Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The new iPod Photo is out, viva accretion?

In my ritualistic daily check of the world's gadget haps and the craps on Engadget I was made aware that the newest iteration of Apple's iPod - the iPod Photo - just came out.

http://www.engadget.com/entry/7674671713523335/

I always read what Engadget has to say and then some of the users' comments. Everyone was bashing essential "the value" of it (high cost vs. unimpressive features) and then a commentor by the name Jon Rubin posted this comment:

Look at the big picture, people
Posted Oct 26, 2004, 4:25 PM ET by Jon Rubin

This is the video iPod. Apple's just being cautious. They're making sure their tv interface is easy to use and beautiful to look at. They're getting people used to the idea of an iPod that hooks up to a tv, and getting the av docks out there in the market. They're perfecting a color display, and all the little 'extras' you'd expect from an Apple portable media player, like album covers.

The important thing to note is that Apple's now got a portable device with RCA and SVIDEO out. Then connect the dots.

Think about what Apple always says: their marketing doesn't show that people want to watch video on a small screen for an extended period of time. Well, that's not saying "we'll never produce a video iPod," just that "if we make a video iPod, we're not going to expect people to actually watch video on its tiny screen."

Now all they're waiting for is hard drive prices to go down. As soon as that happens, I bet they'll slap in another DSP to decode a quicktime variant.

Apple's creating a market segment for a video iPod before they actually put it out there. The color screen and 60gig hd will filter down to the regular iPod eventually, and the AV port will be what differentiates the high-end pricepoint. When there's an 80gig or 100gig hard drive out there, Apple will roll out an iPod Movie.

Apple is building an extremely powerful mobile device by accretion. I do not think the name 'iPod' was chosen at random--Apple never intended it to just be about music. It's about carrying all the information that matters to you in your pocket.

I tend to agree with this comment

Today's Links 0wnz j00!

Oh yeah, in case you didn't know, the new Grand Theft Auto came out yesterday. People say it ownz. I can help but think the graphics should be looking better right now but apparently the story telling has improved mucho much and the character, music, and voice acting is impecable:
http://ps2.ign.com/?ui=ign_hub_top3

A demo for the new Need for Speed Underground 2 came out today:
http://www.3dgamers.com/dlexit/inspan/games/needforspeed8/nfsu2_demo.exe.html
expect much blink and a whole lotta zing...

This link is for wasting time, a mini game mainly for Ryan:
http://www.kiteretsu.jp/on/tontie/

Not that I'd ever have enough money to buy one of these phat Alienware systems, but atleast I can loosely base the ones I will build on them:
http://www.alienware.com/Configurator_Pages/area-51_alx_sli.aspx?SysCode=PC-AREA51ALXX2SLI-D&SubCode=SKU-DEFAULT&cs=1

I lead a demanding life and money is tight, but someone's gotta save the Princess. Finally, an affordable Mario-playing robot made from Legos that can beat Bowser when I just can't seem to find the time:
http://community.middlebury.edu/~tdooley/

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

A Dynamic Sountrack for you Life

Is this the future of music?

http://www.engadget.com/entry/2486252161659249/
http://web.media.mit.edu/%7Ebrecht/music/DSP/

A Google version of FireFox!? Yes, please.

"Interestingly, mailto: urls will work with Gmail, allowing peple to click email links in pages and have Gmail open a new mail to that address, as well as IE-like buttons on the toolbar for composing new mail from scratch."

YES! I am so tired of clicking on a mailto: link in FireFox and seeing it open up an Outlook message. Only to close it all and get that annoying "hold on while Micro$oft 0wnz your computor" message. (And why the hell does Outlook take so long to shut down, anyway?! What is it doing?).

So that's enough reason for me to do it right there.

BUT, they go on!

"Also, Google loves the recently aquired Blogger, and will have built in linkage to Blogger and rich-editing tools, making Blogger a highly integrated feature, with the ability to blog links and web-content as easily as using their integrated GMail features. "

Schweet. This will make my life ALOT easier. My CTRL-C and CTRL-V buttons will get some well-deserved CTRL-R&R.

So this is what I'm saying:
The reason people trust Google, everything Google, is because they started out as just offering one thing and offering it so well that they became the hands-down defacto standard for websearches. On top of that, they never pursued "being evil" (as they call it as a company) to the user. They never did pop ups, they never did frontpage flash ads, nothing (unlike Yahoo, Jeeves, or MSN). Google's site will load in a nanosecond AND return your results in a millisecond.

Plus, with Google, they know how to still make money with their products intelligently, not invasively, so everything they offer can be offered free to the user.

So if people trust Google products to be the best products and always free products, they don't have anything to prove whenever they release something new. So if they start doing blogs (Blogger) I switch to blogger, if they start doing IMs, I use their IM service. And so on.... The same will be true with this gBrowser coming out. I'll download it, I'll use it, I'll always patch it.

I won't shake in my boots as I do whenever Micro$haft releases an "improvement" or "upgrade". Why the hell should I have to kreep around a million techno-geek forums to find out "who's saying what" about so-and-so patch! Argh..... there has to be a better way. (I know Linux or Mac.... I'll get there...)

http://mozillanews.org/?article_date=2004-10-19+01-52-31

(disclaimer: this article is some guy's speculation. I agree with his conjecture.)

