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iPod Photo problems?

November 01, 2004 at 08:16 AM

You know if MS did this kind of crap people would be screaming for the DOJ to break them up.

The new iPod Photo is just a 4G iPod with a color screen so it still suffers from the same audio glitch. So now not only is Apple pretending the glitch didn't exist and not recalling the defective units, but they're releasing a whole new product with the defect in it.

Luckily Christina's iPod doesn't appear to have the issue.

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Normalized data is for sissies

October 27, 2004 at 11:51 AM

Kottke discusses database normalization and when and why it's important, or maybe why it's not important.

Personally it makes some things a pain in the ass, but I believe it's definitely neccessary. Getting the data you need sometimes requires complicated queries, but when you're adding or editing data it only has to go one place.

Wow, it's been forever since I've heard someone (other than me or Christina) actually mention normalization.

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iPod sock

October 27, 2004 at 09:53 AM
The iPod Sock

Okay this is kinda lame and kinda cool at the same time. It's a sock, for your iPod. You get six for $29.

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Sony PSP launch date and price

October 27, 2004 at 09:47 AM
Sony PSP box

Some official news on the Sony PSP finally, it'll be out in Japan on December 12th and will retail for just under $200 US.

No official word on the US release date or price, but it should be early next year and approximately the same price.

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The iPod Photo

October 26, 2004 at 01:44 PM
iPod Photo: Now Playing album art

Apple has surprisingly announced the iPod Photo is ready to be released in the next couple of weeks. I'd link to it but the Apple site blows and won't let you give direct links, here's the section. (what kind of modern site puts a phone number as a folder name in a website?)

The photo displaying capability isn't all that important to me, but it does have a nice looking color screen and supposedly gets 15 hours of battery life. It also display album art if available when playing a song, pretty cool. Unfortunately the 40 GB iPod Photo is heavier and thicker than the 40 GB 4G iPod.

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IGN.com reviews GTA San Andreas

October 26, 2004 at 10:19 AM

IGN gives the game an amazing 9.9 out of 10 and calls it the defining piece of software for the Playstation 2.

It has a production value that's second to none, boasts a faithfulness to '90s source material with an eerie accuracy, and provides more hours of entertainment than all the previous Grand Theft Autos combined.

Gamespot gives it a 9.6 and dishes out the kudos as well. They even have a free video review available.

I must have it.

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Audiovox SMT 5600 review

October 22, 2004 at 07:56 AM

Mmmmm... me want. This phone has been climbing my wishlist lately. They said it's actually about the size of my current phone, which I think is the perfect size for a non-flip phone. Overall they seem to really like it. (via Gizmodo)

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Gizmodo on Blu-Ray discs

October 22, 2004 at 07:31 AM
Blu-Ray logo

Gizmodo has declared Blu-Ray discs the winner of the next-generation format wars with HD-DVD. (I think that may set some sort of record for hyphens in a sentence.) They cover the technical, financial, and commercial differences between the two formats and the reasons Blu-Ray comes out on top.

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DVD player hack list

October 20, 2004 at 02:53 PM

Pretty cool page I found through Hackaday. This is actually a site I found when I first got my DVD burner, but this page gives you a ton of hacks for a ton of different DVD players. I found a region-free hack that will allow me to play DVD's from any region on my new Gateway Connected DVD player. Of course all my DVDs are from the US so it doesn't matter. Pretty cool anyways.

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Bloglines

October 20, 2004 at 01:48 PM
Bloglines.com

Absolutely great service here. Almost every site I visit regularly now has an RSS feed to push out new content to me. Sign up and never be left behind on this site!

During a single day I use anywhere from 3 to 4 different computers so itís wonderful to have one central place to check and read all my feeds. Plus with all the different setups thereís really only one common denominator, FireFox. The Bloglines Notifier extension works as advertised on both my PC's and Mac.

I tried NewsGator and FeedDemon but didnít like either enough to pay for them. I used an RSS reader extension for FireFox (RSS Reader and then Sage) and liked them but when I would get to a dif computer I had to wade through all the items I had read elsewhere in order to find new stuff.

Bloglines is the most comprehensive, integrated service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich Web content. It's free and easy-to-use.

You can even view all of the feeds I subscribe to here!

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Engadget: TiVoToGo

October 15, 2004 at 01:23 PM

They actually got a demo of the thing. They dropped the dongle, woohoo!

The functionality comes in the form of a free automatic update to any and all TiVo series 2 boxes; just add the TiVo Desktop application to your computer, get the two on your home network, and youíre ready to roll.
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DigitalLife: Motorola MPx

October 14, 2004 at 03:46 PM

I think I'm going to cry, Gizmodo says the MPx is bigger than he thought and seems awkward to use. Might move the Treo 650 and SMT 5600 up on the old lust list.

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GTA San Andreas mulitplayer?

October 14, 2004 at 01:03 PM

They seem pretty confident that there will be co-op aspects in the new Grand Theft Auto, but I really think they're taking some unfounded logical leaps to get there. Here's hoping.

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More on TiVoToGo

October 14, 2004 at 10:17 AM

Not a ton of new info from Gizmodo, but it's coming out Q4 this year and they also had this little tidbit to share:

One important point, though, is that the initial implementation will be copying files to laptops and burning DVDs of recorded shows, using Windows Media Player to manage the DRM and a certain DVD burning software.

I honestly think I had a dream about TiVoToGo last week. I'm weird, but I love me some TiVo.

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Automatic shower cleaner

October 14, 2004 at 09:54 AM
Automatic shower cleaner from Scrubbing Bubbles

Currently I have to go through the absolutely grueling process of spraying the shower to keep it clean. With the new automatic shower cleaner from Scrubbing Bubbles, I could reduce my effort to the push of a button. Genius! (via Gizmodo)

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Gizmodo

October 13, 2004 at 10:39 AM
Gizmodo: The Gadgets Weblog

Gizmodo calls itself "the gadgets weblog" and deservedly so. A wonderful source for news and info on stuff like cell phones, digital cameras, PDA's, and MP3 players. Updated upwards of fifteen times a day during the week, there's not many things gadget-related it doesn't cover. Visit often and watch as your own personal wishlist grows.

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VooDoo Media Center PC/Xbox

October 13, 2004 at 09:22 AM

Pretty sweet little combo using Microsoft's Windows Media Center 2005 and Media Center Extender software on the Xbox. Looks good, probably works good, costs way too damn much. (via Gizmodo)

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PayPal hit by outages

October 12, 2004 at 01:52 PM

Sold several things on eBay this week and now PayPal is down. Piece of crap. I can't confirm payment and ship anything unless it's up and running.

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New Media Center PCs

October 12, 2004 at 11:44 AM
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They are finally starting to make these Windows XP Media Center PC's look pretty cool. The new HP's running it actually look like something I would put in my living room.

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Roll-up bridge

October 12, 2004 at 09:24 AM

Um, it's a pedestrian bridge that rolls up to get out of the way. Pretty sweet. It actually kind of looks like modern art once it's rolled itself into a ball.

I'd hate to be standing on it when it started it's conversion. (via Gizmodo)

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