The Girl With The Old School Geek Toys

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is gaining in geek cred, and it’s no wonder. Lisbeth Salander, the book’s hard-edged hacker-investigator, abandons convention to solve highly complicated problems.

In addition to her wits, Lisbeth relies on an arsenal of gadgets and toys that enhance her connectivity and efficiency on the job.

Engadget has a pretty great index of some of the 2002-era toys associated with Lisbeth throughout the book:

Apple PowerBook G4 – The author really delights in this one, listing the specs of this aluminum bad boy. It’s got (as noted in the novel) a “PowerPC 7451 processor with an AltiVec Velocity Engine, 960 MB RAM and a 60 GB hard drive” plus Bluetooth and a DVD burner. Salander is also pretty stoked that the 17-incher has a 1,440 x 900 resolution and NVIDIA graphics. And can you blame her? She shellsout the big bucks for this one, laying out 38,000 Swedish kronor, not counting the tax — that’s over $5,000. (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, page 216).

A quick review of the WordPress for iPhone app

I’m writing this from within the latest version of the WordPress app for iPhone. The iPhone isn’t known for its ability to offer a great writing experience while composing anything much longer than a tweet, but I can say as I type this that it does feel pretty comfortable. It took me about 30 seconds to write to this point.

The WordPress iPhone app lets me moderate comments and edit posts or change the publish status of any post in my database. I can also easily upload pictures.

The biggest flaw is that there is no way for me to insert links without having to manually code them in from the raw HTML view of the post. This isn’t a dealbreaker, bur since blogging is all about linking, I would like to see it fixes in the future.