Yearly Archives: 2005

Broken Waterline at Apartment

a few weeks back a water line busted in like 3 places in my apartments parking lot. i got some pictures with my phone… my fave was the water fall over stairs going down towards somebodys front porch. the water flowed down through the complex like a river… and luckily i don’t think anyones apartment was damaged.

btw i need a good plugin for inserting images into my posts… anyone have a suggested plugin??

Sony Ericsson z500a – PC Data Cable, Free Software Downloads, USB Connectivity Problems

as i’ve mentioned before my latest cell phone has camera and video recording capabilities. it’s a Sony Ericsson z500a. i ordered an $9 USB cable so that I can download/upload media (pics, vids, mp3’s, etc). i have a small complaint… it took way too long to get connected. i downloaded a couple of free applications from Sony Ericsson (File Manager & Sound Editor) and figured that installed that software would be all I needed… and of course i was wrong. i had already installed (thought I did) the USB driver info that came on a CD with the cable i ordered. but nothing seemed to indicate a connection to my phone. so… for all those who may have similar problems (and for my own archival purposes) here are the steps necessary (for me anyhow) to connect my phone to my PC (WinXP).

Items Needed: 1 DCU-11 Data Cable

Software Needed:
File Manager
Mobile Phone Monitor
– USB Driver that comes with your USB cable (DCU-11)

Steps:
1. Install Mobile Phone Monitor
2. Install File Manager
3. Install USB driver (should come with your USB cable)
4. Make sure MPM (Mobile Phone Monitor) is installed. – Check for existence of “Phone Monitor Options” in the Control Panel (Windows).
5. Make sure the correct COM ports are activated!
– Go in the Control Panel -> “Phone Monitor Options” -> “Com Ports” (tab). There, you will find a list of COM ports available on the computer. Choose the COM port on which your phone is connected, and press the “Enable” button.
– If you don’t know which COM port the phone is connected on, you can find out as follows. If you use:
Serial Cable: Check the label on the port you plugged the cable in. It should be marked “Com 1” or “Com 2”, usually PCs don’t have more then 2 COM ports, so chances are it’s either 1 or 2
USB Cable: Check in the device manager (Windows) which COM port is used for the serial port emulation. (Look under “ports”)
Infrared: There is own applet in Control Panel for infrared. COM port used by IR is reported there. It is very often COM 2…
BlueTooth: When you open a “Serial Port” connection to the phone, the COM port used will be reported to you.

that’s all i got for you… seems simple enough right… well enjoy cause it took me a while to get it right. i hope this helps.

enjoy your phone… i’ll be enjoying mine.

btw, i’ve linked to pages that should lead to the needed files, however for my sake i’ve archived my files on my server. so, if u are having trouble finding the files u can try mine (they may not be the most recent versions by the time u download them… but better than nothing).

sorry, but i’ve removed the files from my server, since becoming an iPhone owner i don’t personally have use for the files and hopefully the links i’ve provided via Sony Ericsson well help you out!

In Honor of Halloween… Name That Candybar

the best thing about Halloween… CANDY!!!!

i don’t really give much thought about the origins of Halloween… i don’t care what it once was… what it is today, in America is quite simply a day that kids (for the most part) get to dress up as something fantastic… be it scary or just plain fun… then they get to go door to door to collect free yummy candy. how can that be a bad thing???

so in honor of all the great candies out there i found this >> Name That Candybar Game
just playing it makes me want to put a towel in the back collar of my shirt (as i did when i was young) and go door to door as superman… and mob them for their goodies.

for non candy people… i hope u safely enjoy the other festivities tonight… haunted houses, costumue parties, scary movie get togethers… turning out the lights and acting like your not home and watching TV… whatever floats your boat.

