476 - IMG_2924.JPG


Originally uploaded by lizney78.

Here I am leading a session for about 25 Mashup Camp attendees on mobile UI and applications. We talked about the challenges facing the space, several best practices, what UI platforms are best, and several other topics. Take a look at the session notes on the Mashup Camp 4 wiki if you want to know more (There’s even a link to a recording there if you want to feel like you were really there.)


473 - Del.icio.us autoposting fixed

I fixed the problem with del.icio.us not auto posting my links here. Sorry it took so long. It ended up being a problem with Dreamhost’s custom compilation of PHP. All is well now after adding a small snippet of code to a WordPress file.

470 - Bailey Photoset

Bailey Photoset

Originally uploaded by mykoleary.

This is a shot of Bailey, our new blue heeler puppy sitting outside on his first night at our house yesterday evening. He’s still a bit sleepy, but getting more and more rambunctious. He is very willing to let the girls doll over him, and is actually getting along right fine with the cats.

He’ll be very loyal and protective once he gets a bit older; a great quality that makes me feel better when the girls all go out for walks in the neighborhood.

469 - How Many Seattle City Workers Does it Take to Watch Cement Dry?

So I work a block or two from the latest water main break in Seattle.  It was a pretty bad break of a 24″ main.  So bad it created a huge sinkhole that enveloped two cars and shut a drawbridge for the better part of two days.

Here’s a picture that came out in the Seattle Times of the workers making sure the latest fix of reinforcing the girders with cement to ensure the bridge won’t collapse to reopen it to traffic.

Notice that one of these guys is actually working.  It’s almost like a where’s Waldo picture…

Amazed Wrokers

468 - IM Accessibility

I’ve recently dropped my Sidekick for a Motorola Q.  More on that later, but I wanted to let y’all know that I’m no longer on IM basically 24/7.  Now, the best way to reach me is via email, my Grandcentral number (206-428-7973), or my push email account of m y k o l e a r y A T m a i l 2 w e b D O T c o m for the more urgent of needs.

I am on MSN IM occasionally on it and can jump on at any point, but I’m afraid I haven’t found a good AIM alternative that is free or cheap yet.  If you know of one that is as great as Agile Messenger but not quite as spendy, please let me know.

467 - Been a long time.

Sorry to all those who are getting tired of only seeing my links.  I’ve been remiss in communicating for quite a while.  I apologize.  I think it’s because I felt that I wasn’t really reaching many people (no offense to those reading… :) )

I came up with a solution to save this blog and to reach the masses all at once – I started a new blog on Lockergnome called Tech Time (Chris’ reach is tremendous).

How is starting another blog going to save this one?  Well, because that one will have the more in depth posts that I have boiling inside me for tips, tricks, etc.  This one will remain the home of Myk and will continue to have my photos, links, and reviews.  It will also have the personal posts I used to have.  If you want the more in depth posts, go over there.  For some foreshadowing, read my intro post.

Welcome back to content, and amble over there and let me know what you think.

451 - Amazon Pricing Research

I’ve been working on writing an Amazon.com scanner in Ruby on Rails which will scan particular keywords on Amazon and drop the results in a local database for later analysis.

It’s to a point where it will email me results that meet certain critieria.

I’ve added keywords for products that we use, as well as keywords from some family members who have been unwitting beta participants.  I’m almost ready to release a site to the public but wanted to ask you, my friends a couple questions as I try to figure out exactly how to launch it.

  1. How much would you pay to be alerted to sales at Amazon on keywords you are interested in?
  2. Would you prefer a one time fee or a monthy fee?
  3. What categories and keywords interest you?
  4. Would you prefer to come to the site when you needed, or would you prefer to be alerted via elctronic means?
  5. Do you prefer SMS, IM, email, or text to speech over your phone for electronic alerts?
  6. Any comments you wish to add that I didn’t think to ask?

Sorry for the vaugeries, but an idea to help us save money took off in my head and is growing every weekend.  Feel free to either comment or send me email (it’s on the top left of every page).  I’ll post next a sample of something I just found in my latest scan.

If you’re just interested in the final product, stay tuned for an announcement of sorts in several months.

447 - Wanted: UGLIEST Bluetooth cell phone – $40

I found this poking around Craigslist for a new Blackberry. Anyone have a ditcher they can send them? “Have you got the ugliest phone with the most horrid scratches on it? Do you want a new one but are afraid you can’t get anything for your POS? I have a pre-paid GSM SIM card that I want to use in my car which has bluetooth.”

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443 - Cheap ($4.95 after rebate) 2-pack of 1GB Flash Drives

Anyone that has been looking to get a sizable flash drive should take a look at this. If you haven’t, just proceed and be on with your day.

Flash Drives

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Buy.com Total Price: $4.95

Kingston 2 X 1GB USB 2.0 DataTraveler Flash Drive Kit – DTI/1GB-2PKR


Rebate limit is two per person/household/address, so you can actually get 4 of these for $9.90 after rebate.

DataTraveler USB Flash drive is ideal for home office, small business, schools and promotions. It is affordable and puts mobile storage in nearly anyone’s hands. Now you can store, carry and transfer files quickly in an affordable, convenient device. The DataTraveler from Kingston helps budget-conscious users break storage barriers, allowing you to easily store and move files in a device no bigger than a pocketknife. As easy as click and drag, the DataTraveler can hold just about any file you can think of – reports pictures, spreadsheets or other important documents. It works with virtually any device with a USB port – even cross-platform from Macintosh to PC and vice versa. The DataTraveler also makes a great promotional item for your organization; it’s simple to add your logo to increase brand-recognition. Backed by a five-year warranty and Kingston’s legendary service and support, the DataTraveler is a reliable, inexpensive solution for carrying files or your next promotion.

BTW – If you haven’t used Google Checkout before, use that to get $10 off and essentially get four for free or get paid $5.00 to get two after all is said and done.

{EDIT: Note that Rebate ends March 31st; Don’t forget to print your reciept upon order completion, some friends have told me they didn’t get packing slips from buy.com}

441 - Red Red Water – Think Geek Temperature Changing LED Facuet Extension

Think Geek Temperature Changing LED Facuet Extension

Originally uploaded by mykoleary.

Click through to a photoset of our cool new Think Geek Temperature Changing LED Facuet Extensions we just got in the mail.

Kelsey was so excited to brush her teeth, she yelled out “Mommy, it’s chanigng color!”

Besides being really really cool, they are pracitcal too. Now the girls know when the water is too hot to touch, since hot water makes the LEDs go from blue to red.

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