My youthful memories are filled with phrases like “just sit still”, and “do you want me to turn this car around and go home?” I wasn’t an attention starved child, but I was easily bored and in constant need of mental stimulation. Car trips, plane rides, waiting rooms, and every other place that parents insist on taking children were my childhood nemesis.
If only I could have had Sesame Street on the go… Well kids today have that option, I mean parents have that option. Verizon has seen a much larger usage than expected in the ‘babysitting programming”, and there’s no mystery why that is. Heck, if I was stuck in line I’d rather watch Sesame Street than look at the back of someone’s head.
The not-so-popular Ogo has been laid to rest. This product never really had a chance if you ask me. A phone that doesn’t make phone calls, who would buy such a thing? I have to give Cingular and AT&T credit for trying. $100.00 for the device and then $18.00 per month to have emails and instant messaging was definitely affordable. But for a couple of bucks more they could have incorporated a phone and actually sold some of the devices. Personally I’m a big T-Mobile Sidekick fan, and I see this as being a Sidekick that can’t make calls. The option to use a Sidekick for data (no phone calls) only is available, but all of the 20ish people I know who have sidekicks use it as their mobile phone. Farewell Floppy Ogo, come back someday with voice features and a cooler name, you just may make it in this cut throat wireless market.
iPods are in. They have been in, and will be in. I went to the bookstore with a friend, she wanted an HTML for dummies type book. We found two books on HTML and seven books on iPods. This means that people are buying them, and if people are buying them that also implies that people are selling them. The simple way to buy one is by going to the Apple store (either online or physical), but you’re going to pay top dollar. So smartmoney.com did their homework and reports back the cheapest iPod sales they could find. If you’re thinking about jumping on the wagon (and it’s a nice big wagon at that) then look at this before hitting www.apple.com.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like music. I’m not assuming such humans don’t exist, but I am claiming they are a rare breed. For the rest of us music loving people, there are some decisions being made in the near future that just may change our music influenced lives: The MGM vs Grokster case.
For those of you who have never seen a movie, can’t make it out to Las Vegas when your buddies plan a trip, don’t pay attention to that roaring lion before Tom and Jerry episodes or just live under a really big rock, MGM is Metro Goldywn Mayer. Grokster does not have their own Vegas casino, however Kazaa and Morpheus are very closely tied in with Grokster, and those two other names may start ringing some bells. These three p2p (peer to peer) filesharing programs utilize the same network.
MGM is unhappy that people are able to download content created by MGM via these networks. They don’t make money when people download their expensively made media for free, so what do we do here in America, settle this in the court room.
This reminds us of the 1984 trial now referred to as Betamax, Sony Corp. of America vs. Universal City Studios, Inc. Allow me to water this down for you. The movie makers feared that with VCRs, people would halt all spending on the movies that they normally were going to theatres to view, and the fall of the movie industry was upon the world. Being alive today we know this didn’t happen. Home movies have been a huge money maker for the movie industry.
Why am I mixing movies and music? Are they different? Isn’t this court case about music and the internet, where did movies and video cassettes come into view? Continue reading
Wine. The nectar of the gods. At least, it tastes that way until it turns to vinegar and piss.
What’s amazing about living digitally is that sometimes it applies to more than your laptop or how you listen to MP3s. Here is a story I looked into about how scientists at U.C. Davis took MRI technology and learned to test the contents of a wine bottle without opening it.
Gates probably has a few expensive bottles which have been in storage since he made his first million. Twenty years latter this might be the only technology saving him and Jobs from tasting sour grapes.
Today I have found Grimlock on steroids, Roboraptor. This dinosaur is toy is great, but it’s not available in the United States. I feel that this is a recurring theme with me. All that is cool and fun does not come to the USA. Could it be that manufacturers hear “the land of the free” and assume that their products have to be sold at no cost due to our most famous song lyric found the National Anthem? Regardless, I want to time travel back to childhood and bring Roboraptor back to help me and Grimlock battle the evil Constructacons.
