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Apple iPods, they’re great. There’s a reason everyone wants to build an “iPod Killer” since they’ve great easy-to-use devices. But you do pay a price to get these deluxe music players…

Written By: Gary on March 23, 2006 2 Comments

So I’ve got this podcast with the enhanced images working!

Two kinds of podcasts:
this is the “better” enhanced AAC podcast (for iTunes, iPods and Quicktime).
this is the mp3 podcast (for everything else).

The enhanced file is a AAC/MP4 (m4a) file so you probably need an iPod or iTunes (or Quicktime) to see the images. The MP3 will just be on it’s own for any software/hardware player.

I now have both a Enhanced RSS Feed and a MP3 RSS Feed set up.

(If you get goofy characters you’ll need to save it to the computer first, sorry. This should be fixed, but you never know…)

I apologize to those using feed software, this (and the feed from the next podcast or two) will be goofy as revise and work out the bugs…

Written By: Gary on February 19, 2006 2 Comments

I can’t even imagine winning this much money. 15, 17, 43, 44 and 48, with a Powerball number of 29,It’s the biggest pay-out ever, $363 million was the highest before but that was two winning tickets. According to CNN.com ‘the cash option is $177.8 million, or $124.46 million after taxes. On the installment plan, over 30 years, the first payment would be $6,507,986 after taxes.’

As long as you you don’t blow it, it seems like you’d be better off taking the $124 million and earn the interest over the 30 years. Not even factoring in the compounding if you could get 5% a year return on $100 million you’d get $6 million a year, that’s pretty much the payment you’d be waiting for (if you did a little better on the interest it’d be a lot more). Over 30 years that’s $150 million more. Even if you didn’t get that interest rate you’d still get significantly more even at 3%.

What to buy for family and friends:

  • Move all of them into new paid off homes.
  • Same for hybrid cars.
  • New Apple computers and iPods for everyone!
  • TiVo’s galore. (To go with new A/V systems)
  • College educations for the kids (single dorm rooms and new laptops when needed).
  • Big extended family vacations every few years (cruises, exotic locations, the olympics, etc.).
  • Mom would get to quit work.
  • I’d have a few vacation homes: London/Miami/Costa Rica. Or I guess I could just live in one of them.
  • Lots of new stuff at the places I volunteer (or have volunteered). New office stuff (tech), kids stuff and more. We always wanted a hot tub for the 24 hour crisis line in East Lansing…
  • A “LaPointe Computer Wing” for my old school might be nice too.
  • Some games/states put a cap on the prize the seller store can get. With this game it’s normally 1% but it’s a max of $50,000. So a nice kickback for them if there is a limit.
  • Found some foundation/fund for other school and computing scholarships.
  • I’d travel and compute for fun and relax.
  • I’m sure there’s more I haven’t thought of…

    I’d be reasonable in all this stuff, the new homes and cars wouldn’t exceed peoples ability to pay property taxes, insurance, utilities, maintenance and stuff like that (unless it was $300 million, then they wouldn’t have to worry about that…).

    I keep adding to this list but that’s ’cause it’s all they keep talking about it on CNN…

  • Written By: Gary on December 23, 2005 No Comment

    Two free videos from the iTunes Music Store. You don’t need an iPod to see these, you just need the free iTunes software installed.

  • Chronicles of Narnia Rap, which I mentioned a few days ago.
  • Battlestar Galactica, a 21 minute behind the scenes (which I haven’t watched yet).
  • Written By: Gary on December 3, 2005 No Comment

    Let me start with me saying, “If I had to put two names to the success of Podcasting it’d have to be Dave Winer and Adam Curry.” But this story is a little more about Adam. This is not really a “history” it’s an offshoot of my previous post on memory but it got too long to stick in as part of that post (it started as a just few sentences).

