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NewsGator

Well, last week I redid my PC, and instead of installing RSSBandit, I decided to plunk down the $$ for NewsGator, so I can read my feeds in Outlook. So far so good, seems to work pretty good, and I like the fact I can sync up with the web. Im up to 108 feeds I watch.

NewsGator

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Media Center

I have been working dilligently on the customer media center software I have been making since Sept 2004. This week I added support for a queue, ability to watch dvd’s, and also, the coolest thing so far (IMHO), if a song has a video downloaded, play the video in a small preview on the screen. Totally sweet. I downloaded three 311 videos from their site, and then synced them up to the songs when they play, it is like your own little MTV right on your screen. DVD’s look awesome too, just like playing out of a regular DVD player.

More to come on this as more things develop. We have a website in the works, so when it is ready I’ll post a link.

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State Farm Insurance (Jackie Lundstrom)

The other day, I got a call from my insurance company, State Farm Insurance. Jackie Lundstrom runs the office I goto. She called me and said that she would like to just talk to me to see how things were going, and we set up an appointment.
When I got there, it was nice, usually the other times I have been there I have dealt with a different person every time, but she (the person who “owns” this State Farm Office) wanted to talk to me, in her office. We talked and she asked questions on how I was doing, what things I am into, etc. How my job was going, and other things. It was such a good feeling to actually have a company I do business with “care” about me. I had some questions and they were answered.

I have always sworn off insurance as the Devil’s work, but this encounter has swayed my thinking a bit.

I wish every company that I did business with in town treated my like a real person, not just another customer. Kudos to Jackie and State Farm. What do they say? “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there..” – true

If you are in the Central MN area, I would recommend you check their office out. They do more than just insurance, they are a bank too, with good rates. I will probably check into their money market accounts.

State Farm Insurance (Jackie Lundstrom)

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Skype

I installed Skype tonight. I have known about Skype since it first came out, but decided to hold off on the install until I was sure it was solid, or had a use for it. If you dont kow what Skype is, it lets you make free internet calls to other skype users, or you can put some cash in an account and call anyone on a regular phone for like 2 cents a minute..

My skype id is ScaleOvenStove

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AllOfMp3

Check out http://www.allofmp3.com – It is a Russian site, but legal music downloads. You can get an album for like 2 dollars or less. You might have to click on the little “english” link in the top left hand corner.

AllOfMp3

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Walmart Auto Service

Last weekend, up north. Got a flat. Goto walmart. “You are next in line”…..2 Hours Later…Finally car in garage…1.5 hours later..”It can’t be fixed”….”Cant I get a new tire on there then?”…”No – we took off your old tire, inspected it, and put it back on. If you want a new tire, then you need to wait 2 hours”…Called L&M Supply…”Can you fix tire?”…”If you get it here before 5″…Time = 4:45….Got to L&M…15 minutes…10$ later…Tire fixed.

Moral of the story: Don’t goto Walmart to get your vehicle fixed!!

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Clearwire

Wow, today I had the chance to test out Clearwire Wireless Internet. It is like a cable modem or dsl but wireless. You get a thin modem, with a power supply and Ethernet cable. You plug in and you get an ip. Easy as 1-2-3. 1.5 MB download too. I could see myself getting one for like my truck or something. It is only 39.99 for the big package, 17.99 for the small package. If I wasn’t locked in a year contract I’d probably get it. The only thing I see is that it blocks port 80, like all ISP’s, so you can’t run a website on port 80.

Something to look into for sure.

Clearwire

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eMusic

Yep folks, another online music store. This one features MP3’s, unlimited plays, unlimited burns, unlimited transfers to devices. You buy it, you own it (Unlike Napster, MSN Music, etc). You can sign up for a free trial, 50 free downloads. If you do, turn off using their player thing, and just download the Mp3 and listen to them in Windows Media. Once the free trial is over, it looks kind of expensive, so I probably won’t do it after mine expires. It also touts itself as having more “independent” artists, which is cool. No Beatles or 311 though 😦

Check it out

eMusic

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Charter Revisited

Well, I switched back to Charter. 1 year of 3 MB internet, digital cable with all movie channels, and DVR for 60 bux. Can’t beat that. The DVR interface is kind of slow, but overall I think it will work (for a year at least)

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MSN Music Service Beta

I started using the MSN Music Service tonight, just to see how it compares to Napster. Pretty cool. I bought one album, The Hives new one. The only thing I see that sucks is that you cant re-sync downloads if your computer crashes. It says you are responsible to back them up. What a PITA. They do allow you to have the music on 5 computers though (Napster is 3)

Check it out!

MSN Music Service (Beta)