On 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?”

New Cellphone, Same Number, Emtpy Address Book

This past week­end, I saw the light. At least it turn­ing off on my cell­phone. I had the LG 4050 for almost 2 years now. I had suf­fered with it after the first year because of its crap­py soft­ware. Nev­er real­ly got the time to go to a Cin­gu­lar store and have them update it cause they phased it out after a cou­ple of months from its release.

So, being the troop­er, I decid­ed to just suck it up. But this past week­end, it just start­ed bug­ging out. Mean­while, inquir­ing with the homies and their phones, I decid­ed between the fol­low­ing:

  • Motoro­la Razr V3 (Black)
  • Motoro­la v551
  • Sam­sung e317
  • Audiovox SMT5600
  • Nokia 6230

The top pick was the Motorol­la v551. Got it for $150 at Best­Buy. Slapped on a 2‑year Per­for­mance Ser­vice Plan for about $40. With the addi­tion of tax, it came out to about $203.11.

Now I know you might think that thats waaaay too much for a cell­phone. But the fact is, I use my BB store cred­it card. What does that mean? Well, low month­ly pay­ments and no inter­est for 6‑months. I got the 2‑year PSP just in case some­thing goes wrong with it. I use to like Cin­gu­lar’s war­ran­ty thing but since a lot of peo­ple took advan­tage of it, they changed it so that you pret­ty much have to pay extra once you get a replace­ment phone.

Any­ways, I’m pret­ty stoked while play­ing around with the fea­tures on this phone. Then decid­ed that I’ll prob­a­bly give it a go and try it out; and if I don’t like it, just return it with­in 30-days. So I start­ed trans­fer­ring my con­tacts between phones.

I have an old 32k sim card (which needs to be upgrad­ed by Cin­gu­lar), so I had about 60+ num­bers on the LG’s mem­o­ry. I trans­ferred and copied from the SIM to the v551 first. That went well. I then delet­ed the SIM card to make room and trans­fer the remain­ing num­bers from the LG to it.

After doing that, I slapped it on to the v551 and start­ed the process of dump­ing the oth­er 60+ to the phone. Mean­while, I guess I for­got that I was try­ing on the Alarm Clock fea­ture (or some­thing else), so while on the copy process of the phone, it exit­ed out of that screen and onto the alarm. Blah!

So there you go, from 250+ num­bers to about 59. *sigh*

If you are read­ing this, just assume that I don’t have your con­tact num­ber. Please go ahead and shoot me an email with your number(s).

From my mind to yours, tech­nol­o­gy can some­times be time-con­sum­ing rather than pro­duc­tive.

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.”