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My space is moving :)

My blog is at http://trevinchow.com.
My mirror of my blog is no longer kept here, but instead at http://trevinchow.spaces.live.com.  Long story, don't ask :)
 
This shouldn't be affecting any of you since you should be subscribed to my new RSS feed and already got my new messenger request to add you to my buddy list for my new Live ID.

My portfolio is growing!

I’m nearly finished my customization of my photo portofolio and uploading a whack of images.  I was previously using Flickr, but it didn’t give me a good way to sell my photos directly to people without having some wonky experience where the buyer would be kicked out to a third party website. Additionally, I couldn’t customize my page as much as I could with Smugmug so I could never achieve a really unique look and store-front.

The last 2 months have been filled with

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Instacalc Vista Sidebar gadget

I just noticed that the guy behind InstaCalc recently released a Vista
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6 hour outage?

You gotta love it when:

  1. your blog server has a failure causing a complete outage
  2. your webhosting company fixing it but coupling t
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Twitter. Why the hype?

Twitter launched over a year ago and has over 50,000 subscribers.  I’ve signed up, tried it and discarded it along with dozens of other “web 2.0″ ideas that have sprung up in the last few years.  To me, it didn’t provide any value that I didn’t already derive from IM, email, SMS and Dodgeball. I don’t have many connections on Dodgeball, but continue to check in on a semi-frquent basis because it has proved useful to know where hot spots for the

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It really leans!

It suffices to say that I thought Pisa was a dump when Colene and I went there on a day trip from Florence. A quick 1 hour train ride and we walked through one of the most pitiful cities on our
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B.C. goes green

It’s stuff like this that makes me proud to be both Canadian and from British Columbia.

The premier of British Columbia wanted to bring coal-burning plants and offshore oil rigs to this lush province, so environmental groups were ready for a fight as he prepared his government’s annual policy speech last month.

They were stunned when Premier Gordon Campbell delivered a list of green promise

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My next 10 movies

I’m a total modern movie nut so am frequently on Apple’s movie trailer site instead of sleeping at night. 

Here’s a list of 10 movies that I want to see this year:

  1. The Invisible – could be an exciting ride down a fairly typical storyline.
  2. Slow Burn – Ray Liotta. ‘Nuff said.
  3. read full story of "My next 10 movies"»

Answers that help you avoid relationship conflict

Fresh off the press from my pal Tony, on how to answer questions from your significant other:

  • “Without question.” - In response to, “Am I prettier than her?”
  • “No.”</s
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  • Chicago Hershey's store

    I was in Chicago this past new year’s and did the obligatory walk down Michigan avenue.  This street is a people watchers dream — all hours of the day the street is bustling with people of all ages and genders.  The Chicago Hershey’s Store is a very popular tourist attraction and was just freaki

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    Pearl Jam

    Here’s a shot from a Pearl Jam concert when I was in Prague last September that I took hand-held with my
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    I'm an Uncle!

    I’m an uncle for the second time!  My si

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    Nightfall in Vernazza

    I took this shot while traveling through the town of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy.  Since I was backpacking, I was really travel weight conscious so I took along the lightest tripod I had.  This turned out to be a huge mistake.  It was so flimsy that I had a ton of trouble c

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    Admiral 1.1.1 released

    The Mexircus.com guys just notified me that Admiral 1.1.1 was released.  I  discovered this neat app while I was previously hunting for a way to replicate the Mac Expose feature on Windows XP, and I’ve been using it read full story of "Admiral 1.1.1 released"»

    Vista speech recognition

    Prior to seeing this video, I thought Vista speech recognition was pretty good. Admittedly I didn’t use it for very long, but this user apparantly tried creating a perl sc

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    The road soon to be frequently traveled

    Over the holidays, one of the 2007 goals I set for myself was to complete the Seattle-to-Portland (STP) bike ride this summer over the July 14th weekend. 

    Last sunday, I took one step closer in my quest to complete this seemingly impossible task.  I get tired driving 200 miles, and now I’m thinking of biking it?! 

    My training started the second week of January with spinning classes at my gym to increase my aerobic fitness level and to see if I liked biking enough to actually complete STP this year.  It was far cheaper to buy a 10-class punch card for spinning classes than to buy a bike just to decide I hated biking :)  Besides, I think I’m a glutton for punishment with all my coworkers ridiculing me due to the padded spandex shorts.

    After deciding I liked biking enough, I started on a quest for researching road bikes.  I’m usually a research nut when it comes to PCs and gadgets, but road bikes were a completely new world to me.  What made it worse is that there wasn’t a ton of online references, so I had to resort to asking friends and visiting bike shops in person to understand

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    ReadyBoost on a Sony Vaio SZ notebook

    Recently, I was researching trying to find the best option for adding flash memory to my Sony VAIO VGN-SZ381p notebook to take advantage of the Vista ReadyBoost feature.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any good information on which flash memory options were best for the Sony SZ.  With flash memory being so cheap these days, it’s conceivable to get a 2GB USB or SD card for ~$40 and ideally leave it in my notebook fulltime.

    According to the ReadyBoost information, you need flash memory that has at least 2.5 MB/sec for 4kb random reads and 1.75 MB/sec for 512kb random writes.

    The Sony SZ series notebook have a few different options for connection flash memory. 

    First it has the conventional USB 2.0 ports so you can use simple USB keys. I don’t like this option since all USB keys would potrude from my laptop forcing me to remove it every time I shut it it down.

    Second connection option is through the ExpressCard slot through a 5-in-1 memory card adaptor which supports Memory stick, Memory stick Pro, SD, xD and MMC. 

    The third option is through a dedicated Memory Stick DUO port on the left side of the notebook.

    To do my tests, I used the built in Vista tool winsat which can be run from the command-line as follows:

    Read speed:

    winsat disk –read –ran –ransize 4096 –drive <drive_letter>

    Write speed:

    winsat disk –write –ran –ransize 524288 –drive <drive

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    Bread making experiments

    A few months ago I was obsessed with the idea of making my own bread and waking up to the smell of freshly baked goodness.  I started researching the snot out of bread making options and settled on the crowd favorite, a Panasonic YP-250.  Thanks to the Amazon Prime program (for which I still haven’t been charged yet after 1.5 years), the bread maker was waiting on my door step 2 days later.

    I didn’t make any b

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    Donate to charities by using Messenger

    Microsoft and the Windows Live Messenger team are doing something very cool to help us all donate money to charity in a very easy, low impact way.

    Donate money to charities by simply using Windows Live Messenger! 

    All you have to do is add a special emoticon tag to your “display name” in Messenger and from then on, Microsoft will donate a portion of the ad revenue generated by your usage of Windows Live Messenger

    You can choose from only from 9 different charities, but the charities they chose cover such a broad spectrum that I’d be surprised if everyone couldn’t find at least one that stands out to them. 

    What do you need to do?

    1. Download and install
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