Whoa Postal Service!

I ordered something on eBay Saturday morning (literally while dripping wet, I bid on it through my phone), paid for it, and got a friendly e-mail saying that the person who sold it to me was able to ship it on Saturday morning. I was pretty pleased at that. He sent me the delivery confirmation number for the Priority mail package and I checked it Saturday night – my package was in Austin, TX.
This morning I decided to take a peek online around 7:20 and was shocked to see the package had made it to Toledo – must be some sort of magic flight from TX to OH on the weekend. And now at 11:10, I see the following:
Arrival at Unit, March 30, 2009, 6:58 am, LAKESIDE MARBLEHEAD, OH 43440
Processed, March 29, 2009, 11:54 pm, TOLEDO, OH 43601
Processed, March 28, 2009, 9:11 pm, AUSTIN, TX 78710
Electronic Shipping Info Received, March 28, 2009
So it’s actually at my local post office. No idea if it will be at my house today or if it will be there tomorrow – but nonetheless, I’m pretty impressed!

Turning a $1600 Tablet PC Into A Digital Picture Frame

In 2004 I purchased a Acer Travelmate C110 for around $1600 and used it up until 2007 when I bought a new Lenovo tablet. The Acer sat unused for quite a few months since I had a suspicion the wireless radio was screwed up (at least when connecting to WPA networks). Yesterday I finally got up the ambition to complete my Acer Digital Picture Frame project and figured I’d post a few pictures. Unlike most digital frames that require a bit of work to remove latches, hinges, etc.., a tablet PC lends itself to the task rather admirably – however the price is a smaller screen than most Laptop-turned-frames provides.

Here’s the finished product:

With a hole at the top for an antenna for a TV tuner that’s on order. This way my digital frame is one part frame, one part TV, and one part media center (I can easily connect up speakers to the rig. Here’s the back of it, with my geeky homage: Yes that’s an IDE cable keeping the computer inside the frame:

It may look unfinished, but therein lies some of the beauty: I can take the system out at any time to add peripherals. It has a PCMCIA slot and two USB slots that I can use for expansion. Plus you never know when all your other systems will die and you need to borrow your digital frame. So there’s my simple setup, not too difficult, but nice nonetheless.