You Have to Check Out Spike!

I just added a little note about Spike, the networked clipboard, to my earlier technology post . But now that I’ve installed it I have to give it some more light. Simply stated, Spike is the sh!t. (Apple’s Rendezvous technology gets a lot of the credit too.) I’ve only used it for a few minutes and I’m already hooked. Now I can easily cut & paste between my desktop Windoze 2000 machine and my Windoze XP notebook. You can also share between Windows and Macintosh. The bast part is that all I had to do was install Spike on both machine. No configuration, no logging in — it just worked straight out of ‘the box’. If you have multiple machines you must check Spike out.

No More Trader Mike, Now I’m DJ Mike

As you can see below, I just implemented a Radio.Blog on my site. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while but I just never got around to it and I hadn’t seen an application that looked simple enough to use. I was gonna go with Andromeda, but I was having issues with my host at the time so I never really looked into it. Now that I’ve moved to a different host it’s time to try radio blogging.

I was surfing around this morning and stumbled upon PrimeTime’s I saw that he’s participating in something similar to J-Notes’ Flashback Friday, except with streaming audio. I’ve been wanting to do something similar for months now with Hip-Hop, R&B, Drum & Bass, Reggae, etc. So look out for something soon…

Here’s my test song, ‘I Against I’ by Mos Def and Massive Attack:

Update: That track is now gone. Check out a newer Radio.Blog post.

Technology Brain Dump

Notes on the new video game Lifeline, a way to decode iTunes AAC files, a custom iPod Mini car install, Kinja, SharpMT, Spike, the networked clipboard, SimpleViewer, and Amazon’s A9 search engine

  • I saw this very cool game, Lifeline, on Fresh Gear this morning. No joysticks with this game, it’s controlled by voice commands. This adds a whole new dimension to the video game experience. Not only do you have to react quickly, but you also have to be able to come up with the correct words to control your agent.

  • PlayFair – This program allows you to decode iTunes Music Store protected-AAC files to unencrypted AAC files with no quality loss. This was up at SourceForge last week, but they removed it at Apple’s request. So this Indian site, is now hosting it. Once again, there’s no stopping what can’t be stopped.

  • Sweet custom car install for an iPod Mini

  • Great story about a self-proclaimed luddite who is now an Apple computer lover. I was exclusively a Macintosh user while I was in college. When I started working I had to switch to Windoze (3.1 at the time). I’ve always felt that Windoze was a cheap imitation of a Mac. Although the gap has closed a lot, I still would love to switch back to being an Apple user. One of these days…

  • I got an alert from Google’s Web Alerts last night that a new link had been made to my blog. It was from a site called Kinja, which I’d never heard of. Judging by all the links to Kinja on Technorati, I’ve clearly been out of the loop. (Thanks to Charles, my blogging Sensei, for adding me to his Kinja list.) For those that still don’t know about Kinja, it’s basically a web-based NewsReader which is aimed at getting the ‘average web user’ into reading blogs. (This is Nick Denton at work again.) I think it’s a great idea and the site looks great. I’m gonna mess around with it some more over the next few days.

  • SharpMT – I’ve been using w.Bloggar for about a year now and I really like it. But it would be nice to have access to all of MT’s options/fields from my blogging client. I thought Zempt would be the answer, but it appears that development has stalled on that project. So I came across SharpMT the other day, and based on the comments I’ve read it looks like a winner. I’ll be installing it today. I’m also gonna check out Prometheus 6’s MTClient. Now to find a blogging client for my Treo 600…

Edit to add these that Anil just posted:

  • Spike – This is a tool I’m going to put to use immediately. Spike is a networked clipboard. From Spike’s home page: “When you share a Spike clipboard, you see a clipping as soon as it is copied on the source machine. You can immediately drag that clipping into your own document on your own machine, and save valuable time.” Sweet!

  • SimpleViewer – SimpleViewer is a free, customizable Flash image viewing application. The demo is very impressive. Look out Gallery, SimpleViewer may be taking over.

  • Amazon’s A9 Search Engine – Amazon jumps into the search fray. They’re providing an A9 toolbar too.

Don’t Pimp My Ride

I just caught up with the last two episodes of Pimp My Ride. As usual they were very entertaining, but I always come away with the same thought: “Why in the world would people put so much money into worthless cars?” The only possible exception to this was the ’67 Mustang. I was glad to hear Q from West Coast Customs agree with me on the episode with the Mitsubushi Mirage. He said, “We’re about to put $20,000 into a $900 car. Sounds crazy?… It pretty much is.”

If I were the owner of one of those cars, I’d immediately sell the car or strip it and sell all the new parts. I’d then take that cash and go buy a decent, reliable car. For one thing, after the whole world seeing all the merch in your car you’d be the biggest mark ever. That’s not cool… especially not in L.A. I also doubt whether most of the owners could afford to maintain their new cars. I’m especially thinking about replacing those expensive-ass tires they were lucky enough to be hooked up with. Oh, and another thing — they don’t seem to do any engine work on those cars. Given the general condition of the cars, I can’t imagine that the engines are in good shape. (Again, the Mustang is the exception.) So these people are still driving buckets even after all that money was poured into improving the cars. The choice is clear… SELL!

