Monthly Archive for July, 2007

Two New Free Downloads from Microsoft

Two great new free down­loads from the Microsoft Mac BU this week:

Just doing their part to pro­mote Mac & Win­dows cohabitation.

MTA Subway Map for iPhone

Since I bought my iPhone on June 30, I’ve been look­ing for an easy, high-qual­i­ty method for view­ing the MTA Sub­way map. The phone’s built-in Pho­to appli­ca­tion “opti­mizes” all pho­tos and images down to a dimen­sion and res­o­lu­tion that does­n’t work well for images with lots of small text and details.


In search of the optimal iPhone MTA map.

What I want­ed, was the abil­i­ty to view a PDF, or large PNG of the sys­tem map – and to be able to zoom in and drag it around eas­i­ly. Bill at out­lined one such solu­tion, which involved set­ting up a Yahoo! mail account, since IMAP mail accounts seemed to cache attach­ments local­ly on the iPhone. This did work for me, but I found the MTA’s PDF map slug­gish when zoom­ing or drag­ging around. And, I had to drill back through the Mail menus to get to my Yahoo mail account, (as I’m pri­mar­i­ly a Gmail user).

But, before I could go out and buy a old-fash­ioned paper pop-up map, anoth­er solu­tion pre­sent­ed itself: 

File­mark Mak­er gets around the lim­i­ta­tions out­lined above, by writ­ing files to a temp loca­tion on the device’s HD, by using Safari book­marklets. Then, the files are acces­si­ble in Mobile­Sa­fari. And, because the files are writ­ten to iPhone’s HD, the book­marklets work whether you’re online or not – or whether you’re above ground or not.

Here are the MTA Sub­way Maps that I used to make book­marklets using this tool:

Good Deed of the Day

I’m doing some cod­ing (and drink­ing iced cof­fee) today at Dar­win’s, near Har­vard Square — and I did the unthink­able. I found a Nikon D80 (with a nice lens) left behind by anoth­er cus­tomer, and I turned it in to the staff.

Yea, I sur­prise myself sometimes.

Puppy vs. Kitty

We had our mov­ing sale this week­end, on our front stoop – and we even put Katya (our five-year old kit­ty) in her har­ness and leash, to walk around the yard.

So, today is cat day! May I present, “Pup­py vs. Kitty”:

Moving Sale

IKEA Rakke wardrobeLisa and I are pack­ing up our Cam­bridge apart­ment in advance of our move to Brook­lyn in ear­ly August. As such, we are get­ting rid of a lot of stuff — most of the big stuff is IKEA related.

We’re going to be doing the yard sale thing tomor­row morn­ing, and maybe sun­day as well. For more info, map, etc. check these out:

Smith Street Confronts the Corporate Takeover

Ooh, Cob­ble Hill folks are wor­ried that their neigh­bor­hood is los­ing its charm, as cook­ie-cut­ter shops are open­ing along Smith St.

Good thing our new apart­ment is clos­er to the Gowanus and the BQE

Blogging for 7 years?

I’m total­ly get­ting old! I just real­ized that I missed my “blog­ging” anniver­sary… On this past July 11, this site hit the 7 year mark.


FIrst Post? It was about that brick of a dig­i­tal cam­era (point-n-shoot) that I bought that summer.

My orig­i­nal weblog was on blog­ger, and then was migrat­ed to a, when we set up the suck­ahs domain in July 2001. (More on that here.) In Feb­ru­ary 2005, I decid­ed to split it out into the domain I use today.

Designed Deterioration”, and the return of Links

Now that I have 2 days left at my cur­rent job, and a big move to NYC com­ing, I’m going to attempt to post more often. A new design for the weblog is also in the works, but not sure when I’ll get to it.

In that spir­it, I found myself read­ing and re-read­ing Khoi’s recent post about how we val­ue objects that dete­ri­o­rate in a cool way. Khoi is far more elo­quent than I can be, so just go there and read it:

So far, I’ve resist­ed the urge to get a case for my iPhone, but I know that regret will set in the moment that i drop the thing for real.

Also, I used to just have dump my book­marks into a post on the Weblog, but once a day is way too much… and, there are plen­ty of things that I don’t want/need in my weblog.

Appar­ent­ly, I’m not the only one feel­ing that way — Andre Tor­rez came up with a nice fil­ter between and our weblogs -

I cus­tomized his work a bit, which you can see here. Well done.

Now, I’ve got to make this thing worth check­ing in on (or sub­scrib­ing to) again.


Any­body got a Pownce invite? Pret­ty please?

UPDATE: All set, thanks Rich!