Recently a friend started using Flickr which is a great service. I personally like to save pictures locally and selecting them one at a time to download was too much of a hassle so I whipped up this program so I could download them more easily.
Rhapsody upgraded their service today. It’s mostly great news. They added local downloading of songs so you can listen offline (*) and they added uploading songs to your portable music player. They also added playing all your local music files (mp3, wma, aac, cda, etc) so that you can play all your music in one place. But, they also made a few things less usable, at least for me.
The old interface looked something like this:
A new book came out, the current headlines are “Watching TV makes you smarter” but I guess, according to the author of the book, the book focuses more on games rather than TV. It’s just that more people watch TV so making a issue out of that he hopes will get more people interested in the book.
I’ve been looking for one of these animations since I was a kid with little hope of finding it. I caught part of one on the Disney Channel a few years ago just buy luck on video once but of course I couldn’t get the VCR started quick enough so I only got the last 1/2 and even then they were only showing part of the original.
Last time it was using your cell phone as a remote to program your VCR/HDD recorder. This time the recorder is in the phone. Sharp’s newest phone, the V603sh has a TV tuner built in AND has a recording function. It only records 3.5 minutes at a time at 320×240 and you can store about 60 minutes on a 256 meg SD card.
It’s also got a motion sensor and of course all the usual stuff.
Kind of….I’m sure most people think gmail is the bomb but until today it didn’t work in Japanese as it only supported Unicode. Only supporting unicode sounds like a great idea since that handles all languages but people that are not using a unicode capable email client will not be able to read your non-English mail. While you might think that would not be common in 2005 it’s actually very common in Japan. It’s the 200 million cell phones where most Japanese email happens that only support Japanese encodings.
It’s about FRIGGEN time!
Even above that, it’s open source. Maybe some linux fans could make a Mono version and actually have an usable app to replace the Gimp.
Panasonic is pushing their newest MP3 Player
If you haven’t seen NASA World Wind you’ve GOT to check it out.
It’s program very much like Google’s Keyhole but Keyhole costs $29 a year to use. NASA World Wind is free and in many ways has more features.
It’s a 3D globe viewing program where you can zoom in to the under a meter range. Here’s me zooming into the old Naughty Dog building on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.