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February 27, 2005

New Comments System

I have just put a new comment posting and viewing system in place on the main page. It uses pop-up comment windows instead of inline comments (which are still available in each entry's permalink) and hopefully allows for better comment integration. As you can see by the eight-or-so comments on the previous post, I have been working out a few bugs in the system, but it all seems to be working seamlessly now.

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February 25, 2005

EverythingDigital Podcast 2/25/05

A rant about how the internet is a part of reality, the rundown on the new iPods, a way to extend the PodFreq's range, and rumors that Apple may buy TiVo.


DOWNLOAD THE MP3 | 22:40 | 10.4 MB |

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February 23, 2005

New iPods

The new iPods are out! Unfortunately, they don't have color screens, but they do have a couple additional features and some rearrangement of the pricing and memory. Here are the changes:

iPod mini: 4GB ($199) and 6GB ($249), battery life of 18 hours, available in silver and three new colors.

iPod Photo: 30GB ($349) and 60GB ($449), with the ability to transfer photos directly from a digital camera through the iPod Camera Connector.

Read Story [apple.com]

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February 21, 2005

EverythingDigital Podcast 2/21/05

The new listener map and soundseeing tour map, as well as a review of the Griffin iMic and rumors of an iPod update announcement coming Wednesday.


DOWNLOAD THE MP3 | 17:16 | 8.0 MB |

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February 20, 2005

Mapping Soundseeing Tours

I have expanded the idea of a listener map to allow producers of soundseeing tours to post their shows by location on a global map. The system asks for an mp3 URL, as well as other information about the show, and then adds it to the map of soundseeing tours across the globe. The map is located here, and you can feel free to submit your own tours if they are not already included.

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February 19, 2005

New Listener Map

After seeing this feature on Jimmy Jett's site, I decided to get one of my own. Feel free to click here or on the icon in the right column to open the EverythingDigital Podcast Listener Map!

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iMic Setup

I did a test of the iMic setup and the stereo recording. Unfortunately, I am getting an annoying buzzing sound in the background, which I can't get rid of. If anybody out there has any advice on getting a cleaner recording, please let me know.

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Trip to CompUSA

I took a trip to CompUSA today, and posted a few interesting pictures from it on Flickr. I ended up buying a Griffin iMic for use with my stereo microphone, allowing the possibility of stereo podcasts in the future. I also tried to implement my idea of having Apple's digital sticky notes in different places on the screen to tell customers about the computer, but I guess the CompUSA personnel didn't like it, because when I came back my helpful messages were gone. Poor, ignorant CompUSA, will you ever learn?

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New York Times Front Page Podcasting Article

The New York Times ran a large story on the front page about podcasting today. They seem to have gotten most of the facts right, as well as the correct links to podcasting resource sites. What was especially interesting though, was the fact that they focused on lesser-known podcasters, instead of the usual press' darlings of the PodSquad.

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February 18, 2005

EverythingDigital Podcast 2/18/05

Extending the iTrip's range, Cisco's 4.2Ghz wi-fi, a letter from Gmail indicating the beta stages are over, and a horrible review of the m:robe from David Pogue of the New York Times.


DOWNLOAD THE MP3 | 23:55 | 11.0 MB |

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iPod minis to Get Color Screens

Think Secret is reporting that the next revision of the iPod mini will not only include a 5 or 6 GB hard drive, but also a full color TFT screen with the same form factor. It is also rumored that Apple is planning to include color screens in the standard iPod, and iPod U2 Special Edition later this year. The price will remain the same at $249, made possible by the drop in price of small TFT screens in the past few months.

Read Story [Think Secret]

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February 16, 2005

Cisco Planning 4.2Ghz Wi-Fi?

A reliable source indicates that Cisco, the company that owns Linksys, is currently developing a mobile web wi-fi standard that uses the 4.2Ghz spectrum. In addition, speeds may be as fast as 500 Mbps, closing the gap between wireless and terrestrial speeds even further. This new standard could give Linksys routers an edge over the market, which is currently based upon the 802.11g wi-fi standard, offering top speeds of only about 100 Mbps. The 4.2Ghz standard is still in development, and it is unknown how soon to expect it.

