Robin Hood!

I bought a new bike and I absolutely adore it.

I rode it for the first time today from the bike shop in the East Village [Landmark Bicycles] to my office in Times Square. I must admit that biking in NYC seems at first daunting, but it’s rather easy once you get the hang of it. It was definitely much easier than biking for the first time in years when I was in Paris. The bike store, by the way, is amazing. If you’re in New York and in need of a bike… and specifically want a vintage bike, Landmark is the place to shop. I know nothing about bikes and they were totally helpful, weren’t at all pretentious [as per the usual reputation of bike shops in New York] and didn’t try to sell me anything I didn’t need. They also did a complete overhaul of the bike [essential for a vintage bike], re-wrapped the handle bars and installed a back rack with basket for free. The puppy called Breeze that hangs out in the shop window only made the place that much more adorable. Oh and they give you a slushy with purchase of anything from the store. How awesome is that.

For anyone who’s curious, I purchased a Gold, 3-speed, Ladies, Robin Hood 1968 Road Cruiser. It’s not as light as regular road bike but it’s not heavy like a cruiser. Have I said yet that I love it?

Also in response to a comment left by my lovely friend, Ms. Makitoes, a great comparison of the iPhone and G1 can be found here. It’s an article by Gizmodo and also includes the Palm-Pre, but it’s a great comparison nonetheless.

My own opinion? The G1 battery life sucks, but I love the hard keyboard. Soft-touch keyboards are nice, but I like hearing the click of the buttons. Maybe I’m just old school. The iPhone has better apps by far, but then again Apple restricts a lot of it. The G1 has great apps too, but it’s still in development and it seems to me that development is slow. One other thing that can get really annoying are the push updates. A lot of people are still waiting for the Cupcake update which is supposed to include a video recorder as well as a soft-keyboard.

Admittedly, once my T-Mobile account is done in a year and a half, I’m thinking of switching to the iPhone. Until then, I think the G1 serves me just fine.

equaling out.

More IT work last night. I was finally able to get the laptop running on Vista to map the network drive of the desktop running on XP as well as link it to the networked printer. I still couldn’t figure out how to connect the XP directly to the shared folder of the Vista but I’ll let that slide.

Scoreboard: Vista-2, Ena-2. And I’m totally okay with that.

I didn’t get home until around 9:30pm so I was thoroughly exhausted and hungry but a glass of wine, leftovers, a hot shower and guitar practice were able to calm my nerves. I should however seriously take a step away from smoking. I was able to lessen my habit by a lot in the month of December but I’ve again grown accustomed to smoking every time I step outside. Not good at all.

I’m also a bit bummed because my laptop is busted (why Mac, why?!) so the only access I have to my email and the web when I’m at home is on my G1. Seriously, thank gulay for that thing… I’ve become so reliant on always being connected that it’s really bothersome to not be able to turn on my computer. I’m so glad I got AppleCare.

On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo for years and my lovely sister, Lorelei, sent me the image below last night as a potential tat. I’m thinking of getting it on my right hip but I’ve always been hesitant to get myself inked because I think I might regret it when I’m older. What do you think?

niclo_tat2

 

And lastly, congratulations again to my Ading on finding a new job! Woohoo employment!!!

No love for Vista.

Seriously, I hate the dang OS. I don’t understand why it was even created.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like Windows… I grew up using a PC and only recently converted to Apple for my personal use, but I avoid Vista at all costs. Tonight I had a simple IT job for a friend of an acquaintance. It should have been an easy half hour gig: set up a new laptop to connect to a printer wirelessly through a pre-existing network & workgroup. The only problem is all the computers run on XP while the new laptop runs on Vista. No matter what patches I installed on the XP, changes I made to the firewalls on BOTH computers, network settings I looked at… the stupid computer that ran on Vista refused to detect the shared wireless printer. After two hours, I gave up. And now I have to go back on a later date to try again. Stupid, stupid Vista.

On a happier note I had an unexpected visit from Red today. I’ve never been so grateful.

Now for a glass of wine to calm my nerves, a hot shower to ease my achy joints and my comfy bed for some much needed rest.

not your average fable.

Good day. Spent most of my Saturday walking around the city with Kuya Jay, his friends and Lara. Apart from a bit of bad attitude & a generally awful disposition—to which I still can’t find a reason for why I was seemingly disliked so much—I ended up doing a lot of stuff today and having a great time as well.