    To me, Adam has been one of the biggest proponents of podcasting and moving items onto iPod-like players. He’s not the creator of podcasting or even the word “podcasting”, he’s not the creator of attaching files to RSS feeds (though I think he suggested it to Dave Winer who did do it), he’s said he couldn’t even get people to do some of the work he needed to make this work, I’ve heard him say “I couldn’t get people to ‘do my homework’ for me”. He makes it sound as if the original program for receiving podcasts was parts that he found and cobbled together and had to learn applescript to do it (I may not be giving AC enough credit here).

    Adam Green editing parts of Adam Curry and Dave Winer podcasts into a 35 minute history (I haven’t listened to it yet, I found it after I posted this and just added it).

    A podcast that he and Dave Winer did (Trade Secrets, I think?) often gets credit as the first podcast and he denies it (although says they did earlier shows). So it seems to me it’s not like he’s just trying to get credit (he’s getting it for that item, but still denying it), it really seems as if he’s just trying to get some of it straight. During some of this the rival to RSS, RDF, already supported audio attachments but no one really utilized it.

    He’s certainly one of the biggest proponents of podcasting out there and he’s always said he wants to somehow figure out how to make money off it. He’s not going to make money off of the actual concept, that’s done and gone and that’s where the history so it really doesn’t matter that much from a monetary standpoint. It seems like it’s just a history thing. Apple’s stuck it in iTunes and there are a million other pieces of software out there. His money is probably going to be from selling tools, space, advertisements and maybe his own shows (I’m guessing). I don’t know if you can really make money off the talk show network? and interviews? Oh and he does a great show and is very entertaining! This is probably key in the whole process.

    It’s possible I’m getting some of this wrong (especially the RDF part, I’ve only seen that written once and maybe heard it once). But AC comes off as pretty charismatic and people who generally disagree with him seem to come off more like grunters/complainers (at least the stuff I read) and that’s always going to make things fall in his favor. Without Adam podcasting would have happened (no doubt in my mind), but he had a big part in it and people like him since he’s the old Mtv face. I’m not aware of any of the other “big names” out there trying to make money on the scale that he is and a lot of the “big names” out there have jumped on board of what he’s trying to do. In an alternate universe where Adam had nothing to do with podcasting I think he’d still have jumped on the bandwagon and be doing stuff awfully similar to what he’s doing now; he’s got the connections, history, money(?) and motivation to do this kind of project.

    As I said, if I had to put two names to the success of Podcasting it’d have to be Dave Winer and Adam Curry. I’m not saying others weren’t there but those two seem to be the big push no matter where you look.

    All this “stuff” just builds on previous technology. Web browsers were after Gopher browsers (I don’t think University of Minnesota ever gets credit for that) which was after WAIS, FTP and any other processes that it used and tapped into. All most of it was doing was putting a nice front end on “stuff” that was already out there. It’s possible that Gopher was concurrent with the original web stuff, but the web certainly wasn’t more popular until images was added and NCSA Mosaic was out (although no one remembers Mosaic, they remember Netscape).

    Another way to look at market and getting credit: Apple didn’t create music files or create music players. They just took a idea and built on it on it and ended up with a huge percentage of the market of the MP3 players and a great on-line store. Now iPod is synonymous with music player.

    Written By: Gary on December 1, 2005 No Comment

    So Thanksgiving was great, really really cold, but it was great. We were at my cousin’s house, which used to be my grandparents, which is where I grew up until I was about seven. She had family from her in-law’s side there and some relatives from our side. There wasn’t many from my side of the family but they only live a few blocks from my Mom (we’re the only single people left around here so we always tag along with their events). We probably had about a half-dozen kids too so they were fun, I haven’t seen them much at all lately so it was great to see all of them.

    My extra bonus for the day was that my cousin’s sister-in-law was there and she had her eleven week-old baby and he was great. I got to feed him and hold him for a long time (and a little bit later on too). He was great, I haven’t had many babies around lately, the next youngest ones (who weren’t there) are about two-and-a-half now, still fun but too heavy to carry around for that long.

