tech - hawg
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
  Napster is still the most recognized digital music brand

According to a recent survey by global marketing research firm Ipsos Insight, Napster is still the digital music king brand-awarness wise with iTunes coming in at a close second. That's all well and good but I don't expect Napster to be around much longer since the current Napster incarnation owes all that it has to the original Napster. As the other services gain prominence, I wouldn't be surprised to see Napster slip.
Monday, December 19, 2005
  thought i was first... notice the almighty's wrath on web 2.0 companies but alas, i was not. I thought I was adding my cool, witty bit to the blogsphere but in retrospect, it really wasn't all that cool or witty. Oh well, here's to trying...cheers!
  God hates web 2.0 and Six Apart's TypePad service both experienced some serious downtime lately with still being down (last time I checked like 2 mintues before this post).  They were both seemingly out-of-the-blue power/raid failures that seem to hit fast growing web companies sooner or later. Next up, Basecamp and TagWorld.
Friday, December 02, 2005
  Blu-Ray to trump HD-DVD
Is the end nigh for Toshiba's upstart HD-DVD format? Fox seems to think so.
  Yet another glowing review for the Nokia N70
If it's good enough for Jason Fried, it's good enough for me. Now I really want this phone.
  TiVo unleashes new features
TiVo opened up some new services for their customers which allow user to buy movie tickets, share photos (like every other app these days), check local weather/traffic and even listen to podcasts and play games. It seems a bit desperate to add all of this "functionality" in this late in the game but I guess new features keep them fresh. A description of the new services:

• Users who give their ZIP codes to Fandango can call up text about local movie offerings and charge tickets to their credit cards. TiVo eventually wants to connect the service to its movie ads so viewers who watch a trailer can instantly buy a ticket.

• People who create free accounts with Yahoo will be able to use its Yahoo Photos service. They can use their TVs to view photos that friends or family have put online. Also, Yahoo will provide local weather forecasts and traffic reports.

• Those who sign up with Live365 can listen to streamed broadcasts of its user-created radio stations. Audio won't be CD quality, but users who want better audio can pay for a premium service.

• TiVo will enable users to select and listen to streamed podcasts, radio shows made available on demand. In addition, it will offer some simple games, including a Scrabble-like word game.

  MAKE's Mostly Under $100 Gift Guide 2005
For the techie who likes to tinker comes MAKE's Mostly Under $100 Gift Guide 2005. Highlights (decided by me and my awsome taste) include the MiniPOV 2 kit, the Griffin RocketFM and the High-Speed Flash Photography kit . The entry that through me off was "The Bread Builders" book even though it does fall under the category of "making" stuff. It just seemed odd to me.
  Nokia N70 is looking pretty sharp
Sure this new Nokia N70 phone/mobile-device is a bit smaller (small is the new black) and a touch cooler but why go with the white headphones a la ipod? As Om sates, that does sound a little out of place but it's no deal killer. The fact that is supports the ogg format (like a higher quality format than mp3) is pretty nifty. Nifty enough to work for me.
  Discover new music with Pandora
Bored with your current musical selection? Pandora could help fix that. It seems to me to be a flash-based app that you tell what artist you currently dig. Pandora then goes and creates a music station with artist that are in the same vein as the one you chose. Good way to get through a Friday.
  If you hate shoveling snow
Perfect for thsoe of us who have grudes against snow-filled driveways or just snow in general. Blast the snow from your snow-covered driveway (or your whole front yard even) into your neighbors yard with Kai Grundt's 454 cubic inch big block Chevrolet V8 snow blower that produces 412 horsepower, 430 foot pounds of torque and can throw snow 50 feet at just 3500 rpm. Got power?
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