Started the day off with a super huge breakfast quesadilla that I whipped up myself after I realized that Lara wouldn’t be waking up as early as I did. Eggs, bacon, tomatoes and monterey jack cheese equals deliciousness. Once Lara was up and about we decided to go to Café Orlins for breakfast (I just got coffee and orange juice). I bumped into my co-worker Doug as usual (we both go there every Saturday), drank my yummy americano and orange juice then headed to Kmart for a much needed Swiffer Wet Jet. I’m totally gonna bust out this bad boy tomorrow. My floors will sparkle dammit!

I met up with Kuya Jay around 1pm, and we walked around a lot, ran into zombies in Union Square, and spent almost an hour in Paragon Sports. After, we decided to check out the Banksy exhibit in Greenwich Village. Lara met up with us and I have to say, The Village Pet Store & Charcoal Grill totally exceeded my expectations. Some of it was funny, others cool and a lot of it was more than a little unnerving. If you have a chance, I highly recommend seeing it. It’s at 89 7th Ave S, between W 4th and Bleeker. My favorite was definitely the monkey:

After Banksy, we headed to Fat Cat for a couple rounds of ping pong, foosball and chess. Then we headed to SoHo where I bought this awesome purse from Volcom:

Lara and I ended our night at our usual Pho place. It was yummy and just what I needed since it was so cold today.

I’ve also spent the last 2 hours debating on whether or not to buy Fable. Fable 2 is coming out in a few days but it’s only being released on Xbox 360 and since I don’t own one … I think I’ll just stick to the original game for now. What makes me mad though is that the Mac version is $49.95 while the Windows version is only $19.99. What I’m thinking about doing is buying the Leopard OS (I know … I should have upgraded long ago) since I’ve been meaning to do so for a while now, and then run Bootcamp and just play the Windows version that way. Then again, I kind of don’t want to do that since I’m waiting for the Snow Leopard OS to come out since I’ll only have to wait about one more year… Gah. I want this game now. Maybe I’ll just say screw it and buy the freaking Apple version.

vinyl baby.

I love records.

In part because I wish I was born in a 1940s musical where everything is technicolor, you can burst out into song in a moment’s notice & things are always wrapped up beautifully in the end—usually involving a dance number & the male protagonist sweeping the once disdainful female off her feet. Such a beautiful love.

But mainly, because I love jazz & blues … and nothing plays jazz & blues like a record player. Actually, everything sounds better on a record player. My favorite thing to do these days is lounge around in my bed with Michelle playing in the background. That wonderful sound of needle hitting vinyl has got to be in my top favorite sounds of the moment (the first being my nephews’ laughter).

So my point? I saw an image of a record sculpture on Boing Boing the other day and while I thought it was really cool, I couldn’t help but think … damn, what a waste of records. I dunno, maybe the point of the piece is a “sound” wave or vinyl striking back at our current technologies, but still—I’ll take listening over looking any day.

By Jean Shin. Currently on display at the Manhattan Museum of Arts and Design through February 15.

Speaking of music, a funny yet truthful comic was was posted on XKCD the other day. The site usually consists of comics that are way too techy or nerdy for me to understand, but this is one that I could really appreciate.

… too bad I’m an iTunes addict.

It’s now been 19 minutes since I woke up from what I thought would be a long and comfortable slumber. I’ve been having a lot of nightmares lately that wake me up in the middle of the night—it’s been days since I’ve had a restful night’s sleep. Oh well, back to tossing & turning.

Mahal na mahal kita. ♥

android

The Tmobile Google Android Event is today! Check out Gizmodo’s Liveblog for up-to-date information!

If you’re out of the loop and don’t know much about the new Android technology and TMobile G1 (or HTC Dream), check out this post from Boing Boing:

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POSTED BY RUSHKOFF, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 2:08 PM | PERMALINK
I played with Android yesterday. I don’t gush over products. At least not in years. But this one makes me feel a bit like I did when I got my Kaypro. It’s a solid device that hints at the beginning of a “golden age” of solid and reliable smart phone technology.

For those of you as uninformed as I’ve been lately, Android is Google’s new cell phone operating system, coming to you any day now on a phone made by HTC – the folks who have been making the Treo (but without their own name on the case).