    So my cousin Scott and Katie showed up for dessert and so did his dad and girlfriend so it got to be a full house at the end of the evening. . He had a new iPod nano that I was checking out.

    Written By: Gary on November 20, 2005 No Comment

    So I really like movie previews and a while back I posted a link to a Superman Returns preview (that was probably fake). But as I was looking at this Superman Returns preview I noticed something really interesting.

    In addition to the normal options of QuickTime and Windows Media Player they added two more options: Download this to your iPod or your PSP. Very cool that these have caught on so quickly. And it benefits them, why have you and your friends download a movie preview a dozen times when you can download it once and show it to many many friends…?

    FYI – I couldn’t get QT previews to load on my PowerBook, but the iPod one worked for me. How strange is that?

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    Written By: Gary on November 18, 2005 No Comment
  • Apple 12 inch Powerbook: Software, Internet, Music, Audio Books, Podcasts, eBooks, Movies and more. It’s got just about everything I need.
  • Palm OS Cell Phone (Samsung i500): Phone, Day Planner, Address/Phone Book, a few games, slow internet (but I can get info and check my mail), it’ll work as a modem for my computer in a pinch.
  • Digital Camera (Minolta Dimage Xt 3.2MP): Photos, short Movies, Audio recording and in a pinch it’ll work as a thumb drive (I think it’ll work as a webcam on a windows machine).
  • iPod 60GB color (no video): Music, Podcasts, eBooks, my (read only) calendar/addressbook, some eBook files and works as a really big thumb drive.
  • TiVo (250 GB DVD recorder): Plays TV (what I want when I want), Records what I want every week (and makes suggestions), plays CDs, DVDs, Video CDs, streams audio and photos from my computers. With the new (free) HME options I can check the weather, movie listings, RSS feeds, photo feeds, flickr streams, play games, play my iTunes, back up shows to my computer and more (people keep writing these modules).

    All are pretty mullti-functional devices that are converging. The Powerbook + TiVo have pretty similar capabilities and the phone + palm + camera + iPod are certainly sharing some capabilities too. Merge those in to two devices that let me doc them together and life would be good. The only thing missing is a real video recorder (and that’s probably coming soon).

    I’m pretty covered, I’m not sure what else I need. Other than the newer / faster / smaller versions of these same gadgets, of course (I’d like the iPod video player). Maybe something to power/charge all these gizmos. Obviously I need a TV/projector for the TiVo (and speakers for the surround sound) but other than normal appliances these do pretty good for me.

    From Top 5 Friday.

  • Written By: Gary on October 14, 2005 2 Comments

    Mailblocks, the best e-mail web service out there is now shutting down. I’m very sad at this, they used CAPTCHAs to make sure you weren’t getting spam and they made e-mail managment more than bearable. Mailblocks gave you extra addresses that you could use for when you didn’t want mail filtered and would check your other accounts for you and emulated the outgoing address that you wanted people to see.

    MailBlocks did it right. Think of them as the iPods of MP3 players, or the TiVo of DVRs, they just went the extra miles. I really can’t figure how I’ll manage my mail as well…

    AOL bought them 6-10 months ago and has done nothing with the service. Now they are canceling all accounts (in 30 days). They want you to use AIM Mail which is free but appears to offer none of the main features of MailBlocks!!! I think they might have used the screen interface and that’s it. Yuck!

    I will be asking for my refund. I guess it’s time to check out SpamArrest (here’s an animated demo). I’ve mentioned it before as an alternative to MailBlocks (when AOL stopped accepting accounts)so now it’s time to do it.

    The one nice thing is AIM does is they offer IMAP with the accounts and they are 2GB accounts. But all of the outgoing messages do have an AIM mail footer. So it’s probably a fine account it’s just not MailBlocks.

    Mailblocks offers a pay service ($25 a year I think) and if it works I don’t understand why they con’t keep offering it… So sad…

    Written By: Gary on October 13, 2005 No Comment

    Apple finally did it! (Even though in the past they said they saw no need for it). You can buy videos on-line and play them on your iPod! Available in white or black.black (they make 60GB or 30GB models). I don’t think I’ve had mine for a year yet and I feel like I need a new one! They’ve got content from ABC, Disney (I think it’s $1.99 for ad free shows and videos) and 2000 music videos.

