Posts Tagged ‘notebook’

WiFi is Your Best Friend When You’re Living in Your Car on the Streets of San Francisco

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

In many parts of the world, people have a place to live but they can’t afford a laptop PC or a car.

In San Francisco, things are a bit different:

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For various reasons. (Can you list them?)

All the condensate on the windows – that’s how the SFPD knows you’re sleeping in your car. The cops don’t really care though.

(Your laptop keeps you in the loop and lets you look for work, of course.)

Anyway, this scene is a sign of the times, 2010s-style.

Prediction: The First iPad Theft on BART or MUNI will be Reported Wednesday at 5:00 PM

Monday, April 5th, 2010

That’s my guess anyway, in the pool I’m in, the First Apple iPad Theft on BART or MUNI pool.

I have April 7th from 5:00-6:00 PM – wish me luck. (Only genuine iPad thefts count, of course.)

Speaking of which, comes now the BART Police, reminding us to protect our coveted shinies when we’re on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains. Check it out, below.

BART police taking care of bidness near Civic Center Station. Is the TASER on the other side of the belt? No se:

Here it is, with more typos than an average post from this blog. Stay safe!


The Apple iPad was just released this past weekend, and commuters already are toting the tablet computers along on BART —  prompting lots of riders to report their first sightings of iPads “in the wild” on BART.

Along with attracting attention from curious commuters, the iPad — like other easily portable and expensive electronic devices — may also be a new target for potential thieves. BART Police are using the occasion as a reminder of general safety tips for protecting your personal property while on BART.

  • Stay alert and pay close attention to your surroundings. Those who “zone out” listening to music on their iPods, texting on their phones, playing video games or working on laptop computers make themselves easier targets.
  •  Hold on to your belongings – do not leave them lying out of your reach on the seat next to you or on the floor.
  •  Keep purses or backpacks close to the front of your body. On a crowded train, something hanging behind you might create a crime of opportunity for a thief.
  • If it is possible, don’t stand directly by the train doors with your electronic device, because that could give a thief an easier exit to “grab and go” as the door is closing.
  •  Be the eyes and ears for others around you to help create a safer community for everyone.
  • If you observe suspicious activity or a possible crime there are many ways to report it; visit the BART Safety Guidelines for more detail on what to do on a train or in a station.

San Franciscans Give Up on Promised WiFi, Resorting to Cell Phone Tethering Instead

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I won’t even get into how ridiculous it is that San Francisco has no comprehensive WiFi service available when you consider the promises made a half-decade ago. The issue of the day is what you can do to get online wirelessly with your netbook or notebook or lapbook or whatever.

Of course you can always linger about a Tulley’s Coffee or (the very nice) Valencia Gardens housing project and get 50+ megabits per second, but most of San Francisco offers you no connection at all.

But how about tethering your cell phone to your netbook to get connected all over town. PdaNet software can get the job done for most smart phones (and even for your iPhone, assuming it’s jailbroke). Check it:

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See? Sprint connects pretty well all over town, so you can use your cellie’s $15/month unlimited data plan to connect to the Internet at a slow, but serviceable 2.4 Mbps.

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How Much is Your Moleskine Notebook Worth?

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Decisions, decisions. After opening your new MOLESKINE, “the legendary notebook of Hemingway, Picasso, and Chatwin,” sort of, you are prompted to put a dollar amount on the value of your precious words:

“As a reward: $ _________________” 

My Moleskine notebook just magically appeared in the mail one day, so I don’t know its cost. Maybe $10 or so, that’s a good starting number. But what about when you’ve filled it all up? At that point it could be worth millions. So a safe bet is to update the reward value on a daily basis.

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After all, you could be the next Hemingway.