My Parents Seemingly Rock

Got this from Mike’s journal. Thought I’d see how my parents rated.

You scored as Your parents rock!. Your parents have a great balance going on here. Anyone would want to have these guys. They are awesomely leniant and cool too!

Your parents rock!

85%

No more than anyone else’s

45%

What parents?

20%

Yea, they are

5%

Are your parents embarassing?
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Men’s Purses

Women carry a purse, men do not.  This is fairly obvious from any social interaction that I’ve ever witnessed.  A man carrying any bag resembling a purse sticks out, unless their is a woman by his side (Now if she’s carrying a purse as well, he goes back to sticking out).  But where does this social oddity originate?
My best guess is that in the past, men have needed to carry less junk than women.  For the first 16 or so years of my life, this was how I was.  I carried my keys and my wallet.  Simple, end of story.  Then I inherited my dad’s pager – still no problem, drop it in the pocket with the keys.  Then I started carrying a cell phone.  This wasn’t bad, just drop the cell phone in the pocket formerly occupied by the keys & pager, and put the keys in the other pocket.  I’m still successfully needing only pants.
Then the PDA came along, and the constant laptop, and all the stuff that goes with those two devices (Chargers, sync cables, batteries, memory cards, etc…).  Then a job came along whe
re I carry around 8 or so keys (too many for my regular keychain).  Now I’m up to a lot of junk – what to do? use a computer bag or a briefcase, or a backpack.
But here is the problem – now that I have what is really to put it bluntly, a man’s purse, which man purse to chose! Many of you who know me know that I own about 9 different cases that I cycle through fairly regularly (Here is the short list: Targus Matrix backpack, Targus briefcase, Targus vinyl computer case (Flip open), Targus Koskin (imitation leather) zippered computer case (top loading), Kensington Saddlebag / backpack, Swiss Army briefcase, 2 other briefcases, and a small silver slim briefcase that resembles a bomb).  However, with the matrix backpack being the only thing CLOSE to ever becoming “The” bag, I’m a wreck bag-wise. I know how women feel – I can’t find the right “purse”!
Other men seem to have this problem, especially geeks.  Check out This thread or This thread at Pocket PC thoughts on the subject.  As the second one is titled “From the suspiciously close to a purse department”…
So tomorrow I start out with a new
‘purse’, a nice inexpensive stetson leather bag I found at Walmart.  I like this one because it is small, professional looking, small, and small. (Small tends to be what I’m always searching for, and “Large” is what I tend to be always going back to.)  My goal is to use the stetson briefcase for the week, and then my larger matrix bag in addition whenever I need to go back to Parma.  Carrying 2 bags back to Parma is fine with me – 3 or more and I flatly refuse.  In case you’re wondering – when I fly I don’t check bagage – I don’t want to take the risk my socks will end up in Jersey.
Anyone else out there with a revolving purse / bag habit? I have mine undercontrol now (used to be much worse – the Stetson is the first bag since October, and October’s previous purchase was in March or so, so I’m going about a new bag every 5 months). At least I rotate mine regularly, so I guess they don’t go to waste.
One day I’ll be able to replace the keys, wallet, cell phone / pda, tablet, chargers, etc.. all into my pockets again, I’m sure.  The future is probably some sort of PDA Cell Phone that had a retractable slim USB cord for charging, but until then, its the man purse game!

