Another happy return: Staccato is back.
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TOE returns. Welcome back Ben, we missed ya.
In the headphones: Springsteen’s The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle. The last three songs, or “Side 2” for people who remember such things, was preferred late night listening for me back in high school. Man, this takes me back. Listen to your junk man.
The song from this video is stuck in my head, bigtime. Listen at your own risk!
Confirmed: the Plantronics 590a bluetooth headset can in fact be used with Skype. But the included “universal adapter” doesn’t fit the bill, since it only transmits outbound audio from the PC. To get both audio and mic, you need a dongle. Don’t ask me how but after some fooling around I got it to work on Windows. A couple of key parts were to a) have the PIN code ready — it’s in the Plantronics manual — for “pairing”, and b) know to hit the “call” button on the headset when, after “connecting” through windows, you start to hear a ringing tone in the headphones. The headset works with my new iMac as well, and no dongle needed since the new Macs ship with Bluetooth. The trick with the Mac is to manually re-assign audio in and out to the bluetooth headset when you want to use it (both switch automatically in Windows when you “connect”).
msdn: “The RSS Feed Synchronization Engine downloads feeds and merges the new items with the existing data in the feed store. Using the Feeds API, applications can then expose the feed data to the user.” This is momentous: Microsoft is baking RSS support into Windows. Not merely adding aggregation to a bundled app, but shipping APIs so that others can build RSS apps. This would seem to be analagous to the embeddable web browser control that made it trivial to HTML-enable an app. As such, we should expect to see a number of new syndication-powered apps coming online. Very exciting!
Thomas Hawk reviews 30 boxes, a to-be-launched Web calendar: “Let the ajaxification of your life continue!”
If you’re in Alameda and looking for a good bagel, there’s a place for that. It ain’t the Safeway. It’s the House of Bagels, and it’s right on Park Street.