I have always though that VoIP and SIP were the shit. Furthermore, Bluetooth has been known to hold my attention for long periods of time (20 minutes). Now, I have experienced the ultimate convergance of divergences! It’s call Free World Dialup (FWD).

Ok, first, I installed a Belkin Bluetooth USB dongle. Then I paired up my Sony/Ericsson HBH-30 wireless Bluetooth headset. Now I can use the headset like a wired headset on my PC (or desktop speakers and a mic). The next step was to have a reason to talk on the headset.

Nate clued me into FWD. After a few minutes, I was SIP’ing my way around the net (well, to the test # at FWD) via Windows Messenger. FWD gives you a .reg file that sets up Windows Messenger to use them as the SIP proxy for phone calls. I attempted to install Xten X-Lite, but it didn’t work. Oh well.

Now, all I need is people to talk to. If anyone gets up and running with FWD, I’m 249395.

I was Google’ing “Weapon of Choice” when I came across a stick figure version of the video. Seeing that I only saw a small clip of the video before, I didn’t realize how close to the original the flash animation was. The animation was designed by Gareth Norman, who is best known for his Stick Figure Ninja. Furthermore, I have always been a fan of good Flash animation. Gotta love this shit.

I think it is presumptious at best that a software title would put their icon on your desktop without asking. Further, I even have a problem when it is the default when the choice is actually given to you.

In defference to my buddy Branille, I’m neither dead, nor have I abandonded AM. I have been doing consulting work for my former employer, BANKLINK. Do to short deadlines and an under-defined app, I was up late. Once till 4:30AM.

Now I am getting some well deserved rest, not to mention catching up on my reading. Next step is to write the accompanying documentation, belch! I just hope they don’t hold-up payment for the docs.

In case the search puppy in Windows XP annoys you as much as it does myself, I have a quick and dirty way to lop off its perverbial balls. Here goes:

  1. Bring up a search window. Quickest way to do this hit the the WindowsKey and the letter F at the same time.
  2. Next, click the Change preferences link.
  3. Now, click the Change files and folders search behavior.
  4. Select the Advanced radio button (the bottom one), and click OK.

As you can see, you’ll have the good ‘ole Win2k search dialog. If you want to completely obliterate the puppy altogether, just right click him and select Turn off the animated character. W00f.