#Technology


iPod Video

iPod 5G Video

The iPod 5G (aka. Video) is sup­pose to drop in stores this week. What the heck was Apple think­ing by doing this? I mean come on, it hasn’t even been a year since the iPod Nanos dropped, and here its—the new 5G!

Besides that, I am won­der­ing whether upgrad­ing to a 30GB 5G is even worth it and a smarth move. The pros that I see with the 5G over my Photo would prob­a­bly be:

  • the video of course!
  • lighter and smaller form factor
  • sleeker design

And the cons would be:

  • the price dif­fer­ence I’ll need to cover when I upgrade
  • time it’ll take me to re-organize and synch with the new iPod and my PC
  • the money I need to spend in terms of acces­sories for it (i.e. cover, fm trans­mit­ter, etc.)
  • acces­sories that used the top-connector would be abso­lete with it

I guess one major fac­tor that needs to be addressed would be, “will I even enjoy watch­ing a movie for 1–3 hours on a 2.5-inch, 320 x 240 pixel dis­play?” Right now, I don’t think so. Just imag­ine hold­ing your iPod and hav­ing it in a com­fort­able posi­tion were your neck won’t be sore after watch­ing a movie. I just can not see any sce­nar­ios right now were this would be beneficial.

Besides, I just freak­ing went eBay crazy these past cou­ple of days. They were mostly sport­ing good pur­chases con­sist­ing of the following:

  • Colum­bia 300 Ric­o­chet Rebound Bowl­ing Ball (14lbs. 3oz.)
  • Mizuno Crush 2 Base­ball Bat (34 inches, 27 ounces)
  • Knobcuffs (for my bats)

Not to men­tion, I’m look­ing into invest­ing into some seri­ous glass for my pho­tog­ra­phy addic­tion. Alas, tech­nol­ogy… it gets bet­ter by the minute. I just hope peo­ple do as well.

Free Directory Assistance Charges

1–800-FREE-411 pro­vides a great ser­vice that elim­i­nates those nasty $1-plus charges when con­nect­ing to the business(es) you call about. Hows this pos­si­ble? Before you get the phone num­ber, you get an ad with spe­cial offers from other local, top-rated busi­nesses. Its then up to you to bite at the offer, or pro­ceed to get the phone number.

Any­ways, FREE is always good. Its just a mat­ter of hav­ing the time to wait for that FREE assis­tance, or not. A sim­ple way to fig­ure out if this is for you (or not) is by sim­ply ask­ing your­self: “Do I like those pre-movie advertisements?”

Coolest Homepage Ever by Protopage

Protopage - Ajaxified start pages

So what can be the coolest page you have ever been to on the net? Well, its sim­ple. The one that you just cre­ated and cus­tomized. How you may ask? Why not find out over at Pro­topage.

But what exactly is it?

Pro­topage makes it eas­ier for you to get to your favorite web sites.

Cre­ate a page, put your links and sticky notes on it, and save it as your new browser start page.

With my expe­ri­ence, in the quick 10 min­utes of using it, its more for those that need to eas­ily trans­port their sticky notes from home to work and vice-versa. Its an alter­na­tive for those of us who don’t have time to make a per­sonal home­page where to-do-lists, new web links and lotto num­bers might reside. A cool thing about it is—its AJAX­i­bil­ity (just made it up, don’t wear it out).

You can change the lay­out of your notes; the color of your background/foreground; the image/wallpaper of your home­page; and many more. All of this in real-time. By the way, did I men­tion that its FREE!

The only thing that might be of a “fine-print” mate­r­ial would be this part (below their reg­is­tra­tion form):

We ask for your email address so that we can send your pass­word to you if you for­get it, and to send you occa­sional news about Pro­topage. We respect your pri­vacy. You can opt out of the Pro­topage news emails at any time.

Oth­er­wise, go give it a try. I’m pretty sure it’ll be of good use for those always on-the-go. As well as those who are always in need of a ser­vice that helps them man­age this clutter-verb we call “web-surfing.”