Extra Fox – A blog by Christopher Taylor

Salsa event in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 30, 2005

A friend sent over this information for a Salsa event in Mexico. I may have to make a trip over to Huatulco while I am down in Zipolite.

Midwinter’s Salsa Escape
Summary: A tropical dance escape on the Mexican Pacific with daily salsa classes, workshops, evening practice sessions, nightly club dancing and peaceful, soft sand beaches where you can rest your feet! January 29-February 5th, 2006
Location: Mexican Pacific coast beach town of Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca.
E-mail: traditionsmexico@yahoo.com
[Dance Freak]

It would be fun to Salsa while I am down there.

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Going straight to your floor on an elevator

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 29, 2005

This is probably the most important thing I have ever posted on a weblog. Apparently, on some elevator brands, you can go straight to your floor by simultaneously hitting your floor button and the door close button [How To Do Stuff][via Digg]. You know I will be trying this very soon.

Pre-order the Cingular 2125

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 29, 2005

I have been scouring daily to find news about the Cingular 2125. I have looked through news, blog and general web searches, but I had not thought to search through Froogle [Froogle: cingular 2125]. Whether or not Cingular wants to advertise it, there are a ton of online sellers who are willing to let you pre-order the phone. None of them are advertising when it will be available, however.

El Arbol de Tule: a must see in Oaxaca

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 29, 2005

I was talking to a co-worker today about my trip to Zipolite. Turns out that he was a surfer back in the 60’s or 70’s and knows the area well. He recommended that I go see a big tree known as “El Tule” [Mexico Connect]. He also said to watch out for the undertow at Zipolite…

How people are using Google Maps

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 28, 2005

This site pulls together a collection of different ways that people are using Google Maps [Cool Google Maps][via Digg].

So long Paint Shop Pro… I am a Paint.Net user now

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 28, 2005

I have been using Paint Shop Pro for many years now. I even bought a license for it a few years ago. I always liked it because it was simple to use and did everything I needed. Today, however, I downloaded and started using Paint.Net and I now have a new image editor [Paint.Net].

Mininova.org makes it easy to find TV torrents

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 28, 2005

I have found it pretty easy to find TV shows via Google, but this site consolidates and organizes TV show torrents in one place [tvtorrent.info][via Digg]. It was pretty easy to find the latest torrents for Lost. They have a link on the site for RSS feeds. It doesn’t seem to be working now, but that is the real way to do it; subscribe to a series feed and have all the shows automatically download in the background. I suspect there will be some great apps coming around soon if they aren’t already here.

Best Windows programs

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 28, 2005

One Windows user’s list of best Windows programs [ifakedit.com][via Digg]. I use quite a few of these, but there are some new ones here that I will definitely be checking out.

Cingular offering rebate on Cingular 2125 phone

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 28, 2005

The Cingular 2125 is still not available at Cingular stores. I asked this weekend at one of the local stores in Seattle. For the first time, the sales people actually knew about the phone, but they still have no information as to when it will lauch. There is, however, a rebate being printed and offered by Cingular on the Cingular 2125 with activation of a new account [Smartphone Thoughts]. The offer is good between December 6th and 24th. So, one would assume that the phone will be launching very soon.

The Seek search engine adds semantic meaning to keyword searches

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on November 27, 2005

One major limitation of most keyword searches, including Google, is that the actual meaning of the keywords is ignored. The Seek search engine asks you to choose from a set of meanings for a given keyword to refine your search [Seek][via Digg]. I can see this being a big advantage for searches were ambiguous words are used. However, this type of searching may be too complicated for the everyday user.