    The new version of iTunes is 6.0 (they just released 5.0 a few weeks ago). Of course it plays music and podcasts and has photos too! I’m assuming you can buy a video without the iPod (I’m not upgrading to 6.0 until I back up my music) but it’s giving me problems while trying to buy with version 5.0, I’m not sure if it’s me or them (they might be overloaded or it might be the version)… UPDATE: It finally let me try this morning, but it responded with an error “you must have iTunes 6.0 to purchase videos” or something like that.

    They also released a new iMac G5 that’s very media-centric. A built-in firewire camera, a remote control and a navigable menu for movies, music and photos! No recording yet on the iMac, but I’m sure it’s in the next model. That’ll be the hook to get you to buy the Intel models in the future…

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    Written By: Gary on September 14, 2005 No Comment

    ArstechnicatestedWhile the previous What’s Inside an iPod Nano ?!? examination was more of a vivisection, these folks at ARS Technica took to a new level in a stress test (followed by a dissection). They didn’t expect the patient to live so they had to keep upping the ante of their test. Just so you know, dropping your iPod Nano while you bicycle may not cause any problems at all. Actually, there’s a chance it’ll survive being dropped while your driving the car (at 50 MPH). Don’t worry about running it over, okay, maybe you should worry about running it over, but it doesn’t mean the music will stop playing! (The good stuff starts on page 3)

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    Written By: Gary on September 13, 2005 2 Comments

    So on Systm (actually it was SubSystm, a short show focusing on one topic) they just felt the need to crack open the beautiful iPod nano. They filmed it live so you get to see all the guts inside (here’s the specific episode). Besides a little bit of an iPod infomercial, the show included a putty knife, a screwdriver and some really dangerously thin ribbon cables that he was afraid to break remove.

    It looks to me like it’ll be easy to replace the battery in the future. It also looks like (assuming the hardware will support it) that it might be easy to replace the memory chips with something larger in the (far) future. Even if it won’t supoort it, they’ll adapt it, everything else is done (you can’t make it much smaller with a screen and a clickwheel), it’s just getting the size of the memory down (a 60GB nano would be nice someday).

    Systm is a show that Kevin and some of the other Screen Savers create and distribute on-line (and via podcasts) Kevin said that there wasn’t a TV out on it like on the iPod photo, I thought (maybe just assumed?) that there was one :(

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    Written By: Gary on September 8, 2005 One Comment

    So yesterday Apple released the iPod Nano. You’d think with the other stuff going on I would have realized there was just one more thing…

    The iPod Nano has 2GB and 4GB models, color screen, click wheel, thin as a pencil (3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches and 1.5 ounces) and I think it’s all solid state (no hard drive) so it doesn’t skip and that should help the battery life too. It’ll hold up to 1,000 songs or 25,000 photos (4GB version) and it comes in black or white. The more I look the more I like. My question is how small can they keep them this size but still get them up to 80 (or 100) GB?

    I’m sorry that I’m such an Apple geek, I just think they make really stuff (I’m not really sorry). And with the iPods everyone (even Windows people) can benefit from it. I’m sure these work as external storage devices too. Photo/diagram in the extended entry.


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    Written By: Gary on September 7, 2005 One Comment

    Plus: So they’ve finally released a phone with Apple iTunes it’s the ROKR by Motorola (with a camera and speakers built in), it’s sorta like a shuffle with a display. Very cool! 100 Songs on your phone to sync with iTunes (I assumed you would be able download via the phone but I don’t see any references to that, so I guess not). It’s $249, but I’m sure it’ll drop by the holidays… (It looks like you can get it for $99 after rebates and activating a plan)

    Minus: They release a new version of iTunes, which seems great but it screwed up on the import of the old data, it gave me an error and renamed my library to “iTunes Library (Damaged)”. It screwed up my list of podcasts, moved all of them to the regular music library and deleted my subscriptions. I could re-add them, if I could remember them :(

    Warning: Extra-geeky content follows…

    In addition, from the iPod it deleted 6GB of podcasts and says it can’t sync (error -39) but no suggestions on recovering.