Parking Lot Observations

Ok, here is a good analogy I thought up today.
When putting together a puzzle, why are you successful? Well, probably one key to your success is your ability to control where each piece on the table lays.  You can pick them up, re-arrange them, etc.. until you solve the puzzle.
When driving in a parking lot where the rows have been reduced from 2 lanes to one because no one can see the damn lines due to the mountains of snow, why do people timidly drive around? For example, when leaving UT today…
* Karey & I were basically stalked through the parking lot by cars trying to figure out what car we were going to so they could get a spot.
* We had a line of cars waiting behind the guy who eventually saw us get in our car and waited for us to pull out.  No doubt they were upset that Karey had the never to want to put on a seatbelt or take off her gloves.
* We pulled out of the spot (which was quickly snapped up) to find people facing us in both directions (i.e. pull out and go left – headlights, pull out and go right – headlights).  Eventually one side lost a
nd had to back up to let us out.
All the while Karey kept telling me “I can’t go – I can’t get out that end”.  My answer was “Go – they’ll have to move”. And sure enough they did.
So parking lots, in the grand scheme of things, are a lot like puzzles when snow and restricted lanes are concerned.  The difference between the person who timidly waits for others to let them in/out and the person who gets where they are going is all in aggression and the ability to control what other drivers (puzzle pieces) do. And maybe being large and intimidating helps as well.
Oh, and for the record, I absolutly HATE when people stalk out a spot and feel the need to block traffic so they can park where they have ‘called’.  I drive around these morons every chance I get.  Listen up people – if you drive into a lot and drive around a time or two and can’t find parking or find a lot of people pacing the lot – you know what that means??? It means the lot is full!  You’ll save lots more time driving to another lot, parking there, and walking then mindlessly wandering around and stalking those who leave.  Plus, you won’t have me mad at you.  This will do a lot to further your existence on this planet and prolong your empirical encounter with the afterlife expedited by myself.
Happy January – Now if we could just get rid of these damn cold temperatures and snow…

Happy January?

I haven’t updated my Public journal (or even friends-only actually) in a long time.  I figured I’d drop a line to tell everyone I’m still alive, a bit tired, and pretty busy!

Jon’s Gadget Bag

What Lies In The Bags Of A Geek?
My gadget bag is very full when I pack it up with all my gear.  Here are the stats on what I use, and what I think of it!
The Bag: A
Roadwired MegaMedia Bag (Leather Edition).  Yea, I know, the price is REALLY steep on this one.  Retailing for $179 for the nylon version, and $249 for the leather, cheap old Jon bought the bag Used on eBay for $70 or so.  That being said, this bag simply kicks ***.  Pockets for everything, a nice feel, not too heavy, not too light.  It’s a perfect overnight bag, daily driver, etc..  I only buy bags from 2 companies: Roadwired & Targus.  Why? They have lifetime warrenties.  A must if you’re on-the-go.  I also alternate between this bag and a Targus Matrix bac
kpack depending on where I’m going, what I’m doing, etc…  I also have a Roadwired Podzilla for camera trips or day long techie outings.
The Computer: An Acer Travelmate C110 Tablet-PC Convertible is my trusty travelling companion.  I’m very happy with it, it’s small, and it has Bluetooth and WiFi built in.  I also have a Compaq Evo n800c that used to be my travelling system, but it’s lately been my home system.  It’s nicely docked in my make-shift server cabinent.
The Pocket PC’s: Currently I own a i-mate K-JAM
.  My heavy lifing machine is a borrowed i-mate JasJar , which I love!  I’ve set up an additional blog entry for my Pocket PC software titles, available here (Once written).  I recently sold my Dell Axim x50v & an HP iPAQ h6315
The MP3 Player: For my birthday I bought myself a 60gb iPod Video, which stores all my media (Music, Pictures, Video) and if I don’t take that along for music, I usually use my Pocket PCs for my MP3 listening. I used to use a
Creative Nomad Jukebox 3  I’m one of those people who have always liked the Nomad Jukebox’s look (like an average CD Player) and massive HD size.  It backs up all of my music files and is portable enough to take with me in the car or on frequent grass cutting trips. As a plus, you can leave it out in your car without really worrying about someone stealing it, since it looks like a $20 CD player (Although I don’t leave any of my babies out, even if they are inside my always-locked Caddy…) The Nomad now lives at my mother’s house so she can listen to music.
The Headphones:
rget=_blank>Bluetake iPHONO Bluetooth Headphone Kit. While these headphones have a few shortcomings (i.e. the range is kinda restricted when you’re moving around with them, and my head is a bit too big for them), once I’m on my way with them comfortably in place, they are worth the price.  Given to me as a gift, my i-PHONOs are always on me when I conduct Lawn Wars (i.e. the cutting of the grass), connected to my Nomad above.  As a plus, they can also be used as a BT headset!