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Extending the iTrip's Range

I have been fairly disappointed with the dismal range, and sub-par clarity that my iTrip often gets, so I recently sat down, opened the thing up, and did what I could to extend its range. I took pics with my phone throughout the procedure, and posted them on my Flickr photoblog. I should note that I was probably fairly lucky with the way the internal antenna ended up readjusting itself for me.

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The Mac mini Media Dock

Okay, so it's currently just a concept drawing, but there is a good chance 3rd parties, or possibly even Apple, will soon have something similar on the market. If an A/V dock for the Mac mini does appear, it could turn into a rival of Windows Media Center PCs, and let Mac users everywhere convert to a computer-based digital entertainment system, without having to buy a Windows-based machine.

Read Story [Asteroid]

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February 15, 2005

EverythingDigital Podcast 2/15/05

A long catch-up cast with the results of a nation-wide mp3 player usage survey, my own hands-on review of the PSP, thoughts on Napster's war on the iPod, and a flip through the New York Times Circuits section.


DOWNLOAD THE MP3 | 33:41 | 15.5 MB |

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February 12, 2005

EverythingDigital Podcast 2/12/05

I go on a soundseeing tour of the neighborhood, taking advantage of the rare, but wonderful San Diego rain. I capture the sounds from inside the storm drains, as well as from as close as I can get to the birds.


DOWNLOAD THE MP3 | 25:09 | 11.6 MB |

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There's a soundseeing tour on its way, I promise! For now though, check this out.

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February 10, 2005

Quotes of the Day 2.10.05

"A printer consists of three main parts: the case, the jammed paper tray and the blinking red light." - Anonymous

"Our products just aren't engineered for security." - Brian Valentine (VP in charge of MS Windows Development)

"Error, keyboard not found— press F1 to continue." - BIOS system message

"The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance." - Robert R. Coveyou (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

From: Wikiquote

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February 09, 2005

Safari in the New York Times

It appears as though the New York Times is now using Apple's Safari browser to take screenshots of websites for stories. This may not mean that the whole staff has switched to Macs, but it seems as though at least somebody there has. This small snippet of aqua interface was a welcome site in the NYT after the many Internet Explorer screenshots appeared throughout the paper in the past.

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February 06, 2005

EverythingDigital Podcast 2/6/05

Plenty of reflection on the Superbowl, Gmail invites, Google Local, and the Associated Press' article on podcasting. Also, a flip through the Circuits section, as well as the usual non-RIAA music.


DOWNLOAD THE MP3 | 25:26 | 11.7 MB |

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New York Times/Associated Press Podcasting Article

A news piece entitled "Podcasting Lets Masses Do Radio Shows," written by the Associated Press has been picked up by the New York Times and MSNBC. It seems like, for the most part, they got the story straight.

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February 04, 2005

...It's Coming

I'm not going to get a podcast out tonight as I originally planned, but should make it up Saturday, or Superbowl Sunday. We'll see what happens and maybe I'll even have an almost live report of the Pepsi + iTunes commercial if I can whip out the recording equipment fast enough.

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February 01, 2005

EverythingDigital Podcast 2/1/05

A little about RadioDaddy, where I got an awesome, new sweeper for the show, followed by a rant mini about Macworld and the magazine medium becoming outdated. Also, info on the new PowerBooks, a great hack for Coke machines, and the run-down on Skype 1.0 for Mac OS X.


DOWNLOAD THE MP3 | 26:09 | 12.0 MB |

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Skype 1.0 for Mac OS X, Linux, and PocketPC

The new release is not just for Windows anymore! The popular Voice over IP service has made version 1.0 available for download by users of Mac OS X, Linux, or PocketPCs. 1.0 includes support for Rendezvous on Mac, the ability to control audio inputs and outputs, gain control, echo reduction, an improved interface, and several other features. There will be a review of it in the podcast, which will hopefully be up by the end of the night.

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