November 23rd, 2004


Online Scrabble Brag

I just made a move in Bug Cafe, an online Scrabble-like game I play, that may qualify as my second best move ever.

The bottom two rows were clear, other than a vertical word my opponent had played that put an 'R' on the center triple-word square. My letters are a mess, but then I see a pattern. I start at the bottom-left corner and count out the squares. My word fits! I can play all seven of my letters, earning a 50-point bonus "bingo", and also hit a triple word score square. The letters are played one by one: 'H', 'O', 'W', 'I', 'T', 'Z', 'E', joining my opponents 'R'. "HOWITZER". 122 points. Not bad.

For the record, my best move ever was back in August, when I was able to bingo and also hit two triple-word squares on a play of "PARABOLA". That netted me 149 points.

New Phone Smell

The Treo 650 has arrived, and it's boo-ti-ful!

It was at my front door when I headed out for lunch, so I brought it in, unpacked it in the kitchen, and hooked it up for a nice, long charge. As soon as I put the battery inside, it insisted on having me calibrate it, so I took a moment to admire the screen. Very pretty.

Back from lunch, I try out a few things. The camera works much better than the 600, with a very nice preview and video recording. Low light performance is very good. The keyboard lights up very brightly, and is easy to type on. I was able to get all my key data and programs moved over using my mad Palm OS skills and knowledge of the internal DB format; a normal user would have issues migrating their data forward, IMO.

Once I had all my key programs migrated, I called Sprint to activate the phone. It took about twenty minutes for basic activation to work, and I can make phone calls and do SMS. PCS Vision connectivity took about an hour. I've already fetched email on the device, and I'm now starting to play with the new Blazer 4.0 web browser.

More details later; I've got to go catch the Bill Hicks tribute show at the Alamo.