May 30, 2004

Playstation portable gathering steam

It's not even available yet, and won't be in the US until next year, but fans of the Playstation portable are already eagerly anticipating it's release.

More OQO news

More news on the tiny Windows XP handheld, the OQO, as it signals it's upcoming release by moving into it's beta test stage.

Beware the hen

Yeah, it doesn't get much better than this. A Saturday night, you're alone, so you strike up a conversation with the hen at the end of the bar. What happens next is just plain weird.

May 28, 2004

Speculation on final fate of Harry Potter

Speculation from the actor who plays him that Harry may die in the seventh book. Considering the book hasn't even been written, take this as highly speculative.

Bad Gas

As if the rising gas prices weren't enough, especially in light of the busy summer travel season starting to gear up, some of the gas may actually gum up your car's fuel gauge and damage your car. We pay a premium for this?

Check gas prices online

Sites that allow you to check the gas prices in the town you live in and save money at the pump. Even better, you can participate by becoming a "reporter" and posting the prices you see while driving around.

Some notes on blogging

Is blogging addictive? Does it take over your life?

May 27, 2004

The best new cars

Yikes! Here's an excerpt from the Total Quality survey of new cars in which owners are asked to comment on their new cars after the first 90 days of ownership:

"Saturn and Hyundai ranked higher than
Honda for vehicles priced below $23,000."

Check out the rest of the report.

Big screen Daisy Duke

Apparently there's going to be a theatrical version of the Dukes of Hazzard (that alone is news to me) and Jessica Simpson is in the lead to play Daisy Duke. Other contenders include Brittany Spears.

I admit it. I was wrong

So, I was wrong. I admit it. On last night's season-ending episode of 24, neither Michelle nor Tony died. Jack didn't die either, but he did cry, and Saunders took a couple bullets into the chest from a gun which really couldn't possibly have been available.

Today's gmailswap item of interest

While waiting for gmail to become available, I've been monitoring all kinds of sites, most notably Here's an item that someone wants to swap in trade for a gmail invitation. I say it's creative and appealing -- someone should give this guy one.

OQO starts to be noticed

The OQO, the small device that might look like a small Sharp Wizard or a PalmPilot with a keyboard, is starting to make a splash in the electronics world. As I wrote about earlier this month (May 12), the OQO is a device which fits in your pocket but runs full-on Windows XP.

Prediction: Devices of this size and capability are going to make a big impact to geekhead and businesspeople alike. Why buy a Palm or PocketPC device which has a watered-down operating system when you can bring the full Windows OS with you? Go on vacation, go to the coffee shop, whatever. Other device makers are also going in this direction as I mentioned on May 25. What could make this prediction fail? If the makes themselves price these things too high. Ideally they should be in the $500-1000 range, but I predict they'll be higher. Most people won't buy in at that point.

At any rate, this is good news for those of us who like our data to go.

May 26, 2004

Catalog your movies

Check out this freeware program for organizing your movie collection.

And what did you expect?

You hire a clown named Spanky the clown and you're just ripe to be taken for a ride.

The whole world wants an invite

People still looking for gmail invites. is nice but offers not much help since it's deluged by people asking for invites. Google's own blog doesn't give any insight at all (and I would think this would be prime material for a blog). A site in the UK which hosts discussions on all things Google is saying that Blogger users are getting a new round of invites. No confirmation though. And they do point out the vast number of people signing up for Blogger and then creating empty blogs -- not too attractive real estate for our internet neighborhood.

So, meanwhile, the [virtual] world waits and waits for the elusive invitation, or the day when the doors open and it's a real party.

May 25, 2004

Flipped for Flipstart

A device that fits in your pocket, runs full Windows XP, can attach to a full-size display/projector and handle all your calendar, web surfing, MP3 playlists? They call it the Flipstart, from a company called Vulcan. It's founder? A guy called Paul Allen. Remember him? He co-founded a little company called Microsoft.

I want one of these devices; sadly I just know they'll cost at least $1000 and probably more. Sony is preparing to announce one and it's going to go for $2700. Yikes.

