The future is here

Posted in product review, tech by beebe4 on January 10, 2007

Apple announced it’s iPhone yesterday, and all I have to say is “Holy Shit!” That thing looks amazing! I haven’t wanted anything so bad, since back in ’84 when I finally got a NES.

Head on over to Apple and check out there iPhone section it is well worth it!


Do you use mulitple computers?

Posted in product review, tech, work by beebe4 on December 21, 2006

So, my friend at work, Mike, showed me Synergy today. PRETTY FREAKING COOL! It is not ready for prime time yet, as the UI is a little clunky, but the functionality works and allows me to just use one keyboard and mouse to control the laptop and computer at my desk. It is different then the hardware needed like a Belkin, and it doesn’t allow you to use the same monitor for multiple computers, but it does allow you to make all monitors aware of each other, so that your mouse can jump from screen to screen to screen, regardless of your operating system.

And best of all… it is free!

Cordless headphones

Posted in product review by beebe4 on October 25, 2006

I purchased some cordless headphones a while back on eBay. Two comments:
1) eBay needs to have a non-smoking symbol for products. These bitches smelled like smoke for a month after I got them, and I think it discolored some of the rubber on them. I would never buy from a smoker for any product that I am going to wrap around my head.
2) The brand is InfraSound and it basically has an ifrared base that transmits to the headphone with receivers on either ear. The work ok, but they seem to be getting interference from my monitor, and GOD forbid if I turn my head the wrong direction or raise my hand to adjust the volume (which is located on the bottom side of the ear) and block the receiver… whole fuzz sound, batman. You would think that they could cancel out the fuzz and not bust your ear drums every time the signal cannot be received.

Anyways, don’t waste your money if Smoky Smokerton from Smokerville is trying to sell you some cordless infrared headphones, it will be money poorly spend.

Must have tools

Posted in product review by beebe4 on October 11, 2006

So I had previously mentioned Skype and GoToMeeting as good tools… but here are some other open source projects that I would recommend.

  • For Zipping, screw WinZip, checkout 7-Zip
  • For saving documents to PDF checkout CutePDF Writer (you will need the writer and the converter
  • For Cool Windows tools like Graphical AltTabs, and an enhanced calculator and a unix like window manager, check out XP PowerToys from the windows developers

New Phones

Posted in product review by beebe4 on October 4, 2006

Sherry and I both got new phones this week. Always fun to get a new phone 🙂

I am excited about this one, it seems to have access to the web down, and at much faster speeds. It is the new Samsung a900 by Sprint. My major complaint is that it does not easily sync to outlook, but that just made me look harder at ways to get around this.

I tried different freeware programs and different services (like AirSet which is kinda cool, but I don’t want to have a special app just to have my contacts and calendar up to date). But nothing yet. I did find an open source project BitPim that will eventually get around to it I imagine but they have not added support for the a900 yet.

I have already uploaded my Jack Johnson CD (On and On) and taken video of a burning car that I passed on the way to the airport, and pictures of Sherry and Noah. I will be able to send video mail easily I think so those of you in the inner circle get ready.

In my explorations I did find (and play with) some cool tools to add anything you want as a Java app to the phone. Below are the details:

Borrowed from the Sprint Users Forum

So I got bored last night and started exploring my a900’s file system to see what I could see. I didn’t realize it when I first used QPST, but you can in fact use QPST to upload files, this made me very happy. So what follows is how to fill up the 11mb of allotted space on your A900 without having to use uploading sites

First head out to and search for A900 drivers. Download and install them, then reboot (Yes, you must reboot)

Next, download and install QPST if you don’t already have it (seriously, just search google for, you WILL find it)

Call Sprint (*2) and ask a rep for the MSL for your phone. They will give it to you with no problems, if you get an ass on the line, thank him/her for their time, hang up and try again.

Once you have your MSL, start up QPST from your start menu and click the “Ports” tab. Click “Add new port” and type in COM3 for both fields. If your phone doesn’t come up on that one then try also adding COM4.

Once your phone shows up in the Active Phones field click the “Start Clients” menu and click “EFS Explorer”

Put your MSL in the SPC field and click OK. Let EFS explore traverse your file system.

Now comes the fun part which I’m going to copy and paste from notepad, hopefully it will be nice and complete for you

Browse to /brew/mod/obione/jas/index/ In there you’ll find a bunch of .txt files, these files are references to all the custom files on your phone. 1.txt and 2.txt are OnDemand and Sprint Music Store, respectively. The rest are the various demos sprint has put on your phone from the factory.

What you want to do is find the .txt file for what you want to upload. If you want to upload an app grab 8.txt, which is the Weather Channel reference file. If you want to upload a game, grab 3.txt (tetris demo). im or email app – 10.txt. ringer – 12.txt. screen saver – 13.txt.

Once it’s on your computer, save it to the next available number for that directory (the largest number in mine is 15.txt, so i would rename 8.txt to 16.txt).

For games, apps and IM/Email apps:

1. Open up your .txt file and change JARF to 16 and JADF to 16 (in my example). If you don’t have a jad for the file I think you can leave the number field blank.
2. Right click on the jar you want to upload and put the size in bytes of the file into MSIZ
3. The PERM field is what you would find under settings. there are six menu items when you view settings on a file using your phone, and coincidentally there is a 0 based array of 6 fields in the PERM field with different values:
0 – Network
1 – Location (GPS)
2 – File Connection
3 – PIM
4 – Sprint Extensions
5 – Bluetooth
4. If you want you can change the download URL (DURL), but it’s not that important.
5. You’ll obviously want to change the NAME and VEND fields to their respective values (JAMDAT Bowling, JAMDAT Mobile, Inc. – for JAMDAT bowling)
6. After you’ve done that find the .JAD and .JAR you want to upload and rename them to (in my example) 16.jad and 16.jar
7. Click and drag your .txt file into the /brew/mod/obione/jas/index/ directory, and click and drag your jad and jar files into the /brew/shared/jas/content/ directory
8. Check your games or apps directory for what you’ve just uploaded and rejoice in knowing that you don’t have to pay for data rates anymore

For Ringers and Screen savers:
*I haven’t actually done either of these, but judging by the layout of the reference file it would be pretty easy.*

1. Open up your .txt file and change CONF and CONH to the next available number (16 in my example).
2. As for TYPE, the sample video ringer has video/3gpp and the screen saver has image/x-pmd. I’m guessing these are just your standard mime-types, so feel free to put whatever you need in here to get it working.
3. Right click the file you are uploading and put the size in bytes into the SIZE field
4. Change the path to shared/jas/content/16.gc (in my example)
5. And then of course you can change the NAME and VEND fields to suit your needs.
6. Change the name of the file you are uploading to 16.gc (in my example).
7. Click and drag your .txt file into the /brew/mod/obione/jas/index/ directory, and click and drag your media file into the /brew/shared/jas/content/ directory
8. Check your respective folder on your phone to see if it works.

The CATE (category) field is described as follows:
1 – Games
2 – Ringers
4 – Screen Savers
8 – Apps
16 – IM & Email
256 – Sprint stuff