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Problems resolved [13 Jul 2005|12:54pm]
Ok, I think the router problems were resolved by a total reset. I hate doing that, but at least it works now.

So, wjsullivan.net should be reachable.

Also, I think I've finally got the syndication here working. So, if you are mildly interested but don't want to leave the comfy couch confines of LiveJournal, you can add wjsullivan as a friend and keep up that way.
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Stop smoking --- Start drinking! [13 Jul 2005|08:29pm]

You've got to be kidding. Beer with nicotine in it? Next we need the trifecta --- the caffeine-equipped nicotine beer!

Lest you think that I'm making this up...

Drinking three of these beers is the equivalent of smoking an entire pack of cigarettes.

I think they got the balance a little off there. Shouldn't a pack of cigarettes be more like twelve beers?

They are marketing it as a way to stop smoking. C'mon now. That's like trying to stop smoking by chewing. You just end up smoking and chewing. It's a little outrageous --- they should be marketing it heavily to towns with indoor smoking bans, that's a little more legit.

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abecedaria [13 Jul 2005|08:39pm]

Linguistics and writing geeks, as well as unicode freaks, will be interested in this blog.

I've only spent a few minutes skimming it, but I can tell I will be returning. Plus, I already know roughly 1000 times as much about Cherokee syllabary, writing systems for the blind, and how to keyboard Cree than I knew before.


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Solar-powered laptop bag: boom or bust? [13 Jul 2005|11:35pm]

Without actually owning or using the product, I review it, negatively. If anyone ever tries one of these things out, please let me know.

I thought while reading the NYT that this solar-powered laptop bag could steal the number-one spot on my gadget want-list.

It has cells, and a battery, so that you can charge all your electronic devices while walking around in the sun!

Not only is this convenient for being a technologically enabled radical urban nomad who could use some more sun, but it is also a great step environmentally. If I'm charging those devices in the sun, then I'm not plugging them in and burning some lovely coal to charge them later (though the bag does include the plug for the coal and/or nuclear-power option).

As both a geek and an environmentally concerned person, I have a lot of guilt about my power usage.

But wait --- this laptop bag won't charge your laptop! Now, that's stupid. At least they are not shy with this information. The bag is designed to charge all your other stuff --- cell phone, mp3 player, iPod, etc.

I'm disappointed. I think I'll wait for the laptop model. I don't, and will never, have an iPod. They do have a pouch, though, which might be handy for my phone. Well, wait --- I was thinking about putting the pouch inside my other bag, but I don't guess it would get much light there!

So, there's not enough of a benefit to convince me to walk around with solar panels on my back --- yet. But this gives me hope that such a future is nearly here.

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