★ Radio Controlled Car Racing

For the past few months I have been researching, building, getting a little frustrated with, tweaking and making adjustments on my 1/8th scale, off-road, nitro-powered buggy. It is a Team Associated RC8 and I am really enjoying it.
When I purchased the car it was with the intent to race it at the local tracks around Atlanta, GA. Once I had the car built and ready to race, I started looking for places to race it. Finding local tracks proved to be difficult in this modern era where nothing is more than a google search away.
In an effort to help me meet like-minded hobbyists and keep track of when and where events in the Atlanta area are taking place, I created a Meetup.com Group. I can’t promise that the group will be around forever  (especially since there’s a monthly fee), but it will be around as long as it is serving its purpose.
I encourage anyone in the Atlanta area interested in Radio Control Car racing to join the group and participate in the discussions.

★ Sharing an Apple Keyboard and Mouse between Leopard and Ubuntu

A couple of weeks ago I ran into a problem with my home computer set-up: How do I use the same mouse and keyboard for two computers running different operating systems?
I am running a PC with Ubuntu 7.10 and a MacBook Pro (MBP) with Leopard and I want to use the same wireless keyboard and mouse on both systems simultaneously. I’ve seen this done before but with a slightly different configuration than I wanted.
Normally, one would jump right to Synergy for the solution to this issue; however, I wanted to use my Apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse on my PC so the Ubuntu computer could be the server for Synergy. This was the first issue: How do I connect an Apple bluetooth device to my Ubuntu-Linux machine? Without this hack you can see the bluetooth device but you can’t pair with it.
To solve this issue I found a nice post on Joe’s Project Blog. Joe’s post walked me through configuring my PC’s bluetooth dongle to pair with my Apple equipment. Joe’s post only talks about connecting a keyboard, but I used the exact same steps to connect my mouse. So, problem one is taken care of. I am now able to use my Apple bluetooth mouse and keyboard on my Ubuntu-Linux PC.
The second part of this was to install QuickSynergy on both Operating Systems. I was able to do this without too much trouble. I was able to configure my PC as the server and my MBP as the client. However, QuickSynergy doesn’t appear to play nicely with Leopard. Every time I tried to start the peripherals sharing via QuickSynergy I would get an error stating that the application quit unexpectedly. This seems to be a pretty familiar problem in the forums and there seems to be a fix for the issue that you can implement.
However, I skipped the additional hack and went with another Synergy GUI product on the MBP with Leopard. SynergyKM worked right out of the box for me.
The result is one that allows me to share an Apple bluetooth keyboard and mouse between my MacBook Pro running Leopard and my PC running Ubuntu 7.10 – where the PC is the server and the Mac is the client within Synergy.

★ Video from Merlin’s “Inbox Zero” talk

I ran across this Merlin Mann talk on Inbox Zero again today and I just had to share it. I encourage everyone who is a knowledge-worker to listen to it at least once.

Find out more about the Inbox Zero concept.

★ Howto: Reset a Helio Ocean

I am about to sell my Helio Ocean and I wanted to remove all of my personal information from it before I handed it over to a stranger with all my friends’ and family’s phone numbers stored in it.
Please use these instructions at your own risk; they worked for me but I am making NO guarantees they’ll work for you.
There were two types of data that I felt needed to be removed: my cell number and personal contacts.
Make sure to complete this instruction in the order laid out below. You can NOT remove your cell number then remove your contacts; you must remove the contacts first.
How to soft reset the Helio Ocean:
– From the main menu select “Customize”
– Then select “Settings”
– Then select “Device”
– Then select “Default Reset”
– When you see the “Enter Lock Code” field enter four zeros
– Click “OK”
The device should restart itself.
The second step is to remove your cell phone number from the device.
How to remove your cell phone number from the Ocean:
– From the main screen enter ##435#46#636# you should be directed to a menu with 3 options
– Select “Edit”
– Delete your cell number
– Enter in ten zeros
– Click “OK”
– Then select “Done”
The device should restart itself and it should then display the activation screen after it restarts.

★ Leopard’s Time Machine

I’m a little disappointed that I can’t use my 60GB iPod with Time Machine. Is there some technical reason for this limitation?
Granted, I wouldn’t be able to back-up my complete hard drive to this “external” drive, but I could back up my mail, important documents, etc…
Pardon me if I’m just not getting the concept here but it seems weird that Apple would specifically block users from using Time Machine with iPods and iDisk.
Maybe someone can help explain to me what the rationale may be for this in the comments. Thanks!

★ The Dip by Seth Godin

I just finished listening to the abridged version of The Dip and I think it was worth the $5 I paid for it. Although, Barnes and Noble tried to charge me $6.95 for an item that was clearly marked $5 – I’m a little bitter since I was purchasing 3 items and was over charged for 2. Really!
Phil Windley of Technometria has a pretty good review on the book so I’ll forgo writing my own here.

★ BlogMate Test Post

Testing, testing, testing: BlogMate.

★ Consequences of Social Bookmarking Syndication

Jon Udell’s post Unintended Consequences of Syndication made me think about my own bookmarking habits since I added a del.icio.us linkroll to my blog.
I’ve noticed that I’m not bookmarking everything I might if I didn’t have this mechanism in place.
Maybe I’ll take the advice of Johnny K and start tagging everything I want to appear on my blog differently.

★ Learning the MAC OS – Again!

After using windows machines for about ten years, I am learning to use the mac operating system (MAC OS X) again.
The first computer I ever bought was a Apple Performa 6200 which I used in college. Once I started working for an Internet Service Provider (thegrid.net) I switched to using windows machines.
Long story short, I’m having to figure out how to use the new MacBook Pro I purchased recently. I find this process rather frustrating as I’m the type of geek that likes to trick-out my computer with all the latest tips and tricks I can find.
If you’ve any OS X reference recommendations (preferably of the online variety) to help me get up-to-speed quickly let me know.
In the meantime, I’ll try and enjoy the new toy instead of letting it frustrate me.