I remember when I was younger, my parents allowed me to watch PG-13 movies before I turned 13, and Rated R movies before I turned 17. I remember hearing cuss words and seeing violence that my friends and I would talk about while waiting for our turn at tetherball. When I got home from class I’d kill King Koopa then shoot ducks with my Nintendo gun. Never once did I kill a fellow classmate, nor attempt to kill one. Watching movies and playing games were just that to me.
A recent survey has shown that parents are aware of video game ratings yet disregard them. Some may feel that it’s poor parenting to give a 15 year old child Doom 3 which is rated for 18+ year olds. But I think that it’s poor parenting when a 15 year old can’t handle playing a game rated for 18+ year olds. In this scenario the parent has 15 years to teach one simple concept of “this is a game, and it is not real life”, if they fail to do so, I cannot blame a video game for a child’s poor judgment. My optimistic view of the statistics here may be based on my personal experience only, but then again, isn’t that how everyone sees the world?
When I read articles like this I shed a small tear. For each wireless network that goes down an angel loses it’s wings, or something similar depending on your beliefs and religion. Orlando has lost it’s magic, and I’m not talking basketball. The free WiFi hotspots in downtown cost about $1,800 per month and about 27 people a day use the city funded resource. How unfortunate. If I were in Orlando, I’d bring two laptops just to help increase the numbers and preserve the free WiFi. Orlando wishes to have 200 users per day in order to keep the service up and running. I’d like to see Orlandoans protest the shut down by camping out with laptops in the downtown hotspot until WiFi is turned back on. But then again, if only 27 people show up for the protest, I’m not sure the course of action will reverse. Sorry wingless angels, walking isn’t so bad anyhow right?
In casual conversation about iPods (one of my few normal conversation topics) I have often been asked about wireless headphones. iPodlounge has reviewed a pair of Logitech iPod specific wireless headphones. These aren’t the first of their kind, and don’t really tickle the fancy of the iPodloungers. They do however give you a good idea what goes into wireless headphones and the other products that they’ve tested.
“At this point, iPod-specific wireless headphone technologies are nothing new; Bluetake started it with i-Phono (iPodlounge rating: B), Macally improved upon it with the BlueWave (iPodlounge rating: B+), and TEN Technolgy’s naviPlay (iPodlounge rating: A-) worked best”
I live in San Francisco. There is no free parking here what so ever. Either you own a spot, rent a spot, or feed the meter. I find that between the Laundromat and the parking meters I’m always changing dollar bills for quarters. Sometimes I have to park in a vacant meter, run to a liquor store to buy a snack or soda, and ask for quarters. I fear that I could get caught one day parking in an expired meter. If only I could pay for the meter with something besides my laundry money. In Coral Gables, a Miami suburb, 4,573 parking meters allow you to pay with something other than quarters. You can pay for your parking meter by making a phone call. This isn’t new technology. Canada has been paying for parking via mobile phone for a bit now. But then again, it seems like every country starts out with the cool technology and it slowly comes to us in the states.
Americans get the land of the free, the home of the brave, and the last ones to get the cool stuff that comes out of Asia. CommunicAsia2005 showed some really awesome phones that I’ve decided I need to have or else I’ll most likely die. Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola had booths that vr-zone.com covered. Samsung had the phone that I fell in love with immediately. The SPH-M7000 swept me off my feet as if I were Cinderella and it was prince charming, the shoe fits!
There’s a huge number of phones and the amount of mobile phone information is almost overwhelming. I may return to the site tomorrow just to take in more of the awesomeness that CommunicAsia2005 has shown us what we can’t have just yet.
Politics in Iran make me love being in America. I get a few emails a week making fun of President Bush or decisions that the government has recently made. I’m not saying that I support or back these jokes. I do however, appreciate the fact that I can receive these and not get prosecuted. Sometimes I forget that people died in order for us to be able to joke.
Iran is on a different level than us here in the US. They are now facing problems due to text messaging. Some people have even lost the ability to text message. Iran threatens to prosecute anyone who sends a text message that denigrates a candidate. There are only 6 million mobile phones in Iran, and 67 million people, but Iranian government officials believe that text messaging may sway the votes (which makes me wonder why they are even voting if it’s like that?). I now want to take advantage of text messaging and use up those 300 text messages I pay for each month, because I can.