Today I downloaded the latest Radiohead album, In Rainbows. Unlike all the other albums I’ve obtained since I stopped purchasing compact discs, I purchased this album directly from the artists on their website and downloaded the album directly in just a few minutes rather than from peer-to-peer networks. I chose to pay Â£5.00, which gives […]
Today is my first time flying Virgin America. I’m headed to New York from San Francisco. My final destination is Boston but I decided to route through NY and take the Chinatown bus to Boston just to try out Virgin America. So far its great. Virgin America flys out of the international terminal at SFO. […]
The future of personal finance software will be online. I regularly use buxfer to keep track of shared expenses with my roommates and friends. Often we’ll share groceries or meals and its easy for one person to pay the whole bill, then enter the transaction online later and split it evenly (or unevenly) among the […]
I looked at the facebook network for La Crosse, WI, my hometown and was impressed that there are 12,856 people on this network alone. People on facebook can belong to only one regional network at a time, so its likely that most of these users actually live in the La Crosse metro region. The city […]
Maybe for some people who don’t know the midwest as well as I do the google analytics visitor overlay map looks fine. However, the shape of my home state, Wisconsin, is certainly distorted and Michigan is almost unrecognizable. This overlay uses the states boundaries that extend over water. For most states that does not affect […]
I recently made a post about how many open source or free applications I am currently using after a reformat of my laptop. I noticed that it was getting a lot of traffic from the google search “open source dumeter“. The same search revealed NetMeter. It is a freeware program that seems to have all […]
For one of my clients I regularly deal with posting for sale and for rent listings on craigslist to test out formatting issues. Today, after I submitted one post, I got the standard post confirmation along with: Paid to craigslist 2007-09-27 — paymentID real estate for sale Total to be charged 0.00 Is craigslist setting […]
I just got the wordbook plugin for wordpress. It should post my blog posts from bnee.com automatically to facebook. This combines two of my online presences. I also got the Twitter Widget for wordpress which shows my most recent twits on this blog. Facebook also recieves my most recent twits and posts them into my […]
Not wanting to be the last of my friends to cancel their myspace accounts, I pulled the plug today. (Preston did it the day before, but hasn’t written about it yet). I realized that I rarely logged in, most of the messages I got were spam and not very many of my friends were on […]
Preston and I had the opportunity to have dinner with two members of the freshbooks team. We both use freshbooks.com for tracking our work and billing our clients, and it happens to be one of my very favorite web applications. Now we’re both pictured on the freshbooks blog. Preston and I ended up taking Mike […]
Back when my friend Preston Theler worked at Mesaba Airlines, he was first on the scene when a DC-9 ended up on top of a pushback tug. He snapped a picture (and got cited by the TSA for it). Its now one of the most popular pictures on airliners.net, which I hear is the most […]
Firefox is fantastic, but you can make it better. Add some of these extensions by visiting the site & clicking the install link. If you are using firefox, the extension will automatically install and be ready to use after you restart your browser. Tab Mix Plus: Allows you to control how you browse by opening […]
This has been a very interesting trip. Some things I’d reccomend for your cross country train trip: An extension cord- There seem to be only 3 outlets on the train and they are not placed in areas where you could sit and work. Also, one with multiple ends will allow you to make friends by […]
Hour 51: Just hit Omaha, NB, 5.5 hours behind schedule. Lots of people got on in Denver so the train was full, now a lot of people are leaving. Having the iPhone has made this trip much more tolerable. During the trip, both facebook and netvibes launched iPhone versions of their sites, both of which […]
Hour 41: We just spent 5 hours waiting for some trackwork to be finished in the rocky mountians. We got into Denver 5+ hours late. This doesn’t look good for an ontime arrival in chicago.
Hour 29: I’m starting to think I should have brought some food with me on this trip. The cafe food is maybe on par with gas station food at triple the price. The dining car food isn’t much more but the menu is remarkably similar to the cafe: hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. We stopped […]
Hour 10.5: We had a long stop in the middle of nowhere, now a 40 minute stop in Winnemucca, NV. There was actually a basque restaurant across the street from the station (read: gravel lot) which gave me 4 beers for $8. Train food has not impressed me yet, I think that was the worst […]
Its interesting being on the other side of Donner pass looking at the interstate. we already passed the highest point of the trip, I guess its all downhill from here for the next 52 hours. The scenery is good, but Ive seen much of it before on trips to Reno/Tahoe.
Hour 3 outside of colfax, ca. I’ve gotten pretty constant Internet thus far. There are announcements about every 10 minutes with history and sights. Colfax is quaint mountian town. Almost time for lunch.
I’m en route to Chicago from San Francisco (well, really Emeryville) to visit my brother. I’ve got my iphone which I hacked last night to allow my laptop to use the Internet via ad hoc wireless. I’ve got 3 full batteries, so we’ll see how long I can keep the trainblog going. Hour 1: Left […]