Something the Lord Made

just thought i’d recommend a movie i watched a couple of weekends ago “Something the Lord Made

i had it on my blockbuster list for a while… i can’t remember how it got there… but anyhow… a few weeks ago i caught a bit of it somewhere in the middle and watched a couple of minutes of it and thought ‘this doesn’t look good’ but i never took it off my blockbuster list (btw, i get videos in the mail from Blockbuster if you’re wondering what i mean by ‘list’) anyhow, i got it in the mail last week and this weekend beore wrapping it back up to send back i figured i may as well try to watch it. boy i’m glad i did… it’s a really good movie. its a historical drama… so if you’re into that… true stuff. its crazy because it deals with segregation and the medical sciences in the early-mid 20th century. it’s a real eye0-opener to how un-progressed things were.

so if u get a chance check it out!

Cabelas & Fishing

i went down to Buda Texas this weekend to go checkout the Cabelas. the store was pretty cool. if u are into hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, wildlife or anything related you’d probably really like the store. i’ve gotten their catalogs for several years now because they’ve just got soooo many neat items. anyhow, that store is like walking right into the catalog… they had everything. even better they also had some really awesome animal trophy displays… i mean it was half store half museum… o yeah and i guess half restaurant also (is that too many halves?? o well) my favorite part tho was checking out the gun display… they actually had a shotgun appraised at $139,000!! not to mention all the other extremely valuable guns they had. if u get a chance check it out, i was in there 2 hours and left only because i had to be somewhere at a certain time… otherwise i could’ve easily spent another couple hours in there. o yeah one of the main reasons i went was to check out fishing poles… thanks to my pals Benny & James and our weekend at PK i’ve found myself with a fishing license and i haven’t fished in like a decade or more… so the bass in Texas better watch out… i’m coming to get em.

Shiner Bocktoberfest 2005 – Audioslave

yesterday evening i went to see AUDIOSLAVE at the Shiner Bocktoberfest (not Rocktoberfest). o man…. my ears are still ringing… hehe. it was a blaaaaaaaaaaaast!!!

there were several bands/artists there but for several reasons we only got there in time to see Good Charolette & AUDIOSLAVE. Seether played before GC and I had hoped we’d make it in time to check them out, but it didn’t happen. that was ok, because all i really came for was AUDIOSLAVE. and guess what… i was not let down 😀 Audioslave was … was… was… ;kajbgoe;lkav GOOD.

when they came out it was full blown riot for several songs. then they busted out some Soundgarden… Spoonman and they crowd loved it, not my fave but the energy was good. later Cornell said they had something special to play for us… then the soft intro to I Am the Highway was brutally busted open with a Rage Against the Machine Medley…. O MY GOODNESS… the pit that i was on the edge of became about twice as big… placing me pretty much in the middle… 😀 which was fine for a while… because i was too busy jumping around (in my own world) before i realized i was in another world… one of elbows and a$$holes haha… so i eventually made my way back to the edge (with the help of a few others) just in time for Rage’s Killing in the Name Of…. holy smokes!! ok so eventually things cooled down as Cornell was left on stage alone with an acoustic guitar…. the lights go dark… us and the stars and a campfire rendition of Black Hole Sun…. VERY NICE! now what?? i’ll tell u what… Cornell started telling us how he wrote a song for Johnny Cash (btw, cash recorded Rusty Cage) but Cash told him that he felt like it had too many chords, so Cornell said he felt like that was OK because he thinks Audioslave got it right. and boy did they. in fact i was happy to learn that the song he was talking about is my favorite Audioslave song: I am the Highway. so there he went playing and singing (with a lot of help from the crowd) then halfway through the band comes out of the darkness to plug back in and finish it up… very cool. after that i’m thinking… ok now what?? and well… they left us with a sweat… as they played a couple more burners and left as the fireworks show (which was weak… but hey… better than nothing) wrapped it up.

then i got a shirt and left.

hehe… ok there was some more interesting stuff that happened later… but i’ll leave u with my recolllections of Audioslave.

anybody else want to comment on all the other goodness at Bocktoberfest feel free!!