WiMax and Intel - bedpartners with an equation for success

If Intel can do the same thing for WiMax as it did for WiFi (ala Centrino) you can count on this bein gour new standard.

http://news.com.com/Intel%2C+wireless+pioneer+McCaw+team+up+on+WiMax/2100-7351_3-5425683.html?tag=nl


EFF Interview

If you're trying to be active in today's technology law you MUST read this interview with Wendy Seltzer of the EFF.

Wendy Seltzer can have my baby:
http://www.engadget.com/entry/6177529296451618/



Corresponding links:
http://www.house.gov/boucher/docs/dmcrahandout.htm

http://ipaction.org/

http://www.eff.org/patent/

http://www.eff.org/share/collective_lic_wp.php

Monday, October 25, 2004

Streamline FireFox performance based on your processor

Apparently these are extensions that make FireFox work better according to which processor you have.

http://pryan.org/firefox/d503/

I'd appreciate comments and feedback if you agree it helps or not.

If you use P2P software read this...

Almost everyone has used Kazaa. Read this before you ever open the program again and see some safe alternatives

http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=551

Perhaps the best result of this article is "Tom's" reply to it. It is the first one found here:

http://www.p2pforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=4208

He explains why Kazaa is dead and what is good for music and movies and software. Really read this.

Set alerts for when your favorite artists release new music

http://www.tunestracker.com/

Finally, a site for the WarDriver in all of us..

http://www.wifinerd.com/

Friday, October 22, 2004

Today's links

This owns. Call me type-A bizzaro but I love it
http://www.engadget.com/entry/3464715371535672/

YES! how much?!
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1634297196564853/

With where we're at right now, and where the rest of the world is, I
just think this won't happen, and if it is, we have our priorities
outta whack.
http://www.engadget.com/entry/8031583271547815/

Halo 2 developers complain because they won't invest in IT security
and think the world is full of good people:
http://spong.com/detail/news.asp?prid=7832

Latest Pirates! info (I'm pumped)
http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?cId=3135718&did=4

Uncensored GTA trailers:
http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/gta4/downloads.html

Uhm, as soon as I own something BlueTooth, I'm going to do this:
http://www.bluedriving.com/linksys-mod.htm
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/how2/article/0,20967,714017,00.html

The author of this article apparently wanted to convey the fact that he is an idiot in the title alone:
http://news.com.com/Is+gadget+convergence+going+too+far/2070-1032_3-5419487.html?tag=nefd.swarm

This is precedent setting for RFID. If you don't know what RFID is, you need to. It will be a huge part of our adult lives. I think it is a major pitfall and we could end up trusting it too much. The ability to hack it sounds huge. And it would be in charge and responsible for SO MUCH. It will happen though. So learn and get ready.
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,65412,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

Good by silicon, hello nanocomputers:
http://www.physorg.com/news1667.html

Thursday, October 21, 2004

VoIP for newbies....

Thanks TomsHardware

http://www.tomsnetworking.com/Sections-article94-page1.php

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Beating Adware on a large scale

http://ask.slashdot.org/askslashdot/04/10/19/0038232.shtml?tid=172&tid=111&tid=201&tid=4

Monday, October 18, 2004

My picks of the day (mostly Engdaget)

Since we need to get smaller but need more resolution on our displays this is the only solution that I can see:

http://www.engadget.com/entry/8547656110143977/http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/cat_gadgets.php

Parents might use: http://www.engadget.com/entry/3746421320807387/

Now this is convergence:http://www.engadget.com/entry/7447878454598645/

NICE camera (400 bucks, ouch though. Still like mine.)http://www.photographyblog.com/comments.php?id=4152_0_1_0_C

Higher megapixels on camera phones may not mean better pictures:http://www.phonemag.com/index.php/weblog/read_more/10132004_motorola_mpx220_digital_camera/

I'm shocked! People prefer "free" to "pay"!!??http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/online/archives/digital_music/2004/10/fewer_people_paying_for_music_downloads_npd.html


Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Tuturoial D: The future of databases?

This article features a new way to do databases. Could it be the next step beyond SQL?

http://www.techworld.com/applications/features/index.cfm?featureid=910


Monday, October 11, 2004

Is Apple rotten?

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Bandwidth testing

http://www.enetsc.com/Bandwidth.htm
http://www.adslguide.org.uk/tools/speedtest.asp
http://tweak.us/broadband.html
http://www.cable-modems.org/toolbox/

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Today's links

Today's Links:


Roll Your Own TV:
http://www.hyperreal.org/~mpesce/fbm.html

Redifining TV:
http://www.mindjack.com/feature/redefiningtv.html

Superpowered peer to peer:
http://news.com.com/Super-powered+peer+to+peer/2100-1032_3-5397784.html?tag=nefd.lede

Monday, October 04, 2004

Must have programs

Desktop Rover - http://www.neslosoftware.com/
4t tray minimzer - http://www.4t-niagara.com/tray.html
All Daschund products (Hare, AntiCrash, etc.) - http://www.dachshundsoftware.com/index.html
WinRAR - http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm