Friday, October 21, 2005

Is this the shortest post ever?

NO.

Rocketboom included this as a casual Friday broadcast. Odd, but you just won't stop watching it.

Rocketboom broadcast: http://www.rocketboom.net/video/rb_05_oct_21.mov

Original: http://tuesdayweld.com/pages/videos-frame.html

Saturday, October 15, 2005

You don't have a GMail account! Why not?

Although many are against having GMail accounts, there are others who really want one.

If you have a cell phone, you can request a GMail by using your cell phone number to validate your existence. I yak, therefore I am.

Now for me, that sounds like a really bad idea. They (the G-men) are already going snag information about me from everywhere. They don't need my cell number, although they probably have that too from some other source.

So, if you still want a GMail account, I have quite a few invites. Just send me a request at richhand@gmail.com and I will send you one until I run out.

No need to rant why you don't want one. No need to rant why I should not give these out. I know all the reasons and the benefits outweigh any downside.

Enjoy!

finally, the vipods are here...

Normally, I don't do ads, but in this case I have been awaiting the arrival of a gadget that would do music, photos and video in a stylish package. Previously, I talked about the Creative Zen unit because of its linkage to the Windows MCE OS and the ability to download videos. However, given my usage, it really did not have enough storage, so I waited.

Enter the new Apple iPod (aka vipod). The screen is smaller than a Zen, but it has 30 or 60 GB of storage. Now that is in the range of my needs. 120 GB would be better, but price is a concern and that form factor is not yet in the price range of average consumers.

Steve Jobs said that the new iPod was directed towards music first, then photos and oh by the way, it does video too. He really does not believe that the screen size will be the best for video (as stated in a previous interview). However, I think he may have underestimated the demand for this type of content. I would like to predict that video downloads to this small screen iPod will far exceed his expectations. Nope, it doesn't have the screen size of a Zen or a PSP, but I don't think that will matter initially. An iPod is an icon of our culture. They are fashion.

BTW, I think it will not take long for Apple to bump up the size of the screen and still retain the same iPod footprint. You can turn the screen sideways and stretch it to 16:9/4:3 dimensions quite easily, just reduce the size of the controls. Not a big leap for the "nano" creators.

All in all, this holiday season will see the iPod sales go through the roof. They basically have no competition with the style advantage they hold.

Opinion: I have not been an Apple fan. Way back when, I loved Apple computers. They were the only machines I would use. Apple lost me when they continued to obsolete the machine I owned without providing an upgrade path. I finally vowed that I would never again be suckered in by Apple's business model. Well, they got me with the vipod. It didn't hurt that they announced the new direction for their computer business either.

I'm back, Apple!


I bet others in the crowd are back too. Don't screw us over again. That would be a really bad idea.

Final words: Hey Apple, guess what!? Expand your video/TV downloads to the geek oriented channels and shows such as the SciFi channel. I have to believe that this is a huge (relatively) untapped market.

Quietly drooling, awaiting delivery of my Apple iPod (vipod)...

Added test video blog (vlog) entry of this blog . For now, just click on the link. Later will provide real image clickable link.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

It IS a digital life!

It once again it has been quite awhile since the last entry. In this post I wouuld like to tell you about a great replacement for one of my favorite TV shows that went away ... or actually tranformed into one of the worse shows I have ever seen...

The Ziff Davis production of Digital Life TV is the best replacement for the old TechTV Screen Savers show that was once a great tech oriented production.

Digital Life TV features ex-ScreenSavers Patrick Norton and Robert Heron, who host the show.

Unlike other Internet video casts, they don't offer BitTorrent download so you will need to download directly. They may be adding BitTorrent in the future. They do include adverts which aren't difficult to skip over after download.

The unique niche that this show resides in, is the "streaming" realm. Apparently, they live stream the show.

DigitalLife TV streams live over the Web every Tuesday at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific), and brings you hands-on product reviews, news, tech help, special guests and lots more. You'll need a fast Internet connection and the Windows Media Player loaded on your system to view that live stream. There is a link on the main episodes page to the live stream.


If you miss the ScreenSavers, want to get really reliable tech information or you want to know about the latest gadgets and toys give Digital Life TV a try.