Motion Graphics Artist – Demo Reel

my brother, Shaun Collings, is putting together a demo reel for his various motion graphic design projects he’s worked on in the recent past. i’m hoping he can use it to find a job down here near Austin. right now he’s in Denver and has been contemplating moves to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other major cities where motion graphics jobs are more commonplace. he’s been busy in Denver doing freelance work but is thinking he might want to hire on to a company for the stability’s sake. he’s finally going to put a nice website design together and then i’m going to help him build it out.

he updated his new site with some recent clips if you want to check them out >> Motion Graphic Artist

No Water or Bread in Austin

how lame is this… last night i went to the grocery store to get a few things to get me through to this weekend. water and bread were on my list. i went to Albertsons and the bread aisle looked like it had been hit by a tornado… so i sifted through the debri and found a loaf worthy of salvaging. several aisles later i came to the water… and it too had been plundered. well i found a couple of the last precious few gallons of purified water and went on my way, but i was thinking… ‘man did the delivery truck for water and bread not show up this week or what???’

later last night one of my cousins called and told me i better get gas in my truck if i needed it, cause there are crazy lines and stations running out of gas. ‘what’s going on?’ i asked, and she told me that because of the hurricane headed towards Galveston everyone is stocking up on bread and water and gas.

i just gotta say this… i can live without bread for a few weeks… a few months even… probably don’t really need the stuff anyhow (according to Dr. Atkins) and i think i could survive on tap water too. i mean i dont really like the taste of tap water… but i would survive just fine. now gas… that’s a whole other ballgame… don’t get me started on a rant about how the stations and oil companies take advantage of everyones doom and gloom outlook when it comes to gas prices… sheesh.

the sad thing is this… i can picture all these upper middle class folks getting in their monster SUV’s filling up to go to the grocery store, then buying as much bottled water as possible… and they gotta have their bread… heaven forbid they go without bread for a while… then they fill up with gas on the way home.

for bread in water… the things i thought (when i was a kid) we fed to prisoners.

seems a little extreme to me. people need to calm down. yes these storms suck and yes they will impact us negatively in many ways… but i’m pretty sure Mrs. Baird’s and Sparklets will be ok… the only reason there might be a bread or purified water shortage is because of all the “sky is falling” people out there encouraging the corporations to raise prices and slow down supplies and boost their profit margins through the roof. so think about it… please.

Report Search Engine Spam to Yahoo, MSN and Google

a client that we do web hosting for was wanting to report a competitors spam tactics to the various major search engines (i call them the big 3… kinda like Ford,GM,Chrysler were once dubbed, but for the new online information age). anyhow, i figured i’d share these links with everyone in case you ever get an urge to tattle on your competitors for doing the things u want to do… but have to much respect for the online community or too much fear from being banned* to do yourselves.

Google: http://www.google.com/contact/spamreport.html

Yahoo!: http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/ysearch/cgi_reportsearchspam

MSN: You can do a search for each phrase the site is ranked on, and then click the link near the bottom of the page that says “Help us improve.” Or, you can submit via this form: http://support.msn.com/eform.aspx?productKey=search&page=support_home_options_form_byemail&ct=eformts

Texas Football

i’m a football fan, have been since i was a little kid. i loved playing when i was younger. growing up in Ft. Worth Texas my early dreams were to play football for the Texas Longhorns and then on to the Dallas Cowboys. i’m sure this is and was the dream of many youngsters. unfortunately i broke my leg, dislocated my ankle and tore several tendons in my ankle during an 8th grade football game (i was running back an interception). that ruined my dreams… sniffle sniffle… that’s life. however, i have to say it’s a happy weekend for me when the Longhorns and the Cowboys both put up a victory as they did this weekend!!

“How bout them Cowboys!” and “Hook’em Horns!”

o by the way… sorry but i’m not a Houston Texans fan. some of my friends are… but i grew up disliking the Oilers (even with much respect for Warren Moon) we’ll see how long the city of Houston embraces a losing team, that they have with the Texans, as i recall they never did like the constant losing the Oilers served up for lunch every week…. and so ‘they loaded up the truck and moved to Tennessee’ hehe.

Texas football… from high school to college to the pros… one thing is for sure most Texans (not the team) love football… me included.

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