I’m going to NYC this weekend… it’ll be the first real vacation I’ve had since summer started. Besides eating and shopping, Penny and I will be visiting the MOMA and a few other points of interest… mostly to soak up the energy of the city. So far I’ve been to NYC twice, and I get bored of the usual touristy spots.
If you have any recommendations of where to check out, do tell!
This trip will also be special because it’ll be the first time I’m meeting a fellow Singapore blogger. Furthermore, he’s no ordinary blogger… he’s the guy previously known as Acid Flask, who’s original blog was closed under pressure from a certain Singapore government-related organization. Either way his new blog looks spankin’ sweet and he writes eloquently as well (see Singapore is to Bonsai as…).
Incidentally, he seems to have a better itinerary than me though so I might just shadow some of his stops. I wonder if there are any blogger meetups in NYC this weekend…
UPDATE: Now you can download Apple’s Chapter Tool to add chapters to your podcast.
UPDATE 2: OPML2iTunes is an appleScript to import OPML podcast subscriptions into iTunes. Makes life easier for those transitioning from other podcast clients to iTunes 4.9
“Select subscription options and download your favorite podcasts automatically”… that’s the premise of the new Apple iTunes 4.9, which is now available for download for both the Macintosh and Windows. With the major feature being subscriptions to podcasts, this new iTunes should really get podcasts out to the rest of the Internet / iPod users who haven’t been exposed to the world of podcasting. Together with ODEO, podcasting should be set to shake up the music and radio industry.
In related news, Apple shuffles up an revised line of iPods… nothing really new except price drops everywhere, including a the 1gb iPod Shuffle for $129 and a 20gb iPod Photo for $299. U2 iPod having a color screen really bores me… lame. What’s lamer? All iPods are now marketed as “Podcast Ready“… like they weren’t?
I HATE APPLE!
(ok, I take that back…)
On the speed at which technology changes, my dad once joked about how we’d all buy computers and at the end of every cash register, there’d be a huge trash bin so you can immediately dump your newly outdated purchase.
That said, I’ve decided to be zen-like in my computing approach by minimizing the amount of gadgets I own. My loss is your gain so the more you buy, the more you SAVE! Some the items for sale include:
- iPod mini brand new (unopened). 2nd Generation silver 4gb version. I’m selling it for $180 or best offer.
- Maxtor 250GB 3.5″ 7200rpm IDE hard drive for sale at $90.
- Pioneer DVR-107 dvd internal burner for sale at $50.
- Khypermedia 52x CD writer = $15.
Prices are negotiable, but if you live far from Buffalo, NY, shipping will be pegged at $10. If you need anything not listed here, feel free to ask. I might have something you need.
Want Safari to run lightning fast? Take SafariOnAcid. Don’t worry, it launches a second Safari so there’s no permanent damage done if you wish to try it. Hat tip to Peter.
Argh! I can’t believe I missed the Wired NextFest 2005. I saw bits of it on Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. I would have totally worked as a volunteer or as an extra there, in Chicago.
Not too long ago, I mentioned how I had found the best-looking iPod Shuffle sticker designs made by a company called Shufflesome. Just last week, Alex Schneider of Shufflesome contacted me and today I have two sets of Shufflesome stickers on hand. Gotta love the Internet!
I decided to dress up my iPod Shuffle with the “Barbaloo” sticker set (the one with the “Kill Bill” girl as Alex describes). Placing the stickers was quite easy as the thin but strong vinyl material allowed me to easily remove and re-position the stickers. I noticed that although the Shufflesome stickers wrap around the entire iPod Shuffle, it’s not easy to get rid of the gap between the iPod unit and the cap (as seen in the third photo), so it’s something you have to live with.
As seen in the fifth photo, the iPod’s LED status light is visible through the Shufflesome sticker, however the iPod Shuffle’s serial number on the back will be covered. There are other ways to get the serial number other than peeling the sticker, including the use of iPod Updater 2005-11-01 or later. I took a photo of the “Shufflesomed” iPod together with the iPod Shuffle Armband just for kicks.
On the whole, I love the quality of the print and the beautiful design on my little mp3 player. It looks so good, it looks as if it were printed on the iPod Shuffle itself. Now if Apple could sell U2 iPods, why not specially designed iPod Shuffles?
UPDATE: Dr. Halavais made an example of me for an interesting take on bloggers receiving gifts…
Everyone’s talking about ODEO. I only heard about ODEO yesterday from the MAKE blog and decided to try my luck at getting an invite. I received the invite soon after and was pretty convinced of the potential ODEO has for anyone to start podcasting. IT’S FINALLY THAT EASY!
If you’re too busy to sign up for an invite, check out my screencast (computer screen video recording) where I take a sneak peek at ODEO, give a brief background as well as explain the potential impact it has for the podcasting world.
Watch the video review:
Large version (640 x 480 / 50mb) via Ourmedia.org or direct link
Small version (320 x 240 / 15mb) via Ourmedia.org or direct link
Update: MAKE blog has better screenshots of ODEO’s “Create” section, which includes the browser based podcast recorder and phone tool.