Archive for the 'Gadgets' Category

Dear Lazyweb…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Dear Lazyweb,
How do I get iTunes to tell me why it won’t copy a video to my iPod? The video in question was created with Adobe Premier in AVI/DV format, then converted to H.264 using QuickTime’s “Move to iPod” export command. It looks and plays in QuickTime or iTunes, but will not load to [...]

iPod Articles

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Leander Kahney, Wired News editor and Cult of Mac weblog moderator, has written a fascinating article entitled The Cult of iPod. Kahney surveys the many influences the iPod has had on popular culture in the four years since its introduction: from the ubiquitous white earbuds to podcasts, from playlist anxiety to iPod-ready automobiles. Although I’ve [...]

Santa Came Early, and He Drove a Fedex Truck

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

My new iPod is here! Wendy ordered it last week and we’ve been tracking it for the past few days. Sunday it left Shanghai, yesterday it was in Anchorage, and after a trip through Indianapolis, it was delivered to the house this morning. Wendy brought it to me at work – and she had even [...]

I Have Seen the New iPod, and It Is Beautiful!

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Co-worker David brought in his new iPod today. He ordered it last Wednesday, probably within minutes of its appearance on the Apple web site. David had been wanting a new iPod, and following the announcement of the new video-capable fifth generation, I guess he didn’t need to wait any longer.
Yesterday I gave David a CD [...]

New iPods!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

You’ve probably already heard the news. It’s all over the Internet, so I won’t bother with the details. The gist of it is that Apple released its new video iPods today. Here’s my assessment after having read the news and looked at the specs: I want one. I used to think that I wouldn’t want [...]

Which iPod Is It Going to Be?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

In a little over an hour, Apple will announce its new iPod. Is it going to be the iPod Phone, like most people are saying? Or is it going to be the iPod video player, like everyone else is saying?
I don’t much care for either idea. In my eyes, Apple hit perfection with the 60GB [...]

I Will NEVER Buy Another JVC Camera!

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Two years ago, my girls bought me a JVC MiniDV camcorder for Father’s Day. I picked it out, but it was their gift.
It’s a nice camera. It’s small, lightweight, takes great video, or at least as good as I need. It has an IEEE1394 (FireWire) connector, so I can connect the camera to my computer [...]

iPod * Shuffle * Top Twenty

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Here’s an interesting idea: you shuffle your music collection and report the first twenty songs, regardless of what they are. I don’t have my entire collection with me at the moment, but I do have my iPod, and it has most of my collection on it. These are the first twenty songs:

“Too Many Hands”, Eagles, [...]

Podcatching Tutorial

Friday, July 15th, 2005

As noted by Dwight Silverman and others, Apple has posted a tutorial on using iTunes and iPods to listen to podcasts. Who in the world would need a tutorial on using iTunes for anything? It’s so easy. (Yeah, I know, not everybody’s a geek like me.)
The tutorial has some good advice: make sure your iPod [...]

Another iPod “Attack”

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Via the MacObserver: yet another “attack” on Apple’s iPod has been announced. Announcements like this are part of a pattern that is becoming more and more familiar:

Company X announces new “iPod killer”.
The geeks over at Slashdot toss it around for a while.
Time passes… and we never hear about it again.
Some time later, Company Y announces [...]