    UPDATE: So I couldn’t get it to sync, ran Disk Utility (etc.). Deleted the photo sync cache. I removed all the photos. Told it not to sync any photos. Tried adding podcasts, deleting podcasts. Then not to sync any Podcasts. Somewhere in the I had two podcast playlists (and another playlist was upset with that, which I deleted way earlier) so I made sure those were gone (I still have the podcast group). Eventually it started working okay. Probably one of the steps towards the end. Who knows…

    I adding a gajillion podcasts back in. Added my photos and I seem to be a-okay (so far).

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    Written By: Gary on September 7, 2005 No Comment

    Ipodhpcrest So I’ve seen many complaints on-line that they’ve never released harry Potter as an eBook, I’m not sure if they’ve every released it as a downloadable Audio Book (I’m thinking no). So the iTunes store has released the books are Audio Book and you can get the complete set for $249. Or you can get a specially engraved 20GB iPod with with the Hogwarts Crest and all the audio books for $549. A little pricey if you ask me, I’m assuming you can by the Audio Books on CD for about the same price (and still have a backup).

    Written By: Gary on August 30, 2005 One Comment

    Pict05 Iphone R02BSo I found this cool site with all kinds of mockups of futuristic/prototyipical Apple gear. I really liked the iBook Mini (it’s even got the intel inside logo on it) and some of the phones (that were also pda/ipod/camera type devices). Very nice stuff. I’ll take one of everything!

    Written By: Gary on August 22, 2005 One Comment

    Brice Mellen is on G4 TechTV (Attack of the Show) right now. He plays Mario World and Mortal Combat and he’s blind. And in a few he’s going to play another sightless gamer in “the world’s first Sightless Gamer Mortal Kombat Challenge!” Here’s a link but they don’t really do show notes like they used to…

    Here’s a little more from USA Today, CNN and Wired.

    Plus they are going to show doom on the iPod (which I talked about last week).

    Written By: Gary on August 10, 2005 One Comment

    So here’s an idea! After you put linux on your iPod, try installing a copy of Doom. Here’s a short video clip, it’s pretty impressive (even to a non-gamer like me); I figure some of the delay is part of movie clip. Here’s the info for what you need ipod. I think it’s actually free (legally). I’m sure it’s not easy to install.

    Written By: Gary on June 30, 2005 2 Comments

    The Apple iTunes store has added Podcasts at the iTunes Music Store
    icon (just click on “podcasts” from the main menu at the ITMS) and of course they are free. I know you’re thinking, “Who cares, I’ve already got podcasting software to download them and add them to my iPod?” But this doesn’t need software this builds it right in so your friends who you haven’t gotten to listen have no excuse now (the software is free and so are the downloads). Plus they updated the firmware on your iPod to offer several benefits (read on). And Apple started their own weekly new music podacast!

    The new iPod software puts the podcasts in a folder so they don’t get mixed in with your music. Plus they all appear to be automatically bookmarked when you leave a podcast and come back to it!!!! This is important for the longer shows (some are 20-60 minutes) when you want to come back and not have to fast forward through a lot of information!

    What didn’t they do? I don’t see any way to make my own smart playlist of podcasts. It’s inconvenient to jump around between different podcasts (or I’m doing it wrong). I used to make a smart playlist of short (30sec-2min) daily podcasts and listen to them all in 20-30 minutes, it was like my own radio show. I’m really hoping I’m missing something on this and someone can correct me on it.

