AdaptiveBlue Widgets

On Tuesday April 8th, 2008, in Entertainment, Web, Wordpress, by Michael Watson

I posted information earlier about a great Netflix widget. However I was looking around some more and found another great Netflix widget. This widget is provided through AdaptiveBlue. AdpativeBlue is a great service if you want to add beautiful widgets to your website using RSS feeds from common websites. They provide widgets for services like Amazon, Blockbuster, Epicurious, iTunes,, Netflix, New York Times, Rhapsody, Rolling Stone, Snooth, Wallstip,, and Yahoo. The great feature is you don’t even have to have an RSS feed; you can show the best selling books off of Amazon or the music you’ve purchased off of iTunes. You can sign up for other features that include keeping track of stats, toolbars that help you see media reviews fast and easy, and also add great information to links about books, movies, music and stocks. Many of their features integrate with common platforms.

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New NETFLIX Widget

On Thursday February 21st, 2008, in Entertainment, Movies, Web, by Michael Watson

I thought it would be awesome to add a widget to my website so that I could publish the movies that I was watching through NETFLIX. When I saw this widget building page online, I knew that I should share with everyone because I thought it was pretty neat. What I thought was even more interesting and what I would never have guessed, was that NETFLIX publishes several RSS feeds that list the movies in your queue, most recent rental activity, movies at home, recommendations, and movie reviews as well as top moves and new releases.

This widget uses the information from your RSS feed from NETFLIX to display these movies on your site. To get to your RSS feed page, just log in to NETFLIX first and then scroll down to the footer and there should be an RSS link. Then once you see a feed you want to show on your site, copy that URL and go to the widget site. Specific instructions are on the widget site and also support if needed. You also have the ability to change the style of the widget like I have.

By the way I am using the blogging function in Microsoft Office 2007 to post this entry.

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New Palm Treo 700 WX

On Thursday January 10th, 2008, in Technology, by Michael Watson
Photograph of a Palm Treo 700p CDMA Smartphone, displaying the Palm, Inc. Logo. This particular handset is for use on the Sprint CDMA network in the USA.Image via Wikipedia

I recieved a new Palm Treo 700 WX about a week ago because I had dropped my old Palm Treo 700 W. The service provider I have is Verizon Wireless and I have insurrance included with my phone. About amonth ago I dropped my old treo in the entry way on our tile floor. Now my phone has survived many impacts in its time but that last drop would be its last. Imediately the bottom of the phone split open and 4 of the screws popped out as the cover flew off. It was impossible to recover those screws but my phone was working fine eventhough there was a huge gap at the bottom.

Eventually my old phone was finished. It started falling appart sending transitors and what-not falling out the bottom. haha. It kept on working but it seemed with every part, it kept on getting a little slower and less stable. So I contacted the Verizon Insurance Agency and the representative was extremely nice and let me know that they discontinued the 700w and now used the 700wx. It wasnt that much of a difference between the models except the colors were a little different and the new one had twice the RAM. The software was a little different except I had updated the old software to be the same as a 700 wx.

I definately love the new Treo 700 wx because the added RAM makes the phone more stable. I had alot of trouble with my old phone freezing up especially when it would send/recieve e-mail. It also froze alot when using the Internet Explorer web browser. Now I can do alot more and I can be more confident in using my phone without freezing. I cant wait to see the next new Palm Treo device.
Palm Treo 700 WX

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