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iPod life cycles......

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Less than 10 months ago, I remember upgrading my ipod from a 20Gb 3 Generation to my current 60Gb 4th Generation Photo to be quite an event. I really enjoyed being able to attach album arts to my music and being able to see them while I listen to the music. I enjoyed the change in hard disc size, which is now 80% filled with just music as opposed to 100% filled when I had my 20Gb. I did find the screen a bit too small for me to store pictures, but I never found that useful since I am not the kind of person who goes around showing friends pictures.

Yesterday, less than 1 year after the iPod photo's launch, we have the fifth generation launched. I was excited, but yet, I have my doubts that I'd replace my old one. Here are my reasons:-

1, Hard disc size has not changed. I have 50Gb of music, and my music library grows by the day, Should I make way for movies or should I keep the music?

2, I really got excited by the nano and I went out to buy one straight away, that has replaced my daily walk around music player. The large ipod is mainly used in the car or when I go traveling. So the change in physical size does not matter to me that much.

3, I like the idea of playing videos on the go. But what I cannot stand is the conversion time that I will probably need before I can put them into the ipod. Just imagine being late for work, yet really wanting to watch a new episode of JOEY on the way, then I have to import the avi, but the conversion takes about 10 mins?! I also wonder what the video quality is like if I was to send the image onto a large screen such as an LCD TV. I have experienced the video playing on the go with the PSP, and that novelty wore off quickly.

4, Apple decided to ditch Firewire syncing, which renders some cables of mine useless, which also means I need another USB hub.

5, Apple also decided to ditch the control plug that used to sit next to the phones jack. HOW WILL MY iTalk and my iTrip work which I use day in day out??

6, Battery life from Apple never promises what they are suppose to do (my iPod photo now does less than 4 hours). How will this affect the span if I was to play some videos, which mean the LCD is on all the time?

I am not saying that I dislike the 5th Gen ipod. I am just saying that I really have to justify the reasons for getting one...... [equipnote]

Tiger wins again!

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Last weekend, Tiger Woods won again at the World Golf Championship - American Express Championship. he did it with the help of the same trusty equipment from NIKE. this goes to show that equipment is not everything. his win came because of his hot putter.
so changing to popular new equipment is not always the best choice. in fact, i've been using the same putter all my life. the Odyssey dual force 220 blade putter is my one and only. it has seen me shoot 120 to scratch. it has gone from america to asia to australia and back. it has been re-gripped several times but it has never let me down. Unfortunately, this was never a popular putter so good luck finding it anywhere. i had a hard time just finding a photo for it. nevertheless, this clean-faced bladed putter with a dual force insert has great feel. it looks a lot like the old blade putters of Titleist Bulls eye, but they feel totally different. the 220 is balanced, no cut out, but feels soft. the insert works for anything from cheap distance balls to the pro V1's. the toe is square and allows some very creative things to happen. my club is a bit blackened now and getting chipped in certain spots, but luckily i have two of the exact same club. can't say i didn't try others. i've used titleist studio putters, scotty cameron's, nike's, callaway (same company as odyssey now) and many other lesser known brands. sometimes when a design is perfect, there's little need to change it. [equipbug]
photos courtesy of www.callawaygolfpreowned.com and www.tigerwoods.com

Mac Freeware review: iTunes 6.0

Geez, didn't Apple just come out with the iTunes 5.0? that wasn't even a month ago. well, the looks did not change this time. There is one thing though.. the new "Videos" button. when you enter the videos, a black background will show up where you can choose your videos. it's elegant looking and the videos can easily be loaded onto the new iPod Video. Videos can be bought at the iTunes store for 1.99 USD. not bad. we'll see if this becomes a hit. it's a reasonable price as some videos are full TV episodes, like "LOST". anyway, check out the old recommendation. iTunes is a must have for mac or windows users. everything's there, just have to use it.
photos www.apple.com

iMac goes berserk!

everyone was psyched up for the new iPod released today. but i don't think anyone expected the new iMac to be so... NEW! the iMac is absolutely insane. why? built-in Bluetooth (yawn), built-in WiFi (did you expect otherwise?), ok, built-in iSight (dope! but Sony did it 6 years ago), built-in Front Row with Apple Remote!? (who would have thought! brilliant), and included Mighty Mouse (whew, now that's dope!). the upgraded the graphics card to Radeon x600 Pro or X600 XT with 128MB memory. the 17-inch delivers 1440x900 pixels resolution (equal to a 19-incher), and the 20 inch is... well, 20 inches!
the Remote will allow the user to control movies, music, photos and videos all from the couch with the new program called "Front Row". presentations and slide shows will never be easier. turn your iMac into a huge iPod with it! the remote magnetically attaches to the side of the iMac for convenient and stylish storage.
the iSight allows the usual video chat capability of iChat AV: Isightichat3Up20051011. On top of that, it also comes with a new program for taking photo booth pictures which can be used for icons and anything you see fit. Isightphotobooth20051011
iMac has always wanted to be the ultimate home media machine. now, it finally combines user friendly Mac OSX with power of the G5 chip and the hardware good looks of Apple. with the integrated video, remote and super software, i wonder why anyone would buy Microsoft still... check it out HERE: [equipbug]
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photos www.apple.com

the long awaited iPod video [updated]

Apple has finally released the video capable iPod. at first glance it reminds you of a fat nano. the appearance is very similar although it is quite a bit wider and thicker. [The new iPod video is in fact THINNER but has the same width! amazing, i did not see that detail as i expected it would be thicker to accommodate the larger screen. silly me] actually, i'm not sure "thicker" is the right word, as the iPod video is still quite slim. the iPod has features as impressive as it's looks. it can play all the previous things, like music, books, podcasts, photos, slideshows and now video. better yet, Apple has integrated videos into the apple itunes shop for people to down load their favorite TV shows and music videos. the iPod v comes in black or white and a shiny metallic back. the battery power has been bumped to 20 hours, the 2.5 inch LCD is razor sharp, and it has the same ease of use expected from all things "Apple". you should also expect a slick looking interface for displaying play time etc.
(Check out the new Ad HERE)
the new iPod V will have 30GB or 60GB to hold all that media. prices still start at 299 USD. despite having a larger screen, the iPod V is still thinner than the 40GB iPod of old. this thing makes the 4th Gen iPod look chunky and old. some how, apple makes it happen AGAIN. i'm very happy with the speed and portability of my Nano, so it's likely that i'll have to wait and see what else they can come up with. [equipbug]
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photos www.apple.com

The Sony Cyber-shot M2

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
As previously mentioned by Equipbug, Sony is going to release a new digital camera called the Cyber-shot N1. Besides the N1, the new Cyber-shot M2 is going to join the big family of Sony as well.

The new M2 is actually a modification of the old model M1. The 5 megalpixel M2 has all the features of M1. What is different is the size of M2 appears to be thinner and smaller than the M1. It has a set of newly built function keys called the Shuttle Keys which enables the camera to be operated by using just one hand. With the new function called Pocket Album, over 1000 photos can be stored in the internal memory of the camera. Music can also be downloaded from the web and played during the slide shows.

Cyber-shot M2 will be sold at $3690 in Hong Kong in late October. It comes in 2 colours - Silver and Pearl White. [Equipball]

Photos courtesy of www.dcfever.com