    I’m sure I’ll find more to comment on about this good and bad but so far the plusses far outweigh the minuses to me…

    Written By: Gary on June 5, 2005 One Comment

    Lacy at Silverberry got a new Macintosh Powerbook. She seems to be liking it and has a flickr slideshow showing that “Apple really has packaging and presentation details down”. They really do, it’s especially noticeable with the laptops and the iPods IMHO. So a like is here for your pleasure…

    Written By: Gary on May 7, 2005 One Comment

    You have decided that you should be the one ruling the world. Part of your master plan to take over the world, is taking something or someone for hostage. Who or what do you take for hostage and what do you request for their freedom? (From the new QOD)

    After my killer virus destroyed Microsoft (you didn’t think I’d really hurt people, did you?) I’d then take Steve Jobs hostage and demand iPods and PowerBooks for everyone!!! Bwahhahahahahahah!!!!

    Steve would actually (secretly) be my co-conspirator in this plan.

    We’d let Billy Gates be our court jester as long as he continued to produce Microsoft Office for Mac OS X.

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    Written By: Gary on April 30, 2005 One Comment

    Everyone seems to be talking about this weeks release of Tiger (Mac OS 10.4). Most people seem to have some complaints (generally about networking). Now I’m definitely an early adopter of “stuff” (hardware, software, services) but when it’s a major upgrade of the operating system, I tend to wait a little while. This seemed like it was to be a pretty big upgrade so I’m waiting until 10.4.1 or maybe even 10.4.2. I need reliability a lot more than I need a few new features.

    The big thing I wanted it for was I thought it was supposed to be a little cleaner code and run a little faster, but I haven’t heard anything like that yet.

    Went to the Apple Store at the Somerset Collection today, it was busy but they’ve got the same (new) goofy layout as the 12-Oaks store. They’ve got all the iPod accessories jammed in this tiny area and they moved all the audio/video (adapters, mixers, iMics, video recorders, etc.) all jammed behind the kids play area. It just doesn’t make any sense….

    Written By: Gary on April 30, 2005 No Comment

    You must sign up and then you have two chances to win a free iTunes song each week for the next eight weeks. The payoff seems to be about 50% so far. Plus you get entered to win an iPod each time you play. It only takes seconds to do this, have I ever let you wrong on a current free deal?!?

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    Written By: Gary on April 21, 2005 No Comment

    Pick one word from each of the following pairs.
    1. Laptop or desktop computer? Laptop. Powerbook!
    2. When listening to music, headphones or no headphones? No Headphones.
    3. CD or mp3? CD. But MP3s or AACs are way more convenient when they are all in my iPod.
    4. When watching TV, lights on or off? Off!
    5. DVD or VHS? DVD.

    From Thursday Thoughts .

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    Written By: Gary on April 18, 2005 No Comment

    From the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night, how many different digital/electronic devices do you use on any given day? Please consider listing them, as it would be interesting to see what everyone comes up with!
    A timer automatically turns on a light about 10 minutes before my alarm, the digital alarm clock goes off (playing a CD), I use my remote to turn lights on and off, I use my garage door opener, I play my iPod, I use my cell phone (which is also my day planner), I use the computer at work (and that’s all before lunch).

    I start my car with the electronic start, I use the digital counting machine to return pop cans and bottles (on my lunch break, the bottle machine was broken when I bought groceries yesterday and they were still in my car), I use my work cell phone, the copier, my work phone, my laptop, the printer, my answering machine, my TV remote, my stereo remote, my TiVo remote, the timer on my stove, my home computer, my home phone, my other home computer to sync my palm/phone. I used many of those multiple times. That’s not even counting the inadvertent use of things like the Wifi router in my home and other devices on timers and I’m sure there were many more but none come to mind this second…

    From Monday Madness.

    Written By: Gary on April 7, 2005 One Comment

    So when I listen to these radio shows and podcasts on my iPod sometimes they’re a little old when I listen to them so the news is a little old too. Sometimes this is disorienting. I’ll hear someone mention the Pope is ill or one other news fact and it throws me off a little bit. When I think about getting the news late, it’s bothered me a little bit and I’m not sure why?

