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Monthly Archives: May 2006

PB 15

I got the PB 15″ as a 40th birthday present last year. The birthday was in Feb. My sister bought it in March and by the time it reached me in India it was June. And now, after I’ve had it for less than a year, it goes bust 😦 Apparently the mother board has got fried. It just feels so unfair. I have an iMac Tangerine for 6+ years and have had zero problems with it and then i get the PB and dont even get to use it for a year. PBFixit is offering a replacement motherboard for USD 900. And once I add the charges for getting it fixed, I might as well get another laptop. 😦 What a waste of money!

UPDATE: July 8, 2006: Good news!  I have my PB back in action.  Yay! Took it to the Genius Bar at the new Manhattan Apple Store.  A wonderful “genius” by the name of Arion advised me of a flat service charge option for 350usd.  Sent it in and it was back with me in a weeks time.  And it was the motherboard that needed replacing.  Since I had almost given up on my PB and had gone to the store expecting to upgrade to another I was happy with the option provided to me.  I must add that I was very impressed with the friendliness of the folks at the Apple Store.  My father who accompanied me couldnt stop talking about them either.

The "How to Mouse Goofy" article on Life Hacker is the reason behind this post.  To leave a comment on their site – you need an invitation like gmail or from another person who'd been signed up etc. etc. etc.  And though i'm a regular LifeHacker feed subscriber and find their articles interesting, this was too much trouble.  Not for a simple thing like leaving a comment.  I'd rather do it here with no additional hoops or loops.

I've been a Computer and now an Internet addict for more years than I can remember.  The usage levels have kept going up as the content on the web has.  I found myself straining my wrist.  I must confess some of it was because of the games ( Wolfenstein 3D, Snood, Aperion – yes, I'm that old :D) that i was playing on the computer. 

About 4 years ago it got pretty bad and I decided to do something about it.  I had already tried the optical mouse and then the optical cum wireless mouse.  None of those really helped.  Then I got myself a Wacom tablet with the idea of learning to do digital art.   I ended up using it as a mouse replacement and it really helps.  I've used the option where the tablet maps the monitor screen so every spot you tap on the tablet is linked to a spot on the monitor.  No more rushing around with the mouse or your finger on a trackpad.  No more wrist strain.

I'm now looking forward to doing more with it than just mousing around. 

I was a TechCrunch only fan until quite by chance I stumbled across Emily Chang's eHub. It is currently Top of the Pops in websites as far as I'm concerned. For example, I read about Tabblo on eHub. For me, Emily Chang's site has now overtaken Michael Arrington's TechCrunch and it's because of the speed and range of coverage of all things Web 2.0. TechCrunch still remains my site of choice for detailed reviews.

Reflection

See my Tabblo>

I sign up for most anything that looks interesting to me. And there’s plenty these days that fits the bill! Tabblo is one such offering. It allows you to put up a bunch of photos and string them together with a story. I think that that’s pretty exciting.

While I signed up and linked my Flickr account on May 16, today is the first time I actually got around to trying it. I’ve made a Tabblo using one of their pre-defined formats and it was fairly straightforward. I definitely plan on using it some more. I hope to come back with a better story soon.

Need a button but like me you’re a newbie? Buttonator makes it as easy as 123. Choose your font, color and style and you have a button ready to download. Simple!

Here’s my effort

Techno.blah.gy

Found this link on Ajaxian today.