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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 | Author:

I am the proud owner of a Motorola q9h……that now rocks windows mobile 6.1!!!!!

Yes you read that right, before ATT even released it…I got it! Don’t ask how….hehe

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Monday, July 28th, 2008 | Author:

So today was a very eventful motorcycle ride to say the least….It was a long ride, most enjoyable. Complete with no injuries or falls! w00t!

I believe I did a total of 126 miles of riding today, went deep into the back country of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez. Unfortunately the charger I installed on my motorcycle wasn’t working, and I didn’t realize it until my phone said “Low Battery”. Which means I only got half of my trip on GPS tracks. But I suppose something is better than nothing?

Started out like any other motorcycle ride, me having fun, enjoying life and ripping up the dirt. I was actually able to make it to Jameson lake, the gate was open! w00t…..unfortunately I forgot my camera….yet again….so I didn’t get any pictures of it. (And my phone was dead by that point)

I also managed to find a nice hot spring on my adventure, I stopped there for a while…it was quite nice to relax for a few minutes all alone with no one out there but nature…

As I started making my way back home I stopped in a well shaded area with a few trees. I had seen helicopters going up and down the valley all day so I figured it was just a training exercise of some sort. A few minutes after stopping one of the helicopters starts circling around me. I just smiled and waved at the helicopter while sipping my camel back and eating a power bar. It kept circling so I gave it a thumbs up to let them know I was ok……well the 3rd time I took a closer look at the tail of the helicopter and it turned out to be the sheriff…..hmm ok….w/e I’ll just keep eating. A few minutes after that a truck rolls up quite quickly and 3 rather large men jump out, hands on their holsters yelling at me “Don’t move! Don’t Move!”……well shit, I’m not going anywhere, I’m just resting eating my power bar…. One of them asks “Hablas espanol” (Do you speak Spanish…..translated for those of you who don’t know)….I respond, yes….and I speak English too….They ask for my id, and want to know what I’m doing here…..well uh….*looks at motorcycle* I’m out for a ride….and I’m taking a break *looks at power bar*…..He then proceeds to ask me where I came from….I just turn and point at the road I came from…completely dumbfounded…. After a search of my backpack, and my jacket the tension had ceased…….they sheriff/officers/whatever explained to me that they thought I was part of an operation that was taking place….. I was very curious about that, so I asked hehe…..he said it was a sting operation and they were cleaning up “some weeds” riiiight…..

So I guess I fit the profile of a drug trafficking mexican….*shrug* oh the many adventures of me and my moto rides…..

GPS Tracks made possible by PathAway for my phone =)

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Friday, July 25th, 2008 | Author:

As if gmail couldn’t get any better….I just got wind of a plugin for Firefox that makes it better! The “Better Gmail 2” plugin for firefox adds a whole bunch of options to your gmail experience!

Get it here:

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Thursday, July 24th, 2008 | Author:

Well I have begun coding my latest application, SiriusMCE. It’s going to be an addon for VMC (Vista Media Center) that will allow people to play Sirius Satellite radio streams from withing VMC.

I have been doing a lot of readin on the matter, I need to get back up to speed on the whole C# and MCML (Basically Microsofts version of XML for Media Center). I haven’t touched C# in AGES, so it’s taking some time. Luckily most languages these days are OOP so it’s not too much of a switch over from PHP (My favorite! =D).

I’ll Post updates as I make progress….maybe…

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008 | Author:

Well this post is in response to a post I made MANY moons ago

Many things have changed since that post. I no longer have use a Treo 650. I have since upgraded to my trusty Motorola q9h:

Which means I now rock 3G (Treo only had edge), a larger keyboard, a built in GPS unit (Treo had to use an external Dell bluetooth unit). However, I do lose my precious touch screen. Even to this day I still miss my touch screen (I got my moto q9h during spring break!)

My trusty Moto Q is rocking a bad ass aluminum case from the guys over at

Sometime between the purchase of my Moto Q and now I also purchased the GPS mount that was mentioned in the older GPS post….here is some eye candy of that:

I currently use PathAway as my offroad GPS solution and Garmin Mobile XT as my turn-by-turn GPS solution. Both of these work well but I need to find more maps for PathAway, and Garmin needs to get their act together and speed up the re-routing feature of XT.

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