Friday, September 25, 2009

AT&T picture and video messaging MMS

Just got a text about this feature. I read about it before but I think it was backlogged becuase of some 3GS problems. Some people couldn't enter a text phone number or access thier address book. They could only respond to a text. I will test it later.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Online Credit Card Processing - Intuit Payment Solutions

Monthly Fee .. but no minimum transactions.

Posts transactions into QuickBooks. Don't wast paper or supplies. Don't need an external terminal.

Online Credit Card Processing | Intuit Payment Solutions

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency - Parking Ticket Data over a 1 month period.

As one who is always concerned about how many digits to make a Unique ID number, it seems that the SFMTA Parking Ticket numbers are getting used up at a super fast rate. 

I got 4 tickets over a 1 mont period.. so I wanted to use the data for something. 

 At this rate they use up over 700,000 numbers in a month.


 Citation Payment Data  (San Francisco)

 Outstanding citations for License plate:CA XXTFX999 as of 09/17/2009 07:19:18 PM  
Pay Citation Number Amount

 Sept. 15th, 2009:    771,159,999              $53.00
:                            771,028,888              $53.00
:                            770,697,777              $53.00
Aug. 24th, 2009:     770,436,666              $53.00

 Note: I altered the last 4 digits.  Also .. I'm assuming they use a check digit and skip numbers in the sequence to avoid input errors.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Casa Buena Rooms

Hotel Luxury in a private home.

 Must consider staying here if your planning on visiting San Francisco.

Hotel style rooms in Presidio Heights San Fancisco.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Seagate Replica 500GB Backup Drive - First Backup Super Slow - but Otherwise Drive Does the Job

I bought the Seagate Replica backup to get distaster recovery for my Sony (Vista Home Premium) Laptop.

It took about 2 days to backup 133GB of Data but it only used 80GB of space on the drive.   At least this drive won't fill up for a long time, and I can put other computers on the drive without worry of over filling the drive.

I tried to change the cache file to local, but it didn't speed up the backup.  Also tried to turn off Antivirus, but still nothing noticable.

I am assuming the slow speed of the backup is due to the compression of the files backed up. It probably has an extra hard time trying to compress very large files that are already compressed. (like outlook ..pst files and MPEG files.).

Now that the initial backup is done it can sync changed file more quickly, but it seems to have an something that is waiting for an idle processor or available resources, since it still will do backups in bursts.  It would be nice to have a feature to not compress files, or to use all resources to do a quicker backup.

I often need to do a quick backup (or in best case a clone of the drive) before working on it, or making major changes to the software.

On the other hand this drive is great because a user can't accidentally change or stop the backup.  It always picks up where it left off.  It also seems easy to recovery, no software needed, it looks like you exploring your original drive and it keeps deleted files for recovery and accidental deletions.   Nice that you don't need an external power supply too.

Got mine on sale at Best Buy.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

0 Traffic on the SF Bay Bridge on Labor Day Weekend 2009

The live traffic map shows no activity on the Bay Bridge on Sat. 9/5/09.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hp Photosmart c4700 series .. Install froze

Rebooted and then watched this "installer is gathering failure info for over 30 minutes. It's a 1 year old vista computer. 2gb memory. P dual core. I deactivated Avast.

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