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Monday, November 19, 2007
  I like the new Chumby!!!

I recently received my new Chumby, and am enjoying it immensely. What is a Chumby? A chumby is device which plays a customized set of widgets that you choose, and has built-in WiFi, 3.5" screen, and speakers. On the Chumby.com site, you set up the widgets you desire to display, and how long you wish each widget to be displayed. The Chumby uses AC power, so you can leave it on 24/7 if you wish, no worry about batteries running down. Many owners are installing their Chumby in a customized enclosure as well. Some of the widgets I currently use are:

  • Stock quotes

  • Local weather

  • Yahoo Sports NFL

  • Several clocks

  • Countdown timer to my birthday

  • RSS feeds from my favorite tech sites

  • RSS feed from this blog

  • Ebay items I am bidding on, or selling

  • Word of the day

  • This day in history

Of course, I could obtain the same information via my computer, or PDA. However, since the Chumby is always on, you can see the information continuously without the need to leave a power thirsty computer on. I am enjoying the Chumby so much, I may buy an additional Chumby for my bedroom table.

You can see the on-line version of my chumby at the bottom of my home page at www.jimtravis.com
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I was a Palm OS champion for years, but switched to the Windows Mobile platform in 2005. My experiences using my Windows Mobile devices, and other electronic devices will be detailed in this blog. The posts reflect what I like, and do not like about a device, or application. Your needs, and opinion may be different.

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