A night with the OQO Model 01

The OQO Model 01 is very small. Posted by Hello

A friend of mine recently bought an OQO Model 01 at work. He took it home last weekend to play with it. He graciously let me put my grubby fingers on it for a couple of hours on Friday night.

It rated pretty high on the cool scale. However, I couldn't figure out what I would use it for. It's too small to be good for any serious data input, and it's too big and doesn't resume fast enough to be used like a PDA. Also, I think I would take the $1600 or so that this thing costs and put it toward a PowerBook instead. But, it was really fun to play with for a couple of hours.

I have other pictures coming. You just won't believe how small this thing is. Check it out!

Notice the size relative to my car keys. Freaky, huh? And that's really Windows XP full version running on it. Posted by Hello

A picture of the OQO Model 01 on my desk. Complete with portable keyboard and miniature portable mouse. Bluetooth, of course. Posted by Hello


Passive Aggressive Communications Solutions

Today was a really rough day. There was plenty of frustration and general tedium that lead to a general state of dysphoria. I definitely needed a pick me up.

A friend of mine sent me a link to a great idea for punctuation substitution. It's hysterical. If you don't like it, well... :)


I outsourced my DNS: Losing a little more geekitude

This is a big day for me. I made the decision to outsource my DNS to DNS Park. I feel good about the decision because DNS Park seems like a reputable company, and their web-based management interface rocks. However, I realize I've lost some geekitude by doing this.

It's really a question of priorities. I find that my free time in front of my computer ain't what it used to be. It's not only that I prefer to spend more time with my daughter, but I've also made a shift to more coding and less system administration. So, maintaining my DNS server isn't something I enjoy doing any more.

I feel a bit bad because I know it's not really that difficult to maintain a DNS server once you understand how they work. In fact, once you get it setup, you don't have to do anything as long as nothing changes. HOWEVER, I've been through 3 static IP changes (ISP consolidation) and 2 operating system changes (it's a bit of a personal problem controlling my OS fetish) in the last 2 years. Every time something changes, I'm reminded of how I'd much rather let someone else set it up and maintain it.

So, goodbye DNS! I hope my little domain will be happy at DNS Park. We'll know in 24 to 48 hours after "the propagation" happens...