My prayers are answered

by Peter Rojas

syncgoogle3.jpgI'd pretty much given up any hope of seeing a solution for this, at least anytime soon, but CompanionLink just rolled out a new app that'll lets you sync any Palm, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld with Google Calendar (it's two-way sync, too, none of that one-way crap!). I've been testing it with my Treo 650 this afternoon, and it works as promised. Big ups to William Kapes for this one, he heard my pleas for a synching solution on a recent Engadget podcast and dropped me a line earlier today about CompanionLink for Google Calendar. The one catch is that it ain't free, they're asking $30 for it (they do offer a two-week trial period). That's a little steep, but it's probably worth $30 to me to be able to properly sync my Google Calenda. Plus it's important to support independent software developers, right? P.S. - Yeah, I said "Treo 650". I'm gonna wait to upgrade to the 700p (or possibly even the Motorola Q, it definitely has its charms) until after I get back from my next trip to San Francisco. I've learned the hard way that you should never buy a brand new phone right before a big trip. Trust me on this.

Not fun

by Peter Rojas

I'll tell ya, having my Media Center crash while I'm recording/watching the season finale of Lost is definitely not fun..

Alone in a little room with a camera staring at me

by Peter Rojas

AOTS.jpg I did my first television interview via satellite today. Translation: If you've ever wanted to see me fumble my way through an interview about Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD you should watch Attack of the Show this evening. I'm kicking myself for not complaining about all the echo in the audio.

Me at Columbia

by Peter Rojas

col1.jpg Jill snapped this pic of me chatting it up with Sree at the Columbia School of Journalism last night. That's actually my resume up on screen behind us, a lot of people there wanted to understand why I'd ditched a career in journalism for the life of a blogger.

UPDATE: I stupidly deleted their comment while killing some comment spam (still getting the hang of WordPress), but someone asked if being a blogger meant that I was still technically a journalist. I suppose it depends on how broadly or narrowly you define both "blogging" and "journalism", but the questuion I believe the audience was asking was with respect to why and how I ended up giving up what looked like a "safe" career in traditional magazine and newspaper journalism for a full-time career as a blogger.

Live and in person

by Peter Rojas

I'm still not quite used to blogging about myself rather than gadgets, but I've got a couple of speaking gigs coming up where you can see me talk about gadgets (or about blogging about gadgets) in person:

5/10 - Columbia School of Journalism - Sree Sreenivasan invited to speak at a workshop about blogging. (Sorry for the late notice, only just today realized that it was open to the public, though it may already be sold out.)

6/6 - Core 77 panel in San Francisco on product design.

6/23 - Digital Media Wire's Digital Media Conference in McLean, VA. I'm on the 11am panel, "THE BATTLE FOR THE DIGITAL CONSUMER". (It's always a war, isn't it?)

Also, assuming there are enough Engadget readers in my hometown to justify it, I think I'm going to hold an informal Engadget Reader Meetup in my Merced, CA sometime around June 10th.