Archive for March, 2006

New Feature in iTunes

March 30th, 2006, 7:00pm by Mike

Do you Windows users get nagged by screens telling you that “There’s a new version of iTunes available — would you like to download it?” I usually say, “No, don’t ask me again,” figuring that things are fine as they are and new versions might break something useful. Well, I found out today that between the version I was running (6.0.1) and the current version (6.0.4), Apple added something that Jake and I at least could be interested in (I am). You can now stream music from iTunes to multiple Airport Express. Which is great if you own more than one (neither of us do, AFAIK), but the cool thing is that you can now choose both your AE and your computer speakers as output devices, which is kinda cool for filling your (small) house with music.

Cringe

March 30th, 2006, 2:26pm by Mike

It really makes me cringe when some things that you’d prefer not to become (more) widely known get posted on sites like Lifehacker. However, the program that they have as the Download of the Day, allTunes, sounds like a much better front end than the website itself offers. They even have some mobile implementation.
Even though Lifehacker says there’s a connection between allTunes and AllOfMP3, in my quick perusal I didn’t see this on the allTunes website. Still, worth checking out if you have a Windows box…

Germans Love David Hasslehoff

March 27th, 2006, 5:42pm by Jake

Watch this. I’m sorry.

Best. Scam. Ever.

March 26th, 2006, 7:59pm by Jake

Everyone here nows about the free phones Kelvin & I got from Sprint last month. What I didn’t realize until today, on what may be the last day with the phone, is that I can “gift” a wide variety of content to other SprintPCS users. This includes ringtones & screensavers… big deal. It also includes all sorts of PalmOS Applications. I’ve already downloaded SplashPhoto, Pocket Tunes Deluxe, Ms. PacMan, some Texas Hold ‘Em game, SplashID, mRSS and many more. I think I must have downloaded $200 worth of software today. I even got Handmark PocketExpress, which looks like a PalmOS version of the OnDemand application available on the A920. Too bad we didn’t figure this out a month ago, or Kelvin could’ve got a whole bunch of stuff for the 650.

State of the Art Bathroom Scale

March 26th, 2006, 12:52pm by Kelvin

I got a 20% coupon in the mail from Bed Bath and Beyond, and decided to finally buy a high-tech bathroom scale. We chose the Tanika BF-681W, which employs a patented “Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis” to estimate your body fat after shooting a small current into your feet :). So in addition to weight, it spits out some other numbers you can keep track of, including body fat content (%), body water content (%), and the calories you can take in to maintain your current weight (based in part on your stated activity level).

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Backwards

March 25th, 2006, 11:38am by Mike


I’m glad that someone has taken the “Altoids box as a gadget case” to the opposite extreme. Now, somebody has made an altoids case out of an iPod shuffle. As they put it, “The problem I have after buying some Altoids for the container, is finding a place to put all the Altoids.” I also noticed the pack of Juicy Fruit in the background — maybe they’re holding their Memory Sticks in there or something.

Cruise ship fire!

March 24th, 2006, 1:03pm by Kelvin

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A fire yesterday on the cruise ship Star Princess in the Caribbean left 1 dead and 11 injured. That ship was our travelling hotel during our honeymoon a few years back. Hope she makes it back okay…

I Hate DRM

March 21st, 2006, 5:22pm by Jake

It’s been a while since I complained about DRM and even longer since someone else did. But two stories caught my eye this week that really annoyed. First up is Intel. One day they are threatening their CE customers with $8 million fines, the next they try to act like they are the consumers friend by not proactively chasing down every kind of possible copyright infringement, which Engadget somehow mistakes for Intel declining to use DRM. The good news here is that Intel “gets” that DRM is customer-hostile, and they try to use that as a carrot (in the second story, trying to plant the idea that they are anti-DRM and pro-consumer) and a stick (pointing out that as DRM kicks in and disables premium content, the CE company’s customers will be pissed). Keep reading.

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Google Finance

March 21st, 2006, 2:30pm by Jake

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has just launched a new finance site. Looks pretty darn slick, with Flash-based charts that let you easily check out news stories associated with a particular rise or fall in the stock price. Lots of other dynamic HTML stuff, looks pretty good at first glance. As of this morning, GOOG is trading at $343 for a market cap still in excess of 100 Billion Dollars, although the share price is actually down about 5% since they first crossed that threshhold. Is that just from options exercises or did they have a secondary offering since October? Nevertheless, definitely check out Google Finance. Oh yeah, it’s still in “Beta” of course, so expect a few bugs like not properly accounting for PALM‘s recent stock split.

March Madness

March 16th, 2006, 5:42pm by Jake

After the first 5 games, I’m tied for the lead among 200+ entries in lance’s pool. So far. Gotta post fast before someone loses, although the 2 games in progress (Alabama beating Marquette & Montana beating Nevada) are both going my way. I’ll probably upload another screenshot as long as I’m in the lead. Last year was the Pyslent champ despite my extra entries; who’ll win this this year?


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