The Bluetooth Headsets: Jabra BT800, Jabra BT250 (Retired),

Motorola Bluetooth Speaker (Special Use – Car Visor Clip On):  The Jabra is my daily headset, with the motorola along for long car rides or trips (It comes with a nice cover that can clip onto a visor).  The nice thing about these three is the battery life.  Previously I had other BT headsets that lasted 1 – 2 hours MAX (Which didn’t work when I used to call Karey all the time for 3 – 4 hours a night….).  These are charged once a week or so, and I never have to worry about
them.  Simple, Reliable, just like they should be.
Mobile Peripherals:
ThinkOutside Bluetooth Mouse & Keyboard This nice pair, which I don’t use all that often, work nicely with all my PPCs and my Tablet PC.  For mobile typing / mousing, they are the best I’ve ever used.  The prices on their website is a bit misleading – you can grab these gems for around $70 (the keyboard) and $40 (The mouse) on other sites (I got mine on Amazon).

Jon’s Pocket PC Application Listing!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!!
Oh Lord, If I have a vice it’s Pocket PC Software.  Over the years I’ve racked up A LOT of registration keys for these things.  So here is the list of software I own, use, or have used, and my comments. Affiliate links for Pocket PC Thougths are provided if available.  My preferred store is Handango, although you could use PocketGear just as well. In April 2005 I purchased the Pocket PC Magazine Best Of Everything CD which entitled me to register a lot of software.  Software I registered through it are marked with an *.
Key:
Unused – I never really used this software as much as I thought I would, or I bought / registered it while it was on sale in case I ever would need it (Obviously, I don’t need it…). If I bought this and never used it (and it h
as no * next to it, indicating that I paid honest to goodness money at the time), you might want to stay clear unless you’re SURE you’ll use it!
Retired – I used it for a period of time, but gradually stopped using it for one reason or another.  Perhaps the functionality was built into a new PPC, newer software, etc..
Active – I’m currently using this program full-time
Part-Time – I use this application part-time, or when need calls for it.