    But I’ve been catching up on the TiVo and it’s the same thing when I see ads for the evening news and it’s old too (especially when it’s the weather for tomorrow). The odd thing is the TiVo delays don’t bother me so much (and I recall the same when I used to use my VCR).

    So why do the iPod shows bother me more? One big difference is they get mentioned in the actual show (and not in an ad) Adam Curry will mention the Pope or Leo Laporte will mention it’s Easter. I guess maybe that reminds me I’m listening to something old…

    Written By: Gary on March 3, 2005 No Comment
    Onesome: Routine— Tell us about your morning routine. Do you get up at the same time every day, or do you sometimes hit the snooze button on your alarm clock more often than you should? Do you head straight for the coffee or into the shower?
    A bright light turns on automatically just before the alarm, I hit snooze a few times and get up. Turn the shower on, put some bacon on the stove and hop in the shower. Flip the bacon, get some clothes, bacon in the oven to warm and put on an egg. Grab the cellphone out of the charger, drag the podcasts that got downloaded in the night onto the iPod. Flip egg, dress, cut a slice of catelope, eat, leave. (Other than the iPod part this has been my routine for years)
    Twosome: Scheduled— What’s on your schedule for the day? Do you schedule every minute or go with the flow?
    I gotta go with the flow, but there are days when it’s all pre-scheduled in advance.
    Threesome: Maintenance— What do you do to maintain your sanity each day in this hectic world? Do you find a little time to yourself each day and meditate, or wait until everyone’s tucked in for the night and log on to the computer or settle down with a book? Or do you run off to the gym and maintain your body while maintaining your mind?
    I always need to escape work and get lunch and I generally read a book while eating. Sometimes I’ll read before bed too (but a different book, since the first one is still in the car).

    From The Thursday Threesome

    Written By: Gary on February 17, 2005 No Comment

    Found this at Maison Pants.

    A survey about the songs in your iPod (or just in iTunes).

    How many total songs? 3901 (of 5076 tracks of music, podcasts and audio books and more)

    Sort by Song Title
    First: ? by Nena from 99 Luftballoons
    Last: Zombie by The Cranberries from No Need to Argue

    Sort by Time
    First: The Final Answer Sound from Who Wants to be a Millionaire at 0:02
    Last: God (the dharma kaya-Mix) by Tori Amos at 12:37

    Sort by Album
    First: 3 inch Single by The Go Go’s
    Last: Your Little Secret by Melissa Etheridge

    Sort by Artist
    First: 4 Non Blondes
    Last: Zoe (from an 80’s retro disc)

    Top Ten Most Played Songs
    Wow a bunch of Earthy/Lilith-type stuff (imagine that…)
    Sugarcoated by Aimee Mann
    Adia by Sarah McLachlan
    Answer by Sarah McLachlan
    My Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne
    Angel by Sarah McLachlan
    Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
    How Does It Feel by Avril Lavigne
    Nobody’s Home by Avril Lavigne
    Forgotten by Avril Lavigne
    Overdrive by Katy Rose

    Find “sex,” how many songs show up? 18

    Find “death,” how many songs show up? 2

    Find “love,” how many songs show up? 269

    * All links go to the iTunes Music Store.

    Written By: Gary on February 10, 2005 4 Comments

    So I was kinda sad when I saw the commercial for the beautiful/sleek m:robe MR-500i (the Olympus MP3/camera). I’ve been raving about my photo iPod and now this thing comes along. But on The Screen Savers they just gave it a pretty bad review (no flash, no shutter button, 20 GB, very slow to download songs, $500). Looks beautiful was pretty much all they had to say that was good about it… And what’s up with the dumb name?

    So I still feel pretty great about my iPod Photo (and isn’t that what really matters?).