Four Bad Men

Just a random blog reading flyby has yielded something really funny. Check it out at: Four Bad Men - A Manjournal.

Post a sex diary, lose your job

Capitol Hill Style - a young staffer posts to her weblog the affairs of her sex life, plus her thoughts about the Senators she works with and loses her job--"unacceptable use of Senate Computers". Check out the Washington Post article on this, plus some more info here. And then, when you're ready, you can read a saved copy of her weblog.

Email user IDs

When signing up for an email service, be careful which userID you choose -- your career may be affected by it.
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Wow, this blog has turned into a post full of email subject matter. I'll stop it soon, promise.
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Final Show of '24' Tonight

OK, fans -- the final episode of 24 season 3 is tonight. Personally I think either Tony or Michelle will die. Call it a hunch; we'll see if it proves correct.

Curses! Foiled Again!

OK, so now I'm really getting upset. I really want to get my hands on Google's gmail. I had read that the users of Blogger were getting first dibs as part of the beta testing (blogger being owned by Google -- makes sense). So, I had a Blogger account that rarely got used, and I started using it, hoping to get the elusive and much sought after invitation. No go. So, I figured (and read someplace else) that it must be for the very active Blogger users who post often. So I was bummed, but at least I thought I had the answer. I continue to use Blogger in the hopes that sometime soon I'll achieve a significant number of posts to warrant an invitation and also because the service is pretty cool and I'm considering this time my own "blogger beta testing".

Now, however, I read this post that another guy was in the same situation as me, with a dormant Blogger account that he started using, and he actually got the gmail invitation. Right away.

Seething. Anger. Bah.

Chloe Fan Club

The character of Chloe on 24 is one which you either love or hate. Most people hate her. She's in your face, a bit bitchy and generally unlikable. However, there is a group of people that apparently think she's hot. Check it out.

May 24, 2004

Gmail. Summer. Darn.

Well, after much searching through the internet, I've come up with a timeline on when Google's Gmail might be available to the public. You know by this point, after all the posts I've made and the interest I've taken in it, that I'd like to get an account. My account isn't that great of a client, and although it does support POP3, downloading messages directly to my PC has introduced viruses more than once. So, it seems as if a webmail solution is my best bet, at least until the spam situation dies down (if ever). Enter Gmail, from Google. I'd love to get it, but so far I've only found 2 references as to when it might be available to the whole world. 90 days from it's invitation-only start (that would put it at the end of June) and an article that states "late summer" (-->go to article) This makes me unhappy. I really don't want to wait that long. [sigh].

'24' Says Goodbye to Some Characters

So, it looks like some of the cast of 24 won't be back next season. No mention of Chloe though. I'd love to see her get the ax.

May 23, 2004

Kidney for Gmail?

So, would you give up a kidney for a Gmail account? I didn't think so. Check out gmail swap for this and other oddities.

Palm wins Grafitti case

A Sunday posting, no less. Aren't you all special. Actually, I'm just doodling around on the net and ran across this so figured I'd post it. Palm has won their case against Xerox, who claimed they stole the PalmPilot handwriting recognition system, Grafitti, from them. I believe this was an appeals case, so it will be interesting to see what happens next. The score is now 1-1.

May 21, 2004

Dell to acquire PalmOne?

Rumors are swirling about Dell possibly wanting to acquire PalmOne, the arm of Palm that makes the hardware devices. While Palm's (and PalmOne's) future has been in question for some time as a result of lackluster sales and devices that were bourgeois at best, those times had appeared to be over. The reviews of the entire Tungsten line, along with the record-setting sales of it's Zire line, have been key elements in PalmOne's recovery. In effect, most fans had thought the worst had passed.

So, then, the question: why a buyout now? And can PalmOne effectively hold the dealmakers at the door and say "No thanks"?

More video game news

An interesting article from Fortune magazine on the new Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS.

