Flat Earth Catalogue

2003-12-13

Personal Audio Computers III
So here are the crucial concerns, as I see them:
  • Connection to desktop -- drag-and-drop transfer of files, no proprietary 'sync manager' or driver. This is a sine qua non.
  • Battery concerns -- time per charge, ease of recharging, replacment battery when it wears out.
  • Capacity -- if it's gonna hold only 256MB, I can reload it frequently. If I ripped all my CDs at 128 kbps, I could carry them around on a few CD-ROMs quite handily. If, on the other hand, it's gonna be a full-size archive of every song I have, it better hold quite a bit. I own 38 CDs, guesstimate an average 50 minutes of music on each, that comes out to 1.9 GB even so. The Nitrus wouldn't hold that (although its much-praised ease of use might make up for it).
  • Connection speed -- USB 1.1 is fine if it's, say, 256 MB. In fact, being cheap, it's probably excellent. If we're in the gigabyte range, though it had oughta have IEEE 1394.
  • Flexibility -- what other files can I tote around on it?
  • Recording -- does it do it? Not essential, but in some situations could be darned handy.
  • Ogg Vorbis support -- the next format. Rio Karma does this, but weighs in at $300. Bleah. This would be more important for a longer-term investment such as a hard-drive unit.
  • Shuffle playback, for those of us with boredom issues.
  • Price, of course.
I'm thinking about the Kanguru Micro MP3 (no recorder) in various sizes (principally 256 and 512 MB) -- since a USB drive would be a good thing in my world in its own right. Kanguru is well-respected.
05:44

Personal Audio Computers II

On the other hand, the Neuros site makes it clear that some things are darn near vaporware, and others buggy and problematic. Will they stay in the market? Anyone's guess. MuVo NX from Creative is an impressive little critter, if you're looking for a USB drive that's also a darn fine MP# player. The Dell Digital Jukebox bears learning more about. The Creative Nomad Jukebox 3 is amazing. The Rio Nitrus has got much more of my attention than it did, and perhaps more than these others. I'm still not through reading a zillion reviews, though. As to the FM, well, you can buy critters for that, and another line in/ out device for a USB-equipped computer, for tens of bucks.
01:42

2003-12-12

Isaiah study interface
isaiahonline.com (redirects) was built in ColdFusion by a member of my Honors Writings of Isaiah class. It is remarkable. Some of the resources are LDS-targeted; many are generally applicable. I've already asked how I can help out.
19:18

URL (URI) construction practices

Here we have pointers to eight or so excellent arguments and discussions of URI construction, including the now-famous Berners-Lee 'Cool URIs Don't Change'.
19:16

War Involves Killing!

Surprising, huh? A transcribed CNN show reminded me a lot of what we talked about, studied, thought about in my History of Civ class. What do we do to our own, to get them to succeed in the terrible diplomatic ritual called war?

That class (which I need to blog the syllabus of) touched on many things: Literature, diplomacy, religion, sports. Sports are a hot topic right now, here at the Y, after the OSU game in which BYU fans roundly and continuously booed a former BYU player now with OSU and called him a traitor to his religion. Now, last I checked, he was still worshipping God the Eternal Father, and they were worshipping the color blue and the letter Y. (Sounds like Sesame Street gone wrong, doesn't it?) Expect to see the wearisome, incompletely-presented letters fly.
00:48

2003-12-10

Photo + Typewriter = Philosophical Comic
I rather like A Softer World. (via MF)
02:16

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