★ LCD Monitor

I’ve been wanting a flat panel monitor for a long time. Lugging my CRT everytime I moved apartments quickly became a hassle. Up until now, I’ve never been able to afford one. On Sunday, I ordered a W1700 from *gasp* Dell. Me?! Buy hardware? From a PC manufacturer?! This time it was ok since I wasn’t buying a PC.

The W1700 had all the basic features I was looking for. 17″ wall mountable wide screen LCD. Every video input you can think of. The real deal clincher was the price. Normally $699, Rochelle found a coupon for $250 off.

Now as I type this on my computer, with a super wide desktop, I can also watch TV in a tiny little window in the corner.

★ On Mac RSS Readers

When asked why there are so many RSS readers for the Mac compared to Windows given their relative market share, Brent Simmons of Ranchero Software says:

DrunkenBlog: RSS for Mac OS X Roundtable: “It’s mostly because Mac users like to try cool, new, interesting things — especially things that help them get more done in less time. Windows users, it seems to me, have endless patience. They reboot their systems, run virus scanners, go nuts fixing weird conflicts. With that kind of patience, surfing in your browser from site to site isn’t that bad. But Mac users want things to work, and they want their software to help them get things done, and they like trying new and different things.”

Word.

★ Happy Birthday iPod

Two years ago yesterday, I bought my first mp3 player. At the time, people didn’t know that Apple made an mp3 player. And at the time, people thought I was slightly insane to pay $300 for something that “just plays music”. Three years after it was originally introduced, the iPod is now a household name and is currently the most popular portable music player.

Even though my new 4th generation iPod (I swear a review is coming soon) takes care of my music playing duties, my trusty original iPod still works. And although it has been retired to storing backups and no longer plays music, it still is, in my opinion, the best iPod to come from Apple.

: I’m Not Okay by My Chemical Romance from the album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

★ More Links

MSNBC – Inspector: Iraq had no WMD before invasion: “Contradicting the main argument for a war that has cost more than 1,000 U.S. lives, the top U.S. arms inspector reported Wednesday that he had found no evidence that Iraq produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991.”

CNN.com – Report: No WMD stockpiles in Iraq – Oct 6, 2004: “Saddam Hussein did not possess stockpiles of illicit weapons at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003 and had not begun any program to produce them, a CIA report concludes.”

Stupid, stupid Bush.