Another TV show note — I’m really looking forward to the finale of The Apprentice, especially after Omarosa’s shenanigans on the last episode. My theory is that she was ‘acting a fool’ at the request of the producers just to throw a monkey wrench into Kwame’s program. I think they want see how he handles that situation. My suggestion is that he send Omarosa packing.

Also note that Dateline NBC is doing a couple of specials on The Apprentice this week, starting tonight.
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Boondocks/Aaron McGruder Article in The New Yorker

Check out the New Yorker’s article on Aaron McGruder, creator of the Boondocks. I haven’t read it yet, but I will as soon as the market calms down today.

OK, now I’ve read it…. It’s a little long-winded but it does give a good look at McGruder’s life. Who knew being a cartoonist was so stressful? After reading that I know why we haven’t seen much of the other characters besides Huey, Ceasar, Riley and Granddad. Hopefully the animated series will indeed bring back some of the flavor of the earlier days.

(Thanks to Chairman MaoXian for the link)

I Know We All Look Alike, but Damn!

My boy Jon and I had just finished our bike ride this morning when a funny thing happened. We’re chillin’ by this rest area when two white women ride up. They say hello and one says “Oh, you’re those two guys who just zipped past us…” So I partake in a little small talk with them while Jon is talking to some fellow alums he just met that minute. Then one of the women drops the bomb. Old girl says “Oh my gosh, are you guys twins?!” To which I say “Who? US?!?!?!” She says “yes”. I proceed to tell her that we’re just friends. Then she says “Oh, maybe it’s just that you have the same goatees.” At this point, I’m just like whatever. As you can see, we look nothing alike:

MeMy twin, Jon

It’s hard to tell from those pictures, but I’m a few shades darker than Jon. We’re almost the same height, but you’d have to be crazy to even think we were brothers, much less twins.

This led me and Jon in to conversation about mistaken identity. He was telling me how was just on a recent trip to the Bahamas where many of the hotel guests thought he was either an athlete or a soap opera star. I’ve had people tell me that I look like Eddie Murphy, Busta Rhymes, and I’ve also heard that I had another twin who was an actor on a soap opera back in the day. But the capper had to be what happened a few years ago while I was on vacation in Maui. We were on one of those dinner cruises and these little kids kept staring at me. Their little eyes were fixed on me like some targeting system. Finally one got the nerve to ask me “are you a pro?” To which I said “a pro what?” He responded “aren’t you a basketball player?” I should have lied and told him I was Ray Allen or somebody, but I just told him no and rolled on. But what I really wanted to do was get all Eddie Murphy (from the Delirious/Raw days) on him and say “What, a normal brotha can’t take a vacation?!?!” 🙂

I won’t even get into all the people that ask me what sport I played immediately after they find out that I went to Stanford. I’d be here all day with that topic.

The Boondocks Does It Again

I’m just now catching up on a week’s worth of e-mails and came across a bunch of Boondocks that brought a well needed smile to my face. The end of the thread about The Passion of the Christ took me back to my college days. We had some very heated debates over whether or not Jesus was black/brown. The thing that was most disturbing to me was how so many people couldn’t even conceive the possibility that Jesus wasn’t white. It’s as if their whole world would be turned upside down if that were the case. (That made the debate so much more fun!) Anyway, here are the strips:

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It’s My Blogiversary!

Today marks the first anniversary of me creating my first weblog. I don’t know what took me so long to start a weblog in the first place. I’d been hearing about weblogs for some time, but never really looked into them. It wasn’t until I took a break from trading, while waiting for the Iraq invasion to play out, that I really learned what blogs were all about. The publicity from all the war bloggers had a lot to do with that. I had no idea what I wanted to blog about, but I really liked the idea of being able to easily publish content to the web. It hit me very quickly that I could post information about stock trading and markets. So was born. As it turned out, I started posting all kinds of non-markets related content — in fact, the ‘extraneous’ stuff was the majority of my posts. I really wanted my market commentary to be separate so I started ‘Move the Crowd’ to hold all that other stuff.

Even though blogging has been a chore at times, I’ve enjoyed this year and I’m very glad that I got into blogging. This week, with the death of my good friend, I got a new appreciation for just how powerful and useful a weblog can be. What began as me just spewing out a few words about my lost friend turned into a forum for many of his friends to share their grief and get news about the situation. So if for no other reason than that it’s all been worth it.

I look forward to the next years of blogging. I’ve got several features that I want to implement and I really need to give all of my blogs a face lift. Thanks to all you you who have stopped by, and especially those of you who have blogrolled me. One unexpected benefit of blogging has been all my new virtual friends. Hopefully we’ll get to meet in person in the near future.

I wanted to do a grandiose post for this anniversary, with a recaps of some of my most popular & favorite entries, but I’ve got too much going on right now for me to do that. So instead I’ll just list some stats:

Trader Mike – 25,100 visits since April 8, 2003. 410 entries. 381 comments.
Move the Crowd – 98,0000 visits since June 27, 2003. This will be entry #298. 557 comments.
Mike’s QuickLinks – 2,100 visits, 339 entries, 50 comments.