I’ve played with a lot of phones, but this is the first true “smart phone” that is as easy to use as an iPhone, Sidekick, or Helio Ocean. Unlike the iPhone, it has a real keyboard that slips out from the bottom (and a bit more effortlessly than the one on my Ocean). Real keys, too, that feel good and click.

Oh, did I forget to mention it? Copy and paste.

The touchscreen interface does everything I could think of, as easily or moreso than the screen on the iPhone. Less of that weird delay-jitter. Extreme clarity. Everything in its place. It’s not like trying to operate a laptop through a two-inch screen.

What I like best about Google’s approach (as compared to some other companies who shall remain nameless) is that they’re creating a site where people can just upload the apps that they’ve written for the phone. No licensing, filtering, or requirements – other than they not be malicious. Further – by writing the code in the “sandbox” fashion of the Chrome browser, applications that screw up are isolated from the rest of the operating system. Programs are separated if they don’t play nicely with others.

My fear (what would a post about Google be without a little fear) is that the openness of the Google world really means openness to Google’s advertisers. The World Bank, for example, forces nations borrowing its money to “open” their markets to foreign investment. This means they have to let multi-national corporations build plants, destroy the environment, compromise local agriculture; whatever low standards the WTO has agreed upon become the standards by which the country has to operate. Is “openness” really an ethos for Google, or just a means to a very particular end? Is what’s good for Google good for the entire communications infrastructure? I’m not so sure.

While I doubt Google will suddenly push ads on the unsuspecting T-Mobile subscriber, I could foresee a Google future in which people get cheaper phone plans for giving Google’s advertisers access to their screens. This could subject those without sufficient funds to buy their way out of marketing to an entirely different communications experience than everyone else.

Still, for the time being, this device, this OS, and the relatively open source model Google is pursuing feels less restrictive, more stable, and just a bit more virtuous than what I’m seeing elsewhere. (Douglas Rushkoff is a guestblogger)

The officials details are finally out! The TMobile G1 is now available for pre-order on the T-Mobile G1 website if you’re an existing T-Mobile customer [Does it count if my parents are?!]. It will be available in retail stores on October 22 and will be sold for $179 with a 2 year voice and data plan agreement. And here are the official features via CNET’s Crave:The Gadget Blog

WiFi, 3G (with dual-band UMTS), multimedia messaging, email support (GMail as well as other POP3 and IMAP email services), instant messaging (with Google Talk as an option of course), full HTML browser, GPS functionality, 3-megapixel camera, the ability to multi-task, a music player with access to the Amazon MP3 store, Bluetooth, and quad-band GSM support. Another very exciting feature (in my opinion) is it has one-click contextual search, which lets you search for anything simply by typing in something with the keyboard. This is very similar to the search feature on the Helio Ocean, in that it can search your contacts as well as the Web just by tapping in a few letters.

As for Google Maps, it will support Google Maps Street View that will let you explore cities as street-level as if you were right there at the street corner. It will also have a built-in compass on the phone and allow you to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by moving the phone around. The aforementioned Amazon MP3 store is also a huge boon for the T-Mobile G1, as all the of songs on Amazon are DRM-free, and you can buy and download the song directly from the store to the device (only if you have a WiFi connection though; you can search, sample, and buy with a cellular connection however). A song is $0.89 while an album is anywhere from $5.99 to $9.99.

Last but not least, the G1 will offer access to the Android Market, which is an application store similar to the iTunes Appstore. Some of the available applications include ShopSavvy, an application that lets you scan the UPC code of a product with the phone’s camera and instantly compare prices with other stores, Ecorio, an application that tracks your carbon footprint, and BreadCrumbz, an application that lets you create a step-by-step visual map using photos. Of course you can also buy games like Namco’s Pac-Man.

It’s important to note that the T-Mobile G1 won’t have Microsoft Exchange support right off the bat, though its open source infrastructure means that can be easily remedied with a third-party application (according to Google anyway). Also, GMail is available as push and yes, you can use it to read MS Office documents and PDFs. There is no stereo Bluetooth, and you can’t use it as a tethered modem. And no surprise here, the G1 is SIM locked to T-Mobile for the time being, though I expect there’ll be efforts to unlock it.

I’m seriously drooling over this phone. I want one in my hands.