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Entries in Blogging (59)


Back to Blogging

Well, I'm finally back on track and ready to start blogging, after a very nice week long break in Western Pennsylvania. It was nice to step away from things here for a little while, though it does normally mean twice as much to catch up on, upon return to "Regular Life". But what else is new? :-)

Lance's 5th & Le Tour Thoughts
I was highly tempted to post some tidbits here last week when Lance Armstrong won his 5th Tour de France, but decided that many others would cover that event like a blanket. One of my favorite blog posts on Lance's 5th was at Matt Henderson's weblog and a great article on Lance himself was found over at Frank Steele's Tour de France 2003 Blog.

I was very pleased with this year's Tour, which was wilder and closer than any I've ever seen. It was great to be on pins and needles right down to the individual time trial in the 19th stage. While Lance wasn't in the same form as his previous 4 Tours, I was actually more impressed with this 5th win, because of his smart tactical moves, cool head, bike handling in clutch situations and tenacity in the face of many problems.

I admire Jan Ullrich for keeping things close and his sportsmanship, but it appeared to me he pushed a little too hard in the last time trial. His crash was due to his aggressive riding in bad conditions, combined with his watching a video of the day's course in his hotel, rather than doing a recon ride like Lance did that morning.

Finally my highest regard goes to Tyler Hamilton, who, with a fractured collarbone snagged 4th place overall. I was pleased that Lance got his 5th, but was blown away by Tyler's dedication and drive, especially in his stage win and 2nd place finish in the individual time trial. Lance had better look out for Tyler in 2004...

Palm Stuff
On the Palm front, I've recently received a Tungsten C to test out here on the Wi-Fi network and I'm very impressed with the device so far. Well, mostly anyway... reception here in my house is not the greatest on the Tungsten C, but my Netgear Wi-Fi router is in the basement and we have a 2.4 GHz phone system working here too. I need to do some fiddling with the setup. I also want to test the T|C at a friend's place and a coffee shop.

Anyway, I will be posting tidbits about the T|C here as I think of them now, which seems like a nice connection to all off my recent posts on the device a few months back. :-)

I'm reading a new book about Canada's and Alaska's Inside Passage, called Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings by Jonathan Raban. I'll get into a review once I've completed the book, but I can report that It's an excellent read, particularly if you enjoy sailing and travel writing.

Alright, time to get back to catching up...


A Short Blogging Holiday

With a week long vacation coming up later this week and all the required preparation for travel and other tasks to complete beforehand, I've decided to take a little blogging break.

My weblog will be idle starting Wednesday the 23rd and back in action somewhere around August 2nd, though I might be tempted to pop back in and comment on the Tour or any wild Palm handheld announcements that pop up. We'll see.

Meanwhile, I thought it might be nice to leave a list of tidbits you might want to check out while I'm on my little hiatus:

Palm Stuff:

ZDNet: David Nagel Unplugged: Can Palm re-connect?
Found this link through PDAGeek today and have yet to read it, but at first scan it looks pretty darn good.

Seattle Times: On Golden Palm: The battle of the handhelds
Jeff Carlson has been a Mac guy and Palm guy for a long time and writes very well. PDANews24 put me onto this story today.

Wired: Sony Breaks Ground With New PDA
An in-depth article about Sony's new Clie PEG-UX50.

Cycling: Frankie Andreu's Tour de France 2003 Diaries: Stage 15
Frankie has some great insider diary entries about the tour, since he has access to the riders (and specifically Lance Armstrong). The site's navigation is a little lacking as for showing archive entries, but you can manually load up the stage diary entry you want by changing the last 4 digits of the page name to the date you desire (03tdf_fa_0721.htm).

Frank Steele: Tour de France 2003 Weblog
Frank is doing an excellent job tracking down the most interesting stories on the net related to the Tour. This is the place to go for the last few stages of the Tour this week. Keep rollin' Frank!

Oskar van Rijswijk: LOGos Tour Blog
Oskar is also doing a superb job tracking down stories and video clips -- his was the place I found the clip of Armstrong going off-road in stage 9. Greetz Oskar!

Have a great week and a half... I know I will.:-)


Getting Back in Rhythm

Andy & His Clie CamI am almost back in the swing of regular blog posting after a nice, long independence Day weekend and time spent with our friend Andy Bauer. We had a great time the past two and a half weeks with Andy (who is now safely back in London).

We saw and did quite a bit in two-plus weeks time, including dinner at two very good steakhouses (Butch's Old Casino Steakhouse and Mr. B's Bartolotta Steakhouse), sailing, fireworks, a 4th of July Parade, Old World Wisconsin (a living museum) and much, much more. Hopefully I'll be able to recount a few highlights when I'm back in the rhythm of blogging again.

However, with the combo of Andy's visit and a long 4th of July weekend, it's going to probably take a week to get on my normal posting schedule, so please bear with me. I may just do quickie posts with links until I'm able to get back to more substantive posts.

I should mention that I'm in the midst of a wonderful old Jules Verne novel on my Sony Clie called The Mysterious Island. It's a great story, set in the 1860's and recounts how a crew of Union civil war prisoners escape by stealing a balloon during a hurricane and manage to survive on a remote island. I loved 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and this one is right up there in quality. Highly recommended!

Okay, off to a few outstanding tasks here... :-)


Weblog Updates: New Mobile Edition & RSS Link

I have a few weblog updates to report, before this long Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US. Most notably, I've added a mobile edition of the weblog main page for use with AvantGo, iSilo, Plucker or any other mobile-sized online or offline web browser. Here's the full URL:

The mobile edition uses a greatly simplified template that ought to work much better with handheld tools as it doesn't feature any links on the left or complex tables. The mobile template also has the added benefit of taking less space on your handheld.

I've also simplified my RSS 1.0 news feed URL from rohdesign_rss.xml to a much simpler and easier to guesstimate rss.xml and/or rss.rdf. Here are the full URLs:

I've kept the old RSS feed in place for those who don't want to change the link in their news aggregator... and just because it seems like a nice thing to do. Eventually I will post a note on that version to switch to the new file.

Hey, if you have a long US Memorial Day weekend coming up, enjoy the day. If you're a tech person I challenge you to break away from the computer and your gadgetry for a while and enjoy the sunshine. It'll do you a world of good. :-)


Moveable Type

MTIt was time to move on up to Moveable Type. I think in general the weblog should work the same way, if not better than the Blogger version as MT has many, many more features that suit my current blogging needs. That's not to say Blogger isn't a great system -- it's awesome for those getting started or those who want a simple blog and blogs with specific features (like email posting found in Blogger Pro).

Anyway, if you see any wierdness, let me know. Meanwhile I'll be working to improve the weblog as I learn more about ol' MT. :-)