iPod Generation Gap

June 30, 2005

The good folks over to the iPodlounge have been struggling to decide just what to call the “new” iPods.
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Seidio INNODock Treo 650 Cradle Review

June 30, 2005

Seidio INNODock for Treo 650Since I have yet to get my Treo 650 battery drain issues resolved, I decided this was a good reason (and time) to order a couple of Seidio INNODock cradles for the Treo 650.

This way I can easily leave the Treo on the charger both overnight and at my desk, which should insure I have enough charge to get by.

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iTunes 4.9 with podcasts (sorta)

June 28, 2005

Apple has released iTunes 4.9.

Unless you’ve been in a hype-proof cave somewhere for the past two weeks, you probably won’t be suprised to learn that it does indeed come with podcast support.

Well, half-assed podcast support, anyway.

Apple offers a list of 3000 or so “blessed” podcasts via the iTunes Music Store, or you can add a podcast manually, if you can figure out the interface.

There is no support for doing some of the handy things a decent podcast client (like iPodderX) can do, like choose a playlist to automatically add a program to, convert it to AAC, or make it bookmarkable (the latter being exceedingly useful for spoken word podcasts.)

Even the stuff that is supported appears to be a bit wonky; it took me 3 times of shutting down and restarting iTunes 4.9 before clicking on the “Podcast Directory” button under Podcasts actually took me to the Podcast Directory, instead of the front page of iTMS.

Once I picked a Podcast and set it to download, it failed due to network issues — perhaps they weren’t ready for initial demand?

I assume they’ll get it all sorted out by and by, but in the meantime, I won’t be deleting my copy of iPodderX anytime soon.

Color iPods Only

June 28, 2005

According to iPodlounge, Apple has dropped all black and white full-sized iPods, and is now offering only color on iPods other than the mini and shuffle. A moderate price reduction has also been implemented.

The simplified lineup features a new 20GB color screen model for $299 (the same price as the older monochrome version), a 60GB model for $399 ($50 cheaper), and an updated iPod U2 Special Edition with a color screen for $329 ($20 cheaper). The company has apparently dropped the 30GB iPod photo model, which sold for $349.

Apple also said that starting today iPods will offer “an easy to use Podcast menu, including bookmarking within a Podcast and the ability to display Podcast artwork in color” to coincide with the release of iTunes 4.9.

I’ve been seriously jonesing for a 60 gig iPod for awhile now — I’m glad I held off…

Grockster ruling.

June 28, 2005

I’ve been trying to decide just what to say about the Grokster ruling, but I’ve been at a loss for words. Over the long haul, it’s pretty clear that this isn’t going to fix the RIAA or MPAA’s obsolete business models. Over the short haul, however, the chilling effect that this could have on technology is massive.

Mark Cuban thinks that the litigation environment is going to become extreme, and that the only people who are going to actually make money on all of this are the lawyers and the lobbyists.

With the Grokster ruling, going forward, just how onerous will the protection language be for purchases of, or investments in digital technology ? Will it be enough for the target company to promise that they complied ?

Or, will contract appendixes have copies of all marketing materials as confirmation that the target company never induced anyone to infringe on a copyright ? What about emails sent to prospects and customers ? Will we have to save them all to confirm what we did or didnt suggest when marketing and promoting the technology ?

Is this the start of a “Sarbanes Oxley” type environment for technology companies ? Will companies have to save and document everything they do in the marketing and promoting of their technologies ? Will they, or rather, should they video all presentations and record all phone calls ?

How else can we know that we are protected against unwarranted law suits that are used as competitive weapons to slow new technologies ?

Ultimately, this can’t last (he says hopefully), but I think it’s clear that at least for now, the groundhog has seen his shadow and we’re going to be putting up with this miserable situation for a good while yet…

Wikipedia in your Palm

June 26, 2005

WikipediaGot a spare gigabyte of storage on your PDA? If so, you can download the entirety of Wikipedia, current to June 2005, in TomeRaider 3 format.

The English version – with images – comes out just shy of a gig (text only is a half-gig); 6 other languages are available as well.

Here’s the whole scoop, from PDA247

You can now download Wikipedia current until June 2005 with images. It is very nice and weighs in at a cool 933 MB.

Each month 30 thousand new articles are added to the English Wikipedia, and 0.8 million updates are applied. For the German Wikipedia the figures are: 14 thousand articles and 0.3 million updates.

Safari formatting problems

June 26, 2005

How embarassing — I’m even a Mac user, and I still didn’t catch that this layout was badly broken on Safari. Of course, that’s mostly because I don’t use Safari any more than I use IE on Windows — I use Firefox on both. But at least I check layouts in IE.

Anyway, it’s fixed now, as is Mediacentric (which has been broken for weeks — sheesh, folks – why don’t you tell me these things? lol…)

Thanks Shaleen for the head’s up!

Treo 650 Battery Drain Issue

June 25, 2005

I’m glad I’m not the only person having problems with massive battery drains on my Treo 650 after updating to the 1.12 firmware (Sprint version) — misery loves company.

The symptoms appear to be rapid battery drain, serious heat (in fact, when I first noticed the problem I’d just yanked the phone (in my Vaja case) out of my pocket because I literally thought it was burning my leg), and the green “network activity” arrows on full time.
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It’s dark Inside

June 25, 2005

Over on TeeVee, Nathan Alderman has a great write-up on “The Inside” — the new Fox summer drama from former Mutant Enemy showrunner Tim Minear.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid he’s hit the nail rather close to the head.
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WordPress move update

June 25, 2005

Well, it’s been a long day of steady improvements, mostly behind the scenes. Redirects from old urls are now being done with regular expressions, due to the umm.. whimsical way EE would set up pages with about 50 urls that could possibly reach the same page… Most of them could be rewritten to the new (and much simplified) url scheme, but some I just had to let go (mostly links that used trackback ids, for some unknown reason.)
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