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I'm loving the new iPod April 1, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Apple Computer, iPod.
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So the other day I finally made the jump. I’ve had three different digital audio devices over the past decade or so.

The first was an RCA Lyra with I believe 32MB of memory. Since it was my first it was my constant companion until it started to disintegrate. That was about when the MP3 player market exploded but I wasn’t about to buy another and find it fall apart after a year or so.

The next was a Dell DJ Ditty that shipped with my new computer. Didn’t actually cost me anything, had 512MB of memory, in essence a USB stick with MP3 codecs and a headphone jack. The problem was the headphone jack, a poor solder joint consigned that one to the junk heap.

Everyone I work with has an iPod. One guy has both an iPod and a Microsoft Zune. I got to play with both and determined that not only did Microsoft cripple the crap out of the Zune via DRM, the interface was klunky and poorly done.

I also realized that hard drives don’t last very long when subject to vibration or regular bouncing around. So I picked up an 8GB Nano. It’s maybe 1/4″ thick, about 3″ long and 1.5 inches wide. Weighs next to nothing.

I do note that shuffle play isn’t really random. I noticed this with iTunes too. For example, I just heard a Stephanie Mills track that I really like so I five-starred it. Then suddenly my random shuffle starts toward her, Candy Staton, etc.

Like this morning, a little Luther Vandross, then Levert, a nice Sunday morning mix

Battery life is pretty good. I used it all day yesterday while we were moving and most of the morning today before the little battery indicator went into the red.

And now I can finally take my podcasts mobile! Right now the only two I regularly listen to are Learn Italianpod and KBCS’s City Soul program. And even though it doesn’t do video that is just fine with me, that’s what my digital camcorder is for.

Speaking of the digital camcorder, this morning I captured the audio from a neighborhood resident. Yes, we have a woodpecker in the neighborhood. The cats are most amused.

Of course I can just imagine my next visit with my audiologist. She reads this blog on occasion and I’m sure she’ll be horrified that I’m blasting music into my ear canals. But just so she knows, I’m careful with the device, constantly adjusting the volume and even setting the max volume level several notches below the proverbial 11. I’m also going to plunk down the $149 for the Shure noise blocking earphones. That way I won’t be tempted to ratchet up the volume because outside noise leaks in.

The only dangerous part of blocking almost all outside noise is that you have to be especially cognizant when crossing a street.
Which brings up another thing, what happens when we go all electric? The only noise the car will make is from the road resistance to the tires, which isn’t much to begin with.


Gates v. Jobs (With a C64 thrown in for good measure) February 14, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Apple Computer, computers, G4, Linksys, WAP54G.
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Funny video – Steve Jobs and Bill Gates go at it. You’ve probably recently read my rant about OS-X 10.2.8 not being able to play nicely with a Wirless G router. And I’ve caught all sorts of flak for my comment about Microsoft just fucking you once, while Apple rapes you repeatedly, or that XP pre-SP1 could connect to G networks. One moron actually had the nerve to say that “Well, you’re playing with a 2 year old OS-X.” I’m sorry but I have the t-shirt with the XP launch date on it, and that was SIX years ago. SIX!

Anyway this video is a good send up of the fight. Look, at this point there’s very little difference both hardware and software wise between a generic PC and a Macintosh, particularly since both Macs and PC’s use Core-Duo chipsets made by Intel and both will run OS-X, Windows XP, Vista, Debian, Ubuntu, etc. And the Commodore 64 showing up and talking about all the porn on the net is priceless.

Of Powerbooks and Linksys WAP's February 9, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Apple Computer, G4, Linksys, WAP54G.
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So I took home a 12″ Powerbook G4 from work this evening. Coworker tried to get it to talk to his wireless net with no luck so I thought I’d give it a try.

Damned thing won’t talk to a Linksys WAP54G at all. But get this, I can do computer-computer with my Dell machine. It’s bizarre and I still hate how Apple masks little things like IP utilities. Oh I know, ifconfig and all. But even that’s ridiculous – it represents in IPv6. Not even half the world has transitioned to that yet.

That being said, it’s fairly easy to get used to OS-X. I’m just very, very, disappointed on the wireless thing. I do hear that Panther will fix that, but it’s still vapor at this point.

So this dashes my plans to buy a Macbook onto the rocks. Oh well Apple, it would have been nice.

This is the difference between say Apple and Microsoft. In the case of Microsoft, Windows XP which is long in the tooth now could work with pretty much any wireless access point straight out of the box. That OS-X 10.2.8 can’t is ridiculous.

Microsoft just rapes you outright, what with Vista Ultimate costing nearly $500, whereas Apple just rapes you repeatedly. It’s $79 here, $149 there, next thing you know over the course of three years you’ve sunk $1,500 on your MacBook, and another $1,000 on O/S upgrades.