One of most difficult things to manage on any workstation are browser bookmarks. We collect and squirrel away tidbits of useful things for rainy days only to never find them again in spite of the fancy bookmark management options we have available!
But what if you could leverage the browsing of thousands of others and share these categorizations and valuable pointers to useful data with a nice easy-to-use and simply wonderful online application designed just for that purpose?
For some gamers, March 24 was a very important day.
I have never done a lot of gaming on the computer mainly because most of my computers are Macs and to be honest, there isn’t really a great showing of games for the Mac. There are some exceptions, and the best titles do make their way over, but sadly there isn’t a huge library of options, and when it comes to mobile gaming, the PowerBook isn’t my first pick when I am looking for entertainment. The other thing about gaming on the computer is that you’re constantly at odds with game developers who keep requiring faster and faster machines, and more expensive equipment upgrades every time you want to play a new game!
For these reasons, I usually stick to playing games on consoles, both large and small. The Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP has always been a go-to device when waiting in line at the DMV, or when traveling. It also lives in the beside table, dutifully waiting for an opportunity to serve up an hour of Final Fantasty I & II these days, as well as letting me play my favorites from gaming days of yore.
On March 24th, I woke up at 6am and made my way to the local Best Buy to stand in line in hopes of being one of the first to get my hands on a Sony Playstation Portable (PSP). I had been closely watching the release schedule of games for the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, and while I like the Gameboy Advance SP as much as anyone else, I was really undecided on which device I’d like to actually buy. Read More…
I recently developed an idea for an interesting product that Apple could develop using existing technology.
I am a bit of novice audiophile and have recently gotten very frustrated with the user interface of numerous products. I would like to put all of my music onto a hard drive and use it like a stereo component. I have a Xbox but it has a bad user interface and the sound quality is bad. Tivo kind of has something like it I hear but I have Direct TV which does not support Tivo 2. The iPod is a great product but is limited by connections, hard drive space and its small screen. So far I like my computer collection of music the best.
Apple should make a component system that is hard drive based with optical outputs and a CD slot for loading the music. It should have 2 user interfaces. The first should be like the current Ipod user interface and only require an audio hook-up. The second should involve an optional iTunes interface that is displayed on your television and can organize your collection. No other product offers the easy interface of iTunes.
You should be able to encode in Apple lossless, AAC, MP3, etc. The big perk would be to transfer your purchased music to your hard drive to listen to and to use the Apple lossless format while listening through your stereo speakers.
The device could have an ethernet port for optional networking. Hard drive should be 80-160 GB. As mentioned above, optional optical out. Possibly a USB port for transferring music possibly.
The remote could look kind of like an iPod as well.
Target audience: People wanting to transfer their CD collection onto one easy-to-use source and maintain excellent quality. The interesting part is I tried to see how I could explain my idea to Apple and I got a nasty email back before they would even listen. Oh well.
My intention is not to make any money. But I think that Apple is the perfect company to make such a basic product and it would perfectly complement the iPod.
I know from reading the PowerPage almost daily that you are very “audio friendly.” Do you have any ideas on how to get the idea to them? Does Apple ever read these Web pages for ideas? Is this product even a good idea? I haven’t seen anything else really like it with a good user interface, but I am kind of picky.
Read on for the PowerPage’s response…
The second-to-last paragraph in this AP story brings an interesting new perspective to Congress’ INDUCE bill.
One technologist on Penn professor David J. Farber’s Interesting People mailing list noted tartly, “if INDUCE [the bill's original name, under which it is commonly known] is passed into law, we’ll have the curious situationwhere it will be illegal to share a file or (possibly) own an iPod, but legal to own a military assault rifle. I admit to not tracking the statistics closely, but I didn’t realize that so many people were being killed with iPods.”
Salling Clicker isn’t the only way to control your Mac via Bluetooth devices. You can use Romeo for free, and install a slick application called Veta on your Palm OS handheld or Series60 mobile phone. Now you can use your Palm or your Nokia 3650 and get very similar functionality. –Emory
Veta Universal Palm Edition 1.0 allows controlling your Macintosh via Bluetooth.