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January 30, 2007

Sim City for Nintendo DS

Oh, I'm so looking forward to this:Sim City DS . Sim City's the first real computer game I bought, way back in 1992, I believe. Talk about a massive time suck. I'd be working on a city, trying to get things just right, and all of a sudden five hours had passed.

January 25, 2007

New Phone

No, I'm not waiting around for the iPhone. I'll stick to the tried-and-true "avoid first-generation Apple products" rule. Something cheaper and improved will be out in a year.


It was contract renewal time, so I picked up an LG VX-9900. Pretty sweet so far. I use BitPIM to manage ringtones, photos, and contact info. Plus, it has a nice ringtone maker built right in.

January 10, 2007

Early iPhone thoughts

By now you've all heard about it at least: Apple's introduced the iPhone, shipping in June, tied to Cingular. No doubt the price will change given time. Not really concerned about the 2.0 mpx camera.


  • Runs OS X
  • 160 ppi screen
  • One button
  • Safari browser
  • Proximity and ambient light sensors, accerlerometer
  • Elegant touch interface
  • Nice use of widgets


  • No way to add additional memory
  • No removable battery
  • No wifi sync for iTunes
  • No purchasing from iTunes store from phone
  • No GPS

Other thoughts: Will there be an iPod version of this soon? That is, a version with the phone stuff stripped out, maintaining the screen and music/video/photo interface? That'd be sweet.

No, I'm not getting one. At least not for some time now.

January 9, 2007

ivory-tower dot org upgrades

Ah, so the dust has finally settled. I've upgraded to Movable Type 3.3whatever with few problems, if any. Ran into a couple issues upgrading Media Manager, but I've fixed those, so the Currently Reading list on the right is now functional again.

January 2, 2007

Intriguing Apple Home Page

Apple's home page has a graphic of the Apple logo backlit and the text "The first 30 years were just the beginning. Welcome to 2007.". Nice start to the year, with MacWorld just around the corner. MacRumors has a nice roundup of possible announcements/launches.