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    Written By: Gary on February 3, 2005 3 Comments

    So I know I’ve mentioned podcasting before. Listening to podcasts has become a little bit of an obsession for me. The trick is to get the audio files from the Internet and onto your iPod (or other music player). For that you need a podcasting client. The one I use is called iPodderX and it runs on Macintosh OS X. This is probably one of the better clients I’ve seen and it just added the feature I wanted which now makes it the best client I’ve seen.

    IpodderxWhat you do with a client is tell it what feeds (shows) you want to listen to and it gets them for you. It’ll check every few hours pulling down new files for you and put them into a directory and/or itunes for you. iPodderX does all this and more…

    Why is iPodderX the best OS X client?

  • It’ll stick the audio files in custom categories for you (I use this to build my “smart” playlists).
  • It will put them in Custom Folders (or create a folder for each day).
  • It’ll download by keyword (say you listen to the One Minute Tip and you only want tips dealing with PhotoShop you just put that in the keyword field).
  • It’ll let you search the podcast directory right from the program.
  • It’ll convert the files directly to Bookmarkable AAC files (you want this since the iPod is smart enough to use the bookmark to start you up right where you left off, even if you’ve gone and listened to other songs). This is the newest feature that make it the best IMHO.
  • It’ll grab images and put them into iPhoto for you.
  • It’ll also grab movie files (if you like).

    Honestly, I don’t like the way they create the AAC files (the way they have iTunes do it and you can’t adjust settings) but since they do it for me (and I never adjusted the settings) and I don’t have to I can live with it!

    I want a few features to change the audio file ID tags (since many shows don’t use them and it’s hard to find files) with renaming, inserting the date and a few little twists like that and it will be perfect…

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    Written By: Gary on January 10, 2005 One Comment

    Free iTunes Sampler Album. Courtesy of The Neurotic Fishbowl and the iPod Lounge. Actually, it’s probably really courtesy of the iTunes store and the artists…

    Written By: Gary on January 9, 2005 No Comment

    So I’m on my way back to Detroit. I downloaded a bunch of blogs to read on the plane and I’m also listening to my iPod. Right now I’m listening to Toby Lightman which I purchased from the iTunes store a ways back. I also heard Stumblin’ by Powderfinger, Sway by The Perishers and lots of stuff (Live on 8/27/04) from Claudia Jane – who appears to have recently given up blogging :(

    I’m also thinking of Anna Nalick’s new song that I just caught the tail end of on the shuttle to the Airport (I think her new album is out in the next two weeks, the one with 2 AM on it).

    Written By: Gary on January 9, 2005 No Comment

    So when I say “airport” I mean the place with airplanes not WiFi. But I am also going to mention WiFi since this airport (McCarran Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA) has WiFi. For being an electronics conference there appears to be a severe lacking of wireless internet. I really needed a fix and I found a spot with a good signal AND a power outlet. I can catch up on my podcasts with my iPod with all this speed…

    Only Terminal one has WiFi BUT there is a free shuttle from terminal two. No configuration hassles at all. There isn’t any information on their web site on this other than a (non-linkable) press release.

    Written By: Gary on January 8, 2005 One Comment

    Lots of walking today at the CES. Saw lots of new electronic “stuff”. Here’s my complaint: I haven’t seen anything “new”. Of course how can that be true there were 500,000 “new” items. Everything was the next generation of things I’ve seen or had. I’m not saying I won’t buy any of the products, just nothing knocked my socks off. Everything was a little bit smaller, a bit brighter, a bit faster, a few more (mega)pixels, longer battery life and a few more devices integrated into one.

    Lots of iPod accessories. Lots of HD stuff. Blu-ray DVD (50 GB of storage). Rio Zen is really trying to take the MP3 market.

    Sony may have had the best setup. They made you sit through a short show before getting into their area, nice sound and nice images especially for and info-mercial. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that they probably had the best booth I saw today. A beautiful projector for $3,500. HD movies with Blu-ray. Some nice cellphones that play video and have digital cameras. Some beautiful computer displays.

    I’ll have to check out “the best of” area, I think I had to cut outside to do that and it was too rainy and too cold!

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