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Sony PS2 smaller with Ethernet capability

September 22, 2004

Sony is going to deliver a much smaller PS2 that
weighs about two pounds or about less than half what the current model weighs.

Additionally, the new model, like the Microsoft XBOX will have an Ethernet port. So I guess finally PS2 will no longer be 1 step behind Microsoft in that feature-set. The Ethernet capability is huge, since it allows for fast online gaming with less latency/lag issues, and it allows for VoIP trash talking.

Hmmm, It Looks like an Ipod It Smells like an Ipod, Gee it is an Ipod!

August 27, 2004

Samsung MM-A700 - TV on your cell phone

August 25, 2004


The Samsung MM-A700 is one cool cell phone. It's loaded with Sprint PCS's Vision Multimedia Services and a built-in Media Player application. It features a sharp 262,000-color screen, stereo sound, and can play back pre-recorded TV shows at 15fps.

Unfortunately, they don't currently support streaming live TV, though the technology exists today.

Apple's iPod problematic install on Windows

August 24, 2004

Apple is known for having the most userfriendly experience in computing. I've always been a PC fan, even in the old 8086 and 80286 days before Windows even existed - DOS was my friend.

My first experience with Apple was a Macintosh IISE I believe which my college roommate had. I could never get used to the one-click mouse.

FCC lets TiVo share digital TV shows equals empty football stadiums

August 4, 2004

Well, the Federal Communications Commission gave the OK to let TiVo allow users to share and send digital broadcast shows over the Internet, but limited to just 9 TiVo"friends" or users. It uses a key to limit access to the TV show.

The NFL is up in arms since they fear people won't attend football games in areas where a blackout is in effect. The theory is that blackouts cause more people to go to the game.

Digital Memory cards survive extreme tests

August 3, 2004

Many of us own digital cameras or PDAs that use CompactFlash or SD memory cards. Well, I'm sure none of us would want to lose precious photos or important data contained on these memory cards. A show of hands - "Who backs up their memory card?" Most probably don't, although I'm sure most people download their photos to their computer's hard drive. But as CF/SD cards get larger in size and cheaper in price, I guarantee people will download and erase photos off of their memory cards much less.

HP h6315 GSM GPRS Wi Fi and Bluetooth enabled iPaq

July 29, 2004

HP recently announced a really cool GSM/GPRS-enabled iPaq that also supports WiFi and Bluetooth, making it one of the first to support all 3 wireless protocols.

The iPaq h6315 was developed in partnership with T-Mobile USA Inc. and allows users to make phone calls over T-Mobile's GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Service) network.

Most importantly, it can switch between those wide-area network technologies and LAN connections provided by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth chips.

What does this mean?

My Favorite Disney GPS Coordinates

July 20, 2004

I promised awhile back (this Disney World blog entry), that I would post some GPS coordinates that I captured while down in Orlando, Florida. Someone trackbacked to my blog entry and reminded me that I hadn't posted the GPS coordinates as promised. Well, the time has come!

Disney World's Mission Space Ride

Before I give the GPS coordinates, check out this video I captured of EPCOT Mission Space.

iPod Nation article

July 20, 2004

I'm a huge fan of iPod. I've been dreaming about getting one for two Christmas's. Unfortunately, Santa (my wife) didn't fill my stocking with an iPod. : ( (She did buy me some cool accessories for my Viper though.)

Of course, I could just go out and buy one myself, but I decided to blow my cash on a Viper upgrades instead. Tough call. (not really.

TV Remote Jammer

July 17, 2004

I was just reminiscing with some old friends and we talked about how this one time we played a prank on a friend when we were teenagers. One night, a couple friends and I snuck into the back yard of another friend of ours and we carried a TV remote control with us to attempt to change channels while the friend was watching TV.

Our friend was indeed watching TV and as luck would have it, we had a clear light of sight to the cable box. Ready!

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