Punctuation isn’t part of the word, Kindle

I do most of my eBook reading using the Kindle app on my iPad. It’s very simple and works well except for one obnoxious bug. When you highlight a word or passage, the app automatically looks it up. Unfortunately, the highlighting assumes that any string of characters without a space is a word. You can see above that it has selected ‘Time?”‘ as the final word. The most frustrating bit is that it won’t let you adjust the selection to trim off those extra characters, you can only remove whole ‘words’. If you could trim off the last two characters, it would have easily found In Search of Lost Time. I assume this feature is intended mostly for dictionary lookups; imagine how frustrating it is to be unable to look up a word because it comes at the end of a sentence. Unconscionable!


iPad 3 back up doesn’t work: solved

Since getting my iPad 3 at launch, it has never backed itself up. It always displayed “Unknown” and the “Back Up” option was missing from the right-click menu. Today I finally found a forum post with the solution. I’m reposting it here in hopes that more people find it:

o At first, close iTunes.
o Then, open Terminal and type the following commands in:

defaults write DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false

defaults write AutomaticDeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false


Android VNC Server

UPDATE: Check out Android Notifier which sends phone events to Growl

Yesterday I was firmly entrenched in my couch when I heard my phone chime. It was on the table and I wondered what was available to view my phone’s display remotely so I could read and send text messages.

I found a few references to the RFBserver in Android 1.0. You could attach to the VNC server remotely by forwarding the tcp port over the Android Debug Bridge. This would work but I was hoping for something less involved. I’d need to setup ADB over wireless to make it useful too. Continue reading


Panasonic FZ1


I bought my first digital camera in 2003. It’s a Panasonic DMC-FZ1 and you can find a picture and review of it here. I bought it for a couple reasons: it’s 2.1 megapixels which looks acceptable if you’re printing 4x6s. It had options to shoot either 2 or 4fps at full resolution. 12x stabilized optical zoom and f1.8 meant it was very flexible. I went to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb shortly after purchasing the camera. The zoom was very useful as we could see ~11 turns and 700 feet of elevation change. I used the multiple frame mode to shoot cars going through turns and then assembled them with panorama software.

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The continuing saga…

…of “Trying to get my smoke alarms to stop chirping”. (I’m not in a hurry since they seem to wake me up bright and early)

Eliot Phillips: did I tell you the grocery store had no 9V batteries?
Ryan Budke: what? you didn’t go to like a 7-11 and consider that the grocery store did you
Eliot Phillips: no
Eliot Phillips: Albertson’s
Ryan Budke: that’s crazy
Eliot Phillips: it was like a contest to see how many different ways you could package AA
Eliot Phillips: that was on Sat. I think
Eliot Phillips: and last night I had a dream…
Eliot Phillips: that I needed a whole shitload of AAs