 Name Price Status Comments Link
 Agenda Fusion 7*  $29.95  Unused  Registered it just to have it handy.  PI is still my preferred PIM.  Handango
 Calligrapher  $39.95 %
26nbsp;Part-Time
 Nice Text imput tool, and version 8.0 is better than ever.  Handango
 Cell Profiler Pro  $24.95  Retired  Neat little tool to change the profiles on your Pocket PC Phone Edition as you moved from cell site to cell site.  Handango
 CityTime for Pocket PC  $14.95  Part-Time  Registered it as part of the Best Of Everything CD.  Works great when travelling, as calculating Time zones in my head is tricky for me!   ref=”http://www.handango.com/ampp/store/PlatformProductDetail.jsp?siteId=311&jid=DEA9C421FAX5A442243316DD138123F1&platformId=2&productType=2&productId=16103&sectionId=0&catalog=30&topSectionId=-1″ target=_blank>Handango
 CodeWallet Pro*  $29.95  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 DoubleLauncher  $9.95  Retired  Used it when I had limited hard buttons and wanted to get the most from them.  It’s a pretty sweet app for that purpose!  Handango
 Fonix VoiceDial  $15.95  Retired  Used it before MS Voice Command.  Works great.  Handango
 FourOStudent.net  $29.95  Retired  Used it as an undergraduate – great way to keep track of what you need to do.  Handango
 Gigatask  $10.00  Reti
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 Great task switcher  Handango
 GPSGate*  $29.95  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 Handmark Games (Tetris, Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit)  $19.95 (each)  Part-Time  These games are really fun and addicting.  I install them whenever I anticipate a lot of time to kill.  Monopoly is the best, IMHO  Handango
(Monopoly)
 Name Price Status Comments Link
 HudsonMobile Phone Dashboard  $14.95  Retired  Used it to keep track of my minutes when I was on a more minute-crunching cell plan.  Moved off that plan and haven’t needed it since.  Great app!  Handango
 Ilium Software: eWallet  $29.95 (Pro)  Active  What
I use to store all the registration numbers! and all my other life-saving important information.  It does this nicely, with a desktop component!
 Handango
 Ilium Software: ListPro  $29.95 (Pro)  Active  Lists. We all have them, this program has it covered.  I particularly like some of the stock lists on their site, such as the PHP reference!  Handango
 Ilium Software: Newsbreak  $19.95  Retired  One of the first, and nicest PPC Newsreaders, I only retired it and went to Egress beca
use of it’s lack of enclosure support.  Otherwise, rock solid and a nice design!
 Handango
 IM+  $29.95  Unused  Used it for IM ing for a bit, but the registration / activation scheme was a hassle.  Handango
 imov Messenger*  $19.95  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 MeetingMute  $8.95  Retired  Used it to auto mute my phone when I had more appointments during the day.  Less appointments and leaving my cell in my office when I’m just a few doors down meant not worrying as much. I bought it at $14.95 and thought it was a great deal then!  Handango
 MemMaid  $11.99  Part-Time  Cleans out garbage files.  Who could ask for more.  Handango
 Mobidial.NET  $14?  Unused  Nice interface for phone dialing, but crashed my i-mate a few more times than I would have liked.  Hard resets aren’t fun.  Handango
 Mobipocket Reader Pro  $29?  Unused  Bought it, never used it as much as I thought I would.  Homepage
 MTux Software (All Titles!)  variable  Unused  All their programs are great but a little bare-bones & buggy.  Fun to play with, and cheap to buy, take a look at www.mtux.com  Homepage
 Name Price Stat
us
Comments Link
 MyPhoneProfiles  ?  Unused  Used it, but not for long.  Don’t have pleasant memories, but you may have different experiences with their software.  JGUI
 NetFront v 3.1*  $29.80  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 Odyssey Client 1.3  variable  Unused  Homepage
 Ostia  variable  Part-Time 3E  Homepage
 Personal Vehicle Manager  Retired  Handango
 PhatPad  Part-Time  Handango
 Photogenics*  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 PI CorrectTime  Unused  Homepage
 PI Today  $10  Retired  Handango
 PlanMaker 2004  Unused  Homepage
 Pocket Backup Plus (Sprite Backup)   E  Active Waiting for the WM5 upgrade to this, as it would be nice for saving configuration settings, even with persistent storage in WM5  Handango
 Name Price Status Comments Link
 Pocket Breeze*  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 Pocket Controller 5* %2
6nbsp;$30.95
 Active  Great for controlling my PPC from afar.  Awesome on my Mpx smartphone as well.  Handango
 Pocket Cook Deluxe Web Edition*  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 Pocket Informant  $29.95  Active  My favorite PIM replacement.  Just makes things look prettier and easier on the eyes!  Handango
 Pocket Mechanic*  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 Pocket DVD Studio*  Active  Handango
 PowerStart  Retired  Handango
 Reensoft PIEPlus  Retired  Handango
 Repligo for Pocket PC  Unused  Thought I’d use it alot… I didn’t!  Handango
 Rudeo Control for WMP*  Unused  Registered it, but haven’t used it yet.  Looks useful.  Handango
 Snapture for PPC  Unused  Thought I’d use it alot… I didn’t!  Handango
 Name Price Status Comments Link
 Softick Card Export II  Active  Handango
 Spb Arkaball  Part-Time  Handango
 Spb Finance  Retired  Handango
 Spb Full Screen Keyboard  Retired  Handango
 Spb GPRS Monitor  Part-Time  Handango
 Spb Imageer  Active  Handango
 Spb Pocket Plus  $24.95  Active  Simply one of the best applications I own.  Slows down performance however, which can make it really annoying.  Most of the time, however, it lives on my PPC.  Handango
 Spb Time  Active  Handango
 Spb Tips %
26amp; Tricks
 Part-Time  Handango
 Spb Diary  Active  Handango
Name Price Status Comments Link
 Textmaker 2004  Unused  Handango
 Tweaks2k2.NET*  Unused  Handango
 Vito ButtonMapper  Retired  Handango
 Vito SoundExplorer 2005*  Unused  Thought I’d use it alot… I didn’t!  Handango
 WebIS Mail  Retired  Handango
 Egress (10/22/05)  Active  Handango
 Microsoft Voice Command  $39.99  Active  Tell your phone / PDA to do stuff and it does it, enough said!  Handango
 Resco Explorer 2005  $24.95  Active  Best File Explorer replacement out there.  There are also some good freeware tools too, but this is the most inclusive tool I’ve found.  Handango