I've done next to nothing for most of my classes, not to mention that there are nine outstanding Google Hacks (3rd edition) chapters for me to edit. Ugh.

In other news, I've just ordered a "Crystal White" Nintendo DS Lite (still no link on from Lik-Sang, which should arrive here from Japan in ~3 days.