Tags: technology


LJ Smartphone App?

Can anyone recommend a LiveJournal app that will work on Droid phones? I have a HTC Inspire 4G Android. My husband and I have vastly different data usage on our phone, yet we're both using e-mail and the Web a similar amount. The only thing I can figure is that, when I use LJ, there's a large amount of data usage because of all the pics.

Until we figure this out, I think I'll only be able to use LJ from a standard computer. Bother.

Dear Scientists: Please Work on This Technology

After driving The Gryphon to work this morning (he missed his train), I came home and slept some more. I dreamt some unfocused dreams about American Idol, since I'd just written about it. Then I had a dream about a new form of technology: a Remote Cat Petting Technology that would allow you to pet your cat long distance.

You would upload an image of your cat into a directory and then search through the directory for the cat you wanted to pet. When you clicked on it, a holographic image of the cat would sit in your lap, and you could pet it. The hologram felt just like a cat, but it was transparent. I think that the actual cat could also feel you petting it.

Possible interpretation:

My kitty, Luke, was lying near me purring, which probably caused me to dream this. I've also dreamt a lot about technology recently. Not sure why, except that many of my relationships seem to incorporate it in some respect any more.

LJ Idol - Week Twenty-Five: Your Robot Buddy and You

This is my entry for Week Twenty-Five of The Real LJ Idol competition, where the topic is "Stuck with Luddites Again." I'll post an update about voting later. If you haven't already, you may want to join therealljidol, since some voting will be restricted to community members. Again, I really appreciate all the support so far!


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LJ Idol - Week Twenty-Three: Dangling Conversations

This is my entry for Week Twenty-Three of The Real LJ Idol competition, where the topic is "The Best Thing." I'll post an update about voting later in the week. If you haven't already, you may want to join therealljidol, since some voting will be restricted to community members. Again, I really appreciate all the support so far!

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Gadget Quest

Since it's been a couple years, it's time to update my technological toys. You see, they've begun malfunctioning. Oh, the joys of planned obsolescence!

My camera, a Canon PowerShot S400 Digital Elph bought, has been to the manufacturer twice for repairs and has recently been shy about playing back pictures. "No, you really don't want to see that one. It's kinda blurry and stuff..."

A friend of mine, The Hugger, raves about her new camera, a Coolpix L18. I've got some familiarity with the Coolpix brand, having used two different models of them for work-related uses (back in the Stone Ages when they were as heavy as plastic paperweights and almost as useful).

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking for a lightweight, small point-and-shoot camera. I take a lot of photos, but I'm an amateur. While I'd love to buy a more professional SLR camera, I'm not certain the price would be worth it for my uses. Thoughts?

I'm also looking for recommendations for a portable DVD player. You see, I'm a chronic multitasker, and I'd love to be able to watch DVDs while I'm working at the computer. I currently have a 13-inch color TV in my office which, sadly, doesn't have proper inputs and also has a vestigial VHS player (I killed it with a time-shifted episode of Medium and suspect poltergeists).

Given the limits of my office space and my budget, I figured that a portable DVD player was the cheapest solution. That way I can also take it with me to places like hotel rooms.

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Thank Goodness for Nurse Dog

I feel like I've got monkeys with hot coals for feet running inside my sinus passages. Combined with having stayed up into the wee hours doing extra transcription work, I'm feeling very discombobulated.

Fortunately, I've got my doggie, Una, who has been tending to me in her doggie way: giving me concerned looks and occasionally licking my face as I lie in bed, tossing and turning.

On an unrelated subject, does anyone know anything about TiVo or DVR devices? I've been using VHS tapes to time-shift my favorite shows, but I can't watch them in my office, where the TV/VCR combo is now just a TV with a vestigial VHS slot. I'd love to have something I could use upstairs, either with this TV or with an inexpensive new one (since I figure that's way cheaper than buying a laptop).
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Obsolete Me

Lately, I've come face to face with how rapidly technology is changing. Or maybe just how old-school I truly am.

When I was a kid, my parents had held onto a few childhood 78s, which seemed terribly quaint at the time. After all, the modern standard was 45s and 33s. But still, it was the same technology, just played at a different speed.

Such a change over the course of 30 years was minor compared to today's rapid upgrades.

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