LCD shortage threatens gaming handhelds

Sources now say that a parts shortage may diminish supply of the newly unvelied Sony playstation portable (PSP) and the Nintendo DS. Damn..I'm actually looking forwarding to getting one of these. Crank up the production!

May 20, 2004

Auctioning off a Gmail account

Well, Gmail fever has struck. People want to get their hands on 1GB of email storage space so bad that at least one person who has an inivitation from Google to sign up has decided to auction it off. Going price as of this writing is $16. Gotta love capitalism. According to the auctioner, it will make you popular with the women. A bit of a stretch, don't you think?

Did Torvalds really invent linux?

A new report coming out soon argues whether or not Linus Torvalds really invented Linux. According to the report, he was strongly influenced by another operating system, Minix, created by Andrew Tanenbaum at Vrije University in Amsterdam. The report argues whether or not Torvalds, a student, could have actually come up with linux himself in such a short time.

More Email Thoughts

I'm still looking around for a new email service. I may actually have to wait until Google's Gmail is released to the public. After everything I've read, I think that's the service I want to use. I at least want to give it a try. After all, they're giving their users a full terabyte of space now (up from the staggering 1GB which they started out with)but it's still debatable whether that limit will stay. 1GB is more than enough anyway.

I was hoping that since I'm using blogger now, google would offer me the chance to sign up for Gmail. That's what was reported by many blogger users, but so far no window has popped up which offers this. Maybe it will happen later, or maybe I'll just sign up when the floodgates open.

May 19, 2004

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So What's this All About?

Lots of you may be wondering what this is all about. A whole new format, audio links...what is up?
Well, here's the story. I'm experimenting with a new format and new content delivering system for the revision bar. Currently, and historically, I have hand-coded the files (which I love, by the way) and manually FTP-ed the files over to the server. However, with the hand coding and manual manipulation of the server came certain restrictions. For instance, I would like to implement a "talkback" system where users, that is--ANY user, with or without permission, could send comments about something I've written and have it posted to the site. That proved harder than I thought, and so I started looking around. Blogger provides that functionality and much more. Check it out:

  • The ability to post from any PC via a web browser. No files need to be on the PC your'e sitting at because they're all on the blogger server
  • The ability to post from a handheld device (Palm, PocketPC, etc)
  • The ability to send an email, with an included blog entry, directly to your site and have it posted.
  • The ability to post from a cellular phone. The entries get saved as .MP3 files and your site visitors can listen to your audio posts. There's one on this site right now.
  • Automatic archiving of content. After a month, all the content goes from the front page to an archive section to make room for the newer stuff. Automatically. Very cool.

So, the bottom line is I'm trying this format out, and I encourage you to also. If it all works out well, I may switch to using this and have the full Revision Bar run this way instead of just a subset as it is now. For now though, I encourage you to browse the page, check out some of the links, and definitely try the Comments section. It's the one feature I'm the most pumped about, because it could give me good feedback about who's reading this site. If people comment, I can begin to get a feel for who my readers are and what they'd like to see. We can also get that whole community thing going, which I think is essential to a good site.

Enjoy it, and let me know what you think.

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About Us

The Revision Bar is my personal weblog, which originated in its most basic concept as email messages sent between myself and friends, circa 1996-1998. The emails were always pointing out new, cool stories, pictures, or videos on the Internet. These emails became so frequent I decided it would be easier, and more central, to start up a web site and just post everything there. Thus, in 1999, the Revision Bar was born.

The term "revision bar" comes from the publishing world where a horizontal bar ( | ) is put in the left hand margin of a printed page to indicate where revisions, or new information, have been added. With that same philosophy in mind, The Revision Bar points out the new and unique on the web, and sometimes my own point of view and ramblings.

If you want to learn more about me, check out my Blogger Profile. To learn more about this site, simply peruse the archives. While material from 1999-2000 was (sadly) not safeguarded properly, everything from 2001 - present is fully accounted for. Enjoy.

test post

This is a test post from my email account. How cool would it be
to be able to update my blog remotely?
By the way, here is a post to a cool site: